Year 3


Topics covered in Year 3 Spring Term 2018



 This term we will focus on speaking and listening skills in the Literacy curriculum to rehearse and extend children’s ideas for writing as well as exploring fiction and non-fiction text. Our learning will centre on science fiction text, diary entries, narrative, reports and poetry, including some performances. Every Thursday children will take part in Creative Writing (30 minutes independent writing) which they will build up to over the course of the week. We will focus and build on the use of ambitious vocabulary in writing, the use of a range of connective words, how to open sentences in different ways and how to use a full range of punctuation. Children will be encouraged to think carefully about the purpose, audience and style of their writing in relation to the genre being studied.

 Home reading – Children must remember to bring their reading books each day as they read in school in the morning and in the afternoon. It is essential that you listen to your child read every night. Book bags should be brought to school each day.



 This term in Maths we will be learning the following:

  • Mental calculation strategies.
  • Understanding the value of each digit in numbers with 3- digits and 4 digits.
  • Writing numbers up to 4 digits in numerals and words.
  • Knowing by heart multiplication and corresponding division facts of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. e.g.    5x 5 = 25, 25 ÷ 5 = 5.
  • Teaching and extending children’s knowledge of formal written methods for addition and subtraction.
  • Read, choose, use and record standard metric units to estimate and measure length, weight and capacity to a suitable degree of accuracy.
  • Identify, visualise and describe properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Collecting, interpreting and presenting data to solve problems.

A timetables revision booklet has been sent home. Please support your child in learning the rapid recall of the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times tables. There will be a speed times table test each week.



 The first half term, we will be covering ‘rocks and soils’. We will be comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We will also learn to describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock as well as recognising that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

 The second half term, we will be covering ‘light’. We will be understanding the importance of light and recognise that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We will also be observing how light is reflected from surfaces as well as recognising that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. Additionally, we will be discussing and working around the dangers of strong light and recognising that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes.

 We shall be covering this through a mixture of practical and theoretical lessons.



 In Geography our topic will be ‘our local area’. Through fieldwork. the children will learn to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in our local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.



 In History we will be studying ‘The Bronze Age’. The children will be looking at how the United Kingdom changed during the Bronze Age. We will develop a chronological understanding of what happened in the Stone Age, establishing clear narratives. We will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and we will consider life in the Stone Age and how it compares to life to today.


 In R.E we are studying ‘symbols’ including symbols of all major religions.


 This term we will be covering basic classroom objects, numbers and days of the week.


Art and D.T.

 In Art we will be investigating ‘patterns’ and in D.T. we will be covering ‘packaging’.



Recorder lessons continue on Monday afternoons which is led by a specialist music teacher from Brent Music Service.


PE takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has the correct P.E kit, which should be brought in every Monday.


The first half of term our topic will be ‘going for goals’, including motivation, dealing with frustration and taking responsibility. In the second half of term our topic will be ‘good to be me’, including impulsive and thoughtful behaviour, making choices, peer pressure and dealing with feelings. This will be explored through drama and speaking and listening activities.



Homework will be set on Tuesdays and is due back on Mondays. This includes comprehension, grammar, writing activity, maths and spellings. Spelling tests will take place on Tuesdays. Please ensure your child has completed his/her homework.


Miss I. Osman