In maths this half term we will start with graphs. In this chapter, pupils will be learning about how to create and interpret picture graphs and bar graphs. The chapter begins with pupils creating a number of different picture graphs where the pictures can represent more than one item. Then, pupils begin to create bar graphs, using their knowledge of picture graphs to help them. Pupils are then asked to read and interpret the information from the bar graphs.
Then we will move onto fractions. In this chapter, pupils will spend an extended period exploring and working with fractions. As they will be exploring fractions in greater depth than in the previous curriculum, the greatest number of lessons in Year 3 has been devoted to fractions. Pupils will begin the chapter by counting in tenths and then making number pairs (the fraction equivalent to number bonds) before moving on to adding and subtracting fractions. Pupils will explore equivalent fractions and look at simplifying fractions before comparing fractions with different denominators. Towards the end of the chapter, pupils will be finding fractions of whole numbers as part of a set and looking at sharing 1 and more than 1. The chapter wraps up by applying content knowledge to sophisticated word problems.
This term, we will be using following texts to help us learn about about plants, the life cycle of plants and the requirements needed for plant growth. We will use this knowledge to help us write an explanation text about how to grow tomatoes. We will then write an instructional text about how to sow seed bombs as part of our enterprise project.
Books we will be reading
Could plants survive on their own? Our year 3 classes will be exploring a range of key questions to help them answer this question. We will explore parts and functions of flowering plants, what the need in order to grow and seed dispersal as part of the science based aspects of our topic. Then we will adopt an enterprising mindset and investigate seed packaging, labels and how we could make, package and produce our very own seed bombs.