Year 3 (Maple, Cedar, Beech & Lime)

English
Year 3 are studying the text ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. We will be using this text to explore a range of different genres including setting descriptions, non – chronological reports and diary recounts. As we read, we will take note of ambitious vocabulary, interesting sentence structures and will try hard to learn new spellings and word definitions. In reading lessons we look at a different quality text- ‘Ug’ by Raymond Briggs. This term we are focusing on our prediction and retrieval skills. We ask for parents to listen to their child read daily.
 
Maths
This half term our focus will be on securing knowledge of number and place value. This will involve counting, representing numbers, ordering and comparing within 1000. We are also very excited to introduce Times Table Rockstars to the children with weekly times table challenges planned to support children with learning their 3, 4 and 8 times tables. 
 
Topic
Our topic this half term is ‘Who first lived in Britain?’ There will be many opportunities for historical inquiry and to find out more about the people that lived in Britain during the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Later in the term, we are hoping to take the children to Bowes Museum to enrich their understanding of this topic. Watch this space!
 
Science
Year 3 are learning about ‘Animals including Humans.’ We will investigate nutrition and discuss the importance of a balanced diet. As part of our topic we will also learn about the skeletal system and how our muscles work.
 
RE
Our focus question in RE is ‘What is God like and how does believing in God influences believers?’ We will discuss how Christians and Muslims think of God. Teachers will encourage children to ask questions and suggest answers to puzzling questions arising from exploration of Christian and Muslim beliefs about God.  
 
Swimming
Year 3 children attend swimming lessons. This is a compulsory requirement as part of their PE education. Parents will be informed by letter with the dates of swimming lessons. Please ensure that your child has a swimming costume/trunks and a towel. 
 
How can you help your child at home in Year 3?
 
  • Listen to your child read daily.
  • Read them a bedtime story at least twice a week.
  • Practise their 2,5 and 10 times tables so they can be a Times Table Rockstar!
  • Ask your child what they have been learning at school and if they are finding something difficult please let the Y3 team know!