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Spring Term 2 - 2021

Throughout the remainder of Spring 2, we will be learning about:

English: …inverted commas (speech marks), which help the reader to understand who is talking and how they are feeling. We will focus on legends, using the Disney film Robin Hood to generate ideas for our writing.

Maths: …3 digit addition and subtraction (friendly and unfriendly), using the expanded column method. We will be focusing on money as our context in maths, exploring how to calculate the change that will be given from £1, £5 and £10.

Theme: …light and shadow. In Science, we will be learning about different sources of light and how light reflects from different materials. We are going to carry our experiments, focusing on how shadows are formed and how they change size. In DT, we will be designing and making our own money containers (wallets or purses).

Spring Term 1 - 2021

During our lockdown period in Spring 1, our Theme was ‘Dig! Dig! Dig!’ Both the children at home and at school had the opportunity to grow their own plants (some were more successful than others). We learnt about what plants needed to grow and conducted several experiments. At the same time, in Geography, we explored some of the biomes and climates of the world, focusing in particular on the rainforest. The children learnt about the different layers of the rainforest before choosing an animal to write a diary entry for. In Art, we used a painting by the artist Henri Rousseau, to create our own rainforest drawing.

Art - rainforest

 

Autumn Term 2 - 2020

What a busy half term it has been in year 3! We continued with our Stone Age theme, learning what life would have been like for people living in the Stone Age. One of our highlights was our Archaeologist dress up day, during which the children experienced different Stone Age activities. We created Stone Age clay pots, built a roundhouse, learnt how to weave and practised making beads to create jewellery. During art, we practised sketching people and animals similar to those drawn on cave walls during the Stone Age, which we used to produce Stone Age hunting painting. In our English learning, we wrote a diary entry as if we had spent a day living in the Stone Age, using the book ‘The Stone Age Boy’ as our starting point.

In the last few weeks, we have learnt all about dragons, both the body parts of a dragon and the different types of dragons in the world. Creating a dragon’s eye out of clay to help us, proved to be very popular! We used this knowledge to create our own dragon and used descriptive vocabulary to write simile poems about them.

We have finished the half term, learning about angels in RE and their role in the Nativity story. We also enjoyed practising and recording two Christmas songs, which also helped our RE learning. At the same time, we have been designing and making Christmas cards with moving parts in our DT learning. After practising on a Nativity card, we had to make sure that each Christmas card included three moving mechanisms to help bring them to life. There were lots of imaginative and intriguing designs using pop-ups, sliders, wheel mechanisms and ‘lift-the-flaps’. Finally, we learnt how to evaluate and change our design for future creations.


Autumn Term 1 - 2020

At the start of this half term, we enjoyed learning all about heroes! We began by discussing what made someone a hero in the community. Finally, we created our own superheroes and thought about the different qualities they had that made them a hero. In science, we learnt about forces, using magnets to find out whether a material was magnetic or not.

We then started our survival learning, using the rule of 3 according to Bear Grylls! It all began by creating shelters on the playground to keep ourselves warm in the wild. We then used this experience to practise writing instructions for a survival guide. Our final piece of survival guide writing was based on our experience of starting a fire in QI woods without matches, which we really enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ended our half term by travelling back in time, so we could begin to learn about how people survived during the Stone Age. This linked to our survival learning as the people in the Stone Age used similar skills, such as making shelters and fire.