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International Academy Amman Curriculum Overview 2015-2016

Grade 3

Week

English

Mathematics

International Primary School Curriculum

1. 23/8/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

What famous Arabic stories do students know in Arabic or in English languages?

Introduce Tales From the 1001 Arabian Nights.

Shared reading & comprehension questions on story of Aladdin.

Is there a structure that helps make the story memorable? Are there repeated phrases?



Grammar focus: When to use capital letter and full stops. Know what proper nouns and common nouns are.
Guided reading starts in week 1

Grammar focus: punctuation; capitals, full stops and proper nouns
Cross curricular link: Speaking and listening related to class rules and school pillars.
Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Whole Numbers - ACMNA071, ACMNA072


  • Investigate and use properties of odd and even numbers.

  • Recognise, model, represent and order 5-digit numbers

  • Reproduce numbers in words using their numerical representations and vice versa

  • State the place value of digits in 5-digit numbers

(Linked Hot Maths activities)


Discuss 4 Pillars of IAA. Show the class the 4 Pillars outside the school. Take photos. Divide the class into 4 groups. Each group makes a collage of their pillar and adds the meaning / what it stands for.
Saving the world – Rainforests
Entry Point: Watch a DVD on Rainforests and introduce the essential questions for the topic.
Knowledge harvest: Ask students questions about where rainforests are located. Locate rainforests in the world. Discuss climate zones in relation to rainforests. Students will discuss the climate of rainforests and compare the climate to Jordan’s climate. Discuss and compare trees to trees in Jordan.
Art: Children colour various animals from the 4 different layers of the rainforest to contribute to the display in the shared area.
ICT: Discuss beginning of the year procedures for ICT lab. (Do logins for: Hot Maths, Google docs, Typing Club – Ongoing for the year)
Students will learn more about the library resources that are available to help them with their research projects.
2. 30/8/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

Revisit the story of Aladdin.

Sequencing activities

Retelling speaking & listening activities.

Identify expressive and descriptive language in the story.


Students write their own retelling of the story of Aladdin, planning for the beginning, middle & end.

Teach revising & proofreading students’ own writing. Teach expected characteristics of beginning, middle & end through guided planning.



Grammar focus: revise punctuation; when to use capitals, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks


PM Testing for September begins.



Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Whole Numbers - ACMNA071, ACMNA072


  • Record numbers up to 5-digits using expanded notation

  • Round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred or thousand when estimating

  • Recognise and represent numbers to hundreds of thousands

(Linked Hot Maths activities)



Diagnostic Test.

Ikan, etc

Saving the world - Rainforests
ICT: Research information on a particular animal in the rainforest. Watch Rainforest Brain pop video
Art: Children use a variety of information sources and materials to create a large 3D rainforest display.
Science: Students will investigate the ways in which sunlight affects the growth of plants.

3. 6/9/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

Learn about another story from 1001 Nights, e.g. The Merchant and the Genie. Pause at a key point in the story and discuss children's predictions about how the main characters will act. Do they think that the setting has an effect on their actions? Would they act in the same way? Note ideas in exercise book.

Finish watching the story and compare predictions. Students to note responses to the whole story in exercise books.

Predict how a character will act. What values/character traits are shown in the stories we have read?

How does the story show the values of the Middle Eastern culture?

Shared writing: Teacher models how to start a story including who, where & when in 1st sentence, then describing setting and character in 1st paragraph.

Grammar focus: connectives of time; other words for then, past & present tense
Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Addition and Subtraction - ACMNA073


  • Use mental strategies for addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers, including: the compensation strategy; changing the order of addends to form multiples of 10; the jump strategy; the split strategy

(Linked Hot Maths activities)


Saving the world - Rainforests
ICT: Continue researching information on a specific rainforest animal and prepare appropriate card to match the animal
Science: Check the growth of plants in various growing conditions

Students will pretend to be a scientist who’s just discovered a new plant or animal and will prepare a report for their discovery


ART: Students will create their own Rainforest tribal mask using a wide range of materials.

