Year 3

Summer Term 1

Whole School Theme: Build It!
Year Group Theme: Short Circuit - Robots

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the exciting topic of robots!

Within History, children will be exploring what life was like before electricity and the history of technology. These sessions will include looking at key historical figures including the work of Thomas Edison. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning.

The theme of robots will continue in Art and DT lessons where children will develop and apply a range of skills to design and then create their own moving robot!

Science this half term will be split into two parts. During the first half of the term, we will be looking at rocks and soils. Towards the end of the half term, we will look at the study of circuits and electricity, providing children with the opportunity to explore how circuits work and the use of switches which they will then use to light up their own robot.

Our work in Literacy and Language this half term will also focus on robots, looking at the text ‘A Tale of Two Robots’. During core text children will focus on ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.

In Maths, children will be focusing on fractions, using money and adding and subtracting units of length. Children will also be focusing on the 8x tables as part of their number basic sessions.

PE day for year 3 this term is on Wednesdays and swimming will return on Mondays. Please ensure that your child has their PE/swimming kit ready for these days, including a swimming cap and suitable clothing for outdoor sessions; and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day.

Parent and child session                                                                             

Date: TBA

Our parent and child session will focus on working scientifically this half term. The children will act as guides to show you through their learning with opportunities to complete practical scientific investigations.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic on robots.

  • Children must produce TWO pieces and can then choose from the following:
  • Design a robot and instructions on how it works
  • Create a presentation or speech about Thomas Edison
  • Create an invention
  • Write a series of letters based on our story time.

Visits/visitors/events

Possible visit to the Science Museum in London.
Date: TBA

A visit to the science museum to find out about Michael Faraday and his inventions plus complete an ‘electrifying electricity trail’.


Spring Term 2

Whole School Theme: Take One Picture
Year Group Theme: Matisse

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the work of Henri Matisse with a particular art focus where children will explore and experiment with textiles to create a range of collages and prints, taking inspiration from the work of Matisse.

Within Geography, Children will be focusing on key map skills such as reading grid references and time zones. Children will also be comparing France and Tahiti which were significant to Matisse.

Science this half term will look at the study of light; providing children with the opportunity to explore light and shadow and carry out their own investigations.

Our Core text this half term is The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and focuses on modern retellings and parodies of famous fairy tales, while in Literacy and Language children will be exploring poetic techniques to create their own and then moving on to look at explanation texts as part of their non - fiction focus.

As part of the National Curriculum, this half term children will be receiving sex and relationship education which will involve identifying the stages of human lifecycle, explain ideas about being grown up and explain some ways that parents and carers are responsible for babies.

We will continue to use Numicon in to our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at sequencing and formal written methods. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 15 - 30 minutes every day.  This should include a range of text types. Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. This half term, children will be working on achieving their 8x tables. Children will be tested fortnightly on the times table-facts, we therefore encourage parents to support their children in this.

Parent and child session

Date: 28th March

Our parent and child session enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child. The session will take place in class and will be a celebration of the learning that has taken place this half term.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic of Matisse

Children must produce TWO pieces and can then choose from the following:

  • Write a modern version or parody of a fairy tale
  • Create a presentation about Matisse
  • Make a collage in the style of Matisse
  • Create a map with grid reference

Visits/visitors/events

Kidzania
Date: 17th March

Children will run their own city and get the opportunity to create their own opportunities, working in different roles to earn money and contribute to society.


Spring Term 1

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: Time Travellers

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing London through time with the theme of time travel.

Within History, Children will be focusing on the Anglo Saxons.  These sessions will include exploring how British life was influenced and make links with significant historical figures. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning.

Time travel will continue in the Art and DT lessons where children will explore and experiment with different textiles, while Science this half term will look at the study of magnets and their properties leading to the design and creation of their own science fair.

Literacy and Language will focus on ‘Smash and Grab’ where children will look at mystery stories and children will continue to develop their use of My Book Blog.

We will continue to use Numicon in to our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at calculation and the different methods associated with the four operations. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

PE days are Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types. Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children will be tested fortnightly on the times table facts, we therefore encourage parents to support their children in this.

Parent and child session

Date: TBA

Our parent and child session enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child. The session will take place in the KS2 hall and will be a celebration of the learning that has taken place this half term. 

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic of an Eye on London.

Children must write a mystery story and then choose one of the following:

  • Create a presentation about London
  • Make a model of a London landmark
  • Create a map of London 100 years ago

Visits/visitors/events

London
Date: TBA

Children will get the opportunity to travel through the country’s capital exploring prominent monuments representing key historical eras.


Autumn Term 2

Whole School Theme: Inspirational People
Year Group Theme: Boudicca

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on Boudicca and Roman Britain which we will be exploring across different subject areas.

