Text for enjoyment – Gregory Cool - Caroline Binch
The children will be working this half-term towards writing 2 independent pieces. The first piece will be a narrative where pupils will get the chance to use their imagination and create their own adventure story. All of our English will be taught through the Talk for Writing approach which focuses on the children’s’ ability to speak the language and features required before then attempting to write it. The second piece will then be a persuasive text, where children will be encouraged to use drama and role-play techniques to learn how to write in a persuasive manner.
We have had a huge focus on presentation and handwriting in Summer 1, and we are so pleased to see so many children enjoying and using cursive writing – they are so proud of how their writing looks now. Our focus this term will be spelling the Year 3/4 high frequency word list. If you would like another copy of this for working on at home, please do let a member of the Year 3 team know.
Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class, at least twice per week, to complete sessions but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.
Through our Reading for Inference sessions, children are learning to use their background knowledge and visualisation skills to bring a text to life. They are now much more confident at using inference to find answers to questions within a text, as well as noticing when they ‘break down’ in their reading. The children now have the skills to re-read the full sentence to check what an unfamiliar word may mean, and also using synonyms (alternative words that may fit the context) to help them to work out the word’s meaning.
Fluency, key word, important, specific, recover, meaning, relate, relationship, annotate, unpick, understand, evidence, relevant, accurate
Maths - Geometry and measurement.
Pupils will start off the term continuing with their work on column addition, subtraction and multiplication. We will also continue recapping time which was the focus just before half-term. This is an area of Maths that needs to be recapped every day both at home and in school. We will then move on to geometry learning about properties of shapes, angles and position. Finally, before the end of the half-term we will start to look at measurement focusing on mass and capacity.
Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Math’s lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding through a series of deepening and enriching tasks.
Times tables is still a focus in class, with daily teaching and practice. Pupils should also work on their times' table at home. We are aiming to know the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 times tables by the end of term!
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, angles, vertex, diagonal, angles, vertical, horizontal, right angle, acute angle, obtuse angle, pattern, size, compare, measuring scale, capacity, weight, measurement
Computing - Comparison cards and databases
This term children will be learning the following skills:
- Explain what is meant by ‘field,’ ‘record,’ and ‘data.’
- Compare paper and computerised databases.
- Put values into a spreadsheet.
- Sort, filter and interpret data in a spreadsheet.
- Create a graph on Google Sheets.
- Explain the purpose of visual representations of data.
Categorise, Category, Chart, Data, Database, Excel, Fields, Filter, Graph, Information, Interpret, PDF, Questionnaire, Record, Representation, Sort, Spreadsheet
PSHE and RSE
Our final topics in PSHE is economic wellbeing where we be looking at different ways of paying for things; explaining that money is needed when paying for items using a cheque, bank transfer or card. Children will have the opportunity to budget money through different scenarios, learning that a range of things might influence our spending choices. Children will recognise that there is a wide range of jobs available and that personal skills and interests affect career choices and understand that stereotypes sometimes exist about the jobs people do.
In our transition lesson children will reflect on their time in Year 3 and how far they have come as both a class and an individual. We will look at setting targets for the following year and how we can all support each other as we move into Year 4.
Budget, plan, spend, save, expense, needs, qualification, stereotype, feeling, goal, achievement, change, grow pride, transition, confidence, self-belief.
RE - What are deeper meanings of festivals?
In RE this term children will learn the following skills:
Make sense of belief:
• Identify the main beliefs at the heart of religious festivals (i.e. at least one festival in at least two religions)
• Make clear links between these beliefs and the stories recalled at the festivals.
Understand the impact:
• Make connections between stories, teachings, symbols and beliefs and how believers celebrate these festivals
• Describe how believers celebrate festivals in different ways (e.g. between celebrations at home and in community; and/or a variety of ways of celebrating within a religious tradition).
• Raise questions and suggest answers about what is worth celebrating and remembering in religious communities and in their own lives
• Make links between the beliefs and practices studied and the role of festivals in the life of Britain today, showing their understanding of the values and beliefs at the heart of each festival studied, giving good reasons for their ideas
• Talk about what they have learned, how and why their thinking has changed
Festival, Ritual, Tradition, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam
Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on football and the other on continuing to learn a dance for the upcoming school dance and gym festival (taking place Tuesday 28th June – further details to follow).
