Ferney Lee Primary School

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Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848

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Welcome to Year 3

Our Class Library

Below are the core texts and literature we will be using in Year 3 to support the delivery of our curriculum. 

What Year 3 are learning about this half term?

Key Historical enquiry is: What can evidence tell us about life in Pompeii?

Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:

  • We will research everyday lives of the people at the time of Pompeii
  • Explain why we know so much of life at this time
  • Know that history is often incomplete depending on what evidence has survived
  • Create a timeline of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to identify the impact it had on the people of Pompeii
  • What did archaeologists find when they uncovered Pompeii
  • Use ICT to investigate the site of Pompeii

 

In English, our class text for this half term is: 

 Escape from Pompeii : Balit, Christina: Amazon.co.uk: Books

 

 

In English, our first task is to read, perform and write different types of volcano poetry. We will use the poetrysociety.org.uk to support our poetry writing.

Our second task in English is to write a setting description of Pompeii before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We will use our class text Escape from Pompeii by Christina Batli to to support our descriptions.

Our final task in English is to write a detailed report on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We will use the animated video - A day in Pompeii to support our descriptions -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_3ggKg0Bc 

 

Our Science topic is Rocks.

Here are some of the main objectives will cover:

 - Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of 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 rocks and organic matter.

 

 

In Art, we will lean about the famous artist Andy Warhol.

We will explore and use Pop Art techniques to create our own pictures of Mount Vesuvius  

 

In ICT, we will continue our work on basic computing and word processing skills.

  • Recap basic computer skills.
  • Change the font and style of text
  • Use bullet points and numbers
  • Insert and format text boxes
  • Copy and paste information and pictures

 

 

 

 

Our previous learning

Summer term 1

 

In Summer term 1 term, our key Geographical enquiry was: What are natural disasters and why do they occur?

Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:

  • Locate the equator and tropic lines on a map
  • Understand and label the structure of the Earth
  • Know  that tectonic plates sit on top of molten lava and how the interaction of the plates can cause earthquakes, and volcanoes
  • Explain how volcanoes are formed and how they erupt
  • Explain what causes an earthquake
  • Research climate change and global climate patterns
  • Understand the theory that climate change has been caused by humans
  • Know some of the effects of global warming 
  • Understand the role all humans have in tackling climate action

 

In English, our class texts for this half term are: 

In English, our first task is to write a biography on the significant individual David Attenborough. We will use the text  - Little people, BIG DREAMS David Attenborough by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegra to support our biographies.

We will then read the text Flood by Alvaro F. Villa. We will use the wordless picture book to create our own natural disaster narrative.  

Our final task in English is to create a non-chronological report on our chosen natural disaster. We will use the text Earth-shattering events by Robin Jacobs to support our research.

 

In Science, we will continue our work on plants.

We will: 

  • 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.
  • Explore the role of flowers in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

We will also carry out a foraging day with Incredible edible to locate and explore edible plants in our local area. 

 

In Art, we will explore and create our own Indian art.

In the unit we will: 

  • Research the history and styles of Indian painting.
  • Explore the art displayed during the Indian elephant festiva
  • Create Mehndi patterns
  • Study Indian block-printing techniques to create our own block-printed fabric
  • Explore and create rangoli patterns.

 

In ICT, we will carry out a unit of work on word processing skills. 

In the unit we will:

  • Recap basic computer skills.
  • Change the font and style of text
  • Use bullet points and numbers
  • Insert and format text boxes
  • Copy and paste information and pictures

 

Spring 2

In Spring term 2, our key Geographical enquiry was: How is the landscape of the United Kingdom different to the landscape of Greece?

Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:

  • Compare a large region of the UK with another area in Europe
  • Know the number of people who live in a place is called its population
  • To understand that countries are grouped into continents
  • To be able to recall the 7 continents 
  • To know that countries are separated by borders
  • To present findings from fieldwork using graphs, charts and sketch maps/plans

 

 

n English, our class texts for this half term are: 

 

 In English, we will read the texts 'Theseus and the Minotaur' to help us write a formal persuasive letter to King Minos, to persuade him not to feed us to his Minotaur. We will then use the texts to predict what happens when Theseus enters the maze!

We will then read the text Echo and Echo to help write our own Kenning poem.

Our final task in English is to create a non-chronological report on Greece.

 

Our Science topic is Plants

In this unit, we will:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of plants; roots, stem, leaves and flowers.
  • We will visit our local garden centre to explore and learn about different types of plants. 
  • We will plant our own sunflowers.
  • We will investigate ways in which water is transported within plants.

 

    In Design and Technology, the children will look at healthy foods and varied diets.

    In Art, we will research the work of the famous artist George Seurat and create our own artwork using pointillism.

    We will:

    • Find out who Georges Seurat was and explore his style of art.
    • Explore how to create art in the style of pointillism.
    • Explore how Seurat used colours in his artwork.
    • Explore Seurat’s paintings and how he created effects and shading
    • Explore the work of other Pointillist artists.
    • Create a piece of pointillism artwork.

