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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:

Welcome to Year 3! This is an exciting time for children as they embark on their Key Stage 2 journey, developing into mature, independent and responsible members of school. There are many new, interesting opportunities this year like modern foreign languages and swimming lessons.
Miss Watson

The autumn term

During the first half term, children will look at 'scumdidlyumptious' as they taste a wide variety of foods from around the world, using our senses to investigate them. Do you think we like everything we taste? We’ll have to wait and find out! We will conduct research into snacks that are currently available to be bought in the shops before conducting our own consumer research and creating our own healthy treats to meet a design specification. We will use our artistic talents to design the packaging for our treats and look at ways that we could transport our food around the world!

During the second autumn half term, Year 3 will take on 'Rocks, relics and rumbles' where they will learn about the features and characteristics of Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity as part of our new topic ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’. We will be learning about the history of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, looking at the causes and effects of this natural disaster.

English will be taught using a range of stimulating and topic-based texts that up-level the children’s exposure to language and inspire them to boost their reading age levels. By reading and studying various genres, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, we 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 digital and literary stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justification of their answers or opinions. They will compare and contrast cross curricularly, and develop their own judgments and predictions based on a developing knowledge of character behaviours.

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 be quizzed on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

In mathematics, 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 lesson, allowing time for children to explore, discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve greater depth of mathematical understanding. We will also continue to practise our times tables on Times Tables Rockstars to help prepare us for the new times table test in Year 4.

Download our Year 3 topic knowledge organisers

What the children say:

I am really excited to be in year 3, I can't wait to go swimming. (Coleton) I'm excited to learn new things. (Frazer) I love going to have playtimes on the big yard. (Millie L) I like writing and I'm looking forward to getting better at it. (Kye)