Year 3

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 4)

English – Poetry Writing – The Sound Collector

This week we continued learning about poetry, using 'The Sound Collector' as our inspiration.  We used the sounds that we collected around school to create our own poems based in a school setting.  We then began to innovate our poetry, using a new environment to plan verbs and nouns to match it.

At home you can: read a range of poetry books and different types of poems.

Maths – Measurement (Length)

This week we continued to look at length.  We began by adding different lengths in the same unit, and then added lengths with mixed measurements, having to convert them first.  We then worked on subtracting lengths, using the same unit and then converting.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in m, cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in m, cm and mm.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

Curriculum Map

Parent Workshop presentation

Please find below the presentation from our parents' workshop.
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What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 3)

English – Poetry Writing – The Sound Collector

This week we started a new unit of work based on 'The Sound Collector' poem by Roger McGough.  We looked at the features of the poem, and in particular the way that it uses repetition and rhyme as well as sound verbs.  We wrote our own rhyming couplets and began to collect our own school sounds by doing a sound walk, so that we can plan and write our own poems next week.

At home you can: read a range of poetry books and different types of poems.

Maths – Measurement (Length)

We began a new unit this week on measurement, looking at length.  We focused on measuring in centimetres and millimetres and thought about which objects would be more suitable to be measured in those units.  We then began to find equivalent lengths and to compare lengths of the same unit and in mixed units.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in cm and mm.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 2)

English – Narrative Writing (The Mousehole Cat continued)

This week we continued our narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We began to innovate the story by writing our own versions from the viewpoint of the other main character, Tom.  We also adapted the story by changing the storm animal. We then began publishing our books!

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Fractions

We continued to learn about fractions this week.  We looked at how to find fractions on a number line as well as how to use the bar model to find fractions of an amount.  We worked on our problem solving and reasoning skills to investigate fractions and to answer a range of questions.

At home you can: Practise finding fractions of an amount using the bar model.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 1)

English – Narrative Writing (The Mousehole Cat continued)

This week we continued our narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We wrote letters to a cat pen-pal from Mowzer’s perspective, which we later started to publish during our ICT time. We also created information posters about the legend of Tom Bawcock and about Tom Bawcock’s Eve, which is still celebrated in Mousehole today.  We ended the week doing some hot-seating, asking Tom questions about his adventure in order to find out more about his character.

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Fractions

We have started a new unit on Fractions this week. We have learnt what a numerator and denominator are and also what a unit fraction and a non-unit fraction are.  We have spent lots of time recognising and naming fractions of shapes and are starting to look at fractions as an amount pictorially (for example, 5/10 of the dots are red, 5/10 of the dots are blue). We have also begun to find fraction pairs that make one whole.

At home you can: Practise naming and recognising fractions, using the fraction vocabulary – especially halves, quarters, thirds, fifths, tenths.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 6)

English – The Mousehole Cat

This week we began a narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat', by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We looked closely at the setting of Mousehole in Cornwall, using pictures and illustrations to help us write descriptively.  We created story maps of the story in partners and then used these to inspire us to retell the story using drama and actions.

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Statistics

We have started a new unit on Statistics this week, looking at pictograms, tally charts and bar charts.  We learnt how to interpret and read pictograms and bar charts to answer questions related to the data they showed.  We also started to draw our own data and create our own bar charts.

At home you can: Look at a range of data in the form of tables, pictograms, tally charts and bar charts. Discuss the data and how to find the difference between different data.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 5)

English – Biographies

This week we continued to write in paragraphs about our Brighton historical figures of Martha Gunn, Dr Richard Russell and the Prince Regent.  We then published our work using our neatest handwriting. 