    In ICT we will learn about online safety and how to keep ourselves safe online

    Spring 1

    In Spring term 1, our key Historical enquiry was: What was the Ancient Greeks' influence on the Western world?

    Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:

    • Use known dates related to the passing of time
    • Explore where Ancient Greece occurred on a world map and when on a timeline.
    • Know some key characteristics of inventions, architecture and religious life in Ancient Greece
    • Recall significance and differences between Athens and Sparta
    • Recall main characters/events of the Battle of Marathon
    • Understand the impact and aftermath of the battle of Marathon on life in Ancient Greece
    • Understand the term city-state and what it means - ruling system
    • Recall key inventions of the Ancient Greeks and their legacy on modern-day
    • Recall key buildings in Ancient Greece
    • Use Greek pottery as a source
    • Explore similarities and differences between different types of pottery
    • Research Greek inventions

     

     

    In English, our class texts for this half term are: 

    Orchard Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean and Greek Myths. Meet the Heroes and the monsters of ancient Greece by Jean Menzie

    Greek Myths: Meet the heroes, gods, and monsters of ancient Greece:  Amazon.co.uk: DK, Menzies, Jean: 9780241397459: BooksOrchard Greek Myths: Amazon.co.uk: McCaughrean, Geraldine, Chichester  Clark, Emma: 9781408324370: Books

     

     Our first task in English is to write a Character Description on an ancient Greek God or Goddess using the text Greek Myths  by Jean Menzie

    Our second task is to write our own version of the ancient Greek myth Icarus and Daedalus, we will use text Orchard Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean to support our narratives.

     Our final task in English is to write a description of the Minotaur.

     

    Our Science topic is Light

    In this unit, we will:

    • Recognise that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.
    • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
    • Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes
    • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
    • Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.

    In Design and Technology, the children will design and make their own mechanisms using linkages, levers and pivots. 

    Autumn 2

     How did life change in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? later-prehistory-timeline

    In Autumn term 2, our key Historical enquiry was: How did life change in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? 

    Here are some of the main objectives we will cover.

    We will:

    • Develop and understand that people lived very differently in the past
    • Begin to use timelines to place a small number of key changes during early human development in Britain
    • Look at BC/BCE and AD/CE and consider where this fits with known chronological periods
    • Identify similarities and differences between periods/artefacts/people across time periods studied
    • Identify the key characteristics and features of tools used and art made from Stone Age humans
    • Know that humans first arrived in Britain at the end of the Ice Age around 800,000 years ago and arrived by foot
    • The UK was not as we know it today.  At this time Britain was joined to Europe
    • Learn that Bronze Age came after Stone Age when humans began smelting metal
    • Understand the significance of Skara Brae

     

    In English, our class texts for this half term are: 

    Our first task in English is to write a historical narrative using the text 'Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura'.

    We will then read the text 'The First Drawings by Mordicai Gerstein' and write a diary entry about life in the Stone age.

     

    Our Science topic is Animals including Humans.

    In this unit, we will:

    • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
    • Identify that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

     

    In Art, we will explore cave paintings and prehistoric art by sketching, charcoaling and painting our own animals.

     

    In Design and Technology, we will design and create our own roundhouses. 

    Autumn 1

     

    What makes Yorkshire a good place to settle?   

    In Autumn term 1, our key Geographical Enquiry was:

    What makes Yorkshire a good place to settle?

    Here are some of the main objectives we covered:

    Geography:

    • To understand why people settle in the places that they do
    • To understand and describe why people who live in different areas live their lives in different ways
    • To understand that the location and way of life for people who live in our local area has changed over time
    • To be able to interpret a key on a map
    • To be able to identify common land features such as valleys

     

    In English, we explored the text ' The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. 

    Our first task was to write a biography of the famous author Ted Hughes, as he was born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire!

    We then explored the text the Iron Man by rewriting the first chapter from the point of view of the Iron Man, describing how he pieces his body back together after falling off the cliff.  We then created instructions on 'How to trap the Iron’ by retrieving information on how Hogarth and the farmers made a trap for the Iron Man.

    We finished the text by reading and performing the poem ’The coming of the Iron’ by Brenda Williams and creating our own ‘Black Out’ poetry using our favourite pages of the story.

     

    The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Ted  Hughes, Tom Gauld: 8601300335667: Books

     

    Our Science topic was Forces and Magnets we;

    Compared how things move on different surfaces

    Noticed that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

    Observed how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

    Compared and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials

    Described magnets as having two poles

    Predicted whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

     

    In Art, we used different mark-making tools to create sketches of the Iron Man.

     

     

    Meet the staff...

    Mrs Whittem (class teacher)

    Miss Rachel (teaching assistant)

    Mrs E Shackleton

    (support assistant)

    Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
    Lancs, OL14 5NR

    01706 254848

    admin@ferneylee.calderdale.sch.uk