(Study art work made by rainforest people and others to help us make our own rainforest art.) Look at images of rainforest tribal face painting. Design your own tribal mask design.


Using recycled cardboard create tribal masks based on designs.

4. 13/9/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

Read the story of Ali Baba from 1001 Nights

Consider how in a well written story, the author gives clues to make readers understand why a character does what they do. Select a character from the story. Demonstrate character motivation by asking questions about a character in a ‘hot seating’ drama activity. Talk about making deductions based on evidence from the text and responding imaginatively when ‘in role’.

Devise interview questions to ask a partner.



Ask a character questions that explore their motives and behaviour. Children answer interview questions in role, inferring knowledge from the text. Children use adjectives to describe their feelings.

Discuss how the Arabic stories are the same or different from Western ‘fairy stories’ the students already know.



Students write descriptions of the different characters in Ali Baba and write sentences to describe their feelings at different points in the story.

Grammar focus: adjectives to describe feelings
Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)

Addition and Subtraction - ACMNA073




  • Record mental strategies on an open number line

  • Use a formal written algorithm and apply place value to solve addition and subtraction problems involving 3-digit numbers

  • Use mental strategies for addition and subtraction involving 4-digit numbers, including the jump strategy, the split strategy and the compensation strategy

(Linked Hot Maths activities)


Saving the world – Rainforests
Science: Check the growth of plants in various growing conditions
Art: Continue work on tribal mask
ICT: Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game...rainforest questions

Geography: Destruction of the Rainforests: Students will learn about the ways in which rainforests are being destroyed.


Ongoing Assessment: Group work: Make a diorama showing the layers of the rainforests and animals that camouflage themselves.

5. 20/9/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

Read an episode from the adventures of Sinbad in 1001 Nights. E.g. Sinbad & the Roc

Consider the setting of the Sinbad episode. Use adjectives to describe the setting and the character. Consider what values the character of Sinbad illustrates.

Students write own Sinbad adventure including a fantastical animal.

Grammar Focus: Past tense verbs regular and irregular; writing stories in the past tense.


Summative Assessment: Write a story using beginning, middle and end.


Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Addition and Subtraction - ACMNA073


  • Add and subtract two 4-digit numbers, with and without trading

  • Solve addition and subtraction using known facts

  • Round addends to estimate addition

(Linked Hot Maths activities)




Saving the world – Rainforests
Art: Create a rainforest diorama. Create a 3D version of the layers of the rainforests as well as an animal that camouflages. Present it to the class along with interesting facts about the layers and the animal.
ICT: Use ICT time to print require pictures and text for diorama

6. 27/9/15

Fiction: Arabic Stories In Translation

Focus on reading Tales Kalila wa Dimna in translation. These are Arabic fables about animals. Do they have a message or moral? Compare with one Fable of Aesop.



Students stage dramatic reader’s theatre style retellings of Tales Kalila wa Dimna. Focus on voice projection.
Grammar Focus: Commas for lists. E.g. lists of adjectives; collective nouns, e.g. collective nouns for groups of animals.

Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Multiplication and Division - ACMNA075, ACMNA076


  • Use mental strategies to recall multiplication facts up to 10 x 10, including the commutative property of multiplication

  • Use known facts to work out unknown facts



(Linked Hot Maths activities)
Saving the world – Rainforests
Science: Write up science investigation

Investigation question: What materials are best suitable for a tent in the rainforest?

Focus on hypothesis, variable and fair test as well as how to record observations and results.
Discuss how the rainforest biome is a life cycle and has many food webs within it. Using knowledge of animals, students will create food webs.


Assessment: Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)

7. 4/10/15

Non Fiction: Non-chronological reports

How and why is non-fiction writing different from fiction?


Know that paragraphs are group sentences about the same subject grouped to help the reader.
Read examples of non-fiction texts/non-chronological reports (in 3rd person, contain facts, not opinions). Discuss their similar features.

Explain how ideas are developed in non-chronological reports. Use knowledge of different organisational features of texts to find information effectively (headings, subheadings, key words, glossary, and table of contents bullet points, text boxes, illustrations, diagrams, captions, labels).