Within History, Children will be focusing in detail at Roman Britain and the Celtic rebellion with particular emphasis on Boudicca. These sessions will include looking at how the Roman’s influenced life in Britain and make links with the local area and the town of Colchester. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning.  

The study of Roman Britain with continue in the Art and DT lessons where children will explore and create their own mosaics and construct their own Roman shield, sword and helmet, whereas Science will look at the study of rocks; including the different rock types and linking with the work of archaeologists.

Our Core text this half term is “The thieves of Ostia”, by Caroline Lawrence. This is the first in a set of  Roman adventure mysteries. Our work in Literacy and Language this half term will be looking at ‘A Tune of Lies’, a playscript looking at exaggeration and the consequences of lying.

We will continue to use Numicon in to our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at calculation and the different methods associated with the four operations. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

This is an exciting time in PE where children will continue with their swimming lessons. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. 

Ideas to support your child

Children should be reading every day and parents must sign the children’s purple partnership books. If children read 5 days a week they will be in the Reading Hall of Fame. We also have the reading challenge where children receive prizes for the times that they read. We encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible and provide children with the opportunity to read a range of text types. Children should be practising their multiplication facts every day, as we would like children to be secure with their tables by the end of the year. Children will be and children will be taking part in their Times Table challenges and we encourage parents to help children to practise.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic of Roman Britain and Boudicca.

Children can prepare a presentation to share with the class, produce a piece of artwork such as a drawing of Boudicca or a Roman mosaic, or construct a Roman artefact/ Celtic round house.

Visits/visitors/events

Date: TBA

Parent & child session

Date: TBA


Autumn Term 1

Whole School Theme: Who's Who
Year Group Theme: Spain

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the country of Spain through a range of different subject areas.

During our topic sessions children will look in detail at Spain and make comparisons with the UK. This will include examining location, population and climate as well as cultural differences between the two countries including a food tasting session!

Food will also be a focus in the Design and Technology sessions where children will be given the opportunity to explore different bread types before producing their own version and designing their own sandwiches. If your child has any intolerances/allergies please make sure to let your teacher know.

English will focus on the beach which lends itself nicely to the topic of Spain and provides children with the opportunity to share their own experiences. The core text will look at the books ‘Gregory Cool’ and ‘The Shrimp’ while the Literacy and Language unit focuses on ‘Sand Wizards’.

Maths will continue to use the Numicon scheme with particular focus this half term on revising calculation methods for adding and subtracting as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to examine, identify and describe different plants and their parts.

It will be an exciting time in PE where children will begin their swimming lessons. Swimming will be on a Monday, so please ensure that children bring their swimming bag/kit in each Monday morning. 

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children who read 5 days a week will then be placed in the Reading Hall of Fame and will receive a reading challenge prize.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children who successfully pass their Times Table Challenges will be called up in assembly and presented with a gold badge. We therefore encourage parents to support their children in this. 

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide on the side homework will relate to our topic on Spain and the Core Texts ‘Gregory Cool’ and ‘The Shrimp.’

Children must choose two of the following:

  • Write a story set in Spain or at the beach
  • Create a presentation about Spain
  • Create a beach scene box
  • Create a wildlife project

Summer Term 2

Whole School Theme: Going Green
Year Group Theme: Eco Warriors

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the local environment and becoming eco warriors!

Within Geography, children will have the opportunity to explore the local environment and discuss what they like and dislike about it. The children will then use this research to identify ways in which they can improve their local area.

In Science the focus will be on animals and humans. Children will be looking at food chains and nutrition as well as the importance of the skeleton, muscles and joints and the effects of exercise.

Our Story time this half term will be Stories for a Fragile Planet, The Tin Forest and Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs which all link with our topic on the local environment. We will also be looking at ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker which explores how the view from a window changes over time which will link with our topic on the environment. Children will use this book to consider their own views from a window and what they would like to see.

The theme of windows will continue in Art and DT lessons where children will look at making stained glass windows and building and decorating a range of different frames using a range of media.

PE days are Friday and swimming continues on Mondays. Please ensure that your child has their PE/swimming kit ready for these days, including a swimming cap and suitable clothing for outdoor sessions; and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children will receive a prize for every 10 reads that they complete.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children who successfully pass their Times Table Challenges will be called up in assembly and celebrated; we therefore encourage parents to support their children with this.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side will relate to our topic of the local environment.

  • Children must choose two of the following:
  • Create a view from a window
  • Create a presentation about the local environment
  • Build an environment box of your ideal environment.
  • Grow a plant and record observations.

Parent and child session

Date: TBA

Our parent and child session will be a celebration of the children’s learning this half term. The children will act as guides to show you through their learning with opportunities to complete practical activities. 


Summer Term 1

Whole School Theme: Build It!
Year Group Theme: Short Circuit - Robots

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the exciting topic of robots!

