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Welcome to Year 3: a fun year for your child!
This stage marks the end of Key Stage 1 as your child enters Key Stage 2 as a Junior. It is a significant time for the development of their independence and their ability to emphasise with others more effectively.
In English, your child will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there is less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes. Reading is key this year and It is still so vitally important to listen to them read regularly whilst asking questions about what they’re reading. In Year 3 reading whole class stories is also enjoyable and valuable as the children can learn and discuss new vocabulary.
Maths in Year 3 has more of a times tables focus. Quick recall of the required 3, 4, 8, and 50 times-tables (as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables they’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2) is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year.
You will probably notice your child beginning to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division and their association with one another. Supporting your child’s maths learning at home is still crucial in Year 3. For example, there is a particularly strong emphasis on telling the time accurately, which many children find challenging at this young age.
Science in Year 3 is engaging and fun. Your child will learn about life processes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans). The investigations begin to be more open with the opportunity for the children to work more independently in their enquiries.
Key Stage Two can feel daunting but it is the start of a time in our school when we really see the children mature and blossom!