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Summer Term

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.

Mass - measuring mass in g/kg, comparing masses, adding/subtracting masses and problem solving with masses.

Capacity - measuring capacities in ml/l, comparing capacities, adding/subtracting capacities and problem solving with capacities.



In English, we will be studying the text 'One Plastic Bag' which is an inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred. The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change. Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world.


Our second book that we will be studying is called 'Charlotte's Web' which is about an eight-year-old girl called Fern Arable who is devastated when she hears that her father is going to kill the runt of his pig’s new litter. Persuading him that the piglet has a right to life and promising to look after it, she saves the animal and names him Wilbur. When Wilbur becomes too large, Fern is forced to sell him to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, whose barn is filled with animals who shun the newcomer. When Wilbur discovers that he will soon be slaughtered for Christmas dinner, he is horribly distraught. He sits in the corner of the barn crying, “I don’t want to die.” Charlotte—the hairy barn spider who lives in the rafters above his sty—decides to help him. With the assistance of a sneaky rat named Templeton and some of the other animals in the barn, she writes a message in her web: “Some Pig.” More strange messages appear in the web, sparking people from miles around to visit these “divine” manifestations and the pig that inspired them. Charlotte accompanies Wilbur to the county fair, where she spins her last note: “Humble.” Wilbur wins a special prize, and his survival is ensured. It becomes apparent, however, that Charlotte is unwell. After laying hundreds of eggs, she is too weak to return to the Zuckerman’s farm. A saddened Wilbur takes the egg sac, leaving the dying Charlotte behind. Once home, he keeps a watchful eye on the eggs. Although most leave after hatching, three stay behind in the barn, and they and subsequent generations of Charlotte’s offspring comfort Wilbur for many years to come.



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 water, weather and climate not only in the UK, but around the world. The children will develop a good understanding of the water cycle and how it produces rainfall, the difference between weather and climate and why we have different weather around the world. Opportunities will also be given to the children to understand how different seasons occur as well as the increasing discussion of global warming and what they can do to combat this.



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

This term children will learn how simple textile containers can be designed and modified for different purposes and different users. They will decide what will be kept in their bag and calculate dimensions suitable to meet their chosen purpose. They will cut patterns/templates and join fabrics together by stitching. Children will also see how other materials can add further properties to textiles. They will have the opportunity to develop their designing skills by giving consideration to the purpose of their bag and by using this information to generate their own ideas and identify specific design criteria. 



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 will be learning about pets. During this learning, they will be able to name pets, say how many pets they have and the names and ages of their pets.