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Welcome to Year 3!

We will keep the Blog updated each week, to inform you about the children's learning. (Please look below!)  Also, please refer to the Home Learning section to see how you can support them with this learning too.  If you have any questions, please ask your child's teacher who will be happy to help.

Weeks Commencing 21st and 28th November 2022

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we emphasise the value of daily reading. Your child has a home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We  also encourage regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

We will be learning about multiplication and division.  This starts with a focus on arrays and then progresses to multiplying and dividing by 3  & the 3 X table;  this is then repeated for the 4 and 8 times tables.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos which cover this learning.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Use arrays  https://vimeo.com/732395183

Multiply by 3: https://vimeo.com/732395341

Divide by 3: https://vimeo.com/732395377

3 X table: https://vimeo.com/732395412

Multiply by 4: https://vimeo.com/732395444

Divide by 4: https://vimeo.com/732395444

4 X table: https://vimeo.com/732395516

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. 

 

We will finish writing our own Beasties story (using the skills of paragraphing; sub-ordinating conjunctions; expanded noun phrases and punctuating direct speech).

 

After this, we will begin ‘How Dogs Really Work’ by Alan Snow.  This is a fun explanation text.  We’ll spend a few lessons becoming familiar with the book and look at the text features and skills which the author has used.  Then we will spend several lessons learning these skills:

  • Use headings and sub-headings
  • Use a range of conjunctions to extend sentences
  • Use adverbs
  • Use pronouns to avoid repetition.

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils.  Over this fortnight we will go on a school fossil hunt and learn about what fossils are and how they are formed.  We’ll also learn about the work of Mary Anning.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  Having  learnt about the bible story of Noah, we will now focus on the Bible stories about Abraham. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and pulleys in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We will be practising making different mechanisms which we will then use in a Jack and Jill book for Year 1.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  We will learn about pre-history and how archaeologists use artefacts to find out what life was like in the past.

Weeks Commencing 7th and 14th November 2021

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we emphasise the value of daily reading. Your child has a home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We  also encourage regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

We will be learning how to add and subtract using the column method.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos which cover this learning.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Add 2 numbers (no exchange)  https://vimeo.com/731049452

Add 2 numbers (with exchange) https://vimeo.com/731050814

Subtract 2 numbers (no exchange) https://vimeo.com/731049925

Subtract 2 numbers (with exchange) https://vimeo.com/731049925

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  Last half term we focused on the 4x table and this half term we will focus on the 3x table.

 

English

We will be learning how to punctuate direct speech using inverted commas (speech marks).   We’ll also continue our learning about sub-ordinating conjunctions and how to structure our writing using paragraphs.

 

Spellings

We are learning to use the pre-fix:   un / in / dis

 

root word

prefix in-

+ root word

complete

incomplete

visible

invisible

happy

unhappy  

dress

undress

like

dislike 

obey

disobey

 

The tricky words we are learning to spell are:  accident,  accidentally,  actual,   actually, address, answer

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils.  We will learn about the 3 main rock types:  igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  We will investigate the properties of some of these rocks – are they hard / soft?  Are them permeable?

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  We will be learning about the bible story of Noah. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and pulleys in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We will be practising making different mechanisms which we will then use in a Jack and Jill book for Year 1.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  We will learn about pre-history and how archaeologists use artefacts to find out what life was like in the past

Week Commencing Tuesday 1st November 2021

 

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we emphasise the value of daily reading. Your child has a home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We  also encourage regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

 

Maths

We will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills.  

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos which cover the learning for this week.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Add and subtract 2 digit and 3 digit numbers not crossing the 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/461352494

 

Add 2 digit and 3 digit numbers crossing the 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/461794950

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  Last half term we focused on the 4x table and this half term we will focus on the 3x table.

 

English

We will be getting to know ‘The Beasties’ by Jenny Nimmo.  The book about a little girl who can’t get to sleep at night.  Each night a cute little Beastie tells her a story to help her sleep. It’s a lovely book, and once we become familiar with it, we will begin to write our own Beastie story.

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  We will find out how much the children already know and will then look carefully at some igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock samples using the magnifying lenses.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week we will be having a look at the Bible and finding out how it is structured and what we might find in it. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and pulleys in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We will start by looking at some books which use these mechanisms and consider what we will be able to design and make ourselves.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week we will find out what the children think the Stone Age was like and begin to explore whether their ideas are.  For example, cartoon pictures may combine Stone Age people and dinosaurs, but dinosaurs died out 60 million years before the stone age!

 

Week Commencing 24th October 2022

Half Term Holiday

We hope the children have a great half term break and look forward to seeing them back in school on Tuesday 1st November.

Pre-Historic Art

Weeks Commencing 10th 17th October 2022

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

We will be focusing on on addition and subtraction skills.  

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Add and subtract 3 digit numbers and 1’s not crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/459319169

 

Add and subtract 3 digit numbers and 1’s crossing the tens boundary:: https://vimeo.com/459365558

 

Subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/461351304

 

Subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/461351796

 

 

Add and subtract 3 digit and 2 digit numbers not crossing the tens boundary:: https://vimeo.com/461352494

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are continuing to sing the 4 times table and also to solve 4X table problems.

 

English

We will be reading and discussing ‘Beachcomber’ poem by George Mackay Brown.  Over the final 2 weeks of this half term, we will be writing our own poems in this style.  We will consider our choices of vocabulary, use of expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and commas in a list.

                                                           

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using a Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  We’ll  investigate the role of muscles in helping us to move.  We will also measure how our heart rate changes with exercise and plot this on a bar graph.

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  This week we ask ‘Who were Adam and Eve and what did they do?’  We will be visiting the Church for Harvest Festival.

 

Art

We continue with our Cave Paintings by using hand prints.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ We are finding out the ways in which our school is carrying out sustainable activities, and how we could improve.

 

Week Commencing 2nd October 2022

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

This week we will be focusing on adding and subtracting 1, 10 and 100, including when crossing the 10s and 100s boundaries.  Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

+ and – 1,10,100: https://vimeo.com/454675288

+ ones across a 10 boundary: https://vimeo.com/731046283

+ tens across a 100 boundary: https://vimeo.com/731046824

- ones across a 10 boundary: https://vimeo.com/731047347

- tens across a 100 boundary: https://vimeo.com/731048131

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are currently focusing on the 4 times table. 

 

English

We continue to study ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare. (A stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader.)  This week we are writing our own information pages about a sea animal.

We will send the finished writing to Plymouth Aquarium.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting and spellings.  We are currently finishing the Year 2 spelling programme (each class is at a slightly different point with this).  We will let you know when we begin the Year 3 programme and we will have a weekly focus across the 3 classes and 6 tricky words to learn each week.

 

We have added the Year 1 & 2 tricky words and the Year 3 and 4 tricky words as a document in the Blog so that you can see if there are any words from the Year 1 & 2 list which your child is still finding tricky.  These would be good ones to focus on.

