Mars (Year 3)

Welcome to Year 3 – Summer Term 2017

Extreme Earth


This term our topic has a strong geography focus.  It will concentrate on mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and rivers.

We will aim to answer the following questions;

• How are mountains formed?
• What are the different layers of the Earth?
• What are the different types of mountains?
• How are they represented on maps?
• What is it like to live in the mountains?
• Where do rivers start and end?
• How does the water cycle work?


The children will be concentrating on the following;


• Writing a non-chronological report about mountains.
• Reading aloud and writing their own poetry on mountains and volcanoes.
• Writing an explanation of the water cycle.
• Writing an explanation of the journey of a river.
• Narrative writing about the books ‘Dolphin Boy ‘ and ‘The Sandman and the Turtles’.

Discrete spelling lessons will be taught weekly on prefixes mis, non, ex, co and anti and apostrophes.

Sentence, punctuation and grammar work will be carried out regularly within literacy lessons and will focus on

• Verbs- use irregular past tense verbs
• Verbs present perfect: have/have + past participle
• Verbs- past perfect: had + past participle
• Formation of nouns using prefixes
• Know that pronouns, nouns and proper nouns can all be the subject of a sentence.
• Specific/ technical vocabulary
Guided reading will be carried out daily and each child will be heard by an adult twice a week.


We will be concentrating on fractions, properties of shape, measurement and statistics.

Fractions- equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and solving problems.

Properties of shape- Identify right angles, identify horizontal and vertical lines, perpendicular and parallel lines, draw 2-D shapes, make 3-D shapes.

Measurement- measure, compare, add and subtract length, mass and volume.

Statistics- Use bar charts, pictograms and tables.


During the topic the children will;
• Draw and name the layers of the Earth.
• Locate mountain ranges on maps and atlases.
• Understand how different mountains were formed.
• Focus on the Alps and Andes.
• Focus on the Kumaon region, finding it on maps and atlases, learning about daily life, school, fetching water and climate.
• Understand how volcanoes are formed and erupt.
• Understand what causes an earthquake.
• Understand the events leading up to a tsunami.
• Know the journey of a river from its source to the sea.
• Know the different stages of the water cycle.
• Design and make a mountain range.
• Sketch mountains.
• Focus on Claude Monet and his paintings of the River Thames and water.


This term our Science topic is Rocks and Fossils.  We will:
• compare and group together different kinds of rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties.
• describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
• recognise that soils are made from rock and organic matter.

Within this, the children will ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them, set up simple practical investigations and fair tests, make careful observations and take accurate measurements using standard units.  They will gather data to help answer questions, record findings using scientific language, drawings, diagrams, keys and tables and use results to draw conclusions.  They will make predictions and suggest improvements and raise further questions.

We will be learning about Jesus’ miracles. We will look into ways Christians might interpret one of Jesus’ healing miracles and decide whether these interpretations make sense to us and give reasons. We will talk about how faith can be involved in believing Jesus could perform miracles.

The theme this term will be Relationships. We will discuss different jobs that men and women do and their pastimes, how we work together to solve problems and how we treat people with compassion and understanding.  We will learn about ways to communicate with each other and how effective communication can help relationships with others.  We will discuss differences between our lives and the lives of children from other parts of the world.

This term we are concentrating on exploring sounds, different beats and pitch

This term our PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday.  On Wednesday we will be improving our tennis and on Thursdays we will be concentrating on athletics.  Please can children have outdoor kit at all times and a sun hat.


Homework and Spellings
This term homework will go out every Wednesday. It will generally be learning times tables, Mathletics or an occasional topic activity. Homework will be due in on a Tuesday. Spelling books are due in every Thursday as they will be tested on this day. Spellings will be sent home on a Friday.

If you have any concerns please make an appointment to see Mrs George or Mrs Buck. We are always happy to meet with you.