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!

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.

In Mathematics a scheme called ‘Maths No Problem’, which builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills, is used. There are many parts to the lesson, allowing time for children to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. We start with a Roald Dahl theme looking at George’s Marvellous Medicine and explore instruction writing and strong adjective choices. Reading and studying various genres, including diary entries, provide a basis for children to develop their writing skills and imagination alongside improving their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.

Reading is taught using a range of texts and stimuli. Books, images and video clips are used with the children to develop a range of skills required as a reader. Discussion and questions enable children to think uniquely about why texts are structured in particular ways and how and why writers make specific language choices. In addition, after lunchtime, children have the opportunity to ‘Read and Relax’ where they will quiz on the ‘Accelerated Reader’ books that they have read.