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Garden Suburb Junior School

Year 3

Curriculum map 

Click below for an overview of the topics covered in Year 3:

Curriculum Overview

english  

Click below for an overview of the English Curriculum in Year 3:

English Overview Year 3
 

mathematics
 

Click below for an overview of the Mathematics Curriculum in Year 3:

Mathematics Overview Year 3

science  

plA    Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Science in Year 3.

Plants

Pupils will be taught to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
     
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
     
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
     
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

 

Ani      Animals, including humans

Pupils will be taught to:

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
     
  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement

 

Rocks

Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
     
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
     
  • recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

 

Light

Pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
     
  • notice that light is reflected from surfacesl
     
  • recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
     
  • recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
     
  • find patterns in how the size of a shadow changes

 

Forces and magnets

Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare how things move on different surfaces
     
  • notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
     
  • observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
     
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet and identify some magnetic materials
     
  • describe magnets as having two poles
     
  • predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing

 

computing  

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Computing in Year 3.

We are meteorologists

This unit brings together data measurement, analysis and presentation, as the children take on the role of meteorologists and weather presenters.

We are communicators

This unit allows the children to learn about a number of e-safety matters in a positive way. They will learn how to use email and video conferencing safely.

We are programmers

In this unit, the children create an animated cartoon using characters they design. They use a paint tool to create characters and backgrounds. They then create an animation by translating a storyboard into a series of scripted instructions (program) for graphic objects.

We are bug fixers

In this unit, the children work with six example Scratch projects. They explain how the scripts work, finding and correcting errors in them, and explore creative ways of improving them. The children learn to recognise some common types of programming error, and practise solving problems through logical thinking.

We are opinion pollsters

In this unit, the children create their own opinion poll, seek responses, and then analyse the results.

 

religious education & British Values 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Religious Education in Year 3.

Why are some places considered to be special?

In this unit children will begin to understand the importance of signs and symbols and how they are different from each other. They will understand what the main symbols in a church are and what makes this building special for Christians.

What makes a time special?

In this unit of work children will be able to identify features of a celebration and appreciate that there are special events in their own lives that they all celebrate. In particular children will be learning about the following special times: Diwali, Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Wesak and Hajj.

What is life like?

In this unit children will begin to observe an aspect of their environment and pose questions about it and consider whether all questions can be answered. They will also learn about the differences and similarities between the main creation stories.

How do I care and how am I cared for?

In this unit the children will identify people, places and activities within their own experiences and identify some of the rituals that go on in these places. The children will make simple links between the role of the home and the beliefs which underlie them. The children will also gain an understanding of the ways of belonging to different religions and what this involves.

Rules and respect for different beliefs 

The children will learn that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law. They will also be encouraged to appreciate that other people who have different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

history 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in History in Year 3. 

Ancient Egypt

This unit introduces children to Ancient Egypt. The children will begin to develop their analytical skills by learning about primary sources and how we can use them to find out about the past. They will focus on different Egyptian artefacts, using them as a tool to find out more about ancient Egypt. Later, they will use secondary sources to learn about mummification, the Pyramids and beliefs about the after-life.

The Stone Age

Children will use timelines to place the Stone Age  period within a context. They will use their enquiry skills, posing their own questions and completing research before comparing pre-historic life with today. They will then go on to learn about cave paintings, a Stone Age diet and ancient dwellings. As part of the unit, the children go on a trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum to find out more about life in the Stone Age.

geography 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Geography in Year 3. 

Weather and Climate

Children will:

  • use atlases to compare the weather in different parts of the world and the reasons why it might be different

  • investigate the effect of the weather on human activity

  • create and film their own weather broadcasts

 

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Children will:

  • learn what the earth is made of and how the tectonic plates fit together

  • learn what earthquakes and volcanoes are

  • investigate how volcanoes can affect humans

design technology 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Design Technology in Year 3. 

Photo frames 

In this unit, children will design and create their own photo frame, linked to   the Year 3 English reader; The Enormous Crocodile. 

Pupils will be taught to:

  • evaluate a range of different photo frames and discuss how designers suit a target market i.e. bright colours for children

  • design and annotate their own photo frame for a chosen audience

  •  develop their cutting and sticking skills as well as accurately measuring their photo frames and stands

 

Moving Egyptian Sarcophagus

In this unit, children will create their own moving sarcophagus which         includes a pneumatic system. This links to the Year 3 Ancient Egyptian topic.   

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand and explain how pneumatic systems work

  • create a pneumatic system to make a moving monster

  • design and annotate a moving sarcophagus using pneumatic systems, developing their cutting and joining skills 

 

Granola Bars

In this unit, children will design and create their own healthy granola bar.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand the key principles of a varied and healthy diet

  • compare the nutritional value of different granola bars

  • prepare a sweet dish whilst developing cooking skills
     

art 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Art in Year 3. 

