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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 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 all been extremely excited to get started in our new classes and we are already sharing some phenomenal learning and facts on our interests from home. I think it's going to be our year to shine even brighter!
Miss White

The autumn term

During the first half term, children will look at 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' as they taste a wide variety of foods from around the world, using our senses to investigate them. Do you think we will 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!

Year 3 then move on to study 'Rocks, relics and rumbles' which is an explosive project teaches children about the features and characteristics of the Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity. They will study, like an artist would, the patterns and formation of ammonite fossils and discover the influence Mary Anning had on archaeological fossil studies and women’s history.

What the children say:

I love this volcano topic! The information is just so interesting and it makes me think of lots of questions (Coleton). I think that this term will be the one where I work on my letter joining and get my pen license! (Oscar)