Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Miss Wykes and Mrs Ward, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor and Mrs Moss. We also have fantastic teaching assistants, Mr Geen, Mrs Rodionova and Ms 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.
Our PE days are Wednesdays (gymnastics/dance) and Thursday (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 do not wear earrings.
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!
In Maths this term, we are beginning with a new topic of Fractions. We will begin by familiarising ourselves with the concept of parts and wholes, applying this to real world context, as well recognising as equal and unequal parts. As the weeks progress, we will be identifying, representing and comparing both unit and non-unit fractions before moving on to adding and subtracting within one whole.
Alongside our Fractions topic, we will also be continuing with our Maths fluency. Some of the areas we will cover will include partitioning 100, applying known multiplication facts and of course practicing our daily KIRFs of the 4 and 8 times tables!
In English this half term our first unit of work is based around The Raft by Jim La Marche. This book explores the changing feelings and emotions of a grandson as he encounters new experiences when he spends his first summer with his grandma in a wooded wilderness. The Raft is full of incredible illustrations that help children to empathise with the main character and use their inference skills. Children will have the opportunity to be artistic with pastels drawing their favourite setting. They will then use these pictures to inspire themselves to write some descriptive sentences, as they embed their understanding of the different word groups such as prepositions, adjectives and adverbs.
Children will explore the purpose and features of a range of diary entries before they plan and write their own, imagining that they discovered the raft!
Later this half term we will practice debating skills linked to our topic and work on some key skills identified from assessment.
In our topic lessons, we will be learning about Europe. We will start by finding Europe on the map and finding out which countries are in Europe. We will also be learning the names of some of their major cities. As our topic is about the wilderness, we will then be looking at some of the important environmental regions in Europe, focussing on the Bialowieza Forest in Poland and the Alps mountains in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
From there, we will start to compare the climates of different European countries and see how that impacts what fruits and vegetables can be grown there.
In science this half term we are learning about plants and living processes.
In this topic we will be identifying parts of large and small flowering plants and describing their functions.
We will look in detail at the parts that make up a flower and the role these parts play in creating a seed. We will also explore the role insects play in pollination, particularly bees and the creative methods that plants use to disperse their seeds.
Later this half term we will use our investigation skills to find out how water is transported around plants and to explore the varying factors that can effect plant growth.