All Saints’ and St Richard’s Church of England Primary School Topic Overview Year 3/4 Cycle A (2014-2015) Term 3 Groovy Greeks THE BIG IDEA The ideas and achievements of the Ancient Greeks changed their world and still affect us today. Did you know the Olympics started in Greece? Greeks introduced the theatre – every town in Ancient Greece had at least one theatre. A few things the Greeks invented included the alarm clock, they were also the first to have a shower system and there were many famous Greek mathematicians. There are also many Greek myths and legends; the Greeks believed that Gods and Goddesses watched over them. The Gods were like humans, but immortal (they lived forever) and much more powerful. We will be reading some of these stories throughout this term. OUTDOOR LEARNING In Outdoor Learning we will be observing and identifying the birds around our local area. We will be researching what they eat and their preferred habitats so that we can make our outside area bird friendly. We will then use this information to design and bird nests or boxes. We will continue to make changes to our courtyard and keep up sketches of the changes. We will be doing some sculpture work outside using natural resources. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION In RE we will be doing some work on the Epiphany Story including researching and discussing key events in the life of Jesus. PERSONAL SOCIAL HEALTH & ECONOMIC EDUCATION In PSHEe we will follow the East Sussex Scheme of Work for Year 3. This term we will be focussing on: Going for Goals E-Safety In History/Geography we will be: Locating Greece on a map. Looking at its climate and landscape. Placing Greek events on a timeline. Looking at the ancient states of Athens and Sparta and how they were governed. Researching Greek Gods and Goddesses. Inferring information about Greek wars. Looking at Greek buildings and artefacts. In Science we will be: Looking at species of birds in our local area. Researching birds’ habitats and what they need to survive. In D.T we will be: Making a fabric hanging bird. In Computing we will be: Using Powerpoint to present their research findings about eagles linked tour learning in literacy. Using Excel to input data into a graph. In Art we will be continuing to develop our drawing skills. We will be making an updated sketch of our outside area. We will observe pictures of eagles, looking at the patterns created by feathers and creating our own eagle pictures. TRIPS AND EVENTS A trip to Bedes – animal management. A Greek vs Myan Day. CURRICULUM RISK ASSESSMENTS Bedes visit Gymnastics will be taught in P.E. using the Val Sabin Scheme of Work. The children will be learning to: Travel fluently at different speeds and levels. Use apparatus effectively and safely. Explore different movements with control. Music is being taught by a music specialist Pitch, Singing and Composing. Throughout Year 3 /4 the children will have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder. French is being taught following the West Sussex Mixed Age scheme of work which runs over two years. This year we are following Cycle A and this term the children will be learning: To count from 13-20 Transport types and travelling to France Colours Fete des Rois ENGLISH: In Literacy there will be the opportunity to explore a range of stimulating texts and planning will be supported by the ideas produced in ’Book Power’, the text type papers and the progression papers. Texts include: o Fly Eagle Fly! o Hot Like Fire. We will be exploring these stories through role play and writing in role. We will discuss the meaning of the stories and retell the stories through storyboards. We will be writing some of our own poetry around the themes of the book. In grammar and spelling there will be a focus on sentence structure and adding more detail to sentences, suffixes and use of the possessive apostrophe. MATHS: The children will be learning their number bonds to 100. Rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. Ordering numbers on a number line. Adding 2 and 3 digit numbers using number lines and column addition. Subtracting using number lines to count up from the smallest number to the largest number. Some children will begin using the decomposition method. Measure accurately using cm and mm. Measure mass using kg and g. Interpreting graphs and pictograms and then recording information on their own graph. Once a week the children will be focussing on applying their mathematical learning to solve problems. CLASS ROUTINES: HOMEWORK: The children will have weekly homework tasks linked to learning in class. The homework will be sent home on Friday and is due back in school on Wednesday. Children are expected to be heard read at least three times a week. Please make sure that you record each tie your child reads or is heard read in their homework diary. The children can then collect stickers towards their reading certificate. Spellings are sent home each week and need to be practised at home daily. Little and often is the best way to learn spellings. Children will be tested on their spellings each Tuesday. P.E. LESSONS: The children need to have their P.E. kit in school each day and it should be taken home each Friday so that it is kept clean for lessons. Jewellery must be removed so if your child has their ears pierced they will need a small pot in their bag to put their earrings in to keep them safe. Long hair should be tied back for school, but it must be tied back for P.E. lessons so a spare hair band is a good idea. COMMUNICATION: Please encourage your children to speak to me if they should have any concerns, and of course I will always be available at the end of school if you wish to speak to me directly. I will continue sending home ‘ASK me about …’ cards so that you are able to talk about the children's learning at home. 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