Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Mr Hanson, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor and Ms Bowler. We also have a fantastic teaching assistant called Mrs Farboud who works every morning to support learning across Year 3.
Our topic during the second half of the Summer half-term is the Romans in Britain. Our key question is: Were the Romans cruel conquerors or brave builders?
In English we will be writing instruction texts about how to look after a creature from Roman mythology (look out for chimeras, hippocampi, Pegasus, gorgons, centaurs and Cerberus). We will learn about balanced arguments, focusing on our text: Was Boudica a great hero or a murderer? We will use our new skills to write a balanced argument to answer our topic question.
In History we will be learning about the Roman civilisation and the invasions of Britain. We will study the Roman army and Boudica’s rebellion. Finally we will think about life in Britain under Roman rule and try to answer our key question: Were the Romans cruel conquerors or brave builders?
In Science we will be learning all about light. We will think about why light is so important, and how to protect our eyes from the sun. We will investigate shadows and reflections.
We encourage children to drink throughout the day. Your child can bring a named water bottle to keep by the sink.
Throughout the week we work independently, with a learning partner, with a reading buddy and in groups. These parings and groups 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 can be changed as often as necessary by children themselves during daily guided reading time. 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.
On Mondays, Topaz class gets time to explore and enjoy the school library and its numerous books. In this session children can choose 1 book to borrow from the library and this book can be returned the following Monday or can be kept for a fortnight. Please keep this book in your child’s book bag when it is not being read to help prevent it being mislaid, thank you.
On Thursday morning we learn French with Mme Jarry, a specialist language teacher.
Our PE days are Wednesday (Swimming) and Thursday (outdoor); however it is often easier for PE kits to remain in school throughout the half term, preventing disappointment and inconvenience when forgetting kit on the day! We require children to wear shorts and a T-shirt and as the weather gets cooler jogging trousers / legging and a sweatshirt. Long hair needs to be tied back and earring either not worn or taped. Trainers or plimsolls are needed on outdoor PE days.
Year 3 is determined to be the best, to take responsibility for our learning and behaviour, and to have fun whilst learning!