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Welcome to Year 3!

 

 

Mrs Gardiner

                                             Mrs Gardiner

 

You will be able to see all of the wonderful learning your child is doing in Year 3 and also some helpful places you can go to for more learning at home.

Please encourage your child to read their reading books, learn their weekly spelling and to practise their times tables.

If you have any questions about your child's learning then please come and speak to the class teacher or book an appointment.

Maths addition and subtraction questions to try

Spelling

 

 

 

Week beginning 24.06.24

Unit 10: adding the suffix -ian

 

We can add -ian to our words that end in c to change them into nouns that mean a person who does or is something. Like this:

magic           magician.

 

So if the root word ends in the letter c we just add -i-a-n:

magic + ian = magician    

                                        For example:

The magician showed us the most amazing tricks!

 

Watch me! My trick is to change a word into a noun that means a person who does or is something by adding a suffix.

 

 

 

 

 

root word

root word +

suffix -ian

magic

magician

electric

electrician

music

musician

optic

optician

 

I’m sure you know that an optician is someone who checks people’s eyes.

The root word is ‘optic’ and means ‘of the eye or vision’.

 

If the root word ends in cs we must drop the s before adding -ian:

politics + ian           = politician       

For example:

A politician was interviewed on the children’s TV news channel last night.

 

Let's see some word building:

politics + ian           = politician

mathematics + ian   = mathematician

 

Week beginning 17.06.24

Unit 9: Adding the suffix -ion

 

Remember to say shun on the final syllable.

After three: one, two, three... Go!

education

collection

invention

attraction

celebration

action

exaggeration

 

The suffix is -i-o-n, un, but when we add -ion to verbs ending in t or te, the new ending sounds like shun and is spelt -tion. Let’s find out more.

 

Lots of verbs end in t or te.

 

Let's do My turn/Your turn and say these verbs:

collect

invent

exaggerate

concentrate

 

If the verb ends in the letter t we just add -ion:

collect + ion    = collection    

 

Here's an example sentence I made up using this word.

Who wants to see my football card collection?

 

But if the verb ends in te we must drop the e before adding -ion:

concentrate + ion   = concentration

 

Here's another example sentence:

Let me concentrate while I count my football cards. 467... or is it 468? Oh, I’ve lost my concentration!

 

Let's see some word building:

 

root word

root word + suffix -ion OR drop the e before adding -ion

correct

correction

attract

attraction

construct

construction

locate

location

concentrate

concentration

exaggerate

exaggeration

 

Exaggerating the sounds of the trickiest part of a word can help you to spell it. Like this: a-c-ti-o-n.

 

Remember:

When you say words aloud ending in -tion say shun.

When you spell words ending in -tion say the sounds ti o n in an exaggerated way.

Week beginning 10.06.24

Unit 8: Words with the sh sound spelt ch

Not all words with the sh sound spelt ch are from France.

Let’s check out the sh sound box. Say the sounds with me. Go!

sh

sh

ti

ci

ch

Look at words with the sound sh spelt ch. 

chef

chalet

chandelier

chute

machine

brochure

moustache

parachute

 

chalet     chandelier     chute    brochure   

 

definition

words with sh sound spelt ch

something to slide down

chute

a booklet containing information

brochure

a small wooden cabin

chalet

a large hanging light with branches

chandelier

Week beginning 03.06.24

Unit 7: Words with the c sound spelt ch

 

Say the sounds.

c

c

k

ck

ch

Look at words with the c sound spelt ch

character

chaos

chemist

chorus

school

echo

mechanic

stomach

 

 

 

Here are our words with the c sound spelt as ch again:

character     

chaos     

chemist  

chorus 

school  

echo   

mechanic   

stomach

 

 

 

Week Beginning 20.05.24

Unit 6: Adding -ation to verbs to form nouns

-ation is an ending that can be added to lots of words. It sounds like ay and shun, doesn’t it? Now you say -ation.

 

We can add -ation to some verbs to change them into nouns.

If the verb ends in a consonant we just add the suffix:

inform + ation          information 

Here is an example sentence I made up using these words. Ahem!

You must inform the police at once! Give them all the information you have.

