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Year 3

 Welcome to Year 3!

This half term we’re working hard to be like all our Learning Captains. Class 3B will be performing their class assembly on Wednesday 15th November showcasing our learning from this half term. Parents are also invited to a drop-in session on Wednesday 13th September, from 9am until 10am, to meet some of the staff in Years 3 and 4.


In English, we have been looking at Roald Dahl’s famous story, The Twits. We used talk for writing to learn the instructions that Mrs. Twit uses to make her wormy spaghetti to feed to Mr. Twit.  We will also be writing newspaper reports about the story, describing what has happened to the Twits while they have been playing tricks on each other.  We will be practicing our handwriting and spellings in class weekly, a big focus this year will be on our handwriting and trying to join our letters in a cursive form.


In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around numbers, up to 1000, and  addition and subtraction. We will be learning about place value and how many hundreds, tens and ones make up a number. When looking at addition and subtraction, we will start by relooking at addition and subtraction facts and counting on / counting back, before moving on to look at the formal written method. At home, you can help your child by encouraging them to practise their times tables. In Year 3, we focus on our 3, 4 and 8s as well as recapping over the 2, 5 and 10s. We also encourage all children to practise telling the time as we will be learning to tell the time in 1 minute intervals from an analogue and digital clock.


In Science, we are learning about plants.  We have talked about what we already know about plants and their different parts, as well as starting to look at the components of a flowering plant in more detail.  We will be moving on to learn about the life cycle of flowering plants and will carry out some experiments to test our predictions about the different things plants need to grow. We will also be starting to look at animals, including humans, and learning about what they need to survive and be healthy. We will look at similarities and differences between different species and discuss their diet.


Our topic for this half term is ‘Heroes and Villains’. In Art, we will be looking at the different types of pop art and linking this to the way comic books are illustrated. In History, we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks, finding out about who they were and the different cities that they ruled. This will link to our Geography learning and we will be locating these using an atlas. We will also look at other countries around the world, different rivers and the effects of some natural disasters. Year 3 have a two week cooking block when we come back after October half term where we will make some Greek food in our D&T lessons, to link in with our History learning. In P.E we have some coaches from Nottingham Forest Football Club who will be working with us every Tuesday. They spend the morning supporting in class with our Maths and English and then spend the afternoon teaching us a variety of sports and games. In French, we will be starting to learn key words; ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘thank you’, ‘please’, and simple sentences as well as numbers 1-10.