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 Ms Sullivan who works every morning to support learning across Year 3.
Our topic during the first half of the Autumn term is Roald Dahl. We will be reading lots of Roald Dahl’s books although we will focus on Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The Enormous Crocodile. We will write blurbs and book reviews, create fact files and character descriptions and write letters and our own stories inspired by The Twits.
In Geography we will be learning human and physical features, and which features can be found in our local area. We will plan a line of inquiry and carry out field work in our local area. We will learn how to use compasses and maps, and will design our own map of a setting from one of Roald Dahl’s stories.
In Science we will be learning about nutrition and the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet. We will also learn about the bones and muscles in the human body.
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 Tuesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor). It is often easiest for PE kits to remain in school throughout the half term, preventing disappointment and inconvenience. 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. Long hair should 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!