Grade 3 Curriculum Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Inventions that Changed the World; Feel the Force

Curriculm news for the next half of termj

We are particularly excited about our new IPC unit of work as it involves the opportunity for our students to be creative, imaginative and innovative. Our Enduring Understanding is; ‘I understand how some important Inventions have changed the way the world we live in and how various forces act in these inventions to help us’. Within this unit we look forward to an educational visit to the Da Vinci Exhibition at the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay, where pupils will participate in the 'Flight Challenge' workshop.

This unit of work, which will continue throughout the remainder of the term, is based around the following specific targets:-

History 2.4: Be able to give some reasons for particular events and changes

Science 2.1f: Be able to link evidence to broader scientific knowledge and understanding.

Science 2.1g: Be able to use evidence to draw conclusions

Science 2.1h: Be able to record and communicate their observations and findings in a variety of ways.

During this science-based unit, children will take part in hands-on investigations and experiments which allow them to meet the key learning goals, as they expand their knowledge, skills and understanding about inventions and the forces involved involved in their success. Challenges will also be linked to previous and current maths topics, where children will need to apply their knowledge and understanding of time, measure and data analysis when recording their observations and findings.

Children will develop their International Mindedness through looking at the impact inventions have had on the developed world. Children will also learn more about the personal goal of resilience, particularly how inventors need to keep trying despite not getting it right first time.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

· About significant inventions of the last 100 years

· About the history of flight and associated inventions

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

· About the air around us and the science of flight

· How to make a paper glider

· How to carry out a scientific test

· What forces are and where they come from

· What friction is and how we use friction

· How we can reduce or increase friction

Entry Point - Invention Investigators

For our Entry Point, we will be exploring and observing forces in action. The children will be experiencing various forces through experiments and activities, recording what they see, think and wonder. This Entry Point will allow children to start to question the forces around them, and consider how these are linked to important inventions, in particular the aeroplane and the wheel.

Take a look at these websites to start learning more about forces!


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Language Arts Summer Term Overview

In Language Arts this term, we are looking at the genre of Fiction. Throughout the term we will be studying an innovative book called The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. By analysing the text, illustrations and film in detail we will be able to explore the literary techniques Tan used and apply these to our own writing. This will lead to us creating our own mini picture books.

We will be looking at all the key ingredients which make up a story: Character, plot, setting, interesting language, openers and themes. Each week we will unpack each of these elements and produce pieces of creative writing to consolidate the ideas.

The final few weeks will be spent combining all the essential elements and will produce our own stories based on our own ‘Lost Thing’ in our own imaginative setting and using interesting words and themes which we have chosen.

The story and illustrations will inspire us to produce creative work including drama, music and class art lessons.

We will continue to focus on using and developing our reading strategies in class. We are learning that using our strategies before, during and after reading helps us to become better readers. We will continue “Read to Self” (Independent Reading) buddy reading and in our class ‘book clubs’. Please ensure that your child continues to read nightly for 20 minutes and log their books. Pupils will also read about significant inventors from history during DEAR sessions to support their knowledge in the Inventors unit.

In our spelling lessons, we will be reviewing the strategies we have learned over the previous term and revisiting any areas that require consolidation.


In Mathematics, the children will be able to:

  • Calculate intervals of time

  • Identify, name, label and draw perpendicular and parallel lines

  • Associate and find the perimeter of a figure

  • Measure and compare the areas of shapes

  • Solve up to 2-step word problems involving area and perimeter


In Chinese the children will be working on Unit 7 Making Comparisons and Unit 8 How Much?

Pupils will:

  • Revise animals and transportation

  • Learn some antonyms

  • Learn how to make comparisons

  • Learn about money

  • Learn conversation on buying things



In Music, Grade 3 will be learning about rhythms used in African drumming, particularly the Djembe. It is a drum from West Africa and in recent years has gained much popularity in the West. The class will be introduced to the basic methods of playing a Djembe and will produce the various sounds that a Djembe makes. Much of the activity in this unit will involve ensemble playing with the class divided into groups, playing different rhythms simultaneously.

In this unit children will;

  • learn to play the Djembe with correct body position and hand movements
  • learn the various rhythms and to play them accurately
  • learn to play in a Djembe ensemble


In PE students will be beginning new units of Swimming and Striking and Fielding Games

In Swimming, children will be consolidating stroke technique and learning new swimming vocabulary and skills related to the SJI swim awards.

In striking and fielding games students will:

  • develop their catching, throwing and fielding skills
  • begin to show consistency and power in batting
  • learn more complex rules and tactics in a range of striking and fielding games
  • have a working knowledge of the rules of a range of games and be able to implement them in their role as umpire


In ICT children will be beginning the ‘Digital Publishing’ unit. Pupils will be looking into how to use GlogsterEDU and/or similar educational systems to create informative and engaging digital publications.

Children will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Different ways to create digital publications
  • Desktop-based publishing software available in our ICT lab
  • Basic best practices of layout
  • Creating a ‘glog’ – an online interactive multimedia poster

Pupils will develop various technical skills for creating a ‘glog’, including using templates, inserting frames, formatting text and images.


In Art, learning is linked to the new IPC unit. Children will be learning about inventions in the world of art and creating beautiful mobiles. Children will become knowledgeable about Alexander Calder, the inventor of the kinetic mobile and tools used to work with wire. To help with this project, students will develop skills in assembling various materials including wire and paper and using tools in order to create a mobile that moves.


All of the learning that will take place has been specially planned to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will evaluating and reviewing learning through various activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss your child's learning as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has a research-based task, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

Maths; None given due to Expedition

IPC: Show what you know! The wheel and aeroplane are 2 vital inventions. What do you know about these inventions? Who invented them? What do you know about forces and how they work? How do forces link to the wheel and the aeroplane? Record observations and findings on the sheet provided. Due on Monday 4th May.


Grade 3 Expedition to NACLI - Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th April

3SGe and 3TCo to arrive at school at 7.25am and met in High School Hall.

3CMu and 3KHa to arrive at school as normal and head to classrooms after assembly.

Poem in your Pocket Day - Thursday 30th April

Labour Day - Friday 1st May, Public Holiday

Lap-a-thon at SJII Field - Saturday 9th May, 4pm

Come and take part in the lap-a-thon and raise money for the Lasallian Foundation, a fun event for all the family!

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