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Curriculum Information –

At the beginning of each term Miss Cooper produces an Curriculum Overview sheet giving parents information on what will be happening in the classroom that term. This is sent out at all parents, a copy of the latest terms overview is below. In addition, Miss Cooper also sends out a weekly newsletter with a more detailed look at what is being covered in the coming week. This weekly information includes the main objectives being covered in class with ideas for parents and helpful websites that complement the in class learning.  Click on the image below to see the recent newsletters. Both school and class newsletters can be accessed quickly from the left hand side menu.

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Termly Curriculum Map – Summer 2017

Literacy:

  • In the first half of the term, Year 3 will write their own story. They will explore the fictional story ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce. Redwood will have opportunities to read it for pleasure, as well as to listen to it being told, so that they become familiar with the text type and what happens throughout the story. They will also act out the story and orally retell it. During this time they will have time to respond to the text. Later, they will help Miss Cooper write a story prior to writing their own story. The class will also be shown how to edit and re-draft, skills they will then apply to their own writing.
  • Further into the term, Redwood will begin reading and acting out play scripts and dialogue. They will then be asked to improvise scenes related to texts they have read before developing their own scripts. Year 3 will be taught how to set out a play script thinking about scenes, characters, setting and dialogue.
  • Towards the end of the term, the class will be building a poetry classroom, reading aloud and re-reading traditional poems, shape poems and animal poems. Redwood will then respond to poems, write their own poems and edit and re-draft them, prior to publishing them in their own class poetry book.

Maths:

  • Redwood will initially focus on addition and subtraction, learning the formal columnar method for both operations. During this time, they will have lots of opportunities to practise rounding up/down, estimating answers and using the inverse calculation to check their answers.
  • Later in the term, Year 3 will be developing their knowledge of shape. They will be recognising angles as a property of shape, identifying angles, as well as identifying whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle. Further into the unit, Redwood will recognise horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. The class will also practise drawing 2-D shapes and will begin making 3-D shapes using modelling materials. Year 3 will be looking at 3-D shapes in different orientations and will build their confidence in describing them using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Finally, Redwood will have a unit on measurement that will include measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting lengths, mass and volume/capacity using appropriate measurements. At the end of this unit, Year 3 will have opportunities to solve problems and continue to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to a greater variety of measurements.

Science:

  • During our Roots and Shoots unit, Year 3 will revisit their understanding of what plants need to grow in recognition that they are living things. They will be learning about how the roots, leaves and the stem of a plant have different functions that help to keep it healthy.
  • Throughout the Artful Flower, Fruits and Seeds unit in the second half of the term, Year 3 will discover the relationship between flowers, bees, and other insects. They will also learn how flowers transform into fruits and seeds to perpetuate the cycle of life. Redwood will use this learning as inspiration to create some beautiful works of art.

History.  In the first half of the term Year 3 will be learning about Ancient Egypt. During this unit, Redwood will look at and complete their own timeline, placing Ancient Egypt in world history. They will investigate who the Pharaohs were, look at internal structure of pyramids and have a go at building their own in groups. Year 3 will also learn about Egyptian burials and mummification, afterlife and Egyptian gods.

Geography:

  • In the first two weeks, Redwood will conclude their learning about the characteristics of natural disasters, as well as the key aspects of human geography.
  • In the second half of the summer term, Year 3 will learn to understand the geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of two difference regions in the The British Isles, making comparisons between North West England and East Anglia. Throughout this unit, Redwood will develop their mapping skills.

Computing:

  • Year 3 will continue to understand how computers can be linked to form a local network such as those found in schools.
  • Pupils will develop their awareness of some of the services offered by the Internet and will be able to describe when they are, and are not, using online technologies. During this time, they will be thinking about how to stay safe when using online technologies.
  • Later in the term Redwood will continue to practise using sequence, selection, and repetition in programmes, working with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Supplemented by Barefoot Computing, and Scratch resources also used

RE:

  • Children will begin the year by exploring the question ‘What is the Bible & why is it important to Christians?’
  • Later in the term, Year 3 will investigate what faith is & what difference it can make.

French:

  • Year 3 will recap using basic vocabulary and gestures that can be used when exchanging names, asking how someone is, counting to 10, as well as for saying how old they are.
  • Redwood will continue to learn basic vocabulary for talking about themselves, including classroom instructions, their body, actions, colours and clothes.
  • Supplemented by Espresso website, BBC Bitesize, Education City and Twinkl resources also used

Music.  Children will have experts from the music service in to explore different types of music and play different instruments.

