25 Jan 2019

Yr3 Curriculum Update – 25/01/19

Working together to achieve success for every child


Welcome to our 10th edition!

In each update, the Year 3 Team will bring you snapshots of what your children in Year Three have been up to every 2 weeks. You will see a variety of learning experiences exemplifying learning which is fun, exciting, challenging, innovative and/or creative…and whatever they are, we know that your child has worked really hard to get there and should you have the chance, you may want to share this newsletter with your child to find out the juicy details and discuss the great learning they have been doing!

Transdisciplinary Learning – It’s all connected!

‘Water is essential to life and is a limited resource for many people.’

The children have been thinking in more detail about where water comes from. They have been looking at maps and identifying oceans, rivers and lakes. We are realising that there is not much fresh water in the world!

Some classes have made models of hills and valleys to demonstrate how rain water collects in lakes and streams and to show how rain water seeps into the ground.

The children have also been appreciating water, listening to water sounds (the sound of the ocean, the rain, water going down the drain, waterfalls and leaking taps) and drawing what they hear. This has helped to generate words associated with water that the children can use when they write poems.



The children have been reflecting on their learning and have written a report on how they are getting on at school. They answered the following questions:- What do I enjoy at school? What have I been learning? How have I been successful? What would I like to learn more about? The children went  through the writing process brainstorming ideas, writing a first draft, editing and revising their draft and have published the final piece. You will see the published work on the report. I think you will agree they have been learning a lot! Hope you enjoy reading what your children have to say about their learning!

The children have also had an introduction to poetry – looking at poems, observing the structure of a variety of poems and noticing the type of vocabulary used. We have also been developing our vocabulary using a thesaurus and word ladders.



In maths we are continuing our inquiry into the strategies we use to solve addition and subtraction problems.

The children continue to develop their number sense as they discuss which strategies are efficient and which ones they are confident about using.

Here are some suggestions the children gave about how to solve 24 – 6 =

Which do you think is the most efficient strategy?


We have begun to interpret data. Here is an example of some data we looked at in class.


At home you might like to…

  • Read a story with your child – or perhaps a poem!
  • Share your favourite poems
  • Discuss with your child how you would solve 24 – 6. What strategy would you use?
  • Interpret a graph together



In the Chinese classrooms, we continue to focus on the concept of wellbeing and providing different learning opportunities for children to explore their own interests and promote agentic learning. Connections to learning are made using Chinese songs, rhymes, games and stories.



A few key reminders for students and parents:

  • Please remind your child to pack his/her school hat for each day, as children who do not bring their hat will not be allowed to take part in snack or lunch play.
  • There are extreme peanut allergies in Year 3, so please make sure your child does not bring nuts to school or eat peanut butter or nutella for breakfast before he/she heads to school.
  • Please remind your child to pack his/her own cutlery as we do not provide extra sets of cutlery at school.


Key dates for the Diary

Friday 1st February         Mid Term Reports go home and Final full day before Chinese New Year Break

Monday 11th February    Return to school