Welcome to Year 3
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YEAR 3 & 4 CURRICULUM
Spring Term Learning Challenge Curriculum
What makes the earth angry?
In this geography-based topic we will continue to learn about climate zones, vegetation belts, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes through the following smaller challenges:
What causes a volcano to erupt and which are the famous volcanoes in the world?
How do volcanoes impact on the lives of people and why do people choose to live near them?
What causes an earthquake (and a tsunami) and how are they measured?
Who experiences extreme weather in our country?
Which countries have experienced earthquakes and tsunamis in your life time?
This half term, we will also design, make and evaluate an erupting volcano using mouldable materials. For this task, we need to collect small bottles (e.g. fruit shoot, Yakult or mini yoghurt drink bottles).
Year 3 will be finishing their topic - What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed? We will then move onto a new challenge where we will be asking, ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ This learning challenge will involve children identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants. The children will investigate:
What plants need in order to grow?
How water is transported within plants.
Why flowers are important in the life cycle of a plant.
Year 4 will ask the question 'Why is the sound of One Direction enjoyed by so many people?' The children will be investigating sources, vibrations, loud and faint, pitch and volume. Sam the Sound Man will be leading a WOW Day of investigations!
Please click here to view the welcome booklet for Years 3 and 4 2017
Homework and Reading
The homework for this half term may be found here.
There is an expectation that your child completes at least three twenty minute reading sessions a week at home. This can be independent, reading to an adult, on Bug Club or a mixture of reading and book discussion with an adult.
In addition to this, the children will know from their maths lessons which times table they need to practise and they need to do this at home twice a week. For the completion of the above tasks, children will be awarded three stars.
The link to home work for this half term may be found above. The tasks are purposefully simplistic to allow the children to direct their own learning and whilst parental support is encouraged, the work must be completed by the child. Please do not feel that you should go to extra effort or spend hours on these tasks; the children can complete as much or as little work on the chosen topic as they would like to do. We would like to ensure they enjoy these tasks and learn something new!
The homework diary can also be used as a means of communication between yourself and your child's teachers. Teachers will sign diaries every week and we ask that you also sign the diary weekly.