Year 3 maths: what your child learns

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Want to know what your child will be learning in maths lessons this year? Read on to discover the Year 3 maths curriculum.

Children are becoming more confident in their use of numbers now, so maths lessons in Year 3 build on this. There is a daily maths lesson, but also plenty of opportunities for the children to use maths in other areas of the curriculum, too. It’s around now that parents sometimes start to struggle with their child’s maths homework, as teaching methods have changed over the years, and children are taught addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a completely different way. Take the lead from your child and ask them to explain how they are taught – showing them your methods can lead to confusion.

Year 3 maths  your child will be:

Number and Place Value

  • Counting in steps of 4, 8, 50 and 100
  • Recognising place value of each digit in a three-digit number
  • Comparing and ordering numbers to 1000 and writing these numbers in numerals and words


  • Adding and subtracting with numbers up to three digits using column addition and subtraction
  • Knowing multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times table
  • Multiplying two-digit numbers by one-digit numbers





  • Interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
  • Answering one-step and two-step questions about the data presented

Try this at home

  • Play a multiplication game with a pack of cards – each player takes two cards, multiplies them and whoever has the higher number gets a point (remember to use only the number cards)
  • Help your child to learn their times tables – put up a poster, chant them on the way to school or play a CD in the car
  • Encourage your child to play with symmetry – make paper aeroplanes with symmetrical folds or paint butterfly pictures (paint one half then fold the paper over)
  • Talk about the time – look at the clock when they get up, go to school, or watch their favourite TV programme

Put the theory into practice with our Year 3 maths worksheets, take a Y3 mental maths mini-testplay some multiplication games or try some of teachers' tricks for learning times tables.

Check your Y3 child's progress in maths with our free Y3 maths Progress checks, three mini-tests for the autumn, spring and summer terms.