Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Curriculum Map

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope you all had a wonderful break and were able to spend some time as a family, despite the poor weather! Let's hope this final term is full of sunshine, warmth and lots of outdoor learning!

 

We cannot believe this is the final term! It has gone so quick and we are not ready to part with our lovely bunch! However, we have a wonderful final term planned!

This half term we will be continuing with our topic on the 'Ancient Greeks' where the children will be focusing on map skills in Geography and learning more about Europe. In science, we will be looking at plants and learning about germination and pollination. The children will also be observing these changes whilst looking after their own plants. In RE, we will be looking at incarnation and how Christians show their beliefs about God the trinity in worship (in baptism and prayer, for example) and in the way they live. We will be continuing to learn the ukulele in music and in PE we will be preparing for Sports Day! 

Dates for your diary

Week commencing 10th June-  Healthy Living Week

Tuesday 11th June- KS2 Sports Day (PM)

Thursday 27th June- Year 3 trip to the Royal Armouries 

 

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.  We are also supported by Miss McNamara throughout the week and Mrs Starkey will take the children on a Wednesday morning for PE and alternate Thursday afternoons for PSHE and PE. 

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 is on Wednesdays and Thursdays where the children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit with trainers. As we approach the warmer weather (we hope!) please ensure that your child brings a sun hat to school and sun cream is applied before school.  We will be focusing on athletics and netball this term. .  

Homework

Spellings will be sent home on Friday 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 look forward to seeing you all again at celebration events that will take place for the remainder of the year. 

Many thanks,

Miss Jackson and Mrs Pape 

 

Year 3 Class Blog

Persuasive writing

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

This week in English. We have been planning a persuasive leaflet based on a place in Greece. We worked in different groups to research each destination to find out about the location, culture, history, food and things to do there. We are looking forward to writing them next week and hopefully persuading you all to go there one day!

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Super sewing bees!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

What an amazing bunch of sewing bees we have in year 3! I have been blown away with their skills and learning over the past few weeks and we have created a wonderful display in class of their cushions. The children have incorporated running stitch, cross stitch and appliqué into their cushions and they all look outstanding! They are looking forward to bring them home for you to see. Thank you to those of you who volunteered to help last week, I am so grateful for your help and threading needles! 

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Greek Day!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

We kick started our new topic on the 'Ancient Greeks' with a 'Greek Day' on Tuesday. The children took part in a variety of activities including tasting different Greek delicacies, following a recipe to make their own Greek salad, exploring where Greece is on a map, learning about different Greek myths and creating their own mythical creatures as well as carrying out some research using the iPads. Thank you for all your efforts with the children's costumes- we all had a wonderful. cultural day! 

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STEM DAY

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

Today the children took part in a whole school STEM day where they were asked to create a strong bridge. The design criteria was-

  1. It needed to be made out of art straws, masking tape and paper. 
    2. It must be freestanding. 
    3. it must span a gap of 20cm 

The children worked in their friendship pairs to create their bridges and it was lovely to see the engagement,  problem solving and teamwork displayed by each pair. It was also particularly wonderful to have a day off timetable where the children were free to be creative.  A great day by all! 

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What is friction?

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

This week in science, we have been learning about friction as part of our topic on forces and magnets. We carried out an investigation, focusing on fair testing, as well as finding out which material creates the most friction. When releasing a car down a ramp, we carried out two tests for each material and tried a different height of the ramp to see if this made a difference. Many of the children predicted correctly that bubble wrap and foam would create the most friction. 

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