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet.

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll carry out an investigation which will link with our measuring skills in maths.  We will measure our height and the length of some of our bones.  Will the tallest children have the longest bones?

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  We began by exploring the school grounds and looking for awe and wonder, and then remembering the 7 days of the Christian Creation Story. This week we will consider what Christians do because they believe God is Creator.

 

Art

We are learning about cave paintings.  We have been drawing our own cave style animals and then scaling them up using charcoal.  Last week we made our own paints and this week we will be choosing and using different painting techniques.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ We’ve considered renewable and non-renewable resources, and have found out the different ways electricity can be made.  This week we will onsider what our school does to help us live sustainably.

Week Commencing 26th September 2022

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

This week we will complete our learning of place value and then focus on addition and subtraction skills.  This week we will be focusing on comparing and ordering numbers, and counting in 50s.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Compare numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760511

Order numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760822

Counting in 50s:https://vimeo.com/457790310

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are currently focusing on  the 4 times table.

 

English

We are studying ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare. (A stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader.)  This week we are learning to use apostrophes for possession and will begin to write our own information pages about a sea animal.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting and spellings.  We are currently finishing the Year 2 spelling programme (each class is at a slightly different point with this).  We will let you know when we begin the Year 3 programme and we will have a weekly focus across the 3 classes and 6 tricky words to learn each week.

 

We have added the Year 1 & 2 tricky words and the Year 3 and 4 tricky words as a document in the Blog so that you can see if there are any words from the Year 1 & 2 list which your child is still finding tricky.  These would be good ones to focus on.

 

                                               

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using a Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll carry out an investigation which will link with our measuring skills in maths.  Will the tallest children have the longest bones?

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  This week we consider whether believing in God, or having any other faith makes a difference to our lives and whether you need to have a faith to look after the planet?

 

Art

We are learning about cave paintings.  We have been drawing our own cave style animals and then scaling them up using charcoal.  This week we will make our own paints!

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ This week we are looking at the different ways in which electricity is generated and how some of these ways are more sustainable than others.

 

Making Monster Book Marks !

Below here is last year's planning !

Our Curriculum Planning for Summer 2 Half Term

Weeks Commencing 11th & 18th July 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be taking 2 weeks to learn about mass and capacity.  The key skills we are covering are shown in these video links:

 

measure mass: https://vimeo.com/556159306

add + subtract mass: https://vimeo.com/560858593

measure capacity: https://vimeo.com/560872737

add + subtract capacity: https://vimeo.com/564668883

 

English

We will be writing a persuasive letter and including these skills:

  • Use paragraphs to structure.
  • Use a range of conjunctions to link ideas within sentences.
  • Use emotive noun phrases to persuade.

Greater Depth expectation: adapt vocabulary and grammatical structures so that they are appropriate for the intended reader.

 

Spellings

We have finished our Year 3 spelling programme for the year and so we will be now looking at the areas which come up in the children’s writing.  We will also be focusing on editing for spellings in English, using the Year1,2, 3 &4 spelling lists, and dictionaries.

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is ‘Beasts of Olympus’ with an Ancient Greece theme.  We will be reading it together during our daily whole class reading sessions.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about forces and magnets this half term.  During the next 2 lessons we will be creating a magnetic game.

 

 R.E.

During the next 2 weeks we will be looking at pictures and mini biographies of Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and considering: Who were they? What did they do? what impact have they had?

 

DT

This half term, we are designing and making ‘seasonal tarts’.  We are planning and will be making our fruit tart to eat at a small Y3 picnic to celebrate the hard work children have put in to the year.

Weeks Commencing 27th June & 4th July 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be taking 2 weeks to learn about shape.  The key skills we are covering are shown in these video links:

 

Right angles in shapes: https://vimeo.com/549181115

Draw accurately: https://vimeo.com/553041402

Horizontal and Vertical: https://vimeo.com/553042103

Parallel and Perpendicular: https://vimeo.com/554200617

Recognise and describe 2D shapes: https://vimeo.com/554200872

Recognise and describe 3D shapes: https://vimeo.com/554201297

Make 3D shapes: https://vimeo.com/554201688

 

 

English

We will combine our plans for DT with writing recipe instructions for making a fruit tart.  The skills we are focusing on are:

  • Use Imperative (‘bossy’) verbs.
  • Use prepositional phrases to add detail.
  • Use adverbs to sequence.
  • Use adverbs to give the reader detail.
  • Use an informative tone (Greater Depth)
  • Use complex sentences to convey detailed information (Greater Depth

 

 

Spellings

We have finished our Year 3 spelling programme for the year and so we will be now looking at the areas which come up in the children’s writing.  We will also be focusing on editing for spellings in English, using the Year1,2, 3 &4 spelling lists, and dictionaries.

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is ‘Beasts of Olympus’ with an Ancient Greece theme.  We will be reading it together during our daily whole class reading sessions.

 

Science

We will be learning about forces and magnets this half term.  During the next 2 lessons we will be focusing on magnets.

 

 R.E.

During the next 2 weeks we will be considering the 10 commandments and reflecting upon our personal responsibility for making good choices.  We will also be looking at the lives of different religious leaders and considering the difference they have made.

 

DT

This half term, we are designing and making ‘seasonal tarts’.  We have looked at which fruit and vegetables grow best in different climate zones, and how the UK fruit and vegetables are seasonal.  Now we are learning about food hygiene and safety and planning what we will put in our tart.  Our aim is to bake a fruit tart to eat at a small Y3 picnic to celebrate the hard work children have put in to the year.

Weeks Commencing Wednesday 8th and Monday 13th June 2022

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

Time:   Please support your child to be able to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks.  They also need to know time facts such as seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in each month…  They will learn about the 24 hour clock and how to calculate the duration of time from a start and finish point.

 

Months and years: https://vimeo.com/539560205

Hours in a day: https://vimeo.com/542519189

Telling the time to 5 minutes: https://vimeo.com/542519509

Telling the time to 1 minute: https://vimeo.com/542538362

am and pm: https://vimeo.com/542538987

24 hour clock: https://vimeo.com/545480332

Finding the duration: https://vimeo.com/545481698

 

English

We will be immersing ourselves in following and giving instructions!  We’ll do this with some art and outdoor P.E. style activities, before looking at some written instructions about ‘How to wash your elephant’, and working out what are the features and skills we will need to include when we begin writing our own instructions. 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

possess, possession, probably, potatoes, pressure, possible

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the prefix ‘super-‘

 

 

root word

prefix super-

+ root word

man 

superman

woman

superwoman

human

superhuman

hero

superhero

size

supersize

star

superstar

 

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is ‘Beasts of Olympus’ with an Ancient Greece theme.  We will be reading it together during our daily whole class reading sessions.

 

Science

 

We will be learning about forces and magnets this half term.  We will be using force meters to record the force needed to move objects on different surfaces.