PE:

  • Redwood will be swimming every Wednesday morning throughout the Summer term.
  • During the first half of the term Year 3 will begin to develop their skills and understanding of games where striking and fielding are required.
  • Throughout the second half of the term Redwood will participate in Athletic activities, concentrating on developing good basic running, jumping & throwing techniques.

Art.  Year 3 will be inspired by their learning in science to stage their very own art exhibition about flowers. Throughout the term they will use different forms of art to develop their exhibition. They will experiment with printing, creating collages and using digital media to show various representations of flowers, including their growth and their relationship with their environment.

DT:

  • Year 3 will try their best to create pyramid structures alike those they will be learning about in History. They will test out various resources and textiles and evaluate their finished constructions.
  • Redwood will be creating 3-D models using a range of equipment and textiles throughout their learning about shape. They will have to think carefully about the properties used to describe 3-D shapes in order to make their models accurate.

PSHE:

  • At the beginning of the term, children will learn about safety contexts. This unit will provide opportunities for Year 3 to develop their understanding of road safety, fire safety, beach safety, safety near inland waterways, safety during activities and visits, as well as preventing accidents in familiar settings.
  • In the second half of the term, children will concentrate on managing risk. During this unit, Year 3 will learn about identifying types of risk, dealing with pressure in risky situations, reactions to risk, and taking action in an emergency.
  • Later in the term, Redwood will learn about drugs, including medicines and legal drugs, people who use medicines and legal drugs, rules for safe storage, finding risky items and the influence of friends and media.

PE: PE sessions will be taught by specialist coaches and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child brings an appropriate PE kit for these sessions (a full list can be seen on the school website). PE kits should be neither too large nor too small, long hair must be tied back and no jewellery should be worn for healthy and safety reasons.

Homework: Literacy and Maths homework will be set every Friday afternoon to be handed in by the following Thursday morning. This will link with learning that has taken place during the week or it will provide an opportunity for children to revisit previous knowledge ready for learning that will happen the following week.

Visits: Thursday 11th May – Morning trip to Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Termly Curriculum Map – Spring 2017

Literacy

In the first half of the term, Year 3 will initially revisit their Instruction and Explanation unit. After completing that unit, they will learn how to write non-chronological reports, newspaper reports, letters, and recounts.

In the second half of the term Year 3 will create stories about imaginary worlds and myths and legends (Arthurian legends). Later in the term they will focus on Poetry –listening to poems from around the world to inspire their own poetry about where they live. Towards the end of the term, Year 3 will write traditional poems, performance poems and poetry to express emotion.

Throughout the term children will also revisit and develop their Phonics knowledge to aid reading and spelling. This will be further supported in Guided Reading sessions whereby children will have opportunities to find the meaning of texts and problem solve using taught strategies. Year 3 will also participate in handwriting sessions to ensure letters are written and joined accurately.  A more detailed description will appear in the weekly blurbs sent out to parents and carers.

Maths

Redwood will begin the first half of the term revisiting their time and data unit which will gently lead into developing their comprehension of fractions.  Further into the term, children will build their understanding and skills in place value, addition and subtraction, measures and data, time, position and direction, and multiplication and division.  A more detailed description will appear in the weekly blurbs sent out to parents and carers.

Science

In the first two weeks, Redwood will conclude their topic on Light. They will further their understanding of what shadows are in order to create shadow puppets for a play. This will also feed into Year 3’s Instruction and Explanation unit, where they will write instructions on how to create a shadow puppet and explanations for the play they produce.

Later in the term, Redwood will discover different types of rocks and how they are formed. Year 3 will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. Further into this topic, Redwood will learn how fossils and soil are formed. They will also investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

In the second half of the term, Year 3 will build their knowledge of forces, friction and magnetic attraction. Redwood will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling. They will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction and in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials. Year 3 will later conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.

History

In the first half of the term, children will study the history of their local surroundings.  They will begin to realise how unique their locality is as they learn about their local environment and the story behind it.  Year 3 will find out about Cambridge from its beginnings. They will identify how it has changed throughout the Roman era, the Anglo-Saxon times, when the Normans established themselves in Cambridge, when Scholars started to arrive, up until its present day status as a University city.

Geography

At the beginning of the spring term, Year 3 will continue to look at how food travels around the world and they will further investigate the importance of exports for poorer countries as well as the environmental impact.

In the second half of the term, following on from exploring the globe, Redwood will learn how to describe and understand key aspects of human geography. This will include: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Additionally, Year 3 will learn to explain and comprehend characteristics of physical geography including the destructive powers of nature, e.g. volcanoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, Redwood will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and how they affect people and the environment.

