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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


Our teachers:

Emerald Class:  Diogo

Juniper Class:   Rodney




Our Class:

Year 3 is a challenging and exciting year as we are now in Key Stage 2. We are continuing our journey to become confident and independent learners.




04th December, 2017


Maths: This week we have learned how to find the double and the quadruple of a number using partitioning as our main method.

We have also looked at multiplication and division facts and how to find missing numbers using the inverse operation.


English: This week we have started to plan and write our own fiction story. We have continued to look at different techniques to capture the reader's interest, such as the use of figurative language, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adverbs and appropriate adjectives to best describe an opening paragraph.


27th November, 2017


Maths:   This week we have looked at data and how to interpret it, using pictograms and predetermined tally charts to create bar charts. This has incorporated looking at weather charts and additional data, such as the frequency of recorded information. We then collected our own data, establishing a common question across the class and in groups. These were used to collect data on tally charts and then the children recorded their findings using bar charts and line graphs. We have also revisited our understanding of fractions and ordered these along a number line from smallest to biggest. For example, 3/10, 2/10 and 6/10.


English: This week we have continued reading the book 'Leon and the place Between'. Many of the lessons required looking at aspects of the text, for example correcting text by adding capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks. We continued by beginning to write paragraphs around a theme such as the opening to a story. The children continued to use fronted adverbials and connect these to relevant sentences. We also used music as a stimulus for our creative writing, the children were tasked with writing a description for the piece music. Towards the end of the week, we revisited the story again and began to use images from the book and drawings to a story board.

20th November, 2017


Maths: This week we have been recognising the value of all coins and notes. We begun to use the decimal notation related to money and added and subtracted amounts of money in practical contexts and in word problems, including giving money. We also solved missing number problems, using number facts and place value. On Friday, we mentally added a three-digit number and ones and a three-digit number and tens within and beginning to bridge to 200.


English: This week we have continued to read the book 'Leon and the place between'. We have edited our work, adding the noun phrases and adverbs studied in the previous week. We have also looked at clauses within sentences and the importance of commas with these clauses and in a list. We have also explored the use of speech bubbles and speech marks when developing a conversation between two characters.




13th November, 2017


Maths: This week we have learned about angles as properties of shapes. We have compared angles (bigger than a right angle; right angle and smaller than ) using a right angle checker. Throughout the week, we have estimated and compared measurements of classroom objects using different units of measurement ( m; cm; mm ). By the end of the week, we have learned to measure the perimeter of 2-D shapes.


English: As we continue to read the book "Leon and the Place Between" by Angela McAllister, children have written brilliant descriptions of the settings and characters by using fronted adverbials, powerful adjectives, adequate adverbs and expanded noun phrases.


06th November, 2017


STEM week: This week was dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

On Monday, we had Cyril Molony (STEM Ambassador) coming to our school to show us how brilliant our brain is, and on Thursday, Dr. Giles Camplin (Chairman of the Airship Association) presented us with a complete and concise overview of the history of air ballooning. 

Throughout the week, we have conducted a few scientific experiments (bone in vinegar experiment and the egg in soda experiment) and we have also looked at simple mathematical reasoning problems. During the week, we have written diary entries and newspaper reports to support our investigations.



30th October, 2017


Maths: This week we have looked at time. We have introduced Roman numerals from I to XII and consolidated telling the time using an analogue clock: , (including clocks with Roman numerals).

We have introduced telling the time to the nearest five minutes on an analogue clock and began to convert between analogue and digital time. By the end of the week we have looked at solving problems set in the context of time.


English: This week we wrote a diary as a recount following a visit to either the funfair or circus. This relates to the new book we have started called 'Leon and the place between'. As we continue to look at this book we will work on aspects of grammar, such as improving simple sentences and using fronted adverbials. 





16th October 2017


Maths:  This week we have looked at fractions, eg. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4. Following on from division last week the children are able to use the array and number line method. As well as their times tables to solve fraction questions. We have investigated unit fractions and non unit fractions (Eg. 1/3 & 2/3) in simple fraction questions and in word problems.


English: The children have looked at acrostic poems linked to festivals, such as Harvest, Christmas, Diwali etc. Initially working in pairs to create poems and then individually. 


Swimming: Year 3 will beginning swimming lessons on the first Tuesday back. Decathlon store are currently selling swimming outfit, cap and goggles in a bag for approximately £10. We are unsure as to how long this deal may last.


We have asked the children to practise the times tables and continue to read for 20 minutes a day. We want to encourage a reading for pleasure attitude, so we expect feedback from a variety of sources.

9th October 2017


Maths: This week we have look at division, the inverse of multiplication. We have used the array method when solving number problems. The children have also looked at and used a number line, counting forward and backwards in order to solve number problems. We have continued to look at word problems, which contain both words and numbers. The children have used the same methods, number line and array, to work and and solve these problems.


Each morning we have also practised our times tables using, songs, games and written questions. We have encouraged the children to practise their times tables at home, using the number sheet we have provided.


English: This week we have been looking at the key features of instructional texts, such ranging from recipes to how to make a sandwich. The children have begun to identify these features and rate them in terms of the features they do or do not possess, such as bullet points, pictures, bossy vebs (imperative verbs) and numbers.


We have also continued with our look at the stone age and have designed miniture caves, along with cave drawings.

This week we have been working on:


2nd October, 2017


Maths: This week we have looked at different methods for multiplication. We have used arrays and number lines first, then, we have started to use the partitioning and the grid method. By the end of the week, we looked at word problems.


English: This week we started to write our own version of the 'The black dog'. We have used several techniques to get the reader's attention, such as, the use of fronted adverbials, different sentence starters, powerful adjectives and direct speech.



29th September 2017


Maths: This week we have looked at 2- D shapes and their properties. Children have identified the properties of shapes, lines of symmetry and sorted shapes by their properties.


English: This week we have started to plan our own version of the book 'The Black Dog'. We all had a book talk, used a mountain story planner and started to write own version.


22nd September 2017

Maths: This week we have looked at subtrating three-digit and one digit, along with three-digits and tens. Reforcing the understanding of place value (hundreds, tens and ones). We have also looked at subtracting two two digit numbers, using the partitioning method and empty number line. We have also looked at solving one step word problems using subtraction and addition.


English: We have continued reading our class book, looking at the use of apostrophes for contraction and possession. We have also improved sentences using fronted adverbials, adjectives and verbs.



15th September 2017

Maths: We looked at addition of two two digit numbers, using the partitioning and number line method. Where the children worked on questions similar to 86 + 43 =. These methods are illusrated in the school's calculation policy.  We also explored the vocabulary used within this area. We also looked at expanding the children's reasoning by posing open ended questions.


English: We started reading our class book 'The Black Dog', using this as the bases for describing characters, predicting what may occurs next. We also looked at the importance of grammar and punctuation, ensuring that we use capitals and full stops.


Every morning our focus is handwriting and the use of cursive script.