Year 3

Year 3

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

We are going to enhance many aspects of our learning, be that building upon our figurative and descriptive language abilities, understanding more about chronology and historical influences, finessing our multiplication and division knowledge, or just generally continuing to be the keen and resilient learners we are! It still remains as integral as ever that we take responsibility for our own learning by reading, completing spellings and times tables at home each week to keep our brains working and prepare ourselves for the next topics. 

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. 

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.

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.

What their teacher says:

Year 3 involves lots of new beginnings: a new classroom in a different building as we begin a new Key Stage. I know our children will embrace these challenges as we continue to have exciting opportunities and work together to be Sacriston Stars!
Miss Pearson

The summer term

This half term’s topic is Urban Pioneers. Let’s hop on the bus and take a trip to the city, where the lights are bright, and every street has a story to tell. We will try to explore with fresh eyes, the art of cities then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by? We will look at Sacriston and make a map using what we know and what we have learnt, asking questions like ‘Has time changed town life for the better?’ and ‘How could we improve the urban environment?’. We will develop creations of our own – a statue, a light show, a monument or street art? The possibilities are endless! And finally, as urban pioneers, we’ll develop an expansive vocabulary on all things city wide and skyscraper tall!

In our second topic, Emperors and Empires, we are revisiting the era impacted by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to find out about the battle plans and successes of the Romans in ‘Emperors and Empires’. We will also work on creating our own mosaics inspired by the patterns and techniques they used back then. Do we have what it takes to lead an army? Reflecting upon the decisions made by emperors and assessing the successes they experienced, Year 3 will develop a great understanding of 'Romanisation', the word coined to describe the impacts the Romans have on our current way of living, to round off a phenomenal year of learning.

What the children say:

I really enjoy coming to school because you get to have different teachers every year. (Ellie) It feels amazing to be back at school because I get to see all my friends. (Jacob) I am happy when I come to school because I love my new classroom. (Hollie)