Year 3 Curriculum
Summer Term 1 2022
In RE the children follow the Come and See programme.
The topics covered this term are:
We will explore how each of us, by the way we live our lives, the way we treat others, and by our words and actions, show if we have an attitude of service.
We will explore how networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together. We will think about our friendships how we have to discover our ability to reach out and repair if a friendship has been damaged
We will explore how for many people, some places in the world are special. For others the whole world is special. We all feel a need to look after what is special to us. Sometimes it is easy to explain why things are special. At other times it might be difficult to put into words why something is special.
In Year 3 children will enjoy reading a wide variety of texts, and will learn to write in a wide range of genres. We aim to instil in our pupils a love for reading and writing, confidence, stamina and creative, independent thinking.
Key texts covered:
Writing in role,
Diary writing, Letter writing,
Narrative —short story/descriptive writing,
In Year 3 we will continue working on the skills outlined in Destination Reader, a school wide reading programme, in which daily lessons are taught to explicitly study each of the necessary skills for reading and comprehension of texts. Pupils also learn about each of the learning behaviours required for reading and discussing texts with their partners and small groups.
Key skills: Prediction, Questioning, Clarifying, Summarising, Inferring, Evaluating and Making Connections.
Grammar is taught alongside the teaching of writing.
Key skills: time, place and cause conjunctions, paragraphs, headings, subheadings, present perfect verbs, inverted commas, fronted adverbials.
Spellings are taught via a weekly list of words which are introduced to pupils in class and then worked on during the week.
Handwriting: In Year 3 cursive handwriting is introduced. The children will practice their joined handwriting regularly and they will continue to use cursive for the rest of their time at St. Gildas’.
This term pupils will work on the following topics: Fractions, time, properties of shape, mass and capacity.
Alongside daily maths lessons practical equipment is routinely used to help pupils turn the abstract into concrete. We use the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial then abstract) in order to gain a deeper mathematical understanding of each topic. Pupils are also provided with enriching activities to practise their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Our topic this half term is Animals including humans. We will be looking at how living things get energy and what we need to eat. We will be exploring the different bones in the human body and if human and animal bones are the same. We will also be investigating how animals move.
Children will regularly use PCs to develop their computing skills. E- safety is taught explicitly and is at the heart of all computing lessons. Alongside this, pupils are expected to use technology responsibly. Pupils are also taught how to use basic programmes on the computer such as Word and Google Classroom in order to aid them with home learning.
Computing this term will be Creating Media- Desktop publishing.
This half term our topic is Persia and Greece
We will start with ancient Persia and its empire to set geographical context.
We will then explore Ancient Greek city states, including Sparta and Athens. Why/how did they form?
We will look at Greco-Persian wars, including the battle of Marathon
This half term we are exploring the topic of Agriculture
We will be looking at changing farming practices & impact on landscapes. We will be looking at different types of farming: arable and pastoral farming
We will be exploring hill-sheep farming in Wales, Snowdonia and revisit mountains.
Year 3s take part in an LFA coach-led PE lesson every Thursday morning as well as a teacher led PE session on Monday. The Monday lessons will cover gymnastics in the first half and dance in the second.
Art & Design
Art and design focuses on the main elements of art such as line, texture, colour, shape and positive and negative space. Children will use a variety of different mediums to create their artwork including paint, chalk, oil pastels and collage. In addition to weekly lessons, we try to incorporate art and creativity into as many other curriculum subjects as possible.
Homework is set every Friday and is posted on Google Classroom.
This should be returned by the following Thursday.