Year 3 Weekly Update – 09/07/21

Dear parents,
This week in Year 3 in English/topic the children are looking at persuasive leaflets. They will be looking at a variety of different leaflets and seeing what these are trying to persuade us to do and how they are trying to persuade us to do these things. They will also be looking at what paired or correlative conjunctions are and how to use these in their writing. Later on this week, they will be planning their own leaflets, which they will write, persuading people to come and visit the wonderful Barnet!

Maths: This week, the children will use ‘morning’, ‘afternoon’, ‘a.m.’ and ‘p.m.’ to describe the time of day. They will be introduced to telling the time on a 24-hour digital clock for the first time and will spend time looking at analogue and digital clocks at various times throughout the day, in order to compare what is the same and what is different. The children will then move onto finding the durations of events using both analogue and digital clocks. They will be given opportunities to practically work out durations of time using clocks with moveable hands. Number lines are also a useful model. We will be exploring the most efficient ways of breaking the time down in order to work out the duration. For example: half hours, quarter of an hour and five minutes.

We will then move onto our new Measurement topic: Mass and Capacity. We will be recapping on previous learning by comparing the mass of different objects. They will initially use balance scales to compare the mass of two or more objects. Children will compare mass using < and > and order objects based on their masses. We will be learning how to read a range of scales to measure mass, including scales with missing intervals. In this step, the children read scales in either kilograms or grams. We will be representing the intervals on the scale on a straight number line to highlight the link back to place value.

RE: In RE, the children will be given an opportunity to know that God helps us to be good Christians. We will be making links to show how beliefs and feelings affect our journey of life and will be using a developing religious vocabulary to name some of the gifts given in Baptism, Reconciliation & Eucharist.

This week for spellings the children will be looking at homophones – words, which sound the same, but look different. At home, please help your child to learn the following words and also which to use when:

he’ll, heal, heel



If your child has learnt these easily, please also help them to learn:




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.

Please don’t forget that next year your child will sit a statutory assessment called the Multiplication Tables Check. and will need to know all of their times tables by the end of year 4 in time for this test. Therefore it is important that they have learnt their 10s, 5s, 2s, 3s, 4s and 8s confidently by the end of year 3, so they are ready to move onto the other times tables by year 4. It is important that they are able to quickly recall these times tables in any order.

If you would like some more information on the times table check, please feel free to read the guidance below.
Purple Mash have some excellent times table activities and resources, for example ‘Multiplication’ – this activity is in the same format as the Y4 Multiplication Check.
Please also find some links below for games that can be played to support your child’s knowledge and understanding of multiplication.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Whyatt and Mrs. Fraser