Spring Term 2020

Spring Term 1 - Epic Earth

English - 3A

Non-fiction Unit 3.2 Where Would You Like to Live?

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Where would you like to live? They read the interactive eBook, retrieving and collating information about different countries and identifying the similarities and differences between the lives of children around the world. They learn about how to present information using paragraphs and headings. In their writing tasks, compose a report in response to the Big Question.

English - 3B

Non-fiction Unit 3.3 How Far Would I Go...

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: How far would I go to look cool? They read the interactive eBook, retrieving and collating information about different styles and explore unusual fashions from contemporary and historical times. They learn to skim and scan for information, identifying vocabulary that is specific to the topic and using dictionaries to clarify the meanings of words. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing a newspaper report in the role of a fashion editor.


Unit 5: Multiplication and division, part 2.

We will build on understanding of multiplication and division from the previous unit.

This unit is important as it continues to develop children’s contextual understanding of multiplication and division. It teaches strategies for solving multiplication and division problems, and children will use these to solve problems that involve all four operations.


Magnets & Forces

In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘can you make a tool that can move something on the floor far away from you?’ They will be asked to make a tool that can pick up things made of a magnetic material and consider the use of a telescopic arm or a folding arm to enable them to reach an object far away. The lessons leading up to answering the Quest will enable children to explore the properties of magnets and magnetic materials. They will also be able to apply their knowledge of how things move on different surfaces to create a table top game.

Working scientifically, children will investigate how toys can be grouped according to how they move. They carry out a simple investigation into the way an elastic band catapult can move a toy car. They investigate the effect of different surfaces on the movement of a sliding coin. They will have the opportunity to identify which materials are magnetic and which are not. Children will also be able to carry out an investigation to identify the strength of different magnets. In the final lesson, children will be able to apply their subject knowledge to design a magnetic tool that will pick up magnetic materials.

Foundation Subjects

Humanities: Geography - Our World

PSHE: Dreams & Goals

R.E: Could Jesus heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

P.E: Dodgeball & Dance

Additional ongoing subjects; Computing, Art, D&T and Music.

Spring Term 2 - Chocolate


Fiction Unit 3.2 Dragon Slayer

In this unit, the children explore and compare legends. They read the interactive texts and watch a film, understanding plots and features of legends then recalling and retelling main events. They use drama to explore characters and dilemmas. They discuss punctuation, learning how to write dialogue. They plan, edit and write their own legends, following a familiar structure.

Poetry Unit 3.2 Playing With Words

In this unit, the children enjoy listening and responding to a range of poems. They learn about poems that play with language. They compose class and individual poems, editing and improving their work as part of the process.


Unit 6: Money

Children will begin developing their understanding of how to convert from pence to pounds and pounds to pence. They will record amounts of money in pounds and pence, although the decimal point is not yet introduced. They will also solve addition and subtraction problems using money, including problems that bridge a pound.

Unit 7: Statistics

This unit is important as it gives children opportunities to explore different methods of data presentation and interpretation. They will explore pictograms, including those in which each picture represents more than one item. They will also have opportunities to explore and use bar charts and tables of increasing complexity. This unit further offers opportunities to reason, calculate and solve problems in context.

Unit 8: Length

This unit is important as it challenges children to measure accurately in millimetres, centimetres and metres. They will investigate and recognise how these units of measure are linked, and begin converting between single and mixed units. They will use this understanding to compare, order, add and subtract measurements. Children will also learn to calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes.


Parts of Plants

In this unit children will have learned about the parts of flowering plants. Children will have identified and named the basic parts of flowering plants and recognised and described the functions of these parts, including the function of the flower in the plant life cycle. Children will have investigated the function of roots, stems, leaves and flowers and will have researched methods of seed dispersal. In addition, children will have learned about the process of pollination. They will also have investigated the way in which water is transported within plants and they will have constructed a terrarium to demonstrate how plants recycle water in a closed system.

Investigative work in this unit focuses on observing and communicating ideas about plant parts and their function and using straightforward evidence from enquiries to answer questions about the functions of parts of plants.

This unit builds upon work completed in Year 1 Plants and Year 2 Growing Plants.

Foundation Subjects

Humanities: Geography - Climate & Weather

PSHE: Healthy Me

R.E: What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

P.E: Tennis & Hockey

Additional ongoing subjects; Computing, Art, D&T and Music.

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