Students create bullet points to summarise key points in non-chronological reports about rainforests.

Shared/guided reading of texts. Scan and skim texts in print and on screen to locate key words, headings, lists, bullet points, introduction, conclusion, questions in the text and captions to appraise their usefulness in supporting the reader to gain information effectively.


Grammar focus: Past and present tenses. Note that reports are written in the present tense. Revise consonants and vowels and the use of ‘a’ and ‘an’. Identify long and short vowels.

Unit 1: Working With 4-digit Whole Numbers G3 S1 (The world of tens, ones hundreds and thousands)
Multiplication and Division - ACMNA075, ACMNA076

  • Recognise and use division symbols to indicate division

  • Use mental strategies to divide by a 1-digit number, including the inverse relationship of multiplication and division, and recall known division facts relate to known multiplication facts

  • Describe and record methods used in solving multiplication and division problems

  • Describe the relationship between multiplication facts

(Linked Hot Maths activities)



Saving the world - Rainforests
Compare the way rainforest people live to the way we live.
How and why rainforests are being destroyed?

Discuss deforestation and cash crops. How does this affect the plants and animals in the rainforest? What about people?


Discuss ideas of saving the Rainforests
ICT: Type relevant information for diorama display
Guest Speaker: Royal Botanical Gardens / Wild Jordan


Complete Assessment: Group work: Present diorama explaining the layers of the rainforests and animals that camouflage themselves.

8. 11/10/15

Non Fiction: Non-chronological reports

How can non-fiction be organised to make it interesting and easier to read?

Students read model non-chronological report about life in the rainforest.

Identify how paragraphs are used to organise and sequence information. Children to research a rainforest animal that they will write an information text about next week. Teach understanding of how to use underlining of key words and phrases to find essential facts that they can write in notes, selecting key words, listing or in diagrammatic form. Give students photocopied information pages to work from.



Students write a non-chronological report about a rainforest animal. Ensure they include bullet points and a glossary. Students also report orally what they have found most interesting or surprising. Convey information coherently for listeners.

Grammar focus: Commas for lists.


Unit 2: Working with Fractions, Decimals and percentages G3 S1 (The world of parts)
Fractions and Decimals - ACMNA077, ACMNA078


  • Find equivalence between half, quarters and eighths

  • Model and order mixed numerals

  • Find equivalence between fifths, tenths and hundredths

  • Model mixed numerals and place them on a number line

  • Find equivalence between thirds and sixths

  • Convert mixed numerals to improper fractions and vice versa

(Linked Hot Maths activities)


Saving the world - Rainforests
Essential questions are revisited and responses orally given by students.
Art: Display the dioramas in the Grade Area.
Exit Point: Students present their collaborative dioramas and answer related questions. Ensure students discuss building methods and reason for including various materials.


Short Quiz: Unit 2: Working with Fractions, Decimals and percentages G3 S1 (The world of parts)

9. 18/10/15

Non Fiction: Non-chronological reports

Prepare for factual research by reviewing what is known, what is needed, what is available and where one might search. What is the best way to find information on the internet or in a library? How can I record the information I get from what I am reading? Link with Library. Arrange a Library research lesson using Destiny Quest.

How can questions be used in a non-fiction text to interest the reader. Ensure students understand how they can use main headings, sub-headings, paragraphs, bullet points, text boxes, diagrams, illustrations with captions labels and a glossary in a piece of non-fiction writing. Revise features expected in a non-fiction text. Discuss model text.



Students write own information text about an electrical device. Research an electrical device then write non-chronological report about it. Link with IPC.

Grammar focus: Revise punctuation; when to use capital letter, question marks and exclamation marks. The difference between a question and a statement.
Unit 2: Working with Fractions, Decimals and percentages G3 S1 (The world of parts)
Fractions and Decimals - ACMNA079


  • Interpret decimal notation for tenths and hundredths

  • Order decimals with the same number of decimal places (to 2 decimal places) on a number line

  • Round a number with 1 or 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number

  • Use division by 10 to extend place value system

(Linked Hot Maths activities)


Bright Sparks – Electricity
Entry Point - Introduce the essential questions for the topic.

