Year 3

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A very warm welcome from Y3 to parents old and new! The children have had an extremely positive start to the new academic year, approaching their learning with enthusiasm and building new friendships. We are looking forward to working closely with you throughout the year to ensure your child is happy in school and meeting their full potential.

'From September 2014 a new primary curriculum has been introduced in schools. Staff have been working very hard in school to plan an exciting school curriculum based upon the requirements of the New Curriculum and on the needs of our children'.

We are passionate about every child enjoying their learning and achieving their true potential and so our Curriculum Aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

Our Curriculum Aims are:

  • To provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum which supports the academic, social and personal development of every child, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.
  • To ensure that all children receive high quality teaching which enables them to become literate and numerate, leading to consistently high standards across the school.
  • To provide rich first-hand purposeful experiences, making full use of our local environment and expertise beyond the classroom.
  • To develop a life-long love of learning by encouraging children to take charge of their own learning and to work as independent thinkers.
  • To make learning meaningful by creatively linking different areas of the curriculum, and continually adapting the curriculum to fit our pupil’s needs in an ever-changing world.
  • To widen the aspirations of our learners by having consistently high expectations and by encouraging pupils to strive for their dreams.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to help them develop positive relationships and a critical appreciation of and respect for their own and others’ beliefs, culture and identity.
  • To ensure that all children have high self-esteem by fully engaging in opportunities offered in order to feel a sense of personal and collective achievement every day.
  • To provide opportunities for children to further develop their individual skills and talents by taking part in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • To involve parents as key partners in their child’s education.

 

Year 3 Curriculum Map

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic

What’s For Lunch

Stone Age

Light Up London

Plant Power

Ancient Egypt and The River Nile

English

Narrative – Sam’s Duck (Story in a familiar setting that raises an issue or dilemma)

(Sam’s Duck)

Instructions (How to make a healthy sandwich/ apple crumble)

Recounts

Poetry (People Equal; Fireworks)

Information texts:

What are the main differences between Stone Age and today?

(Non-fiction books on the Stone Age)

Narrative – Adventure stories

(The Tunnel, The Dark, Where the wild things are)

Persuasive texts

Performance Poetry

Explanation  

Recount –Kew Gardens

Narrative - Stories from Ancient Egypt (Story set in Historical Settings)

Information and note-taking – aspect of Ancient Egypt-brochure

(Non-Fiction books on Ancient Egypt)

Explanation (From source to mouth)

Newspaper articles

Author focus- fantasy stories.

(Books by Helen Ward)

Guided Reading

Dogger- Shirley Hughes

The Queen’s Knickers- Nicola Allen

The Owl who is afraid of the dark- Jill Tomlinson

The Mousehole Cat-Antonia Barbara/Nicola Bayley

A Caribbean Dozen-Grace Nichols

Dinner Ladies Don’t Count-Bernard Ashley A Fairy Tale- Tony Ross The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-C.S. Lewis.
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Assess children on entry (Level 2 SPAG test) Introduce, revisit and consolidate the necessary content from Year 2:

- Word: Formation of nouns and adjectives using suffixes; -er –est and –ly

- Sentence: Subordination and co-ordination; expanded noun phrases; types of sentence

- Text: present tense/past tense; progressive form of verbs

- Punctuation: Basic 4 types to demarcate; commas in a list; apostrophes for missing letters and possession

Year 3 content:

- Word: Nouns; a or an, word families

- Sentence: Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions

- Text: Paragraphs; Headings and subheadings; Present perfect form of verbs instead of simple past

- Punctuation: Inverted commas to punctuate direct speech

Maths Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating. Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape Block C: Handling data and measures. Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks). Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating. Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape Block C: Handling data and measures. Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks). Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating. Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape Block C: Handling data and measures. Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape. Block E: Fractions (to be distributed across the four other blocks).
Computing E-Safety/ 2-Type/ Saving onto server/ Email Programming Handling data Databases Technology in our lives Programming

Science

Teeth and Nutrition

Rocks

Fossils

Light

Plants

(Trip to Kew Gardens)

Flowering Plants Magnets
Geography

Local area enquiry and fieldwork

Compare land use in a different area of the UK-London Rivers
History

Stone Age

Ancient Egypt and The River Nile
Art and Design

Still Life (Drawing)

Cave Paintings –chalk / charcoal painting Landscape painting – linked to a local artist

Collage – Claude Monet

Egyptian Art Textiles
Design and Technology Cooking and Nutrition: understand seasonality and where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Clay finger pots

Stonehenge

Jewellery

Biscuit making

Bird feeders

Mechanisms – Pulley systems/ Chariots Magnetic board game
RE Harvest Festival Christmas- Christianity Buddhism Islam
Music Singing/Recorders Singing/Recorders Singing/Recorders Singing/Recorders Singing/Recorders Singing/Recorders
P.E

Fitness

Gymnastics

Gymnastics Dance – Look at dance from different cultures? Athletics OAA
Games

Hockey

Football

Rugby Netball Rounders Cricket
PSHE Determination (including Going For Goals)

Cultural Diversity

Diversity (with a focus on gender)  Equality (with a focus on disability) Courage and Sex and Relationships Excellence
M4L European Day of Languages Early Start Spanish 1 Talking Big Books/ Story