Year 3 Blog


Year 3 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 3

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils this week. Year 3 is a very important year for children as it provides the foundation for many of the skills they will learn throughout Key Stage 2. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. If you have any questions related to the reopening of school, please see the ‘Noticeboard’ area on the school website.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Phonics – children will be looking at suffixes/prefixes and new spelling rules

  • Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily

  • Sentence structures and types

  • Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “

  • Using descriptive language/expanded noun phrases

  • Word classes e.g. nouns, adjectives and adverbs

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script

Reading planners will have been issued to each child. Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning.


Maths

We will begin by looking at number and place value. We will be learning about:

  • Reading and writing numbers in digits and words

  • Place value and identifying the digits in a 3 digit number

  • Sequencing and ordering numbers

  • Mental and written methods for addition and subtraction, including introducing the column method

  • Children are expected to know their 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3 and should already be fluent in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from Year 2. We would be extremely grateful for any practise that can be done at home too.


Science

Our first Science topic is Rocks, fossils and soils. We will be learning about:

  • How fossils are made

  • How soils are made

  • Looking at the properties of different rocks and investigating them

YPC

Our YPC topics are Portraits and Our Local Area. We will be learning about:

  • How Yardley has changed over time

  • Looking at OS map symbols

  • Physical and human features in Yardley and Birmingham

  • Looking at the different types of houses

  • Experimenting with a range of mediums: pencil, paint and pastels

  • Looking at the works of artists: Van Gogh, Picasso and Di Vinci

  • Practising different features of faces e.g. - eyes, mouth in sketch books

  • Using what the children have learnt to create a self-portrait in their chosen style – realistic or abstract

Computing

This term we will be learning about Word Processing.

  • We will begin by completing a unit on Word Processing using Microsoft Word

  • Children will learn how to use the basic functions of Word to format text

  • They will become more familiar with the keyboard and practise typing, adding punctuation and using the spell checker

P.E./Sports: Tri Golf and Gymnastics

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about sharing and being generous - linking it to Islam and Christianity. We will also be looking at the festival of Harvest.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning hubs as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3G - Goodbye 3G

19th July 2021 Posted by Mr Gunter

Unfortunately we have come to an end and our time together is over but Mr G has enjoyed every minute of the time we had together. Looking back over the course of this year, yes there has been rough moments like lockdowns, but in turn we have grown and became stronger. Mr G is very proud of what 3G has achieved this year and each and every pupil within the class has something to be proud of.

In English we have written in different styles, creating narratives, letters and even some non-fiction pieces of writing. Some of the sentences and vocabulary used has been wonderful to see. In reading we have focused a lot on improving our reading skills, not only our recognition of words but diving deeper and answering questions too. In phonics and spelling we have continually improved our knowledge of spelling rules and our phonetic recognition.

In Maths we have worked ever so hard on looking at the different areas of measure and learnt a new method which helps us to solve more complex division problems. One of our favourite lessons was building 3D shapes with cocktail sticks and plasticine. It was one of Mr G’s favourite lessons too.

In YPC we have lots of fund learning about different artists such as Derek Gores and we had a go at creating our very own art in the style of the chosen artist. This wasn’t just replicate what we had seen this was a lesson which invoked our imagination. We finally moved on to our topic about climate change. We have focused on the causes, damage and steps to correct our carbon footprints.

In PSHE we have ascertained what dreams and goals we have, thinking about what we would like to achieve next year. In PE with learning about teambuilding and hockey. Mr G was so impressed with the technical abilities of the pupils and went a little bit dojo crazy.

I am so sad to see you leave the classroom and move up to Year 4 but I am ever so proud. 3G, you must remember to always give your best and I will always keep a keen eye on what you do in the future.

All the best,

Mr G.​

Class 3H - The End of the Year in 3H!

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss Hanif

What a fantastic end to the year in 3H. There have been a lot of fun activities such as Sports Day!

In Maths we have looked at division, shape, mass, capacity and length as well as covering our times tables with a range of activities.

In English we have focused on writing a fictional story after stepping through a portal and the children all came up with some fantastic ideas. We also learnt about pollution and climate change and used this information to practising our formal letter writing. We wrote a formal, persuasive letter that has been sent to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister. We await eagerly for his reply!

In Science we have carried out a range of investigations and consolidated our learning across the topics covered so far this year.

In YPC we have completed our module on the artist Derek Gores and created some great pieces of art using collage techniques. We then moved onto ‘Save our Planet’ and used pneumatics to recycle everyday products to create a moving model. This has been great fun.

In Music we created a song about Pollution and in Spanish we learnt some useful phrases.

In PE we have improved our hockey skills and completed some team games activities.

We have a fantastic year in 3H and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all. Thank you for being amazing!

Class 3S - End of the year in 3S!

13th July 2021 Posted by Mr Shah

What a fantastic year we have had in Year 3! I am so proud of every single one of you and it is truly amazing to see how far you have all come. Your behaviour and positive attitude has really shone this year and despite all the disruptions to your learning, you have shown super resilience at all times. Your determination and enthusiasm will be missed and I hope you take these characteristics with you to your next class as you will continue to flourish.

In Maths, we have been looking at a range of different skills and getting even better at them. We have really enjoyed developing our understanding of word problems and using our understanding of the 4 operations to solve them. We have all tried really hard to learn our times tables and can’t wait to impress Miss Mac.

This half term in English, we have been using all of our different skills to carry out a range of tasks. Our favourite was when we watched a short animation clip called ‘Something Fishy’. We were challenged to write a narrative based on the clip and they were brilliant to read. I was so impressed with the quality of writing and how much effort you have put in. It was important we included a range of emotions and considered how the character might feel.

In Science, we have been learning about light and animals, including humans. We learnt lots of interesting things about light and shadows. We carried out a range of experiments to find out what actually makes a shadow smaller or larger. We also created shadow puppets and were challenged to create our own puppet shows. We investigated muscles, bones and the human skeleton in our body and made links to animals too.

Our final YPC topic was called Save Our Planet. In this topic we learnt all about recycling and the effects of pollution on the world and environment. Our favourite part of the topic was designing and making our own toy using pneumatics. We learnt lots of new D&T skills when using the pneumatics. The end results were brilliant too.

Well done 3S! You have had a great year and I have enjoyed working with you all. I hope you all have a great summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you in Year 4.​ Keep up the amazing and hard work and as I always say – SMASH IT!

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Class 3Q - Summer 2

13th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Quinn

We have had a brilliant last half term as 3Q. There have been a lot of fun activities such as Sports Day and our class reading picnic.

In Maths we have looked at division, shape, mass, capacity and length as well as covering our times tables with a range of activities, 3Q especially enjoy our times tables songs.

In English we have focused on writing a fictional story after stepping through a portal and the children all came up with some fantastic ideas. We also learnt about pollution and climate change and used this information to practising our formal letter writing. We wrote a letter that has been sent to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister. We await eagerly for his reply!

In Science we have carried out a range of investigations and consolidated our learning across the topics covered so far this year.

In YPC we have completed our module on the artist Derek Gores and created some great pieces of art using collage techniques. We then moved onto ‘Save our Planet’ and used pneumatics to recycle everyday products to create a moving model. This has been great fun.

In Music we created a song about Pollution and in Spanish we learnt some useful phrases.

In PE we have improved our hockey skills and completed some team games activities.

I am sure 3Q will have a fantastic year next year with their new teacher and I look forward to seeing them progress even more.​