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Year 3 Week Ahead Information

22 April 2016

An overview of the week ahead in Year 3.

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Information and Reminders

Monday 25th & Wednesday 27th April: Primary Academic Review Evenings, 5pm- 8pm

Tuesday 26th April: Junior Sports Day, 11am to 12.30pm and 1.10pm to 3pm

Star of the week:

3A: Yasmine – for working very hard to develop her skills in 3-digit column addition.

3B: All of 3B for working so hard to produce such an incredible assembly!

3C: Lucie - for thoughtfully planning and starting to write an excellent adventure story.

PE Rotations until 29th April:

3A: Athletics

3B: Athletics

3C: Athletics

As the weather gets warmer, please remind children of the importance of staying safe in the sun. We encourage all children to wear a suitable sun hat at break times, and if you would like to apply sun cream before they arrive at school, please feel free to do so.


In English, we begin a new book next week called ‘The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip’. The book tells the story of a class of children (and their slightly crazy teacher!) who visit a power plant to learn all about how electricity is produced and how it works. Our children will use this text to write an explanation of how an electrical circuit works, and also to develop their knowledge and understanding of certain electrical terms. They will then share their understanding by creating a glossary. The book discusses various types of energy production and the children will research a variety of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, before deciding which they think is the best way to produce electricity. They will then share their opinion in writing, using conjunctions and technical words. To end the week, we will focus on the prefixes ‘re’ and ‘non’ and the children will use them to help work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Our guided reading objective next week is to develop positive attitudes to reading, by listening to and discussing a range of stories.

Our spelling focus for the week will be on using prefixes to identify the meaning of unknown words.


In Maths next week, we will continue to focus on additive reasoning. The children will learn how to check the answers to their calculations by rounding numbers and mentally calculating answers to make sure their answers are sensible. They will also add and subtract amounts of money to give change; recording pounds and pence separately. They will then measure, compare, add and subtract lengths, mass and volume.


Next week in topic, we will continue to learn about electricity in our unit, ‘Bright Sparks’. The children will safely investigate electrical circuits, identifying which materials are conductors and insulators of electricity. They will also investigate what happens when you change a circuit – adding additional light bulbs, batteries and different components to the circuit. They will then learn how to build different types of circuits before progressing to learning about magnetism and electricity.

In computing, we will begin a new unit called ‘We are Bug Fixers’. Using Scratch software, the children will have to examine algorithms, trying to find the ‘bug’ in the code and fix the problem to make the sprite operate correctly. If you would like to practise this at home with your child, all the software can be found free at