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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

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St Botolph's Church of England Primary School


Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term 1

In English our writing is based around the text, “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes. We will be using inspiration from the text to create our own threat narrative and explanation text. The children will build upon their grammar knowledge from Year 2 and will be introduced to the present perfect form of verbs.

We will be continuing with daily Sounds-Write sessions to help consolidate the children’s phonic knowledge and the application of this in their reading and writing. 

Our reading text this term will be “Stone Age Boy” by Satoshi Kitamura.

We begin the year by exploring number and consolidating the children’s existing knowledge of number bonds and place value and how to derive facts from known facts. The children will then focus on place value and will begin to read, write, represent, partition, order and compare 3-digit numbers, find 10 and 100 more or less than a number and round to the nearest multiple of 10 and 100.

In Year 2, children learned about our muscular system and the role muscles play in helping us move. Building on this knowledge, in Year 3 children will learn about voluntary and involuntary muscles and their purpose. They will learn that some muscles, like our heart, move without us consciously thinking about it, but other muscles require us to command them to move. Moving forward with their understanding, children will look in more detail at the skeletal system, building on prior knowledge and elaborating through studying names of bones, joints and their function.

The children return to the fundamental concept of line, initially studied at the beginning of year 1, at the beginning of year 3. They start by learning how artists use sketchbooks, looking at famous examples and go onto use their own, carrying out exploratory drawings using different kinds of lines and drawing materials. The children then study at how artists can vary the weight of their line looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbook drawings of water. They go onto explore through the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso and Moore how artists use lines in different ways, to show shape, tone and texture. They do drawing exercises to use lines in ways which they may not have encountered before: continuous line drawings to show a piece of fruit and using multiple lines next to each other to show the contours of a hand.

This unit builds on from the ‘Prehistoric Britain’ in Year 1 which introduces children to the idea of ‘prehistory’. It is important that all children understand that ‘prehistory’ means a time before written records, and they know that archaeologists find out about the past from what people left behind. It is likely that some children may have prior knowledge of ‘prehistory’, perhaps from books or films, but may hold misconceptions (such as Stone Age people lived with Dinosaurs!)

Building on from both the Year 1 and the Year 2 Spatial Sense units, this unit looks again at compass directions and introduces the eight-point compass. Children will use the eight-point compass to describe their local area. Building on work on their local area in Year 2, children will look at ordnance survey maps and the symbols they use. They will look for symbols representing places in their local area that they are familiar with. Simple grid references will be introduced, and children will learn how to locate places on a map using a letter and number grid reference. The skills of identifying direction, interpreting symbols and locating grid references can be applied in a number of contexts in the geography curriculum.

In this half-term the children learn about the Creation/Fall and reflect upon the question: What do Christians learn from the creation story?

In music this half-term the children will be learning to play the Ocarina.

In DT this half-term the children will be focussing on food and eating seasonally. Children will discover when and where fruits and vegetables are grown and also learn about seasonality in the UK. They will also learn about the relationships between the colour of fruit and vegetables and their health benefits by making three dishes using seasonal ingredients.

In computing this half-term Year 3 will be learning how to code. The children will start by using flowcharts in a programme and then learn how to use timers and the repeat command. They then learn how to write, run, test and debug their own programme and design and make their own interactive scene.