Year 3 - Green Woodpeckers
Teacher: Mr Day
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Harwood and Mrs Hyde
PE days: PE will be Wednesday morning. Please come to school wearing your PE kit on this day.
Times Tables: We will be practising our times tables each day using "TTRockstars" and will be keeping a record of our scores. Year 3 children should already know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will be learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
- Mathletics will be set every Wednesday, due for completion by the following Wednesday. There will be a half-termly project set linked to the current topic.
Spellings: These will be set weekly on a Friday and tested on the following Friday.
Reading to an adult at home is expected at least three times a week, reading records need to be signed by the adult and children need these in school every day.
- Accelerated Reader Reading book quizzes
If you would like to support your child further at home, in year 3 we aim for children to know their 4, 6 and 8 times tables. There are some fantastic videos online to support the learning of these.
Additionally the Year 3/4 statutory word list can be found in the documents at the bottom of the this page, these are the spellings in which we aim for children to know by the time they finish year 4.
This year's topics with home-learning links.
Spring Term 2021
Summer Term 2021
Autumn Term 2020:
What will my child do in Year 3?
1. Increase focus on spelling
In English, your child will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there is less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes.
There are statutory spelling lists for Year 3 and 4, so schools will split these across the two years, with teachers adding additional topic-linked words or words they feel their class needs to practise.
How many of these 100 words can you spell?
2. Develop writing skills
In writing, schools focus on creativity and writing styles; looking at settings, language style, and character within their writing. Your child will also study different genres of writing such as poetry and play scripts.
Maths in Year 3 has more of a times tables focus. Quick recall of the required 3, 4, 8, and 50 times-tables (as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables they’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2) is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year.
You will probably notice your child beginning to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division, and using — and applying — their times tables knowledge.
They will also cover fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, area, perimeter, and shape.
4. Maths mastery
The national curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge, and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding.
Science in Year 3 is engaging and fun. Your child will learn about life processes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans). How to work scientifically and write up their investigations in a more formal way — using predictions, methods, results and conclusions — is also a key part of this year’s science curriculum.
How can I help my child in Year 3?
1. Practise weekly spellings
You can support your child at home by helping them to learn their all-important weekly spellings — these are usually tested once a week.
2. Continue reading
Reading is key this year and there are plenty of ways you can help. It is still important to listen to your child read regularly. Ask questions about what they’re reading. This will encourage your child to think deeply about their reading, whether they’re reading aloud or independently.
Reading to your child is still important at this age too. Listening to your intonation helps children with their own expression, and also enhances their writing. A fun way to encourage expression is to use silly voices – and even to make the occasional deliberate mistake. Allowing your child to correct you helps them to see why certain punctuation changes the way we read aloud.
You can extend this to their own writing: encourage them to read their writing back to themselves and make punctuation choices based on their expression.
Give your child access to as many different styles of writing as you can. This will assist with their reading fluency and expand their vocabulary and knowledge.
4. Practise maths
In maths, you can support your child at home by practising the relevant times-tables (3, 4, and 8 times-tables – as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables) regularly.
You might like to help them learn to tell the time. Or, give them the opportunity to use money in real life contexts. Asking them questions such as how much change you need when shopping will help them with their reasoning skills in and out of class.