Unit Title: Investigating patterns

Children learn about the work of William Morris and how he incorporates nature into his patterns. They then replicate one of his patterns choosing different mediums in the form of a jigsaw.

Pupils will be taught to: 

  • compare differences in textile pattern from different cultures
  • develop art vocabulary
  • explore ways of making and creating patterns
  • increase control and confidence in using materials, making changes
  • use technical language related to craft and design
  • understand more about patterns and how they can be used in contemporary textile design

 

Unit Title: Portraying Relationships

Children create a line drawing of a friend and themselves to portray their relationship. Children use acrylic paints and pastels to create a 3D effect.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • reflect on individual relationships using visual stimuli

  • become aware of historical periods, fashion, time and culture and identifying the relationships

  • develop use of language and confidence in expressing observations

  • interpret aspects of style, content and composition, use of materials, processes and techniques

  • understand portrayal of relationships in pictures, developing use of artistic language

  • develop drawing skills, with emphasis on line drawing, proportion, pose and positions within a picture

  • extend knowledge of colour mixing  and application using different layers of materials

 

Unit Title: Sculptures

Children will use clay to create sculptures that represent different clan members, linked to the Stone Age.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • have an understanding of what environment means and how it can affect our lives

  • know how sculptures can improve the environment

  • explore elements of line, texture and pattern

  • work with and manipulate a range of materials to make a sculpture

  • develop constructing skills of joining and fastening

  • understand what 3-D forms are and how they are used as a means of improvement for the environment

  • gain confidence in the knowledge of working in 3-D with a wider range of materials

Music 

Below is an overview of the skills that are covered in Music in Year 3.

Singing and Performing

♫ Children will be encouraged to sing with increasing confidence by expanding their known repertoire across diverse genres, as well as expanding their vocal range. They will learn to read and write basic solfege in C with Kodaly hand signals and rhythm words, and to perform famous songs, as well as traditional and world music, using one-tone and un-tuned percussion instruments in multiple parts.

Improvising and Composing

♫ The children will develop an understanding of musical composition by using rhythmic notation to compose in groups for various timbres within the un-tuned percussion section. They will also use vocal effects, body rhythms, onomatopoeias and chants to compose using a given theme (such as Chinese New Year or Halloween). They will compose and improvise using melody notes within the pentatonic 5-note scale.

Listening and Aural Awareness

♫ The children will develop the ability to listen with attention to detail by learning to recognise (by name, sight and sound) the inter-related dimensions of music (such as pitch, tempo and dynamics). They will develop an understanding of the history of music by studying music drawn from different traditions, and from great composers and musicians. They will learn aural skills through echo-singing and beat-keeping.

spanish 

Autumn 1: Introduction to language

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Greetings and farewells
  • Class instructions
  • Feelings

 

Autumn 2:

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Colours
  • Numbers (1-12) and age - cross curricular Maths
  • How to ask questions in Spanish

 

Spring 1:

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Months
  • Numbers (13-31) -  cross-curricular link to Maths

 

Spring 2:

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Famous Spaniards – Cross- curricular links to History
  • Days of the week
  • Birthdays
  • Dates

 

Summer 1:

In this half term children will cover the following topics:

  • Family
  • Pets
  • Forming plurals in Spanish

 

Summer 2: Body parts

This unit introduces children to body parts.  Children will learn body parts by creating a puppet and forming a role-play to the class.

physical education 
 

Below is an overview of the units that are taught in PE and Games in Year 3. 

PE

Gymnastics (stretching and curling)

The children will be developing sequences of stretching and curling movements using low level apparatus.

Dance

The children will learn a Chinese dance linked to Chinese New Year. In the following half term, Pupils will be taught how to perform dances using a range of movement patterns based around their ancient Egyptian History topic.

Gymnastics (Balancing)

In this unit, the children will developing balancing techniques using different parts of their bodies.

Athletics

Pupils will be introduced to athletics activities and a range of exercises from sports day as well as competing in track and field events such as long jump, sprints and relay races in preparation for athletics tournaments.

 

Games

Rounders

The children start to develop their hand-eye coordination in order to improve their catching and striking skills.

Creative games

In this unit, the children create their own games including rules and a scoring system.

Invasion games

Basketball- Pupils will learn the learn different types of passing skills and shooting skills.

Adventure/co-operation games

Children will be introduced to using a map and learn how to orientate it to find locations.

Sports Day Preparation

The children practise the activities they will be competing in, in preparation for sports day.

Cricket

Pupils will be taught a range of techniques in order to bat and field successfully.

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