Spellings – Spellings this term will continue to be targeted to the children’s needs. Over the next few weeks, we will revise all prefixes, suffixes, homophones and spelling rules we have studied over the previous two terms. We will also focus on our spelling targets.
Grammar – This term, we will focus on the appropriate use of noun phrases expanded to add detail in our narrative writing, use of varied, interesting conjunctions to link clauses, use of adverbs/ adverbial phrases and prepositions/ prepositional phrases to express time, place and cause, continue to use and punctuate direct speech, look at the appropriate of apostrophes and continue to use paragraphs as a way to group related material.
Comprehension – In our reading this term we will continue to develop the children’s interest in reading by reading a large variety of texts from different genres, get the children to ask their own questions based on their reading to improve their understanding and summerise their understanding of what they have read in a paragraph. This term we will also focus on reading aloud – controlling our pace, volume and tone.
Creative Writing – In our creative writing this term we will write our own narratives – focusing on ‘Leon and The Place Between’ by Angela McAllister, we will create our own myths using ‘Myth Atlas’ by Thiago Moraes as our model text, instruction lists, persuasive writing and we will practice writing different poems that are structured in a variety of ways.
During the summer term, Prep 3 will have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths session. They shall be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics as we consolidate skills and introduce new methods of calculation. The main areas of topic work will include the following:
Place Value: Place value in 4-digit numbers to 10,000 and ordering 4-digit numbers.
Addition and subtraction: mental addition and subtraction strategies, estimating totals, expanded and compact addition (column method) to add pairs of 3 and 4-digit numbers, adding three or four numbers using expanded and compact addition, subtracting large numbers using counting up, adding and subtracting amounts of money, and finding change.
Multiplication and Division: Counting in equal steps (sequences), revising multiplication and division knowledge facts to gain fluency, partitioning to double, halve and multiply, solving scaling problems, and division with remainders.
Shape: Naming and sorting 2D shapes; identifying lines of symmetry; identifying, describing and sorting 3D shapes; identifying different types of angles in 2D shapes.
Fractions: Finding fractions of amounts, finding and comparing non-unit fractions of amounts, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
Our Science topic for the summer term is ‘Plants’. We will begin by identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants using our observational skills. We will then examine what plants need to grow well by exploring and investigating the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) by investigating what plants need to grow well. We will also be recording our findings using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables by observing and recording plant growth. We will then explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal by understanding pollination and fertilisation. We will also be examining and ordering the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant. Finally, we will be learning about the different habitats in which plants live.
This term pupils will be studying coastlines and the animals and plants that live there. They will carry out research in the classroom and on a field trip to the beach during Enrichment Week. They will use their research to deepen their knowledge of coastal food chains and webs. To finish the topic pupils will combine ICT and Geography skills to create their own nature movie!
During the summer term Prep 3 will be learning all about the Vikings and the legacy they left in Britain. We will examine where the Vikings came from and why and where they settled in Britain. Next we will be learning about Danelaw and how England was divided up. We will be examining important historical events such as the Viking raid of Lindisfarne Monastery. We will also be looking into the lives of the Vikings, comparing their lives to the lives of people today, including village life, Vikings homes, the food they ate, religion and their society. Finally, we will be finding out about the lives of Viking warriors including the way they dressed and the ships they sailed in.
This term we will build on our knowledge from last term’s written work, but the focus will be mainly on spoken French. This will mean lessons
will be taught mostly in French to allow the children to develop their comprehension skills. Topics will include: talking about myself, my
friends and life at school.
For part of this term we will be discovering more about the early Christian church after the arrival of the Holy Spirit. We look at how our lives can be changed and how we can speak to God through prayer. We shall spend the last four weeks looking at God’s commandments from the Old Testament.
This term the class will be working around the theme of containers, looking at containers from different times and cultures. They will be working both two and three dimensionally.
Prep 3 will be exploring world music this term and will particularly focus on music from India. They will listen to a range of music from different traditions and cultures and form an understanding of how this has influenced Western music. We will look in detail at the life and work of Ravi Shankar.
Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach. New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity. This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.
Week 1 – Moving creature designs using blockwood, hooks and wire to create movement.
Weeks 2 and 3 – 3 ball puzzle designs using laser plywood, blockwood and clear acrylic.
Weeks 4, 5 and 6 – Wire and crank designs to create movement for models
Weeks 7, 8 and 9 – Carrier bag designs incorporating logos
This term pupils will learn how to design posters, paying particular attention to layout and impact. They will also use programs from various internet websites. They will be able to create a subject project using scratch as the medium. They will be producing a project on the Anglo-Saxons in conjunction with their History lessons.
The children will build on their work with creative expression by now taking on a variety of roles, responding and relating to a number of situations. The children shall interact within role play and develop their improvisation and performance skills using a variety of themes, such as ‘The Gruffalo,’ ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Evacuees’. The children shall also prepare for and perform in our poetry assembly.
PE/ Games – Games: Developing athletic skills through a collection of track events – which will include sprints, hurdles and relays. Simple cricket/rounders activities, including limited game situations. Catching, throwing, bowling and hitting.
P.E:. Cricket skills and Racket skills linked to tennis and table tennis.
Swimming: Water time will be spent on the development of correct technique and other related activities. All work based on the ASA ‘National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.