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Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Year 3

Autumn Term 1 2018

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map

In the Autumn term, Year 3 learnt all about food in the topic Scrumdiddlyumptious.

In Science, we explored a range of foods using touch, smell and taste. We classified the different food items according to their features. We then learnt about the properties and why our body needs to eat them. We also did a science investigation and explored what will happen when you put an egg into vinegar. Year 3 were fantastic at posing their own enquiry questions before they started the investigation. Jackson said: I wonder if there will be a reaction with the egg shell? Logan said: I wonder what will happen to the egg shell? We discovered that the egg shell dissolved and a reaction was caused between the vinegar and egg white. The egg became bouncy!

In Geography, we learnt about Fair Trade. We learnt about where the food in our supermarket comes from. We learnt that bananas can come from South America, coffee beans are grown in Mexico and sugar can be harvested in the Caribbean. We found these countries on a map using our atlas skills. We discovered how to use the index page to find the correct page numbers and use the grid references to locate the exact position of each country.

In Art we studied the artist Sue Woodfine. We looked at the fine detail that she creates in her artwork using different grades of pencil. We explored how to use different pencils to create different effects in our sketching.


Autumn Term 2 2018

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Map

Year 3 have been learning about prehistoric Britain this term. They have learnt about the different time periods, including the Stone Age, The Iron Age and the Bronze Age.

We explored some geography skills, including leaning how to use an atlas to identify the different countries around the world that were involved in trading Bronze. As geographers, we also learnt about why the physical geography of a land was so important to the Iron Age people. We discovered that they built their homes on top of a hill so that they could see for miles around. We learnt that human geography is how humans change the land to suit them. We learnt that Iron Age people dug a ditch around their hill fort to protect themselves from enemies using a deer's antler.

As historians, we explored how the people lived in those times. We investigated the different houses, including caves, round houses and Iron Age forts. It was amazing how many children in Y3 created their own forts at home for homework using lots of different materials!

As artists, we explored different types of pottery, in particular the Bronze Age beakers. We looked at the different patterns, created our own designs and then we created our own pots using clay.

The most exciting part of our topic was when History Alive came in to show us the artefacts from the different periods in history. We looked at different tools that they had to create their homes, including antlers from a deer. We also looked at the different weapons, for example a bow and arrow and a spear. We learnt about how clever the people were in those days and how they created homes and survived with very little resources!



Spring Term 1 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Spring Term 1 Curriculum Map

This term Year 3 have been learning about Ancient Greece in our topic Gods and Mortals.

In art we have been designing our own Greek plates. We looked at traditional Greek Plate designs and evaluated the designs that we found. We have been exploring how to create different patterns using a printing method. We attached some string to cardboard to create our own design. We then dabbed this in some paint and printed our patterns.

In science, we have been learning about light. We learnt about the different sources of light including the sun and a bulb. We found out what happens when a source of light is blocked. We learnt that it creates a shadow! We completed a Science investigation to find out how and why the size of shadows change. When using a torch we found out that when we move the object closer to the torch the shadow on the paper gets bigger.

In History, we have been learning about how the Ancient Greeks have had an impact on our history. We heard the story about the Marathon Man who ran an amazing 140 miles to ask for help from the Spartan army during the battle between the Persians and the Athenians. We discovered that this amazing legend is still remembered every September in the "Spartathlon" road race in Greece.

In Geography, we have been learning about the physical characteristics of Greece. We learnt that Greece is an extremely mountainous country. We also learnt that Greece is made up of lots of islands. We used different types of maps to learn the different seas surrounding Greece and to identify the different mountains.



Spring Term 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Spring Term 2 Curriculum Map

This term we have continued our topic of Gods and Mortals and our learning about Ancient Greece.

In Creative Curriculum we explored the History of Ancient Greece. We learnt about the Ancient Olympic Games and discovered the legacy that has been left behind. We learnt about the different events and we shockingly discovered that some women were not allowed to compete! We posed our own historical enquiry questions to find out more about the games and completed our own research to find out more.

In Design and Technology we researched different breads which can be found in Greece. We then developed our own design criteria to help us test three different types of bread, including: olive bread, flatbread and pitta bread. We tasted the different products and evaluated them based on whether they were appealing or fit for purpose. We used our research to design and make our own bread. We drew sketches of our bread and annotated our designs. We collected our ingredients including: flour, yeast, salt and warm water. Finally, we learnt how to knead the bread and bake it.

We are really looking forward to sharing our learning about Ancient Greece during our class worship in May.

In science we have been learning about different materials and whether they have magnetic properties. We had fun using the magnets to find different objects in our classroom that are magnetic. We grouped the objects based on whether they were magnetic or non-magnetic.



Summer Term 1 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Summer Term 1 Curriculum Map

This term year three have been learning about different Predators in science. They really enjoyed  a workshop delivered by Animals Take Over.

They learnt so many amazing facts!

Here are a few things that year three found out:

Macie-Lea said, “we found out that the male spiders are less dangerous than the females.”

Amelia said, “Bearded Dragons have a spikey beard so that they can frighten away any predators.”

In our creative curriculum lessons we have been learning about rivers. We have discovered that the source of a river can often be on a mountain. We labelled the different parts of the rivers, including: the source, the estuary, the river mouth and tributary. We also labelled different rivers in the UK using our atlas skills.

Excitingly, the term we also performed our class worship to parents, carers and friends of Westleigh. We presented all of our learning from last term about the Ancient Greeks. We shared the story about the great Marathon Man, we revealed facts about the Greek Hoplites (soldiers) and their very important armour and weapons. Finally, we presented our learning about the Ancient Greek Olympics using a green screen. We were able to present our facts in the style of a news report and the green screen made it look like we were in Ancient Greece. Thank you to everyone who supported us during our class worship. It was great to see so many of you there!

Summer Term 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Year 3  : Summer Term 2 Curriculum Map