Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 3
What have year 3 been doing?




Maths - During term 2 we will be developing our knowledge of multiplication and division methods, learning about the relationship between these operations. We will investigate the ways in which we can use our knowledge of multiplication tables to solve both multiplication and division problems as well as how to multiply two digit numbers and divide with regrouping.  It is vital that your child practises their 2, 3, 5, 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 - Using a wide range of texts and genres from the Power of Reading, children will continue to develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We will be using the book ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells this term, an exciting text about Ivan, a boy who lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. We will journey through the text to meet an ominous character, Starjik, and join Ivan on his quest to find his little brother who is missing. We will use this text to inspire our writing which will include instruction writing, information leaflets, diary entries, persuasive letters, newspaper reports, free verse poems 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- This term we will explore Sikhism and learn all about the founders of Sikhism and the main beliefs of a Sikh. We will learn about the Sikh holy book, special festivals and why the Gurdwara is an important place for Sikhs. Later, will we also learn why advent is important to Christians. 

HistoryThe children will be using a range of historical sources to discover more about life in Britain during the Bronze Age and Iron Age, building on what we have already learnt about the Stone Age. The children will learn how people survived and what evidence is used by historians to solve the mysteries of this ancient period in time.

Geography - We will be studying the locations of Stonehenge, Skara Brae and other significant locations of the Stone Age to Iron Age period. We will be using digital mapping tools to record information and study the ways in which the physical landscapes were changed and adapted by early humans.

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. Later, we will also link our science and history learning and research the construction of Stonehenge

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 anti-bullying as well as how to recognise negative behaviour and the effect they can have. The children will also explore the consequences of actions, on individuals and communities.

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 continue to have specialist sport coaching on Thursdays from a Kent county cricket coach, progressing on to accurate batting and fielding. Children will also receive gymnastics coaching from a specialist coach every Wednesday.  

Art and DT - We will be developing our print making skills. We will be starting by looking at the patterns that were created on Bronze Age artefacts and then using these to inspire us to create our own pattern to print.

French - We will be using the Euro Stars programme as well as games, songs, video clips and stories to learn and practise French vocabulary in lots of different ways. 

Music- Children will be taught by Mrs McIlwham, a specialist music teacher, on Thursday afternoons, where they will work on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performing. Mrs Bateup continues to lead singing on Mondays.

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.