 

 R.E.

This week we will be considering why the world is not always a good place.

 

Art

When we have finished our tie dye weaving from before half term, we will be moving on to our new DT project about making a Seasonal Tart.  We’ll begin by looking at seasonal and local produce.

Our curruculm planning for Summer 1st Half Term 2022

This week, we will be taking a walk to the quay and around our local area to consider the changes that have taken place over time.  This is in the school day, and will only be for about 1 1/2 hours.  School uniform,  snack, water bottle and normal lunch arrangents.

 

On Friday afternoon the school is celebrating the Queen's jubillee.  Year 3 will be entertaining the other children and staff with Morris Dancing !   

Week Commencing 23rd May 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will spend a few weeks learning about time this week.  Any support you can give your child in being able to tell the time would be fantastic.   Also, they need to know:

  • How many seconds in a minute, minute in an hour,  hours in a day ….
  • The number of days in each month (and the order of the months)
  • Be able to read the time in analogue and digital
  • Know the 24hour clock   e.g.  1.30pm is also 13.30

 

 nglish

We will make sure we have finished our Blue John story and then we will edit a piece of writing to correct it for punctuation and spelling errors.  We will also try to improve some of the vocabulary which has been used to make it more interesting for the reader.

 

Towards the end of the week, our writing will link to the Queen’s jubilee celebrations. 

 

Spellings

The tricky words to learn this week are:

reign, remember, sentence, separate, special, straight

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the prefix ‘super-‘

 

 

root word

prefix super-

+ root word

man 

superman

woman

superwoman

human

superhuman

hero

superhero

size

supersize

star

superstar

 

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is in the form of a carousel of activities.  Children explore a text during their first session, and then read this with their class teacher the next day.  Following this, they have questions to answer about the text.  The following 2 days they read for pleasure.

 

Science

We will be learning about light this half term.  We will learn about Thomas Edison and Lewis Latimer who led the development of the light bulb.

 

R.E.

This week we will be asking the children ‘What would you like to see in our World today?’

 

Art

This half term we will be tie dying and weaving.  We have tie died our material and are now weaving it.  Hopefully, it will be coming home soon!

 

Geography

We will be taking a short walk down to the quay and around our local area to consider what changes have taken place over time.

Week Commencing 16th May 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

Fractions: We continue with our learning linked to fractions.

(Next week we will spend a week focused on learning about time.)

 

Fractions of a set of objects: https://vimeo.com/530231902

Fractions on a number line:  https://vimeo.com/527705765

Equivalent fractions:

https://vimeo.com/530232479 

https://vimeo.com/530232763     

https://vimeo.com/530232763

 

English

We are writing our own beginning of a story based on the book ‘Blue John’ by Berlie Doherty.  We are including similes and making interesting verb choices to interest the reader. 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the prefix ‘anti-‘

 

 

root word

prefix anti-

+ root word

freeze

antifreeze

clockwise

anticlockwise

social

antisocial

septic

antiseptic

 

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is in the form of a carousel of activities.  Children explore a text during their first session, and then read this with their class teacher the next day.  Following this, they have questions to answer about the text.  The following 2 days they read for pleasure.

 

 

Science

 

We will be learning about light this half term.  We will learn about shadows – how they are made and how their size changes during the day and with the distance from a light source.

 

 R.E.

This week we will be considering the role of a church in supporting it’s community.

 

Art

This half term we will be tie dying and weaving.  We have tie died our material and are practising weaving with paper, before we finally weave our tie dyed material and other fabrics.

Week Commencing 3rd May 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

Fractions: We’ll be learning about tenths this week.

 

Find a third: https://vimeo.com/515216707

Making tenths: https://vimeo.com/521487313

Tenths as decimals: https://vimeo.com/521489678

 

English

Last week, we familiarised ourselves with our new book ‘Blue John’ by Berlie Doherty.  This week we will be looking at the author’s choice of verbs and similes.  We’ll have a go at writing our own similes.  We’ll video ourselves playing and then write a description using interesting verbs (making sure we use the correct verb tense too).

 

 

Spellings

The tricky words to learn this week are:

naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally, opposite, often

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the prefix ‘re-‘

 

 

root word

prefix re-

+ root word

heat

reheat

connect 

reconnect

cycle 

recyle

decorate

redecorate

new

renew

place

replace

 

 

 

Reading

Our whole class reading this half term is in the form of a carousel of activities.  Children explore a text during their first session, and then read this with their class teacher the next day.  Following this, they have questions to answer about the text.  The following 2 days they read for pleasure.

 

Science

We will be learning about light this half term.  We will learn about reflection, and we will test out how reflective different materials and surfaces are.

 

 R.E.

We will be exploring the questions ‘How did Jesus call his disciples?’

 

Art

This half term we will be tie dying and weaving.  We will continue our mood boards and tie dye our materials. 

Week Commencing 4th April 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

This week we will be assessing the children’s learning of length, before beginning a unit of work on fractions.  We’ll begin by refreshing the children’s Year 2 learning.  These videos link with the first few lessons that we’ll be covering before the Easter holidays.

 

Find a half:  https://vimeo.com/511156128

Find a quarter: https://vimeo.com/513814593

Find a third: https://vimeo.com/515216707

 

 

English

We have finished our Grendel story and will have a few lessons about using adverbs in the lead up to the Easter holidays.  We will be focusing on adverbs which tell the reader how something is happening, e.g.  slowly, happily, carefully, quietly…

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

important, island, knowledge, length, learn, interest

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ion’

 

root word

root word + suffix -ion OR drop the e before adding -ion

correct

correction

attract

attraction

construct

construction

locate

location

concentrate

concentration

exaggerate

exaggeration

 

 

Reading

We will be finishing reading ‘The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales’ by S J King. 

 

 

Science

 

We will be consolidating ourlearning about food and nutrition in humans and other animals by creating a ‘schema’ for next year’s Year 3 children.   A schema is similar to a mind map, and helps the children’s learning to ‘stick’.  We use schema to show the children what they are learning in each unit, and re-visit it each lesson to help consolidate their learning.  We continue to learn the vocabulary:

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jews’    We will be learning about Moses and the Passover festival.

 

DT

This half term we have been designing and making cushions.  We hope to bring them home at the end of the week!

Thank you for the money you donated to the families of Ukraine when you came to our recent assembly.  We raised just over £100 in cash donations only.  More donations were made via the link in our newsletter.  Thank you so much !

We were all so proud of the children during their recent assembly.  We know that not everyone is able to get to these events during the school day, so the PowerPoint below will give you a flavour of the assembly's content.

Year 3 Competition!

Week Commencing 14th March 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We have been learning about length. These videos will show you what the children have been learning:

 

Equivalent lengths (M and cm) https://vimeo.com/504467081

Equivalent lengths (mm and cm https://vimeo.com/504918866

Compare lengths  https://vimeo.com/506146737

 

This week, we will be using the NFER booklets to check in with how the children are progressing with their learning of Maths in Year 3. 

 

English

This week, we will remind ourselves about the rules for punctuating speech and apply these when we write the beginning of our own Grendel style story.

 

Spellings

The tricky words to learn this week are:

heard, heart, height, history, imagine, increase

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ly’

 

 

 

root word

root word + suffix

-ation OR drop the e before adding -ation

inform

information

limit 

limitation

sense 

sensation  

admire  

admiration

prepare  

preparation

 

 

Reading

We are reading ‘The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales’ by S J King.  This week we will also be checking in on the children’s reading progress using Accelerated Reader and the NFER booklets.

 

 Science

 

We will be learning about food and nutrition in humans and other animals.  We continue to learn the vocabulary:

 

Nutrition, nutrients, carbohydrates, sugars, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre, fat, water.

 

We will ask why we need protein and carbohydrates and what foods provide these. Then we will be looking at a variety of animals and considering what they eat.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jews’    We have talked about what we know about Judaism and watched a video clip of a child explaining what Judaism means to him.

This week, we will learn what happens at the Jewish New Festival of Rosh Hashanah.

 

DT

This half term we will be designing and making cushions.  This week, we will re-cap how to use a running stitch which we learned in Year 2 and will then try our hand with cross stitch.

Week Commencing 28th February 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be continuing our learning about statistics with bar graphs and tables.  These video links will show you more:

 

Bar graphs: https://vimeo.com/502337848

Tables: https://vimeo.com/502338566

 

 

English

We will be writing a short story over the next 3 weeks, base upon the book ‘Grendel: a Cautionary Tale about Chocolate!’  by David Lucas.   It’s a lovely book, and we will spend our first few lessons reading it and getting to know it.   When we start writing, we will be learning about speech punctuation, and using? and! to punctuate sentences.

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

experiment, extreme, favourite, famous, February, forward

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ly’

 

root word

root word +

suffix -ly

serious

seriously 

final

finally

rude

rudely

nice

nicely

comical

comically

 

It’s different if the root word ends in le. Then we swap the le for ly.

humble + ly = humbly

 

Here are some more words where we need to swap the le for ly:

 

root word

swap the

le for -ly

horrible

horribly  

gentle

gently

simple

simply

feeble 

feebly

 

 

Reading

We will return to whole class guided reading this term, focusing on ‘The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales’ by S J King

 

 

Science

 

We will be learning about food and nutrition in humans and other animals.  This week we will re-cap our learning from Year 2, introduce our key vocabulary for this unit:

 

Nutrition, nutrients, carbohydrates, sugars, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre, fat, water.

Then we will consider what purposes food has for humans.

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jews’

This week, we will learn what happens at the Jewish New Festival of Rosh Hashanah.

 

DT

This half term we will be designing and making cushions.  This week, we will re-cap how to use a running stitch which we learned in Year

Week Commencing 14th February 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be starting a 2week block of learning about statistics (pictograms, tally charts, and bar graphs). These video links will show you more about this week’s learning:

 

Make tally charts:    https://vimeo.com/500377891

Draw pictograms: https://vimeo.com/500379996

Interpret pictograms: https://vimeo.com/500378019

 

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English

We complete our journey down the Amazon, following the ‘Rough Guide to the Amazon’. During this Unit we have written a diary entry, letter and fact file, all about a new species of animal we have found on our journey down the Amazon.  The grammar skills we have particularly focused on are:

 

  • Apostrophes for contraction
  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Prepositions

 

We’ve also continued to support the children to use the skills we have already focused on.  These include structuring the text with paragraphs, expanded noun phrases, writing sentences with more than one clause, subordinating conjunctions, and ensuring accurate punctuation (capitals, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks).

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

heard, hard, height, history, imagine, increase

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ion’

 

root word

root word + suffix

-ation OR drop the e before adding -ation

inform

information

limit 

limitation

sense 

sensation  

admire  

admiration

prepare  

preparation

 

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading this half term, we will be running a 20 minute carousel of reading activities.  Our focus text for the next 2 weeks is a non-fiction book called about teeth.   Your child will rotate over 5 days, between these activities:

  • Reading their Accelerated Reader book
  • Reading of their own choice
  • Pre guided activity linked to the focus text
  • Guided reading group with their teacher
  • Post guided activity linked to the focus text

 

 

Science

We will be completing our learning about plants and find out how much we’ve learnt.

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll finish our learning this week and reflect on what we’ve learnt.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.  This week we will be adding origami butterflies to complete our painting.

Week Commencing 31st January 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be focusing on money.    These video links will show you more:

 

Convert pounds and pence:    https://vimeo.com/497942634

Add money: https://vimeo.com/498286318

Subtract money: https://vimeo.com/498297373

Give change: https://vimeo.com/499227948

 

Next week, we will begin a few weeks of statistics, looking a tally charts, pictograms, tables and bar charts.

 

English

We continue our journey down the Amazon, following the  ‘Rough Guide to the Amazon’. Over the next few weeks we will write a diary entry, letter and fact file, all about a new species of animal we have found on our journey down the Amazon.  The grammar skills we are particularly focusing on are:

 

  • Apostrophes for contraction
  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Prepositions

 

We will continue to support the children to use the skills we have already focused on.  These include structuring the text with paragraphs, expanded noun phrases, writing sentences with more than one clause, subordinating conjunctions, and ensuring accurate punctuation (capitals, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks).

 

 

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

forwards, group, grammar, fruit, guard, guide

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ly’

 

root word

root word +

suffix -ly

serious

seriously 

final

finally

rude

rudely

nice

nicely

comical

comically

 

It’s different if the root word ends in le. Then we swap the le for ly.

humble + ly   = humbly

 

Here are some more words where we need to swap the le for ly:

 

root word

swap the

le for -ly

horrible

horribly  

gentle

gently

simple

simply

feeble 

feebly

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading this half term, we will be running a 20 minute carousel of reading activities.  Our focus text for the next 2 weeks is a book called ‘The Pea and the Princess’.   Your child will rotate over 5 days, between these activities:

  • Reading their Accelerated Reader book
  • Reading of their own choice
  • Pre guided activity linked to the focus text
  • Guided reading group with their teacher
  • Post guided activity linked to the focus text

 

 

Science

We will be learning about plants.  These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

This week we will continue to focus on seed dispersal, and will check to see how our broad bean investigation is going to explore the requirements of plants for growth.

 

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll start by exploring what we already know and then will begin to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam. This week we continue to look  at Ramadan and Eid.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.  This week we will be adding printed butterflies to our painted art work.

Week Commencing 24th January 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be dividing 2-digit numbers by 1 digit.  These video links will show you more:

 

https://vimeo.com/489849543

 

https://vimeo.com/489844871

 

Next week, we will be focusing on money.

 

English

We begin our journey down the Amazon, reading ‘Rough Guide to the Amazon’.

