Welcome to Year 3: the best and most exciting year group in the school (in our opinion, of course!). This stage marks the end of Key Stage 1 as your child enters Key Stage 2 as a Junior. This will also involve a move to a new school building where they become the youngest year group again.
Everyone in the Year 3 team is looking forward to a fun and rewarding year. We know that the children will develop and mature, and become increasingly independent. Getting used to new structures and routines, however, can be a challenge and we understand how important it is to help the children cope with change so they can develop resilience and self-confidence. More than anything, we want all the children to feel safe, secure and valued in their new classes.
Reading is key this year and there are plenty of ways you can help. It is so important to listen to your child read regularly and ask questions about what they’re reading. This will encourage your child to think more 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 support your child at home by helping them to learn their all-important weekly spellings — these are usually tested once a week. Take a look at our spelling section for more information. The children can practise their weekly spellings and phonic sounds on Spelling Shed.
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 from Year 1 and 2) regularly. This can be done in many ways and different children respond to different styles. Take a look at our maths section for links to games and websites we use in school.
How else can you support your child’s maths learning at home? 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.
Each week your child should:
All parents have been sent a class code via ParentMail so that the children can join their new Year 3 class.
Children in Year 3 should read most nights of the week for at least 15 minutes.
Record the books you read in your Reading Record Book and there is also space for you to write a comment about your book. Please could you ask your parents to initial your Reading Record Book each time you make an entry.
After every 5 weeks, there is a page for you to choose one book you have read in the last month to review. This does not have to be your favourite book and you do not have to wait until the end of the month to complete this.
In Year 3, you continue to work on the spelling patterns you 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 we split these across the two years, adding additional topic-linked words or words we feel you need to practise.
Every week you will be given a list of 10 spelling words to learn for homework - these are usually tested once week.
In writing, we focus on creativity and writing styles looking at settings, language style, and character. You will also study different genres of writing such as poetry and playscripts.
Maths in Year 3 has more of a times tables focus. Quick recall of the required 3, 4, and 8, times-tables (as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables you’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2) is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work you cover within the year.
You will begin to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division, and using — and applying — your times tables knowledge. We also cover fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, length and perimeter, and shape.
Remember: you are expected to know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, and the 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3.
In Year 3 Science, you will learn about plants, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans). How to work scientifically and write up your investigations in a more formal way — using predictions, methods, results and conclusions — is also a key part of this year’s science curriculum.
You might not be able to catch a train, plane or boat to travel right now – but that needn’t stop you exploring the world!
To access Oddizzi, you will need to login using your class username/password.
These weblinks will take you to all the other websites we use regularly in school, many of which include videos and interactive games and activities, including GoNoodle and Espresso.