Computing

Throughout the term, Redwood will develop their awareness of some of the services offered by the Internet and will be able to describe when they are, and are not, using online technologies.  Year 3 will also identify, collect and manipulate different types of data (e.g. numerical data from science experiments, words, still and moving images etc.) which they will present as information, showing a greater awareness of purpose and audience.  Supplemented by: Barefoot Computing and Scratch resources

RE

Redwood will begin the first part of spring term focussing on what is important to Jews about being part of God’s family.  Later in the term, Year 3 will investigate the question ‘What do we know about Jesus?’

French

Year 3 will continue to learn about French culture and will compare it to their own lives in their local community. They will learn basic vocabulary and gestures that can be used when exchanging names, asking how someone is, counting to 10, as well as for saying how old they are.  Further into the term, Redwood will begin to learn basic vocabulary for talking about themselves, including classroom instructions, their body, actions, colours and clothes.

Music

Redwood will have experts from Cambridgeshire Music in to explore different types of music and play different instruments.  Further into the term, Year 3 will develop their understanding of the history of music through a study of the composer Vivaldi (1678-1741).  During the term Redwood will listen to a range of musical instruments, paying close attention to detail and they will start to recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Linking in with DT, Year 3 will use such skills to create their very own musical instruments to create sounds alike ones they have heard. They will need to think carefully about how sounds they have listened to, have been created.

PE

Throughout the term children will develop their skills and understanding of invasion games. They will have opportunities to work collaboratively, playing games in a team and making up their own invasion games. Year 3 will use their growing skills and tactics to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and fielding.  Gymnastics will continue to be the focus of the second half of the term whereby children will create and perform fluent sequences on the floor using apparatus. Year 3 will begin to develop variations in level, speed and direction in sequences they follow and create.

Art

Redwood will investigate their local environment in order to develop their skills of observation and extend their vocabulary by describing and comparing properties of different building materials. Year 3 will also develop their practical skills of recording by selecting and drawing from first-hand observation. They will later use clay to explore surface texture and develop practical skills when exploring construction techniques. Finally, they will learn to add details of pattern, texture and colour.

DT

Year 3 children will first continue to use their understanding of where particular foods travel from and nutrition to help them create a healthy meal.  Later in the term, Year 3 will use their growing understanding of physical geography to create simple, cardboard, model volcanoes in small groups.  They will label their volcanoes and present their constructions in front of an audience.  Redwood will also design and make their very own musical instruments in Music.

PSHE

At the beginning of the term, Redwood will learn to recognise their own worth and identify positive things about themselves and others.  Later in the term, Year 3 will learn to think about how different people can contribute in different ways to a group task. Redwood will also build an understanding of how to give feedback sensitively, and will begin to receive it from others.

PE:  Sessions will be taught by specialist coaches and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child brings an appropriate PE kit for these sessions (a full list can be seen on the school website). PE kits should be neither too large nor too small, long hair must be tied back and no jewellery should be worn for healthy and safety reasons.

Homework:  Literacy and Maths homework will be set every Friday afternoon to be handed in by the following Thursday morning. This will link with learning that has taken place during the week or it will provide an opportunity for children to revisit previous knowledge ready for learning that will happen the following week.

Extended Learning Challenge:  During the first half of the term, your child will be given a challenge to complete at home. They will be given a few weeks to use a cardboard box (e.g. shoe box) to design and create their own local surroundings. I’m hoping that this challenge will produce a variety of surroundings. Your child could have a go at constructing a model similar to the home they live in, their garden, the road they live on, a relative’s home, their local park or even a building in Cambridge.

Termly Curriculum Map – Autumn 2016

Literacy

In the first half of the term, Year 3 will focus on fiction writing by exploring stories from the same author, stories from other cultures and Roman myths.  They will gradually move onto non-fiction writing when writing instructions.

In the second half of the term Year 3 will focus on non-fiction writing by exploring explanations, non-chronological reports, and newspaper reports. At the end of the term, children will write poems to create images and to be humorous. They will also look at poems from around the world.

Throughout the term children will also revisit and develop their Phonics knowledge to aid reading and spelling. This will be further supported in Guided Reading sessions whereby children will have opportunities to find the meaning of texts and problem solve using taught strategies. Year 3 will also participate in handwriting sessions to ensure letters are written and joined accurately.

A more detailed description will appear in the weekly blurbs sent out to parents and carers.

Maths

Children will initially focus on understanding the place value of numbers within 2-digit and 3-digit numbers and amounts of money, in addition to ordering and placings such values.

Later in the term, Year 3 will be developing their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will also have opportunities to revise the concepts of shape, symmetry, time, data and fractions during the term.

A more detailed description will appear in the weekly blurbs sent out to parents and carers.

