Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Mr Gibbs and Miss Simpson on Wednesdays, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor and Mrs Moss. We also have fantastic teaching assistants, Miss Morris, Mrs Rodionova and Mrs Farboud who support learning across Year 3.
We encourage children to drink throughout the day. Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle.
Throughout the week we work independently and with a learning partner. These pairings will change throughout the year so that everybody gets the opportunity to work with a variety of classmates.
In Year 3 we love reading and we try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with their children and to record this in their child’s reading diary. Children may also record their own independent reading in their reading diary.
Some children have colour banded books and others are free readers. A varied choice of home / class reading books are found in the class libraries and the central book band shelves. These books can be changed at least once a week by the class teacher or TA. We expect children to keep their book safely in their book bag when it is not being read and bring their book bags to school every day.
Our PE days are:
Topaz – Mondays (gymnastics/dance) and Fridays (games)
Turquoise – Tuesdays (gymnastics/dance) and Friday (games)
Children will need to come to school in their PE kits on these days. We require children to wear navy shorts and a white T-shirt. When the weather is cooler, navy jogging trousers and a navy sweatshirt may be worn. Trainers or plimsolls should also be worn to school. Please make sure children come to school with hair tied back and no jewellery please!
Year 3s are encouraged to always be determined to do their best, to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour, and to have fun whilst learning!
Our topic during the first half of the Autumn Term is ‘Roald Dahl’, where we will consider the question, ‘What makes Roald Dahl’s books so ‘gloriumptious?’ We will be enjoying many Roald Dahl books, including Fantastic Mr Fox, The Enormous Crocodile, The Twits and many more.
In writing, we will be researching Roald Dahl’s life and writing a biography about him. We will also be using drama to jump into the shoes of many of the fantastic characters in Roald Dahl’s imaginary world, which will enable us to write letters from different viewpoints and create detailed character descriptions.
For the first few weeks in Maths we will be recapping and exploring place value, ensuring we develop our understanding of how to represent thousands, hundreds, tens and ones accurately, while also comparing and ordering numbers using the knowledge of place value.
Following this, for the rest of the Autumn term, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction where we will continue developing on adding and subtracting 1- and 2-digit numbers with each other, as well as progressing onto adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers, trying to spot patterns in the process.
Also during Autumn 1 we have a strong science focus, ‘Animals, including humans.’
Here we will be learning that humans and animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
We will ask the question, ‘Why do all animals including humans need to eat yet not all animals eat the same food?’ Looking into the different food groups we will unpick what nutritional properties different foods have, how these are important to our bodies and why it is important to eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
In Geography, we will be developing our fieldwork skills, identifying and exploring human and physical features of the local area. We will also learn how to use and understand the 8 points of a compass, create and follow maps and use grid references to locate places, all while seeing if we can relate them to various Roald Dahl books.
During Art we are studying illustrations and illustrators and asking the question, ‘What makes an illustration splendiferous?’ We are looking closely at how Quentin Blake draws Roald Dahl characters and having a go at creating our own character using a similar style.