Within History, children will be exploring what life was like before electricity and the history of technology. These sessions will include looking at key historical figures including the work of Thomas Edison. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning.

The theme of robots will continue in Art and DT lessons where children will develop and apply a range of skills to design and then create their own robot!

Science this half term will look at the study of circuits and electricity and circuits, providing children with the opportunity to explore how circuits work and the use of switches which they will then use to light up their own robot.

Our Story time this half term is Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Ros Asquith and focuses on an alien undercover on Earth. Our work in Literacy and Language this half term will also focus on robots, looking at the text ‘A Tale of Two Robots’. During core text children will focus on ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.

PE day for year 3 this term is Friday and swimming resumes on Mondays. Please ensure that your child has their PE/swimming kit ready for these days, including a swimming cap and suitable clothing for outdoor sessions; and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children who read 10 days a fortnight will receive a prize.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children who successfully pass their Times Table Challenges will be called up in assembly and presented with a certificate. We therefore encourage parents to support their children in this.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic on robots

  • Children must produce TWO pieces and can then choose from the following:
  • Design a robot and instructions on how it works
  • Create a presentation or speech about Thomas Edison
  • Collect resources for a model of a robot
  • Write a series of letters based on our story time.

Visits/visitors/events

Visit to the Science Museum in London.
Date: Friday 13th May 2016

A visit to the science museum to find out about Michael Faraday and his inventions plus complete an ‘electrifying electricity trail’.

Parent and child session

Date: TBA

Our parent and child session will focus on working scientifically this half term. The children will act as guides to show you through their learning with opportunities to complete practical scientific investigations.


Spring Term 2

Whole School Theme: Take One Picture
Year Group Theme: Matisse

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the work of Henri Matisse with a particular art focus where children will explore and experiment with textiles to create a range of collages and prints, taking inspiration from the work of Matisse.

Within Geography, Children will be focusing on key map skills such as reading grid references and time zones. Children will also be comparing France and Tahiti which were significant to Matisse.

Science this half term will look at the study of light; providing children with the opportunity to explore light and shadow and carry out their own investigations.

Our Core text this half term is The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and focuses on modern retellings and parodies of famous fairy tales, while in Literacy and Language children will be exploring poetic techniques to create their own and then moving on to look at explanation texts as part of their non - fiction focus.

As part of the National Curriculum, this half term children will be receiving Sex and relationship education which will involve identifying the stages of human lifecycle, explain ideas about being grown up and explain some ways that parents and carers are responsible for babies.

We will continue to use Numicon in to our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at measurement including capacity and co-ordinates. Children will also begin to explore money and fractions. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children who read 5 days a week will then earn a prize each week.  Children will also be provided with a reading comprehension to complete each week. As part of our Numicon maths scheme, children are provided with a game/activity to do at home relating to the maths they have been learning in class that week. Please encourage your child to complete all homework activities to help with their learning.

Parent and child session

23 March 2016

Our parent and child session enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child. The session will be a celebration of the learning that has taken place this half term.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic of Matisse

Children must produce TWO pieces and can then choose from the following:

  • Write a modern version or parody of a fairy tale
  • Create a presentation about Matisse
  • Make a collage in the style of Matisse.

Create a map with grid reference.

Visits/visitors/events

  • ROH Photography training by a professional photographer: 15 & 16 March 2016.
  • Library Visit (date to be confirmed).

Spring Term 1 2016

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: Time Travellers

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on London through time.

Within History, Children will be focusing each week on a different era including Roman, Saxon, Tudor and Victorian. These sessions will include exploring how British life was influenced and make links with significant historical figures. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning

Time travel will continue in the Art and DT lessons where children will explore and experiment with different textiles. Science this half term will look at the study of magnets and their properties leading to the design and creation of their own burglar alarm.

English will focus on ‘Smash and Grab’ where children will look at mystery stories while the core text is Beowulf.

We will continue to use Numicon in our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at calculation and the different methods associated with the four operations. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

PE days in Class 3O are Tuesday and Friday and in Class 3JB are Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children who read 5 days a week will then be able to earn a reading prize.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children who successfully pass their Times Table Challenges will be called up in assembly and presented with a gold badge. We therefore encourage parents to support their children in this.

Parent and child session

Date: TBA

Our parent and child session enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide on the side homework will relate to our topic of an Eye on London.

Children must write a mystery story and then choose one of the following:

  • Write a speech from a historical figure
  • Create a presentation about London
  • Make a model of a London landmark
  • Create a map of London 100 years ago. 

Visits/visitors/events

London

Date: TBA (Spring 1 or Spring 2)

Children will get the opportunity to travel through the country’s capital exploring prominent monuments representing key historical eras and may also visit an art gallery.


