Summer Term 1st Half
In Year 3, we began summer term 1 by making pancakes as an introduction to our ‘Talk for Writing’ in English. The children enjoyed listening to the story ‘Mama Panya’s pancakes’ and tasting the pancakes.
In English, the children learnt the journey story of ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’ using a story map and actions. Once they had internalised the story and were able to retell it accurately they learnt how a journey story is structured. They then explored a range of verbs for said and created word banks of adverbs and actions that they could use in their own story. After that, they were given opportunities to innovate the learnt story before independently planning and writing their own journey story.
In mathematics, the children have continued to work hard with the new Power Maths scheme. First, we focused on finding unit and non-unit fractions of shapes and learning about what makes a whole. They then explored tenths and completed related mathematical problems and challenges. After that, the children enjoyed working with fractions of numbers and sets of objects. Later in the term, we began a unit about statistics where the children learnt how information is represented in pictograms, tables and bar charts. At the end of the term, the children worked with metre sticks and rulers to explore length.
In Science, we began to learn about light. As part of this unit the children completed a before and after learning assessment which has reflected their growing knowledge. First, the children learnt what light is and why we need it. The children then looked at reflection and why some surfaces and objects reflect light better. This unit of science will be continued next half term.
In geography, the children learnt about different climates. They compared the climate in Africa to that in the United Kingdom before completing a comparison grid.
In art, the children enjoyed exploring facial features and how to draw each feature accurately. They completed before and after sketches of noses and eyes using their growing skills in shading and tone.