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  • A Warm Welcome

    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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Year 3 Topic Overview (2015-2016)

The children in the primary school at BISS Puxi follow a thematic curriculum with one main topic for each term. Specific skills for every subject are taught through these topics, ensuring subject rigour. This creative curriculum allows for collaboration and exploration making learning active, exciting and meaningful for children. 

Term 1 - Paintings, Pictures & Photographs

In this first term the children will examine how people communicate through paintings, photographs and pictures. They will discuss the great masterpieces of famous artists to look at how they represent the world around us as well as compare this to how our world is represented in maps. Literacy will link to this topic through information leaflets on significant artists, describing settings and taking pictures as a starting point for a fantasy story. The children will also experience creating new landscapes using the techniques of cubism and pointillism. In Science, they will learn about light and shadows by designing and planning their own investigations.

How can I support my child? 
  • Visit an art gallery and discuss what they like about the work of different artists
  • Take photographs of different landscapes they visit, for example the countryside, city, beach
  • Find a famous artist from your home country and print off an example of their artwork to share with your class.

Term 2 - Dinosaurs

This term the children will investigate the age of the dinosaurs. They will research what the world looked like back in this golden age, the different periods of time and as well as examining different types of     dinosaurs. Our Literacy units link very closely, with the children creating their own dinosaur reports, They will also be applying many of their technical words during their retelling of the famous Greek myth, ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. The children will also experience creating their own printing blocks to make paper and building 3D models. In Science, they will investigate different types of rocks through practical experiments.

How can I support my child? 
  • Read the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’.
  • Encourage your child to find out about different kinds of dinosaurs from non-fiction books and websites .

Term 3 - Chocolate

During this topic, the children will explore the history of chocolate and how it was first produced. They will discover the process of cacao bean production, chocolate manufacturing as well as debate the topic of Fair Trade. Literacy will link to this topic through the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ where they will learn about adventure stories, adverts and instruction writing. The children will also experience making and tasting chocolate as well designing and creating their own 3D artwork. In Science, they will learn about variables through baking cookies and melting chocolate.

How can I support my child? 
  • Read the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’ by Roald Dahl.
  • Compare the new and old movie.
  • Encourage your child to look at an atlas at home to help them become more familiar with the world around them.