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have learnt about money this week in Maths.  We learnt to convert money from pounds to pence, to add and subtract amounts of money.  We also learnt how to find the difference between amounts of money to give change.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 4)

English – Biographies

This week we continued to research our Brighton historical figure and makes notes about their life.  We then began to write up our notes into paragraphs, using appropriate subheadings to structure and organise our writing.  Our knowledge of the subjects was supported by our school trip this week to the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum, where we were able to explore the former residency of the Prince Regent and learn more about Martha Gunn and Richard Russell too.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our understanding of multiplication and division this week.  We looked at how to answer one-step and two-step word problems and how to find relationships between numbers using scaling.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 3)

English – Biographies

This week we started to learn about biography writing.  We began the topic by exploring a range of different biographies, including those of famous authors, sportspeople and scientists.  We then started to look more in-depth at the style of writing, identifying and analysing the features and structure.  We then began to make notes on a Brighton historical figure, to draw links to our Spring term Geography & History topic ‘Beside the Sea’.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued learning about division using partitioning to help us. We used the language of dividend and divisor to identify the numbers in a division sentence. We used the part whole method to identify and partition the dividend into multiples of the divisor. This helps us divide a number into parts to make it easier to work out.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 2)

English – Instruction Writing

This week we have been learning all about instruction writing.  We looked at the features of different instructions by reading a range of texts and examples and seeing what they all had in common.  We then learnt about the features, such as how to use imperative ‘bossy’ verbs and time conjunctions in our writing.  Finally, we wrote our own set of instructions for how to make a string telephone, linked to our Science topic of Sound.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction instruction texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued learning about multiplication by practicing the column method.  We began by using pictoral methods and partitioning the numbers into tens and ones before working out the answers using the more efficient column method.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 6)

English – Poetry

This week we have been publishing our poems using Microsoft Word to type them up neatly.  We also got the opportunity to write them up in our neatest cursive handwriting and to decorate them with our own illustrations.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our understanding of multiplication and division this week, carrying out our end of term assessment.  We also revised and recapped our existing knowledge of addition and subtraction in different contexts, for example, within one- and two-step word problems.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 5)

English – Poetry

This week we have been reciting our poems in class and thinking about the types of poems we chose and why.  We also continued to learn about the features, such as onomatopoeia and alliteration, so that we could start to include these in our own poetry writing.  We took inspiration from the natural world pictures to start writing and editing our own poems.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued to work on multiplication and division this week in Maths. We looked at ways to multiply and divide by eight, using grouping and sharing and our existing times table knowledge.  We used our four times table to help us spot patterns between that and the eight times table.  We have started to practice answering a range of word problems involving both multiplication and division.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Science – Food Technology

The children made healthy snacks as part of their cross-curricular learning in Science and Design Technology.  They learnt how to chop and prepare a range of vegetables to include in their healthy snack.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 4)

English – Poetry

This week we have started a new topic in English, looking at poetry writing. We listened to and read a range of different poems to analyse their features, looking for adjectives, repetition, alliteration, emotive language, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia.  We then drew our own pictures based on the poem ‘Bush Fire’ by Jackie Kay, and used this to inspire our own writing of similes and metaphors.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued to work on multiplication and division this week in Maths. We looked at ways to divide by three, using grouping and sharing.  We used our knowledge of arrays and our times tables to help us know the difference between grouping and sharing, as well as to spot patterns. We wrote the known number fact families for multiplication and division (i.e. 2x3 = 6, 3x2 = 6, 6÷3 = 2, 6÷2 = 3).

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 3)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We planned our own versions of the story, thinking about how we could adapt the events of the story to add our own twist to it.  We wrote the beginning, middle and ending of our story using adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and speech.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at adjectives, adverbs and fronted adverbials within what you read.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our learning from Year 2 by using arrays, repeated addition and number lines to solve multiplication number sentences.  We have noticed the relationship between multiplication and addition by realising that they are commutative (can be added or multiplied in, e.g. 2x3 and 3x2 will have the same answer).

