Welcome to Year 3!
Hello and welcome to Year 3 where our class teacher is Miss Allen and our teaching assistant is Mrs Smith.
In Year 3 it is our intention to instil in the children a passion to be investigative and creative learners. We intend to build on the children’s existing reasoning skills and ability to link their learning to meaningful contexts in our everyday world, alongside promoting the school values that will help them to become independent and caring individuals.
Our Topic this term is China, which we will be exploring within History, Geography, Science, Reading and Art.
We will begin the Spring Term by learning the Greek Myth 'Pandora's Box' through Talk for Writing, before having a go at writing our own. Our focus will then return to Non-Fiction writing, where we will continue to develop our ability to organise our ideas around a theme using paragraphs and sub-headings where relevant.
Our focus text for this half term is The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman.
In Year 3, both Mrs Smith and Miss Allen love to read, and hope our passion for reading a variety of texts and genres will encourage our children to explore a wider selection of books and authors that are available to them. We have dedicated time within our busy week to make sure we read with each child at least once a week to ensure they are reading a text that is suited to their current reading ability and comprehension. We do expect children to be reading at home for 10-15minutes daily and ask that parents record any comments within their yellow reading records. Comments can include vocabulary your child found challenging, successes in their reading or discussions held relating to what they have read and understood from the text.
In Maths, we will be applying our knowledge of place value for 3-digit numbers to solve number problems and practical problems. We will also be investigating the strategies we can use to add and subtract 3-digit and 4-digit numbers mentally alongside the formal written methods we can use for larger numbers and problems that require more than one calculation to solve it.
By the end of Year 3, children should know and be able to recall at pace their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. It is also expected that children will be able to apply their knowledge of multiples of 50 and 100 in their calculations and mental arithmetic. We will support the children in practising times tables and number bonds in class through Number Olympics and weekly times table tests.
Our Physical Education sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays this term. It is really important that your child has a suitable PE kit in school on these days for them to participate fully in the activities we have planned. Please ensure all items of PE kit and School Uniform are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. For further information on the expected kit your child should be wearing, please see ‘Uniform’ under the Parent Info on our school website.
What children should be doing at home each week:
Reading: Children should be reading to parents everyday and this should be recorded in their home reading diaries as these are checked daily by Miss Allen and Mrs Smith.
Spellings: Each week children will be given a set of spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spellings that they will need to learn. In addition to this, it is beneficial for children to revisit and revise their Year 1 and 2 spellings which the children have a copy of in the back of their reading records.
Times Tables: The children will be given a times table to practice at home each week which they will be tested on their times tables at the end of the week. This is to ensure that they have a suitable knowledge of multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables and so they do not always have to start at the beginning so solve a problem.
We welcome parent helpers in class to support our reading. If you are interested in this, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Allen or Mrs Davis in the Office.
Here’s what we’ve been doing in class: