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Year 3

Welcome to our Year 3 Blog! 

We will be updating our Blog fortnightly, with information about the children's upcoming learning.

 

 

Weeks Commencing  15th and 22nd April

Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed time with your families over the Easter break.

Remember that Monday 15th April is a Non Pupil Day.

Children start back at school on Tuesday 16th April

Maths

We continue to learn about mass and capacity.

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

Measure Capacity: https://vimeo.com/774866911?scrlybrkr=57689d61

Equivalent Capacities: https://vimeo.com/774867062

Compare Capacity and Volume: vimeo.com/774867222

Add and Subtract Capacity and Volume: https://vimeo.com/774867409

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 8 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We are writing our own version of Blue John by Berlie Doherty. 

Our key grammar learning will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Use adverbs.
  • Use similes to develop settings and emotions.
  • Make appropriate verb choices and use correct verb tense.

 

 

Spellings 

We are using a new spelling programme in Year 3 to motivate and support children with learning their spellings.  Your child should have brought home their log in details. 

spellingframe.co.uk

W/C 15th April

We are learning the spelling pattern: ‘_ture’

For example: Adventure, capture, nature, picture, furniture, capture

 

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Strange, strength, suppose, surprise, therefore, though

 

W/C 22nd April

We are learning the spelling pattern  ‘-ation’

For example: sensation, preparation, admiration, reservation, alteration, observation

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Thought, through, various, weight, women, woman

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions take place as a carousel with reading activities and small guided groups with the class teacher.

We will be reading:

Out for the Count by Anne Fine

In Your Dreams from the collection Short Too!  by Kevin Crossley-Holland

 

 

Science

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

 Describe that light is needed in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.

 

Explain that light is reflected from surfaces.

 

Explain that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.

 

Explain that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object.

 

Describe patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

 

Geography

We are finding out about our local area.  We will be using photos, maps and Google -Earth.   We will look for both human and physical geographical changes in land use.  This will start with an exploration of our school grounds and then we will go on a walk around our local area.

 

 R.E.

We continue to follow the Devon Agreed R.E. syllabus.  This half term we will be covering the Unit ‘What kind of World did Jesus want?’ We will learn about the stories of Jesus and The Disciples.  We will consider what we would want our world to look like today.

 

Design and Technology

We will be planning and making a Seasonal Tart.  We will consider hygiene and safety.  We will explore food miles and using seasonal fruit and vegetables.  We learn about a young entrepreneur chef and will evaluate our fruit tarts after we have enjoyed eating them!

 

 

Weeks Commencing  18th and 25th March

Congratulations to all of Year 3 for a fabulous assembly last week!

Maths

We have finished our learning about fractions for now, and are now focusing on maths and capacity.

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

Use scales: https://vimeo.com/774864912

Measuring mass in Kg and g : https://vimeo.com/774865421

Add and subtract mass: https://vimeo.com/774866187

Measure capacity in litres and millilitres: https://vimeo.com/774866911

Compare capacity and volume: https://vimeo.com/774867222

Add and subtract capacity and volume: https://vimeo.com/774867409

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 8 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We are writing our own version of Grendel: A Cautionary Tale about Chocolate. 

Our key grammar learning will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Speech punctuation
  • Prepositional phrases

 

Spellings 

W/C 18th March

We are learning the spelling pattern:   ‘-ly’

We can just add ‘ly’ to some words to make them adjectives.

For example sad + ly = sadly; usual -> usually.

 

Adding the suffix -ly, turns an adjective into an adverb. 

If the word ends with 'y', the 'y' becomes an 'i', and then add -ly. 

If the word ends with 'le', drop the 'le' and add -ly.

 

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Promise, purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular

 

W/C 25th March

We are learning the spelling pattern  ‘-ture’

adventure picture capture temperature furniture future creature nature mixture

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Reign, remember, sentence, separate, special, straight

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will take place as a whole class and will be based around  The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by S J King.

 

Science

We will be learning about Animals and Humans (Food and Nutrition). These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

 To know that food contains a range of different nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars, water and fibre and that a piece of food will often provide a range of nutrients.

To know that different amounts of nutrients are needed to stay healthy and that different animals need different types of diet.

We will also consider how athletes have different nutritional needs, using  Serena Williams as an example.

