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Year 3

Our fantastic Year 3 topics cover new and diverse topics that some of us have lots of prior knowledge on!

The children begin the school year looking at all things ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. Next, comes a ‘Rocks Relics and Rumbles’ topic with a ton of investigation and enquiry. We will look back over history and culture later in the year with our topics ‘Tribal Tales’ and ‘Urban Pioneers’. Finally, exploring all things God and Mortal, children will enhance their subject knowledge and build upon their historical and exploration skills.

Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods.

English will be taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 3 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real life context.

Reading in Year 3 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

What their teacher says:

I am excited to share a classroom with the wonderful Year 3's at Sacriston Academy. It is an important year for all and will show us the grit and resilience we are made of!
Miss White

What the children say:

I would like to learn more of a language (Jake V) I can't wait to see Andy again for PE (Ryan) We can show the other year groups we are smart and kind (Kathaleena)

The autumn term

Over the course of this half term, our topic will be ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. In this topic, we will be looking at what it means to make healthy choices, track food on their journeys from around the world and investigate the organisational features of food adverts.

Following on, we will look at the topic 'Rocks, relics and rumbles'. With a geographical and scientific section, this topic will allow us to examine and investigate, using enquiry skills and a variety of sources to research. 

English will be taught using a range of stimulating and topic-based texts. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, will support children in developing their imagination and creativity in writing. Handwriting is also a big focus for us this year in order to develop our confidence and fluency in class.

Reading in Year 3 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions.

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

In maths, we are enjoying the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme. This approach builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are many parts to our lessons, allowing time for children to explore, discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding. We will also continue to practise our times tables to help prepare us for the new times table test in Year 4!

Download our Year 3 topic knowledge organisers