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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Year 3 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2019).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

Summer Term

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  • Easter: Look at the story of Easter through the story of Emmaus and breakfast at the shore. It will help the children realise how the Apostles became aware of the presence of the Risen Christ in these events.
  • (The Eucharist is a thanksgiving to God - Holy Communion preparation):
    Children are provided with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They will think about why this is such an important celebration in the life and worship of Catholic Christians.
  • Pentecost: Children will look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the change it brought to the lives of the Apostles. They will think about the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments the church celebrates.
  • Prayer: Children will learn about the prayer life of Jesus. They will examine and reflect on some of the ways in which Catholics pray and the signs and symbols associated with prayer.

Literacy

  • Writing a story with dialogue: The children will be planning and writing a narrative involving speech. They will be able to recognise and write short, compound and complex sentences and punctuate them correctly. The children will also focus on presenting and punctuating the dialogue in their story correctly.
  • Information Texts: The children will look at the purpose and types of information texts. They will look at the structure and language features of informative texts. They will write an informative text, using text structure, language and features.
  • Poetry – shape poetry: The children will explore a range of shape poems and discuss the effect that the presentation of the poem has on the reader. The children will discuss, evaluate and write their own shape poems.
  • Legends: The children will look at Arthurian Legends. They will look at the structure and language features of a legend before writing a legend.

Numeracy

  • Number: Fractions: Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators. Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole. Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators. Solve problems that involve all of the above.
  • Measurement: Time: The children will focus on how time is organised – knowing that there are 24 hours in a day and 12 months in a year. They will look at using am and pm as well as using a 24 hour clock. They will practise telling the time and learn to calculate and compare the duration of events.
  • Geometry: Property of Shapes: Recognise angles as a property of shapes or a description of a turn. Identify right angles and identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials and recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them.
  • Measurement: Measure, compare, add and subtract: mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml). Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.
    Continue to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to using a wider range of measures, including comparing and using mixed units (for example, 1kg and 200g) and simple equivalents of mixed units (for example, 5kg = 5000g).

Science

  • Famous inventors: The children will develop their knowledge of famous inventors and inventions including Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.
  • Light & Dark: The children will focus on the sources of light, understand that light travels in a straight line and understand what happens when light is blocked. They will deepen their knowledge of shadows and the effect of light reflecting in a mirror.
  • Health & Movement: The children will look at the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise. They will look at the structure of the skeleton and understand the function of bones, muscles and joints.

PE

  • Netball: The children will develop their catching, throwing, communication and teamwork skills in netball. They will learn the rules of netball and develop ways of thinking quickly in order to gain an advantage over their opponents.
  • Athletics: The children will be developing their running, jumping and throwing skills through athletics. The children will experience the different skills required for long and short distance running and the effect that this has on the body. The children will learn about the different throwing events in athletics – comparing the techniques used in the discus and javelin.

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

  • Ancient Egyptians: The children will be starting the topic by looking at where Egypt is on a map in relation to other countries, continents and seas. As a class we will look at the River Nile from a geographical aspect and then its importance to the Ancient Egyptians. The children will then explore aspects of Ancient Egyptian such as hieroglyphics, mummification and life as an Egyptian. In DT and Art lessons the children will have the opportunity to make a Tutankhamen mask, canopic jars and designing their own death mask.

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. This will be Maths/English and spellings.

Spellings are tested on Friday.

Sacramental Homework will be given out during Summer 1.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.

Spring Term

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  • Christmas ? The children will look at the story of the shepherds and how it provides a focus to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ and who he is.
  • We listen to God?s word at Mass ? The children will be thinking about, listening to and finding out about the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Through this topic they will explore the value and the importance of listening to the Word of God in the scriptures.
  • Lent - This unit will help the children appreciate that during Lent, Christians resolve to change and try to become more like Christ. The children will be introduced to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of people he encountered.
  • Holy Week - The children will deepen their knowledge of some of the events of Holy Week and deepen their understanding of the foundation of the Church?s celebration of the Mass.

Literacy

  • Stories ? The children will be reading Dick King Smith?s ?The Hodgeheg? and will focus on the main features of the novel including the themes, characters, plot development and setting. They will also have the opportunity to research the author and express their opinions on his work. The children will then plan and write a story inspired by the Dick King Smith material they have accessed.
  • Writing a persuasive letter – The children will focus on the features of a persuasive letter and how to format a letter correctly. They will write two letters, evaluating their first letter and focusing on how they could be more persuasive when writing their second letter.

  • Poetry ? As a class we will read a range of shape poems and calligrams, considering how the structure of a poem can reflect its theme. The children will plan and write their own shape poem, they will also have the opportunity to use ICT to create calligrams of their own. In groups the children will then have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their shape poems and evaluate each other's
    contributions.
  • Mystery stories ? The children will be writing stories around the theme of suspense.

