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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!

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 tadd 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 times table test in Year 4!

Spring term

During the first half of the Spring Term, Year 3 look Rocks, Relics and Rumbles, a Geography based unit of work where children will use a range of primary and secondary sources to explore the history of Pompeii. Children will learn about the features and characteristics of Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity. This will also link into our Science work where children will answer the question: ‘What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed?’.

Later in the Spring Term, children look at ‘One Planet, One World.’ This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children to locate countries and cities, and use grid references, compass points and latitude and longitude. They learn about the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics and discover the five major climate zones. They learn about significant places in the United Kingdom and carry out fieldwork to discover how land is used in the locality.

Find full curriculum information and knowledge organisers here.

What the teacher says:

The Spring term of Year 3 is such an exciting time! By now, children are settled into Key Stage Two and are eager to show off their true abilities. We still have a lot to learn but I’m confident Year 3 will continue to impress!
Miss Burton
“The Year 3 teachers are really kind and help us learn lots of interesting things!” – Holly “I like Year 3 because the learning if fun but an exciting challenge!” - Orryn “Year 3 is excellent because of the amazing lessons which help us learn. We have lots of fun!” – Lucas