Welcome to Year 3
Spring 2 - Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
The children discover that The Big Bad Wolf has destroyed the Three Little Pigs’ homes and begin to investigate the truth behind the story. Opportunities are given to them to look at things from different viewpoints and to develop an understanding that there are at least two sides to every story. Using a range of subjects and skills, children will gather evidence to be able to consider whether the wolf is guilty or innocent. Speaking and listening skills feature highly in this topic as children have the opportunity to speak in both formal and informal discussion, supported through drama.
The topic culminates in a court case where the children must make a decision based on the evidence they have assembled. They decide whether or not the wolf is guilty, and with this, a means of punishment that doesn’t take away from him any of his rights.
Children relate articles from the UNCRC to the story throughout this topic in a meaningful context, which is relevant to their own lives. It is an opportunity for children to explore what is fair and unfair.
Autumn 2 - Are we nearly there yet?
The children arrive at school and find a range of items in the shared area linked to the Lake District, and the different activities around Lake Windermere. We will discuss what tourism is and how, after the Covid-19 lockdown, the tourism office would like some help to persuade the tourists to visit the Lake District again. In order to achieve this successfully, they will need to get an understanding of their local geography and understand how to use maps. A variety of activities using maps, will develop their knowledge of the physical and human geography in the Lakes. Children will engage in fieldwork in the local area to enhance their geographical skills and knowledge. The topic culminates with the children creating a tourism board, which they will present to Year 5 children in the form of a video.
Autumn 1 - Matilda – A right to an education?
Through the story of Matilda, children explored the right to an education through a variety of investigative activities, e.g. exploring education around the world and the new ‘normal’ of education. They looked back on the previous six months, during which many of them had not been able to attend school due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As classes, they reflected on their experiences of lockdown and how their education had changed. They compared the ‘new normal’ of school with their experiences prior to school closing.
They demonstrated curiosity in discovering aspects about life at Manor Field and were able to solve questions and any anxieties that they had regarding life at junior school. As they developed more knowledge about school, the people who help them and how they help them, they developed strategies that they can use to be resilient in their own learning.
Through this work, they recogniseed a way that they are special. There was lots of opportunities for discussion and exploration through Thrive activities, to develop their understanding of the Manor Field attributes and school agreement.
In their written work, the children had the opportunity to write about various aspects of school life and compared these to Matilda’s experiences. Matilda maintained her love of learning despite everything that she is experiencing around her. By interviewing different people, the children developed their understanding of a rights respecting education. The children better understand the importance of Articles 19 and 28 and are becoming more principled learners. The main aim of this topic was for the children to confidently and successfully transition from infant to junior school and begin to understand the importance of the UNCRC.