 

But if the verb ends in e we must drop the e before adding -ation:

adore + ation = adoration   

Here they are in a sentence:

I adore my new puppy, and he looks at me with adoration, too.

 

Let’s see some word building. Keep a look out for any changes to root words.

 

root word

root word + suffix

-ation OR drop the e before adding -ation

inform

information

limit 

limitation

sense 

sensation  

admire  

admiration

prepare  

preparation

 

Oh, a Weird Word Warning!

 

Weird Word Warning! There are some words that contain -ation as part of the root word and not as a suffix.

For example:

station

nation

Week Beginning 13.05.24

Unit 5: words ending in -ture

The ending that sounds like chuh can be spelt -ture.

                                                                                                                                  

adventure   

picture

capture    

temperature

furniture   

future

creature

nature  

mixture

 

Beware! Some words have endings that sound like chuh but are root words ending in tch or ch and the suffix -er:

catcher     teacher     richer

They are not -ture words.

 

Week Beginning 06.05.24

Unit 4: Adding the suffix -ly

This week we will be learning to add the suffix -ly to an adjective changes it into an adverb.

sudden + ly   = suddenly

careful + ly    = carefully  

quick + ly      = quickly

 

Sometimes we can just add -ly straight on to the root word. Let's do some word building:

 

root word

root word +

suffix -ly

serious

seriously 

final

finally

rude

rudely

nice

nicely

comical

comically

 

It’s different if the root word ends in le. Then we swap the le for ly.

humble + ly = humbly

 

Here are some more words where we need to swap the le for ly:

 

root word

swap the

le for -ly

horrible

horribly  

gentle

gently

simple

simply

feeble 

feebly

 

Week Beginning 29.04.24

Unit 3: Adding the suffix -ous

 

Words ending in -ous are the words in our spelling challenge today.

Let’s get spelling!

dangerous        

poisonous         

mountainous    

famous    

 

The letters -ous sound like us.

-ous, ous, is a suffix. Here are the root words:

danger    

poison   

mountain    

fame

 

When we add the suffix -ous we might need to change the root word.

Say our suffix rhyme together, after three: one, two, three...

Is there a letter I need to swap?

Is there a letter to double or drop?

Let’s take a look...

 

danger         

poison          

mountain           

hazard

 

We can just add -ous to these words.

 

dangerous     

poisonous     

mountainous     

hazardous

 

So nothing at all to swap, double or drop.

Hold on though! We also have a root word that ends in a vowel: fame.

Is there a letter I need to swap?

Is there a letter to double or drop?

If the word ends with an e, we have to drop the e before adding -ous.

fame + ous       famous

 

Now let’s do some word building:

 

root word

root word + suffix

-ous OR drop the e before adding -ous

danger

dangerous

mountain

mountainous

poison

poisonous

hazard

hazardous  

fame

famous  

 

enormous

tremendous

jealous

 

Why are they special? Watch what happens if we take away -ous:

enormous     enorm 

tremendous tremend

jealous          jeal

 

They are not complete root words, are they? So -ous is just part of the root word.

Say the words together for me one more time:

enormous   

tremendous

jealous     

 

                                        All of our words ending in -ous are describing words. What are they called? Choose from this list:

nouns     

verbs     

adjectives     

                                           adverbs

Week Beginning 22.04.24

Unit 2: Adding im- to root words beginning with m or p

 

Antonyms are words that mean the opposite of another word.

 

Sometimes we use different words, like this:

 

word

antonym

 

hot

cold

good

bad

tiny

huge

         

Sometimes we can add a prefix that means ‘not’ or ‘opposite’ to a root word to make an antonym, like this:

 

root word

prefix in-, un-, or dis-,

+ root word

sure

unsure

like

dislike

correct

incorrect

 

                                        If a root word begins with the letter m or p, the prefix i-n-, in, changes to i-m-, im.

 

 

mature         

mortal         

 

mobile      

possible        

 

patient    

polite  

 

 

 

im- can be added to the root words to make their opposites. 

mature          immature

mortal           immortal        

mobile          immobile    

possible        impossible       

patient          impatient   

polite            impolite   

 

 

mature          immature

mortal           immortal        

mobile          immobile     

possible        impossible      

patient          impatient   

polite            impolite   

 

Don’t forget that we can also add the suffix -ly to the end of some words that start with im-. 

 

perfect          imperfect      imperfectly

patient          impatient      impatiently

polite            impolite        impolitely

 

.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 15.04.24

 

We are learning to use prefixes. 

Some roots words use un- and others use dis- or in- and we just have to learn them as we say, read and spell them.

                                       

                                        We can add the prefix dis- to the front of these words to change their meaning:

                                        like   

                                        agree   

                                        obey   

                                        connect   

                                        appear   

                                        approve

 

root word

prefix dis-

+ root word

like

dislike

agree 

disagree   

obey                                  

disobey

connect 

disconnect

appear 

disappear

approve

disapprove

                                              

                                        Now let’s look at adding the prefix in-.

                                       

                                 

                                        action

                                        visible

                                        human

                                        capable

                                        complete

                                       

                                        The prefix in- can be added to them to make their opposites. Watch this! Let's build some words with our new prefix in-:

                                                 

root word

prefix in-

+ root word

action

inaction 

visible

invisible 

human

inhuman

capable 

incapable 

complete

incomplete

                                         

                                                 

                                                 

                                        Now we can practise using the prefixes un-, dis- and in- to build and change more words. Remember that each of these prefixes means ‘not’ or the opposite of something.

                                       

root word

prefix in-

+ root word

complete

incomplete

visible

invisible

happy

unhappy  

dress

undress

like

dislike 

obey

disobey

 

                                        

                                       

Week Beginning 18.03.24

Adding the suffix -ful

We can add suffix -ful to root words to make adjectives.

joy + ful = Joyful

thank +ful=thankful

 

thankful

cheerful

colourful

thoughtful

wonderful

hopeful

painful

joyful

Week beginning 11.03.24

Words ending in -al

 

The ending that sounds l can be spelt al.

Lots of adjectives end in al.

 

magical

plural

vocal

medical

comical

capital

tropical

animal

festival

sandal

Week beginning 04.02.24

Words ending in -el

 

There are quite a few words that have the ending that sounds like l spelt -el. Let’s have a look at some of them.

 

travel            cancel     

vowel            camel  

tunnel           towel 

jewel             label    

 

Can you hear a weak little uh sound in the second syllable of these words?

tunnel

travel

label

 

To help you remember how to spell these words, say each syllable in an exaggerated way like this:

camel

tunnel 

 

Make the words rhyme with ‘bell’. It will help you to remember how to spell words ending in -el.

cancel

travel

towel

Your turn:

camel           tunnel     

                                       towel            travel

                                        jewel             label   

                                       

 

Week Beginning 26.02.24 

Words ending in -le

Check the sound box!

Say the sounds. 

 

l

l

ll

le

 

 

Play My turn/Your turn to say the words with l spelt -le.

After three: one, two, three... Go!

rattle             simple     

triangle         middle     

giggle            table

purple           bubble    

jingle            shuttle    

tickle             kettle

 

Well done! Did you notice that all of the words (except triangle) had two syllables? Say these words after me:  

tickle

jingle

bubble

 

Most words with two syllables that end in the l sound, like kettle and bubble, are spelt with -le.

Can you hear a weak little uh sound before the l sound in these words?

purple

kettle

middle

table

 

We can hear it but we can’t see it in these words. Don’t write it!

 

 

Week beginning 19.02.24

Adding the Suffix -ness (2)

Does the suffix -ness, ness, begin with a vowel or a consonant?

 It’s a consonant.

 That means that for many words we can add the suffix -ness, without  having to swap, double or drop any letters. Say these words with me.

 

root word

root word + suffix -ness

kind

kindness

ill

illness 

good

goodness

 

                                         

It is a bit trickier though if the last letter of the root word ends in a consonant + y.

Let’s play My turn/Your turn to say these words:

 

silly

cheeky

giddy

dizzy

chatty

 

Before we can add -ness to these words we have to swap the y for
an i. Like this:

silly  silliness

cheeky  cheekiness

dizzy  dizziness

 

Week beginning 05.02.24

 

Adding the Suffix -ness (1)

 

We can add the suffix -n-e-s-s, ness, to a root word to make a noun:

sad + ness makes the word sadness. Today we are going to look at adding the suffix -ness to words.

Let’s add -ness to some more words to make nouns.

