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 Year 3
Curriculum Booklet
Spring Term 2013
Year 3
English Overview
Ms Jackie Henderson, Mr Stephen Kimber
On-going skills are covered each week throughout the term including handwriting and spelling. These are
taught following individualised programmes of study. Reading is taught through individual reading books
(which are sent home each day for additional practise) plus guided reading sessions in school and through
integrated tasks within the units of work. Where possibly links are made between English units of work and
the cross curricular topic over the term.
Non-Fiction: Instructions
Read and follow instructions and discuss similarities and differences and look in detail at specialist
vocabulary and language structure.
Non-Fiction: Author study – Dick King Smith
Read a selection of Dick King Smith stories. Write a book review. Discuss own favourite authors.
Non-Fiction: Letters
Children will read a variety of letters written for different purposes. They will plan and write a letter to an
The assessment focuses will relate to:
Writing imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts.
Varying sentences for clarity, purpose and effect.
Correct use of syntax, punctuation and spelling.
Year 3
Mathematics Overview
Ms Jackie Henderson, Mr Stephen Kimber
During the Spring Term Year 3 will be work on the following objectives.
Counting and understanding number: Recognise odd and even numbers. Count on in 5s and 50s.
Using and applying mathematics: solving problems
Measuring: Measure and compare capacities in ml an l. Use units of time- days, hours, minutes and
seconds. Solve real-life problems involving money and use pounds and pence notation.
Knowing and using number facts: Addition bonds to 100 and 1000. Derive multiplication and
corresponding division facts for times tables up to 12.
Calculating: Add and subtract a 2-digit number to and from a 2 or 3-digit number. Add and subtract near
multiples of 10. Rehearse division as the inverse of multiplication. Recognise non-unit fractions and find
non-unit fractions of shapes and numbers.
Understanding shape: Classify and describe common 3D shapes by properties, including prisms and
Handling data: Organise and interpret frequency tables and bar charts.
Year 3
Cross-Curricular Unit of Work Overview
Ms Jackie Henderson, Mr Stephen Kimber
Over the coming term Year 3 will be undertaking two cross-curricular units of work.
Inventions that Changed the World
In this first unit we will find out about some of the important inventions and machines that have changed
the world we live in.
In History, we’ll be finding out:
• About significant inventions of the last 100 years
• About inventions in the way we communicate
• About the Islamic ‘Golden Age of Invention’
• About the history of flight and associated inventions
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• How to make a pinhole camera
• How levers, gears and cams work
• How to make a moving toy
• How to invent and build something to solve a problem
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• About the air around us and the science of flight
• How to make a paper glider
• About man-made materials and their properties
• How to carry out a scientific test
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• How technology has been depicted in art
• About techniques in traditional and modern art
• How to create digital art
• How to make a print
Additionally we’ll be finding out:
• How technology and inventions affect people’s lives
• How inventions have made life easier or harder
• About inventions in the home and host countries
• Why some countries have fewer or more technologies than others
• How the invention of the internet has changed the way we communicate
• How the world’s scientists are sharing knowledge about inventions and the latest
Clean Water, Dirty Water
During this unit, the children will become knowledgeable about water quality and how water is cleaned.
In Geography we’ll be:
• Finding out about the water cycle and how rain is made - we will be ‘making’ rain
• Looking after an aquarium of fish and finding out how to keep them healthy
In ICT we’ll be:
• Finding out what causes water pollution and looking at some examples of water pollution
In Science we’ll be:
• Polluting water and finding out which pollutants dissolve most easily
In Technology we’ll be:
• Finding out about different ways of cleaning water
• Finding out about the water we use in school, where it comes from and where the used water goes: we
will be trying to find ways to improve this system
Additionally we’ll be:
• Finding out about how a river can become more and more polluted as it travels downstream and
• Investigating who is responsible for rivers getting dirty
Year 3
Mandarin Overview
Miss Rebecca Li, Mrs Maggie Li, Mrs Yvanne Zhou, Miss Stacy Gao
Pathway 1: We will deliver the following topics about Chinese New Year, House and Room, and
Furniture. They will learn the key words, which concerns to these topics and the writing of some
characters. They will learn some simple grammars and sentence structures and be able to use them during
daily life.
Pathway 2: We will deliver the following topics about Chinese New Year, House and Room, and
Furniture. They will be required to write a simple paragraph and communicate with other people by using
the characters and sentence patterns. They also will learn to produce short passages concerns to each topic.
Pathway 4: In this term, the pupils are required to read new Chinese characters and pinyin independently.
They will continue to learn the texts, which are selected from the local textbooks. They will learn about
the function of basic punctuation, such as commas, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.
Some Chinese traditional poems, fables and idioms will be introduced.
Year 3
Music Overview
Mr Adrian Leung
Students will perform, compose and listen to music, focusing on traditional Chinese music, Chinese
instruments and the pentatonic scale. They will also be introduced to major and minor scales and chords.
Students will develop the control of pitch whilst singing and using instruments by moving high and lower
both in steps and leaps and holding the same note. They will learn to sing in a round whilst using melodies
built from the pentatonic scale. Students will learn to play major and minor chords on the keyboard.
Year 3
ICT Overview
Ms Jackie Henderson, Mr Stephen Kimber
ICT has been embedded into our curriculum and therefore all ICT skills will be taught within other subject
areas; this cross-curricular approach is designed to further enhance children’s understanding and ability to
transfer the ICT skills that they learn.
Year 3
PE and Games Overview
Mr Chris Pemble, Mr Adam Tuck
Children can explore basic body actions, eg jumping and turning, and use different parts of their body to
make movements. They create and repeat short dances inspired by a variety of themes, working both
individually and in groups. More independence can be given to children to allow them to express greater
Children look to develop the fundamental skills of basketball, including bouncing the ball whilst moving,
passing and receiving over a variety of distances. Small sided games can be played to further develop the
concept of creating space.
We will build on the balances by linking in types of travelling and beginning to create sequences including
rolling and jumping. More complex moves can be introduced, and children will be given the chance to
display their aesthetic performances.
Indoor Hockey
Children will recap how to hold the hockey stick, and develop coordination skills to allow them to dribble,
send and receive a puck or ball with greater accuracy. This will allow them to take part in small sided
games, again trying to push the idea of special awareness.