Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 Curriculum Map 2022-23
Welcome to Year 3!
A very warm welcome to all our families in the new Year 3 class. What a great start to the year it has been. This week the children have chosen their own class rules and settled into KS2 seamlessly. They all seem so grown up and excited to learn. It has been lovely to see their enthusiasm in the classroom and such kindness towards each other. Here is some useful information about Year 3.
Teachers in Y3
The Year 3 teaching week will be covered as follows; Miss Jackson - Monday, Tuesday and Friday and Mrs Pape - Wednesday and Thursday. We are supported by Mrs Williams on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Fridays.
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.
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.
Below are some brief details about our learning this half term and some key information to help the half term run smoothly. Please also keep an eye out for regular information about our class on the new school blog (details for which will be in the school newsletter, although if you’ve found this, you’re in the right place!) and any last minute information or changes on the school app.
We are very excited to provide and share in this year of your child’s education. We look forward to meeting you at parent teacher meetings and hopefully seeing you at celebration events throughout the year.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Jackson and Mrs Pape
This half term our theme of learning is called ‘Poles Apart’. We are looking at the Arctic and Antarctic, explorers, animals and making a virtual trip there using the new VR headsets. The long-term plan shares all the subjects that will be covered this half term, and a brief description of what they will include.
Reading in Year 3
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.
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 Miss Jackson.
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 https://login.mathletics.com/ and use your child’s log 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.
Your child’s log in details for Seesaw and Mathletics can be found at the front of their reading record.
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.
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. PE is also on Friday, again PE kit and trainers should be worn that day. The PE focus for this half term will be ball skills, including tennis.
Things to remember:
- All children should bring a flask or bottle of water to school, clearly labelled with their name. 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.
- Please ensure that your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name, in particular, their school jumpers/cardigans.
Year 3 Class Blog 2022-23
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This week in Science, we have been learning about the human skeleton and why it is so important. The children found it really interesting that babies are born with more bones than an adult and how the skull begins as four parts before it fuses together! We then worked in small groups to create our own skeleton using sticks and labelling the different bones. It was a challenge to find large sticks for a spinal column and the femur! Great teamwork was shown by all and it was great to address some of the misconceptions the children had in the beginning; the skull isn't a rib! Next week we will be looking at muscles in the body and how they help animals and humans move.
This week in Maths we have been learning about numbers up to 1000 and how we can partition these numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We had a great practical Maths session today where we were doing some flexible partitioning using Base 10 with a partner.
We began our new Science topic last week where we discussed what we already knew about the human body, nutrition and muscle development. The children were then asked to draw their own skeletons and locate and name any bones which they already knew the name of.
The children worked brilliantly in small groups and it was wonderful to see their interaction as they discussed their ideas. It was also very interesting to see what they thought specific bones were called and where they were located!! We are looking forward to exploring the human body over the next few weeks and addressing these misconceptions! Watch this space.
This week we have been talking about our dreams for the future and who inspires us to reach our goals. The children had some wonderful responses which we shared as a class. We have children who would like to be authors, footballers, interior designers, bakers, scientists, inventors and many who would like to travel the world! Many of them are inspired by famous people but also by family members which brought a tear to my eye! One girl in our class told me "People inspire me to never give up, always to reach for my dreams!".
We then created dream jars based on the story 'The BFG ' by Roald Dahl which we are looking forward to displaying around school.