Year 3 2018/19

Welcome to Year 3!

Mrs Adams, Miss Warren and Miss Cooper would like to welcome to our Year 3 page.

PE: Please ensure your child's PE kit is available from Monday to Friday, with the appropriate coloured t-shirt, black shorts and pumps.

School Uniform: School uniform checks will be made periodically and our uniform policy is available on both reception and our website. Please make sure that all uniform is labelled.

Dinner Money: All dinner money must be paid through Parent Pay.

Contact: Please contact us via email with any queries. Please note that emails will only be read and replied to within working hours.

What are we learning?

We hope that the following brief outline of the work taught will be useful to you when you discuss it with your child.

Autumn Term 2018/19

Our Parents' Y3 Curriculum Information Letter - Autumn 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: The children will be covering place value for numbers to 1000, ordering and comparing them. Addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers will be suited to their ability. We will also be adding and comparing amounts of money. We begin multiplication and division after half term and finish by working on length. By the end of Year 3 all children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,and 10 times tables and be able to complete related divisions. This term the focus for some children will be the two, five, and ten times table, but most will begin to cover threes, fours and eights.

Literacy: We begin our literacy lessons with a half term of narrative work, looking at a classic piece of children's literature. Spelling, punctuation and grammar forms the heart of our literacy curriculum and children will be taught specific skills using the book as a stimulus. The children will produce a piece of narrative writing towards the end of the first half term. After half term, our focus will move to non chronological reports and we will be producing our own reports about animals.

Creative Curriculum Topic: Our first topic this term will be Prehistoric Britain, where we will be asking, 'Could you survive the Stone Age?' We will be learning what it would be like to live in the Stone Age and researching dinosaurs. This topic will draw together elements of art, science, technology, history and geography.

RE: As a school, we will be looking at celebrations from all faiths throughout the year, which includes studying the Christmas story in December. RE in Y3 focusses on Islam and is completed in two short blocks, the first of which is just before half term.

Art/Technology: This term the children will be integrating their topic work into their art lessons. They will be focusing on skills using paint and pencils initially and the first artist study of the year will involve Pop Art. Technology will focus on food technology, specifically biscuit making. If you have any spare shirts at home that we could use as art shirts, please send them to school.

Computing: In Y3 the children will be introduced to our computing suite, which enables every child to work at either a desktop computer or laptop. In these lessons they will be learning to save and open files, insert pictures and add text to a template. They will also be changing fonts, using Word Art and learning how to use a spell checker. We will also be using logo and all children learn how to code throughout the year.

PE: Y3 PE will be delivered by sports specialist instructors during PPA time for class teachers. This will include work on specific skills which lead in to team games. It will also involve work on fitness and healthy living.

Spelling: Spelling tests will be on Fridays and new word lists will also come on Fridays.

Reading: Our school target is for all children to read at least 40 times at home over the term. All reading is recorded on charts in school. Please hear your children read regularly and record any independent reading too.

We are always looking for volunteers to hear readers. If you can spare time to hear some of our children, please see Miss Bielby. You will need to be available for around half an hour twice a week (ideally 2:50-3:15).

Our Autumn Term Learning

Year 3 day out exploring

Our Year 3's had a great day out visiting Creswell Crags as part of their creative curriculum topic.

During the visit the children did a selection of activities based on the Stone Age and Prehistoric Britain, including reassembling a skeleton and spotting 27 caves, one of which they toured. This cave had particularly large spiders and mummified rats, which the children found extremely interesting.

Year 3 Stone Age Day

Our Year 3 children had a visit from The History Van. This was a unique, interactive experience where the year 3 children and staff dressed and acted as prehistoric cavemen re-enacting important events from this period.

The children made weapons and clothes and designed their own jewellery.

The whole day was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff.