Spider (Year 3)

Module 1

This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Who we are’.
Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Ancient civilisations can help us to understand different beliefs and values.

We will be reading:

  • ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’
  • ‘Egyptology’
  • ‘The Hedgehog’

 

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • An inquiry into what we can learn from ancient civilisations (Connection)
  • An inquiry into the beliefs of an ancient civilisation (Form)
  • An inquiry into people’s varied beliefs (Perspective)
  • An inquiry into how beliefs have changed over time (Change)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 1 Homework – Who We Are

Homework is shared with you termly. The activities below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. Homework should be completed by Friday 8th October but if completed before we would love to see it and display it!

I am Open-Minded

There are lots of different beliefs about how our world was created.

  • Research at least 2 different viewpoints and find out as much detail as you can about each. Present your findings in a way of your choosing. You might like to use google slides/powerpoint, create an information poster, create a storyboard, draw and label some detailed diagrams or write up some notes in your book to share with the class. The choice is yours.
  • How do you think the world was created? What is your belief?

I am Reflective

There are a lot of symbols linked to the different beliefs and religions around the world.
If you had a symbol that represented you what would it look like? What values do you have? What beliefs do you have?
Present your symbol in any way you choose!

I am Creative

Can you make a pyramid? We will be learning about these this term. You can choose what you make your pyramid from and how you make it! Be as creative as you wish. They will make a fantastic display in our classroom and so I look forward to seeing them!

I am a Thinker

What do you think it would have been like to live in Ancient Egypt? You can imagine that you are a pharaoh or a servant or a high priest/priestess during this time.
Can you write a short diary entry or story recounting your time in Ancient Egypt? What did you do? What did you see? How did you feel? What adventures did you have?

I am Caring

Imagine that someone new starts at our school and in our class. What could we do to welcome them? What would we need to tell them about our school? What values and beliefs do we have in our school? For example we believe that we should all be kind to each other. Create a welcome leaflet for a new pupil, ensuring that you included all they will need to know including our beliefs and values.

I am a Communicator

A place of worship can be a special place for people with religious beliefs.
Tell us about any place that is special to you and explain why.

You can present your work any way you wish to. Some suggestions are:

  • Make a video documentary to show us your special place
  • Draw a detailed diagram and present it to the class.
  • Make a photo collage
  • Write a description
  • Create a poem about your special place.

I am Principled

It is really important that we learn about different beliefs to ensure that we understand and respect the beliefs of others in our world. How would you help someone understand your beliefs and values? What would you tell them? Could you write a letter or make a video explaining your beliefs and values?

I am Knowledgeable

There are lots of different religions and beliefs. Some of these we learnt about last year. This year we will be looking at how beliefs have changed and how the past has influenced some current beliefs.
Can you research a religion and the beliefs associated with this religion. Can you find out if this religion has changed at all from the past?
You can then present what you have found out in your chosen way- maybe in the form of a poster or a Google slides presentation.

I am an Inquirer

The ancient Egyptians believed in many Gods. Can you choose one of these to research and then present your findings in your chosen way?

Module 2

How We Express Ourselves

We hope that you enjoyed your October Half Term. This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Cultural traditions can vary depending on location.

We will be reading:

‘The Land of Neverbelieve’ by Norman Messenger

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • The features of a location (Function).
  • How cultures differ (Perspective).
  • Traditions of different cultures (Causation).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 2 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. Please complete at least 3 of the activities and can they be in school by Friday 3rd December so that we can share and celebrate in class.

I am a risk-taker

Plan a trip from the UK to a country in Europe. You have £1000 in total to spend.

Where would you go? How are you going to travel? How long will you go for? Where will you stay? What will you do whilst you are there?

Write an itinerary of your trip with a breakdown of the costs. You might like to include some information sheets, maps, websites that helped you to plan your trip.

I am caring

We have Remembrance Day in Great Britain on November 11th. People show their respect by wearing poppies.

What else do we do to remember and to show our respect?
Do any other countries celebrate as we do? Do they show their respect in other ways?

Make a piece of artwork representing Remembrance Day using poppies

I am an inquirer

Research a cultural tradition from a country other than the UK. What is the tradition? When does it occur? How is it celebrated?

Use images/photos/diagrams where possible to present your findings.

I am knowledgeable

Create a fact file about a European country of your choice. Include capital city, traditional foods, language spoken, information about the seasons/climate, landmarks or places of interest.

I am a thinker

Design and make a recipe for a food dish that could be eaten in a European country. Carefully consider what foods they would
eat, what produce they have in their location, what spices (if any) are commonly used.

Write a list of ingredients, record your method in easy to follow steps and include a top tip!
and/or

Take photos/draw pictures to show how you made it and what it looked like. Work to be displayed on the inspiration station to share with the class

I am open-minded

Imagine you are going to be spending your Christmas with a family that lives in a different European country- i.e. Spain.

