In Year 3 this term we are learning:
In RE this term, we will study the Liturgical seasons of Easter and Pentecost. We will also learn about the prayer life of Jesus. Children will also have the opportunity to examine and reflect upon some of the ways in which Catholics pray and the signs and symbols associated with prayer.
Fractions - Equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, ordering fractions and adding/subtracting fractions.
Time - hours in a day, estimating time, telling the time to 5 minutes and then 1 minute, finding the duration, comparing the duration, finding the start/end times and measuring time in seconds.
Angles & Properties of Shape - turns, angles, right angles in shapes, comparing angles, drawing accurately, types of lines (parallel and perpendicular), recognising/describing 2D/3D shapes and constructing 3D shapes.
In English this term, we will be writing using a range of genres that include newspaper articles, extended narratives and discussion texts. All of our writing this term will be based around the book 'The Great Kapok Tree' which is about a man who starts to chop down a great kapok tree in the rainforest. Exhausted from his labours, he puts down his axe and rests, but as he sleeps the animals who live in the tree come and plead with him not to destroy their world.
Our topic for the whole summer term is Plants. Children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers as well as explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant. They will have the opportunity to investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
Our History topic is the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We will be linking this time in History to our Stone Age topic in order to identify contrasts between the two periods of time. The children will investigate why the Romans left sunny Italy to invade our cold island on the edge of their empire and whether Claudius invaded for the same reasons as Caesar. Children will also study why Boudica stood up to the Romans and the image we have of her today as well as learning about how the Romans able to keep control over such a vast empire. The Romans way of life will be contrasted to that of the Celts and children will investigate how their empire has influenced our lives today and why it came to an end.
In Geography, we will be extending our knowledge from the Autumn and Spring terms to learn about Europe by conducting a European study which will include study about the mountains and rivers that are situated on the continent of Europe.
In Art we will be creating a cubism self-portrait using our key skill of painting, with a key focus on the artist Pablo Picasso. Within our unit of work, we will be experimenting with different paint colours and studying the work of Alice Bailly who was a Swiss female artist and cubist painter.
Design and Technology
In Summer 1, we will be learning all about food and eating seasonally. During this unit of work, the children will be able to explain that fruits and vegetables grow in different countries based on their climates, understand that ‘seasonal’ fruits and vegetables are those that grow in a given season and taste best then and know that eating seasonal fruit and vegetables has a positive effect on the environment. The children will also design their own tart recipe using seasonal ingredients, understand the basic rules of food hygiene and safety and follow the instructions within a recipe.
PE is on a Monday and Tuesday with Miss Leyland. In Summer 1, we will be covering cricket and swimming. In Summer 2, we will be carrying on with swimming and doing athletics.
In Spanish this during Summer 1, the children will be learning all about their family. They will be able to name members of their close and extended family in Spanish. In Summer 2, the children's learning will be based around Cultural Capital where they will learn the countries around the world that speak Spanish through learning about their flags.