Year 3 – Mathematics

In Year 3, pupils are introduced to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Mathematics.  This includes a greater understanding of place value and the number system, and measurement, statistics and shape.  In summary, pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit numbers
  • compare and order numbers up to 1000
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  • solve number problem and practical problems
  • add and subtract numbers mentally, e.g. a 3-digit number and hundreds
  • add and subtract number with up to 3-digits using formal written methods (columnar)
  • estimate answers to calculations and use the inverse to check
  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • count up and down in tenths
  • recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • measure, compare, add and subtract lengths, mass and volume/capacity
  • measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes
  • add and subtract amounts of money to give change
  • tell and write the time from an analogue clock
  • estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute
  • draw 2-D and make 3-D shapes
  • identify right angles and angles which are more than or less than a right angle
  • identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines
  • interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables

Of importance in Year 3 is …

  • learning number bonds
  • learning multiplication and division facts
  • telling the time to the nearest minute
  • understanding fractions as a part of a whole


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