This family follow the traditions for Christmas for their country so it might not be Christmas as you know it.

How will Christmas look? What festivities might you be taking part in?
What will you do to ensure you are respectful and open minded?

Consider how you are going to present your findings.

Here are some suggestions:

  • A video documentary
  • An information booklet
  • A diary entry of what you experienced
  • A mind map of useful information

I am reflective

‘You can only celebrate Christmas if you have money.’

What are your thoughts on the statement? Write a persuasive letter to convince me of your opinion.

I am balanced

This term we will be learning about lots of different countries in Europe and about their traditions.

Do you think that this is important?
Why?

Write a persuasive letter to explain why it is important that we learn about different cultures and traditions.

I am principled

Research the Salvation Army. Who are they? What do they do? How do they help others?

Present your findings in an information poster/leaflet/booklet.

Challenge!

Can you raise money for the Salvation Army? Tell me what you did and how much you raised?

Module 3

Where We Are In Place And Time

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the break with your families. This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘Where we are in place & time’.  Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Evidence of past civilisations can be used to make connections to the present.

We will be reading:

  • ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King
  • ‘The First Drawing’ by Mordicai Gerstein
  • ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Statistics
  • Money

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • What evidence we have of past civilisations.
  • How civilisations functioned.
  • How civilisations from the past compare to the present.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 3 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. The activities below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. Homework should be completed by Friday 28th January but if completed before we would love to see it and display it in our classroom.

I am a risk-taker

In Science, we are learning about rocks and soil this term. Can you find out the names of the different rocks and find an investigation to do at home linked to the rocks? This could then be shared with the class – you could make a video of your investigation and post on Google Classroom, or you could present using Google Slides.

Remember to tell us what you did and what you found out!

I am caring

In PSHE this term, we are going to be learning about the importance of self-respect, courtesy and respecting others.

Could you think about how we can model respectful behaviour in different situations, e.g. at home, at school, online.

Could you create a poster to show your ideas of this? We could display these around the school.

I am an inquirer

If you could interview someone that lived during the stone age what would you ask them?

Imagine that you are a journalist that has been asked to interview someone from that time in history. What questions would you ask? What do you think your readers would like to know?

I am a thinker

This term we are reading the book – ‘The First Drawing’. Imagine that you were born before the invention of drawing, more than 30,000 years ago. You would live with your whole family in a cave and see woolly mammoths walk by! Maybe you would have made the world’s first drawings! What would you draw? What would you want to show people in the future?

Create a cave painting of what you imagine you might see – perhaps a mammoth or a wolf? Hunter gatherers?

I am knowledgeable

Research an aspect of life in the Stone Age era. Find as much information as you can, including images. Present your research in your chosen way – as Google Slides or an information leaflet?

I am balanced

We have rules in school, at home, in society and maybe you need to follow rules at a club you belong to.
Do you think these rules are
important? Do you think we should all follow rules? Are there any rules that you think are not fair? Why?

Write an argument for and against rules. Are they important and why? Do we need them and why?

I am principled

‘We need to hunt animals to survive.’

Do you agree/disagree? Why? It is your job to convince me of your opinion. What evidence could you use to prove your point?

Present your argument in a way of your choosing. You might like to write a speech, perform a speech and record it, create some Google Slides or design a campaign poster to convince me.

I am reflective

What have we learnt from ancient civilisations? Choose an ancient civilisation to research and find out what we may have learnt from them. I.E. When we learnt about the Ancient Egyptians we learnt about their writing – hieroglyphics and this gave us an insight into how they lived.

What can you find out about? What would we perhaps not have or be able to do now if it wasn’t for our ancient ancestors?

I am open-minded

Some people would argue that we are far more intelligent now than people were in the stone age. What do you think? Consider things such as the tools that they used and how they survived. How does that show they were intelligent?

Module 4

Welcome to Term 4. We hope that you enjoyed the break with your families. This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘How the world works’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
‘The earth changes constantly due to natural forces’

We will be reading:
‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Statistics

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Types of natural disasters
  • The cause and effect of natural disasters
  • Human responses to changes on earth

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

TERM 4 Homework – How the world works

Homework is shared with you termly. The activities below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3  tasks by the end of the term. Homework should be completed by Friday 18th March  but if completed before we would love to see it and display it in our classroom.

I am a risk-taker

Make a 3D model of an environment of your choice. Draw and label a plan of your model. Create your model to display in the classroom. Evaluate your model using what went well and even better if.

I am caring

Create your own charity to support animals or people living in extreme environments. What will your charity be called? Design a logo for your charity. What will your mission statement be? How will you raise money for your cause? What will the money raised be spent on? How will you advertise your campaign?

