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Year 3 Week Ahead Information

19 February 2016

An overview of the week ahead in Year 3.

Information and Reminders

A reminder that 3A have swimming for their PE rotation from now to the week of the 18th March. Please help remind the children they will need their swimming kit every Monday and Thursday for the next few weeks.

Please remind your children that this week’s English homework involves lots of talking! They should be asking you to listen to them talk for one minute about the topic of their choice, they should not use notes or a crib sheet! Please give them some written feedback when they have done this.

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Our English work next week is linked to our new topic unit. The children will be reading myths related to the beginning of time and how the stars and planets were created. They will read and discuss a range of myths before planning and writing one of their own. In guided reading we will focus on summarising a text – recording the main events in a story in a set amount of words. The challenge for the children will be to make sure they include only the key parts of the story, which is harder than it sounds! In spelling, we will identify and discuss homophones (words which sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings – e.g. here/ hear, see/sea etc.).


Our Maths focus next week will be times tables and multiplication. By the end of Year 3, our aim is that all of the children have a good knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. As such, these are the main tables we will focus on. We will learn a variety of strategies and ‘tricks’ to learn the tables before moving on to some formal written methods of multiplication. When learning formal written methods, the focus is much more skills based and so it is really useful if the children have a good working knowledge of the times tables to begin with. Feel free to practise times tables at home with your child – perhaps they can teach us all a new trick next week!


The children have really enjoyed the beginning of our new topic Time and Place, Earth and Space this week. We will begin the week by investigating how shadows are formed. The children will spend some time planning a thorough investigation, discussing predictions, variables and how to make sure they carry out a fair test. When the investigation has been carried out, they will then have to write up their results. Following on from this, they will discover and record the effect on a shadow of changing the position of the light source.