Curriculum Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

The Year 3 team are so impressed with how well the children have settled to junior school life. Miss Barnes, Mrs Carré  and Mrs Wheal are delighted.

 All children will have a colour banded book and a library book to take home and they will be able to change this every Monday.  We can provide a reading log if your require. Year 3 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so their PE kit is required on these days. A navy or black tracksuit may be worn in the colder months.

Home Learning – if you need to send anything to school  electronically, please email to:

Y3 @gomerjuniorschool.co.uk

Autumn Term 2018

This term we will explore the wonderful George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl as we cover diary entries, character description (using similes and alliteration) and instruction writing! SPaG lessons will recap on the basics of language beginning with noun, adjective and verb recognition and further work introducing proper nouns, pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions! SPaG lessons take place on Monday and this is reinforced during the week.

Maths this term will focus on number and in particular, place value. We will also measure the length of Granny’s jumps and convert lengths between centimetres and metres. We will also weigh out items to go into our own marvellous medicine. Parents and cares can support their child at home by practising times tables as they are required to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.

Our first topic will be The Stone Age where we look more closely at famous landmarks in Britain made by ancient civilisations. We will learn how life was for early man from researching artefacts discovered. Later in the term we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes linking this to our science topic of Rocks and Soils.

In Religious Education we will be looking into what it feels like to belong within a religion, family, school or club and will be visiting Saint Mary’s Church to learn more about Baptism using this experience to write a recount.

GSTEM this term will be linked to the Dyson engineering project and in particular, new ways of improving everyday objects such as the fan.

In art we will be focusing on our close observational drawing skills beginning with parts of the face. Parents and cares are invited to come into school later in the term to draw alongside their child as we take part in the National Big Draw event.

In PE, the children will be learning dance and multi skills from an outside coach and also striking and fielding skills outside.

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Summer Term 2018

This half term Year 3 will be learning about Florida; comparing and contrasting our location as part of our geography topic. We will be using all of our new learning to write a persuasive letter, create an information map and leaflet.

In our English learning we will be using Pie Corbett’s Nightmare Man and The Caravan to create suspense stories.

In maths, we will continue to improve on our arithmetic skills and multiplication facts. Converting measures and learning the Roman numerals will also be a focus.

In PE we will be developing our athletics skills in preparation for sports day. Outdoor PE will be taken by a sports coach this half term, we will be learning tennis game skills. This will develop their collaboration skills in team games.

Art will be based around our Artsmark award which will involve working with established artist and also visiting Southampton Art Gallery on the 5 July. We will also study a variety of famous artist, comparing and contrasting styles.

In RE this term we will study concept of remembering by learning about Krishna and the concept of symbols by looking at trees .and Computing will continue to build on our programming skills using the program Scratch and programming.

In Science we will be looking at light sources understanding how shadows are formed and healthy eating. gSTEM will focus on global solutions and we will be looking at floating gardens to grow plants and how the people in Bangladesh have had to engineer different designs to solve their everyday problems.

Spring Term 2018

This half term Year 3 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an
Egyptian’ history topic. Dorchester Museum’s Tutankhamun exhibition is scheduled early
on in the term to hook us into our new topic. We will be using all of our new learning to
write a persuasive advert, our own myths, and step into the shoes of the famous Howard
Carter and write a diary of his tomb discovery. As well as this, we will mummify a fish to
enable us to write a set of detailed instructions.

In maths, we will continue to improve on our arithmetic skills and multiplication facts.
Telling the time and using calendars will also be a focus.

We are really lucky to have three teachers working in Y3 on a Monday-Wednesday morning. This enables us to teach in smaller groups. This term, the children will continue working in three smaller mixed ability classes on those mornings.

In PE we will be devising a dance routine based on a day working and living by the River
Nile. Outdoor PE will be taken by a sports coach this half term, focussing on multi –
game skills. This will develop their collaboration skills in team games.

Art will be based around our Egyptian topic with use of hieroglyphics to make our own
printing blocks. We will also study the patterns of the famous artist Hundertwasser.
We will study the festival of Holi in RE this term and Computing will continue to build on
our programming skills using the program Scratch. Safer Internet day will be celebrated
in school on the 2 nd February.

