Year 3 Newsletter | Term 1 Week 8

As we prepare for our final week of Term 1, we all find ourselves asking… “Where has this term gone!?” Below is a quick recap of our learning so far and how you can support your child.

Week 7 and 8 Curriculum Overview


Year 3 has been looking at synonyms to strengthen their writing skills so that it engages and interests their reader. Each class created ‘synonym scrolls’ for everyday words such as big, happy, loud, tired and sad.  This week, Year 3 has also looked at prefixes and suffixes. They have gained a greater understanding of how a root word can develop a new meaning simply by changing the prefix or suffix e.g. replay, restart, friendship, ownership, leadership

Next week, we will be recapping all of the language concepts we have looked at this term. This includes: nouns (places, people and things), verbs (doing, saying, tenses and irregular), adjectives, synonyms, adding -ing, prefixes and suffixes. 

Ask your child to list a variety of different nouns they can identify either at home or when you are out. Play charades with action verbs as a family. 

In English, Writing and Literature, we have been fine-tuning our understanding of ‘point of view’. Exploring and practising writing a journal/diary, we have become experts in writing in the first person past tense and including interesting insight into what we think and how we are feeling. As our study of The Lorax draws to a close, next week we will be imagining we are one of the characters in the book, and writing a diary entry from their point of view.  You may want to help your child buy a journal of their own to write their own thoughts and feelings. 


In History, the children have been learning to identify the difference between a celebration and a commemoration and the importance of symbols and emblems. They are now researching a celebration or commemoration of their choice. Some of the questions the children should answer in their projects are:

  1. What is the name of celebration/commemoration?
  2. Is it a celebration or a commemoration? How do you know?
  3. Where/when is it celebrated/commemorated?
  4. Why is it important to the world/country?
  5. What things do people do to celebrate/commemorate it?
  6. What symbols represent it?

Ask your child which celebration/commemoration they are researching and how they are going with their project.


During Week 7, Year 3 focused on describing, continuing and creating number patterns that increase and decrease by adding or subtracting. They learned to find ‘the rule’ and how we can find the difference between two numbers. The students also played with ‘growing’ patterns and looked at some real-life problems that required an understanding of patterns. 

This week we have been learning all about time. Students revised the Year 2 concepts of quarter past, half past and quarter to. They have learned how to tell the time to the minute and have practised writing the time digitally. We have discussed what activities we can complete in 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour. Students made some predictions about how many star jumps and squats they could do in 60 seconds. It certainly raised their heart rates!

At home, regularly engage in conversations about time. Ask your child to tell you the time or ask questions about how long until dinner/bedtime/time to leave for the school bus etc. Having a grasp of and managing time is a big step in the independence journey!

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Friday 26 March: Last day of school and Mufti Day for Year 3. Please remember to bring a $20 donation for the HK Save the Children charity.
  • Tuesday 13 April: School commencement for Term 2

Happy Easter!

Year 3 Team

Rachel Collins (Head of Year 3), Kate Elliott, Jennifer Harbottle, Simone Maclay

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