Autumn Term 2

Whole School Theme: Inspirational People
Year Group Theme: Boudicca

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on Boudicca and Roman Britain which we will be exploring across different subject areas.

Within History, Children will be focusing in detail at Roman Britain and the Celtic rebellion with particular emphasis on Boudicca. These sessions will include looking at how the Roman’s influenced life in Britain and make links with the local area and the town of Colchester. Children will be encouraged to complete additional research to support their learning.  

The  study of Roman Britain with continue in the Art and DT lessons where children will explore and create their own mosaics and construct their own Roman shield, sword and helmet, whereas Science will look at the study of rocks; including the different rock types and linking with the work of archaeologists.

Our Core text this half term is “The thieves of Ostia”, by Caroline Lawrence. This is the first in a set of  Roman adventure mysteries. Our work in Literacy and Language this half term will be looking at ‘A Tune of Lies’, a playscript looking at exaggeration and the consequences of lying.

We will continue to use Numicon in to our Maths sessions and during this half term our main focus will look at calculation and the different methods associated with the four operations. Numicon resources give children a sound start to maths through playful and innovative activities, enabling them to practice using a visual and hands on approach.

This is an exciting time in PE where children will continue with their swimming lessons and experience Chance to Dance – an initiative set up by the Royal Ballet. PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

Children should be reading every day and parents must sign the children’s purple partnership books. If children read 5 days a week they will be in the Reading Hall of Fame. We also have the reading challenge where children receive prizes for the times that they read. We encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible and provide children with the opportunity to read a range of text types. Children should be practising their multiplication facts every day, as we would like children to be secure with their tables by the end of the year. Children will be and children will be taking part in their Times Table challenges and we encourage parents to help children to practise.

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide of the side homework will relate to our topic of Roman Britain and Boudicca.

Children can prepare a presentation to share with the class, produce a piece of artwork such as a drawing of Boudicca or a Roman mosaic, or construct a Roman artefact/ Celtic round house.

Visits/visitors/events

Colchester Castle
Date: 4th November

Children will get the opportunity to explore the role of archaeologists and how they help us to understand the past.
Chance to Dance – During Thursday afternoons, children will be visited by instructors from the Royal Ballet.

Parent & child session

Date: TBA


Autumn Term 1

Whole School Theme: Who's Who
Year Group Theme: Spain

Topic overview

This half term Year 3 will be focusing on the country of Spain through a range of different subject areas.

During our topic sessions children will look in detail at Spain and make comparisons with the UK. This will include examining location, population and climate as well as cultural differences between the two countries including a food tasting session!

Food will also be a focus in the Design and Technology sessions where children will be given the opportunity to explore different bread types before producing their own version and designing their own sandwiches. If your child has any intolerances/allergies please make sure to let your teacher know.

English will focus on the beach which lends itself nicely to the topic of Spain and provides children with the opportunity to share their own experiences. The core text will look at the books ‘Gregory Cool’ and ‘The Shrimp’ while the Literacy and Language unit focuses on ‘Sand Wizards’.

Maths will continue to use the Numicon scheme with particular focus this half term on revising calculation methods for adding and subtracting as well as securing key number facts and strategies; while Science this half term provides children with the opportunity to examine, identify and describe different plants and their parts.

It will be an exciting time in PE where children will begin their swimming lessons and experience Chance to Dance – an initiative set up by the Royal Ballet.  Swimming will be on a Monday, so please ensure that children bring their swimming bag/kit in each Monday morning. Our Dance sessions will be on Thursday, so please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready on this day and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank You!

Ideas to support your child

All children are expected to read at home with an adult for at least 10 minutes.  This should include a range of text types.  Children who read 5 days a week will then be placed in the Reading Hall of Fame and will receive a reading challenge prize.  Another area that is vital for the children to develop is their multiplication facts. Children are encouraged to practise every day. Children who successfully pass their Times Table Challenges will be called up in assembly and presented with a gold badge. We therefore encourage parents to support their children in this. 

Guide on the side

This half term the children’s guide on the side homework will relate to our topic on Spain and the Core Texts ‘Gregory Cool’ and ‘The Shrimp.’

Children must choose two of the following:

  • Write a story set in Spain or at the beach
  • Create a presentation about Spain
  • Create a beach scene box
  • Create a wildlife project

Visits/visitors/events

Royal Opera House ‘Chance to Dance’ performance – Gateway Academy.
Date: 10.9.15
Followed by: Chance to Dance – During Thursday’s PE session children will be visited by instructors from the Royal Ballet. 
‘Tomatina Day’ – Wear red/yellow (Spanish flag colours)
Date: 16.9.15

Parent and child session

Date: 15th October 2015

Our Parent – Child sessions enable children to share examples of their work with parents and gives parents an opportunity to take part in some of the activities with their child. This half term the session will have a reading focus.