Teachers: Mrs McNicholas and MrsEscritt

Welcome to Year Three

In our class we encourage everyone to be the very best that they can be.  It is important that everyone feels happy and safe and loves coming to school each day!  Our learning is exciting and challenging as we are developing new and existing knowledge, skills and understanding and we always want to take pride in everything we do.

Now we have made the transition from Key Stage 1, each of us has a responsibility to help one another become familiar with this new environment and the new expectations for a Key Stage 2 pupil. As we continue on the next phase of our learning journey, we know that it is important to develop independence, resilience, confidence and responsibility. We take every opportunity to demonstrate the ‘Secrets of Success’ during our time in school,  pushing ourselves, working hard and trying new things.

We recognise individual talents and develop confidence so every child is motivated, inspired and enjoys learning.

Spring Term
This half term our topic title is ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ and we will be going on a yummy journey of discovery, sampling fantastic fruits and tantalising treats!

To engage with this topic, we’ll visit a local supermarket to find out about the food sold there. We’ll bring back samples of fruits and vegetables so we can investigate them using our senses. Will we like everything we taste? We’ll try different types of bread, and maybe even bake our own. In art and design, we’ll look closely at fruits and vegetables and sketch what we can see. We’ll follow recipes and learn about foods from around the world. Our science work will focus on food groups and how food can be altered. Will we be able to create bouncy eggs, edible slime or exploding chocolate drops? Using fruits and vegetables, we’ll make sculptures and also learn about the fascinating discoveries made by the physicist James Lind.

The ‘homework menu’ is a list of suggested activities to engage with and extend the classroom learning at home. These tasks are optional- we do not expect you to do them all!

Equipment requirements for Year Three
As we are especially looking to developing independence and maturity this year, it is important that all pupils take responsibility for coming to school each day organised and equipped to learn.

  • Pupils should come to class each day with their school reading book and reading record.
  •  Pupils should bring a clean, freshly filled water bottle.
  • Pupils do not require a pencil case as school will provide any necessary equipment providing it is looked after and returned at the end of the day.

Year Three children are also required to have full indoor and outdoor PE kits in school each day.

See uniform requirements for further details.

Home Learning

Spelling lists will be on ‘Spelling Shed’ to practise for a weekly test on a Friday. A paper copy of the spelling list can be sent home the previous week if requested.

We would still love to encourage reading for pleasure with school books or books chosen from home and would appreciate it if you could leave a brief comment in the reading record at least 3-4 times a week. The children access ‘Reading Plus’ in school, but to ensure the programme can make a positive impact, 20 minutes practise over the week at home is also needed.

The children have access to personalised maths, spelling, reading and times tables practise online. Links to these sites are below.

Other short weekly tasks may include:

  • Engage in a variety of research tasks using a wide range of literacy skills
  • Practice mental and written arithmetic skills
  • Counting in steps of 2,3,5,10 & 100.
  • Carry out investigative tasks as a follow up to science lessons
  • Engage in a history or geography research task linked to class topics
  • Carry out research tasks in R.E. during linked to ’Come and See’  topic
  • Work on differentiated worksheet to reinforce numeracy work
  • Practise handwriting using joined style and speed writing activities if required.
  • Spend time working on subscription sites to aid basic skills such as: Maths Whizz and Timetables Rock Stars (website links can be found in ‘Curriculum Links’)

Please do not hesitate to see me if you have any questions or concerns linked to homework.

Fruit:
Year 3 children no longer receive free fruit in school. As the morning is quite long, I would encourage your child to bring a piece of fruit to school to enjoy during their morning break.

Year Group Expectations

Year Group Expectations provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress. The year group expectations can be found here

 

Useful websites for Year 3 Maths

Recommended Reading List
XL Year 3 Maths
Times Table Games
Times Table Games
Teaching Tables
Teaching Time
Teaching Measures
Teaching Money

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Any question, queries or concerns of any kind, please come and speak to us. We look forward to working with you closely to ensure your child continues to thrive!

Mrs McNicholas and Mrs Escritt

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