The Year 3 team is led by Mrs Howes and Miss Quick and is supported by Mrs Phillips, Mrs Brand, Mr Mullen, Mrs Fay and Mrs Pratt.
In Year 3, we aim to create exciting and memorable learning experiences which inspire and challenge the children. We cater to different learning styles and abilities and use cross-curricular links (linking subject areas including through our half termly topics).
Throughout the year, the children will have the chance to tackle a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres of writing including: persuasive writing, instructions, narrative, reports and poems. Our writing for each half term generally has a focus on the topic that we are studying. For instance, in the first half term, we will be looking at persuasive writing and instructions in relation to the Stone Age, using the book Stone Age Boy to inspire our writing. The children will also learn about grammar, punctuation and spelling as outlined in the National Primary Curriculum. This will then enable them to improve the quality of their writing further.
In our school, a high emphasis is put on reading and children are expected to read at home on a daily basis for at least 10 minutes and record evidence of this in their Home School book. Books will be read together in class, with clear and expressive reading modelled by the adults in the year group team. In addition to this, children will have the opportunity to read aloud (both in whole class and 1:1 to an adult) and show their understanding through responding to careful questioning. Children will also read independently and in small groups using books across a range of genres which are appropriate to their reading age and ability. There will also be opportunities to the children to read their writing to other children in the school.
Children will practise a set of weekly spellings which address common spelling patterns, commonly misspelled words and those dictated by the Years 2, 3 and 4 spelling list from the National Curriculum. Spellings will be handed out on a Monday and tested on the Friday. New spellings will be stuck into their personal spelling book. It is important that the children bring their spelling book to school with them each day (particularly on a Friday) and that they take time to practise their spellings at home each day.
All areas of Maths will be covered during the year: Number, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics. Within this, children will solve mathematical problems, reason mathematically and become fluent in mathematical concepts. They will learn to use written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as develop mental strategies to solve problems.
Each day, the children will practise their targeted times tables (leading up to knowing all times tables up to 12 x 12) to improve their fluency and speed of recall. They will do this through times tables games and have a weekly times tables test. It is important that children also practise their times tables at home.
Within Science lessons, children will have the chance to learn about different topics through hands-on, practical lessons including experiments. They will develop their use of scientific reasoning and are taught to draw conclusions from what they have observed. They will learn about: light and shadow; rocks and soils; forces and magnets; healthy foods and plants.
History is taught through our Topic work which enables the children to gain a deeper understanding in the overall subject. This year, the children will discover more about Pre-History (Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age) and the Romans. During these topics, we will study the lives of people at these times including their beliefs, traditions and artefacts discovered. They will learn about the chronology of these eras and use timelines to help develop this further.
Again, Geography is taught through our Topic work. The children will learn about volcanoes and earthquakes as well as regions locally, nationally and in Europe. They will make comparisons between these locations, locate countries and describe their features.
As a Church of England school, we will look in depth at Christianity including the religion’s values and the festivals they celebrate throughout the year. Learning will develop around questions posed to the children, leading to a child-centred enquiry approach. Children will also learn about faith during our Collective Worship which is held as either a whole Key Stage or school on a daily basis. We also make regular visits to the church and attend services to celebrate key events in the Christian calendar. We will also look at other religions during the course of the year.
Art and Design Technology
Our Art and Design Technology work is again influenced by our termly Topic work. In the Autumn term we will start by working in the style of Stone Age people including using natural materials that they may have used. We will use different techniques and including charcoal, oil pastels and chalk. We encourage individuality within pieces of work whilst at the same time encouraging children to think carefully about the work of other artists and use them as inspiration.
Children have two lessons of P.E. a week – a Games and a Dance or Gymnastics lesson. During these lessons, they will learn key skills in different sports including the importance of sportsmanship and working as a team. They will also consider how to use their body to move and balance to create individual and group routines in Dance and Gymnastics. A full P.E. kit is are required for every lesson. This includes a light blue polo shirt, black shorts and trainers with optional black tracksuit, jogging bottoms or sweatshirt for the winter months. P.E. kits should be brought into school on the Monday and left at school until the end of the week. This allows for other opportunities for P.E. to take place during the week.
During the Autumn term, each class will have the opportunity to swim once a week at Archbishop Sancroft High School. When the children have swimming lessons, they need to ensure they have swimwear (a one piece costume for girls and trunks or lycra swim shorts for boys), hat and towel. The children may also bring goggles to wear.
This year, the children will begin learning French. They will do this through fun, engaging lessons which immerse the children in the language through games, role play and songs. As well as learning to speak words and phrases in the language and hold a simple conversation, they will also be taught how to read and write in the language and about the culture of countries that use it.
In line with the new National Curriculum, children will have computing lessons which will teach them about topics such as e-safety, digital media, presenting data and word processing. They will also learn about programming and coding using different software on our top of the range iPads and laptops.
We will be using the Charanga scheme of work to learn to about pitch, rhythm and melody. The children will rehearse and perform a selection of songs, using instruments to add to their performances.