Numeracy

  • Number: Multiplication & Division
    Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
    Write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental methods and progressing to formal written methods.
  • Money – The children will learn about the value of each coin and how to convert pounds into pence. The children will also focus on adding and subtracting money and giving change.

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    Statistics - The children will focus on understanding, drawing and analysing pictograms, bar charts and tables.

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    Measurement – Length and Perimeter.

    The children will focus on measuring and comparing lengths in metres, centimetres and millimetres. They will understand how to convert lengths into different units of measurement and adding and subtracting lengths. The children will also focus on measuring and calculating perimeters.

  • Number: Fractions
    Recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10.
    Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators.

    Forces and Magnets – This topic will allow the children to observe the effect that forces have on objects. They will explore how different surfaces affect the way in which an object moves and how the force acts on an object. They will study magnetism and identify which materials are magnetic. They will also investigate uses for magnets in everyday life.

Science

  • Rocks and Soils ? In this unit the children will be able to identify naturally occurring rocks and explore their uses and will be able to group rocks according to their characteristics. They will have the opportunity to identify rocks that are used for particular purposes, what fossils and soils are and how they are formed.
  • Forces and Magnets – This topic will allow the children to observe the effect that forces have on objects. They will explore how different surfaces affect the way in which an object moves and how the force acts on an object. They will study magnetism and identify which materials are magnetic. They will also investigate uses for magnets in everyday life.

PE

  • Dance – The children will create a dance routine over 6 lessons, working on their flexibility, balance and coordination. They will have the opportunity to develop their routine by assessing their own and others work.

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    Strike/Field – The children will take part in games such as rounders, cricket and hockey. They will develop their throwing, catching and fielding skills whilst also developing their hand-eye coordination.

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

  • Theme: Chocolate

    The children will discover how chocolate is produced and how the production of chocolate has changed over time. They will research the countries where cocoa beans are grown and examine why the climate of those countries suits cocoa bean production. They will research the history of Cadbury’s and have an opportunity to do some creative writing based on the Cadbury story. The children will taste and describe different types of chocolate and create, design, make and package their own chocolate bars.

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. ?My Maths? will also be issued online every Monday.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.

Autumn Term

RE

Belonging in God’s Family - Looking at the different groups we belong to, exploring the Sacrament of Baptism and seeing how Catholics celebrate belonging to God’s family through Mass.
Reconciliation - Exploring human choices, the consequence of sin and Christ’s teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Advent  - Looking at the Bible stories of the Annunciation and the Visitation. How Mary prepared for the coming of Jesus and how we should use Advent as a time to prepare ourselves for Christ being welcomed into the world.

Literacy

Stories –  Using the story 'The Papaya that Spoke' the children will have the opportunity to learn this story using a talk for writing approach. They will then plan and write a story of their own choice with a description of a setting, a beginning, middle and end.
Play scripts – The children will read and discuss play scripts. They will identify features such as narrators and be introduced to stage directions and the impact these have on the performance of play scripts. 
Poetry to Perform – As a class we will read and discuss a range of performance poems, identifying distinctive features such as repetition, rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. The children will write their own poem using these features.
Instructions – The children will be introduced to imperative verbs and will have the opportunity to write instructions based around the mummification process. 
Adventure Stories – The children look at features of adventure stories, story structure, characters and plot. Children write character descriptions and build up to planning and writing their own adventure story.

Numeracy

Place Value – Reading and writing numbers and numerals up to 1000, recognise the value of each digit in a three digit number. The children will also be finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number.
Addition and Subtraction – Adding and subtracting numbers with up to 3 digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction. The children will be adding and subtracting numbers mentally including three digits and ones, three digits and tens and three digits and hundreds.
Multiplication (including the 3, 4 and 8 times tables) and division - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 3,4,8 times tables.
Measurement - Measuring the perimeters of 2d shapes, add and subtract lengths (m,cm,mm)

Science

Plants - We will be finishing this unit from last term. The children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants and explore the requirements of plants for life and growth including how they vary from plant to plant. They will investigate the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.  
Animals including Humans – Find out about food groups and healthy balanced diets. Study the human digestive system and how food is transported around the body. Investigate skeletons and look closely at bones, joints and muscles and compare with animal skeletons. Discover effects of exercise.

PE

Gymnastics
Dance
Swimming – The children will be having daily swimming lesson from 15th October -26th October. The children will learn a range of strokes, learn how to stay afloat and improve their confidence in the water.

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

Theme: Stone Age Britain
In this theme the children will explore Stone Age Britain. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They will investigate and interpret the past and use evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about prehistoric diets, weapons, animals, dwellings and living conditions. They will understand the importance of using more than one source of evidence for historical enquiry in order to gain a more accurate understanding of history and to build an overview of world history. They will use literacy, numeracy and computing skills to a good standard in order to communicate information about the past. Children will bake unleavened bread. In art they will paint cave art and create stone age pottery.

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. ‘My Maths’ will also be issued online every Monday. Sacramental Homework will also be given out at different times during the term on a Thursday and should be handed in on a Thursday.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.