Year 3

Autumn 1 - Me, Myself and I

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We will be starting the year with our exciting topic, which will be focusing on ourselves and our own goals and targets. Our English theme is based around journeying back through time to investigate the start of human civilisation, as we look at the lives of early humans in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

We will take a trip back in time with Stone Age Boy and write a postcard card home explaining how life was completely different back then. In addition, we will change the story and write our own alternative version as to what happens when Stone Age boy ends up in the past.

As well as this, during our Science lessons, we will be looking at the human body, how to keep ourselves healthy with a balanced diet and how our skeletons and muscles work. George’s Marvellous Medicine will complement our Science topic and in English we will be creating our own descriptive list of ingredients for Grandma’s medicine as well as a police report looking into the unusual goings on at the farm with Grandma.

In addition, we will also be completing lots of physical skills such as swimming and multi-skills in P.E and understanding how physical exercise can affect the body. Finally, your knowledge can help your child, as they will be exploring and creating their own family tree and setting themselves some challenging targets for the year ahead!

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Character description
  • Story writing
  • Book review
  • Non-chronological report
  • Leaflet
  • Postcard
  • Poetry writing
  • Performance Poetry

 

  • Adjectives
  • Conjunctions
  • Time connectives
  • Noun verb phrases
  • Sentence openers
  • Revision of Year 2 words
  • Suffixes

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- place value – read and write numbers up to 1000 – recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number – find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number – use inequality symbols to compare numbers – to correctly order 3 and 4-digit numbers – to round 3 and 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 – to problem solve using place value – to count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 - add and subtract multiples of 10 and 100 mentally – to add and subtract numbers using the column method. 

 

Autumn 2 - Don't blame it on the Weatherman

As we head into the cold winter, we will be taking a geographical approach and your child will be learning about diverse weather phenomena, both locally and worldwide. Your child will become a roving, intrepid weather reporter and write reports on the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the impact it had on the inhabitants of America.

Their computing skills will be put to the test as they research these facts. Furthermore, we will be writing stories using suspense, as the children create story endings for a terrible flood which affects the school. It’s not all rain and storms though as the children enjoy the creative aspect of weather poetry using both instruments and onomatopoeia to bring weather to life! The children will also be making their own weather dances in PE.

As we creep further towards Christmas and the freezing weather, we will be heading on an exciting journey south to Antarctica and writing postcards home about the extreme weather conditions and the possibility of frostbite! In Science, we will be learning about the poles as well. This time we will be studying magnetic north and south in our topic based on magnets and forces.

We will climb aboard the Polar Express to get us into the festive spirit and the children will not only be writing creatively about this magical journey, but they will also be using their art and design skills to recreate some of the special features from the story as well.

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Non-chronological report
  • Poetry
  • Book summary
  • Weather forecast
  • Story writing
  • Postcard

 

 

  • Ambitious adjectives
  • Sentence openers
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Exclamation and question marks
  • Conjunctions
  • Pronouns
  • Apostrophe for contraction
  • Prefixes

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- to solve worded problems using a formal written method of addition and subtraction – to add and subtract amounts of money – to use the inverse operation to check calculations – to round numbers to support estimation – to use multiplication to represent equal groups – to use division within the 3 x tables – to solve worded problems using knowledge of the 3 x tables – to multiply by 4 using doubling and doubling again – to divide by 4 using halving – to use reasoning and problem solving within the 4 x tables – to solve worded problems using multiplication and division – to multiply by 8 using the grid method – to explore dividing by 8 using equal groups

 

Spring 1 - Loveable Rogues

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Ahoy there, it’s only our Loveable Rogues topic! You may know one yourself… but this half term we will be studying some famous loveable rogues. We will set sail on our pirate ship voyage by reading about the adventures of the mischievous Horrid Henry.

Throughout the topic, we will be comparing the stories of Henry and his friends, as well as writing a book review, creating character descriptions, making stories of our own and writing a school report for Henry. Henry isn’t our only loveable rogue though!

We will investigate what terrible tricks The Twits are playing on each other and create a few of our own, so watch out at home! We look at life on the seven seas and investigate the history and legends of famous pirates. Your child will put their art and design skills to good use creating a treasure chest to fill with ‘pieces of eight’.

Why stop at the seven seas though? We continue following our explorers and adventurers into space where, in our Science lessons, we learn about the ‘Space Race’ and who was the first to reach the moon. 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Story writing
  • Comparing stories
  • Book review
  • Letter writing
  • Performing a scene from a story
  • Character description
  • Report writing
  • First person recount
  • Newspaper article

 

  • Ambitious adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Time connectives
  • Open and closed questions
  • Embedded clauses
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Suffixes

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- to use inequality symbols with multiplication and division facts – to multiply and divide numbers by 10 – to use repeated addition to solve multiplication calculations – to multiply using the expanded column method – to multiply using the compact column method – to divide numbers using partitioning – to solve multiplication and division worded problems using a written method – to use known multiplication and division facts to scale up and down – to record all possible combinations – to use inequality symbols to compare money – to covert between pounds and pence – to add and subtract money – to interpret pictograms and bar charts – to present data collected in a pictogram and a bar chart – to tally and record data collected 

 

 

Spring 2 - All Creatures Great and Small

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Have you ever heard of an enormous rhinoceros escaping from the zoo and eating a child’s parents? Our English focus for this half term is based on the book ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl, where this event actually happens! We will be looking at the story and creating descriptive writing, character descriptions, play scripts, shape poems and instructional writing.

