welcome to Year 3
Year 3 is all about teamwork, striving for excellence and enjoyment. Our school motto is: Respect, Grow, Believe, Achieve. Miss Wardall, Miss Furniss and Mrs Headley strive to empower and inspire lifelong learners to achieve a better tomorrow.
Key Stage 2 sees a transition into increased expectations and applying the foundations learnt in Key Stage One and developing independence is key. The teaching staff who support this transition are Miss Wardall (History Leader), Miss Furniss (Music and PHSE leader) and Mrs Headley is the support assistant. Their main priority is ensuring the children are happy, settled, engaged and enthused about their learning.
Year 3 Newsletters, Knowledge Organisers & KIRFs Documents
During our Guided Reading sessions, everyone takes part in whole class reading where we use a challenging text to really engage the children. The children learn reading comprehension skills by learning about our Reading Domain Superheroes. The Superheroes help the children understand and answer questions about what they have read independently or listened to as the teacher read. We encourage the children to read at home by having a reading chart in the classrooms. Reading is an enjoyable experience that opens the mind up to a whole new world of information and possibilities. Reading is one of the key areas that links all of our subjects and understanding.
In Year 3 we learn to write a variety of genres for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The writing process can be very challenging so we work very hard to learn and practise the skills we will need for each genre. We also plan and draft our work before writing our final piece. One of the biggest skills we focus on is vocabulary. The more the children read, the better their vocabulary choices will be and the more interesting their writing becomes.
Spelling can be very challenging, which is why we continue to develop our phonics and spelling knowledge from KS1. We set new spellings weekly and encourage the children to practise their spellings every day. We really enjoy using Spelling Shed and the children love practising their spellings on this game so they can earn as many honey pots as they can!
In Year 3, the children continue their Master Maths journey by building on previous knowledge from year 2 in small, manageable steps which help the children develop fluency, reasoning and depth of understanding. Year 3 are introduced to various new written methods and learn 3x, 4x and 8x tables ready for the Year 4 multiplications check where they have to quickly recall facts up to 12x12. To make this as fun as possible, the children play on Times Table Rockstars at home where they can achieve a Rockstar Status to help them learn how to store times table knowledge in their heads in order to answer questions quickly.
In Year 3, the children are continuing their programming journey. Learning all about algorithms, the importance of instructions and debugging to create a variety of outcomes throughout the year from moving a sprite to making a musical instrument play music. The children really enjoy using J2E as the platform for the vast majority of their computing needs.
In Science we learn about rocks, fossils, forces and magnets, light, animals including humans and plants. All the children work scientifically by creating and conducting experiments to answer questions, drawing simple conclusions from the results of their experiments and using simple scientific language. The children are also encouraged to work as a team and compare their results with their peers and have important discussions about how they got those results.
In History the children learn all about the changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age, the Romans and the Vikings, through historical enquiry and practising key skills such as interpreting what different sources of information tell us about the past.
In Geography the children learn how to use atlases to identify different countries and continents. The children also learn about physical and human features and compare those found in other countries to Britain.
In Art the children are encouraged to be as creative as possible. They continue to develop their knowledge of colours and practise their drawing, printing, painting and pattern-making. The children also learn how to make sculptures, which are always linked back to our history or geography lessons.
In our Design and Technology lessons, the children learn how to design for a purpose. They develop their knowledge of different tools and choose the best tools and techniques for their product. The children learn how ideas can change part way through a project and how to adapt their original idea to fit the new brief.
parents as partners
We recognise the importance of and value parental involvement in the life of the school. In Year 3, we are therefore committed to establishing and maintaining an effective and purposeful working relationship between the school and home. Parents/Carers are the most important influence in a child’s life. Any educational initiative can only be fully effective if there is partnership between parents, children and providers. We rely on parents to ensure the pupils complete all the homework they are set, to listen to your child read at least four times a week and to engage with the different parental meetings that we offer in Year 3.
By working together, we can make a positive and meaningful difference to the pupils’ education.
end of year expectations
The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching and investigation. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.
- Compare & order numbers up to 1000.
- Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words.
- Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
- Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
- Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
- Recognise place value of any 3-digit number - HTO
- Add and subtract:
- 3-digit numbers and ones/tens/hundreds
- Numbers with up to 3-digits using written column method.
- Estimate and use inverse to check (24+6=30 30-6=24)
- Multiply (x):
- 2-digit by 1-digit
- Count up/down in tenths.
- Compare and order fractions with same denominator ( 1/4 + 2/4 = 3/4)
- Add and subtract fractions with same denominator with whole ( 1 1/4 + 2 3/4 =4)
- Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using Roman numerals.
- Tell time to nearest minute.
- Know number of days in each month and number of seconds in a minute.
- Use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
- Use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon, quickly, happily).
- Use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
- Experiment with adjectives to create impact.
- Correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.
- Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause.
- Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech “Stop!”
- Group ideas into basic paragraphs.
- Write under headings and sub-headings.
- Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency in a cursive joined style.
- Comment on the way characters relate to one another.
- Know which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
- Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
- Recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.
- Recognise inverted commas “Stop!”
- pronouns and how used (I, he, she etc)
- collective noun ( pack of cards, bunch of grapes etc)
- adverbs (quickly, skillfully, then, next)
- Explain the difference that the precise choice of adjectives and verbs make.