 

History

We continue our learning of Pre-Historic times, moving forward from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. We will be exploring the Bronze Age.  We will find out what life was like in Britain during the Bronze Age by answering questions such as: When was the Bronze Age?  How do we know what happened all those years ago? Why did the Stone Age end? What is the secret of the standing stones?  Why was the Amesbury Archer so important?

 

 R.E.

We continue to follow the Devon Agreed R.E. syllabus.  This half term we will be covering the Unit ‘People of God’ and exploring how Christians choose to live their lives and participate in their church communities.

 

Art

We will be learning about Geometry in Art and shading techniques, before we then build up a 3D sculpture from a drawing.

 

 

Weeks Commencing  4th and 11th March

During the week beginning 4th March, we will be using NFER papers to check in with the children’s learning in maths and reading.  This helps us to identify gaps in the children’s learning and plan our lessons accordingly during the second half of Year 3.

We will do these in the mornings, they are quite informal and the children often enjoy completing them.  Our afternoon lesson will remain as normal.

Wednesday 6th March We will be spending the day watching video clips and making Stone Age to Iron Age linked craft following a workshop provided by ‘History off the Page’.   Children can come to school in non uniform as the craft may be a little messy.

Maths

We continue our learning about fractions

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

Fractions and scales https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions on a number line https://vimeo.com/772429367

Equivalent Fractions on a number line   https://vimeo.com/772429568

Equivalent Fractions as bar models  https://vimeo.com/772429655

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 4 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We are writing our own version of Grendel: A Cautionary Tale about Chocolate. 

Our key grammar learning will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Speech punctuation
  • Prepositional phrases

 

Spellings 

We will be consolidating our spelling learning from the last fortnight:

Spellings  W/C 19th February

The tricky words to learn this week are:

ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position

Our spelling pattern this week is:  Adding the prefixes dis- and in-

 

Spellings  W/C 26th February

The tricky words to learn this week are:

possess, position, possible, potatoes, possession, possible

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is: Adding im- to root words beginning with m or p

 

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will take place as a whole class and will be based around  The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by S J King.

 

Science

We will be learning about Animals and Humans (Food and Nutrition). These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

 To know that food contains a range of different nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars, water and fibre and that a piece of food will often provide a range of nutrients.

To know that different amounts of nutrients are needed to stay healthy and that different animals need different types of diet.

We will also consider how athletes have different nutritional needs, using  Serena Williams as an example.

 

History

We continue our learning of Pre-Historic times, moving forward from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. We will be exploring the Bronze Age.  We will find out what life was like in Britain during the Bronze Age by answering questions such as: When was the Bronze Age?  How do we know what happened all those years ago? Why did the Stone Age end? What is the secret of the standing stones?  Why was the Amesbury Archer so important?

 

 R.E.

We continue to follow the Devon Agreed R.E. syllabus.  This half term we will be covering the Unit ‘People of God’ and exploring how Christians choose to live their lives and participate in their church communities.

 

Art

We will be learning about Geometry in Art and shading techniques, before we then build up a 3D sculpture from a drawing.

 

 

 

 

Weeks Commencing  19th and 26th February 2024

Maths

We will be learning about fractions

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

Understand the denominators of unit fractions  https://vimeo.com/772428568

Compare and order unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772428693

Understand the numerators of unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772428818

Understand the whole https://vimeo.com/772428932

Compare and order non unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions and scales https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions on a number line https://vimeo.com/772429367

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 4 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We will be using ‘Grendel: A cautionary tale about chocolate’ by David Lucas, as the key text for our learning.   We will begin by familiarising ourselves with the book.

Our key grammar learning will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Speech punctuation
  • Prepositional phrases

 

Spellings 

Spellings  W/C 19th February

The tricky words to learn this week are:

ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position

Our spelling pattern this week is:  Adding the prefixes dis- and in-

 

Spellings  W/C 26th February

The tricky words to learn this week are:

possess, position, possible, potatoes, possession, possible

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is: Adding im- to root words beginning with m or p

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will take place as a whole class and will be based around  The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by S J King.

 

Science

We will be learning about Animals and Humans (Food and Nutrition). These are the key things we will be learning about over the next few weeks:

 To know that food contains a range of different nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars, water and fibre and that a piece of food will often provide a range of nutrients.

To know that different amounts of nutrients are needed to stay healthy and that different animals need different types of diet.

We will also consider how athletes have different nutritional needs, using  Serena Williams as an example.

