Year 3 are taught by Mrs West (whilst Mrs Bateman is on maternity leave) and Mrs Gardner
Miss Hannaway, Mrs Martin and Mrs Rutherford are our Year 3 Teaching Assistants and Mrs Arnold is our Learning Mentor (LAPS Team).
All children will have a colour banded book and a library book to take home and they will be able to change this every Monday. We can provide a reading log if you require. Year 3 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so PE kit is to be worn to school on these days.
Below is an overview of each term.
Home Learning – if you need to send anything to school electronically, please email to: Y3@gomerjuniorschool.co.ukYear-3-2021-2022-curriculum-overviews
Autumn Term 2022
Sensational Stone Age
Year 3 will go back in time to the Spectacular Stone Age during the Autumn Term and continue on to the Impressive Iron Age. How did the earliest humans live? What species of animals inhabited the planet? Why is it referred to as the Iron Age? These are only a few of the themes we will be delving into during the first half of the term. In the second half of the term, we examine dangerous volcanoes, their eruption mechanisms, and the temperature of magma!
To learn more about the Stone Age and volcanoes, we will be using a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature in literacy. We will utilise these texts to investigate the character and setting descriptions and to develop our own comprehensive set of instructions. Along with producing non-chronological reports and recounts, we will also write our own stories. Our literacy and guided reading lessons will incorporate all of our SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar) goals.
We will start the year with number and place value in mathematics, then move on to addition and subtraction, and finally multiplication and division. Every Friday, we will complete an arithmetic test and a times tables quiz to assess our mathematics knowledge and identify any areas that need improvement. In order to help, adults can support their children by using programmes like: ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ and ‘push the button’ at home.
Rocks and Soils, our first-half Science topic, connects nicely to both our Stone Age and volcanic units. We’ll be comparing various rock and soil kinds and learning how they were created. To assist us in determining the answers to our scientific questions, we will conduct a variety of different experiments.
For the first part of the term, we will explore prehistoric art, including cave drawings and Stone Age jewellery. The children will practise pencil sketching before making their own cave drawings while considering the tools that Stone Age people might have had access to. In order to link our scientific and geography lessons together, we will also build our own 3D models of volcanoes.
By looking at Dyson as our example and examining the qualities that make a good engineer, we will introduce the subject of gSTEM. The EHOM cycle (Engineering Habits of Mind) will be examined by the students, along with how great engineers including James Dyson use it to create new products or enhance ones that already exist. We will go on to look at the “pumpkin project,” which explores helping the people of Bangladesh in growing crops during their monsoon season. This will help us further discuss how STEM helps us to solve problems throughout the world. This topic also connects well to our study of rocks and soils.
We will be learning gymnastics and multi-skills in PE, as well as developing our stamina to assist us reach our Gomer Golden Mile goal.
For the first half of the autumn term, computing will concentrate on developing students’ typing abilities before moving on to a study of coding using Ollies and Spheros and within our Diversity and Equality lesson we will first look at the book ‘ We Are All Welcome’ by Patricia Hegarty, as it will assist the children’s inquiry into belonging within RE.
This term Year 3 will be leaping into the Ancient world of the Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ topic. We will step back in time to find out how the Egyptians lived and find out what fantastic engineers they were. How did they build those spectacular pyramids? We will be using all of our new learning to write a persuasive advert to sell a tomb, create our own myths, and step into the shoes of the famous Howard Carter and write a recount of his tomb discovery. If that wasn’t enough, in the second part of the term we will immerse ourselves in suspense and mystery writing, looking at Pie Corbett’s ‘The Nightmare Man’ and finish by creating our very own mystery adventure with alternative endings.
In maths, we will continue to improve on our arithmetic skills,and multiplication facts. We will furthermore, continue to multiply and divide numbers along with exploring fractions. To end we will be telling the time using both analog and 24hr clock and secure our knowledge on the calendar months.
In PE, our indoor sessions will be gymnastics where we will learn sequencing, traveling and flexibility. Outdoor PE will be net and wall games, focussing on developing our hand-eye coordination. This will be led by a coach.
