Year 3 - Valerie Bloom Class

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW        YEAR 3       TERM – Summer 2 2017



Dear Parents,

This is a brief summary of the curriculum that will be covered in Bloom Class this half term. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. A copy of this is also available on our website.

Ms Skeggs Year 3 teacher, Bloom Class.



Our Power of Reading book this half term is ‘Gregory Cool’ by Caroline Birch


This is the touching story of a boy named Gregory, a cool city kid who is miserable when he arrives in Tobago to visit relatives. Then he gets to know both the island and its people, and he can't help but embrace them.


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar;
  • Progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures;
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.

all learning aims of this teaching sequence:

Teaching Approaches:

Reading aloud and rereading, role play and drama, visualising, story-mapping, writing in role and shared writing.

Writing Outcomes:

Persuasive writing, structuring written arguments, line poetry and Kennings, persuasive poster and play scripts.


This half term we are using a new Scheme of Work by Abacus. The children will cover the following strands:

  • Written addition and subtraction
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Measurement
  • Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Geometry: properties of shape
  • Fractions, ratio and proportion
  • Decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions


Our Science topic this half term is Rocks.

Overall learning outcomes:

  • compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter


IPC (topic)

Our IPC (International Primary Curriculum) themes are:

Paintings, Pictures and Photographs

Children will be exploring the Artists: David Hockney and Banksy. The children will learn about their inspirations and different periods of their work. Culminating in producing a piece of work inspired by these artists using a variety of mediums. Also, year 3 will be studying landscape photography, discussing: light, tone, shade and dramatic illusions.



Outdoor: Athletics, Cricket and Rounder’s

Indoor: Gym, Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga and Sharks and Fishes -  fun activity game

PE will be on WEDNESDAY MORNINGS (outdoor) and THURSDAY AFTERNOONS (indoor) this half term. Please ensure your child has the correct PE uniform in school on those days. The weather is so changeable, I would suggest winter and summer PE kits are advisable.


Children will learn:

  • To introduce themselves in French.
  • To count numbers to 10.
  • To know the French colours.
  • To understand basic greetings.


Children will learn:

  • Become more able to find relevant information when searching, using keywords and quotation marks.
  • Know how to deal with unpleasant communications and that links and downloads should be clicked on only with caution.
  • Understand and abide by the school’s e-safety rules.
  • Understand that personal information should be kept safe and that not everyone they meet online may be trustworthy.


This half term we will be looking at Christianity.

  • To develop understanding of the beliefs and practices central to the Christian faith.
  • What do Christians believe and where does the belief come from?



Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people

  • That their actions affect themselves and others, to care about other people's feelings and to try to see things from their points of view
  • To think about the lives of people living in other places and times, and people with different values and customs
  • To be aware of different types of relationship, including marriage and those between friends and families, and to develop the skills to be effective in relationships
  • To realise the nature and consequences of racism, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours, and how to respond to them and ask for help
  • To recognise and challenge stereotypes
  •  That differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability
  • Where individuals, families and groups can get help and support.




We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of any of their work please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important. By the end of the term, we hope your child has achieved all of their learning targets and that they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom.


Year 3 - Valerie Bloom Class

Year 3 - Valerie Bloom Class