 

History

We continue our learning of Pre-Historic times, moving forward from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. We will be exploring the Bronze Age.  We will find out what life was like in Britain during the Bronze Age by answering questions such as: When was the Bronze Age?  How do we know what happened all those years ago? Why did the Stone Age end? What is the secret of the standing stones?  Why was the Amesbury Archer so important?

 

 R.E.

We continue to follow the Devon Agreed R.E. syllabus.  This half term we will be covering the Unit ‘People of God’ and exploring how Christians choose to live their lives and participate in their church communities.

 

Art

We will be learning about Geometry in Art and shading techniques, before we then build up a 3D sculpture from a drawing.

 

Weeks Commencing  29th January and 5th February 2024

Maths

We will be learning about length and perimeter.

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

Measure in m and cm  https://vimeo.com/772154057

Measure in mm https://vimeo.com/772154331

Equivalent lengths (m and cm)  https://vimeo.com/772155253

Equivalent lengths (cm and mm)  https://vimeo.com/772155680

Add lengths https://vimeo.com/772156522

Subtract lengths https://vimeo.com/772157075

Perimeter https://vimeo.com/772157895

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 4 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We have familiarised ourselves with the book ‘Rainforest Rough Guide’ by Paul Mason.

Our key learning over the next few weeks will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Apostrophes for contraction.
  • Apostrophes for possession.
  • Prepositions to express time, place and cause.

During this fortnight, we will be applying these skills when writing a diary entry, letter and fact file.

 

Spellings 

We are currently taking time to practise the Year 3 & 4 tricky words we have learnt so far during Year 3.   The full list of these words can be found here:  tricky-Y3-words.doc

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will be based around a poem called ‘The Penguin in Lost Property’ and a non-fiction book about teeth.

 

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.

 

Geography

We will be following the Unit ‘Why are Jungles so wet and Deserts so dry?’  We have looked  at the difference between weather and climate and how the weather and climate are different in the Scottish Highlands compared to Devon.  We are now looking at rainforest and desert biomes.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: What do Christians learn from the creation story?  Having learnt about the Christian creation story, and the story of Adam and Eve, we now learn about the Prodigal son.

Weeks Commencing  15th and 22nd January 2024

Maths

We continue our unit of learning about multiplication and division. We will be focusing on dividing a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. 

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

https://vimeo.com/772127637

https://vimeo.com/772117900

https://vimeo.com/772128909

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of 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 learning our 4 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

English

We have familiarised ourselves with the book ‘Rainforest Rough Guide’ by Paul Mason.

Our key learning over the next few weeks will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Apostrophes for contraction.
  • Apostrophes for possession.
  • Prepositions to express time, place and cause.

During this fortnight, we will explore prepositions before planning our own page in the style of the Rainforest Rough Guide.

 

Spellings  W/C 15th January

The tricky words to learn this week are:

Length

Library

Material

Mention

Minute

Natural

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

 

Spellings  W/C Jan22nd January

The tricky words to learn this week are:

Naughty,  notice,  occasion,  occasionally, often, opposite

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is adding the prefix ‘-dis’   and ‘-in’

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will be based around a poem called ‘The Penguin in Lost Property’ and a non-fiction book about teeth.

 

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.

 

Geography

We will be following the Unit ‘Why are Jungles so wet and Deserts so dry?’  We have looked  at the difference between weather and climate.  This week, we learn about how the weather and climate are different in the Scottish Highlands compared to Devon.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: What do Christians learn from the creation story?  Having learnt about the Christian creation story, we will be learning about the story of Adam and Eve.

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be focusing on sewing.  We will begin by practising our running stitch which we learnt in Year 2.  We’ll then learn cross stitch, before designing and making a small cushion.

 

 

 

Weeks Commencing  4th and 8th January 2024

Thursday 8th January: Back to School!

We hope you’ve all enjoyed the break and wish you a Happy New Year.

 

Maths

We will be learning how division facts can be understood from multiplication facts and how we can build on these facts to multiply and divide larger numbers.   These video links will show you more

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

Related facts  https://vimeo.com/486330232

 

English

We will familiarise ourselves with the book ‘Rainforest Rough Guide’ by Paul Mason.

Our key learning over the next few weeks will be focused on using the following skills:

  • Apostrophes for contraction.
  • Apostrophes for possession.
  • Prepositions to express time, place and cause.

 

 

Spellings

 

The tricky words to learn this week are:

important
increase
interest
island
knowledge
learn

Our spelling pattern this week is adding the suffix ‘ment’:

 

 

 

Reading

This half term our Guided Reading sessions will be based around a poem called ‘The Penguin in Lost Property’ and a non-fiction book about teeth.

 

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.

 

Geography

We will be following the Unit ‘Why are Jungles so wet and Deserts so dry?’  We will begin by looking at the difference between weather and climate.

 

 R.E.

Our big question for this half term is: What do Christians learn from the creation story?  This week we will be looking at the creation story and how this shows Christians about God.

 

Design and Technology

This half term we will be focusing on sewing.  We will begin by practising our running stitch which we learnt in Year 2.  We’ll then learn cross stitch, before designing and making a small cushion.

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing  11th December

 

Maths

We continue our unit of learning about multiplication and division. 

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

Multiply by 8  https://vimeo.com/732395579

Divide by 8  https://vimeo.com/732395660

8 X table  https://vimeo.com/732395710

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of 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 learning our 3 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

 

English

We are reading ‘How Dogs Really Work’ by Alan Snow.  There are many other books in this series if your child is enjoying it, you could borrow them from Exeter library.

During this unit, the grammar skills we are focusing on include:

  • Use of heading and sub-headings
  • Extending sentences using conjunctions
  • Using adverbs
  • Using pronouns to avoid repetition

This week we will finish writing up our own version of the text from this book.

 

 

Spellings

Week beginning 11th December

 

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

 

guide   heard   heart   height   history   imagine

 

Our spelling pattern is adding the suffix ‘ -ment’

 

root word (verb)

root word + suffix -ment

measure

measurement 

replace

replacement  

treat

treatment

judge

judgement

punish

punishment 

move

movement

 

 

 

 

Reading

This half term, we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  We will all read it together and focus on comprehension skills and development of vocabulary understanding.

 

 Science

We are learning about rocks and fossils.  We have learnt how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock have been made. We have carried out comparative tests for hardness and absorbency to compare the 3 rock types.  We have learnt about Mary Anning and how fossils are made. Finally, we are learning about what soil is made up of.

 

 R.E.

We are learning about Judaism.   We have learnt about Yom Kippur and the story of Moses. We’ve learnt about the festival of Passover and the 10 commandments. This week we are learning about prayer in Judaism.

Art

Our Art links with our Stone Age learning in History.  We are learning about the style of prehistoric man-made art.  We will experiment with using the pigments in natural products to make different colours and then with using different brush strokes.  We have scaled up our drawings and are now creating a cave painting on a textured surface. Our last lesson will be a collaborative cave painting.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  We are learning about how archaeologists use artefacts to understand life in Stone Age Britain and what life was like in the Stone Age.

 

 

 

Weeks Commencing 27th November and 4th December

 

Maths

We continue our unit of learning about multiplication and division. 

 

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

 

 

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/732395477

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

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of 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 learning our 3 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

 

English

We are reading ‘How Dogs Really Work’ by Alan Snow.  There are many other books in this series if your child is enjoying it, you could borrow them from Exeter library.

During this unit, the grammar skills we are focusing on include:

  • Use of heading and sub-headings
  • Extending sentences using conjunctions
  • Using adverbs
  • Using pronouns to avoid repetition

 

 

Spellings

Week beginning 27th November

 

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

experience    experiment     extreme     famous    favourite February

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is:     Adding 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

cheer  cheerful  

wonder  wonderful

joy  joyful  

peace  peaceful

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

 

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

 

Oh, I almost forgot to give you a little tip about the word ‘beauty’. We have to swap the y to i when adding the suffix -ful.

beauty  beautiful

 

 

Week beginning 4th December

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

forward     forwards    fruit    grammar    group   guard

 

Our spelling pattern is Adding 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.

 

 

 

Reading

This half term, we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  We will all read it together and focus on comprehension skills and development of vocabulary understanding.

 

 Science

We are learning about rocks and fossils.  We have learnt how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock have been made. We have carried out comparative tests for hardness and absorbency to compare the 3 rock types.  We are now learning about Mary Anning and how fossils are made.

 

 R.E.

We are learning about Judaism.   We will learn about Yom Kippur and then the story of Moses. We are now learning about the festival of Passover and the 10 commandments.

Art

Our Art links with our Stone Age learning in History.  We are learning about the style of prehistoric man-made art.  We will experiment with using the pigments in natural products to make different colours and then with using different brush strokes.  We have scaled up our drawings and are now creating a cave painting on a textured surface.

 

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  We will learn about how archaeologists use artefacts to understand life in Stone Age Britain and what life was like in the Stone Age.

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks Commencing 13th and 20th November 2023

Monday 20th November – Hedgehogs and Moles on school trip to Kents Cavern.

During the week commencing 20th November we will be assessing the children’s learning alongside our curriculum teaching.

 

Maths

We will begin a unit of learning about multiplication and division. 

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

ultiplication – equal groups: https://vimeo.com/732395145

Use Arrays: https://vimeo.com/732395183

Multiples of 2: https://vimeo.com/732395224

Multiples of 5 and 10: https://vimeo.com/732395261

Sharing and Grouping: https://vimeo.com/732395301

 

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of 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 learning our 3 times table by rote.

 

English

We will finish writing our own story based on the ‘The Beasties’ by Jenny Nimmo.  We will be trying to include the grammar skills we’ve learnt, including:

Punctuating direct speech using inverted commas (speech marks).  

Using subordinating conjunctions to extend our sentences.

Organising our writing in paragraphs.

 

Spellings

Week beginning 13th November

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

continue   describe   decide   different   difficult disappear

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is:     Words ending in -el

 

travel             cancel     

vowel             camel  

tunnel            towel 

jewel              label    

 

 

Week beginning 20th November

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

early   earth   eight   eighth  enough  exercise

 

Our spelling pattern is Words ending in -al

capital      animal     crystal      magical    

tropical      festival   sandal  

 

Reading

This half term, we are reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  We will all read it together and focus on comprehension skills and development of vocabulary understanding.

 

 Science

We are learning about rocks and fossils.  We are learning about how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock have been made. We will carry out tests for hardness and porosity to compare the 3 rock types.

 

 R.E.

We are learning about Judaism.   We will learn about Yom Kippur and then the story of Moses.

Art

Our Art links with our Stone Age learning in History.  We are learning about the style of prehistoric man-made art.  We will experiment with using the pigments in natural products to make different colours and then with using different brush strokes.

History

Our History for this half term is all about the Stone Age.  We will learn about how archaeologists use artefacts to understand life in Stone Age Britain and what life was like in the Stone Age.

 

 

 

 

Weeks Commencing 30th October and 6th November 2023

Maths

We will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills.  Before half term, we were learning how to add and subtract using the column method with no exchanges.

Now,  will develop this further by learning how to exchange and cross the tens and hundreds boundaries.

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 crossing the tens boundary. https://vimeo.com/731050814

Add crossing the hundreds boundary: https://vimeo.com/731052104

Subtract crossing the tens boundary: https://vimeo.com/731052793

Subtract crossing the hundreds boundary: https://vimeo.com/731053730

 

We will then learn about how to estimate our answers and to check them using the inverse operation.

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of 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.  This half term we will be focusing on the 3 X tables.

 

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.

 

The grammar skills we will be learning include:

Punctuating direct speech using inverted commas (speech marks).  

Using subordinating conjunctions to extend our sentences.

Organising our writing in paragraphs.

 

Spelling

Weeks commencing Tue 31st October and Mon 6th November 2023

Our focus words from  the Year3 & 4 Statutory Spelling list will be:

centre  century  certain  consider   circle   complete

 

The spelling pattern will be ‘Words ending in -le’

For example, simple, middle, apple, triangle, rectangle

 

Reading

This half term, we will be reading ‘Cave Challenge’ by Bear Grylls.  We will all read it together and focus on comprehension skills and development of vocabulary understanding.

 

 Science

We will be learning about rocks and fossils this half term.  We will be carefully observing some igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock samples using the magnifying lenses.  Then we will find out how these 3 rock types were made.

 

 R.E.

This half term we will be learning about Judaism. Our first lesson will be focused on the Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah.  Then we will learn about Yom Kippur.

Art

Our Art links with our Stone Age learning in History.  We wil be learning about the style of prehistoric man-made art.  This week we will use charcoal pencils to draw animals in the prehistoric style.  Then we will take one of these drawings and scale it up to make an A4 size charcoal animal drawing.   

 

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 correct.  For example, cartoon pictures may combine Stone Age people and dinosaurs, but dinosaurs died out 60 million years before the stone age!  We will then learn how archaeologists have found out about the Stone Age period.

 

 

 

20.10.23


We have been busy getting our new website up and running and are now ready to begin sharing your child’s learning with you. 

