Year 3 Blog
20 May 2022
Wow – what a great week of exciting learning, sunshine and creativity! In Topic, we continued making and decorating our shadow puppet theatres. We created screen for our...
13 May 2022
Thank you SO much for all your cardboard boxes – this is what we needed them for!!! We took the first steps towards creating our shadow puppet theatres...
6 May 2022
This week, year 3 have been continuing to explore this term’s shadow play topic. This has seen us testing different materials for the upcoming shadow puppet theatre and...
Our English curriculum at UCPS follows the national curriculum guidelines and encompasses Grammar, Punctuation, Handwriting, Spelling and Composition. The expectations for Year 3 writing can be found here.
To ease you into the year, Cambridgeshire County Council have put together a document to support children as they transition from Year 2 to Year 3 English skills and content.
Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support consolidation of the Year 3 English curriculum at home.
Grammar & Punctuation
Writing & Genres
Mathematics learning at the University of Cambridge Primary School seeks to foster in pupils a genuine depth of understanding with the aim for all children to gain mastery of foundational mathematical concepts alongside the development of positive dispositions towards the learning of the subject. More information about our mathematics curriculum can be found on our Mastery in Maths Strategy.
To ease you into the year, Cambridgeshire County Council have put together a document to support children as they transition from Year 2 to Year 3 maths skills and content.
Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support consolidation of the Year 3 maths curriculum at home.
Number & Place Value
Addition & Subtraction
Multiplication & Division
Fractions (decimals & percentages)
Properties of Shape
Position & Direction
We use the Department for Education’s Letters and Sounds’ Phonics strategy, supported by Phonics Bug, to nurture our early readers at UCPS. As the children move into year 3, we develop their comprehension skills further. This includes:
- Vocabulary development
- Inference of thoughts, feelings and situations
- Prediction of what will happen next, based on events so far
- Retrieval of information
- Summarising content
Below you will find a range of websites and links that can support the development of children’s comprehension skills at home.
Other Curriculum Subjects
Art & Design
At UCPS, our children have opportunities to express themselves through a range of artistic mediums. Below you can find links to a drawing activities and other artistic pursuits that can be completed at home.
If you would like to practice your touch typing you can visit Typing Club or Nitro Typing. Both are free to sign up for, as is Scratch where you can practice your coding skills.
ThinkUKnow has also developed a pack of activities for you to do at home that explore different aspects of online safety.Google’s “Be Internet Legends” platform offers an online adventure that teaches the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging games.
Design and Technology (D.T)
D.T falls under our STEM curriculum at UCPS as we aim to foster critical and abstract thinking alongside practical engineering and design-based activities. Crickweb offers several web-based interactive activities for children to practice their lateral thinking, whilst STEM Learning has collated a series of practical activities from nutrition to engineering that can be completed independently or together as a family.
You can find below a list of websites that have a range of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to support the learning of French.
Geography in Year 3 covers both human and physical geography, as well as locational and skills-based knowledge. BBC Teach has a range of activities to support the learning of geography at home, and World Geography Games is a fun way to consolidate knowledge.
More information about the historic periods covered in school can be found in the Year 3 Curriculum. However, BBC Teach and National Geographic Kids have pooled together a wealth of knowledge and activities on a range of eras across history.
Singing and experiencing music is something we at UCPS believe in doing daily. Here are some websites where you can extend that into your home.
Physical Education (P.E)
There are lots of ways you can keep fit and healthy both indoors and outside. BBC Teach and the Get Set team have put together a range of ideas to inspire you to get active at home!
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economics (PSHCE)
As part of our statutory duty, UCPS delivers a comprehensive PSHCE curriculum in school. For parents who wish to learn more about the topics covered and consolidate the learning at home, the PSHE Association has put together a range of packs to support home learning in this area.
Religious Studies (R.E)
We cover a range of faiths in our Religious Education curriculum at UCPS. More information can be found on the year group weekly blogs and curriculum guidance.
The websites below offer a range of science activities and challenges that are appropriate to do at home.