We will get to know the book, and look at the different text types within it (diary, letter and fact file).

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

experiment, extreme, favourite, famous, February, forward

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ly’

 

root word

root word +

suffix -ly

serious

seriously 

final

finally

rude

rudely

nice

nicely

comical

comically

 

It’s different if the root word ends in le. Then we swap the le for ly.

humble + ly   = humbly

 

Here are some more words where we need to swap the le for ly:

 

root word

swap the

le for -ly

horrible

horribly  

gentle

gently

simple

simply

feeble 

feebly

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading this half term, we will be running a 20 minute carousel of reading activities.  Our focus text for the next 2 weeks is a book called ‘The Pea and the Princess’.   Your child will rotate over 5 days, between these activities:

  • Reading their Accelerated Reader book
  • Reading of their own choice
  • Pre guided activity linked to the focus text
  • Guided reading group with their teacher
  • Post guided activity linked to the focus text

 

 

Science

We will be learning about plants.  These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

This week we will focus on seed dispersal, and will check to see how our broad bean investigation is going to explore the requirements of plants for growth.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll start by exploring what we already know and then will begin to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam. This week we will be looking at Ramadan and Eid.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.  This week we will be adding detail to the large leaf shapes we painted last week.

 

Week Commencing 17th January 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will consolidate using the grid and column method for multiplying 2 digit by 1 digit, including with exchange.  We will then begin to divide 2-digit numbers by 1 digit.  These video links will show you more:

 

https://vimeo.com/489849543

 

https://vimeo.com/489844871

 

 

 

English

Following reading of the book ‘How Dogs Really Work’, will be finish our explanations of how our chosen animals work.  The skills we will be using include:

  • Use a range of conjunctions to extend sentences
  • Use adverbs
  • Use headings and sub-headings
  • Use pronouns or nouns to aid cohesion and avoid repetition.

 

Spellings

This week, we are still continuing with last week’s spellings:

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

eight, eighth, earth, enough, exercise, experience

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ous’

root word

root word + suffix

-ous OR drop the e before adding -ous

danger

dangerous

mountain

mountainous

poison

poisonous

hazard

hazardous  

fame

famous  

 

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading this half term, we will be running a 20 minute carousel of reading activities.  Our focus text for the next 2 weeks is a poem called ‘The Penguin in Lost Property’.   Your child will rotate over 5 days, between these activities:

  • Reading their Accelerated Reader book
  • Reading of their own choice
  • Pre guided activity linked to the focus text
  • Guided reading group with their teacher
  • Post guided activity linked to the focus text

 

 

Science

We will be learning about plants.  These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

This week we will focus on the life cycle of a plant,  and will check to see how our broad bean investigation is going to explore the requirements of plants for growth.

 

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll start by exploring what we already know and then will begin to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam. This week we will be looking at the importance of mosques to Muslims.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.  This week we will be colour blending and adding large leaf shapes to the background we painted last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 10th January 2022

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and introducing the column method for multiplication.  These video links will show you more:

 

https://vimeo.com/486513593

 

https://vimeo.com/489850121

 

 

English

Following reading of the book ‘How Dogs Really Work’, will be writing our own explanations of how our chosen animals work.  The skills we will be using include:

  • Use a range of conjunctions to extend sentences
  • Use adverbs
  • Use headings and sub-headings
  • Use pronouns or nouns to aid cohesion and avoid repetition.

 

Spellings

This is a continuation from the first few days back last week.

The tricky words to learn this week are:

eight, eighth, earth, enough, exercise, experience

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ous’

root word

root word + suffix

-ous OR drop the e before adding -ous

danger

dangerous

mountain

mountainous

poison

poisonous

hazard

hazardous  

fame

famous  

 

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading this half term, we will be running a 20 minute carousel of reading activities.  Our focus text for the next 2 weeks is a poem called ‘The Penguin in Lost Property’.   Your child will rotate over 5 days, between these activities:

  • Reading their Accelerated Reader book
  • Reading of their own choice
  • Pre guided activity linked to the focus text
  • Guided reading group with their teacher
  • Post guided activity linked to the focus text

 

 

Science

We will be learning about plants.  These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

This week we will focus on the functions of different parts of plants and will plant broad beans as part of a class investigation exploring the requirements of plants for growth.

 

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll start by exploring what we already know and then will begin to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam. This week we will be looking at the focus of prayer.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.  This week we will be creating a colourwash for the background.

 

Happy New Year to Hedgehog, Squirrel and Mole Families! We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th January!

Week Commencing 3rd January 2022

Monday 3rd January: Holiday

Tuesday 4th January: Non-Pupil Day

Wednesday 5th January: Back to School!

 

Home Learning

Please refer to our Home Learning Section of the Year 3 Class Pages.

 

Maths

We will be refreshing the children’s learning of their X2, X4 and X8; the link between multiplication and division; and related facts – how division facts can be understood from multiplication facts and how we can build on these facts to multiply and divide 2 larger numbers.   These video links will show you more:

 

Consolidate X2, X4, X8      https://vimeo.com/485432791

 

Link between division and multiplication   https://vimeo.com/485433674

 

Related facts  https://vimeo.com/486330232

 

 

English

We will refresh our memories about the book ‘How Dogs Really Work’ and will begin to write our own explanations of how our chosen animals work.  The skills we will be using include:

  • Use a range of conjunctions to extend sentences
  • Use adverbs
  • Use headings and sub-headings
  • Use pronouns or nouns to aid cohesion and avoid repetition.

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

eight, eighth, earth, enough, exercise, experience

 

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ous’

root word

root word + suffix

-ous OR drop the e before adding -ous

danger

dangerous

mountain

mountainous

poison

poisonous

hazard

hazardous  

fame

famous  

 

 

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading we will be finishing ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  The book combines a story with finding out Geographical and Scientific facts about caves.  It is part of a series, so if you child is enjoying it, you could head down to the library to look for more.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about plants.  These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots; stem/trunk; leaves; and flowers.

 • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

• Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

• Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

 

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?  We’ll start by exploring what we already know and then will begin to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam.

 

Art

This half term we will be using our painting skills with colour mixing and different brush strokes, to create a rainforest painting.  We are hoping to create a class painting and to add printing and collage skills towards the end.

Wishing Year 3 Families a Happy Christmas!

Week Commencing 13th December 2021

Here are a few things for you to know about this week!

  1.  Our Christmas party is  Wednesday.  Children can bring party clothes to change into after lunch and an afternoon party snack for themselves (e.g. snack and biscuit). Please make sure it is nut free and provide for your child only as they will not be allowed to share food due to allergies.
  2. Next Thursday is the school Christmas jumper (non-uniform) day and Christmas lunch.  We’re also celebrating our English and DT work.  The children want to have a pyjama party to share their fantastic stories!  Therefore, on Thursday, children can also bring pyjama bottoms to get changed into!

