Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 3
What have year 3 been doing?


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Maths - During term 3 we will be developing our knowledge of length, mass, volume and capacity, and solving word problems associated with these measurements. We will also be moving on to study money. It is vital that your child practises their 2, 3, 4, 8 times tables regularly at home so that they can recall them in any order and at great speed as this will support their learning and progress in school.

English - Children will continue to develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills using our text for this term, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. This is a wonderful, hilarious tale about a boy whose explorer parents go missing, which leads to an unusual adventure for him. In reading this book we will meet a righteous albatross called Mr. Culpeper, a short-sighted mermaid, and possibly a villain or two! We will use this text to inspire our writing which will include letters, poems with repetition, diary entries and narrative stories, all using precise and rich vocabulary along with topic related language.  Reader’s Workshop sessions continue where children develop comprehension and inference skills.

RE- his term we will explore the Holy Trinity and symbolism in Christianity. We will be looking at this through religious ceremonies such as baptism. 

Music - Children will work on a variety of musical skills, including keeping a rhythm, identifying pitch, composing and performing. 

Geography - We will be studying human and physical geography, including locating the equator, north and south poles, continents and oceans. The children will use Google Earth, atlases and globes to further their geographical awareness. 

Science - In science we will be studying forces and magnets.  We will explore how things move on different surfaces, identify different magnetic materials and make predictions about the different poles of a magnet. 

Computing - The children will become presenters this term and will make a short narrated video, practising a sport and to using this to help improve their performance.

PSHE - We will be learning about our roles, relationships and responsibilities within group situations. We will discuss different groups that we belong to, from being at school to the wider community. 

PE - Please ensure that a full PE kit is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons can vary on a weekly basis. Children will participate in both indoor and outdoor PE lessons twice a week. This term children will have specialist sport coaching in cricket, progressing to accurate batting and fielding. Children will also be learning to perform an 8-step dance routine.   

Art and DT -We will be using the medium of paper to design our own ‘seawigs’, linking to our English book for this term, Oliver and the Seawigs. The children may be asked to bring in some pictures or resources.



Save the date…
Term 4: On Thursday 7th March 2.40-3.10pm, there will be open classrooms as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Our theme will be to dress as any of the characters or animals from the three books we have studied so far this year: The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper, The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, and Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.  More details to follow.



Home Learning- Home learning will be set each Thursday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. 

Mathletics- Each Thursday your child will be set challenges on Mathletics ( by their class teacher to complete online before the following Wednesday. Chiildren's login details are stuck inside the front cover of their home learning diaries and folders. 

Comprehension- A topic comprehension task will be set every fortnight. 

Timestables and Spellings- We will be testing spellings and timestables each Wednesday and scores will be recorded in the children's home learning diaries. Please see the back of the children's spelling sheets for details about which timestables the children should be learning. 

Buster's Book Club- Buster Book Club bookmarks will be sent home on a Wednesday. This is an ideal time to sit and enjoy a book from home with your child as their reading book may be in school. If Wednesday is a busy day at home then you can always have your Buster Book Club reading time another day in the week and then complete the bookmark when it comes home with the date you read together. 

Daily Reading- Your child’s reading book will be sent home each Thursday with their reading log, this should be returned the following Wednesday with a weekly comment about words they find challenging or their understanding of the text. As the texts become longer many children take more than a week to finish a book. If this happens please still sign and comment about your child’s reading that week and note that the book is unfinished.