Year 3 Weekly Update – 11/06/21

Dear parents,
This week in Year 3 in English/topic the children have begun by reading some free verse poetry. They have been looking at the poem ‘Last night I saw the City Breathing’ by Andrew Fusek Peters and have been learning about what free verse poetry is and what personification is. Later on this week, they will be beginning to write their own free verse poems about the city. You can find some of the children’s writing from last half term on the Year 3 section of the school website, where you can also find photos of their DT project.

Maths: This week, the children will be extending their knowledge of the whole and halves to recognise quarters of shapes, objects and quantities. They will continue to work concretely and pictorially, understanding that they are splitting the whole into 4 equal parts and that each part is one quarter. Later, we will be applying our understanding of fractions to finding thirds. They will continue to use the language of ‘whole’ and ‘equal parts’ and understand that one third is equal to one part out of three equal parts. The children will write one third as a fraction and explain what each of the digits represents in the fractional notation. They will be building on their understanding of a third and three equal parts to find a third of a quantity. To support their understanding, children should use their knowledge of division and sharing in order to find a third of different quantities using concrete and pictorial representations. By the end of the week, the children will understand the concept of a unit fraction by recognising it as one equal part of a whole. They will link this to their understanding of recognising and finding thirds, quarters and halves. The children will also need to understand that the denominator represents the number of parts that a shape or quantity is split into.

PSHE: We will be learning about the importance of taking medicines correctly and using household products safely, (e.g. following instructions carefully).

RHE: We will be learning that some behaviour is wrong, unacceptable, unhealthy and risky. We will also be learning that thankfulness builds resilience against feelings of envy, inadequacy and insecurity, and against pressure from peers and the media. In this session, the children will identify behaviour that is wrong, unacceptable, unhealthy or risky, and they will be reminded that feelings and actions are different things. They will learn that particular feelings and pressures may lead us to act inappropriately, and so we will think about how to build resilience against those feelings by practising thankfulness. The children will then record all that they have to be thankful for, e.g. people and experiences in your lives.

Art: We will be learning about great artists, architects and designers in history.  We will look at examples of urban art – often referred to as graffiti. We will talk about similarities, differences and pieces we liked or disliked, giving reasons for our answers. We will discuss examples of this type of art that we have seen in our towns and will consider whether it is art or vandalism. The children will then be given the opportunity to produce their own artwork in the style of an artist or piece studied during the lesson.

Science: The children will be continuing to learn about rocks and will be looking at branching decision trees. They will be learning how to create a branching decision tree to identify and classify rocks according to their properties.

This week for spellings the children will be looking at homophones. The words we will focus on will be







Your child needs to know which word is appropriate to use in which sentence. Please help your child to learn these by discussing the different meanings of each word and dictating sentences to them and seeing if they can use the correct version of the word. This is how they will be tested on these next week. Please also make sure to read with your child and to sign their reading record and to continue to learn their times tables in this order: 10s, 5s, 2s, 3s, 4s then 8s.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Whyatt