Art will be based around our Egyptian topic with tomb drawings, making clay canopic jars and clay amulets. We will also study the art work and patterns of the famous artist and architect Hundertwasser.
We will study the festival of Holi in RE this term and the Easter story. Our No Outsiders books will be ‘We’re all Wonder’ by RJ Palacio and ‘This is our house’ by Michael Rosen. These stories enable us to discuss equality, and what discrimination means.
In computing, we will continue to build on our word processing and typing skills by creating a digital presentation about the Egyptians. We will also be learning how to use the internet safely, whilst using it as a research tool. We will be using technology to showcase our writing by recording our adverts using the Ipad software.In Science we will be looking at forces and magnets and their uses in the real world. We will also be finding out about how shadows are formed and creating our own shadow puppets. gSTEM will focus on Lego and Egyptian mechanisms, such as the shadoof, flood resistance and floating gardens plus learning how the people in Ancient Egypt have had to engineer different designs to solve their real-life problems. We will use our design and technology skills to make models of our solutions.
Autumn Term 2021
In the Autumn Term, Year 3 will explore the sensational Stone Age moving right on through to the mighty Iron Age. What were early humans like? What kinds of animals roamed the earth? And why do we call it the Iron Age? Just a few of the questions we will be exploring in the first half of the term. In the second half of the term, we explore Vicious Volcanoes and what causes them to erupt, and just how hot is magma?
In Literacy, we will be using a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to explore more about The Stone Age and volcanoes. We will use these texts to create our own detailed set of instructions and explore character and setting descriptions. We will write our own stories as well as writing non-chronological reports and recounts. Our SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) targets for Year 3 will be intertwined within our Literacy and Guided Reading lessons.
In Maths we will be beginning the year with number and place value, followed by addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division. We will be having an arithmetic test and times tables quiz every Friday. Adults can support their children by accessing programmes at home such as Times Tables Rockstars and Freckle Maths to assist children in their maths learning.
Our Science topic for the first half term is Rocks and Soils, which links in well with both our Stone Age and volcanoes topic. We will be comparing different types of rocks and soils, and understanding how they are formed. We will carry out a number of different experiments to help us find answers to our scientific questions.
Prehistoric art will be our art focus for the first half term, exploring cave paintings and Stone Age jewellery. The children will be learning to sketch with pencils and then to create their own cave paintings, thinking about the resources that would have been available to Stone Age people. We will also be creating our own 3D volcano models to link in with our science and geography learning.
We will be introducing the topic of gSTEM by exploring what makes a good engineer, and focussing on Dyson. The children will explore the EHOM cycle (Engineering Habits of Mind) and how great engineers, such as James Dyson, use this cycle when designing new products or improving ones that already exist. We will then be moving on to looking at how STEM helps us to solve problems all over the world; we will explore the ‘pumpkin project’ which looks at helping the people of Bangladesh to grow crops in their monsoon season; this also links well with our rocks and soils science topic.
In PE, we will be embarking on gymnastics and multi-skills alongside working on our endurance helping us to complete our Gomer Golden Mile Goal.
Computing will focus on typing skills for the first half term before moving on to looking at coding through the use of Ollies and Spheros.
In RE the children will explore belonging, which will also be supported by the first book we will explore in our Diversity and Equality learning, which is We Are All Welcome by Patricia Hegarty.
Summer Term 2021
This summer term Year 3 will be learning about Florida comparing and contrasting our location as part of our geography topic. We will be using all of our new learning to write a persuasive text, create an information map and leaflet. In literacy we will be using Pie Corbett’s Nightmare Man and The Caravan to create suspense stories, using figurative language to enhance our writing skills.We will develop our understanding of paragraph structure.
In maths, we will continue to improve on our mental arithmetic skills and multiplication facts x10,x5,x2,x3,x4 and x8. We will be converting measures in length,weight and capacity. We will be learning about 24 hour clocks and Roman numerals will also be a focus, this will be linked to work on time.
