Welcome to our page for Year 3 children!
Our teachers are: Miss. Payne and Mrs. MacNeil
Our curriculum this year is: Year 3 Curriculum Map
Autumn 1 2023
Our topic for this half term is the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be learning about these time periods in our History lessons. Linking to this topic, we will be going on a year group trip to Flag Fen. In English, we will be writing a historical narrative and a non-chronological report using the texts 'The First Drawing' and 'The Pebble in My Pocket'. In guided reading, we will be exploring the texts 'Stone Age Boy', 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' and 'Stig of the Dump'. In our Maths lessons we will be learning about number and place value up to 1000. After this, we will be looking at how to add and subtract. The children will be given their usernames and password details for TTRockstars to practise their times tables. Our Science topic is Rocks for this half term. We will be learning about the three different types of rocks and the process of how fossils are formed. We will be exploring how to use charcoal in art, allowing the children to create cave drawings inspired by those in the Stone Age. Within RE, we will be studying 'The Importance of Jesus' including his life and stories about the miracles he performed. Our two topics for PE will be dance and sustained activity. Our dance unit will be inspired by machines and this will be performed as a group and in partners. The focus of the sustained activity unit is for children to improve their fitness levels and to set personal challenges. Our first topic in PSHE is beginning and belonging. This will look into settling into a new school class and the adults they have to support them. The second topic will be family and friends. The children will learn about friendship and how they can be a good friend.
Summer 2 2023
This half term, we shall be continuing to explore the Ancient Egyptians. The history-linked Art lessons focus on sculpture and involve the children designing then making their own Egyptian sarcophagus using modelling clay. In Reading, we are looking at Ocean Meets Sky, providing opportunities to reflect on the power of pictures as well as words. In English, we are conducting an author study, focusing on author and illustrator Anthony Browne. The children will discover what is special about his books and come across wonderful drawings with hidden depth. Maths will include revisiting our understanding of money to solve problems involving all four operations. We will then be revising our knowledge of fractions, including finding equivalent fractions, and adding and subtracting simple fractions. The Science focus is Animals including Humans and we will be discovering lots about our bones, muscles and organs. We shall also be finding out why nutritional labels are important in helping us make sure we eat healthily. In Computing, children will be creating a program and in French, we are learning about ice creams! We will be learning how to say each flavour of ice cream, before learning how to express our opinions. During Music lessons, children will be learning a disco song about friendship, peace, hope and unity, and will again practise playing the glockenspiel. We will continue to learn about the Islamic faith in RE, and, in PSHE, we are learning about personal safety, including ways to keep ourselves safe online. Children will be continuing with their swimming lessons and, during class lessons, will practise various exercises focusing on improving agility, balance, coordination, stamina and sportsmanship.
Summer 1 2023
In Year 3, we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. In English, we will be reading ‘The Story of Tutankhamun’ where we will be writing recounts and biographies. We will continue this learning in our History lessons where we will begin learning about Ancient Egypt. In Maths, we will be understanding and answering word problems, recapping our understanding of time, and looking at Statistics. In our Science lessons, we will be learning about light. We will be introduced to the religion of Islam in our RE lessons, and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in PSHE. In PE, we will be preparing and practising skills for our Sports’ Day, and will begin our weekly swimming lessons. We will be learning the names of different fruits in French. We will be learning about and creating our own stop-frame animations in Computing and, in our DT lessons, we will be making our own savoury Egyptian bread loaves – we look forward to tasting these!
Spring 2 2023
In Year 3, we will be looking at the book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. We will be using this to support our learning of playscripts, before moving onto narrative writing. In our Maths work, we will begin with Geometry and recapping our knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. In Science, we will continue our learning on plants where we will plant and observe the growth of a bean. Our Geography lessons will continue to look at the water cycle, with a focus on how this affects water locally (in the Fens). We will be using this knowledge to support our Design Technology work where we will be using mechanisms to create a moving explanation book about the water cycle. Through our R.E. topic, we will be looking at the Easter story. In Computing, we will be using online programs to create branching databases. In French, we will continue to learn the names of different musical instruments. In P.E., we will be working with a cricket coach to develop our bowling, catching and hitting skills, as well as working on our teambuilding skills through a variety of games and activities. In our Music lessons, we will be learning and practising our songs for the Year 3, 4 and 5 performance. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Spring 1 2023
This half term in Year 3, we will be looking at a range of texts from the author Jeannie Baker, linking to our topic about ‘Water’. We will be using her texts to support us in writing a narrative piece then learning about persuasive texts. In Maths, we will consolidate our knowledge on place value, and the four operations, before learning about length and perimeter. In Geography, we will be learning about the water cycle and how this affects the water in the Fens. In PSHE, we will be learning about changes that might happen in our lives and how we can manage these and our responses to them. Through our Science work, we will continue our learning about plants, the parts inside a plant and the functions that these have. Our Art lessons will be furthering our work on Jeannie Baker, where we will be learning about her style of art and recreating our own collages based on a water scene. In RE, we will focus on Christianity where we will be learning about the importance of prayer and worship to Christians. In P.E. we will be completing units in Dance and Gymnastics. In French, we will be learning more about the four seasons before moving on to learning about musical instruments. In Computing, we are looking at the importance of computer networks and how this helps in the sending and receiving of information. In Music, we will be learning about ‘The Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley and will be comparing this song to other examples of reggae music.
