St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

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Year 3

Dear Parents,

 

Year 3 Spring Term 2018

 

Happy New Year and Welcome to the spring term in Year 3. This is what the children will be learning this term.

(The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place on Tuesday 13th February at 6:00pm. Parents and children are invited to remain for Mass afterwards.)

 

RE:

  • Christmas –

During this unit the children will focus on the Epiphany and the story of the shepherds and how this helps us reflect on the birth of Christ and who he is. The children will also explore how Christmas is celebrated in other countries around the world.

 

  • Reconciliation

This unit involves the children exploring human choices, the consequences of sin, Christ’s teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The children will study the parable of The Prodigal Son as well as the stories of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector and The Sinful Woman and how these demonstrate Christ’s forgiveness and how they relate to the children’s own lives.

  • Lent.

This unit is designed to help the children appreciate that during Lent we resolve to change and try to become more like Christ. The children will be introduced to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of the people he encountered.

  • Holy week.

This unit helps the children to deepen their knowledge of the events of Holy Week and to develop their understanding of the foundation of the Church’s celebration of Mass.

 

Literacy:

Fiction : Dragon Slayer

 

In this unit, the children explore and compare legends. They read the interactive texts and watch a film, understanding plots and features of legends then recalling and retelling main events. They use drama to explore characters and dilemmas. They discuss punctuation, learning how to write dialogue. They plan, edit and write their own legends, following a familiar structure.

 

Non Fiction : All about me: Writing an autobiography.

 

The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: creating an autobiography that they will then present on film or to a live audience. As a class, they read an autobiographical blog post from Little Red Riding Hood, responding to and asking questions about the text to develop their comprehension skills. They look at the use of language and gather success criteria for what makes a good autobiography. They then see the same text in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, and analyse the differences between the two types of text. After some teacher modelling, they practise storyboarding the main events from Little Red Riding Hood’s story to create PowerPoint slides. The children build on this experience to storyboard and then create their own autobiographical presentations.

 

Poetry – Playing with words.

 

In this unit, the children enjoy listening and responding to a range of poems. They learn about poems that play with language. They compose class and individual poems, editing and improving their work as part of the process.

 

GPS;

- To use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.

-     To spell further homophones

-     To spell words that are often misspelt (common exception words).

-     Adverbs of time.

-     Prepositions.

-     Word families.

-     Main and subordinate clauses - Complex sentences

-     Contractions.

 

Numeracy:

The focus of the numeracy lesson will change most weeks and the children will be allocated MyMaths activities to consolidate their learning. This form the basis of their numeracy homework for the year with additional worksheets sent home if necessary. Children will be focussing on their 6 times tables this term. See below for Spring term maths planning.

/docs/Link_Docs/Year_3_Maths_Planning_-_Spring_1.docx

 

Science:

 

Movement and feeding.

In this unit children will learn that animals including humans need the right types and amounts of nutrition to thrive and grow, and that eating the wrong types and amounts can lead to health problems. They will identify that we cannot make our own food and that we need to eat a varied diet including meat and fish, beans and lentils, fats, starchy foods, fruit and vegetables. They will construct a balanced food plate and describe what happens if we don’t eat a balanced diet. Children will identify that animals have different dietary requirements and some foods that humans eat may be poisonous to animals. They will also explain the role of the muscles and skeleton and describe what would happen if we didn’t have a skeleton.

 

ICT:  

All about me’ powerpoints linked to Literacy topic. Manipulation of text/images/videos.

Email Internet Safety.

 

French:

  • Countries
  • Hobbies
  • Counting up to 31.
  • Clothes
  • Months
  • Animals

 

Art: 

  • Andy Warhol – Pop Art.

 

History:       The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.

 

Geography:   UK countries and cities.

 

Physical Education – Gymnastics and Yoga.

The children will also be participating in weekly swimming lessons on Thursday morning. The children can wear tracksuits (navy if possible) on these days to speed up changing.

 

Mr Kearney - Class Teacher

Year 3 Shared Documents