Year 3

Miss Barnett

Miss Barnett

Mrs Dyke

Mrs Dyke

Mrs Thorner

Mrs Thorner

Welcome to our Year 3 Page

Here you will find out about all that is happening in year 3. We will post regular updates and photos of our learning as well as useful tips and advice on how to support your children with their learning.

During this year we focus on supporting your child as they make the transition from Key Stage 1 into Key Stage 2. Teaching them the skills they need to become increasingly independent learners; further embedding the 6 R’s and promoting a growth mind set so that they are able to achieve their full potential and adopt a love of learning.

What we will be learning…with top learning tips

Reading… We will be continuing with whole class sessions to begin the term and moving towards ability grouped guided reading sessions after half term. In these we will focus on reading different fiction and non-fiction texts, many linked to our science and humanities topics, and furthering our comprehension skills.

Learning Top Tip – Miss Barnett suggests, ‘Improve your skimming and scanning techniques by asking someone to pick a word in the text that you have to find as quickly as you can.’

Maths… In maths we will continue to master division and multiplication, focusing mainly on x3, x4 and x8 and their related division facts as well as introducing new written methods. We will solve worded problems and use known facts to help derive other more challenging calculations. The children will find fractions of an amount and shape and also begin to explore tenths as a fraction.

Learning Top Tip – “Use the inverse method to help work out division calculations. E.g 12 divided by 2 equals ? is the same as 2 x 6 = 12,” suggests Mrs Thorner.

Writing… Using our new text map – Why Horned Red Back Dragons are extinct, we will continue learning to write in paragraphs and developing our vocabulary. We will also focus on using a range of conjunctions, and learn how to use fronted adverbials and prepositions as a way of making our writing livelier.

Learning Top Tip – “Remember when you purple pen you can not only correct spellings and punctuation errors but also up level your writing by adding better word choices eg. adjectives, adverbs, and fronted adverbials.” says Mrs Dyke.

Science – The children will learn about the 3 main types of rock, classifying and sorting them according to their properties. They will also look at
different soil types and carry out simple investigations and experiments.

History – We are continuing to learn about the Egyptians and will be celebrating our learning at the end of the topic with an Egyptian day, where
children will have the opportunity to dress up.

Art– We are looking at the work of Clarice Cliff, starting by creating some abstract artwork using 2D shapes and then focusing on creating images of
Colmers Hill in the style of the artist.

PE –This term we are developing skills in Hockey on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs Gale, Dance for Chilcombe B on Thursdays will be centered around our Egyptian topic and Swimming for Chilcombe A on Fridays.

Jigsaw (PSHCE) –Our topic this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ and will tie in with the theme for the Year 3 and 4 Spring show .

Music – The children will develop their singing and performing skills as well as how to use simple percussion instruments to accompany ‘The Dragon Song’.

French – We will be learning simple greetings, how to ask and answer questions about ourselves, as well as vocabulary for naming the family, colours
and counting to 20.

The Edge – To design and produce a poster or invitation to the Year 3 and 4 Spring show.

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 3 learning letter.


All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday. Each week the children are expected to complete the English and maths learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.

Spellings are set on a Friday and are linked to the spelling pattern we have been focussing on throughout the week in our Read, Write, Inc sessions. Spellings are assessed through teacher marking in your child’s writing.

Times tables learning – children have the opportunity every week to achieve a bronze, silver or gold star in their target times tables. Times tables practise is included in your child’s home learning every week and they are encouraged to practise them regularly. Times tables knowledge is a crucial key skill that underpins many aspects of maths and makes a huge difference to a child’s mathematical learning.

General information

Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.

Outdoor P.E is currently on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor P.E is on a Thursday.

Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.

Remember that your child will need to bring a piece of fruit to school if they wish to have it at break time as fruit is not supplied in Key Stage 2. (Please no fruit or snack bars)

Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.

Please click on the useful links below for extra information about Year 3:

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