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Year 3

Message from class teacher

Mrs Blakey,  and Mrs Potts welcome you to Year 3. Year 3 is a really important step on your journey through Primary School and making the transition from KS1 to KS2 can sometimes be a little daunting. We strive to ensure that learning is always lively, engaging and interesting.  

Facts about the teacher

    • I played cricket for England.
    • I love visiting my family in Australia.
    • In my spare time I enjoy cycling, golf and going away in my motorhome.

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During your time in Year 3, we cover a variety of topics. In the first term we look at all things Egyptian, including farming, living and the afterlife. We look at the farming seasons and how the farmers got water from the Nile to the fields. We look at how important the Nile was to the survival of the Egyptian people. When we look at the afterlife we make a death mask in the style of the famous death mask of Tutankhamen.

In the second term we look at the Roman occupation of Britain. We look at the things that the Romans brought to England that changed it forever. We investigate how they integrated themselves into Celtic society. We also try and arrange a trip to a Roman site to see what Roman architecture was like first hand.

During the Summer Term we will study in detail the important city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, exploring its rich heritage, its contribution to the Industrial Revolution and how the City has grown and developed over recent centuries. Our learning will be brought to life through hands on experiences and cross curricular links.

Term Curriculum


In our Numeracy lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
    • Read, write and order whole numbers to at least 1000 in numerals and  in words position them on a number line, count on from and back to zero in single-digit steps or multiples of 10
    • Partition three-digit numbers into multiples of 100, 10 and 1 in different ways
    • Use knowledge of number operations and corresponding inverses, including doubling and halving, to estimate and check calculations
    • Derive and recall addition and subtraction facts for each number to 20, sums and differences of multiples of 10 and number pairs that total 100
    • Add or subtract mentally combinations of one-digit and two-digit numbers and three digit numbers
    • Add or subtract mentally a three digit number and tens
    • Add or subtract mentally a three digit number and hundreds
    • Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times tables and the corresponding division facts; recognise multiples of 2, 5 or 10 up to 1000
    • Use practical and informal written methods to multiply and divide two-digit numbers; round remainders up or down, depending on the context
    • Find unit fractions of numbers and quantities (e.g. ½, 1/3, ¼ and 1/6)
    • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole. (eg. 5/7+1/7=6/7)denominators.
    • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominators within one whole ( 5/7 + 1/7 = 6/7).
    • Follow a line of enquiry by deciding what information is important; make and use lists, tables and graphs to organise and interpret the information
    • Answer a question by collecting, organizing and interpreting data; use tally charts, frequency tables, pictogram and bar charts to represent results and illustrate observations, use ICT to create a simple bar chart
    • Use Venn diagrams or Carroll diagrams to sort data and objects using more than one criterion
    • Know the relationship between kilometres and metres, metres and centimeters, kilograms and grams, litres and millilitres, choose and use appropriate units  to estimate, measure and record measurements
    • Read to the nearest division and half division, scales that are numbered or partially numbered; use the information to measure and draw to a suitable degree of accuracy
    • Read the time on a 12-hour digital clock and to the nearest 5 minutes on an analogue clock; calculate time intervals and find start or end times for a given time interval. Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII and 12 hour and 24 hour clocks.
    • Relate 2-D shapes and 3-D solids to drawings of them; describe, visualise, classify, draw and make the shapes
    • Read and record the vocabulary of position, direction and movement, using the four compass directions to describe movement about a grid
    • Recognize angles are a property of a shape or a description of a turn.
    • Describe and explain methods, choices and solutions to puzzles and problems, orally and in writing, using pictures and diagrams
    • Represent the information in a puzzle or problem using numbers, images or diagrams, use these to find a solution and present it in a context, where appropriate using £.p notation or units of measure
    • Identify patterns and relationships involving numbers or shapes, and use these to solve problems
    • Solve one and two step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations
    • Identify patterns and relationships involving numbers or shapes, and use these to solve problems


In our English lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics:

Stories with familiar settings, Reports, Poems to perform.

    • Ask relevant questions to extend  understanding and knowledge.
    • To develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books.
    • Use relevant strategies to build  vocabulary.
    • To develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by increasing their familiarity with a wide range books including fairy tales, myths and legends and retelling some of these orally
    • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on task and initiating and responding to comments.
    • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
    • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
    • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology)  both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet. Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.
    • To receive and record information from non-fiction.
    • Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read.
    • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.
    • Spell further homophones.
    • Spell words that are often misspelt.
    • Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s]
    • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
    • Write from memory, simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught.
    • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left un-joined
    • Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of  handwriting.
    • Plan writing by:discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write, in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar discussing and recording ideas.


In our Science lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
    • What do we know about plants?.
    • Are all roots the same?.
    • What do bees do?
    • Who’s who in the animal world?
    • How do different animals move?
    • What’s so special about birds?


The Roman Invasion of Britain.

We look at why the Romans invaded Britain. We research what they brought to Britain and how it changed the Celts way of life. We look at how Boadicea stood up to the Romans and how the Romans quelled her rebellion.  We will work on mosaics and how they were used in Roman society. 


 Trips and Events

Trips and Events
    • Class trip to Oriental Museum, Durham – 19/09/18
      Y3/4 Multi-skills – Vane Road – 05/10/18
    • Safety Week – w/c 15/10/18
    • Parents Evening – 16/10/18 and 17/10/18
      Remembrance Service – 09/11/18
      Class trip to Sunderland Empire – Horrible Histories, Awful Egyptians – 22/11/18
      Christmas Production – 12/12/18
    • Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Production) – 18/12/18
    • Yr 3/4 Christmas Party – 19/12/18
      Carols by candlelight 21/12/18
      Return to school 07.01.19



    • Monday – Pocket Readers will be given out and expected back a week later on this day.
    • Wednesday – Children will be given homework and spellings. These are due back the following Wednesday. 
    • Wednesday – From time to time, children will also be given talking homework, in preparation for WOW writing the following day.

Things to remember

    • PE Kit –  Wednesday and Friday.
    • Spelling test every Wednesday.
    • Water Bottles every day