Prep 3 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings – Improve our spellings to spell further homophones and spell words that are tricky to spell. Learn to add suffixes and prefixes to words to develop a broader vocabulary.

Handwriting – Continue to develop cursive script and focus on 4th letter joins.

Grammar – Use of apostrophes, use of noun phrases expanded to add detail, use of varied conjunctions to link clauses, use adverbs and prepositions to express time, place and cause, begin to use and punctuate direct speech and begin to use paragraphs as a way to group related material.

Reading Comprehension – continue to practice answering questions in full sentences and ordering given sentences from a text. Continue to develop an interest in reading, ask questions based on their reading to improve their understanding and summarise their understanding of what they have read in a paragraph.

Creative Writing – We will write our own secret portal story based on the book ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Grahame Baker-Smith. We will also 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 spring 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: Understanding that multiplying by 100 and dividing by 100 are inverses.

Addition and Subtraction: Mental addition and subtraction using different strategies;

Written methods for addition and subtraction including the expanded method for addition, and counting up using a number line to subtract.

Fractions: We will be understanding the concept of fractions; finding fractions of amounts; and finding fractions of amounts using division.

Time and Data: Telling the time to the nearest minute including using clocks with Roman numerals; timing events; calculating and comparing time intervals.

Money: Place value in money; multiplying and dividing money by 100; adding and subtracting amounts of money.

Science

Science

Prep 3 will be continuing to learn 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.

They will then be learning about Rocks and Fossils. This will include comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties, describing in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock and recognising that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Geography

Geography

We will conclude our study of the rainforests by looking at deforestation in greater depth and what we can do to protect the rainforests in the future. We will then be looking at the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. We will learn how and why these natural phenomena occur and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

History

History

This term Prep 3 will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons. They will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then they will go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result. The children will have the opportunity to learn how the Anglo-Saxons influenced the English language, with an emphasis on the origins of some English place names, and they will also examine and analyse artefacts from the period and draw their own conclusions about what they can teach us about life in Anglo-Saxon Britain. In addition to this they will also learn what life was like in a typical Anglo-Saxon village, what jobs people did and what the houses were like. They will also explore the Pagan beliefs of the early Anglo-Saxons and learn about the many gods they worshipped. Finally they will investigate how and why the Anglo-Saxons were largely converted to Christianity by the early 7th century.

French

French

This term we will be expanding our vocabulary to include animals, food, parts of the body and toys and games. We will be revisiting how to introduce and describe ourselves with confidence and we will also be learning some French fairy tales.

RS

RS

This term we will look at the reality and ordinariness of the life of Jesus and understand the differences of children living in Nazareth and how we live today.  We will study the life of John the Baptist and read the bible story of The Wedding at Cana.  To further our understanding of how Jesus loves and cares for us, we will consider the work of a shepherd, both now and 2000 years ago.

Art

Art

During this term the class will be looking at how different artists have created still life, working in a range of media inspired by these artists. They will drew and paint from observation developing their
ability to look and record with increasing accuracy.

Music

Music

This term, all of Prep 3, 4, & 5 will be learning the recorder. For some this will mean improving their skills and for others this will be a new venture into music making. By learning an instrument together, the children will be able to take part in individual and group music-making. They will also be able to improve their understanding of musical notation through practical experience. Alongside this, we will be looking at the history of the recorder and of woodwind instruments, and will be listening to music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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 – Vehicle designs using two wheels and forward sledge as a runner. The children will be involved in designing and making the vehicle to travel on a track.

Weeks 3 and 4 – Puppet designs incorporating fabric, dowelling, 360 micron card and blockwood.

Weeks  5 and 6 -Picture Frame designs using mounting board card, blockwood and the children’s themes for artwork and ideas.

weeks 7, 8 and 9 – Designs involving experimenting with cams and cam followers to create different movements with models.  Materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be using some basic instructions to create some animation using scratch as part of their programming. They will also be introduced to a microbit and its use within computing.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will continue their work on team building, trust and co-operation exercises. There will be a greater emphasis on voice production work this term. the children will learn how to project their voices and continue to improve diction, clarity through specific exercises and the use of tongue twisters. They will learn to work together and respond quickly to a variety of situations. These exercises will also improve physical co-ordination and mental concentration.

PSHE

PSHE

This term we will begin by looking at ‘safe relationships’, including personal boundaries, safely responding to others, as well as examining the impact of hurtful behaviour. Continuing with relationships we will be recognising respectful behaviour, the importance of self-respect, courtesy and politeness. Moving into ‘Living in the wider world’ we will examine the importance of belonging to a community and our roles and responsibilities in our communities. Finally we will be discussing money and work, including different jobs and skills, job stereotypes, and we will also be setting our own personal goals.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Basketball. Handling, dribbling, movement into space and passing skills will be developed, especially in small game situations.

Handball. Learning the fundamentals and rules of the game. Passing and moving into space, attacking and defending and developing these skills into game situations.