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 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/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. 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 second half of the Autumn Term is ‘Volcanoes’, where we will consider the question, ‘What makes our Earth erupt and quake?’
Throughout this topic, we will be considering why we have volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes by delving into the layers of our Earth and exploring the different plate boundaries. Through creating our own mini volcanic eruption, we will be questioning what causes a volcanic eruption and the impact it has on the surrounding environment.
We have a strong science focus during Autumn 2 around the topic of ‘Rocks and Soil.’
Here, we will be learning that there are 3 rock types, Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous.
We will explore the properties of rocks, how they are formed and what they are used for. We will be questioning why the properties of some rocks mean they are more appropriate for one function than another as well as what happens when things that have lived become trapped within rocks. We will also be looking at the relationship between rocks and soil and the process by which rocks become soil.
Later in Autumn 2, we will develop our poetry skills, identifying and exploring poetic features and language. We will draw upon our knowledge of volcanoes and poetic language to create a piece of illustrative poetry.