Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you and your children have had a safe and refreshing holiday and are settling back into the new term.
The school day begins at 9.05am. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson, which starts at 9.15am. Your child needs to line up before school and ensure that they say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day.
Year 3 Curriculum
Please find attached a guide to all of the objectives being taught in Year 3 this year in English and maths. The words in italics are written in children's language to make it easier for them to understand and the ones in bold font are key (the most important) objectives for the year group. We hope you will find this useful in supporting your child at home. We have also included an overview below of what is being taught this term in all of the subjects.
This term the children will be consolidating and extending their knowledge of numbers within 1000 including adding and subtracting three digit numbers. They will be deepening their knowledge of multiplication and division problems and applying this knowledge to word problems. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and this term we will focus on the 3 and 4 times tables.
This term the children will be looking at descriptive, action and dialogue story settings based around Roman gladiators. Our non-fiction topic will be non-chronological reports based on Roman soldiers. We will look at ‘George Speaks’ by Dick King Smith and base our work around direct speech on this. Reading skills will continue to be taught in small, guided groups as well as during lessons.
Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (attached). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher. Please ensure that your child’s guided reading book is in their book bag everyday, as their reading day may occasionally change.
In our topic ‘Amazing Bodies,’ we will learn about the importance of a balanced diet. The children will learn about the different functions of the skeleton and muscles. In our ‘Power of Forces’ unit, the children will investigate how forces affect the movement of objects and how magnetic forces work.
Our history topic will be ‘Romans in Britain’. The children will be sequencing events, comparing sources about Boudicca and looking at causes and effects of an invasion. The children will have the opportunity to spend the day as a Roman Soldier on Tuesday 17th October as we join forces with the children at Meteor Street. The children will need a Roman outfit for this.
The children will further develop their understanding of the skills needed to be an excellent learner. We will also explore friendships and bullying and keeping safe online.
Our RE topic will be Belief and Belonging. The children will explore ideas about beliefs and friendships through Christian stories. We will be visiting St. Mark’s church in December to complement this.
Year 3 will be pulling together simple sentence structures to develop their fluency further. They will be learning to ask and answer questions about themselves and their family, developing their number knowledge and phonic awareness and working on language around a story relating to Christmas.
ICT and Computing
The main focus for this term will be using laptops to learn programming skills with Kodu.
Art and Design & Technology
Art will be taught by Mrs ter Averst. Year 3 will be working on their water colour techniques and will be looking at impressionist landscapes, with a particular focus on work by Monet. After half term the children will be working on collagraph printing.
In Design and Technology, the children will be using their knowledge of different food groups gained in science to design and make their own pizzas.
The children will be exploring songs from around the world in their music lesson for half a term and then they will be learning how to play the ukelele for the second part of this term.
Homework for Maths and English will be set on Wednesday, and should be completed by Monday morning. The first homework will be set next week on Wednesday 20th September. Your child will also be set reading homework on a weekly basis depending on which day they read with their teacher.
Children will be working on their flexibility, floor and vaulting skills with our gymnastic coaches for indoor PE.
In outdoor PE, the children will be taught by Ms Wilson. The topic is Outdoor and Adventure Activities, where they work individually and in small groups to solve problems, cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on the qualities required to make an effective team.
All children need a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear. We would also ask that all school uniform be clearly labelled with name and class to ensure the safe return of clothing. If children have PE period 1 or 2 they can come to school in their PE kit, bringing their uniform with them in their PE bags to change into afterwards. Otherwise they are expected to attend in full uniform.
Wednesday – period 1
Monday – period 1
Tuesday – period 1
Wednesday – period 1
Monday – period 1
Thursday – period 4
Friday – period 3
Thursday – period 2
Children in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. These snacks must be a piece of fruit, vegetables, dried fruits or a small savoury sandwich.
There will be a Year 3 meeting for parents and carers next week. It will be at 4pm on Thursday 14th September in 3K for Meteor Street and in 3D for Webb’s parents. If you are unable to attend, notes form the meeting will be put on the school website.
We look forward to meeting you all if we haven’t done so already!
The Year 3 team
Emma Dewey (3D Year 3 Leader) Tom Greene (3G) Andrew Furniss (3F) Ailee Kemeny (3K)