Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Curriculum Map

Welcome to Year 3!

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term break. 

This half term we will be continuing with our topic on the 'Stone Age'- we are all very excited for our school trip to Herd Farm on Monday 25th February! We will be moving away from the history part of this topic and focusing more on the geography where the children will be developing their map sills and learning about rivers. In science, we will be learning about different forces including magnetic force and friction and in RE our focus will be on salvation and the Easter story. Fractions, weight and capacity will be our focus in maths and we will also be writing our own persuasive letters in English. The children will also be preparing for our Easter production in the final week. We have a busy half term ahead!

Dates for your diary

Monday 25th February- Herd Farm visit

Wednesday 6th March- Parent Consultation Evening 

Thursday 7th March- Parent Consultation Evening 

Thursday 7th March- World Book Day- 'Dress as a word'

Wednesday 27th March- Year 3/4 Easter Production- more details to follow regarding 2 performances

Teachers in Y3

Staffing this term in Year 3 will stay the same where the teaching week will be covered as follows; Miss Jackson - Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Pape will cover Wednesday- Friday.  This is still great consistency for the children and doesn't impact the children's learning. We are also supported by Miss McNamara throughout the week.

We understand communication is vital for sharing information. It is always busy first thing on a morning, as we are preparing the lessons for the day in class. But should you wish to pass on a message an adult at the cloakroom door can pass this on to us. Anything of urgency, or that is confidential, please ask an adult at the door and we will try and meet with you briefly in the cloakroom area. Should you wish to contact us by email, these are our addresses.

Emma.jackson@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk     Katie.pape@adel-st-john.leeds.sch.uk

It will be useful to add both of us to any emails you send, so we can both be aware of anything needing our attention. We will aim to respond within 2 working days.

Reading in Y3

We make reading a priority in Year 3. We encourage the children to develop a love of books in all genres and themes, with a big focus on reading for pleasure. During the school day children will be reading independently as well as taking part in class guided reading. The children will be able to choose a book from our class bookcase, which they can read in class at quiet reading times. They will also choose a book from the school library to bring home. They will be able to return this book when they have finished it and choose a new one. We appreciate some books are longer and will take more than a week to read. Books will be signed in and out, so we can monitor the regularity of children’s reading.

PE

PE this half term, is swimming on Wednesday morning. PE kit needs to be worn to school that day – full black tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers with swimming costume for girls and swimming trunks for boys (worn underneath). Children will also need a bag with a towel and underwear. This bag needs to be big enough to fit all their clothes including a coat and shoes – this is because lockers will not be in use and belongings will be kept poolside. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR FINAL TERM OF SWIMMING IN YEAR 3.

PE is also on Thursdays, again PE kit and trainers should be worn that day. The PE focus for this half term will be dance.  

Homework

Spellings will be sent home on Friday, a copy will be added to Seesaw, for children to practise at home. The test will take place in school on the following Friday, with Mrs Pape.

We also encourage you to read with your child at least 3 times per week. Every child in school will have a reading record, even if they are a free reader. This is a place to record any new words children have learnt, progress you see or titles of other books read at home.

Mathletics online – there will be three activities set on Mathletics that link to our learning that has taken place in the week. Your child can use paper to help them work out answers. Find Mathletics at Mathletics.com and use your child’s logging in details to access their account. The beauty of Mathletics is, it shows the teacher how a child did with a particular learning intention but also there is an option for children to do more than just the activities set. Use the help buttons if unsure of an activity.

A national times table test now takes place in Y4, so we will prepare the children for this by testing their fast recall of answers throughout the year. To support your child at home, there are some great activities on the ‘Top Marks’ website. One game in particular, ‘Hit the Button’, requires fast recall of times table answers. Another great website is timestables.co.uk which does a mock test and has some fun games that make learning times tables fun.

Things to remember:

  • All children should bring a flask or bottle of water to school. This should be taken home and washed every day.
  • In Key Stage 2, children are required to bring their own snack, as it is no longer provided. This should be a piece of fruit to be eaten at playtime. Our school is strictly ‘nut-free’ due to some children having allergies.
  • School Policy is that, other than for religious reasons, we do not wear jewellery in school apart from a watch. We do not wear Fitbits or expensive watches as it is the responsibility of the child to keep them safe. These need to be removed for PE lessons.

We are very excited to provide and share in this year of your child’s education. We look forward to meeting you again at parent teacher meetings and hopefully seeing you at celebration events throughout the remainder of the year. 

Many thanks,

Miss Jackson and Mrs Pape 

 

Year 3 Class Blog

Charcoal artwork

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

This week, the children completed their art project using the media of charcoal and chalk. Over the past few weeks the children explored the work of Laura McKendry, experimented with charcoal and how this can be smudged to create different effects, as well as using a rubber and white chalk to create other dramatic effects. The children were asked to create different portraits using torchlight only. The focus was on shadow and using charcoal to create this. We are looking forward to displaying this artwork in our classroom and look forward to you all seeing it at our open classroom morning. We wish you all a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing everyone back on the 19th February. 

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Year 3 Collective Worship reminder

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

It is our Collective Worship  on Wednesday at 2:45pm. We hope to see many of you there. 

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Adventure Stories

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

The children have thoroughly enjoyed writing some adventure stories based on the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ which we have been reading in class. As a class, the children decided that they would like to visit either space, Sweet Land or go back to the prehistoric era of the dinosaurs. They all wrote their stories based on the same construction of the story,  Stone Age Boy. We are looking forward to displaying them in our classroom for all to see!

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Gymnastics

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

This week in PE, we have been focusing on balance using different parts of the body. We have been learning about points and patches and using these types of balances to create a short sequence. The children worked in pairs to share ideas and they enjoyed sharing their sequences with the rest of the class. We actually have some amazing gymnasts in year three so watch this space!

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We are geologists!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

This week in science we started our new topic on 'Rocks and Soils'. We began by looking at natural rocks and exploring what is meant by igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic tocks. The children learnt how the different rocks are formed (which they were very excited about!!) and then they explored their properties. The lesson over ran as they were very interested in finding out more! 

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