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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 

Spring Term 2021

Areas of study for Year 3*



The children will begin the year with a recount of their Christmas holiday. In conjunction with our History topic children will write an alternative ending to a story in an imaginary world then learn about dialogues and direct speech using the book Ug – Boy Genius of the Stone Age. After the half term children will learn a poem to recite and write their own humorous poem. They will then write a narrative based on The Tear Thief.  The focus will be writing with an audience in mind.


In numeracy, the children will be moving on to the columnar method for addition and subtraction. They will also be moving on to the grid method for multiplication. Both of these concepts having an underlying focus on place value and number representation which will be explored at the beginning of the term. In division, they will begin with repeated subtraction then they will learn ‘chunking methods’ and finally they will be introduced to the short ‘bus stop’ method. They will be adding and subtracting both unit and non-fractions, comparing fractions, finding fractions of amounts and finding common equivalent fractions. They will be learning about measures of length (including perimeter), weight and capacity. They will build on their knowledge of different types of angles and angles as turns.  With regards to 2-D shape the children will be learning about parallel lines and perpendicular lines. They will also be looking at telling the time to the nearest minute and converting 12-hour times to 24-hour times and vice versa.


During guided reading lessons, the children will have the opportunity to read aloud, discuss and answer questions across a range of genres, including narratives, non-fiction texts, poetry and playscripts. Using our whole school approaches of ‘Go APE’ and ‘Reading with RIC’, they will practise how to interpret a text, retrieve information and prove their answers. They will also have opportunities to discuss the authors’ choices of words and phrases.


In French lessons, the children will learning to say the months of the year, the date, their birthdays and the French calendar.  They will then move on to learn the names of parts of the body, how nouns are either masculine or feminine and they will learn the plural of pronouns.  They will then move on to saying and writing simple sentences to describe someone’s appearance.


In PSHE the children will look at how they can develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ in Year 3.  They will then move on to look at the value of rules where they will continue to learn about their rights in accordance with UN Conventions of the Rights of a Child. They will look at why it is important to have and follow rules in society. They will then look at how they can keep themselves safe on the internet and how to have a positive relationship with technology.


The children will be considering a key question this term, ‘How does believing in God as a creator impact your life?’ Each lesson will have a question that they will think, about in relation to Christianity and Hinduism. They will consider what a belief is, where we get our beliefs, the Judeo-Christian creation story compared to the Hindu creation story and how believing in God as a creator impacts their life.



In PE lessons this term, the children learnt fitness skills from Joe Wicks fitness sessions, yoga and dancing.  After half term they will return to Real PE and they will be working on cognitive skills which involves dynamic balancing and coordination through ball skills.


This term, geography will be taught as a cross curricular link to our history topic on the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. They will use atlases to see where the Bell Beaker people came from.



As part of our topic on the Stone Age through to the Iron Age the children will be looking at the three time periods in the Stone Age: the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age), the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and the Neolithic (New Stone Age).

They will learn about the changes brought about during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age with regards to how they lived, what they ate, how they got their food, what they wore and what their houses were constructed of. They will use a range of primary and secondary sources of information.



For the first half of the autumn term, the children have been learning about the different types of rocks and soils and how they are formed. They will also look at how fossils are formed, how they are then found and the significance of Mary Anning. The children were learn about the different layers of the Earth and how volcanoes are formed and what happens when they erupt.



In music lessons, the children will learn skills from Oak Academy where they will be looking at 2 and 4 beats. In the second term of Spring they will be selecting descriptive sounds to accompany a poem, finding out about ternary form, developing the lyrics of a song, looking at musical conversation structure and exploring contrasting moods and effects as part of a performance.


In computing, the children will start to look at communication in the form of emails and how they are sent.  They will learn how to attach a document and download an attachment. Then they will look at productivity and how to create, save and find a word document. They will learn the functions of Word including how to add a table and manipulate text and pictures.

Art, Design and Technology

The children will begin the term by looking at the cave paintings discovered in Lascaux and they will then go on to create their own using chalk and oil pastels.  They will develop their sketching skills by looking at different techniques of shading when sketching a Stone Age tool. They will manipulate clay to create Bell Beaker pots and will use different tools to decorate them.  They will look at the landscape work of a number of different artists through different periods and they will look at creating different tones of colour to create silhouettes of Stonehenge. The children will create Stone Age Roundhouses once they have drawn it using a computer programme.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.


























































Top Tips

  • Read, read and read!
  • Share books with your children- you read to them, they read to you.
  • Discuss books and stories — characters, events, endings etc.
  • Make suggestions for a different ending, new character etc
  • Join the local library & encourage your child to choose their books— this helps to develop preferences etc.
  • Don’t forget rhymes and poems!
  • Encourage your child to write shopping lists, notes, postcards, diaries.
  • Encourage correct letter formation — this will help with cursive writing later.
  • Play I spy using phonic/sounds- don’t forget endings!
  • Practise reading and spelling keywords.
  • Have fun!