Welcome to Year Three

PE

Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Children will need to arrive in their PE kit on the day. Please can we ask hair is tied up and no jewellery is worn on these days.

Homework

Homework will be set on teams on a Friday and is due in the following Friday. Weekly homework will be set on MyMaths, Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars. One or two weekly tasks will be set on MyMaths. These activities will reinforce the skills being taught in class. Spelling Shed activities will be set each week and these will reinforce spelling patterns being taught in school. For TT Rockstars, please can children complete 5 garage, 2 studio and 1 soundcheck game each week. A little and often approach is best for Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars: it’s much better to play 5 or 10 minutes per night than do one hour for one night a week.

Homework is a great opportunity for children to revisit key number facts and increase their confidence and fluency as well as reinforcing skills taught in school. Please encourage children to complete as much homework as they can.

In addition to the usual online platforms, I will also be setting an additional learning challenge on Teams which will link to current learning. This might be a quiz, a video to watch or a task to complete. Any work related to this can be sent back through the assignment on Teams – similar to work set during working-at-home. The children will be shown in class as a reminder on how to access the homework.

We are excited for all the learning and enjoyment we are sure to have this year.

Class Teacher

Mr C Sharp
Mr C Sharp

Class Agreement

Spring 1

Hello everyone!Welcome back to Year 3 and the Spring Term – one of my absolute favourite terms over the whole year!

In maths this half-term, we shall be continuing with our learning around multiplication and division. We shall be developing our understanding of multiplying by multiples of 10 (I know 3 X 4 = 12 so 3 X 40 = 120, for example) before learning how to multiply two digit numbers by one digit numbers. A real key skill for this is good times table recall. Please do keep practicing times tables at home on TT Rockstars as this will really help.

In English this half-term, children shall be learning how to write a set of instructions before doing some story-writing based around the story Stig Of The Dump. We shall continue learning new spelling patterns so do keep accessing Spelling Shed when you can. Children also have words set from the Year 1 and 2 Spelling List in order to revise spellings.

In History, we are learning about how Britain changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children will learn what life was like for the early humans in Britain and explore a range of changes from housing, farming and food across the period right up until the Romans invaded! In Science, we are learning all about Rocks and Fossils. We will explore different types of rocks, how rocks are formed and experiment with different rocks and their properties. Our Music learning this week takes us to the wonderful Reggae music of Bob Marley. Children have begun learning Three Little Birds already (a song some might remember from home-learning last year) and we shall combine our recorder playing with this too. Our RE learning this half-term will lead us to think about where our food comes from today and how we can support sustainable farming and food supply across the world.

Thank you all so much for your continued support! Please keep practicing times tables, accessing Spelling Shed and listening to your child read for 10 minutes an evening.

Many thanks once more.

Autumn 2

Welcome back to Year 3 for another half-term of learning!In Maths this half-term, we shall continue our learning on addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division. Please do keep encouraging children to practise times tables using TT Rockstars at home. By the end of Year 3, children are expected to be able to know and recall the multiplication and division facts for the 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables.  

In Geography, we shall do some work on locational knowledge as well as investigate the difference between human and physical features. Children will learn about British cities and counties as well as some of the countries on the continent too. As well as this, we shall be using Ordnance Survey maps to locate familiar locations. 

In Science, we shall be investigating forces and magnets. Children will learn about the different poles of magnets and investigate magnetic materials.  

In English this half-term, we shall be writing letters as part of our work around Remembrance Day. We shall then look to write a non-chronological report to go alongside our Geography learning before using direct speech and descriptive writing to produce a short story. Spelling Shed homework will continue to be set so do keep practising. If all the work has been completed, children can access the Stage 3 and 4 lists (as well as Stage 1 and 2 for revision!) should they wish to. As well as listening to children read at home for between 10 and 15 minutes a day, taking time to read to children is also beneficial. 

Thank you for all your continued support! 

Autumn 1

Welcome to the first half-term in Year 3! We are looking forward to lots of enjoyable times, excellent learning and a really positive school year with you all.

This half-term, our first main topic will be history based around The Victorians. After looking at the life of Queen Victoria, children will investigate how transport changed across the era, how people moved from countryside to the cities and what life was like for children at this time. Some of our investigations will also look at the local area including a former coal pit at Toftshaw. I wonder if anyone knows where this is?

In Science, later in the half-term, we will investigate Light and Shadows. We will investigate how light travels, how the levels of light change throughout the day as well as looking at how we can change the size and shape of shadows too!

Our maths learning this half-term will be mainly based on place value, addition and subtraction. Place Value is all about hundreds, tens and ones. We will be looking at different representations of three-digit numbers (1,000 is the largest number we look at in Year 3) as well as comparing and ordering. TT Rockstars homework will be set weekly. Learning our times tables is really important: it makes solving problems quicker and is a skill that can be applied across the curriculum. MyMaths homework will also be set weekly: this will be an activity which is closely linked to the maths learning which has occurred in class to reinforce the learning.

In English, we shall be writing character descriptions and a diary from the view of a child working in a coal mine and down the mills. (Wait. Children worked down the mines and in mills?!!?!) We’ll be looking at expanded noun phrases (two adjectives then a noun), conjunctions (words such as because, as, if, when, although) as well as beginning to write in paragraphs. Spelling Shed homework will be set weekly to reinforce the spelling pattern learned in school. Listening to your child read daily and reading to your child as well are great ways to develop reading at home too.

As well as all this, we shall start using sketchbooks in art, recorder lessons in music, begin learning a new language and start learning some new games and skills in PE! A full and enjoyable half-term awaits!

Thank you all for your continued support,