Curriculum Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

We know your children will have a fantastic time at Gomer Junior School. The Year 3 team would like to welcome all the Year 3 children, their parents and carers. We look forward to working with you this year.

 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.

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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Spring Term 2017

This half term Year 3 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ history topic. We will be using information that we have found out 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. This will be followed by shape and space focussing on the properties of  3D and 2D shapes.
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 be working in three 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 hockey skills.
Art will be centered 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 from Monday 6th to Friday 10th February.
In Science we will be looking at forces and magnets and their uses in the real world.

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.
Literacy will also link with Dahl’s wonderful stories as we cover recounts and diary entries, character description and instruction writing with inspiration from George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Twits! 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.
Topic work will commence with learning about  The Stone Age where we look more closely at the physical features left for us to study by ancient civilisations. We will move onto a geographical study of Volcanoes later in the term.
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.
GSTEM this term will be linked to the paralympics and in particular, how tools have become an important part of the human quest to adapt and problem solve. We will research, design and remake tools to better solve problems we may come across in our daily lives.
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 along side their child.
Please feel free to speak to the year team on the playground at the start of end of the day if you are worried or unsure of anything.

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.