Welcome to Year 3!
A very warm welcome to our new Year 3 Parents!
Year 3 have been very busy settling into their new classes, we are very proud of how well they are doing after such a long break from school.
We started the term getting to know the children and easing them into Junior-school-life.
Our curriculum in Year 3 is a little different to the rest of the school as we feel it is vital to ensure our pupils have a thorough understanding of the Key Stage 1 curriculum before we move on. We started the term, carrying out some assessments of pupils knowledge, skills and understanding. We have then carefully, designed a curriculum for the first half term based on their learning needs - for some pupils this is recapping some elements of Key Stage 1 and for other pupils this is moving them onto the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Our learning has been driven by a key text - 'Dear Teacher'. Pupils have then made their own story boxes (thank you for sending in your shoe boxes!) and also written their teacher a letter about how they are feeling joining Year 3 and some aspects they are looking forward to. In Maths, pupils have been recapping their understanding of Place Value - showing us what they know with concrete objects and solving problems using language such as "more than, less than, thousands, hundreds, tens and ones".
Reading is very important to us as a school so we have also been using this half term to ensure that our pupils have a secure understanding of phonics and we are beginning to teach them comprehension skills in Guided Reading, moving children onto this at their own pace, with a view that the majority will be carrying out Guided Reading sessions after half term.
During weeks 6 and 7, pupils will move onto learning a text called "Flotsam". We plan to have an activity day on Tuesday 6th of October to hook children into their learning about Flotsam - what it is and the impact it has on the world with plastic pollution. It is a wonderful story without any words that will capture children's imaginations, enabling them to write a story about a hidden camera! During this they will learn to write in paragraphs, full sentences with conjunctions and begin to consider their audience. Alongside this, children will create some wonderful pieces of Art work and also link their learning to Geography and Science.
After half term, we aim to move our pupils onto the Key Stage 2 Curriculum where they will begin learning Rocks, Relics and rumbles with a project approach which will link all of their learning and will be driven by key curriculum areas.
In the Rocks, Relics and Rumbles project, your child will learn about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. They will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties. They will also investigate soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. They will have the opportunity to use maps to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude and a compass to learn about the cardinal and intercardinal points. They will also learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.
Autumn Term PE
Year 3 have both indoor and outdoor PE on a Friday throughout the Autumn term.
From Monday 14th September, please send your child to school wearing their PE kit. This is to avoid the changing process and to reduce the number of items being brought into school, as per our Covid guidelines. Please do not send your child's PE into school any other time.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Is your child isolating or shielding at home?
If your child is unable to come to school do to having COVID symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms, we have created a work pack for them to have a go at while off school. This work can be completed at home and then brought into school once they are back in. Please feel free to send pictures, or electronic copies, to the Year 3 email address. Please email the following address and we will send the pack out to you.