Here is a summary of the learning we have been focusing on during the first half term: 

English - We used the book ‘Intriguing Animals’ as a starting point for writing our own animal information pages. We learnt how to structure our writing using headings, sub-headings and paragraphs.  We have used our writing for our Design & Technology booklet and this will be coming home at the beginning of the half term holiday.

To finish off our English this half term, we are writing poetry!  Our focus is on choice of vocabulary, particularly adjectives. We are also using prepositions.  Look out for the finished poem which will be coming home soon!

After half term, our Blog will also tell you which spelling patterns and the 6 tricky spelling words we are focusing on each week.

Maths – Our first maths unit was about place value and recognising the relationship between ones, tens and hundreds.   We are now learning about addition and subtraction.  After half term, we will include the White Rose video links to show you the exact focus of the children’s learning each week.  The videos are not used in school, but are great for showing you how we teach the skills, and for using with your child to consolidate their understanding.

We have also been making sure that children can use Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) as this is a key programme we use to support the children with their rapid re-call of times table facts.  

Topic – In science, we have been learning about skeletons, muscles and joints. In Geography, we have been learning all about sustainability. We have looked at how we can make sustainable choices at home and at school, such as re-cycling, using re-usable bags, walking and cycling when we can and turning the lights off. We’ve looked at the different ways that electricity can be made and identified which methods are sustainable for the environment.  In RE, we have been focusing on Islam, learning about the 5 pillars of Islam.

Year 3 Home Learing

 

Year 3 children should be reading at home on a daily basis for 15 minutes.  The children have a home/school reading record which also contains helpful information about the spellings they will be learning during Year 3.

When you read with your child, please fill in their home reading record to say what they have been reading and provide a comment/reflection on their reading.  Teachers collect these in each week.

Times Tables

In maths, Times Table Rock Stars should be accessed - the recommended time is 21 minutes over each week.  https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school

Times tables play a key part in every day maths and it is really important that in Year 3 your child is becoming more confident using their time tables recall facts.

Times Table Rockstars logins have been given to your child so they will have them ready to go.

The link to the website can be found here: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

If your child has forgotten their password and username, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Also, the Numbots programme is great for helping them to develop their mental maths skills in adding and subtracting, building on their knowledge of number bonds.  Children use the same log in as they do for Times Table Rockstars. https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/8732

 

 

Spellings

We are using a new spelling programme in Year 3 to motivate and support children with learning their spellings.  Your child should have brought home their log in details. 

spellingframe.co.uk

W/C 15th April

We are learning the spelling pattern: ‘_ture’

For example: Adventure, capture, nature, picture, furniture, capture

 

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Strange, strength, suppose, surprise, therefore, though

 

W/C 22nd April

We are learning the spelling pattern  ‘-ation’

For example: sensation, preparation, admiration, reservation, alteration, observation

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Thought, through, various, weight, women, woman

 

Eager for More?

In DT we are planning and making a Seasonal Tart.  Why not extend your cookery skills at home?  Consider using seasonal and local produce to reduce ‘Food Miles’.   Send in your photos!

In Science we are learning about Light.  You could make some shadow puppets to tell a story.  Send us in a video of your shadow puppet successes!

In Geography we are learning about changes of land use over time in our local area.  With the improving weather, this is a good opportunity for plenty of walks and photographs to show what changes in physical or human geography you notice on your travels.

 

 

Weeks Beginning 18th and 25th March 2024

 

Year 3 Home Learning

 

Maths

We are learning about mass and capacity.

 

These video links will show you what we are learning:

 

Use scales: https://vimeo.com/774864912

Measuring mass in Kg and g : https://vimeo.com/774865421

Add and subtract mass: https://vimeo.com/774866187

Measure capacity in litres and millilitres: https://vimeo.com/774866911

Compare capacity and volume: https://vimeo.com/774867222

Add and subtract capacity and volume: https://vimeo.com/774867409

 

Times Tables

Times tables play a key part in every day maths and it is really important that in Year 3 your child is becoming more confident using their time tables recall facts.

Please ensure that your child is regularly spending time practising (just 5 minutes every day) their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

Times Table Rockstars logins have been given to your child so they will have them ready to go.