Autumn 2 2022
This half term, while continuing to explore the Stone Age to Iron Age periods, we shall be focusing on the Geography topic, ‘Where Do We Live?’ We will learn more about the United Kingdom including the four regions, their capital cities and the counties of England. In English, we are reading The Pebble in My Pocket and our Guided Reading book is Stig of the Dump. We will build on our punctuation and grammar knowledge and continue putting it into practice each week. Maths will include fractions and decimals and we will revisit calculation and time. The Science focus is Forces and Magnets and we will be discovering why magnets are useful. The History-linked D.T. lessons shall explore toolboxes and we shall be making our own Stone Age toolbox. Programming is the focus in computing and, in French, we are learning numbers, colours and more. During music lessons, children will practise playing the glockenspiel, we will continue to look at Christianity in RE, and, in PSHE, we are learning ways to keep ourselves safe online. PE is circuit training and children will practise various exercises while improving stamina and skill.
Autumn 1 2022
In Year 3 we will be learning about the Stone Age to the Iron Age. In our English lessons, we will be reading different books about the Stone Age, starting with ‘The First Drawing’ by Mordicai Gerstein. In our Maths work, we are looking at the place value of 3-digit numbers and will be following this with addition and subtraction. Through our Science lessons, we will be learning about the different types of rocks, including how they are formed.
In our Art lessons, we will be learning how to use charcoal and creating our own version of cave drawings. In RE, we will be re-visiting our learning about Christianity and the importance of Jesus Christ. Through Computing, we will be learning how to use a desktop publishing software and will be using this knowledge to create an information leaflet on the Stone Age.
Later on in the term, we will be learning about the regions of the UK in Geography and will be creating our own Stone Age tool boxes in Design Technology.
Summer 2 2022
This half-term, we will be concluding our topic on the Ancient Egyptians, including learning about the different pharaohs and Gods. We will receive a visitor from the Wisbech Museum and the children will be able to explore real Ancient Egyptian artefacts. In R.E., we will continue to explore the Islamic faith including learning all about Ramadan and the Prophet Muhammad. In Art, the children will be using their trip to Thorpe Meadows to inspire their sarcophagus sculptures back at school. For Science this half term, the children are trying to answer the question ‘What would happen to a human body if it didn’t have a skeleton?’ by looking at the skeletal and muscular systems inside humans and animals. In English, we will be writing a discussion based on ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. The children will be considering whether the main character should take the short but dangerous route through the forest or the longer, more boring route to Grandma’s house; this will link to our learning about personal safety. In Maths, we are covering a range of topics including statistics and shape.
Summer 1 2022
Our overarching theme for this half-term is the Ancient Egyptians. We will begin by learning about all the types of people who lived in this amazing place and build upon this knowledge across our other subjects. In English, we will be writing diaries as if we were Tomb Raiders who are going to find a Pharaoh’s Tomb and in DT, we are making bread (which was first made by the Egyptians). If you have any Ancient Egyptian books or knowledge you would like to bring into the classrooms, please do!
In Maths we are covering a range of topics including fractions and shape. Science is all about ‘Light’, culminating in a Shadow Puppet Show and RE looks at Islam. Please be aware that PSHE this term focuses on our bodies, for more information, please read the letter sent out last half term.
Spring 2 2022
This half term we will be continuing our work on the Water Cycle, focusing on how we use water in domestic settings and how we can use water more sustainably. This will feed into our DT where we will create 'pop-up' books about our geography learning.
We will become experts on levers and moveable elements! ICT will be focused on databases and French will be all about animals and pets. We are excited to be looking at playscripts in English and Maths will be about measure and data. We will also be having a big push on arithmetic skills.
Finally, we are fortunate that this half term we will be practising our cricket skills on Fridays as well as having our usual P.E. sessions on Wednesdays. Make sure P.E. kits are in for both days please!
Spring 1 2022
This half-term we will be focussing on developing our geographical skills through our new topic ‘Water, Water, Everywhere!’ In our English lessons, we will be conducting an in-depth study of Jeannie Baker the author of ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea.’ We will also be exploring ‘Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson.
In Maths we will be focusing on multiplication and division, concentrating on developing a quick recall of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Science will see us learning all about plants; what they need to survive, the names and functions of their different parts and growing our own!
Autumn 2 2021
This half term we are continuing our topic, ‘The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age’. We will be visiting Flag Fen in order to get a first-hand insight into the lives of the people in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will also investigate how these periods of time impacted on us today. We will be delving into the lives of Iron Age people including their religion, their lifestyles and their society.
In Design and Technology, we will be building a tool box suitable to carry Stone Age tools. Using the texts ‘Ug – Stone Age Genius’ and ‘Stig of the Dump’, we will be learning new grammar skills in English and writing our own historical narratives. We will be continuing to develop our continuous cursive handwriting style.
In Maths, we will be using more formal written methods to solve problems using the four operations. In Science, we will be completing our learning about rocks and fossils and then starting to explore the world of magnets.
Autumn 1 2021
This half term our topic will be ‘The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age’. We will place the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in chronological order and then we will be learning all about these times as well as making informed comparisons between them. We will learn what changes happened during this period, what caused them and how they impacted on the lives of the people from these times.
Using the texts ‘The First Drawing’ and ‘Ug – A Stone Age Genius’, we will be learning new grammar skills in English and writing our own explanation texts and narratives. In Maths, we will develop our sense of number through learning about the place value in four digit numbers. In Science, we will be learning all about rocks and soils. We will be investigating the properties of rocks and will be exploring fossils, as well as making our own!