Year 3 Curriculum Coverage
In Year 3 we explore different elements of art such as colour, pattern, texture, line and tone. We do this through regular opportunities to draw with pen and pencil and to paint – either from first hand observation or in response to our imagination. We also look at the work of various artists and develop some of their ideas working as individuals or groups. One such artist is Fiona French whose black and white line style we use to develop patterns and collaborative paper collage linked to the story of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
In design and technology we learn how to combine different elements to make a finished product and to evaluate it. This includes making greetings cards with moving parts and using nets to create simple structures.
In Year 3, through historical enquiries, we learn to ask questions about the past and find answers using a variety of sources. This is done as part of our Learning Challenges about “Fantastic Fossils” and “Cave days”. For example during our learning about “Fantastic Fossils” we find out about Mary Anning and visit a local coal mine to collect our own fossil fuels. We learn out about the lives of others in the past using reference materials and deepen our understanding through first hand experience – for example during our “Stone age, bronze age, iron age day” when we encourage the children to use their knowledge and skills to knap flint, grind flour and even construct a life sized round house!
In Y3 we develop geographical skills by asking geographical questions and answering them using sources of information such as atlases, globes, maps and plans, aerial photographs and information and images from the internet. We do this in the context of our Learning Challenge “Let’s go bananas” where we find out about fair trade and our dependence upon other countries for some of our foods and how many air miles our food travels.
In Year 3 our Science work is practical and investigative and centres around aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. For instance during our Learning Challenge “Fantatic fossils” we learn about fossilisation and types of rocks. Our science work involves the children planning and carrying out simple investigations such as monitoring plants during growth. Our Science work also is also enhanced by first hand visits such as our day at a local coal mine.
In Year 3 our regular PE activities enable everyone to take part in a range of physical activities including; dance, gymnastics and games. In dance we explore how to respond creatively to a range of musical genres and link movements to create a performance. In gymnastics we learn how to travel and balance to create short sequences of linked movements. During outdoor PE sessions we learn specific skills such as striking and fielding which lead on to playing simplified versions of competitive games.
In Year 3 we learn to sing a range of songs together either in unison or in two parts, focusing on developing accurate pitch and musical expression. We also provide the children with opportunities to perform for others either within or outside school. Every child in Y3 is given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instruments (recorder or violin). We also experience playing a range of tuned and unturned percussion instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy. We learn to explore, choose and combine musical sounds and develop simple rhythmic and melodic ideas through group or class compositions.
In Y3, as part of our cultural awareness, we begin to learn Spanish. Set in the context of learning about Spain and the lives of people in Spain, we start by learning to say hello and goodbye in different ways, to express our feelings and to ask and answer simple questions. We also learn to count, name colours, name some food items and sing simple songs in Spanish.
In Year 3 we follow the Sheffield agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Through assemblies and class discussions we develop our understanding of Christianity, Islam and Judaism by finding similarities between different faiths and by learning about important festivals and celebrations.
In Y3 we focus on making maths learning enjoyable and relevant to real life – for example, relating our calculations to shopping activities involving money or solving problems relating to time. During our daily mathematics lessons we focus on developing effective mental and written calculation strategies for all four rules of number: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We do this by using models and images with numicon and multibase to consolidate learning and to link to fomal calcuations.
Other key skills that we develop are the confident use of specific mathematical vocabulary, and the ability to use our knowledge to solve problems, see patterns, make predictions, present information clearly and interpret data.
Wherever possible the skills and knowledge gained in mathematics lessons will be applied during our Learning Challenges, for example during our investigations about food miles we collect and interpret data.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding about leading confident, healthy and independent lives. In Year 3 we develop the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning scheme (SEAL) through stories, class discussion known as “Circle time” and during assemblies. We learn about rules, feelings, developing self esteem and getting on with others. We also think about wider issues Global issues such as Global warming and Cultural diversity.
In Year 3 we develop a range of skills which include word processing, communicating using multimedia, and simple programming. For example, we use an inter-active program called “Scratch” when creating simple instructions to make a sceen image move and perform repeated actions. ICT is integral to all our learning and using the internet safely at all times is encouraged.
In Year 3 we develop our reading, writing and speaking and listening skills not only through daily English lessons but across the whole curriculum.
We develop our speaking and listening skills on a daily basis through discussion work across all subjects and through shared reading of a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
In reading we aim to build on prior learning and develop fluency and expression through guided reading and whole class book study (“The Hodgeheg,” “Stig of the dump” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”). Small group guided reading sessions with an adult aim to discuss a range of texts in more detail and to develop understanding. Reading for meaning is very important and this can be devloped through verbal and written comprehensionin school and can be supported at home by encouraging your child to read regularly and by asking questions about what they have read in order to develop understanding – for example, “Who was your favourite character?” “Can you retell the story?” “What facts have you learnt from reading this book?”
In Year 3 we continue to develop our writing skills through shared and guided writing of stories, poems and non-fiction texts such as instructions and explanations. At all times we use a consistent joined style of writing which helps to increase the quality of our presentation as well as enable us to write more quickly. Each week we focus on different aspects of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. We learn how to spell families words linked to handwriting patterns and these are sent home to enable further practice. We also focus on correct punctuation at all times, including the use of inverted commas for speech.
Whenever possible our learning in English is linked to our varied half termly Learning Challenges in order to give greater relevance to our reading and writing skills.
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