Mars (Year 3)

 Scrumptious Sweets

Happy New Year!  Mars Class spring topic is Scrumptious Sweets. The children will be covering a range of subjects cross circularly around this topic. We will aim to answer the following questions:

  • Where does chocolate come from?
  • What is the history of chocolate? How is it made? How does Europe receive chocolate?
  • What are the design features of sweet packaging?
  • Why is it important to maintain a balanced diet?
  • How are jingles used to persuade the consumer?
  • Where does sugar come from?
  • What is ginger and how is it used in stories and cooking?
  • How can language be used and adapted to create humorous poems

The children will do the following:

Literacy

  • Make a range of different biscuits and tray bakes, following instructions
  • Write instructions for different sweet recipes; using imperative verbs and adverbs
  • Write their own persuasive advertisement and letter persuading people to choose their sweet
  • Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  and answer a range of comprehension questions, focusing on language structures, prediction and inference.
  • Continue their  own stories based on the Far Away Tree going to a new sweetie or chocolate Land.
  • Read a range of Fairy Tales
  • We will finish our topic by looking at language and write our own humorous poems about sweets.
  • Throughout this topic a heavy focus will be placed on grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure. The children will continue to develop their sentences, looking at compound and complex sentences. We will be looking at varying our sentence starters and using commas to create complex sentences.
  • Discrete spelling lessons will be taught throughout the week, focussing on the suffixes and compound words and plurals.
  • Guided Reading will be daily, where children get to read with an adult twice a week

 

Numeracy

Mars Class will have the opportunity to develop their Maths skills cross circularly this term. The children will be looking at the following objectives within their topic lessons.

  • Weight- The children will be weighing and measuring out ingredients to create their own cakes, biscuits and sweets
  • Statistics- The children are creating their own sweet surveys, learning to use frequency tables and pictograms. The children will then use these to create block graphs and pie graphs on the computers. They will interpret the data by answering a range of questions
  • Geometry- The children will be developing their  understanding of 3D shape by creating their own packaging for sweets, looking at nets and shapes in different orientations
  • Measure- When making their own sweet packaging the children will be using rulers to measure in mm and cm

The children will continue to have daily maths lessons, however the focus will be on multiplication and division, solving word problems and mental calculations from out new Inspire scheme.

Topic

  • Make a range of sweets, cakes and tray bakes, focusing on hygiene
  • To design and make their own sweets- creating their own recipes
  • To design and make their own sweet packaging for their sweets
  • To look at collaging techniques using a range of media
  • To make their own Willy Wonka puppet- looking at using the running stitch
  • To create African style artwork based on Kent Cloths
  • Look at where the cocoa bean comes from and the journey it makes to  get to the UK

Computing

  • This term the children will be creating their own blogs using J2EWebby- They will write up their stories for parents to see and create their own sweet persuasive advertisement poster
  • The children will be learning to use coding- programming instructions into the computer to create games and to play games
  • Continue to read and research using the internet
  • Use mathletics to support Maths learning

PE

  • PE will be on a Tuesday with Mr Mason.  This will focus on gymnastic skills.  On a Wednesday for the first half term we will be swimming and for the second half term we will be outside, learning football skills.
  • Please ensure children have their PE kits in school on these days, including a tracksuit and warm jumper with trainers for outside.
  • Girls with their ears pierced, please can they either take out their earrings or have tape provided to go over their earrings.

Science

In the first half of the Spring Term we will be learning about Forces and Magnets.

We will:

  • compare how things move on different surfaces.
  • notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
  • observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.
  • describe magnets as having two poles.
  • predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

 

After half term, our Science topic will be Plants, Roots and Shoots

We will:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

Religious Education

The focus for the first half term is Creation and Fall, moving onto Salvation in the second half term.

Homework and Spellings

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

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