Thank you for your support and our Best Wishes for the Christmas holiday,

The Year 3 Team

 

Home Learning

Please continue reading during the Christmas holiday. Enjoy the Christmas break with family and have fun!   

 

Maths

We will be checking how well children have understood the multiplication and division work we have taught and then we will enjoy some Christmas Maths fun!

 

English

We will be writing to the Elves and asking them why they are creating so much mischief in our Year 3 central area.  We’ll write a Christmas Kenning and share our Beastie stories with each other.

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading we will be finishing ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  The book combines a story with finding out Geographical and Scientific facts about caves.  It is part of a series, so if you child is enjoying it, you could head down to the library to look for more.

  

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  This week we will be focusing on soils and drainage.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week and next, we will be looking at the Christmas story and what it means to Christians. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and linkages in cards.  We have been making different mechanisms and have designed our final work which links with our Beasties story.  We will be making our finished piece which links with our Beastie story.  It should be coming home to you by the end of the week!

Week Commencing 6th December 2021

 

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu. 

 

 

Maths

We will be learning about multiplication and division.  Whilst we continue to practise the quick recall of times table facts on a daily basis, our maths lessons will look in more depth at multiplication and division and how we can apply these skills to solve problems.  This week we will look at multiplication and division using the 4 and 8 X tables.

 

These videos will show you how the children will learn this. 

 

Multiply by 4:

https://vimeo.com/476320465

 

Divide by 4:

https://vimeo.com/477072164

 

Multiply by 8:

https://vimeo.com/480761211

 

Divide by 8:

https://vimeo.com/480761847

 

 

 

English

We are starting a new Writing Unit which is about explanatory texts, using the book ‘How Dogs Really Work’ by Alan Snow.  This week we will explore the book and immerse ourselves in the genre.

 

 

Spelling

 

This week and next, we are going to take a pause from learning new spelling patterns and will focus on using the tricky Year 3 words we have learnt in previous weeks.

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  The book combines a story with finding out Geographical and Scientific facts about caves.  It is part of a series, so if you child is enjoying it, you could head down to the library to look for more.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  This week we will be focusing on soils.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week and next, we will be looking at the Christmas story and what it means to Christians. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and linkages in cards.  We have been making different mechanisms and have designed our final work which links with our Beasties story.  We need to finish making ours ‘mock up’ before we make our final piece.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week, we are learning about ‘The Red Lady of Paviland’- archaeologists found the oldest human remains ever recorded in Britain (about 33,000 years old).

 

 

Week Commencing 29th November 2021

 

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu. 

 

 

Maths

We will be learning about multiplication and division.  Whilst we continue to practise the quick recall of times table facts on a daily basis, our maths lessons will look in more depth at multiplication and division and how we can apply these skills to solve problems.  This week we will refresh our Year 2 learning about arrays and then look at multiplication and division using the 3 X table,

 

These videos will show you how the children will learn this. 

 

Using arrays:

https://vimeo.com/469787855

 

Multiply by 3:

https://vimeo.com/475444169

 

 

Divide by 3:

https://vimeo.com/475444308

 

 

Using the 3 X table:

https://vimeo.com/476319270

 

 

 

English

We will continue writing our own Beasties story (similar to the stories in The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo).  As we write, we will try to show that we can use the skills we’ve been focusing on.  These include speech punctuation, writing sentences with more than one clause, using interesting vocabulary (including synonyms for ‘said’).

 

 

Spelling

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to practise this week involve adding im- to root words beginning with m or p.

 

mature            immature

mortal             immortal        

mobile            immobile    

possible         impossible       

patient            impatient   

polite              impolite   

 

The Year 3 tricky words we will be learning this week are:

 

continue, decide, describe, different, disappear, early

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  The book combines a story with finding out Geographical and Scientific facts about caves.  It is part of a series, so if you child is enjoying it, you could head down to the library to look for more.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  This week we will be making some fossil replicas using glue and pasta!  We have learnt about Mary Anning and will explain how fossils are formed before moving on to learn about soils.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week we will be looking at the Christmas story and what it means to Christians. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and linkages in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We have been making different mechanisms and have designed our final work. Now we will make a ‘mock up’ to see if we need to change or improve anything before we make our final piece.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week, we are looking at how the Neolithic Stone Age people began to live in dwellings, following the more nomadic life of the Palaeolithic Age.

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 22nd November 2021

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu. 

 

 

Maths

We continue to learn how to use the column method for adding and subtracting.  These videos will show you how the children will learn this. 

 

Add two 3 digit numbers not crossing the 10 or 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/465482465

 

Add two 3 digit numbers crossing the 10 or 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/465738425

 

 

Subtract two 3 digit numbers – no exchange

https://vimeo.com/466580214

 

 

Subtract two 3 digit numbers with exchange

https://vimeo.com/466609834

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  Last half term we focused on the 4x table and this half term we will focus on the 3x table.

 

 

English

We will begin to write our own Beasties story (similar to the stories in The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo).  As we write, we will try to show that we can use the skills we’ve been focusing on.  These include speech punctuation, writing sentences with more than one clause, using interesting vocabulary (including synonyms for ‘said’).

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is a continuation of adding the suffix ‘-es’.

 

 

Spellings to practise this week involve adding im- to root words beginning with m or p.

 

mature            immature

mortal             immortal        

mobile            immobile    

possible         impossible       

patient            impatient   

polite              impolite   

 

The Year 3 tricky words we will be learning this week are:

 

continue, decide, describe, different, disappear, early

 

Reading

During whole class guided reading we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  The book combines a story with finding out Geographical and Scientific facts about caves.  It is part of a series, so if you child is enjoying it, you could head down to the library to look for more.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  We are focusing on fossils, this week we will be going on a fossil hunt, and are hoping to make some replicas using glue and pasta !

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week we will be looking at the story of Abraham. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and linkages in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We have been making different mechanisms and will now start to design our final work.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week, we are looking at how the Stone Age changed over time, and how archaeologists know this.

Week Commencing 15th November 2021

We had a great trip to Plymouth Aquarium last week!  A huge thank you to all our parent helpers.

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

 

Maths

This is our last week to build on our + and – skills before we focus on multiplication and division until Christmas.   We will begin to learn how to use the column method for adding and subtracting.  These videos will show you how the children will learn  this.

 

Add two 3 digit numbers not crossing the 10 or 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/465482465

 

Add two 3 digit numbers crossing the 10 or 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/465738425

 

 

Subtract two 3 digit numbers – no exchange

https://vimeo.com/466580214

 

 

Subtract two 3 digit numbers with exchange

https://vimeo.com/466609834

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  Last half term we focused on the 4x table and this half term we will focus on the 3x table.

 

 

English

Using ‘The Beasties’ by Jenny Nimmo which the children are really enjoying, we will look at how to use subordinating conjunctions in a sentence, and then how to use and punctuate speech.

