Spring 2 - 2017/18
Lent and Holy Week
LENT: We will be learning to appreciate that during Lent Christians resolve to change and to try to be more like Christ. We will listen to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of the people he encountered.
HOLY WEEK: We will deepen our knowledge of the events of Holy week and our understanding of the foundation of the Church's celebration of the Mass.
Virtues and Values
This half term's Virtues and Values are: INTENTIONAL and PROPHETIC.
Intentional in the way we live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example we set to others.
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side! Find out who’s coming to visit…is it a bug-munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey?
Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it?
Learn about creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus fly-trap. Be inspired to write an informative leaflet all about your favourite predator and compose a poem about a predator or its prey. Then use what you know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator; the apex of the chain. Cross your dad with a peregrine falcon or your nan with a great white shark! What incredible species can you imagine?
Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain!
Spring 1 - 2017/18
During this half term we will be thinking about the story of the shepherds and providing the children with time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. We will then continue to think about Reconciliation exploring human choices and Christ's teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Gods and Mortals
Let’s discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes!
This half term, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other Gods who reign from Mount Olympus. We’ll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. In PE, we’ll practise synchronised battle movements just like the ancient Greeks. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In D&T, we’ll design masks for Greek Theatre. We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters.
Autumn 2 - 2017/18
During this half term we will be learning about the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. We will be exploring the value and importance of listening to the word of God in the Scriptures. Then as we move into Advent we will be reflecting on the bible stories of the Annunciation and Visitation. We will explore how Mary and Elizabeth prepared to welcome Jesus. We will be developing our understanding of Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas.
Our new topic is...........
You're an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men of course!). In our new topic we will explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. Test, trial, build and move! We will meet Hogarth the Iron Man's companion........
If you were a metal which one would you be?
During this first half term we will be learning about belonging to God's family. The children will explore the groups that they belong to and study the Sacrament of Baptism. The children will also learn about how we celebrate belonging to the family of God through the Celebration of Mass.
During the second part of the half term we will also begin to consider the theme of Reconciliation - exploring human choices and Christ's teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Day 1 in Year 3 and look at how fantastic everyone looked as their chosen hero or villain...Well done children and thank you parents!
We all became 'St Patrick Heroes' by thinking about what makes a good friend and how we need to look after one another. The children wrote recipes for friendship as a result.
Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks or Amy Johnson? Someone from your family or the local firefighters? There are many heroes and heroines, but who do you admire the most?
We will learn and sing songs about the infamous villains, Bonnie and Clyde and Cruella De Vill- learning to clap out rhythms and get to the beat!
In English we will write riddles, comic strips and traditional tales, develop dialogue and character and write a biographical article.
We will be asking how it feels to do good and bad things and which feels best. Can any of us do a deed that changes the world? Perhaps we can all be heroes!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find further games, activities and documents for this year!
Useful topic links
Rocks and soils – BBC Bitesize
A general introduction to rocks and soils, including a game and quiz.
Facts about natural disasters – Fact Monster
A useful website including many facts about natural disasters and how they occur.
A useful website with information about volcanoes and earthquakes.
Lots of facts about volcanoes, aimed at children.
Click here for more information.