Welcome to Year 3!
Thankyou for visiting our class page. For some of you it has been a while since you last came to school. Just to put your minds at ease, here is a picture of our classroom with Miss Keneally and I.
We are excited about the term ahead and I hope you are too. As well as getting our teeth back into some brilliant maths and English, we will be starting a brand new topic on the Stone Age. By Christmas we should know the main differences between the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We will learn about:
-Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers
-Bronze age religion, technology and travel
-Iron Age hill forts
-Farming, art and culture
...and much much more
We will also be completing lots of scientific enquiry and learning in class. At The Firs we encourage child-led enquiry and questioning and in Year 3 we try to provide as many opportunities for this as possible.
Besides these fabulous learning opportunities, our rich and varied curriculum will give you all a chance to grow your brains and have fun doing it. Please see our curriculum overview below for a more detailed look at what we will be learning.
We actively encourage home learning to continue to take place throughout the year. Try and read every day and discuss what you're reading with an adult. Bug Club is a fantastic resource for you to use at home and provides online books for you to read with challenging comprehension questions. Mathletics and TT Rockstars will help you to develop your mathematical abilities at home and support the learning that will be taking place in school. There are links to these resources and many others on the website. Homework will be sent home every week and collected in and marked on Wednesdays.
PE will be on Mondays and Fridays. Please SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IN THEIR PE KIT FOR THE DAY.
The Year 3 team are here to support you and help you to have a fantastic time at our fantastic school.
Come on in!
Go-To Art Activities
Here are a range of fun Art activities that you can try out at home!
In English we will be writing a reports, an explanations, narratives, poetry and lots more topic-based work.
Pupils will be taught to:
Plan their writing by:
- discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
- discussing and recording idea
Draft and write by
- composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structure
- organising paragraphs around a theme
- in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
- in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]
Evaluate and edit by:
- assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvement
- proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
- proofread for spelling and punctuation errors
- read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear
Grammar will also be an important focus this year. Children will be learning how to use conjunctions such as, when, if, because, although. They will also be learning about pronouns, commas, apostrophes, and, speech marks.
Handwriting expectations remain high, for further information please see our Penpals support for handwriting, on this page.
Children are expected to listen to and discuss a range of texts including, fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks. They will be using dictionaries to check the meaning of words. Additionally, children will be preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action. We will be discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
We expect children to read daily and record which pages and books in their reading logs.
We understand that going into the juniors can be big transition for children, our aim is to ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve!’ we wish for all children to feel happy and safe in school, please, if there is anything that you need to know or you have any worries or concerns about your child, or school life in general then please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr Silk (Class Teacher) and Miss Kenneally (Teaching Assistant)
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