I hope that you all have had a great summer. I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children. Below is an overview of learning and development for Year 3. Please feel free to speak to me if you have any questions or queries.

Mathematics

There will be a strong focus on number and place value in term 1 in order to build competency. The children will have the opportunity to use concrete objects, manipulatives and pictorial representations to help them understand what they are doing and to support them as they reason and solve problems.

Here is an overview of learning outcomes for the term. 

• Read and write numbers to 1000 in figures and words.

• Count on and back in 1s, 10s or 100s from any two- or three-digit number.

• Count on and back in multiples of 4 or 8 from 0.

• Describe and extend number sequences involving counting on or back in different steps.

• Order a set of random numbers to 1000.

• Recall addition and subtraction facts for each number up to 20.

• Recall pairs of multiples of 100 that make 1000.

• Recall multiplication facts for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables and derive associated division facts.

• Double any number up to 50.

• Halve any even two-digit number up to 100. Starter suggestions for Measurement, Geometry and Statistics

• Identify and describe 2-D shapes, considering sides, corners and symmetry.

• Identify and describe 3-D shapes, considering faces, edges and vertices.

• Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.

• Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.

• Describe position, direction and movement.

• Recognise quarter, half, three-quarter and full turns, including clockwise and anti-clockwise.

• Interpret and answer questions based on simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.

English

The first few weeks begin with a focus on informative writing which will be linked to the focus of our theme: Animals, including humans (see below). Children will explore this genre through guided discussion, independent analysis and informative story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary, and internalise the pattern of language required. Initial work in this topic will include the children writing in sections following teacher modelling and shared writing in order to complete an informative fact file on the child’s chosen animal. The children will then apply their skills to write independently. Editing, improving and re-drafting written work will form an essential part of the writing process and the progress and attainment of your child.

As the term progresses, your child will be creating their own adventure story, taking inspiration from a traditional tale called Charlotte’s web, which we are already enjoying as a class.

As part of the English Curriculum there is a huge emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is very important as these skills feed into the children’s reading and particularly their writing. They will have daily ‘SPAG’ sessions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and some of their homework will be linked to various aspects of this area of the English Curriculum.

Science

This term the children will study ‘Animals including humans’. For example, the children will plan enquiries, control variables, collect and record results.  Pupils will draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings. We will explore what different animals eat, how much they need to survive and the correct nutrients they need to be healthy. The children will also describe a healthy plate and what it includes, and also the functions of the skeleton and muscles in the body.

An interactive display and table will motivate and encourage children’s independence. Equipment includes a constructible skeleton with all of the different parts of the human body. There is also a range of food items to be distributed onto food plates to create a balanced nutritional meal. I have set challenges which will enable children to solve problems, thinking scientifically and trying out ideas with independence. 

Theme

Our theme this term is ‘Italy’. The children will study aspects of physical geography including climate zones and volcanoes. They will also investigate aspects of human geography including types of settlements and land use, the environment and the distribution of natural resources. Children will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of different cultures, and compare this to theirs. We shall also incorporate some artwork; children will create their own artwork with the influence of Armedio Modigliani who focuses on elongating faces in paintings. We will enjoy food tasting and make links with other subjects such as maths and English. For example, the children will practise their mathematical skills by ratio in the context of cooking and recipes.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Tuesday afternoons. Pupils will be taught to:

• Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.

• Play competitive games.

• Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

• Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.

• Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

• Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. The children will therefore need trainers in their lockers every day. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you!

RE

We will be looking at the beliefs and practices that underpin Christianity. This term we will be looking at Christianity, thinking about what Christians learn from the Creation story. It is important that children gain an understanding of a variety of religions that they may encounter in their lives.

Homework

Spellings

Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back for a class discussion on Monday.

Reading

Fluency in reading, coupled with developing comprehension, plays a vital role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day.  Children should be reading for at least fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week.

Friday Homework will be set each Friday, to be completed by Monday.