Mixed Age Classes
In the mornings children are taught literacy and numeracy in year groups so that we can more effectively meet the learning needs of our children, allowing them to be taught in smaller learning groups.
In the afternoon children in years 3 and 4 are taught within mixed age classes. Because of this we plan using a two year cycle so that children are introduced to new topics each year and to enable us to cover the statutory requirements in terms of the new National Curriculum introduced from September 2014.
In this section you will find outline information in terms of our planned, broad and balanced curriculum for Year 3 alongside information about what is taught term by term.
We are beginning the term by studying Explanation texts. We will be looking at how to inform, entertain and persuade readers. We will then be looking at letter writing and the skills needed to plan, write and edit a letter with a specific reader in mind.
A big focus this term will be on spelling. We will be looking at spelling strategies and rules, how best to learn spellings and how to use spellings independently in our own work.
We will be continuing to improve out grammar and punctuation skills by using inverted commas to punctuate direct speech and express times through conjunctions and fronted adverbials. We will be continually revisiting and revising what we have learned in the previous terms.
We are beginning the term by studying Myths and Legends from European Countries. From this we will design and describe our own mythical beasts, improving our descriptive language and the use of language for effect. We will also write our own myths based on the ones we study and create play scripts from our favourite myths and legends. We will develop our skills in performance, particularly using expression and intonation in our speech.
We will look at traditional tales from other European countries and compare them with the traditional tales we know in the UK. We will develop our skills in writing instructions and write reports about European countries.
We will be continuing to learn our bonds and tables looking more closely at the 12 times tables. We will also be starting to look at how negative numbers are used in daily life and counting backwards through zero.
As we have already worked on number problems using addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division we will be looking at word problems that include all four of these operations.
We will be looking at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. As part of shape and measure, we will be identifying horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines as well as perimeters and angles. Data handling will be working with bar charts, pictograms and tables
We will continue to develop our mental maths skills by revising and learning our multiplication tables, doubles and halves and number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.
We will move onto using formal written methods for addition and subtraction and continue to develop our problem solving skills across all four operations with increasing difficulty. We will develop our knowledge of ordering and naming 3 and 4 digit numbers. We will improve our skills in telling the time, including using the 24hr clock and Roman Numerals. In other measures work, we will continue to apply what we know to solve problems with a real life context.
Topics and Themes
Our theme this term is 'Black Gold' linked to colliery life and shipbuilding.
As Historians we will look at the daily life of miners and mining communities during the 19th and 20th Centuries. The children will study the life of George Stephenson and research how railways and shipbuilding allowed the coal industry to develop further in the North East. We will research and discuss the historical rivalries that developed between the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland due to mining.
As Geographers, the children will research and develop maps of mining in the North East and how mining changed the landscape of the area. We will look at where coal mined in the North east was transported and exported to.
As Scientists we will be studying the topics ‘Earth Rocks’ and ‘Food in our bodies’. In the first half term we will be looking at rock families and the characteristics of different types of rocks. We will also look at fossils and soils. In the second half of the term we will be looking at animals, including nutrition. We will look at how we can have healthy lifestyles and study the skeletal and muscular systems of humans and other animals.
As Artists and Designers we will develop our sketching and observational skills through creating ‘Victorian Cameos’ of ourselves. We will use charcoal to create observational drawings and silhouettes. As designers we will design and create a Colliery Banner for Shotton Colliery. We will research and develop winding and pulley mechanisms.
As Musicians we will continue to improve our glockenspiel skills. We will sing and perform songs that were popular during the Victorian times.
In Computing we will create simple programmes to achieve a specific outcome using Scratch software. We will learn to create different effects using different technology tools. We will develop our knowledge of using the internet safely and how to report our concerns.
In Religious Education we will develop our knowledge about the religious traditions in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism and look at the similarities between these religions.
In Health and Relationships Education we will learn to share and explain our opinions whilst respecting the views of others. We will research and debate topical issues and events and discuss how these affect us.
In PSCHE we will discuss the physical effects that mining had on peoples’ bodies. We will think about how we can keep our lungs healthy.
In French we will learn basic greetings and how to to talk about our likes and dislikes. We will learn and be able to respond to simple instructions.
Our theme this term is 'Adventures in Europe'.
In the first half of the Spring term, our Science topic will be ‘Mirror Mirror.’ In this topic we will be looking at light and light sources along with shadows and reflections.
In the second half term our topic will be ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ In this topic we will study the structures of plants and what plants need to grow and stay healthy.
We will develop our research skills and produce fact files about a range of European countries.
This term we are going to compare two major world religions (Buddhism and Hinduism). We will discuss their similarities in how they show care. We will find out how beliefs vary within a religion.
History and Geography
Our topic this term is ‘Adventures in Europe’ and we will be researching a number of European countries. We will study capital cities and their landmarks and use maps to show places of major industry. We will be looking at the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and be able to name their capital cities and talk about different customs and traditions.
We will research food from different European countries and design a European Menu. We will design and make our own European Landmarks.
We will draw and make traditional European costumes and study the work of famous European Artists.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
We will revise what we have already learned in French such as counting to twenty and beyond, saying our likes and dislikes and following basic instructions. We will learn language about travel, transport and locations. As part of our ‘Adventures in Europe’ topic we will learn greetings in other languages spoken in Europe.
We will study traditional music in European countries and compare modern music tastes with those of the UK. We will continue to improve skills on the Glockenspiel and 3/4F will be learning the Ukulele.
In the first half of the spring term, we will continue our topic ‘How does your Garden Grow?’ In this topic we will be looking at the different parts of plants, pollination and the life cycle of plants. We will also start a new topic ‘Opposites Attract’. In this topic we will study forces and magnets.
In the second half term our topic will be ‘We are Astronauts’. In this topic we will be discovering and exploring the solar system.
We will develop our skills in programming using the Kodu gaming lab. We will also be developing our research skills linked to our Summer Topic, ‘Hidden Treasure’.
This term we are going to be answering the key question, ‘What do Christians believe about God?’. We will be discussing what God looks like, what the creation story tells us about God and what Christians believe about the meaning of life and how this differs to Buddhist and Hindu views.
History and Geography
Our topic this term is ‘Hidden Treasures’. As historians we will study; who the Pharaohs were and why they were so important, the gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt, what are the pyramids and why they are so important, the greatest inventions of Ancient Egypt and customs and beliefs.
As geographers we will study; where Egypt is, the geographical features of Egypt, what a holiday in Egypt would be like and the River Nile,
We will be linking DT to the Topic of ‘Hidden Treasures’. We will be making paper mache canopic jars.
We will be sketching Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses and using different techniques to ass colour and texture. Some classes may do the Pyramids to add variation.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
This term we will be learning the names of different animals as well as building on previous knowledge such as counting to 20, key words for transport and the weather.
We will study music that entertained the Pharaohs as well as continuing the Charanga units.