Maths in Year 3
Exploring patterns, making connections, solving problems and explaining reasoning is a great way to develop maths skills.
The maths curriculum is split into 6 main sections:
Place value and Number
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Fractions and Decimals
Geometry - shapes and position
Statistics, ratio, proportion, algebra (small focus in year 3)
In each of our lessons, we adopt a 'do it, twist it, solve it' approach. This allows the children to practise the skill required to meet the learning objective and then apply it in a problem solving context whilst developing their reasoning skills.
In Term 1 we will be focusing on: Place value and Number and Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.
Week 1: Habits of a marvellous mathematician and inspirational maths investigations.
Week 2: I can represent 3 digit numbers, I can read and write numbers up to 1,000, I can compare 3 digit numbers.
It is important that the children start practising their times tables in Year 3. By the end of Year 3 children are expected to know their 2, 5, and 3 times tables off by heart.
This means that they are able to instantly recall the answer to a question such as 'What's four x three?' without having to count up in their heads.
Please support your children by helping them to practise at home. The app 'Times Tables Rock Stars' is a wonderful way for pupils to practice. See your child's class teacher if you do not know your child's individual login. There are also some great websites that you could encourage your children to have a look at.
There is also a great app called multiple wipeout!
Talking to children about maths is a great way to develop their skills and understanding. Using open ended or deeper questions is a great way for children to develop their reasoning skills.
'If 3 x 4 = 12, then is 30 x 4 = 120?'
'Convince me/prove it!" - This is the question that really develops the reasoning skills.
'How do you know?'
'True or false? Explain.'
'What's the relationship between...'
Is this statement true - sometimes, always or never?'