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Spring

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In Spring 1 our whole school theme is 'Dreams and Goals'.  In Year 3 children will share their successes and the difficulties they have faced.  They will know how to store their feelings of success in their internal treasure chest.

 

In Spring 2 our theme is 'Healthy Me'.  Children will name some things that they need to keep themselves safe from and they will identify who they should go to for help if they feel unsafe.  They can express and respond appropriately to feelings of anxiety or fear.  

Reading

We will begin the term by reading an exciting adventure story - Charlie's Superhero Underpants by Paul Bright. The children will complete hot-seating activities to gain a deepened understanding of Charlie's thoughts, feelings and motives and they will focus on using powerful adjectives, adverbs and similies to describe him. 

 

Next, we will read the story, a playscript and a newspaper report of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The children will work in groups to role-play the story and complete a radio broadcast. 

 

In Spring 2, we will look at a range of biographies (including JK Rowling, Roald Dahl and Usain Bolt) and the children will interview their Teacher before writing a biography about them. They will focus on the structure of a biography and identify the features of one. 

 

Grammar focus: headings/subheadings, prepositions, paragraphs, inverted commas, conjunctions, clauses, subordinate clauses.

 

Following our mastery approach to comprehension, children will study a weekly text. Each day the children will focus on a particular element: purpose structure and organisation, vocabulary, retrieval or inference. The texts selected, often provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 

 

In addition to this, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to. 

 

Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please ensure reading records are signed and in school daily. For additional support with reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

After reading Charlie's Superhero Underpants, the children will plan, draft and write their very own adventure story, ensuring that they include Year 3 writing features such as prepositions, conjunctions and inverted commas in their work. 

 

For the rest of Spring 1, we will focus on the Pied Piper of Hamelin and firstly, the children will produce a newspaper report based on the story. Pupils will then write their own playscript of an alternative ending to the Pied Piper - they will use colons to show when a new character speaks and brackets to indicate stage directions. 

 

At the end of the term, we will make healthy snacks for our Design and Technology project; the children will write a set of instructions in their English lessons which they will then follow when making their snack. 

 

Grammar focus: headings/subheadings, prepositions, paragraphs, inverted commas, conjunctions, clauses, subordinate clauses.

 

Throughout lessons, children are supported and encouraged to reread and improve their own work, accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. Our expectation is that children independently proof read for spellings, full stops, capital letters, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks.

 

Handwriting will be taught regularly and children will be supported to develop a neat cursive style. 

Daily spelling lessons will incorporate a variety of strategies for learning letter strings, spelling rules and words. Please support your child to learn the spellings we send home each week. For more information about spellings and handwriting, please visit our, 'Helping at Home', page. 

Maths

Following our mastery approach, children explore mathematical concepts using concrete materials, moving to visuals and then to abstract calculations. Children will revisit and build on their understanding of multiplication, money, statistics, length and perimeter and fractions. 

 

Please support your child with their weekly times tables homework, developing their instant recall. 

 

For more information about the calculation strategies we use, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

Art

Throughout the Spring Term, we will explore the work of Anthony Gormley, particularly focusing on his sculptures of the Iron Men. We will take a trip to Crosby beach to observe and sketch the sculptures and then the children will develop and apply their sketching/drawing skills by drawing them in detail. Pupils will investigate and alter the tone of their drawing by using a variety of art pencils and pressing down lightly for a light tone and harder for a darker tone. The children will evaluate their own and others' work before revisiting and refining their drawings. 

Computing

Throughout our curriculum, children are encouraged to make safe use of technology to research and present. 

 

During Spring 1 and 2, we will particularly focus on online behaviour, discussing what acceptable online behaviour is and how to report unacceptable behaviour. Pupils will be taught how to keep their information secure and how to make their own folders to store their work. The children will also take part in Safer Internet Day, during which they will complete a variety of activities to enhance their knowledge of how to stay safe online. 

 

For more information about keeping your child safe when using technology, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

Design & Technology

Our project this term is to design and make a healthy snack. Pupils will begin the project by discussing key vocabulary, researching and finding examples of healthy snacks and then designing their own. They will write a set of instructions for making their snack in English and will then follow these in our 'making' lesson. Children will develop the skills of using utensils and equipment safely and accurately; they will also learn the importance of following health, safety and hygiene rules. Once children have made their snack, they will taste it and evaluate it, suggesting how they could make improvements.  