In Science we will be looking at forces and magnets and their uses in the real world.
gSTEM will focus on global solutions and we will be looking at flood resistant homes and
how the people in Bangladesh have had to engineer different designs to solve their
problems.

Towards the end of the half term we will be inviting parents and children in after school
for a Winter warmer. This is a chance to read in the library with your child and enjoy a hot chocolate.

Autumn Term 2017

This term we will explore the wonderful George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl as we cover diary entries, character description (using similes and alliteration) and instruction writing! SPaG lessons will recap on the basics of language beginning with noun, adjective and verb recognition and further work introducing proper nouns, pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions! SPaG lessons take place on Monday and this is reinforced during the week.

Maths this term will focus on number and in particular, place value. We will also measure the length of Granny’s jumps and convert lengths between centimetres and metres. We will also weigh out items to go into our own marvellous medicine. Parents and cares can support their child at home by practising times tables as they are required to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.

Our first topic will be The Stone Age where we look more closely at famous landmarks in Britain made by ancient civilisations. We will learn how life was for early man from researching artefacts discovered. Later in the term we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes linking this to our science topic of Rocks and Soils.

In Religious Education we will be looking into what it feels like to belong within a religion, family, school or club and will be visiting Saint Mary’s Church to learn more about Baptism using this experience to write a recount.

GSTEM this term will be linked to Solar Energy and in particular, new ways of harnessing this power. We will research, design and make our own solar powered object.

In art we will be focusing on our close observational drawing skills beginning with parts of the face. Parents and cares are invited to come into school later in the term to draw alongside their child.

In PE, the children will be learning gymnastic skills from an outside coach and also striking and fielding skills outside.

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 Autumn 2016

Maths this term will focus on number and in particular, times table facts. We will also measure the length of George’s Granny’s jumping skills (to link with our class reader George’s Marvellous Medicine) and convert lengths between centimeters and meters. Weighing out items to go into are own marvellous medicine. Parents and cares can support their child at home by practising times tables as they are required to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.
 Summer Term
Year 3 will be writing suspense stories using Pie Corbet The Nightmare man first to magpie his ideas. Then using the Myst CD package that takes us through a mysterious land.
In mathematics we will be solving words problems using are number skills. Also looking at 3D shapes and their properties. We will continue to practise our times tables to be able to know them off by heart.
In science we will be learning about light and shadows how they are formed and change during the day. We will be making shadow puppets to act out our stories.
After that we will be helping plants grow finding out what makes them grow well. We will be planting seeds at school to experiment with. Using water colours we will be sketching parts of the plant in the style of Georgia O’Keffe.
We will continue to have our outdoor coach coming in to teach us cricket. In dance we will be having a Kathakali workshop.

Spring Term

Group mathematics will continue with number and class based lessons will start with statistics and link to data analysis. Literacy will be influenced heavily by our Egyptians topic where we will learn the techniques of mummification to inform our own instruction writing and will be selling a perfect plot for your very-own pharaoh-style tomb with some super creative advertisements. Location! Location! Location!

Computing covers data analysis and web design this term and will lead us into the new year with a new perspective on the Internet. gSTEM continues to push boundaries as we seek to solve some of the worlds biggest problems- understanding renewable energy sources, designing preemptive models to protect communities against flooding and engineering new water sanitation methods. This looks to be another busy term!

Autumn Term

First Year 3 will tackle is the wonderful story of George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. We will be writing descriptions of despicable Granny and using wonderful language choices for this and for some Gobblefunk poetry! Number work will be our first priority in maths but we will also be learning about length, weight and capacity; linking this to George’s Medicinal concoction. Our focus will then turn to The Stone Age and we will follow the story of Eep, a cave girl with a taste for adventure, using her world as a basis for new and exciting literacy work.

Our first gSTEM topic centres around space travel and new worlds. We will have immense fun engineering our own hardware that astronauts could use up in zero gravity and this links nicely into our science topic of Materials and their uses around the home. Computing also feeds into this project whereby the Year 3’s will be learning all about algorithms and how we need them to control computers and machinery. Our children will be using what they know to help them solve the problems of the future.