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between the 4s and 8s; correct mistakes in multiplication.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 2)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We learnt how to use adjectives for description when thinking about the setting and introduction of a place within a story.  We also developed our sentences by looking at adverbs and fronted adverbials, and their role in helping to say how, when and where something happens within the story.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at adjectives, adverbs and fronted adverbials within what you read.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We solidified our understanding of the formal written method of column addition and subtraction, and used our knowledge to solve addition and subtraction questions when represented in different ways (i.e. in a bar model, in a word problem, in a part whole model). We focused again on regrouping and exchanging. Regrouping when a number goes over into the next column and exchanging when we need to ‘exchange’ a ten or a hundred to help solve a calculation.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables; let your child explain the method of column addition or subtraction; correct mistakes in column addition/ subtraction.

Science – School Trip

All classes enjoyed a fantastic outing to the Booth Museum of Natural History this week.  The children took part in a ‘Skeletons’ workshop where they learnt more about the human skeleton as well as getting to explore and observe the many exhibits of animal skeletons on show.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 1)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We learnt how to use inverted commas for speech and thought about different ways of using ‘said’, to make our writing more interesting (e.g. mumbled, whispered, exclaimed).  We also learnt about adverbial phrases and how these help to expand our sentences, thinking about how something happened, when something happened or where something happened (e.g. Under the starlit sky, we had a celebration feast). We then wrote a postcard in the first person as if we were the Stone Age Boy.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at speech within a narrative.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We have moved on from using pictoral representations (number lines and place value grids/ counters) to the formal written method of column addition and subtraction. We focused especially on regrouping and exchanging. Regrouping when a number goes over into the next column and exchanging when we need to ‘exchange’ a ten or a hundred to help solve a calculation.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables; let your child explain the method of column addition or subtraction; correct mistakes in column addition/ subtraction.

Science – School Trip

Next week is our school trip to the Booth Museum.  Please make sure children bring a water bottle to school and have a waterproof coat or jacket.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 7)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has been centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We began our new unit by exploring the front cover in detail, asking and answering questions about the story and making inferences about the characters and setting.  We then read part of the story and made predictions on the ending, based on what we had read.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We have moved on from using pictoral representations (number lines and place value grids/ counters) to the formal written method of column addition and subtraction.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables.

 

Topic – School Trip

We enjoyed our trip to Surrenden Road to focus on our geography skills.  We learnt how to draw sketch maps that included local geographical and human features.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What Have We Been Learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 6)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week our Literacy has focused on Black History Month.  We learnt about Malala through the story Malala’s Magic Pencil.  We learnt about her personal story and designed our own front covers, using symbols of the changes we wanted to see in the world. We wrote diary entries and speeches about the changes we would want to see for a fairer, more peaceful world too.

At home you can: Research and read about different people linked to Black History Month.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued to practice addition and subtraction of three digit numbers and ones, tens and hundreds this week.  To help us we have been drawing pictoral representations of a sum or number sentence using Base 10, place value grids and counters and number lines.  We have learnt the vocabulary of regrouping - when two numbers added together are too big and need to be regrouped (i.e. 10 ones becomes 1 ten) and exchanging - when a bigger number needs to be subtracted from a smaller number and we need to exchange (i.e. 1 hundred becomes 10 tens).

At home you can: Practise drawing out place value counters for hundreds, tens and ones and regrouping or exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week continue from the National Curriculum spelling list for Year 3/ 4.

Look out for these words in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 5)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week our Literacy has focused on writing up the notes on our prehistoric animals into full sentences and paragraphs.  We then started to publish our writing using joined-up handwriting, ready to create our non-chronological reports.  

At home you can: Read different non-fiction texts and discuss the features.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have started to practice addition and subtraction of ones from three-digit numbers this week.  We began by using place value counters and number lines to visualise the process of exchanging tens and ones.

At home you can: Practise counting forwards and backwards in ones from a given 3-digit number.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week continue from the National Curriculum spelling list for Year 3/ 4, alongside the words ‘which’ and ‘their’.

Look out for these words in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.