 

root word

root word + suffix -ness

sad

sadness

late

lateness 

kind

kindness 

foolish 

foolishness

good

goodness

 

 

Week beginning 29.01.24

 

The ee sound spelt ey

 

Exaggerate the last sound so that each word rhymes with 'see'

 

e

ee

e-e

ea

e

y

ey

 

key               money     

donkey          journey    

chimney        turkey 

honey           trolley   

monkey         alley

 

It is easy to make words ending in -ey into plurals. Just add the
suffix -s.

 

root word

root word +

suffix -s

key

keys

monkey

monkeys

troll

trolleys

 

 

 

Week beginning 22.01.24

 

Adding the suffixes -er or -est 

If a word ends in a short vowel + a consonant, double the consonant before adding -er or -est.

 

Double the consonant before adding -er or -est.

Go!   

 

Let’s watch what happens to our adjectives when we follow the rule:  

hot

hotter

hottest

 

 

big

bigger

biggest

 

fat

fatter

fattest

 

Here are some more words ending in a short vowel + a consonant.

Let’s double the consonant before adding -er or -est.

 

root word

double the consonant before adding
-er or -est

thin

thinner thinnest

sad

sadder saddest

fit

fitter fittest

slim

slimmer slimmest

 

Week beginning 15.01.24

 

Adding suffixes -er or -est

 

If a word ends in y, we swap the y for an i before adding -er or -est.

 

happy     happi    happier     happier

silly       silli     sillier      silliest

jolly      jolli     jollier     jolliest

funny     funni     funnier    funniest

 

 

If a word sends in e, we drop the e before adding -er or -est.

 

wide    wid     wider    widest

fine     fin     finer     finest

wise    wis     wiser     wisest

nice     nic     nicer     nicest

 

 

Week Beginning 08.01.24

 

Adding suffixes -er or -est

 

No change is needed to these words below before adding -er or -est

 

fast   faster    fastest

slow   slower   slowest

soft    softer    softest

loud    louder     loudest

quick    quicker     quickest

hard     harder     hardest

 

If a word ends in e, we drop the e before adding -er or -est

 

large     larger largest

wide   wider    widest

rude   ruder    rudest

 

 

 

Week Beginning 02.01.24

 

The r sound spelt wr

 

Some words begin with the r sound spelt wr.

It is silent w.

Silent w often comes before the letter r.

 

r

rr

wr   wrap  wreck     wrong     

wrist

wriggle

wrote

wrestle

write

wrinkle

 

Homophone Alert

Words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings are called homophones, e.g. write  right

wrap  rap      

I will wrap the present using yellow paper.

Did you hear the rap on the door?

 

 

 

Week Beginning 11.12.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Adding the suffix -ed

 

If a word ends in e, we drop the e before adding -ed.

 

Poke        Poked

Pile          Piled

Trickle     Trickled

Wave       Waved

 

 

REVISION

 

If a word ends in a short vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u) + a consonant, we double the consonant before adding -ed.

 

rot     rotted

tap    tapped

jog     jogged

flip      flipped

 

If a word ends in a consonant +y, we swap the y for an i before adding -ed.

 

fry        fried

multiply    multiplied

deny          denied

cry            cried

 

 

rule

hike

shape

tickle

bottle

tackle

smile

collide

battle

phone

twizzle

frazzle

stripe

wave

bottle

like

bug

stop

chat

 

Practise these spelling with and without the suffix. Remember the rules when adding the suffixes.

 

 

Week Beginning 04.12.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Adding the Suffix - ed

 

If a word ends in the consonant +y, we swap the y for an i before adding -ed.

 

TIP:

Some root words ending in a consonant +y can end in the igh sound (such as cry and reply) but others end in the ee sound (such as copy and hurry),

 

cry   swap the y for an i          cried

reply                                          replied

copy                                           copied

dry                                               dried

try                                                tried

hurry                                           hurried

 

multiply

fry

study

copy

hurry

marry

dry

cry

try

reply

scurry

carry                                                Remember to apply the rule to all of these root words.

 

 

Week Beginning 27.11.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Adding the Suffix -ed 

 

If a word ends in two consonants, just add -ed.

paint      painted

hunt       hunted

jump      jumped

buzz      buzzed

 

If a word ends in a short vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u) + a consonant, we double the consonant before adding -ed.

