Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Miss Sprakes and Miss Lanaway
Our learning challenge for this term is a continuation of Summer 1, where the children explored the historical enquiry ‘Were the Maya the most important Stone Age society?’ Having already investigated how the Mayans lived as well as their culture and legacy, the children will build on this by looking at factors that caused their decline. This will include factors such as climate change, warfare, drought and leader’s actions. We will investigate and discuss different theories that were put forward for their decline by historians and archaeologists and decide on which seems the most feasible and why.
In our reading lessons this half term, we will be continuing with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll and then finish the term with ‘The Greenling’ by Levi Pinfold. The class will continue developing their inference skills throughout the half term by questioning and analysing text as well as clarifying the meaning of unknown words by using prior knowledge and context. We will be continuing to work with dictionaries and creating our own glossaries. We expect the children to continue reading regularly at home as this boosts progress alongside the teaching we do at school.
In writing, we will begin the term looking at newspaper reports. We will be planning and writing our own newspaper article based on the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This will link with our grammar focus for the term: speech marks. The children will learn how to punctuate direct speech by using speech marks. During week 4, we will be creating an information leaflet on the life cycles of plants to link with our current science topic - plants. To finish the year, we will be creating an informative biography on inspirational people throughout history, with a particular focus on Marcus Rashford, to support our RE topic on modern day leaders.
In Maths this half term, we will begin by comparing durations of time. The children will also cement their learning of being able to confidently tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. Pupils will then move on to geometry and shape. They will learn how to draw simple 2D shapes as well as making 3D shapes from modelling materials. They will recognise 3D shapes in different orientations and describe them as well as recognising angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn. Children will also be able to identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines and recognise them in everyday life. By the end of the term, children will move on to mass and capacity.
This half term, the children will be exploring the concept of a leader and explore this across different religions; recognising who they followed and why. We will look at the leaders of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions and explore what qualities made them a positive, inspirational leader. Later in the term we will be considering the nature of a modern-day leader and what qualities they may possess. We will be looking at inspirational people such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Kelly Holmes and Marcus Rashford and how they have had a positive impact on the modern world.
In PE this half term we will cover rounders and dance. Phoenix Dance Company will be coming in to teach us basic creative choreography skills in travelling and dynamics. In rounders, we will play in a series of competitive games to develop simple tactics. We will work towards mastering basic movements including running, throwing, catching and striking while working collaboratively to use basic tactics for batting and fielding.
In art, the children will be carrying out a study of the artist Henri Matisse. We will be looking into the history of his art and the techniques he used to create them. We will use lines to explore and draw shape, experiment with free hand cutting to create shape and look into what complimentary colours are. Once our research is complete we will prepare and plan for a collaborative large scale collage focusing on Henri’s techniques.
In this unit, children will learn about making healthy choices about food and drink and keeping a good balance between food groups. We will look how branding can affect what foods people choose to buy and what to look out for. We will also explore the importance of keeping active but also the challenges of this too. After this topic, we will be starting a new project called ‘no outsiders’. Here we will highlight the importance of creating an inclusive environment for all people no matter their differences to ensure everyone feels happy and respected.
In music this half-term, we will be using the ‘Charanga’ scheme and the children will be looking at singing breath and phrases. We will look at identifying the start, duration and end of song phrases and how breathing techniques and posture can help with these. We will sing along to a variety of different songs to explore this.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning days of the week and months of the year. We will also recap earlier content such as numbers, greetings, classroom instructions, colours and food. At the end of this the children will then create a small information booklet on the things they’ve learnt across the year.
This half term, the focus for computing in Year 3 will be on the children creating their own app. The app will be based on controlling Max the monster and the children must look into algorithms and coding to create the app and be able to navigate him through it. They will design a maze he goes through and discuss what should be included in the algorithms such as being able to go up, down, left right and what happens when he hits a wall or object.
For Science this term, we will be exploring the life cycle of plants by looking at the different functions of a flower, the components a plant needs to live and grow and how water is transported within plants. The children will also explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. The children will develop their understanding and concrete their learning through a trip to Harewood House.