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Year 3

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Maths  Mentally adding two and three digit numbers.

We use THINK 10 when there are ones and THINK 100 when there are no ones.


Explain that we are going to use those strategies to add numbers up in our heads without writing lots of things down.


Show the children some examples additons using signs and words:


7 + 44



23 + 20 + 304

 36 + 321


150 more than four hundred

 62 + 50



678 + 8



Go through how to solve them and which strategy to foucs on.


Play Splodge to provide further opportunities to rehearse.


Create the sum 12 + 9 using a bead string.

Ask the class to solve it, then ask them to flip their bead string over. Ask them to consider what has changed?


Not much. There are still the same amount of beads (21) and there are still 12 beads on one side and 9 beads on the other. All that has changed is where the 9 and the 12 are.


Explain that the calculation we just did is the Sum (12 + 9) and that when we flipped it round, but it has the same answer, this is the commutative sum.


Make a point of asking which is easier; 7 + 56 or 56 + 7? By yusing the commutative sum we make it easier to solve the sum in our head by counting on 7 from 56 rather than the other way round.

Complete some sums by switching around the numbers. Notice that it is always the same answer when adding.



Display this sum:

2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7+ 8

Ask the children how could I reorder this sum to make it easier. Allow them to duscuss and then bring up the idea of looking for compliments to 10 (6 + 4, 8 + 2, 7 + 3) These all make 10 and then there is only the 5 left to add: 10 + 10 + 10 + 5 = 35!

Make sure they understand what a compliment to 10 is and that we will be reordering numbers in sums to find these compliments to make our work easier! Also we can do the same for compiments to 100.


Discuss how we could use reordering and compiments to answer some sums like:

47 + 21 + 79 (79 + 21 = 100. 100 + 47 = 147)


62 + 30 + 8


How close are these numbers to a Ten or a Hundred?

98, 67 680.

Discuss the strategy for adding nine to any number: Adding 9 is like adding 10 but one less.

Model an example and then give the children a chance to try it out:

17 + 9

45 + 9

9 + 86

Explain that, in mixed ability groups, the children will be playing “Risky” (This needs decks of playing cards so be sure to have some!).


Rules for risky:

Pupils play ‘Risky’ in pairs or groups of three.

They will need a pack of cards shuffled with the deck placed face down in the middle of the players.

 Ace and King are end of turn cards.

 Jack and Queen are worth 9 (to rehearse the compensation strategy).

 All other cards are worth their face value.

 The aim is to get to 100 first by adding turned cards.

 One at a time, each player turns over cards and adds them as a running total.

 If they choose to stop, they keep their total and their cards.

 However, if the player turns an Ace or a King they must put all of that turn’s cards back at the bottom of the deck, including the Ace or King.

 On their next turn, a player continues to build on their score so far. They can stop whenever they wish but will lose their cards again if they turn over an Ace or a King.

 The winner is the first player to score 100 or more.


This week we are looking at the book Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Hounds.


Multi- clause sentences


Children to read the story Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Hounds (video link). 

Children to choose 3 pictures from the book to write sentences for. Children to write sentences to explain what is happening in each picture. 

Extend sentences using conjunctions: 

- and 

- but

- or 

- so

- because

- if 

Organising information 


Children to make a list of all the information they have found out about Earth Hounds from the book. 


Can they then sort this information into different headings e.g. appearance, eating habits etc. 



What heading would this sentence fit under?

What details were we learning about Earth Hounds from this sentence?

Which parts of this sentence gave us the detail?




Children are now going to work in role as aliens, writing a diary entry about what they have learned about Earth Hounds.  




It was really funny when the teacher showed us the Earth Hound in the bath of bubbles. Water was sploshing everywhere! I’m glad I didn’t have to do the cleaning because all that water would soak my fur. I wonder if my claws would hurt the Earth Hound? I’d have to be very careful.”


Children to write their own diary entry about what they have learned about Earth Hounds. 

To understand the purpose of a glossary 


 Children will be making a glossary to explain some of the terms used. For example, ‘stinkfur’ means fur that is really, really smelly.’


Allow a short time for the children to re-read the text and highlight all of the words or phrases that might need to be explained to a non-alien reader.


Children to create their own glossary for unknown words in the text. 


Sentence starters 



Explain that there are different ways of beginning sentences in this kind of information text and write these up: 1. with the Group name ‘Earth Hounds’; 2. with the subject or pronoun e.g. ‘The Earth Hound’ or ‘He’; 3. telling the reader where or when.

Agree an action for each of these. Read the book to the children, pausing after each sentence so they can decide which ‘type’ of opening was used.

Are there sentences that don’t fit one of the headings?

Can we think of other ways to describe these?




This week we are going to be learning to talk about our age. We will learn how to ask how old someone is and how to say our own age. 

Use this video to support your learning:



In this lesson we will be thinking about how we can achieve our goals. What goal would you like to achieve? 


Can you write some steps about how you will achieve this goal?



Today we are going to be thinking about our goals from yesterday. We are going to be reflecting on what we should do when we face challenges. 

We should not give up when we are faced with a challenge. We should keep on trying? 

Think of some challenges you may face when trying to achieve your goal. What can you do to overcome these challenges? 



This week we are going to be looking at light sources. 

Walk around your house or garden and see how many light sources you can find. Can you sort them into natural and artificial light sources? 







Harvest Poems 


Write your own acrostic poem for the word Harvest. 


Find out information about the Harvest festival and use this information to write your own poem.