Science

Children will first revisit types of nutrition and explore the amount of nutrition required to keep animals and humans healthy. Following this, using their developing knowledge, skills and understanding in nutrition, muscles, bones and joints, Year 3 will become a team of personal trainers for clients in need of expert, health, dietary and training advice.

Later in the term, children will initially recap their prior knowledge of the terms light and dark. They will then begin to investigate light and shadows aiding them when they create their very own shadow puppets to be used in a play.

History

In the first half of the term, children will be finding out about what happened in the Stone Age. They will explore cave paintings of the time and create their very own in a similar style, experimenting with different techniques. They will compare their own lives with those of the Stone age, focussing on how diet has changed. Year 3 will develop a chronologically secure knowledge of events in the Stone Age leading on into the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Geography

Year 3 will begin the second half of the term by exploring the globe, locating various countries and cities. Throughout this learning, children will be looking at how food travels around the world from exotic countries they have studied to local farms. Children will investigate the importance of exports for poorer countries as well as think about the environmental impact.

Computing

  • Children will begin to understand that computers (in various forms) generally accept inputs and produce outputs and will give examples of this.
  • Year 3 will develop a basic understanding of how computers can be linked to form a local network such as those found in schools.
  • Pupils will become aware of some of the services offered by the Internet and will be able to describe when they are, and are not, using online technologies.
  • Later in the term Year 3 will start to use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.

RE

  • Children will begin the year by exploring the question ‘What do people believe about the creation of our world?’
  • Later in the term, Year 3 will investigate how and why Hindus celebrate Diwali.

French

Children will be introduced to French culture and will compare it to their own lives in their local community. They will begin learning basic vocabulary and gestures that can be used when meeting and greeting others in both formal and informal situations.

Music

Children will have experts from the Cambridgeshire Music Service in to explore different types of music and play different instruments.

PE

The term will begin with children developing their skills and understanding of invasion games. They will have opportunities to work collaboratively, playing games in a team and making up their own invasion games. Year 3 will use their growing skills and tactics to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and fielding.

Gymnastics will be the focus of the second half of the term whereby children will create and perform fluent sequences on the floor using apparatus. Year 3 will begin to develop variations in level, speed and direction in sequences they follow and create.

Art

Children will explore the local school surroundings using cameras to find different ways of looking at our school grounds. They will then recreate and extend these images using pencils to sketch. Following this, linking with Science, children will use food as the inspiration for still life drawings. They will investigate patterns that can be found and the best way to recreate them. There will also be chances for children to investigate the use of texture when studying and recreating cave paintings.

DT

DT will follow on from Year 3’s learning about keeping healthy in the first half of term and link closely with Geography in the second half of term, as children will use their understanding of where particular foods travel from and nutrition to create a healthy meal. Children will investigate different food groups and where they are grown in order to produce a product aimed at a specific audience.

PSHE

At the beginning of the term, children will contribute to creating a safe and happy classroom through developing class rules. They will also experience activities designed to build positive relationships in the class.

In the second half of the term, children will develop their understanding of the key characteristics and forms of bullying. Year 3 will explore reasons for why bullying happens and they will begin to look at examples of where people are bullied. Additionally, they will explore the role of bystanders in supporting people who are being bullied.

PE: PE sessions will be taught by specialist coaches and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child brings an appropriate PE kit for these sessions (a full list can be seen on the school website). PE kits should be neither too large nor too small, long hair must be tied back and no jewellery should be worn for healthy and safety reasons.

Homework: Literacy and Maths homework will be set every Friday afternoon to be handed in by the following Thursday morning. This will link with learning that has taken place during the week or it will provide an opportunity for children to revisit previous knowledge ready for learning that will happen the following week.

 

Yearly Curriculum Map 2016-17

Literacy

Autumn:

  • Fiction – stories by the same author, stories from other cultures and Roman myths
  • Non-Fiction – instructions and explanations, non-chronological reports, newspaper reports and letters
  • Poetry – creating images, humorous poems, and poems from around the world

Spring:

  • Fiction – myths and legends (Greek myths), stories about imaginary worlds and myths and legends (Arthurian legends)
  • Non-fiction – recounts, non-chronological reports, instructions and explanations
  • Poetry – traditional poems, performance poems and poetry to express emotion

Summer:

  • Fiction- adventure stories, plays and dialogues and rivers, mountains and coasts Non-fiction – persuasive writing, non-chronological reports and recounts
  • Poetry – traditional poems, shape poems and animal poems

Children will also revisit and develop their Phonics knowledge to aid reading and spelling. This will be further supported in Guided Reading sessions whereby children will have opportunities to find the meaning of texts and problem solve using taught strategies. Year 3 will also participate in handwriting sessions to ensure letters are written and joined accurately.