Of course we will also be trying some peaches in order to bring our descriptive imagination to life. A giant peach is not the only massive object we will be studying. In History, we will be learning about species of dinosaurs, their characteristics and their habitats. Imagine walking with dinosaurs!

We will be doing this during our visit to Thinktank. Our Art and Design will be based on creating some colourful and stunning dinosaur collages and paintings too. To complement this, in Science will be looking at different types of rock, soils and fossils. We will test them and learn about their different origins, as well as creating a fossil of our own! 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Poetry
  • Story sequencing
  • Autobiographical writing
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Diary entry
  • Newspaper article
  • Performing a scene form a story
  • Play script
  • Character description

 

  • Similes
  • First person
  • Conjunctions
  • Ambitious Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Suffixes
  • ei/ou sounds

 

 

 

Mathematics Chest 

- to read and record length in centimetres and millimetres – to measure accurately using centimetres and millimetres – to convert length – to compare length – to add and subtract lengths – to calculate perimeter – to identify and name unit and non-unit fractions – to identify tenths – to find unit and non-unit fractions of an amount – to solve fraction worded problems  

 

Summer 1 - The Courageous Celts and Ruthless Romans

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Would you rather battle with Boudicca or enlist in the Roman army? We will explore the fascinating way life has changed throughout history by writing reports on life in the Iron Age and discovering all about Celtic homes, jobs and becoming a fierce warrior.

Then we will progress into the ruthless era of the Romans who invaded Britain. The children will become the Emperor for a day and persuade people to join their army to take over Celtic Britain. They will also describe what life would be like within a Roman settlement by creating setting descriptions and character profiles. In addition, they will put their persuasive and artistic skills to use by advertising the amphitheatre and becoming convincing estate agents to encourage people to buy a new Roman villa.

Finally, they will step into the role of Romulus and Remus and describe in their diary entry how Rome got its name. Although we will be learning about life as a Roman soldier, imagine how much fun it will be to become one for the day! We will visit Lunt Fort and learn how to battle with shields and swords, hopefully the Emperor will give us the thumbs up for our efforts! We will create some beautiful Roman mosaics and learn about Roman numerals. Plus, we will learn about Roman gods and goddesses and how they influenced the lives of the Roman people.

To celebrate the weather becoming better and the days being brighter, in Science we will be learning about plants and flowers. We will investigate the factors needed for healthy growth and try to grow a few sunflowers of our own! 

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Information leaflet
  • Character description
  • Writing a speech
  • Recount
  • Autobiographical writing
  • Setting description
  • Story writing
  • Writing a myth
  • Diary entry
  • Non-chronological report

 

  • Sentence openers
  • Dictionary skills
  • First person
  • Ambitious adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Ch sounds like sh/k
  • Sc sounds like s

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- to write tenths as decimals – to place fractions on a number line – to identify equivalent fractions – to record equivalent fractions – to order fractions – to compare fractions using inequality symbols – to add and subtract fractions – to solve addition and subtraction fraction worded problems – to calculate fractions of an amount – to order the days and months of the year – to understand points of time in a day, for example noon, midnight – to tell the time to the nearest minute – to understand AM and PM – to tell the time using the 24hour digital clock – to calculate time duration – to compare time duration – to order and compare time in seconds 

 

Summer 2 - The Super Saxons and Victorious Vikings!

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Finally, set sail on an astounding historical voyage into the Saxon invasion of Britain. Here the children will become amazing archaeologists who will investigate and make detailed reports on some of the evidence and historical objects that have been found in Britain. Plus, we will be writing descriptively about what daily life would have been like during this time period. In addition, we will write newspaper articles about the famous site of Sutton Hoo.

In order to study the whole of Britain, we will also head north and research the Picts and Scots to observe who else was living in Britain at the time of the Anglo-Saxons. Following on from this, we will take a more mythological approach as we explore the life and culture of the Viking settlers. We will write character descriptions, poems and stories about the Norse gods including the mighty god Thor.

The children will learn about Viking long boats and put their design skills to use as they create their very own version of one! Whilst looking at these periods in history, we will also investigate the spread of Christianity and how this caused problems for the Viking settlers. To end the Summer term, we will be using the sunny days to help us understand shadows and how they occur in our Science topic.  

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Non-chronological report
  • Story sequencing
  • Diary entry
  • Newspaper article
  • Riddle
  • Letter writing
  • Persuasive writing
  • Performing a scene from a story
  • Character description
  • Myth writing
  • Poetry

 

  • Ambitious adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Embedded clauses
  • Time connectives
  • Alliteration
  • Conjunctions
  • Homophones
  • Revision Year 3 words

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- to recognise angles as a property of shape – to identify a right angle – to recognise angles that are greater than and less than a right angle – to identify horizontal and vertical lines – to identify perpendicular and parallel lines – to draw 2D shapes – to recognise 3D shapes - to model 3D shapes – to weigh using grams and kilograms – to use inequality symbols to compare mass – to add and subtract mass – to use litres and millimetres explore capacity – to use inequality symbols to compare capacity – to add and subtract capacity 

 

Please note that Parent Information Leaflets are sent out each half term with further details.