Football – Children will learn dribbling skills, keeping control of the ball while travelling. Children will learn to accurately pass a football to one another. Progressing on to passing a ball whilst moving. Children will learn to tackle each other correctly and learning how to do this safely in a game situation.
Team, control, dribble, pass, accurate, placement, speed, shoot, tackle, defend, score,
In History, we will be learning about Alexander the Great. We will expand on our previous learning about the Persian Empire. We will learn about The Northern Greek kingdom of Macedon and how they felt threatened by Persian power. We will learn about King Philip and how he made Macedon great. We will learn about Alexander’s battles and how he marched from one city to another city in the Persian Empire discovering how he conquered Persia. Finally, we will be learning about the wonderful library of Alexandria.
Macedon, puppet, king, hoplite, Philip of Macedon, captured, hostage, sarissa, phalanx, Delphi, oracle, prophecy, prophesy, league, League of Corinth, Bucephalas, assassinated, determined, Gordium, wagon, legend, pledged, loyalty, Issus, Alexandria, Gaugalmela, chariots, retreated, victor, divine, flew into a rage, Ptolemy, founded, scrolls, Euclid, geometry, astronomy, astronomer. Galen.
In Geography, we will be looking at Climate and Biomes. We will explore climates in Europe, and how these compare to other countries and continents, as well as learning all of the continent and ocean names. We will learn about the equator, and how climate differ to the North and the South of this, as well as beginning to understand what a Biome is – places on Earth that have similar animals, climates and plants.
Continent, oceans, Europe, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, landlocked, weather, climate, Equator, latitude, tropical, polar, mild, currents, Gulf Stream, biomes, savannah, rainforest, tundra, Mediterranean climate, temperate climate, temperatures, seasons.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
In French this half term, we be looking at home. Children will learn where they live, names of rooms with their homes. Once children can talk about their own home we will read a story about Garon the giant and the crazy castle he lives in.
Où habites-tu?, une maison, un appartement, un village, une ville, une grande ville, une chaumière, une ferme, les bois, chez toi, ta chambre, la cuisine, La routine quotidienne, Je me lève, Je prends le petit déjeuner, Je vais à l'école, Je prends le déjeuner, Je rentre chez moi, Je me couche, Garon le géant.
Music – Ukulele
This term we are pleased to say that we will continue to learn how to play the Ukulele. We have absolutely loved this so far, and we can already play 4 chords and 6 new songs!
Fret, head, neck, sound hole, body, tuning pegs, string, chord
Art and Design
To link with our topic of a healthy bread-based product in DT, we will be researching, designing and creating a side plate for a picnic using the medium of clay.
Clay, sculpt, malleable, rigid, adhesive, material
Science this term will all be focused on Light. Children will be taught to recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. Notice that light is reflected from surfaces. Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes. Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object and find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
Light, see, dark, reflect, surface, natural, star, sun, moon, shadow, blocked, solid, artificial, torch, candle, lamp, sunlight, dangerous, protect eyes.
This term, our DT project will be Healthy food. We will learn the skills of spreading, cutting and grating whilst designing, making and evaluating a bread based product. We are aiming to design a bread based item with a filling for lunch, such as a wrap, a sandwich, a roll, a blini or a toastie.
Name of products, names of equipment, utensils, techniques and ingredients texture, taste, sweet, sour, hot, spicy, appearance, smell, preference, greasy, moist, cook, fresh, savoury hygienic, edible, grown, reared, caught, frozen, tinned, processed, seasonal, harvested healthy/varied diet planning, design criteria, purpose, user, annotated sketch, sensory evaluations
Links to learning sites
Summer term starts – Monday 6th June
Dance and Gym Festival AMVC – Tuesday 28th June
Sports Day – Wednesday 29th June
Race for Life – Friday 8th July.
Reports issued – Tuesday 12th July
Summer Fayre - Wednesday 20th July