Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Morley and Mrs Parkhouse make up our Year 3 Team.

Spring Term 2024

English

Our key text in English is ‘Our Tower’, by the children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho. The children will explore the story structure, characters, events, and plot before planning and writing their own adventure narrative. There will be a focus on capital letters for proper nouns, complex sentences, and conjunctions. The children will also be encouraged to use higher-level vocabulary.

In reading, we will explore the text The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. The children will continue to develop their inference and retrieval skills.  They will predict and ask questions to improve their understanding of the text. They will also draw out the main ideas from a key paragraph.

Maths

In Maths we will continue to think about numbers to 1000 including –

The relative size of two three-digit numbers can be determined by examining the hundreds digits, then the tens digits and then the ones digits, as necessary.

Three-digit multiples of ten can be expressed multiplicatively and additively, in terms of tens and hundreds.

Known facts and strategies for addition and subtraction within and across ten, and within 100, can be used to supports calculation within 1000.

Familiar counting sequences can be extended up to 1000.

Investigating and understanding right angles.

Theme

This term our Geography topic focuses on Cities.  We will be exploring the difference between villages, towns, and cities.  Finding out where the major cities in the UK are located and investigating the human features of a city.  We will be looking closely at the cities of Manchester and Liverpool as they are the closest cities to our location. 

We are also very excited to be taking the children on a trip to The Manchester Museum on Friday 2nd February.  More details about this exciting trip will be released within the next few weeks once all of the arrangements have been finalised.

Autumn Term 2023

Maths

In Maths, we will be exploring adding three numbers together and understating that addition can be done in any order.  We will also be adding and subtracting across 10. Later on in the half term we will be looking at numbers to 1000.

As always, times tables will be vital.  In KS2 the children can work towards earning their calculator once they know all their times tables confidently.  Children can practice their times tables on TTRockstars, Hit the Button and other such resources.

English

Our key text in English is ‘A Walk in London’ by Salvatore Rubbino. There will be a focus on accurate tense, expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, handwriting and accurate punctuation.  Children will also be encouraged to use higher level vocabulary.

Reading

Support with Reading at home this year is extremely appreciated. Reading with your children at home and discussing books and texts helps them to continually develop their knowledge and understanding.  We have asked the children to aim to read 3 times each week and to have this recorded in their reading record.  Each Monday the children will have their reading book changed if they are ready to do so.  Every Wednesday we will visit The Den and the children will have the opportunity to choose a library book to either read independently or share with an adult.

Theme

We begin with our focus on PSHE where the children will be exploring and thinking about their aspirations for Year 3 and the future.

Our Geography theme this term is the UK. Children will learn about the four countries that make up the UK, their capital cities, regions, physical features and landmarks.

Children will take part in fieldwork where they will study part of the local area and in doing so will develop their geographical skills - creating a map with symbols, observing human and physical features.

Science

In our Science lessons the children will be learning about movement and nutrition.  We will be finding out about the skeleton, the bones in our body, muscles and movement, nutrient groups and a balanced

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term

Maths

We will start off the term focusing on fractions, building upon previous learning in Year 2 and then moving on to looking at finding fractions of objects, comparing and ordering and then adding and subtracting fractions. We will also learn about mass and capacity.

English

For English this term we will be reading Fantastic Mr Fox. We will be writing our own creative version of the text and the children will be performing scenes from the book. We will start by looking at the features of the story and enhancing the children’s writing through text interrogation. A key grammar focus will be on descriptive writing including using fronted adverbials and paragraphs.

Theme

Our theme this half term is Settlements. Throughout our theme we will be developing our understanding of what settlers needed to survive and designing our own settlement. Throughout the topic we will be learning about; what settlers needed, places you could settle, how land is used in a settlement and how settlements are linked.

Science

In Science this half term we are focusing on Forces and Magnets. We will identify the different types of forces acting upon objects, explore the force of friction, explore materials that are magnetic and non-magnetic, investigate the strengths of magnets and know that magnets have 2 poles.

 

Spring Term

Maths

In Maths children will learn how to multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using repeated objects and representations (see image for 23 x 3).

They will then learn to divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit by partitioning numbers into 10s and 1s and sharing them into equal groups.

Children will then learn how to measure in metres, centimetres and millimetres. Later in the half term the children will learn how to measure and calculate perimeter.

Later in the term, the children will be learning about fractions and capacity.

English

Our key text in English is ‘The Train Mouse’, by Uwe Timm. Children will explore the story structure, characters, events and plot before planning and writing their own adventure narrative. There will be a focus on commas in a list, prepositions and conjunctions. Children will also be encouraged to use higher-level vocabulary. In reading, children will explore a range of poetry and non-fiction texts. They will learn to recite and perform some poems. They will continue to develop their inference and retrieval skills in a range of texts.  

We will also be learning about explanation texts. We will be reading 'Leon and the Place between'

Science

In Science children will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, human and animal skeletons and human muscles.  They will compare, contrast and group different skeletons and learn the names of specific bones and their functions.  Later in the term, the class will also be learning about plants.

Theme

Our focus this half term is Geography and our enquiry question is ‘Can you plan a trip around the UK?’ To answer this question we will be revising our knowledge of the world map. Learning the 8 points of the compass, using compass directions and grid references to read a map.

 

Our learning will be inspired by our key text and we will plot the main character, Nibbles the mouse’s journey from Germany to England and back again.

 

Later in the term, the children will be learning about Ancient Egypt and The River Nile.

 

Autumn

Maths

This term, we will be learning numbers up to 1000 and the children will learn about place value using place value grids and concrete resources in order to understand the value of each digit in a three digit number. Children will also focus on addition and subtraction. Later in the term, the children will work on multiplication and division. 

As always, times tables will be vital and any child who has not yet achieved their calculator should make this a priority using TTRockstars and other such resources.

English

Our key text in English is ‘A Walk in London’ by Salvatore Rubbino. There will be a focus on accurate tense, expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, handwriting and accurate punctuation. Children will also be encouraged to use higher level vocabulary. 

Support with Reading at home this year is extremely appreciated. Reading with the children at home and discussing books and texts helps them to continually develop their knowledge and understanding. 

Theme

We begin with our focus on PSHE where the children will be exploring and thinking about their aspirations for Year 3 and the future. Our Geography theme this term is the UK. Children will learn about the four countries that make up the UK, their capital cities, regions, physical features and landmarks. Children will take part in fieldwork where they will study part of the local area and in doing so will develop their geographical skills - creating a map with symbols, observing human and physical features and conducting a land use survey. 

Science

In our Science lessons the children will be learning about light. They will research light sources. We will carry out investigations on reflections and shadows. We will be spending our Science lessons in our learning area, The Hive. 

 

Useful Websites

www.ttrockstars.co.uk

www.spellingframe.com

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

Year 3