Prep 3 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings – Our spellings will be based on the children’s own targets and focus on year 3/4 spelling rules. Spelling tests will be held on Thursdays and new spellings (10 in total) will be given each week.
Handwriting – This term we will develop cursive script and focus on correct letter formation and clear letter joins.
Grammar – Within our grammar work this term, we will focus on using noun phrases and expanded noun phrases to add detail, use varied conjunctions to link clauses, use adverbs and prepositions (progressing into adverbial and prepositional phrases) to express time, place and cause, begin to use and punctuate direct speech and use clear paragraphs as a way to group related material.
Reading/Comprehension – In our reading this term we will focus on answering questions in full sentences and ordering given sentences from a text, read books from different genres and with different structures and the children will begin to draw inferences from their reading (characters feelings etc).
Creative Writing – We will write our own adventure story based on the book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Stanton. We will also write information texts based on Claire Llewellyn’s ‘Ask Dr Kay Fisher’ and write our own poem based on a journey – using ‘A River’ by Mark Martin as our model text. In the second half of the term we will write a narrative based on the book ‘Monster Slayer’ by Brian Patten, write our own persuasive letter and create a poem based on artwork – using ‘Paint me a Poem’ by Grace Nichols as our model.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the autumn 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.
Place Value and Money: comparing and ordering numbers, and adding and subtracting to create 3-digit numbers using place value. Understanding and using place value in money, comparing amounts, and adding and subtracting amounts of money using our place value
knowledge.
Addition and Subtraction: mental methods of addition and subtraction using number facts and partitioning, subtraction using counting up (frog jumping), as well as adding several numbers.
Multiplication and Division: times tables and division facts, understanding the inverse relationship between division and multiplication, dividing with remainders, and doubling and halving numbers.
Measurement: measuring length using metres and centimetres, measuring weight using grams and kilograms, measuring capacities using millilitres and litres, and using bar charts.

Science

Science

This term Prep 3 will be learning about animals including humans. They will be identifying that animals, including humans, need the right types of nutrition and they get nutrition from what they eat. They will also be identifying that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
After half term then will be learning about light and shadows. They will recognise that they need light in order to see things, notice that light is reflected from surfaces and recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes. They will also be learning how shadows are formed and finding patterns in the way the size of shadows change.

Geography

Geography

World Geography: we will be learning about the position of the world’s continents, oceans and major capital cities. We will locate them in relation to the Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circle. Will use this knowledge to locate and investigate the rainforests of the world, their climate and how they compare to forests in the UK.

History

History

This term Prep 3 will be learning about the impact the Roman empire had on life in Britain. They will learn about the spread of the Roman empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bathhouses. In addition to this, they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca’s rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian’s Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. A lesson on gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people, and they will play and design games to consolidate their knowledge about the different Roman gods and goddesses.

French

French

We will revise greetings and responses to basic questions and know how to say please and thank you in French. We will go back over our numbers from 1-20. Topics will include the French alphabet and learning to link clothes to numbers and colours; saying when your birthday is, name some shops and say what foods we like and how to ask for them. We will follow the skoldo scheme.

RS

RS

This term we will begin by looking at the power of God through the beauty of the world and to think about what we understand by ‘beautiful’. We will discuss how we know God is all around us and discuss the importance of Harvest. We will go on to look at the story of Moses and the Christmas story.

Art

Art

This term the class will work in a range of media to created two and three dimensional pieces inspired by First Nation American Art. The children will also continue to extend their drawing skills working from imagination and from observation also extend their colour theory.

Music

Music

Instruments of the Orchestra – children will learn about the different sections in the orchestra, learning to identify instrument types by ear. They will gain an appreciation of how each instrument is played and be able to explain why they like / dislike each one.
The Firebird – the class will listen to music from ‘The Firebird’ and learn about the story it is telling. They will learn about the composer, Igor Stravinsky. They will then have opportunity to compose their own music inspired by ‘The Firebird’.

DT

DT

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.

Weeks 1 and 2 – ‘Structure Sculpture’ designs using blockwood, plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 3 and 4 – Hydraulic designs using syringes and plastic tubing to create reciprocal movement. Materials used: syringes, PVC tubing, blockwood, laser plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 5 and 6 – Wire and crank designs to create movement for models incorporating reciprocating movement.
weeks 7, 8 and 9 – Designs involving Christmas as a theme. Christmas scenes, Christmas cards and miniature Christmas Tree designs. materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be able to produce a document of work in relation to their history project. They will also be creating a poster. They will be introduced to computer programming. They will understand how to use the internet effectively and safely.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will participate in team building, trust and co-operation exercises. They will learn to work together to respond quickly to a variety of situations. These exercises will also involve physical co-ordination and mental concentration. The children will start work on voice production. The aim is to improve diction, clarity and projection progressing towards performances.

PSHE

PSHE

Relationships: this term we will start by looking at friendships and identifying what positive relationships are and how we can deal/solve arguments that we have. We will also look at managing loneliness and discuss what makes us feel lonely and how we can manage these feelings.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Outdoor adventurous activities and team building activities.
Uni-hockey. Simple skill practices will be followed by a short game. Within the game situation will be an introduction and understanding of positional play and teamwork.
Games: Development of stamina through cross country running. Skill development and progression through to small sided games and then onto full sided matches including fixtures internally (inter house) and externally (against other schools) in tag rugby, football, hockey and netball.