Year 3

Please click here for the Year 3 Autumn timetable.

We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are feeling refreshed ready for a new school year.  The children have enjoyed their first few days in school and we have all got back into the swing of waking up early and being prepared for the day!

For your information, Mr Webb will be teaching the children throughout the week, and Mrs George is the Year 3 teaching assistant every morning.  Miss Sharples will be joining us to assist with extra reading and intervention groups, along with additional support from Mrs Price.

English
In our English sessions this term we will be learning about and writing our own Adventure stories linked to our class reading book, ‘Stig of the Dump,’ by Clive King. The children will be exploring descriptive vocabulary, setting scenes and creating characters, whilst developing their ability to plan and compose longer pieces of writing. Children will know what they are aiming for in English by the use of targets in the front of their books, each linked to the styles of writing we are currently working on.

Maths
This term in Maths the children will:
• Read, write and order numbers to 1,000 and determine the value of each digit
• Explore number patterns using these numbers
• Round numbers
• Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods
• Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 2 and 3 digit numbers
• Work on Maths investigations applying their learning
• Be tested on their times tables every Friday
Children are also set Maths targets, again linked to essential number skills and/or the unit of work being covered. These will be evident in their Maths books.

Topic
Our first topic this term is ‘Prehistoric People’. The children will be looking into the life and times of people from the stone age, bronze age and then the iron age. In particular, we will be studying:

• Food (hunting and gathering)
• Clothing
• Homes
• Tools and materials
• Important people

Science
In Science the children will be learning about rocks. We will be looking into how rocks are formed and their properties. They will be considering how we use rocks today compared to past times, linking to our topic work, and how rocks have helped us discover things about our past. We will be looking in particular at fossils and how they are formed.

PE
This term your child will be having PE on a Tuesday and Friday. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t-shirt with the school badge, black shorts and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes. The children will be doing invasion games with Sports for All instructors on Tuesdays and Tennis with Mr Webb on Fridays.

RE
This term in R.E. we will be covering the topic Founders and Prophets. We will be asking ourselves: What qualities do we most admire in people and why? How do the lives, teachings and examples of the key religious figures in the different religions influence the lives of individuals and communities?

Trips
Autumn – Chiltern open air museum (approx. cost £23)
Christmas cinema trip (This will be subsidised)

Homework
This year, children will be bringing home English and Maths homework on a weekly basis. The children will be set homework on a Friday which will due in on the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task. If your child is struggling with the management, time taken to complete or anything else, please ask the children to come in and speak to us to help develop their sense of independence.

Spelling
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Thursday and will be based on the different spelling rules learnt in class each week.

Mental Maths
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.

Reading
The children will also be expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3 times weekly or more, they will be given house points and invited to Mr Webb’s Friday Fun session! The reading records will be checked on a Monday.

Website
Remember to read the school’s half-termly newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.

Messages
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066

Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 3 we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. Along with house points, we are a currently reviewing a brand new celebrations system with the children which will focus on effort, improvement and achievement. More news on this to follow! Each week, there will also be a twenty-minute fun session on a Friday afternoon if the students have met all of the expectations of homework, reading, spellings and good behaviour.

Volunteers
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.

Equipment
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please also encourage children to bring in bags which are a suitable size to fit in their lockers. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!

 

E-Safety
If you want to find out more about staying safe online, or if you need to report anything harmful or worrying to the police please follow the link below.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

 

Useful websites

Phonics Play

For phonics and spelling games

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Maths Rockx

Times tables songs that the children love.

http://www.mathsrockx.com/

Top Marks

Maths and English games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving

 

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