Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Mr Gibbs and Miss Simpson on Wednesdays, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor and Mrs Moss. We also have fantastic teaching assistants, Miss Morris, Mrs Rodionova and Mrs Farboud who support learning across Year 3.

We encourage children to drink throughout the day. Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle.

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Throughout the week we work independently and with a learning partner. These pairings will change throughout the year so that everybody gets the opportunity to work with a variety of classmates.

Reading

In Year 3 we love reading and we try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with their children and to record this in their child’s reading diary. Children may also record their own independent reading in their reading diary.

Some children have colour banded books and others are free readers. A varied choice of home / class reading books are found in the class libraries and the central book band shelves. These books can be changed at least once a week by the class teacher or TA. We expect children to keep their book safely in their book bag when it is not being read and bring their book bags to school every day.

Our PE days are:

Topaz – Mondays (gymnastics/dance) and Fridays (games)

Turquoise – Tuesdays (gymnastics/dance) and Friday (games)

Children will need to come to school in their PE kits on these days. We require children to wear navy shorts and a white T-shirt. When the weather is cooler, navy jogging trousers and a navy sweatshirt may be worn. Trainers or plimsolls should also be worn to school. Please make sure children come to school with hair tied back and no jewellery please!

Year 3s are encouraged to always be determined to do their best, to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour, and to have fun whilst learning!

English   

Over the next few weeks in English, we are going to be learning how to write our own newspaper article!

To do this, we will be exploring different newspapers to find out the purpose of newspaper articles, as well as identify the key features found. We will then be delving into researching about , before looking into how to structure the information gathered and exploring how to make our articles stand out to draw in readers. We will then publish our articles and edit them thoroughly to ensure they are ready to print!

Following this, we will turn our attention to creating an adventure story!

This will involve looking at The Egyptian Cinderella in order to help us identify the structure of a story, before we look to continue the adventure story of Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx!

Maths

This half term in Maths, children will be continuing the unit of multiplication and division before moving on to a unit about money.

During the multiplication and division unit, children will be continuing to learn their 2, 4 and 8 times tables and use the doubling relationship between them. Children will learn a range of mental and written methods to multiply and divide 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers with and without remainders. They will also apply these skills to solve problems.

During the money unit, children will begin to add and subtract money and learn to give change. They will also explore how to convert money between pounds and pence.

Science

In Science this term, we will be focussing on ‘Forces and Magnets’!

We will be learning about different types of forces and their impact on objects, undertaking various experiments to see how these forces work. We will also be exploring magnets and how they are linked to forces, looking at how magnets are used in everyday life through investigations!

 Topic – History and Art

During our exciting Ancient Egypt topic this term we will be unpicking the question, ‘What did the Ancient Egyptians do for us?’

Children will, use an atlas to locate Egypt and research and order significant events of this time on a timeline. While investigating artefacts and considering how they help historians’ piece together the past, children will develop their historical enquiry skills. 

During this topic children will also identify similarities and differences between this ancient time and the present, considering how the past impacts our lives today.

During Art this term children will explore and respond to works of art from Ancient Egypt expressing their likes and dislikes. 

Children will initially study Ancient Egyptian sculptures  where they will practice and improve their own mastery of the art and design technique of sculpture using clay.

Children will also study Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs found on ancient wall paintings and carvings and will represent these using a range of media. 

Useful Information:

Year 3 Spring Term Overview

1 to 12 times tables poster

Statutory spellings word mat years 3 and 4

Science End of Year 3 Assessment Statements

Maths End of Year 3 Assessment Statements

Writing End of Year 3 Assessment Statements

Reading & Speaking End of Year 3 Assessment Statements

Y3 Handwriting

New to Y3 Presentation