Spring Term 1 2016-17


Year 3 Spring Term (1) 2017

Overview of Spring Term (1) Curriculum

This an overview of the topics your children will learn during this first half term of 2017:-


Spelling and Grammar

Weekly spellings will continue to be taught and tested. A weekly sound will be taught and pupils will receive spellings containing this sound, the following week  dictation sentences containing the sound learned the previous week will be sent home for pupils to practise.Hence new spellings to be learnt will be sent home every other week not weekly. Grammar taught will include correct use of speech marks, question marks, exclamation marks and commas.



Please could pupils bring their reading books in daily. They will continue to be heard individually at least weekly. If pupils have a reading target, they will be heard more often. In addition, Pupils will be heard reading weekly during Guided Reading sessions. During this session, there is a focus on comprehension of the text as well as fluency. Reading Journals containing will continue to be sent home weekly, every Wednesday. Please could pupils try to complete the comprehension sheets sent home, as these will prepare them for the timed National tests. Comprehension will also be taught weekly in Literacy sessions this term.



We will be studying three main texts this term :-

  • The Journey Home
  • The Twits
  • Billionaire Boy

Pupils will develop inference and deduction skills as well as writing diaries, letters, and reports. These genres were taught last term and pupils will be using them in other areas of the curriculum, namely Science, R.E. and History.

This term there will be a focus on learning to write using persuasive techniques such as bossy verbs, rhetorical questions and persuasive words to describe - we will be learning to write persuasive adverts, recipes and reports. Pupils will consolidate these skills in their topic work later this term where they will write persuasive adverts to sell a Roman house and Roman clothing and jewellery and persuasive recipes for a Roman meal.



Problem solving will be taught discretely but there will also be many tasks to complete that require reasoning and problem solving strategies to be used. Revision of the 2,3,4,5,6 and 10x tables will continue. Concepts taught this half-term include:- reading, writing and ordering 3 digit numbers, counting in tens securely past the decade ( being able to add 10 to 793, 891), money, fractions, time, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as fractions. We will also be learning to read scales marked in 10 divisions to read weights, scales marked in 100ml divisions to read scales on measuring jugs and  drawing lines to the nearest half cm. In addition, we will be learning the properties of simple 2d shapes and relating these to 3d shapes as well as learning about congruency and symmetry.


 Every week, I write a weekly account of what has been taught and concepts some pupils have found difficult, along with the methodology I have used to teach it, should you want to practise any at home!

 Ways you can help your child at home


Money- The key question is 'how much more/less....?'

Pupils will revise converting pounds and pence to pennies and will learn to use a number line to find the difference between two amounts within £10.00 They will also learn to order amounts of money and calculate the change from £10.00 Please empty your purse and encourage pupils to count your money and then calculate the difference between that and £10.00 or ask how much more is........?


Time- pupils will be taught to tell the time on analogue and digital clocks, converting from one to the other. They need to be able to respond to the question' How much later/earlier is....than...? Pupils also need to be able to answer time calculation questions correctly such as ' The bus is 10 minutes late, it should have arrived at quarter past ten, what time did it arrive?' It would be really helpful if pupils owned a watch and were encouraged to respond to questions such as these at home. Parents could ask their children....'How long until.....is on television? How long until we are due to leave? How long until...? What is the time now? The food needs to be cooked for another ten minutes, what time will that be? Can you tell me when that time is?'


Addition and subtraction- we will be partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and units and using this to add and subtract e.g. 53 plus 38...50 plus 3....add...30 plus 8. Add the units first....8 plus 3 is 11....50 plus 30 is 80. Then add 80 plus 11 equals 91. More of this on the website to follow...I will post a written example so parents can see how we lay it out should you wish to practise these at home.


Multiplication and division- again the numbers are partitioned into tens and units to do this, this encourages an understanding rather than rote learning and I will post examples on the website to show how we lay it out. When learning to divide, we use the magic stick; 26 divided by 3....count in 3s on the stick until we are close....8 x 3 = 24 so the answer is 8 remainder 2.


Please use measuring jugs and weighing scales to ask pupils to weigh ingredients out when you are cooking. Ask them to look at packets and cans to read the weight so that they develop an understanding anf feel for heavier and lighter items.


We will learn about why and when the Romans invaded Britain. Pupils will develop an understanding about how the Celts and The Romans lived and why Boudicca was important and what happened to her.

Pupils will use Literacy skills  learnt last term to write diaries, letters and reports as Roman soldiers and Celtic warriors.


Pupils will develop an understanding of materials, how they are formed, whether they are natural or man- made and they will also learn about the functions of living things. Pupils will also sort materials according to their properties. Pupils will complete an investigation and they will use Numeracy skills to draw tables, read thermometers and to draw conclusions using data gathered. Pupils will use Literacy skills to write reports on living things and conclusions to experiments.


Pupils will use their Literacy skills to write about special places and they will investigate the following questions:-

Why are communities important? What religions can you find in your local area?

Why is the church a special place for Christians?

In what ways are Christian denominations similar?


Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning ( SEAL)

The theme is 'Getting On and Falling Out'. Pupils will learn about relationships, they will learn to see things from other people's points of view and they will learn to solve problems peacefully.


We will learn to identify different accompaniments and musical phrases, building up to composing our own accompaniments, working in groups.


In addition to applying ICT skills across the curriculum, pupils will learn to recognise databases. They will learn to search a database and compose a class database.


Pupils will learn new vocabulary, they will view films and read Welsh books using PowerPoint. Pupils will learn to give opinions about different places, with a reason for their opinion. Pupils will learn to say which foods they like, they will also learn to say what their favourite foods are and why.


Games will be taught every Thursday and Gymnastics every Monday. Pupils will learn to develop a sequence of gymnastic movements, using basic shapes and balances. In Games, pupils will learn to improve accuracy when dribbling using small balls and hockey sticks. They will also improve attacking skills and consolidate basic hockey skills. Please could you ensure your child keeps the correct P.E. kit in school in order to ensure no child misses P.E. through lack of kit. Correct kit is black shorts, white t-shirts, daps or trainers and jogging bottoms for Games every Thursday, should you wish. Earrings are either to be removed or covered with tape on P.E. days. Thank you for your support in this matter.


These will be covered next half term as mini-projects.



The LNF will be covered across the curriculum, after pupils have learned the relevant skills during Literacy and Mathematics lessons, thus giving pupils opportunities to consolidate and put into practice Literacy and Maths skills taught. Pupils will complete tasks such as writing reports and conclusions in Science, writing diaries and letters in History, reading and drawing tables in Science and reading thermometers in Science.