Spring Term Curriculum Overview
Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas holidays and are rested and ready for the Spring term ahead. We have another exciting term lined up for the children kicking off with our trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in January!
We will be using texts and videos based on Ancient Egypt to stimulate our creative writing. At the end of the Spring half term the children will have the opportunity to participate in our annual Young Speaker Challenge. In the lead up to this we will be writing persuasive texts about a current affairs topic. We will continue to work on grammatical skills, including using a thesaurus and dictionary. There will also be an emphasis on cursive handwriting.
Reading sessions will focus on inference skills, summarising a text, and understanding the meaning behind unfamiliar vocabulary. Stay and Learn sessions will be continuing every Monday morning, so please feel free to join us.
There will be a continued focus on learning all times tables to 12 and applying times table knowledge to written multiplication and division strategies. There will be practical opportunities to develop problem solving skills with an emphasis on measuring (Length & Weight) as well as telling the time. The children will also be reintroduced to fractions and Roman numerals.
In Science, the children will learn about animals including humans and begin to understand how animals have adapted to the environment in which they live. After the half term, we will be exploring different light sources, opaque and transparent materials and investigate how our shadows change throughout the day.
In Computing the children will learn about e-safety and how to stay safe online. The children will continue to learn coding using a combination of different formats. They will also continue to use technology to publish their work such as book creator and J2e. They will also use chrome books to explore new learning opportunities and how to work across different apps.
During the term the children will have cooking opportunities covering the 6 strands of cooking skills; weighing and measuring, cutting and knife skills, mixing, shaping and assembling, heating, serving and assembling.
History and Geography
Our topic for the Spring term is Egypt. Within this, we will be using cross curricular links tying into English and Maths. The children will learn about the history of Ancient Egypt, as well as the significance of the river Nile and consider the age old problem, how were the pyramids made?
Swimming lessons will continue to take place every Tuesday. The children will also take part in gymnastics and dance lessons to develop their flexibility, balance, creativity and strength.
In PSHE the children will be developing their understanding of emotional and mental Wellbeing. They will be encouraged to share and celebrate their achievements as well as set their own personal goals. They will also learn and implement positive behaviours to deal with set-backs.
Art and Design
In Art and Design, the children will be creating Egyptian art work. They will begin by sketching the outline of an Egyptian Mummy. They will then bring their sketch to life using either water colours or mosaic, focusing on a pattern that uses complementary colours.
The children will make a Scarab Beetle out of clay, following through the design process from an initial idea to the final piece.
Please remember that this is just a brief outline of this term’s plans and does not include everything the children will be doing!
- Gymnastics! January 17, 2020
- Pyramid Painting January 10, 2020
- Our Stone Age Day 2! December 9, 2019
- Who wouldn’t want to be in Year 3!? November 29, 2019
- Lets Build a Hillfort and Live There! November 23, 2019
- Our Harvest Celebration November 19, 2019
- How To Wash a Woolly Mammoth!! November 15, 2019
- Our Trip to the Natural History Museum! October 31, 2019
- St Joseph’s The Musical! October 18, 2019
- Emerald Class Assembly October 11, 2019