Stokenham Area Primary School
Spring Term 2024 - Year 3
We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break; the children have certainly come back this week ready to learn and get back to our routines. They have made great progress through the first term and we are very excited to continue working with them this term.
For the first half-term we will have Forest School with Mrs Moore on Friday afternoons, please ensure the children come with wellies, waterproofs and warm clothing. We also have PE on Wednesdays so please can children ensure they have a full PE kit in school.
Below you will find information on what we will be studying this term.
To start the new term we will be looking at and investigating right angles before moving on to additive relationships and mental calculations.
After half term we will get to grips with the column methods for addition and then subtraction. We will also be starting our daily times tables lessons.
This term in Class 3 we will be studying Meerkat Mail as our fictional text followed by the non-fiction text Ask Dr. Fisher which will tie into previous learning about animals. We will continue to develop children’s literacy skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure, vocabulary and handwriting. There will be daily spelling practice and a set of spellings to learn each week, so it is important that children practice these ready for a test on Friday. Every child will have a daily class guided reading session, with a focus on comprehension skills including inference and deduction.
This subject will be taught separately from our topics and children will develop key scientific skills through hands-on, investigative sessions. We will be studying two topics this term: light and forces and magnetism.
We will continue on from our learning from the Stone Age, looking to compare and contrast through use of sources, both the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Specifically looking at the innovations as a result of this new technology, what this meant for British people at that time and comparing their developments to other civilisations around the world.
This term we will be exploring the world around us, looking at different mapping styles and which maps are suitable for finding specific information. We will also be learning about latitude, longitude and how these are used to pinpoint locations and the use of grid references on maps to find landmarks using both online and offline methods.
In our module working with shape and colour, we will be exploring collage using cut elements. We will be choosing colours, shape, and composition to make a unique piece, reflecting on our artwork before adding lines, colours and prints.
This term children will continue to look at Hinduism, moving on from our topic of deities, to investigate what it means to be a Hindu today. After half-term we will then be examining what Christians believe around the salvation, with a focus on Good Friday.
After half term, we will be studying mechanical systems, focusing on linkages and levers. The children will investigate a range of existing products before going on to complete a Design, Make and Evaluate assignment.
In Class 3 we will be exploring instrument use through the glockenspiel, with a focus on timing, rhythm and pace. Pupils will be shown the beginnings of reading sheet music and notations.
In PE this half term we will be studying movement through dance. We will challenge pupils to respond to different stimuli, being able to add drama and emotion to the dance. Pupils will create a performance which will include stage presence, timing, rhythm and sustaining character. After half term we will be learning to play Rounders. We will explore the concept of batting and fielding (attack and defence) and will develop an understanding of the purpose of each team.
This term, children will be focusing on recognising positive healthy relationships, maintaining friendships and how actions affect everyone. There will also be lessons on identifying feelings in others and responding to how others are feeling.
We will develop speaking and listening skills in lively practical sessions alongside learning about French culture. We will be learning to say “I play” through learning the names of musical instruments, making links to other areas of the curriculum.
We ask you to support your child’s learning by reading with him/her every night. Reading is so important for the children to be able to access the rest of the curriculum.
In Year 3, we start to learn our times tables and will practise daily. The Times Tables Rockstar app is a great way to practise this at home.
Many thanks for your continued support with your child’s learning.
Clare Carter and Susannah Taylor
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.