 

We have finished the last of the Year 2 spelling patterns and this week, we will start our Year 3 spelling booklet. This week we will be learning about adding the pre-fix '-dis' and '-in'

 

 

We can add the prefix dis- to the front of these words to change their meaning:

                                                like   

                                                agree   

                                                obey   

                                                connect   

                                                appear   

                                                approve

 

root word

prefix dis-

+ root word

like

dislike

agree 

disagree   

obey                                         

disobey

connect 

disconnect

appear 

disappear

approve

disapprove

                                                      

The prefix in- can be added to them to make their opposites. Watch this! Let's build some words with our new prefix in-:

                                                           

root word

prefix in-

+ root word

action

inaction 

visible

invisible 

human

inhuman

capable 

incapable 

complete

incomplete

 

The Year 3 tricky words we are learning this week are:

century, circle, certain, complete, consider

 

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  We will be looking at some common fossils with a school fossil hunt and begin to learn about how they are formed.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week we continue to look at the Old Testament story of Noah, and consider he importance of promises.  

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and linkages in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We continue to make different mechanisms and will begin to consider what we want our final piece of work to be like.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week we look at some of the changes which took place during the Stone Age.

Week Commencing 1st November 2021

Monday 1st November is a Non-Pupil Day.  We look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 2nd November. We hope they enjoyed their half term holiday.

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

 

Maths

We will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills.  

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos which cover the learning for this week.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Add and subtract 2 digit and 3 digit numbers not crossing the 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/461352494

 

 

Add 2 digit and 3 digit numbers crossing the 100 boundary. https://vimeo.com/461794950

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  Last half term we focused on the 4x table and this half term we will focus on the 3x table.

 

 

English

We will be getting to know ‘The Beasties’ by Jenny Nimmo.  The book about a little girl who can’t get to sleep at night.  Each night a cute little Beastie tells her a story to help her sleep. It’s a lovely book, and once we become familiar with it, we will begin to write our own Beastie story.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is a continuation of adding the suffix ‘-ed’ which is quite a tricky one.  The video we watch asks the children:

 

Is there a letter I need to swap?

Is there a letter to double or drop?

 

                                                swap?            fry  fried

                                                                     reply  replied

                                                double?        trip  tripped

                                                    plot  plotted

                                                drop?            tickle  tickled

                                                                     shape  shaped

 

The Year 3 tricky words we are learning this week are:  appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath, breathe

 

 Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 

Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  We will find out how much the children already know and will then look carefully at some igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock samples using the magnifying lenses.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: ‘What is it like to follow God?  This week we will be having a look at the Bible and finding out how it is structured and what we might find in it. 

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating levers and pulleys in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!  We will start by looking at some books which use these mechanisms and consider what we will be able to design and make ourselves.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  This week we will find out what the children think the Stone Age was like and begin to explore whether their ideas are.  For example, cartoon pictures may combine Stone Age people and dinosaurs, but dinosaurs died out 60 million years before the stone age!

Week Commencing 18th October 2021

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

 

Maths

We will continue with our focus on addition and subtraction skills.  

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/461351304

 

Subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/461351796

 

 

Add and subtract 3 digit and 2 digit numbers not crossing the tens boundary:: https://vimeo.com/461352494

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are continuing to sing the 4 times table and also to solve 4X table problems.

 

 

English

We are writing our own poems in the style of ‘Beachcomber’.  We will consider our choices of vocabulary, use of expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and commas in a list.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to add the suffix ‘-ed’

 

root word

swap y to i before adding -ed

multiply

multiplied

hurry

hurried

fry

fried

study

studied

 

We have now completed the tricky words for Year 2 and will begin learning the Year 3 words.   The words we are learning this week are:  accident, accidentally, actual, actually, address and answer.

 

                                                           

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using a Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 

Science

We have been learning about skeletons and muscles this half term and we will check to see how much we have learnt!  After half term we will be learning about rocks and fossils.

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  This week we will be visiting the Church to celebrate Harvest.

 

Art

We will be finishing our Paul Klee inspired fish art and using some of our finished work to create a display in our Year 3 central area.  After half term, we will be creating levers and pulleys in cards, linked to our Stone Age theme!

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ This week we will learn about how habitats can be created for birds.  After half term, we will follow a History Unit of work about the Stone Age.

 

We thank you for your support during this first half term in Year 3, and hope your children have a lovely break over the half term holiday!

Week Commencing 11th October 2021

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Black History Month

Mr Doku led an assembly last week on the theme of Black History Month.  Children been invited to enter a whole school competition on this theme to create a poem, poster, picture or song.  Please hand any entries to your class teacher who will pass them on to Mr Doku.  There will be a small prize for the winner. 

 

Maths

This week we will begin our focus on addition and subtraction skills.  

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Add and subtract multiples of 100: https://vimeo.com/459318816

 

Add and subtract 3 digit numbers and 1’s not crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/459319169

 

Add and subtract 3 digit numbers and 1’s crossing the tens boundary:: https://vimeo.com/459365558

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are continuing to sing the 4 times table and also to solve 4X table problems.

 

 

English

We will be reading and discussing ‘Beachcomber’ poem by George Mackay Brown.  Over the final 2 weeks of this half term, we will be writing our own poems in this style.  We will consider our choices of vocabulary, use of expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and commas in a list.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to add the suffix ‘-ment’

 

 

The 6 tricky words we are learning this week are:  whole, wild, worse, you, your, who

 

                                                           

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using a Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

 

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll investigate the role of muscles in helping us to move.  We will also measure how our heart rate changes with exercise and plot this on a bar graph.

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  This week we ask ‘Who were Adam and Eve and what did they do?’

 

Art

We will be continuing our Paul Klee inspired fish art.  We have painted a pastel water colour background and now need to draw on our fish and cross hatch them.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ This week we will learn about different ways to create electricity.

 

 

 

Week Commencing 4th October 2021

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging regular practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

This week we will complete our learning of place value and then focus on addition and subtraction skills.  This week we will be focusing on comparing and ordering numbers, and counting in 50s.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Compare numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760511

Order numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760822

Counting in 50s:https://vimeo.com/457790310

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are continuing to sing the 4 times table and also to solve 4X table problems.

 

 

English

We continue to study ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare. (A stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader.)  This week we are writing our own information pages about a sea animal.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to add the suffix ‘-less’

thank  thankless

hope  hopeless

fear  fearless

care  careless

 

We don’t have to swap, double or drop any letters when we add the suffix -less. Here is the rule:

If a suffix starts with a consonant letter (-less), it is almost always just added straight on to a root word. No changes are made to the root word.

 

The 6 tricky words we are learning this week are:  who, why, where, wear, were and water.                                                                                                               

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet. We are using a Accelerated Reader in school. Every half term, the children are tested on their reading and comprehension skills, and given a ‘reading zone’ of appropriate books to choose from.  Every time they finish a book, they complete a quiz which tests how well they have understood it.