Geography

During this term, the children will study our local area, looking at changes in land use over time. They will learn about farming, docks, trade and human and physical features and then use their knowledge to compare and contrast Waterloo and Llandudno. Pupils will compare the human and physical geographical features of each area and explain key differences in land use. 

History

In history, we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. At the beginning of the topic, the children will research and find out about pyramids, pharaohs, Egyptian way of life, hieroglyphics and hierarchy in society and present their findings to the rest of the class. They will then study the Tomb of Tutankhamun and write a diary entry as if they are Howard Carter entering the tomb for the first time. Pupils will also learn about the process of mummification and explain why it was done.  

Music

Our unit of work this term is called 'movement'. Pupils will be given the opportunity to work with instruments and create their own compositions based on different ways of travelling around. Throughout the activities they will develop an understanding of how different structures and musical devices such as phrasing and timbre are used in music. There is a focus on improvisation using a limited range of notes on pitched instruments, and creating rhythm patterns on unpitched instruments. The children will enjoy the opportunity to listen to music of different genres, and develop a greater understanding of how to write down music using graphic notation.

Physical Education 

During our outdoor PE lessons, the children will be learning TAG Rugby skills and drills and playing a selection of Net and Wall games. They will focus on developing their ball handling skills, defending and tagging, movement and coordination. During our indoor PE lessons, pupils will be learning an Egyptian Dance and they will then use Egyptian dance moves to create their own routines. Pupils will also build on their gymnastics skills through learning more complex balances and jumps. 

Religious Education 

In Spring 1, we will learn about Judaism. Children will be taught what the Torah is and how it is used and they will read and discuss the story of Abraham. Pupils will explain the importance of promises, recall the Ten Commandments and discuss the Exodus story.

 

Throughout Spring 2, we will study Christianity, particularly focusing on Jesus' miracles and Easter. The children will read the stories of the Feeding of 5000 and Blind Bartimaeus and retell these to their peers. Pupils will then recall the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday and write a statement as a witness from the crowd explaining what happened. 

Science

Throughout this term, the children will study the topics Animals including humans and Light. In Spring 1, they will learn about nutrition (including what forms a balanced diet), keeping healthy (through diet and exercise) and the human skeleton including its functions (support, movement and protection). They will also take part in Healthy Habits workshops delivered by Sefton or School Nurses. 

 

In Spring 2, we will learn about light and the children will understand how light enables us to see. They will investigate how shadows are formed and find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. Pupils will be taught that light from the sun can be dangerous to our eyes and therefore, we need to protect them. 

Spanish 

In Spring 1, pupils will learn to count and order numbers to 30 and to match colour words. They will learn and sing songs to help them to remember the vocabulary.

 

In Spring 2, pupils will use their prior knowledge to describe animals using different colours. They will have conversations, describing their own pets with their peers. 

Cultural Capital 

As a school, we have planned cultural capital experiences which supplement our curriculum. This term, we will: 

  • Write in hieroglyphics
  • Create a pinhole camera/light a candle
  • Go on a sculpture trail
  • Try yoga
  • Create a sound track for a piece of film
  • Tell the class about a favourite character from a book
  • Broadcast a radio play

Homework 

Reading: Our expectation is that children read at home daily. Please sign their reading records and ensure they are in school every day. We believe children of all ages and abilities benefit from being read to. 

 

Spelling: We send home a weekly spelling list. Our expectation is that children use a range of strategies to learn them. Please visit our 'Help at Home' page for a copy of the strategies. We recommend that children spend a little time each day practising their spellings. 

 

Multiplication and division: Again, we will send home a weekly task. However, we recommend that children spend a little time each day practising them. 

 

English/Maths: We will send home alternate English/maths tasks each Friday. This will be due in by the following Friday.  

 

For additional information and resources for supporting your child at home, please visit our, 'Help at Home' page. 

Optional Homework Projects 

  • Create a model Pyramid
  • Make your own sculpture of the Iron Men 
  • Design a brochure for Llandudno - persuade people to go there

Children will be awarded merits for completing these projects and will be given the opportunity to share their work with their class. 

Trips/Events

World Museum - Ancient Egypt

 

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