- Year 3 Curriculum Overview
Dear parents and carers,
Welcome to Year Three!
I hope that you have had a relaxing and restful summer and are ready for the year ahead.
The following is an overview of the areas that we will be studying during the autumn term:
We will begin by looking at a range of stories with familiar settings. These will be used as a stimulus for your child to write their own stories with a clear beginning, middle and end, including a description of a setting. In terms of non-fiction, we will read and write a range of reports on European countries. We will also write instructions linked to our work in science and DT.
Throughout, a focus will be put on developing and using a fully cursive handwriting style. Your child will revise and extend the reading and spelling of high frequency words as well as investigating and learning spelling rules.
Initially your child will extend their understanding of place value by reading, writing and ordering whole numbers to at least 1000. We will learn addition and subtraction facts for pairs that total 20 and 100. These will assist your child in mental addition and subtraction. We will also learn times table facts each week.
Throughout the term we will learn strategies to solve a range of problems using both numbers and shapes. As part of this your child will learn how to name, draw and make 2D and 3D shapes. We will collect data to answer a question linked to our topic and learn how to present it in tables, graphs and diagrams.
We will be studying plants. As part of this topic we will learn the parts of flowering plants and their functions and the conditions affecting plant growth and plants as living things. We will investigate how water is transported in plants and describe plant life cycles, in particular how seeds are formed, dispersed and germinate.
Our overall topic is Europe. This will provide the basis for a cross-curricular approach to many subjects. We will use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries with a focus on Europe and countries that we have visited. We will also learn to understand geographical similarities and differences though the study of human and physical geography of a region or area in a European country.
We will develop word processing skills by producing reports on European countries, altering text and adding graphics. We will learn about essential safety and how to keep safe on the internet.
Mrs Sophoclides will take R.E lessons for the term. Your child will be studying Judaism and how Jewish people use the Torah.
Mrs Sophoclides will also deliver French lessons.
Our indoor P.E. will be on Friday mornings. The children will work towards creating a simple routine, while constantly evaluating their own and others’ work. We also have professional sports coaches on Monday mornings, helping the children to develop their stamina and games skills. Initially, we will study netball and hockey.
Swimming lessons will commence after the October half-term. Details will follow prior to the half-term break.
Art / D.T
We will be looking at the work of Matisse and creating our very own masterpieces! In D.T we will design and make our own ‘European’ sandwiches. We will also examine and grade existing bread and sandwiches available in shops. There will be a focus on the importance of good personal and food hygiene.
We will be learning to play the recorder. Lessons will be provided by a visiting teacher. Your child will be given their own recorder provided by the school.
A few pointers to help the smooth running of our classroom:
P.E. kits should be clearly labelled and remain in school until the half term break.
If your child attends an after school club I would prefer they have an additional kit if possible. This ensures the children always have a kit in school for P.E. lessons and we can maximise the time we have allocated in the hall or pitch each week.
Home learning will be set each Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.
Weekly spellings will also be sent home and tested in class, as will times tables.
Reading record books will be checked over each week, so please ensure that your child reads every day and record their progress in the record book.
If at any stage you have any questions please catch me in the playground for a quick word. If you feel a meeting would be more appropriate let me know and we can arrange a time that suits.
Welcome once again, I hope your child has a great start to Year Three!