Year 3 Giraffes

What We Are Learning – Spring One

This half-term, our main theme is ‘From Stone to Steel!’

 

History

We will be covering the period from the Stone Age to the Iron Age in Britain and highlighting some of the major changes during this period. We will also consider the sources of evidence that form our understanding of this period of British history. In addition, will also research what it might have been like to live in Britain during this period.

 

Science

In Science, we will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. We will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. We will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. As we move further into the unit, we will understand how soil is formed and then investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

 

Design Technology

During our DT unit this half-term, we will explore the construction of castles. We will be learning about the features of a castle and we will design and make a structure that is similar to Beeston Castle which is a Bronze Age roundhouse. We will also be using configurations of handmade nets and recycled materials to make towers and turrets and constructing a base to secure them.

 

Art & Design

Throughout the unit, we will be creating our own ‘Cave Paintings’ through sketching and experimenting with natural resources. Following this, we will research historical sources to inspire our own designs for Stone Age jewellery. We will transfer our designs to clay and sculpt our own Stone Age jewellery pieces.

 

Maths

Length: 

This unit looks at length in metres and centimetres before moving on to kilometres. We will explore measuring different items using centimetres, metres and kilometres. We will also be able to convert different units of measurement as well as compare different lengths. To finish the unit, we will focus on problem solving involving length, using mental and procedural skills to solve problems with the aid of the bar model method for visualisation.

 

Religious Education

‘Jesus – the man who changed lives.’

This half-term, the children will gain a deeper insight into the impact Jesus had/has on people’s lives. We will explore the Christian values of forgiveness, humility and service. We will delve into Bible stories in which Jesus changed lives such as, ‘The Calling of Levi, Zacchaeus and The Rich Man.

 

Physical Education

Outdoor and Adventurous Activity:

In this unit, children will take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, both in a team and individually. This will include problem solving, den building and orienteering.

 

English

‘Stig of the Dump’

Over the Spring term, our English lessons will be linked to our theme. We will first be exploring the novel, ‘Stig of the Dump’, by Clive King. Throughout our Grammar sessions, we will identify, select, generate and effectively use prepositions and identify how to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech. During the reading and responding stage of our unit we will read and analyse narrative in order to plan and write our own versions. The children will use this knowledge to aid them in creating and developing plots based on a familiar model.

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Autumn 2 Nov-Dec

 

What we are Learning...

 

Computing

In computing, the children will explore rainforests through new Virtual Reality (VR) apps.

They will also create their own interactive learning games for younger children to play.

Music

In music, we will be learning about the language of music through playing the glockenspiel. 

The learning is focused around exploring and developing playing skills through the glockenspiel with the opportunity to use and begin to read notated music.

 

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Autumn 1 Sept-Oct

 

Spanish

This term with Mrs Warrington, we will be listening to and recognising the nouns for common classroom objects in Spanish.

We will be talking and writing in Spanish about the items that can be found in a pencil case.  

 

Music

In Music we will be exploring the genre of R&B focusing around one song: Let Your Spirit Fly.

We will look at the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), sing and play instruments.

 

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