Year 3

Mrs S Soan, Mrs J Thompson & Mrs M Casey

Welcome to Year 3


In Year 3 we learn about exciting topics which include the Ancient Greeks and the Stone Age and these involve educational visits to Durham University.

In English we look at range of texts including those by David Walliams, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Stig of the Dump by Clive King.

In Maths we learn our four and eight times table as well as learning how to count in 50s.  We learn to tell the time by reading Roman Numerals and learn about angles and which ones are more or less than a right angle.  We develop our calculation skills by learning how to carry out column addition and subtraction.

We have PE with Mr Evans.



Year 3 Times Table Facts

Each class is having a big focus on getting the basics mastered so below are images of the essential times table facts that all Year 3 children should know before moving onto Year 4.  There is also the YouTube links of several songs that we use in class to help the...

World Book Day 2016

We had a very exciting day in Year 3 for World Book Day. We began our day by having lots of discussion about our favourite books, authors and characters and we also explained why we enjoyed reading. There was also lots of opportunity throughout the day for us to have some silent reading time as well as whole class reading. We had lots of fun filled activities in relation to World Book Day such as designing a new book cover for our favourite book, interviewing the author, writing a new blurb and also doing a character profile for our favourite character. In the afternoon some of us took part in a book swop and we got to choose a lovely new book to take home! As if the day wasn’t exciting enough, we got to do it in the comfort of our own pyjamas and fancy dress!

World Maths Day 2016!

To celebrate world maths day we had a fun filled day in Year 3 of exciting maths activities. Each table had a different maths activity or game and we got to spend 30minutes at each table having a go at the challenge or game. There was a time related table in which we had to work as a group and discuss the duration of each of the events on the cards, ordering them from the shortest duration to the longest. There was also a broken calculator challenge in which we had to try and make a given set of numbers with only a few of the buttons left on the calculator. As well as having time to explore mathletics further, there was also two maths game tables. One was a horse racing addition game and the other was math related card games. There are pictures of the game instructions below so we can continue playing them at home. During the day too, we also had the challenging task of solving Mr Murphy’s challenge of the day! It was very exciting as there was 200 house points available for those who solved it the quickest. In the afternoon we had the exciting task of creating a kite. This was a very interesting and fun way of seeing the importance of maths outside of the classroom. We had lots of discussion about the shapes of the kites as well as the shapes created by the structure of the kite and we also had the chance to improve our accuracy in using measuring equipment as we carefully measured the perimeter of our kites and also accurately measured the string for our final kites. One main thing that we have taken away from today is that maths is fun!

Year 3 Book Look!

A huge thank you to those parents and family members who were able to make it to our ‘Book Look’. It was a very successful morning and the parents who made it described it as a great, unique opportunity to communicate with Mr Murphy and their children first hand to see exactly what work the children were doing in class. Like the children, all of the parents and families were very impressed to see the great improvements and progress made by their children on their journey through Year 3 so far. As this is the half way mark in the school year, the boys and girls in Year 3, as well as their parents and family, are super excited to see how they will continue to improve and progress in the second half of their Year 3 journey!

Animal Explorers In Year 3!

What a wonderful day Year 3 had at the Sunderland Winter Gardens! As we have been focusing on rainforests this past half term, we were really interested as a class to learn more about the animals of the rainforest. So during our visit to the Sunderland Winter Gardens,...

Fraction Fun in Year 3!

This half term we have been doing a lot of work in maths focusing on fractions. We have been very keen to learn about equivalent fractions as well as ordering fractions on a number line. As a class we are becoming more and more confident at using fractional language...

Christmas Fun In Year 3!

We have had a very busy time in Year 3 preparing for Christmas with lots of fun filled activities! Santa came to visit our school and gave us all a lovely book each. We are all very much looking forward to reading it over the Christmas holidays. We also got to make our own salted dough decorations, having written the instructions describing how to make them earlier in the week! Also check out the pictures from our Christmas themed photo booth!

Snowmen Multiplication!

A huge thank you to all of those who were able to attend Year 3’s inspire afternoon. I am sure everyone will agree that a fun afternoon was had by all. We are having a big focus on times tables in Year 3 at the moment and trying to improve our metal recall of the multiplication and division facts. So today’s task involved applying these facts to building snowmen. We had to find out the quantities of each material that we would need if we were to build 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8 snowmen! Once completed, we got to create our own sock snowmen as well as other Christmas crafts such as split pin decorations and paper angels. It definitely has inspired Year 3 to get into the Christmas mood as well as improving our times tables knowledge.

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