Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 is composed of Topaz class taught by Mr Gibbs and Miss Simpson on Wednesdays, and Turquoise class taught by Ms Proctor and Mrs Moss. We also have fantastic teaching assistants, Miss Morris, Mrs Rodionova and Mrs Farboud 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.
Our PE days are:
Topaz – Mondays (gymnastics/dance) and Fridays (games)
Turquoise – Tuesdays (gymnastics/dance) and Friday (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 no jewellery please!
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!
Over the next few weeks in English, we will be learning about what a myth is and exploring the story of Romulus and Remus. We will be writing an alternative ending, thinking about what would happen if Remus was the remaining brother instead of Romulus.
We will then look at instruction texts, learning about their features and purposes, before writing our own instructions on how to care for a mythological beast and how to make bread in preparation for our next DT lesson.
Following that, we will learn how to write a balanced argument, in which we’ll respond to a question and include both positive and negative arguments for our perspectives.
In Maths this term, we will be finishing our unit on time before moving onto our final units: properties of shapes; and mass and capacity.
During the time unit, we will explore the durations of time between a start and an end point of events, before comparing different times with each other to see how long or short it takes to do something.
When completing the properties of shapes unit, children will explore how to describe turns of an angle using its size and direction to support them. They will learn the different types of angles to help compare the size of them before applying that knowledge when drawing accurately. Then, we will look at other properties of 2D and 3D shapes, such as: horizontal and vertical lines; parallel and perpendicular lines; and faces, edges and vertices.
Children will also begin a unit on mass and capacity this term, where they will be measuring and comparing grams and kilograms, as well as millilitres and litres.
Topic – History
During our exciting history topic this term, the Romans, we will be investigating whether they were cruel conquerors or brave builders.
We begin by investigating where and why the Roman Empire began before looking at how and when the Romans invaded Britain, where we will use a time line to order events chronologically to support our understanding of them. Following this, we will explore how the Roman army was so effective when invading and conquering countries.
As the term progresses, we will begin to investigate the impact significant individuals from the Roman era had on both the empire and Britain today. We then look into what Roman life was like and compare similarities and differences to how we live nowadays, before we learn how the Roman Empire ended.
During Science this term, we will be learning about light, where children will begin by exploring which items and objects are sources of light and which are not, before learning that we need light to see things and that darkness is the absence of light.
We will also begin to notice light is reflected from surfaces and that some surfaces are more reflective than others and that we need to protect ourselves from the sun as the light from it can be dangerous. We will also explore whether materials are opaque, translucent or transparent when light travels, or does not travel, through objects.