Maths

Autumn:

  • place value and money
  • addition and subtraction
  • shape and symmetry
  • multiplication and division
  • time and data
  • fractions

Spring:

  • place value
  • addition and subtraction
  • measures and data
  • fractions
  • place value and division
  • time, position and direction
  • multiplication and division
  • multiplication, division and fractions

Summer:

  • place value and money
  • addition and subtraction
  • multiplication and division
  • measurement and data
  • addition, subtraction and money
  • place value and sequences
  • multiplication and division
  • shape, data and measures
  • fractions
  • addition and subtraction
  • multiplication and division

Science

Autumn 1 – Animals Including Humans (Keeping Healthy)

Autumn 2 – Light (Light and Shadows)

Spring 1 – Rocks (Rocks and Fossils)

Spring 2 – Forces and Magnets (Amazing Magnets)

Summer 1 – Plants (Roots and Shoots)

Summer 2 – Plants (Artful flower, fruits and seeds)

History

Autumn 1 – Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

Spring 1 – Celtic Culture

Summer 1 – Ancient Egypt

Geography

Autumn 2 – Where does our lunch come from?

  • Local produce sources
  • Global imports and exports
  • Land use, resources, economic activity

Spring 2 – The British Isles

  • Comparison of North West England and East Anglia
  • Mapping skills

Summer 2 – Where and why does the world rumble?

Computing

Understanding Technology

  • Pupils understand that computers (in various forms) generally accept inputs and produce outputs and can give examples of this.
  • Pupils develop a basic understanding of how computers can be linked to form a local network such as those found in schools.
  • Pupils are aware of some of the services offered by the Internet and can describe when they are, and are not, using online technologies.

Programming

Pupils create programs to accomplish specific goals:

  • using an increasing range of digital devices and applications.
  • exploring and understanding the impact of changing instructions
  • using sequence or repetition
  • decomposing problems both on and off screen
  • using the principles of logical reasoning in order to resolve problems.

Digital Literacy

  • Pupils are confident and creative users of technology. They are beginning to make informed choices about the appropriateness of digital content they access and create, using an increasing range of digital resources and devices.
  • Pupils identify, collect and manipulate different types of data (e.g. numerical data from science experiments, words, still and moving images etc.) which they present as information, showing a greater awareness of purpose and audience.

E-Safety

  • Pupils, review their online activity, including maintaining amending online profiles, communication channels and publishing spaces to ensure they do not inadvertently reveal personal details.
  • Pupils show respect for content created by others by acknowledging sources, commenting respectfully and responsibly on other people’s work and respecting privacy. They are discriminating about what they share and whether any permission is needed to do so.

Supplemented by

  • Barefoot Computing and Scratch resources also used.

RE

Autumn 1 – What do people believe about the creation of our world?

Autumn 2 – How and why do Hindus celebrate Diwali?

Spring 1 – What is important to Jews about being part of God’s family?

Spring 2 – What do we know about Jesus?

Summer 1 – What is the Bible and why is it important to Christians?

Summer 2 – What is faith and what difference does it make? Christianity and Hinduism or Judaism

French

Early Start French Book 1

Supplemented by:

  • Espresso website,
  • BBC Bitesize,
  • Education City
  • Twinkl resources also used

Music

Autumn – Cambridgeshire Music Service will deliver MX Play.  This fulfils elements 1-5 of the new National Curriculum.

Spring – Cambridgeshire Music Service will deliver MX Play. This fulfils elements 1-5 of the new National Curriculum.

History of Music – Person study – Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Summer – Cambridgeshire Music Service will deliver MX Play. This fulfils elements 1-5 of the new National Curriculum.

PE

Autumn 1 – Invasion Games

Autumn 2 – Gymnastics

Spring – Dance

Summer 1 – Striking and Fielding

Summer 2 – Athletics

Art

  • Children will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit their ideas.
  • Children will improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Children will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
  • Skills to be covered: drawing, lines and marks, form and shape, painting, colour, printing, textiles, 3D, collage, digital media, exploring and developing ideas, evaluating and developing work.

DT

Autumn 1 – Food (Healthy and varied diet)

Spring 2 – Structures (Shell Structures)

Summer 1 – Textiles (2D shape to 3D product)

PSHE

Autumn 1 – Beginning and Belonging

Autumn 2 – Anti-Bullying

Spring 1 – Working Together

Spring 2 – My emotions

Summer 1 – Safety Contexts

Summer 2 – Managing Risk and Drug Education