Be prepared to share your ideas with the class.

I am a communicator

Write a story about the day a natural disaster of your choice occurred. For example a flood, a hurricane, a bush fire, an earthquake. Plan your story carefully using a story map, include an opening, the build up, the problem, the resolution and an appropriate ending.

I am a thinker

Imagine you are an inventor. It is your job to design something to keep people or animals safe in the event of a natural disaster of your choice. Draw a detailed diagram of your invention. What is its purpose? How will it work?

I am knowledgeable

Map out the locations of some known natural disasters. What happened? Where did they occur? When did they Occur? What impact did the disasters have on humans and wildlife? Can you plot these on a map or globe so we can display it in our classroom?

I am balanced

‘It is acceptable to destroy the habitat of one animal to improve the life of another’ Convince me! You can convince me however you wish. Perhaps record a speech or write me a letter.

I am principled

Research ways in which you can support wildlife in your garden. How can you make it easier for them to find food? Take shelter? Build homes? You may wish to design/make a bug house, bird feeder or plant seeds to grow flowers to encourage pollination. Bring in what you have made or take photos to share what action you have taken to share with the class.

I am reflective

Prepare a presentation about a natural disaster of your choice. Research your natural disaster, find out a range of interesting facts and reflect on the impact this disaster would have had on people, wildlife and the environment. What has happened in this area since the disaster? Is life back to how it was? What changes have been made?

I am a open-minded

If you could choose one thing to change about our world, what would it be and why? What change would you make? What positive impact would it have? Why might someone else not want you to make this change?

Module 5

We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter Break. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘Sharing The Planet’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
‘Human choices may be transforming our shared planet.’

We will be reading:
‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Length and Perimeter
  • Fractions

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources
  • The impact of our choices on the environment
  • The importance of sustainable practice

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 5 Homework – Sharing The Planet

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive regular spellings and a task to practice mental maths. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Monday 24th May so we have time to share and celebrate our learning.

I am open-minded

Plastic in the oceans has been a huge concern of late. We are starting to understand how throwing away plastic can impact the environment and wildlife. Plastic is all around us at home and a large majority of it is single use. I would like you to put your thinking caps on and come up with some inventive ideas of how we can ‘upcycle’ everyday plastic items that we would normally throw away and turn them into something new and amazing. For example could you turn a milk bottle into a watering can or a butter tub into a tub for a herb garden? Be as open minded as you can, be creative and enjoy upcycling.

Remember to draw and label your design before you make it and evaluate it once you are done. I would love to see some photos.

I am reflective

Create an information leaflet or poster to inform people all about carbon footprints.

What is a carbon footprint? What changes can individuals make to reduce their carbon footprint?

Think of as many changes as possible and add them to your poster or leaflet. Ensure that you make your work informative as well as eye-catching. You may wish to add in some images and/or diagrams to support the points you are trying to make.

I am a risk-taker

Design a model to show and teach the 4 layers of a rainforest.

You will need to undertake some research to find out about each of the layers and what the conditions are like prior to making your model.
Carefully consider how you will show the differences between the layers and what resources you will use. Can you think outside the box when designing and creating your model? Can you be a risk taker?

Once your model is complete write a fact sheet explaining each of the layers and what you have learnt about them.

I am a thinker

Write a poem about the rainforest. Use descriptions in your poem to describe what the rainforest looks like, how it may feel to be there and what animals you may see.

Be a thinker and carefully consider your choice of vocabulary to support the mood of your poem.

Poems can be quite tricky to write so please do search the internet for some examples and familiarise yourself with them. Like always, if you find some key words or phrases that you particularly like then magpie them and use them to support you with your writing.

Publish your poem and accompany it with a detailed illustration.

I am caring

Spend some time learning about the wonderful work of the WWF

https://www.wwf.org.uk/

What do they do?  How do they support wildlife? What are their success stories?  

I am always particularly touched by the story of Orangutans.

Explore the ‘What can you do to help?’ section,

You don’t have to adopt an animal to help out, check out the following link and explore ways in which you can help:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/what-can-i-do

  I love the ‘plate placard’ challenge! Is this something you can do? Did you see another idea you might like to do? Upload your ideas or placards to our class stream.

https://www.wwf.org.uk/food/get-deforestation-off-our-plates

I look forward to seeing how you are going to show that you are caring.

I am a communicator

Research the impact of palm oil production on our shared planet. Some websites to support you are:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oil

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/12/palm-oil-products-borneo-africa-environment-impact/

https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/palm-oil

Take a look at the following link: https://about.iceland.co.uk/environment/

Write a letter to another local supermarket to try and persuade them to make similar changes to help protect our planet and the species within it.  You may wish to post or email your letter to see if you get a reply.  Let me know if you get a reply!

