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Y3

Welcome to Y3!
 
     
The teachers in Year 3 are Mrs Evans, Mrs Guiton and Mrs Wyatt. 
Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs Fielding, Miss Norwood and Mrs Bhangra.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is constantly evolving and this year the emphasis will be on thinking skills, philosophy for children (P4C) and outdoor learning. The children enjoy the cross curricular nature of our topics and it often inspires them to continue their learning at home.

 

In Y3, we have 5 main topics:

·         Healthy Body, Healthy Mind 

·         Pole to Pole (Explorers)

·         From the Mists of Time (Ice Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age)

·         Veni Vidi Vici (Romans)

·         How does your garden grow? (Plants)


Maths

All maths lessons in Y3 are carefully differentiated to offer children an appropriate level of challenge to ensure that they make excellent progress. We regularly use a range of practical apparatus such as Base 10, place value grids and place value arrows to help children fully understand new concepts and deepen their understanding of each calculation method. Additionally, learning is regularly linked to real life scenarios through the use of measures, money and time to ensure that maths learning is exciting, relevant and applicable to every day life. 

By the end of Y3, children are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables and the linked division facts. Each week a focus times table will be set and children will practise this multiplication table regularly in school throughout the week through a range of games and activities. We also encourage all children to regularly practise their times tables at home to improve their recall speed.


English

We use our topics to inspire the children in their writing; enabling them to write in context and with real purpose. Throughout the year we will cover many different types of writing such as: letters, explanations, stories, non-chronological reports, poetry and many more.

The teaching sequence for writing is used to teach english throughout the school. The key stages of the sequence include immersion (ensuring that children have a wide knowledge of the topic), analysis (looking at key features of texts), SPAG (learning the key spelling and grammar skills required) planning, writing and reviewing. 


Science

Our science teaching encourages children to develop many skills including observing, predicting and explaining. In Y3, children design experiments and begin to recognise the importance of ensuring that variables are carefully considered to ensure that a fair test is conducted. There are many opportunities to engage with science learning at home through every day life and we welcome all children to present and share these discoveries during weekly show and tell time.


Learning at Home

We love to see and hear about any learning at home, particularly when it is linked to the topics that we are learning about in school. In Y3, we have regular sessions for show and tell during the week and this is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn from each other. Children regularly present their learning and ask one another questions to deepen their understanding. 


Reading Records

‘The most important skill any child can leave primary school with is the ability to read independently and effectively for meaning.’ Rose Review.

In Y3, children should be reading at home every day.  It is helpful for you to have conversations with your child about their reading, asking them questions about different characters and particularly provoking them to infer answers by "reading between the lines".  We would hope that adults at home record a comment at least once a week.  Reading records will be collected in weekly to monitor progress and certificates will be awarded for children who read at least three times a week.


P.E.

Each child should have a PE top (Sports Day T-shirt is ideal), shorts, a track suit, outdoor trainers and indoor pumps. All these must be clearly labelled with your child’s name and stored in a suitable bag. Long hair (boys as well) should be tied back and earrings removed or covered with tape.  Typically PE lessons will be on a Monday and Wednesday but as we often have to change our PE timetable, it is really helpful if children have their PE kit in school every day.



Visits and Residentials

These residentials and visits will complement our topics:


Creswell Crags day visit: Tuesday 13th February 2018

Y3 Austerfield Residential: May 2018, two days, one night


 
 
 
 




 


 

 
 

 

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