When reading, your child should be able to use their knowledge of how words are structured to help them read aloud and work out meanings. Your child will be learning to become an independent, fluent, and enthusiastic reader. Most children will be really taking off with their reading and will be reading much more fluently and starting to tackle chapter books, as well as developing their own reading interests and opinions. Reading at St Margaret's will also teach children to better understanding what has been read and beginning to think about how and why authors write.
Your child will choose their own reading books more frequently now, although some children still benefit from leveled books at this stage (to help them take steps towards reading longer books and to build their reading confidence). There will still be whole class and group/guided reading sessions where the teacher goes over aspects of reading and writing.
In writing, we will focus on creativity and writing styles; looking at settings, language style and character within their writing. Your child will also study different genres of writing such as poetry and instruction writing. We will encourage children to use sentences, punctuation, and words more adventurously in their writing. Your child will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there is less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes. There are statutory spelling lists for Year 3 and 4 (see the link below) and additional topic-linked vocabulary.
Mathematics in Year 3 will continue to work on timestables with quick recall of the required 3, 4, 8 and 6 times-tables (as well as the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables they’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2). This is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year.
You will probably notice your child beginning to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division, and using and applying their times-tables knowledge. They will also cover fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, area, perimeter and shape. Our Maths curriculum concentrates on breadth and depth of knowledge, and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding.
Science in Year 3 is engaging and fun. Your child will learn about life processes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans). How to work scientifically and write up their investigations in a more formal way — using predictions, methods, results and conclusions — is also a key part of this year’s science curriculum.
Hi! I am Mr Ovey and I teach Friendship class.
I'm looking forward to an action packed year of learning, trips, visitors and experiences to make our learning fun.
Hi! I'm Mr Barnard and I teach Trust Class.