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 author. 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 pyramids. 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 technology 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 incidents 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 why • 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 Dance 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 creativity. Mini-Basketball 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. Gymnastics 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.
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