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Year 3 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2023).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.


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 Gods 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

  • Instructions 

  • Play scripts 

  • Persuasive letter

  • Stories

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. The children will also work on multiplying and dividing 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number as well as exploring multiplication and division through scaling.
  • 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.
  • Statistics
    The children will focus on understanding, drawing and analysing pictograms, bar charts and tables.
  • 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.

Science

  • Light – In this unit the children will be able recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will observe that light is reflected from surfaces. They will recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. They will observe patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
  • Plants – This topic will allow the children identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. They will 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 investigate the way in which water is transported within plants. They will explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

PE

  • Gymnastics

  • Handball

Thematic Curriculum

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

History:

Law and Power
The War of the Roses

Geography:

Rivers

Art:

Landscape and symmetry
Mythological paintings

PRE:

Dreams and goals
Healthy me

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Friday and should be handed in on Friday. 

Maths Missions

Sacrament Preparation

Reading

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.

Autumn Term

 

 

 

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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

  • Observation Poetry to Perform
  • Persuasive writing
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Adventure Stories
  • Instructions

Maths

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, and 8 times tables.

Science

The Human Body - Children will learn about voluntary and involuntary muscles and their purpose. They will learn that some muscles, like our heart, move without us consciously thinking about it, but other muscles require us to command them to move. Moving forward with their understanding, children will look in more detail at the skeletal system, building on prior knowledge and elaborating through studying names of bones, joints and their function.

Plants - Children will learn about cycles in nature. They will study patterns, trends and cycles that occur throughout the seasons, in the life of plants and in the life of animals. Children will understand that the tilt of the earth creates our seasons. They will look closely and observe changes in the seasons in their own environment. Children will think scientifically about the changes to plants through the seasons, how the increased hours of sunshine in the summer help plants to gain the necessary energy to grow bigger.

PE

Gymnastics
Dance

Thematic Curriculum

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

History:
Ancient Greeks
Greek philosophers
Geography:
Spatial sense and local geography
Western Europe
Art:
Line

Still Life

PRE / PSHE:

Getting to know each other

Families

 Homework

Reading

Maths Missions

Sacramental Preparation

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.

Year 3 Class Blog

Welcome to the year 3 ‘Class Blog’! We hope you enjoy a sneaky peak into our school day

We started our day with our guided reading session, followed by our English lesson exploring persuasive writing looking at the ‘dragon catcher’. We are proud of our hard work with our writing and presentation of handwriting!

We created art work linked to our persuasive writing. We love being creative and I hope you agree, we are a VERY talented and artistic class!

Our class saint this year is St Vincent de Paul. We picked him because of the compassion and humility he showed to others. We will offer prayers to him each day and hope he guides us this year. We researched and wrote fact files along with some more art dedicated to him

Finally, we had a great session during PE learning to rules to a new ball game called tchoukball (fun to play, hard to spell!). We loved it! Cant wait to learn more about this game in our next session