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welcome to year 3

Class Teacher: Mr Taylor-Graham
LSCA: Mrs Farrell
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Welcome to the Year 3 class page! 

This page will give you an overview of our learning in class each term. As learning takes place, we will update the page with photos and links to share classwork and other activities with you.


Throughout the Autumn Term, the main aim of the History unit of work is to develop key areas of being an historian (that are school-wide themes): to communicate historically, to build an overview of world history, to understand chronology and to investigate and interpret the past.

In this unit of work, the children will consider how changes from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age affected the people and communities who lived in Britain at that time. They will also consider how the arrival of the Romans changed Britain and British society.


During English units of work, children will listen to and respond to a rich variety of well-chosen texts including Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, One Plastic Bag by Isatou Ceesay, Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit and a poetry book called Werewolf Club Rules.


In English units of work (including during Guided Reading Sessions), children will:

•            Develop a love for reading by exploring a wide variety of texts.

•            Listen to and discuss a range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction books.

•            Read books that are structured in different ways and for a range of purposes.

•            Use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that we have read.

•            Discuss the meaning and effect of words and phrases that capture their imagination.

•            Be able to understand what they read independently by asking questions to improve understanding

•            Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motive and justify inferences with evidence from the text using phrases such as ‘I know this because in the text it says that…’

•            Retrieve and record information.

•            Use Accelerated Reader quizzes to ensure they are making sufficient progress in their reading fluency and comprehension skills.


Writing (including spelling and handwriting)

In English units of work, children will:

•            Describe settings and characters using well-chosen adjectives to create expanded noun phrases (example: the twisted, gnarled tree)

•            Use conjunctions such as when, if, because and although to create sentences that include more than one clause.

•            Use well-chosen persuasive language to convey an argument or viewpoint.

•            Plan and write their own texts by considering their audience and assessing the effectiveness of their own and other’s writing.

•            Use strategies, including phonics, to support with the spelling of unknown words.

•            Spelling words that sound the same (homophones).

•            Correctly spell common exception words from the Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 word lists.

•            Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.


The three main topics this term are: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division.

Children will:

Place Value

  • Further develop their understanding of numbers and their place in the number system between 100 and 1000.
  • Consider a range of images and representation of numbers between 100 and 1000.
  • Look at different ways that numbers between 100 and 1000 can be created and arranged.

Addition and Subtraction

  • Learn how to subtract ones, tens and hundreds from a 3-digit number, using their knowledge of place value.
  • Learn to add ones that cross a ten and tens that cross a hundred
  • Learn to subtract ones that cross a ten and tens that cross a hundred.
  • Add and subtract 2 digit and 3 digit numbers

Multiplication and Division

  • Use arrays to solve multiplication questions.
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Learn their 3, 4 and 8 times tables and apply their knowledge of these tables in a range of problems.

In addition to these topics, children will revisit and consolidate their maths learning during daily Early Bird Maths sessions.



Throughout the Autumn term, children will complete 2 units of Science work:

Rocks and Soils (Autumn 1)

Children will:

Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.

Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Work scientifically by asking relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.

Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment.

Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.

Report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.

Light and Shadows (Autumn 2)

Children will:

Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.

Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.

Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.

Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object.

Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Work scientifically by accurately measuring shadows, finding out how they are formed and what might cause the shadows to change.

Look for patterns in what happens to shadows when the light source moves or the distance between the light source and the object changes.

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In Computing (Online Safety), children will:

•            Know what makes a safe password.

•            Learn methods for keeping passwords safe.

•            Understand how the Internet can be used in effective communication.

•            Understand how a blog can be used to communicate with a wider audience.

•            Consider the truth of the content of websites.

•            Learn about the meaning of age restrictions symbols on digital media and devices.


In Computing (Coding), children will:

•            Understand what a flowchart is and how flowcharts are used in computer programming.

•            Understand that there are different types of timers and select the right type for purpose.

•            Understand how to use the repeat command.

•            Understand the importance of nesting.

•            Design and create an interactive scene.


In PSHE, children will:

Healthy Relationships

•            Reflect on how to look after special people to them.

•            Identify different dangers or risks.

•            Understand of giving people space.

Valuing Difference

•            Identify differences between friends and family.

•            Appreciate that differences should be respected.

•            Celebrate our differences.



In the Autumn Term, children will take part in games and gymnastics.

Invasion games: Netball

Gymnastics: Asymmetry

Children will:

•            Engage in physical activity for a sustained period of time to develop their level of fitness.

•            Develop the skills to effectively play netball, including balance, hand to eye coordination and team work.

•            Develop the balancing skills to create asymmetric shapes and patterns.

•            Take part in the Golden Mile on non PE days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)


PE DAYS: Tuesday and Thursday

HOMEWORK:  Please choose a weekly task from the Autumn 1 homework menu. Complete the task in the red homework book. Homework goes home on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday.

READING BOOKS: Please ensure reading books are in school every day with the orange reading record. This is to check that children are reading at home daily and to ensure end of book quizes can take place.

SPELLINGS: Weekly spellings - tested on Thursdays.

MULTIPLICATION FACTS: Children should aim to log-in to Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) 3 times a week to practise multiplication facts.


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