Welcome to Year 3! Year 3 is a very exciting year in which the children grow their independence as Juniors.

Have a look at our class blog to see what we’ve been up to recently!

Please remember to comment in your child’s reading record at least three times a week to show that they are reading at home.

Year 3 Team

Ms Law (Class Teacher), Ms Bergin (Teaching Assistant) and Ms Buchanan

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bring in book and reading record with updated comments Bring in book and reading record with updated comments Bring in book and reading record with updated comments
Homework is due

Wear PE kits all day

Recorder

Wear PE kits all day Spelling test
Reading folder to be checked and books changed Reading folder to be checked and books changed Reading folder to be checked and books changed

Homework is given out

Summer 1 

Year 3 are learning about the Coast! We will be learning about the the different features that can be found along the coast of the UK and we will also be exploring the econonmic activity of different places along the coast. In the final week before half-term, Year 3 will be learning about Global Goal number 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

In English, we have been reading Town is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz. We will be looking closely at the emotive pictures and text to write our own descriptions, narratives and poetry.

In maths, we are focussing on division and fractions whilst continually practising our multiplication facts.

In Science, we are learning about the different parts of a flower and how plants reproduce. We have kicked off the unit by creating out own flowers using cotton buds, Blue Tac and card!

In Art and DT, Ms Perition will be working with Year 3 on designing and creating their own boats linked to our geography topic. 

In RE, the children will be learning about Islam. Our big question is ‘ What does it mean to be a Muslim’ and the children will be learning about Islamic practices, the Quar’an and what stories teach about Muslim beliefs.

In computing, the children will be learning to use Email safely on the school’s computing platform- Purple Mash.

Autumn 2

In Autumn 2, Year 3 will be learning about weather and climate in Geography. We will be learning about the difference between the two and answering the question – why is weather and climate important? 

In English we will be looking at the book Lila and the Secret of the Rain and work on narrative writing and writing from the perspective of the characters. Year 3 will also be looking at stories from a different culture in the last few weeks of term, focusing on Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. 

In Maths, we will continue to deepen our understanding of addition and subtraction and will be moving onto multiplication and division. 

In Science, we will be learning about light. We will be learning about how light helps us to see, the reflection of light and the creation of shadows. 

In Art, Ms Perition will be working with Year 3 on growth mindset art. The children will learn to explore art without the pressure of creating something ‘perfect’. This term they will be learning about the 4 Ps for creativity: play, puzzle, persevere and practise. 

In RE, we will be focussing on two units. Firstly we will think about why wisdom is important then we will move on to consider how Advent and Epiphany show us what Christmas is really about. 

In PSHE we will be reviewing what we had learnt last term and will also look at ways of solving conflict. 

In computing the children will finish the unit on touch typing and will be moving onto coding. 

Autumn 1

We kick off the school year by exploring the Stone Age to the Iron Age! We will be learning about different aspects of life from different time periods that span 10,000 years.

Tying in with our topic, we will be looking at the core texts The First Drawing and Stone Age Boy. In writing, we will plan and write letters, a newspaper report and a narrative based on the historical setting of the Stone Age.

In October our topic focus will shift to Black History Month.  In the final fortnight before the half-term break, we will be learning about Mary Jackson, NASA’s first African American female engineer, as well as taking part in a whole-school art topic celebrating the work of black artists.

In Maths, we will revise what we learnt in KS1 about place value and build on this with 3-digit numbers. We will learn how to represent 3-digit numbers in many different ways, and how to partition, order and compare them. We will also practice our mental and written skills in rounding, addition, subtraction with up to 3-digit numbers, and will be building on our knowledge of multiplication.

In Science, we will be focusing on rock and soils. We will be learning about different types of rocks and comparing their properties. We will also be learning about the formation of fossils and how soil is formed.

In Art we will be exploring illustration and self-portraits.

In RE, we will be learning all about the key stories in Buddhism. The children will reflect on key beliefs and how we can learn from these values.

In PSHE we will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy.