Year 3

Class Page for Year 3

Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3

On this page you can find out what we are learning about this term and use the helpful links to continue learning at home. 

If parents or carers need to contact either of the Year 3 class teachers, please use our school emails in the first instance:

hemming.e@welearn365.com or davies.j@welearn365.com.

We will get back to you as soon as possible (but if the matter needs urgent attention it should be addressed to the school office instead).

WELL DONE to everyone for making such a fantastic effort with your topic homework. We have been so impressed with the variety of volcano models, PowerPoints, fossils and poems.  The volcano cakes were delicious too!

Thank you Year 3 for working so hard.

 

Maths

Number 

This half term within their number work the children will be focusing on addition and subtraction. They will be learning to use written methods such as the column method to add 3 digit numbers and multiple numbers, and will then extend their thinking by applying these methods when problem solving. They will also look at adding and subtracting mentally using strategies such as partitioning to help them.

New this term: We will be introducing the 6x table as well as revising the tables the children have previously learnt.

Shape,Space,Measure

This half term the children will be learning about money.  They will look at the value of each coin and note and understand what these values represent. They will learn to convert between pounds and pence, grouping 100 pennies into pounds when counting.  They will apply their place value knowledge and use number bonds to 100.

Building on their adding and subtraction skills, they will also add two amounts of money and use various methods to subtract money / give change.  So, this term would be a great time for the children to empty their piggy banks and calculate how much is inside!

After this unit the children will be moving on to statistics.  They will learn how to interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables; solve one-step and two-step questions (e.g. How many more? How many fewer?) using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictogram tables.

A number of fun games to learn about money can be found here >>>

Create your own bar charts >>>

English

Our English units this half term will be recounts and reports, where the children will be learning aboout newspaper articles and non-chronological reports. The children will learn to draw together ideas and information from a range of texts and explore the organsiational features used. They will then plan their own non-chronological report based on a topic of their choice. Later in the term, the children will explore different types of poetry such as limericks, shape poems, riddles and Haiku, using this as a basis to create their own poem. 

Spelling, grammar and punctuation: The children will be practising year 3 spellings as well as any year 2 spellings they are finding challenging.  Please do continue to use the bookmarks sent home last term to help your child secure the spellings they are unsure of. 

Some of the other areas we will be covering are:

- expanded noun phrases
- conjunctions – extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions including: when, if, because, although.
- how to use commas in a list
- when to use determiners ‘a’ and ‘an’
- apostrophes – possession

During guided reading group time and comprehension lessons the children will be continue to develop intonation and fluency, predict what might happen next and explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text.  The children will also learn to:
- give/explain the meaning of words in context
- retrieve and record information/identify key details from fiction and non-fiction.
- summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph.

Computing

During our ‘We are presenters’ unit the children will learn to complete a short video related to our topic on volcanoes. It will involve different skills using i-movie including children narrating. In groups the children will be required to use technology safely and responsibly to collect, analyse, evaluate and present their information.

RE

In R.E. our topic ‘Gospel’ will give the children the opportunity to question what kind of world Jesus wanted. We will begin with the story of the calling of the first disciples (Matthew 4) and explore how Christians today try to put his teaching and example into practice.  The children will be given time to think about the links between the story of the Good Samaritan and the idea of the Gospel as good news. 

Our Collective Worship committee members are Chloe and Noah.

Geography

In Geography the children will be learning all about volcanoes and what they are. They will also look where they are in the world and will study a region in Iceland.

Find out more about volcanoes here >>>

Science

In this half term’s Science unit the children will be learning all about different rocks and soils. We will be comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

The children will go on to describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock and will recreate their very own fossils using their art skills.

Useful websites:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/earth/inside-the-earth/rocks/

http://www.geography4kids.com/files/earth_rocktypes.html

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