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Year 3

Summer Term 2021


Year 3 children will spend time consolidating their knowledge of adding and subtracting fractions with a common denominator and solving missing number sums for addition and subtraction. They will be learning how to use some written methods of calculation, including the column method for addition and subtraction. They will continue to learn their times tables facts so that they can be confident using these facts this term and in Year 4 and beyond. Many will learn how to multiply larger numbers together by using the grid method. Some children will also find ways to divide bigger numbers using the bus stop method and investigate the inverse relationship between multiplication and division, to check their answers are correct. They may also begin to solve division sums with remainders. The children will also be solving worded problems and practical mathematical investigations.


‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo.

This is a moving adventure story set in North America. Through a roller coaster of emotions, Edward, a china rabbit, experiences wildly different settings, identities and owners, thereby gradually learning the value of love and friendship. Edward’s experiences help shape him from a vain, pompous creature into a thoughtful, considerate friend. The narrative structure is carefully crafted and the characters and settings are well drawn, offering young readers a good model for their own story planning and descriptive writing. Whilst exploring this book, we will be incorporating and building upon a range of genres and themes.


In the first half of the term the children will explore what it is like to be a Sikh in Peterborough. They will create a personal statement of beliefs, find out about Guru Nanak’s life and the 5Ks, the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Book) and what a Gurdwara (place of worship) is like. After half term, the children will explore what faith means to people in a religious sense and how this affects people of different world faiths. They will research a religious figure from the past or the present day and think of some questions they would like to ask about their faith and the effect it has had on their life.


This term Years 3 and 4 are discovering why the Romans came to Britain. We shall start off by finding out who the Romans were, where they came from and we shall be exploring their reasons for invasion. We will be investigating different interpretations of Boudicca and learning about her rebellion. Future studies will include investigating: Roman food, clothes, roads, the Roman army, Roman towns, villas, entertainment and lots more. We will be linking our History and Literacy becoming Roman estate agents and writing letters of complaint, using our computing skills for research. The children will also be taking part in a ‘Roman Wow Day,’ where we shall take part in a variety of different activities further exploring life in Roman Britain and their legacy.


This term in Science we are looking at Sound and then Forces and Magnets, both topics are exciting, practical and fun. We are going to start our Science learning this term focusing on Sound when we will all participate in a virtual Sonic Sound presentation from Cambridge Science Centre.  We will learn how sounds are made, how it travels and we will investigate pitch and volume too. In forces and magnets we will explore how magnets work, what materials are attracted to magnets and find out about forces and how they work. As always we will be focusing on specific topic related vocabulary, books as well as making the lessons fun and practical.


This half term in PSHE, year 3 pupils will be learning about diversity within the community. We will be looking at what makes up the children’s identity and acknowledging that some of our identity is similar and some parts are different, we will do this whilst valuing the diversity around us. We will be exploring different groups within our community and understanding how we can take care of the community we live in.


In art this term, we will be building upon our skills learnt earlier in the year and be further developing our sketchbooks. We will use our topic Romans as a basis for our learning. As we build up our sketching skills we will create our own Roman busts, draw a Roman soldier and  will be exploring Julius Caesar and discovering how he used Caesar Cipher to write secret coded messages. After listening to a historical description about Boudicca, chalk pastels will enable us to create our own pictures of the Warrior Queen.  Later on in the term, we will be exploring how the Romans created mosaics and we will look at the more modern artist Antoni Gaudi and his fantastic mosaic sculptures. Gaudi’s ideas will help us create our own Roman mosaics similar to the ones that may have been found in Roman villas.


In Computing we will continue to learn different ways of staying safe online, considering our digital footprint and the importance of being kind online, what information we give out and what to do if we encounter problems. We will then move on to developing our skills creating different ways of presenting our work using technology. We will consider the use of video, text, graphics and audio as well as creating interactive content.


This term we shall be working on a number of projects all connected with our topic of ‘The Romans’. We shall be extending many of our skills such as, understanding the context and purpose of the project, learning how to work together to generate and communicate ideas, creating detailed plans, practical skills and how to evaluate our work. Our projects will include creating our own Roman sandals, an aqueduct that actually carries water and a Roman catapult. So get ready for some fun!