MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent



Grade 3 children take part in many activities to help them learn. The required subject areas are: arts education, English language arts, mathematics, physical education/health education, science, and social studies. Your child will have the chance to learn in many different ways – by themselves, with teachers and with other children.

ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Grade 3/ Grade 4 children explore ways to express themselves creatively and continue to develop skills and language in one or more of the arts. They discover answers to the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” about the arts. They think about the importance and meaning of the arts in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.


Grade 3 children use language to listen, speak, view, read, write and represent. They learn different strategies to help them think about and understand what they read or view for enjoyment and for information. Asking good questions about a research topic and creating and following a plan to find information is an important part of Grade 3. At this level, children communicate in different ways, including by creating messages and stories as they think about the purpose (why) and the audience (for whom).


Please ask the teacher to find out if your child is learning French in Grade 3. French is not taught in all schools in Grade 3.

Grade 3 children learn to understand and communicate some simple ideas in French through rhymes, songs, stories and games.


Grade 3 children learn to count forward and backward to 1000 in different ways. They learn about multiplying and dividing to 25. Children connect numbers, fractions and shapes to their everyday life, such as by estimating the number of minutes needed to do an activity. They share their ideas about solving a problem. Some other important Grade 3 topics are: creating patterns; measuring time, mass and length; describing and sorting shapes; and constructing bar graphs.


Grade 3 children learn about living an active and healthy lifestyle. They participate in physical activities for fun and fitness and to improve basic movement skills. Children learn about making good choices for their health and safety and about ways to avoid and deal with dangerous situations. They learn how to show consideration and respect for others.


Grade 3 children learn about plants, soil, and forces like gravity and magnetism through investigation and hands-on activities. They design, test and build structures. They learn to use tools to observe, measure and construct. Grade 3 children recognize that scientists develop explanations from observations and what they already know.


Communities of the World

Grade 3 children explore ways of life in communities, past and present. They are introduced to world geography and enrich their knowledge of natural, social, and cultural diversity. They learn about an indigenous community and one other community elsewhere in the world. They also learn about life in an ancient society and come to appreciate the lasting contributions of diverse communities of the world.