“Amazing Electric Circuits” Visit from Children’s Museum


Knowledge Harvest- KWL chart
Discuss natural versus artificial light
Watch Brainpop- Electricity Light up My Life and discuss ways that we use Electricity
Art: Create light bulbs for outside display and colour.
ICT: Record children’s knowledge on pad-let
10. 25/10/15

The Twits – Roald Dahl

Grammar Focus: Speech marks,

adjectives and adverbs. Activities centred

around the book.

Book Week


11. 1/11/15

Non Fiction: Non-chronological reports
Students get feedback on the information texts they wrote and use this to set own targets.

Students focus on structuring non-chronological reports with appropriate connectives. Add connectives to prepared texts. Write a non-chronological report about an activity or hobby.

Focus on developing introduction and conclusion paragraphs.
Grammar focus: adjectives, recognising the use of connectives, but, so, yet, or


PM Testing for November begins.



Unit 3: Working with units of Measurement-concepts and 2D & 3D shapes G3 S1 (Shapes and Objects)
Length - ACMMG084


  • Use a tape measure, ruler or trundle wheel to measure lengths or distances

  • Record lengths or distances using centimetres and millilitres

  • Record lengths or distances using decimal notation to 2 decimal places

(Linked Hot Maths activities)




Bright Sparks– Electricity
International Robotics Academy 1st of five workshops - Introduction to electric circuits
ICT: Electric circuit interactive
Science Lab: Create simple closed circuit and draw them


12. 8/11/15

Non Fiction: Non-chronological reports
Students write non-chronological reports about Electricity; what it is, what it is used for; how to use it safely; how it has changed people’s lives. Encourage them to think hard and add more detail. Aim for paragraphs of at least 4 sentences.

Grammar focus: Revise past & present tense & using present tense for reports. Revise connectives to structure writing & use of question marks and exclamation marks.

Unit 3: Working with units of Measurement-concepts and 2D & 3D shapes G3 S1 (Shapes and Objects)
Length - ACMMG084


  • Recognise the features of an object associated with length that can be measured

  • Use the term ‘perimeter’ to describe the total distance around a shape

  • Estimate and measure the perimeter of 2D shapes

(Linked Hot Maths activities)
Bright Sparks – Electricity
International Robotics Academy 2nd of five workshops - Circuits
ICT: Type Electric Circuits in the Home Document and play electro bots and electricity games
Art: Create Collaborative Electricity Safety Posters (5 Tips for Staying Safe while using electricity)
Students will learn how to be safe around electricity and will learn symbols for circuit diagrams

13. 15/11/15

Prepare for assessment by revising features of non-chronological reports.

Grammar focus: Revise when to use capital letters, full stops and the use of commas for lists. Revise common nouns and proper nouns.


Summative Writing Assessment: Write a non-chronological report on a topic using the correct features of the text.


Unit 3: Working with units of Measurement-concepts and 2D & 3D shapes G3 S1 (Shapes and Objects)
Shape 2-D - ACMMG088


  • Make representations of 2D shapes in different orientations

  • Construct 2D shapes from a variety of materials

  • Compare and describe 2D shapes that result from combining and splitting common shapes with and without the use of digital technologies

Shape 3-D –


(Linked Hot Maths activities)



Bright Sparks– Electricity
International Robotics Academy 3rd of five workshops - Circuits
ICT: Learning circuits activity (learningcircuits.co.uk); coverage of electricity basics, simple circuits, diagrams, switches, insulators and conductors
Science:

Collaborative use of circuit boards. Use of Bright Sparks software to create simple circuits.


Students devise a fair test to learn about conductors and insulators.

Assessment: Create a simple circuit using circuitry, draw a picture of the circuit and then draw a diagram using appropriate circuit symbols.

14. 22/11/15



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