Category Archives: Year 3

Year 3 Curriculum Update

It’s been a short first week back but we have still been busy in Year 3!

A highlight of the week has been our RE day on Wednesday, led my Matt from Southampton City Mission. The children explored the topic of ‘Temptation and Making Choices’ through stories, games and even blog writing!

In maths we have been consolidating our addition and subtraction skills, using the expanded column method.

In English we have started reading a new text: ‘The Whisperer’ by Nick Butterworth. We’ve been developing our use of adverbs, prepositions and direct speech as we have been re-telling parts of this story.

Year 3 Curriculum Update

English

In English we have started to read our new class book, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo. After making some predictions about what this book might be about, we met the main character, a vain, selfish china rabbit called Edward. Will he continue to be so interested in his own appearance? Or will he learn to love others? We will be exploring his feelings and characteristics more as his journey continues…

 

Maths

Year 3 have been learning a new method for adding 3-digit numbers together: The Expanded Column Method! To save any confusion over numbers, we expand the 3-digit numbers into the hundreds, ten and ones (like a stretched out elastic band!), before adding them back together again (pinging the elastic band back to its original shape!) The squares in our maths book have been very useful for keeping our place value columns neat.
Take a look at the example of how this works below. 

Year 3 Curriculum Update

Maths

In maths we have been doing lots of measuring! Last week we were measuring using money, and have asked the children to review their learning in this week’s homework task. This week we were measuring mass in grams and kilograms. So any baking going on this weekend, the children should be able to accurately assist in weighing ingredients!

English

The children have been enjoying our new project: Swords, Dragons and Heroes. They have been working hard on creating characters, settings and a plot for their own version of ‘George and the Dragon’. They are looking forward to finishing their drafts next week and then publishing their legends, ready to share with fun partners.

As this is the first blog of the year, we’d like to remind the children to practice their spellings and times tables regularly, and continue to read as often as possible, including reading aloud. We look forward to seeing you again at our ‘Let’s Learn Together’ meeting on Wednesday 6th February. This is an opportunity to discuss ways to support and enjoy reading with your child.

Year 3 Curriculum Update

Maths

This week in maths we have been collecting and presenting data in a variety of ways. This work extends to the children’s homework challenge, to survey friends and family about their favourite Christmas carol! We look forward to analysing the data next week.

English

The festivities have reached our English learning, as we read ‘Dear Father Christmas’ only to find an informative guide about magical sleigh-pulling, ice-cream eating reindeer. We are now working on producing our own information leaflet all about the other reindeer in the world (the non-magical kind!) using headings, subheadings and other non-fiction features.

We want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for your support this term.

Year 3 curriculum update

English

Year 3 have been continuing to use our Titanic project to inspire some brilliant writing recently! Last week we were writing persuasive letters. Although we all agreed we wouldn’t want a ticket for the luxurious Titanic (knowing the tragic ending), we did try persuading our grownups to let us go on a modern day equivalent – a trip to space on the Virgin Galactic! This week we were inspired by real life Titanic survivor, Harold Bride, to write a diary as a surviving character. The children did very well, using technical and vivid vocabulary to express their character’s feelings and emotions.

Maths

In our maths lessons we have been developing our geometry skills, including our understanding of types of lines (horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular). We also developed our knowledge of the properties of 3D shapes by building some 3D models to count the number of edges, faces and vertices! This week we began our time unit, learning to tell the time using Roman numerals. The children enjoyed spotting the patterns that the Roman numerals follow and pairing the numbers to our Arabic numbers.

Year 3 Curriculum Update

English

Continuing to take inspiration from James and the Giant Peach, we have been working hard to improve our writing by beginning sentences in different ways by using adverbs, -ing words, -ed words etc (we call this ADDSPICE).  In addition, we have engaged well with Roald Dahl’s detailed description in order to infer thoughts and feelings to show our understanding of character.

Maths

We have been working hard to develop our multiplication and division skills, using repeated addition and known multiplication facts, grouping and sharing.  We have then applied our understanding in order to solve problems.

We have also enjoyed the opportunity to lead the KS2 Harvest Service in church – we hope that you enjoyed it too.

Year 3 Curriculum update

English

Over the past few weeks we have explored an alternative traditional tale and have read and performed some of Aesop’s fables.  We enjoyed writing our own story ending to Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip and have developed our use of inverted commas to mark speech in our writing and have extended our sentences using coordinating conjunctions.

Maths

We have been hard working to develop our understanding of place value in numbers up to 1000, have ordered and compared 3-digit numbers and counted in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 50 and 100.  We are now using this understanding to add and subtract 3-digit numbers.

This week in Y3

This week in maths we have been learning how to draw and interpret pictograms. Our homework this week is to gather data by asking our family and friends  to choose which is their favourite Christmas carol and then using this data to create our own pictogram.

In English we have been finding out all about reindeer and then using our notes to create an informative leaflet.

We have also welcomed Mrs V Hughes to Y3DH and have been enjoying getting to know one another.

Yr 3 Curriculum Update

Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations.  The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.

Maths

This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths.   We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular.  The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.

English

We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed.  When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters.  A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words.  The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!

Yr 3 Curriculum Update

The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!

English

During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’  We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’  The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story.  They came up with many interesting ideas!

Maths

This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value.  We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column.  Our homework this week reflects this work.   We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit.  In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.

Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!