In PE we will be developing our athletics skills aiming to improve our personal bests. Outdoor PE will be taken by a sports coach this half term, we will be learning striking and fielding game skills such as rounders and cricket. This will develop collaboration skills in team games.
Art will be based around the artist Georgia O’Keefe in particular her close-up paintings of flowers. This links to our science work as well. We will use a range of mediums such as watercolours and pastels. In RE this term we will study the concept of remembering by learning about Krishna and the concept of symbols by looking at trees. Computing will continue to build on our keyboard and programming skills using the program Scratch.
In Science we will be looking at the life cycle of plants, what conditions they need to grow. Planning experiments to test our predictions.We will also learn about animals, including humans, what they need to grow, linking to healthy eating. Our gSTEM will focus on the importance of bees in food production. We will be looking at bees and this
will link to our science work on plants.
Spring Term 2021
This term Year 3 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ history topic. We will step back in time to find out how the Egyptians live and find out what fantastic engineers they were. We will be using all of our new learning to write a persuasive advert to sell a tomb, creating our own myths, and step into the shoes of the famous Howard Carter and write a diary entry of his tomb discovery. As well as
this, we will mummify a fish to enable us to write a set of detailed instructions.
In maths, we will continue to improve on our arithmetic skills,and multiplication facts will still be a priority.Telling the time and using calendars will also be a focus. In PE we will be devising a dance routine based on a day working and living by the River Nile. Outdoor PE will be playing net and racket games this half term, focussing on developing their hand eye coordination. This will be led by a coach. Art will be based around our Egyptian topic with tomb drawings and making clay amulets. We will also study the art work and patterns of the famous artist and architect
Hundertwasser. We will study the festival of Holi in RE this term and the Easter story. Our No Outsiders books will be We’re all Wonder by RJ Palacio and This is our house by Michael Rosen.This stories enable us to discuss equality, and what discrimination means. In computing we will continue to build on our word processing and typing skills, by creating a digital presentation about the Egyptians. We will also be learning how to use
the internet safely as a research tool. We will also be using technology to showcase our writing. Recording our adverts using the Ipad software.
In Science we will be looking at forces and magnets and their uses in the real world.We will also be finding out about how shadows are formed and creating our own shadow puppets. gSTEM will focus on global solutions and we will be looking at flood resistant homes and floating gardens how the people in Bangladesh have had to engineer different designs to solve their real-life problems. We will use our design and technology skills to make models of our solutions.
Autumn 2 2020
This term we will carry on SPaG lessons recapping the basics of language beginning with noun, adjective and verb recognition, understanding adverbs, pronouns, inverted commas, conjunctions and prepositions! SPaG lessons take place on Monday and this is reinforced during the week in literacy lessons and guided reading sessions.
Maths this term will focus on the 4 rules of number, fractions, right angles,2D and 3D shape. We will continue to have an arithmetic test and 5 minute times tables challenge every Friday.Parents and carers can support their child at home by practising times tables as they are required to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.
We will be continuing The Stone Age where we look more closely at famous landmarks in Britain made by ancient civilisations. We will learn how life was for early man from researching artefacts discovered.Then we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes linking this to our science topic of Rocks and Soils.We will be using the knowledge we learn to write instructions, explanations and information texts in literacy.
In Religious Education we will be at the Madonna and child leading up to Christmas and the concept of Holiness. As part of our diversity and equality teaching we will use the book Blown Away by Rob Biddulph. The focus will be about being able to work with everyone in class.
gSTEM started with the Dyson engineering project and in particular, new ways of improving everyday objects such as the fan. We also looked at the qualities need in STEM, using the engineering habits of mind (EHOM) . This half term we will link our soil learning with the Pumpkin challenge which looks at how the people of Bangladesh grow crops in their sandy soil during the dry season. How STEM has helped to solve real life problems around the world.
In art we will be focusing on paint mixing and creating our own portrait of Madonna after looking at how other artists have portrayed her in their work.