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Year 3

 

Mr Jeoff Land -  Year 3 Teacher

Ms Michelle Fitzgerald - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

 

In addition to our full time staff, for Term 3 we are very pleased to have Mr George Fuller, as student teacher from UWE, working with us.

Welcome to the Year 3 web page.
This is the place to find out what is going on in Year 3, including:
- An overview for Literacy, Maths and Topic subjects
- Newsletters (termly)
- Home learning tasks (weekly) and projects (termly)
- Spellings (weekly)
- The class charter
We hope you find the information here useful.
If you have any questions about what we’re doing on Year 3 or if there is anything else you would find useful to have in the section, please come and chat to us.

Term Three

Literacy

In Literacy this term we will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and using it as a stimulus for writing (fiction and non-fiction), drama and other activities.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, follows the life of a china rabbit, Edward Tulane, a gift to the ten-year-old Abilene from her grandmother in the 1930s. Edward enjoys a comfortable but vain life until an unfortunate incident has life changing consequences …
The book explores themes involving loss and recovery, kindness and compassion and the journey of self-discovery. It has strong links with our PSHE topic for this term – Dreams and Goals.

 

Maths
In Maths, we will use our new place value knowledge (including hundreds) to help us to explore mental and written methods for solving multiplication and division problems.
We will be exploring and making sure we understand:
- Multiplying and dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers (including exchanges and remainders)
- How to use related facts (If I know that 4 x 3 = 12, I can use that to work out that 40 x 3 = 120 …)
- Written methods for multiplication and division
- Pounds and pence
- Adding and subtracting money (including working out change)
- Pictograms, bar charts and tables
Over the year we will be recapping on the 2x, 5x, 10x tables from Year 2 and learning the 3x, 4x and 8x tables. Any and all times-table (and their corresponding division facts) practice at home is hugely beneficial.

 

History:
Our main focus for this term is Romans in Britain and we will be considering the question: What was life like in Roman Britain?
We will be exploring: the Roman invasions, Boudicca’s rebellion, Roman beliefs and the legacy of the Roman occupation (What the Romans did for us!)

 

Science:
We will be investigating Forces and Magnets with a close look at different types of forces (pushes and pulls), the effects of friction and the purpose and properties of magnets.

 

RE:
As part of our focus on Hinduism, we will be have a close look at the importance of karma to Hindus and how the idea of actions and consequences relates to their daily lives.

 

Our Christian value this term is Peace.

 

Recommended Reading by Year 3

Year 3 have compiled a list of book recommendations from a selection that they had read and enjoyed during the half term break. Authors including David Walliams and Roald Dahl were firm favourites. Please click on link below for complete list.

Reading List Recommendations

Term One

Literacy

In Literacy this term we will be reading the Clive King classic, Stig of the Dump (a book linked to our history topic) and using it as a stimulus for writing (fiction and non-fiction) and drama activities.

First published in 1963, Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and remains a much-loved tale from my own childhood.

Maths

In Maths we will be looking at Place Value and introducing HUNDREDS to our learning.

We will be exploring and making sure we understand:

  • Representing numbers to 1000
  • Number lines to 1000
  • Partitioning (breaking numbers up in different ways)
  • Finding 1, 10, 100 more or less
  • Comparing and ordering numbers (3-digits)
  • Counting in 50s
  • Written methods for addition and subtraction

Over the year we will be recapping on the 2x, 5x, 10x tables from Year 2 and learning the 3x, 4x and 8x tables. Any and all times-table (and their corresponding division facts) practice at home is hugely beneficial.

History

Our main focus for this term is the Stone Age to Iron Age and we will be considering the question: What was life like in the Stone Age?

We will be exploring: cave paintings, homes, tools and weapons, food, other aspects of daily life and other key events.

Science:

The Brain

To begin the year we will be looking at the different parts of the brain and the job they have in our daily lives. From the pre-frontal cortex making decisions to the hippocampus storing our memories – we will explore the impact the brain has on our learning.

Rocks and Soil:

We will investigate and sort different types of rocks before exploring fossils and how soil is made.

 

Term Two

Literacy


In Literacy this term we will be reading Ice Palace by Robert Swindells (a book linked to winter) and using it as a stimulus for writing (fiction and non-fiction), drama and art (winter landscapes) activities.
Ice Palace, a short novel, is a quest story set in another time and place. Ivan, the main character goes in search of his brother taken by the mysterious ‘Starjik’. It is a moving story with strong themes such as family love and bravery.

 

Maths


In Maths, we will use our new place value knowledge (including hundreds) to help us to explore mental and written methods for solving addition and subtraction problems.
We will be exploring and making sure we understand:
- Adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100
- How to use known facts (If I know that 4 + 3 = 7, I can use that to work out that 40 + 30 = 70 …)
- Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers (with and without exchanging)
- Written methods for addition and subtraction
- How to estimate and check answers