  

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll carry out an investigation which will link with our measuring skills in maths.  Last week we measured our height and the length of some of our bones.  This week we will be plotting our results on bar graphs.  Will the tallest children have the longest bones?

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  This week we consider whether believing in God, or having any other faith makes a difference to our lives and whether you need to have a faith to look after the planet?

 

Art

We will be learning about the artist Paul Klee and will be drawing and painting fish in his style.  We have learnt how to draw a fish and the skill of cross hatching.  This week we will find out more about the artist Paul Klee and his fish paintings and begin our own Paul Klee inspired art work.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ This week we will continue to consider what our school does to help us live sustainably.

Week Commencing 26th September 2021

 

Home Learning

Please have a look at the information in our Home Learning yellow star which is in the Year 3 class pages menu.  As a school, we are currently emphasising the value of daily reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record to support this – please ensure it is filled in and comes into school each morning.  We are also encouraging practising of X table skills and number bond facts through Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.  The link to these programmes is in the Home Learning yellow star.

 

Maths

We continue to learn about place value. This week we will be focusing on adding and subtracting 1, 10 and 100. We will also compare and order numbers.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

+ and – 1,10,100: https://vimeo.com/454675288

Compare numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760511

Order numbers: https://vimeo.com/457760822

 

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are currently doing lots of singing of the 4 times table. 

 

 

English

We continue to study ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare. (A stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader.)  This week we will learning about how to group similar information into paragraphs.  We will then begin to write our own information pages about a sea animal.

 

We will continue to practise our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to add the suffix ‘-ful’

 

Did you know that we can make an adjective by adding the suffix -ful to lots of root words?

thank + ful  = thankful

It means someone is full of thanks.

Look what happens to the word ‘full’ when it becomes a suffix:
full becomes -ful when it is a suffix.

 

 

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet.

 

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll carry out an investigation which will link with our measuring skills in maths.  We will measure our height and the length of some of our bones.  Will the tallest children have the longest bones?

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  We began by exploring the school grounds and looking for awe and wonder, and then remembering the 7 days of the Christian Creation Story. This week we will look at amazing creations that man has made and ask how we should look after our planet.

 

Art

We will be learning about the artist Paul Klee and will be drawing and painting fish in his style.  We have learnt how to draw a fish and the skill of cross hatching.  This week we will find out more about the artist Paul Klee and his fish paintings.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ Last week we explored what we mean by living sustainably. This week we will continue to consider what our school does to help us live sustainably.

Week Commencing 19th September 2021

 

On Tuesday, we have a day off of our normal curriculum, on the theme of moths.  We have a visiting artist who will be helping the children to make moths out of the recycled milk bottles, and an author who will be sharing their story book ‘The Moth’s Whisper.  With their class teacher, the children will be writing and illustrating Kenning poems about moths! This is part of a school-based project with the Art and Energy Collective.  The moths will be displayed for 2 weeks in Princesshay in early October before travelling to Glasgow to be displayed at the COP26 climate change conference.

 

Maths

We continue to learn about place value. This week we will be focusing on number lines, firstly to 100 (re-cap of Year 2 learning), and then to 1,000.

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Number line to 100: https://vimeo.com/454674857

Number line to 1000: https://vimeo.com/454675110

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We are currently doing lots of singing of the  4 times table. 

 

 

English

We continue to study ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare. (A stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader.)  This week we will be writing sentences about sea creatures and using conjunctions so that our sentences have more than 1 clause.

 

We will also be practising our joined handwriting, and the spelling focus for this week is to add the suffix ‘-ful’

 

Did you know that we can make an adjective by adding the suffix -ful to lots of root words?

thank + ful  = thankful

It means someone is full of thanks.

Look what happens to the word ‘full’ when it becomes a suffix:
full becomes -ful when it is a suffix.

 

 

 

Reading

Your child should be bringing home a reading book from school each day, and a new Reading Record booklet.    We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home.   Please can you record the reading they have done in their reading booklet.

 

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll re-cap the names of some bones and then find out what the functions of our skeletons are and learn about different types of skeletons like endoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons.

 

 R.E.

Our current unit is: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  We began by exploring the school grounds and looking for awe and wonder – we found plenty of flowers and mini-beasts to inspire us!  This week we will be covering the 7 days of the Christian Creation Story.

 

Art

We will be learning about the artist Paul Klee and will be drawing and painting fish in his style.  Last week we learnt how to draw a fish and this week we will be learning the skill of cross hatching.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ Last week we explored what we mean by living sustainably. This week we will begin to consider what our school does to help us live sustainably.

Week Commencing 13th September 2021

 

Maths

We will be learning about place value for the next few weeks. We will start by looking at different ways we can represent numbers to 100 and how we can partition them.  We will then progress to do this for numbers to 1000. 

 

Here are links to some White Rose videos.  We won’t be using these directly in class, but you may find them helpful for supporting your child at home.

 

Represent numbers to 100: https://vimeo.com/451808270

Hundreds: https://vimeo.com/452145744

Numbers to 1000: https://vimeo.com/452145986

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

In Year 3, we will continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  We will begin with the 4 times table this half term. 

 

 

English

We will begin to look at ‘Intriguing Animals’ by Ben Hoare.

It is a stunning book, with beautiful art work and lots of facts about different animals written to engage a young reader. We’ll mostly be focusing on the sea creatures to fit with our topic of ‘The Deep Blue’.

 

Alongside this, we will also be practising our handwriting, spellings and dictionary work.  (In future weeks, we will let you know which spelling patterns & tricky words we are focusing on).

 

 

Reading

During this week and next, we will hear your child read and make sure that they know which books to choose from the library.  We’ll begin a book to read with the class, and will talk about what we like to read.  We really appreciate your support hearing your child read daily at home. 

 

Spellings

Details to come about spellings next week.

 

 

Science

Our current Science unit is all about skeletons and muscles.  This week, we’ll find out what the children already know and will start to learn the names of some bones.

 

 R.E.

We will begin a new unit: ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  More details to come next week.

 

Art

We will be learning about the artist Paul Klee and will be drawing and painting fish in his style.  This week we will begin by learning how to draw a fish.

 

Geography

Our Geography work this half term is ‘How can we live more sustainably?’ We’ll being by exploring what we mean by living sustainably.

 

Week Commencing 6th September 2021

 

We hope your children have enjoyed their summer break and we are looking forward to welcoming them into Year 3!

 

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th are Non-Pupil Days

 

Children come back to school on Wednesday 8th

 

(Please bring in their PE kit to stay in school, and each day they should have a water bottle and a healthy snack for break times.)

 

During Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we will help your child to settle into Year 3, get to know them, begin our learning and have some fun!  Our normal timetable will begin the following week.

 

Each week, on the Year 3 Blog, we aim to provide a summary of what we will be learning during the week.  We hope this will help you to support your child at home and to be reassured when you ask them what they’ve done at school and they say ‘Nothing!

School Motto

Be The Best You Can Be

Mission Statement

'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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