 

pat          patted

nip           nipped

jet            jetted

drop         dropped

 

Below are some root words. Think about how you need to add the -ed suffix following the rules.

 

drop

pat

tap

spot

step

shop

skip

pop

spot

slip

hum

 

Week Beginning 20.11.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

The o sound spelt a after w and qu.

 

Rhyme to remember

Spell o with an a after w as in wash.

Spell o with an a after qu as in squash.

 

was

want

wash

watch

wand

wasp

wallet

quantity

quality

quarrel

squash

squat

 

 

Week Beginning 13.11.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

The sound

 

  1. The sound is always spelt before a, o and u.    jar      join        adjust
  2. The j sound is often spelt g before e, i or y.     gentle  gem       energy
  3. The j sound is spelt ge at the end of the word.   large    charge    barge     fringe
  4. The j sound is often spelt dge at the end of a word after the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, or u.

 

jacket

jar

jog

join

adjust

gentle

gem

giant

magic

energy

charge

large

fringe

barge

badge

ledge

bridge

splodge

fudge

 

 

Week Beginning 30.10.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Adding the suffix -ing

 

If a word ends in a short vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u) + a consonant before adding the suffix -ing.

 

putting - the consonant is doubled before adding the -ing

knotting

drumming

tripping

nodding

clapping

TIP: Never double the letters or x

 

Have a look at the words below. What words need to be changed before adding -ing because they end in a short vowel and a consonant.

 

drop         rain       shock        jump        bat        shout

 

 

Here are some more words for you to learn.

prodding

beginning

spinning

nodding

shrugging

dropping

skipping

running

 

It would be a good idea to learn the root words becasue you might be asked to spell the root word without the suffix added.

 

 

Week beginning 16.10.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Lots of words end with the igh sound spelt y.

Rhyme to remember 

If the end of the word sounds like igh, it is almost always spelt with a y.

shy

sky

sly

dry

try

fly

cry

rely

reply

nearby

terrify

horrify

petrify

multiply

butterfly

 

What happens to these words if you add the suffix 'ing' to the end?

 

 

Week beginning 09.10.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

Some words begin with the sound spelt kn.

It is a silent k, Silent only ever comes before the letter n.

  

Here are words using the kn sound.

knew

know

knot

knight

knit

knife

kneel

knee

knock

knead

knuckle

 

Here are the words using the gn sound.

gnat

gnaw

gnome

gnash

gnarl

 

Your child will also be looking at adding the suffix the words this week as well.

 

TIP: The t in the knit is doubled when the suffix -ing or -ed is added.

 

knitting

knotted

kneeling

knights

knowing

knocked

 

 

 

Week beginning 02.10.23

 

Please help you child learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they learned them every Friday.

 

This week our spelling are all using suffixes. 

  • We can add the suffix -ly to root words to make an adverb
  • when a word ends in a Y we swap the y for an i before adding -ly

 

Here are the words

  • bad
  • quick
  • kind
  • sad
  • loud
  • glad
  • slow
  • foolish
  • quiet
  • warm
  • hear
  • snug
  • soft
  • weak
  • week

Homophone alert      The words weak and week sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.

Weak = not very strong

Week = a period of seven day

 

 

 

Week beginning 25.09.23

 

Please help your child to learn the weekly spelling words. We will be checking how well they have learned them every Friday.

 

 

 

breeze

wheeze

mouse

curve

simple

grease

cheese

smoke

craze

spike

spice

shine

whine

bone

laze

wave

 

Add the suffix 'y' to some root words ending in e to make adjectives. We drop the 'e' before adding y.

 

Week beginning 18.09.23

 

fun

sag

dot

yum

nut

mud

bog

spot

slop

sun

slip

run

fog

chop

bag

 

Help your child to spell the words when they have had a suffix added to them.

Add a 'y' to the end of the word. Make sure you are following the spelling rules. 

Useful Websites

 

 

Name those bones

Science song to help us remember some of the main bones in our body.

French numbers

In class the children have been practising their numbers to 20. They can sing along with the video!

Mathematics (addition and subtraction reminder)

Term 1 - Scooter training

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