Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Miss Wykes and Ms Proctor, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor, Mrs Ward and Mrs Moss. We also have fantastic teaching assistants, Mrs Dennis, Mrs Rodinova and Mrs Pujades 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.
Unfortunately we are not currently able to explore and enjoy the school library and its numerous books.
On Thursday we learn French with Mme Jarry, a specialist language teacher.
Our PE days are Wednesdays (gymnastics) and Thursday (games). Both these sessions will be held outside. 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. As the weather gets 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 do not wear earrings.
Year 3’s 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 reading many Roald Dahl books in class, considering who Roald Dahl is and compiling a fact file about him. Jumping into the shoes of many of the fantastic characters in Roald Dahl’s imaginary world, we will be writing letters from different viewpoints, understanding characters through drama and writing descriptions of them.
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.
Later in Autumn 1 we will develop our fieldwork skills, identifying and exploring features of the local area. We will learn to use and understand the 8 points of a compass, create a map and use grid references to locate places.