Year 3 Overview
Year 3 (Y3) marks the beginning of four years that children spend in Key Stage 2 (KS2). As part of this transition, children develop specialised skills as they deepen their learning in areas such as sport and music. This includes optional tuition for a wide range of musical instruments by specialist teachers and the opportunity to join our school ensembles and choir.
Many children in Year 3 also enjoy taking on additional roles of responsibility throughout school such as applying to become a member of our school council. Learning is brought to life through exciting educational visits, experiential days that consolidate learning of history topics and a wide range of both in school and partnership festivals.
Curriculum and Areas of Learning
Children’s learning is rooted in the Y3 or Key Stage 2 programme of study from the Primary National Curriculum. In addition to this, children will develop their understanding of the wider world and current topical issues highlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). In Year 3, children focus upon the following Global Goals specifically:
Global Goal 1- No Poverty
Ensure everyone can get a job to earn a living.
Everyone should have a safe home and enough money for a decent standard of living.
Global Goal 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote decent and safe working conditions for all
Reduce the number of unemployed youth through access to training in new jobs
Tackle child labour
Global Goal 11- Sustainable CIties and Communities
Ensure all have access to quality safe housing and basic services.
Plan improvements to cities as a community
Protect cultural and natural heritage sites
Look at ways to help with natural disasters
Help communities with waste management, air quality and climate change.
Key units of learning throughout Year 3 include delving into the past to discover Stone Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon societies. In addition to this, children develop their knowledge of both local and global geography through investigative and field work projects.
Children will be set weekly homework to practise key spelling patterns. These often relate to the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling words in addition to words with spelling patterns discussed in class.
We encourage children to read 10 minutes daily to ensure that they have exposure to the fantastic books in school. Children use the Accelerated Reader programme to take a quiz after completing their book.
Each half term, children are provided with a selection of activities and tasks that link to their learning and encourage creativity . Children aim to complete as many of these challenges as possible within a half term. The tasks are designed to recap and extend the learning from a range of foundation subjects.
Children receive a weekly maths homework that is accessed through MyMaths. The weekly task relates to the unit of learning that the children have been covering in class. These activities are designed to provide additional independent practice of key mathematical skills including fluency in calculation with basic operations. Children also use Times Table Rockstars to support the recall of times tables facts.
Links to additional learning resources
Times Tables Rockstars- https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student
Busy Things- Log in to School 360 and access the Busy Things platform - you can practise your typing skills as well as coding avatars to perform specific tasks.