Autumn term information

Welcome to a new term and a new school year!  I am really looking forward to working with your children and yourselves this year, we have already made a fabulous start with lovely behaviour and a good attitude to our learning.

The following is some information about what we will be studying in Year 3 this term.

In maths we continue to follow the Effective Maths program and this term we will learn the following:

  • Reading and writing numbers to 400 in numerals
  • Reading and writing numbers in words
  • Counting forwards in fours to 100
  • Identifying and representing numbers
  • Ten more and ten less
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Equivalence of 10 tens and 1 hundred
  • Addition and subtraction facts for 100 using multiples of 5 and 10
  • Add a 3-digit number and ones
  • Subtracting ones from a three-digit number (exchanging)
  • Add a 3-digit number and tens; subtract tens from a 3-digit number
  • Adding multiples of ten (making the next hundred)
  • Subtracting multiples of ten (bridging hundreds: making the previous hundred)
  • Add numbers with up to 3-digits (no exchanging)
  • Add numbers with up to 3-digits (exchanging)
  • Subtract numbers with up to 3- digits (with and without exchanging)
  • 5 × table (revision)
  • 4 × table, 8 × table and 3 × table
  • Solving problems involving 3, 4 and 8 × tables
  • Dividing by 4, 8 and 3
  • Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, then to nearest 1 minute
  • Different ways of expressing time 1:30pm; 1:30 in the afternoon; minutes past/minutes to
  • 24-hour clocks
  • Number of seconds in a minute
  • The number of days in each month, year and leap year
  • Finding and comparing durations of events
  • Recognising fractions: fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, ninths and tenths
  • Counting in tenths
  • Finding fractions of quantities
  • Comparing and ordering fractions
  • Equivalent fractions

In English this term we will be looking at the texts 'The Sheep-Pig' by D. King-Smith then 'Stig of the Dump', by Clive King and other texts linked to our History topic.   Through these texts we will be focusing on the following:

  • Using apostrophes for contractions and possession
  • Punctuation of speech
  • Using standard English
  • Writing newspaper reports
  • Persuasive writing
  • Instructions

Our science topic this term is ‘Animals including humans’ where we will be learning to:

  • What effect does the food we eat have?
  • Where is my skeleton and what does it do?
  • Where are my muscles and what do they do?

After half term we will look at ‘Light’, as part of this we will be learning to:

  • Do we need light to see things? Remember: what are light sources and what are not light sources?
  • How are shadows formed?
  • What happens to the size of a shadow when the object moves closer to, or away from, the light source?

Our other topics are:

  • Geography - ‘Why do people live near volcanoes?’
  • History – ‘Would you prefer to live in the Stone age, Bronze age or Iron age?’
  • Music – ‘Singing in rounds’ and ‘Untuned percussion’
  • RE – ‘Divali’ and ‘Christmas’
  • Art – ‘Drawing: Growing artists’
  • DT – ‘Eating seasonally’
  • PSHE – ‘Who am I and how do I fit?' and ‘Respect for similarity and difference. Anti-bullying and being unique’