I am principled

Below are some logos that you might find on products around your home to show that the environment has been carefully considered when manufacturing them. Purchasing such products would show you are principled and making choices to save the future of our planet. Have you seen any of these before?

No Palm Oil badge FSC logo Rainforest Alliance Certified badge

Check out as many products in your home as possible (food – including easter eggs if you still have any, toiletries, make up, soaps, tissues etc) Can you spot any of these logos on any of the packaging? Have you found any other logos that show the products have used sustainable sources?

I am knowledgeable

Create a fact file all about trees. Add in as many facts as you can to show how knowledgeable you are.

Here are some suggestions of what you might like to find out in your inquiries.

What is the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees?
What trees might you find in your local environment and further afield? Where in the world would you find the largest population of trees? What conditions do trees need to grow? How old do trees get? How do we know the age of trees?
Why do we need trees? What would happen if we didn’t have trees?
What other uses do we have for trees other than providing oxygen? What animals rely on trees for their homes?

I am balanced

Complete a research project about deforestation.

What is deforestation? Where in the world is it occuring? What is the purpose of deforestation? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What wildlife are affected by deforestation and how? What are sustainable sources and why are they important?

Present your research in a way of your choosing. You may wish to include maps, diagrams, images to support your findings.

Module 6

We hope that you enjoyed the May half term. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
‘Organisations exist to improve communities.’

We will be reading:

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by Tom McLaughlin

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Properties of Shape
  • Time

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • The needs of a community.
  • The attributes of a successful community.
  • The impact of organisations on a community.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 6 Homework – How We Organise Ourselves

Homework is shared with you termly. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete at least 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in or submitted via google classroom by Friday 15th July. This will give us an opportunity to share, celebrate and display the work in class.

I am open-minded

‘Children who are homeschooled are not as intelligent as children who go to school’

What do you think? Research about homeschooling. How do the children learn? Do they learn differently? What are the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling?

Present your ideas in a way of your choosing showing me that you are an open minded learner who considers a range of perspectives.

I am reflective

Over the years there have been many laws. I would like you to research laws of today and reflect back on laws of the past. You might be surprised by what you find. Are there any laws that seem totally bizarre or rather funny? Any that you don’t agree with? What are the punishments if these laws are broken? You may like to look at laws in different countries and compare them to rules in our country.

You might like to create a poster or an information leaflet all about laws of the past and present, however you may have a different idea of how to present your work so feel free to be creative.

I am a risk-taker

Design and create a flag for our school. It does not have to have our current logo on it, you might like to redesign the logo too. It would be great if your flag reflects our school values and ethos. If you have material available (old pillow cases, old clothes, bed covers etc) then please use this to create your flag, I would love to see some of your sewing skills! Do not worry if you don’t have any textiles, be a risk taker and find other resources to use to make your design.

As always remember to evaluate your work once it is completed.

I am a thinker

What will communities look like in the future?
Will there be more technology? Will houses be eco friendly? Will there be more or less green spaces?

Draw and design your own futuristic community.

Remember to label your design. You might like to have a go at junk modeling/building part of your design so it can be displayed in our classroom.

I am caring

Imagine you are the Headteacher of High Halstow Primary Academy and it is your job to create a welcome brochure/school prospectus for new pupils who may be feeling a little nervous about starting at our school. In this you will need to give lots of information about our school. Please include our values, rules, daily routines, information about classes and staff, house teams. You might like to do a mini profile on the teachers so new pupils know a little about us.

Please make these as detailed as possible as I would like to laminate them to give to real pupils in our school.

I am a communicator

Imagine you are a TV reporter and it is your job to report on the biggest football event of the year – The World Cup!

However, this world cup is slightly different to normal. When you turn up on the day there is no police presence, no marshalls, no referee, no linesman. All ways of keeping structure and order have been removed! The camera is rolling and you have the job of reporting on the events as they unfold. If you are able to film and upload on the class stream then please do.

I am principled

Undertake some research to find out about an organisation in your local area. What do they do to support or improve the local community? What impact do they have on people’s lives? What events do they hold? Perhaps you could ask them if there is anything you can do to support their organisation, even if it’s spreading the word of the good things they do. You can present your findings any way you wish to. Here are some suggestions of how you might like to present your findings

  • An information poster
  • A leaflet
  • An information slideshow
  • Interview a person from the organisation

I am knowledgeable

Undertake your own research about the British Police force. Find out as much information as you can and present it as a written project or you might like to try and make your own powerpoint presentation.

I am balanced

Tell me about your favourite place in your local community. Perhaps it’s a building or a specific area. Why is it special to you? How does it make you feel when you are there? Do you have a special memory about this place that you would like to share? Do you know if this place is special to anyone else?