Year 3 Weekly Update – 20/11/20

Dear parents/carers,

This week in year 3 in our literacy/topic we have begun our new topic of Tribal Tales (from Stone Age to Iron Age). The children begun the week with a ‘virtual’ visit to the Lascaux caves in France to see the cave paintings from the Stone Age. They learnt about the differences between the lives of Stone Age children and their lives. They have also looked at some of the key events in the the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and tried to place these on a timeline. Later on this week the children will be comparing tools and homes in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and performing an excavation dig in the school grounds to see what they can find out about the past.

Maths: This week the children will be subtracting a 1-digit number from a 3-digit number using an exchange. The children will need to be secure in the fact that 321 is 3 hundreds, 2 tens and 1 one but that it is also 3 hundreds, 1 ten and 11 ones. The children will be given lots of opportunities to regroup using different representations, such as Base 10, arrow cards and place value counters. The children will then use their understanding of this concept when looking at what happens to a 3-digit number when a multiple of 10 is added or subtracted. The use of the column method will be exemplified in this example, but children should explore whether or not this is needed and be able to explain their reasons why. Mental methods will be encouraged throughout.

RSHE: In our RSHE session, the children will help fictional characters to learn that similarities and differences can be celebrated. The children will be given an opportunity to reflect on God’s love as the foundation of our self-confidence.

RE:We will be introducing the children to our new RE topic ‘Mary, Mother of God’. During this topic the children will be given the opportunity to learn that Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and therefore the first disciple. Her role in the Church flows directly from her union with Christ. She is the Church’s model of faith and charity and because of her singular response to God’s Word, is the Mother of the Church.

During our first lesson, we will be focusing on God choosing Mary to the mother of His Son and the reasons for this choice. We will also think about the importance of being chosen and how it makes us feel when we are chosen.

For home learning this week please continue to learn the 4 times table. In spellings we have been looking at homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelt differently). Please help your child to learn the following words and also when to use these appropriately:










Please also make sure to listen to your child read and sign their reading record.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Whyatt