The link to the website can be found here: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

If your child has forgotten their password and username, please contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Also, the Numbots programme is great for helping them to develop their mental maths skills in adding and subtracting, building on their knowledge of number bonds.  Children use the same log in as they do for Times Table Rockstars. https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/8732

 

Reading

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

 

Spellings

W/C 18th March

We are learning the spelling pattern:   ‘-ly’

We can just add ‘ly’ to some words to make them adjectives.

For example sad + ly = sadly; usual -> usually.

 

Adding the suffix -ly, turns an adjective into an adverb. 

If the word ends with 'y', the 'y' becomes an 'i', and then add -ly. 

If the word ends with 'le', drop the 'le' and add -ly.

 

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Promise, purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular

 

W/C 25th March

We are learning the spelling pattern  ‘-ture’

adventure picture capture temperature furniture future creature nature mixture

Our tricky words to learn this week are:

Reign, remember, sentence, separate, special, straight

 

Eager for More?

 

In Art we are learning how to shade and then how to use this to draw 3D objects.  You could practise by trying this technique with some of your favourite toys.

 

In Science we are learning about food and nutrition.  Why not help the adults to prepare some tasty meals at the weekend?

 

In History we are learning about the Iron Age.  Why not visit Exeter library to borrow some books about the Iron Age.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths  W/C  4th and 11th February 

In lesson , we continue our learning about fractions

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

Fractions and scales https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions on a number line https://vimeo.com/772429367

Equivalent Fractions on a number line   https://vimeo.com/772429568

Equivalent Fractions as bar models  https://vimeo.com/772429655

By the end of Year 2, children are expected to have fluent recall of their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, we continue to practise these, and will learn our 3, 4- and 8-times tables.  We are currently focusing on  our 4 times table by rote. We practise this 4 times a week.

 

Spellings 

We will be consolidating our spelling learning from the last fortnight:

Year 3 & 4 Statutory Spelling List

ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position

Adding the prefixes dis- and in-

possess, position, possible, potatoes, possession, possible

Adding im- to root words beginning with m or p

 

 

 

W/C  19th and 26th February

Maths

We are learning about fractions.

 

These video links will show you what we are learning:

 

Understand the denominators of unit fractions  https://vimeo.com/772428568

Compare and order unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772428693

Understand the numerators of unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772428818

Understand the whole https://vimeo.com/772428932

Compare and order non unit fractions https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions and scales https://vimeo.com/772429079

Fractions on a number line https://vimeo.com/772429367

 

Times Tables

Times tables play a key part in every day maths and it is really important that in Year 3 your child is becoming more confident using their time tables recall facts.

Please ensure that your child is regularly spending time practising (just 5 minutes every day) their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

Times Table Rockstars logins have been given to your child so they will have them ready to go.

The link to the website can be found here: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

If your child has forgotten their password and username, please contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Also, the Numbots programme is great for helping them to develop their mental maths skills in adding and subtracting, building on their knowledge of number bonds.  Children use the same log in as they do for Times Table Rockstars. https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/8732

 

Reading

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

 

Spellings

Year 3 & 4 Statutory Spelling List

During W/C 4th February, we are consolidating these tricky spellings and spelling patterns: 

 

ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position

Our spelling pattern this week is:  Adding the prefixes dis- and in-

 

possess, position, possible, potatoes, possession, possible

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is: Adding im- to root words beginning with m or p

 

 

 

Weeks beginning 4th and 8th January

The tricky words to learn this week are:

 important  increase  interest  island  knowledge  learn

 

Our spelling pattern this week is words ending in ‘tion’

attention

action

section

station

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 11th December

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

 

guide   heard   heart   height   history   imagine

 

Our spelling pattern is adding the suffix ‘ -ment’

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 27th November

 

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

experience    experiment     extreme     famous    favourite February

 

Our spelling pattern for this week is:     Adding the suffix ' -ful'

 

 

 

Week beginning 4th December

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

forward     forwards    fruit    grammar    group   guard

 

Our spelling pattern for this week isthe suffix ' -less'  

 

 

Week beginning 20th November

The tricky words from our Year 3&4 Spelling list this week are:

 

early   earth   eight   eighth  enough  exercise

 

Our spelling pattern is Words ending in -al

capital      animal     crystal      magical    

tropical      festival   sandal  

 

Weeks commencing Tue 31st October and Mon 6th November 2023

Our focus words from  the Year3 & 4 Statutory Spelling list will be:

centre  century  certain  consider   circle   complete

 

The spelling pattern will be ‘Words ending in -le’

For example, simple, middle, apple, triangle, rectangle