Welcome to Year 3! Year 3 is a very exciting year in which the children grow their independence as Juniors. We have lots of interesting topics that we will be looking at this year, kicking off with the Stone Age to the Iron Age!

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

Please remember to sign 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
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Homework is due

Recorder

Wear PE kits all day Spelling test
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Homework is given out

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.