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About Year 3
Year 3 provides a fantastic springboard into QE. Our teachers liaise very closely with our feeder schools to ensure the smoothest transition possible. We visit feeder school pupils in their current schools and get to know them before they come to QE for their first transition days. Our curriculum is structured to extend and enrich the learning from KS1. We encourage children to be more independent, making that step into becoming a junior school pupil.
We begin in the Autumn Term with our Little Britain topic. We develop our geographical skills through exploration of the continents and our position within the world. We then focus on the geographical features of Britain, investigating topography and areas of the UK. We use atlases and maps, becoming familiar with the symbols and icons you might find. Our science topic links well with this as we look closely at rocks, soils and fossils. We then go on to look at Mary Anning and her discoveries, writing a biography as part of our Literacy skills. Our art is also linked in with this topic as we focus on British designers and use their designs to inspire our own batik patterns. During Literacy, we look closely at familiar stories, beginning with the Gruffalo and create stories around our own Gruffalo, which link with our Summer term transition days. We also look at Non-Fiction writing, creating non-chronological reports about dragons. Towards the end of the Autumn Term, we study different fables; learning about morals and the features of a fable which leads into creating our own fable. Throughout the Autumn term, we look closely at God and consider what Christians believe he is like. This then links well, with our study of the Christmas story in the lead up to Christmas.
In the Spring Term we start our Roman Invaders topic; a historical exploration of what life was like in Celtic Britain before the Roman Invasion as well as how the Romans impacted upon life in Britain today. To kick start our topic we take a step back in time to visit Butser Ancient Farm, experiencing life as a Celt in the roundhouses. Amongst other things we: sing songs about the Romans, create Celtic art and design our own Roman shield. To finish our topic we visit Hooke Court as our two night residential trip. In Science, we look at light and shadows, considering how light travels through different materials, carrying out exciting investigations. In ICT we learn how to create code, which enables icons to complete tasks and challenges. During Literacy, we look in depth at the Mr Men series, ultimately creating our own Mr Men character and story. Towards the end of the term, we then focus our Literacy skills on letter writing using the book The Jolly Postman as inspiration. As part of our RE, we look at Holy Week, studying its events, meanings and symbols gaining a deeper understanding to the events leading up to Easter Sunday.
Finally, the Summer Term gives us a chance to stretch our scientific minds with the topic Healthy Living. We explore what makes our body work and what our bodies need in order to function in the best way possible. We also look closely at plants, what they need in order to survive and how they reproduce. As part of our exploration into the skeleton, we create PowerPoint presentations explaining what we have learnt about the bones in our bodies as well as animal skeletons. In line with this, we investigate healthy eating and complete some cookery lessons focussing on healthy recipes and safety in the kitchen. We also complete an in depth look at Adventure Stories, basing our work around The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Hooke Court is the culmination of our Roman Invaders topic whereby we explore the Celtic settlement of Maiden Castle, investigate the Roman remains in Dorchester, cook Roman food, create Roman mosaics and experience life as a Roman soldier. It provides several practical opportunities for children to explore life as a Roman would have done and draws upon their learning over the term. It is a fantastic experience and a good opportunity to develop the friendships begun over the year.
The Year 3 team