Our Year 3 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 3 class page. In Year 3 the children are new to the juniors and sometimes a little nervous, so they need to spend time adjusting to new routines and expectations. The children enjoy the opportunity to develop their skills further and generally settle in really quickly to Key Stage 2. They become confident working both independently and in groups, seeing the huge benefits of sharing their ideas and learning. They especially enjoy Wednesdays because they get to go swimming!
Our Year 3 Class 2021-2022
Mrs Evans- Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Harrison - Teaching Assistant
Things to remember
Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
P.E. lessons - For Summer Term, PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. The children will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits.
Please remember to write your child's name on all of their uniform and sports kits to avoid confusion within class.
It is important that children read regularly at home, we appreciate that it may not always be possible but encourage you to do so. The reading record is now to be sent through on Seesaw, with the Reading Record folder tagged. We ask for one video every few weeks to be sent as we can give feedback on how you can help your child improve at home.
This half term.... Autumn 1 (Sept-Oct 2021)
Over the next half term our theme will be - Extreme Earth!
English - Some of our writing will be based around our Geography and Science work (see below!), but much of our focus will be on securing basic skills that the children may still have to master following Covid lockdowns. All of our writing will use The Write Stuff Writing Rainbow scheme to support the children's learning. We will focus heavily on grammar - nouns, adjectives, verbs, correct punctuation and letter formation, building up our joined writing. The children will write short descriptive pieces, including a volcano eruption, to support this before spending some time on a narrative piece based around the book 'The Flood'.
Maths- We will begin with Number and Place Value in order to let the children 'get to grips' with 3 digit numbers. The children will use equipment, drawings, LOTS of maths talk and reasoning about numbers to help them to learn and progress. Once we are confident here, we will then move on to Addition and Subtraction. Telling the Time will be a constant thread throughout the year as it is something the children must be able to do by the end of Year 3 (no easy task!) so any help and support you can give them children everyday with this will be hugely beneficial. As well as this, we will regularly practise our 2 5 and 10 multiplication and division facts before we begin counting in 3s and 4s to begin to help us learn our next times tables. During Number Ninjas, which is a short fluency hit, the children will develop their recall of number facts within 100.
Geography - We begin Year 3 with a very interesting topic for the children which comes jam packed with learning! The children learn all about what is beneath their feet! This involves a lot of custard! After finding out about the structure of the Earth, they learn how earthquakes and volcanoes are caused, their features and the impact they can have. They find out that there are some benefits to living close to a volcano!
Science - Our first science topic is closely linked to Geography and is all about rocks, fossils and soil! Always a popular topic with the children, they will develop their observational and recording skills by grouping an sorting rocks. They always like to find the ones that come from the volcanoes! They will look for clues to work out different types of rocks and then learn where we would find fossils - and of course how they get there! The children will make their own fossil too! Finally they will get muddy fingers investigating what is in soil and how it gets there! Phew!
RE - We begin our Year 3 RE with Harvest. The children have not been to a Harvest Festival in Church for a few years due to Covid, so we will spend time developing our Christian Value of 'Thankfulness' first. The children will reflect on what they re thankful for As such, we will create opportunities for them to ask questions of the topic to see what else they might like to find out. We will also learn about what goes in to a Christian celebration, who else celebrates Harvest and how. Moving on to focusing on other faiths, the children will learn how Jewish people celebrate Harvest and the significance and meaning of their celebrations.
DT - Linked with the RE, children are challenged to design and build a Jewish Sukkah structure, including all the important features. Importantly though, it must be free standing with only 3 walls!
PE & Music - Year 3's first unit is Dance. They will listen to In The Hall of the Mountain King (famous from the Alton Towers advert!) and learn about the story of Peer Gynt. They will use the stimulus to generate movements to match the music, listening closely to the beat and timing their movements to it in beats of 8. Children will work in small groups and whole class to create a full performance, learning to notice and watch what other performers are doing to make sure they get their part right at the right time! We will also improvise movements to match volcanoes and earthquakes to tie into our Geography learning.
Our School Games Value for this half term is Passion.
Computing - The children use the Tynker app to learn about coding. They learn what an animation is, and what factors are important in making successful one eg timing, dialogue, sound. Following some tutorials, they will be able to manipulate characters to create different cartoons, debugging along the way. They will design their own animation, considering what coding blocks they will need, before putting it into action!
French - All About Me! The children will begin their French lessons in Year 3, starting with learning how to introduce themselves and say a little bit about their family. The children always enjoy learning a new language and we try to give opportunities within class to use it!
Heartsmart - Our HeartSmart (and Boris!) theme for this half term is Get HeartSmart.
Well Being Wednesday - We meet the flock! These are a bunch of friendly birds including Roger the Routine Rooster and Sienna the Serene Swan. Through stories and reflection, and with the help of a little egg, these birds teach the children some little words of wisdom to help them to become thoughtful, considerate and balanced little people.
Dates for your Diary:
Parents Evening- Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th October