During the spring term, we will be learning about the rainforest and the Ancient Mayans. Most of our subjects will relate to this topic to immerse the children and create a cross-curricular approach.
To begin the term, we will be creating a biography about the broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough. At the end of the first half term, we will be creating our own adventure stories which are set in the rainforest. When we return after the half term break, we will be writing a non-chronological report to inform others about the rainforest.
As part of our daily reading lessons, we will be learning how to look for deeper meaning in texts through inference and understanding the intent and impact of the authors choices. We will do this by using RIC questions which focus on the retrieval of information, interpreting texts and choices made by the author. It is also part of our homework policy that children are reading at least three times at home during the week. Thank you for your support in reading, not only does reading improve children's decoding and understanding of texts, but it also improves their writing.
We also have daily spelling lessons at RJS, during the spring term we will be learning the year 3 spelling patterns. There are also phonics lessons for those children who need to review their phonic knowledge before moving onto spelling.
The spring term focuses upon multiplication and division. Within this, we will investigate how multiplication and division are linked as well as learning the formal written method for multiplying. We will then apply our knowledge of written calculations to different measures. We will learn how to measure length, mass and capacity as well as solving a variety of problems.
Over the course of the term, we will be discovering who the Mayans were, when they lived, where they came from and about how they lived their lives. We will also be exploring the rainforests of South America. We will be looking at where these rainforests are located, why they flourish here, the key features of the rainforest and what animals live there.
Science will be taught by the PPA team (Mr Adams and Miss Orwin) during spring term. We will be investigating the features of plants and investigating how they grow.
As part of our computing learning, we will continue to learn how to stay safe when using technology. This half term we will be using Scratch to learn how to code. We will be learning the terminology used in coding as well as making our sprites do many wonderful and interesting things on the stage.
During the first half term, we will be learning about the different emotions we feel, how we can manage our emotions and how to recognise and deal with stress. In the second half term, we will be looking at the reasons we should eat healthily and how to keep our bodies healthy.
As part of RE, we will be investigating the impact Jesus had upon the Christian faith. We will be learning about the teachings of Jesus through his actions and the stories he told. We will also be discussing whether these teachings are still relevant in todays world.
Our music for this half term investigates how music has changed over the past century. The unit is named 'Thank you for the music' and encourages the children to identify the changes in music and appreciate different styles of music.
Our art topic this term looks at the artist Henri Rousseau. We will be exploring different mediums to create of our rainforest inspired art work. Our DT focuses on 'pop ups' as we create a pop up book to illustrate the rainforest adventure stories we have written.
Our PE focus for spring1 will be Yoga/dance as we create our own yoga routine to retell a story which is set in the rainforest. During spring 2 we will be looking at wall and racket games.
We are also very lucky to have Miss Wilson in school on Thursdays to teach 5/60. 5/60 is a programme which runs for 10 weeks where year 3 children learn all about how to keep their bodies healthy through exercise and what they eat and drink.