Sacriston Academy classroom

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:

We have shown an immense amount of resilience and maturity these last few weeks, using our online platforms with confidence and giving our friends, teachers and parents something to smile about each week. Keep up this incredible attitude as we keep going through Year 3!
Miss White

The summer term

For our learning topic, Urban Pioneers Year 3 will be delving into the urban jungle, exploring cities and landscapes that demonstrate urban life and what it offers to the people who live there. We will focus on Berlin, looking at its cityscape, skylines, architecture and most importantly, the street art it hosts. Would Sacriston benefit from alternative architecture or is there a need for new leisure and business facilities? By looking at what makes a city successful, we will review our local area and decide what changes we would aspire to make. Is the human geography or physical geography Durham's key feature? Assessing Germany's infrastructure, street art and districts will definitely help us come to that decision. Finally, we will debate the cultural and criminal elements of street art, investigating the skill of stencil street art, tagging and graffiti through the work of Banksy, Fan Ho and Keith Haring. 

After the half term, we will revisit the era impacted by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to find out about the battle plans and successes of the Roman emperors and empires and have a go at 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:

School is like my family away from home, and my friends are the family I am lucky to get to spend my time with during the day. (Shophie B) I am enjoying building up my knowledge and getting to be creative whenever I want to be. (Neil).