Below is a summary of the main topics covered in year 3. Click here to visit our curriculum page, which gives more detail about each curriculum area.
We start our Summer term by learning how to 'Think like a Historian', as we learn all about the Anglo-Saxons. This ties in nicely with our literacy work as we will be reading and studying different versions of Beowulf. The children will then be given the chance to write their own 3rd person narrative based on this text, incorporating all the grammar skills and sentences types we have learnt in class. Also, during the first half of this term the children will continue to 'Think like a Person of Faith' as we look at answering our big question, "How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?" - the children will carry out their own research into Hindu Gods and Goddesses and show respect and understanding when delving into other people's opinions and beliefs. Our Science will also continue this term as we learn about light, darkness and shadows. Thinking like a Computational Thinker, the children also really enjoy learning how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create their own slide show presentation. Last but not least, this half term also sees our Year 3 children carry out their musical performance to their grown ups, the children are extremely excited to show off their skills on the glockenspiel.
Our final half term of Year 3! The children continue with their History work as we move our learning onto the Vikings - we may even get a very special Viking visitor in class! We finish our 'Think like a Scientist' work by learning about plants: describing the functions of different parts of a flower and understanding how water is transported within plants. We also round off our Spanish work by learning how to take part in short dialogues by asking someone their name, how they are feeling and what their age is. We end the year with a final art topic, looking at the work of Any Goldsworthy and experimenting with a range of materials to construct our own 3D sculptures. Finally, we end the year by ensuring the children are ready to move up to Year 4 by reflecting back on all the progress they have made - how they have made us proud by becoming true Eskdalers!
We start our Spring term by reading ‘George's Marvellous Medicine’, an exciting, hilarious book, which links to quite a number of subjects in our curriculum. In literacy, we shall be exploring a traditional folk tale called ‘Stone Soup’. This will be our inspiration for our DT project, where the focus is on designing and making a delicious soup using seasonal vegetables. Not only this, but through studying the work of Dennis Wojtkiewicz in art lessons, the children will learn about hyper-realism, producing a colourful masterpiece based on the vegetables used to make their soup. The final link is in PSHE and Science, where the children will learn how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
Also, during this term the children will continue to learn Spanish - we will learn how to pronounce, read and write numbers up to 15 in Spanish. The children will be thinking like a geographer this term, through exploring the East Anglia region, studying both physical and human geography. During the second half term, we link our Geography studies to DT, where we will learn about wind turbines, and get the opportunity to work in teams to design and make a turbine to lift a small weight.
Our learning then moves onto our science focus where we move to investigating ‘Humans and other Animals’. We will spend some time learning about our skeleton and how it is used to protect, support and enable movement. Later in the term we shall turn our attention to ‘Forces and Magnets’, and complete some exciting experiments to learn about magnetic forces. In computing lessons, the children will be taught how to ‘Think like a Computational Thinker’, learning how to use the internet to search effectively and safely. Later in the term, they will use all their learning from Science, to produce a leaflet, using Word, about the human body. Finally, during the Spring term, in RE lessons, we shall be learning about miracles and exploring whether Jesus could actually heal people. During the second half term, we turn our attention to Easter and ‘What is good about ‘Good Friday’?
Our main focus for the Autumn term is settling the children into Eskdale and making them feel at home. We start our Year 3 learning journey by reading 'Splat! Another messy Sunday' which links to our art focus of mixing a variety of colours and knowing which primary colours make secondary colours. In this unit of work we will also look at the artist, Seurat and use our new knowledge of mixing colours to recreate one of his artworks. Also, during this term the children will begin to learn Spanish - we start by learning how to pronounce, read and write 12 different colours in Spanish. The children will be thinking like a geographer this term through exploring the local area, using maps to find routes and recognising the 4 points on a compass. Our learning then moves onto our science focus where we learn about fossil and rocks, we will spend some time observing fascinating fossils and learning about how they were formed. Later on in the term, the children will begin to learn how to place events in chronological order, a skill which we will build upon throughout the year and certainly helps us to think like a historian. Finally, during the Autumn term, we shall also be learning about Divali and how it brings a sense of belonging to Hindus, and of course we will finish the term with a spectacular Christmas production!