Welcome to Year 3!
Below you will find information which we hope you will find helpful and assist you in getting to know more about classroom life in Year 3.
Maths and English are set out in modules and vary in length. In English narrative, non-fiction and poetry are covered each term. In Maths we cover such areas as number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, statistics, geometry: properties of shape and geometry: position and direction.
Teaching in Year 3 is skills based through a topic cross curricular approach. We aim to ignite the children’s interest in the topics through visitors, creative activities and trips. Some subjects are taught discretely such as RE and PSHE.
Topics for the academic year 2016-2017.
Autumn One and Two: Prehistoric Britain.
Spring One and Two: Africa.
Summer One and Two: Romans
If you have any ideas on helping us with the topic work or wish to discuss the topic for the term, please do not hesitate to come in and discuss it.
Year 3 routines
The timetable for each day is displayed as a visual timetable.
The day starts with ‘Reflect and Correct’ time which gives children the opportunity to respond to marking and working towards their next steps in their learning.
FRED (Focused Reading Everyday) takes place every day for 20 minutes in which a group of children are involved in a guided reading session whilst other children are engaged in other phonic-based activities. These may involve: phonics games, reading comprehension, reading journals. During this session, children have an opportunity to renew their daily reading books.
ACT (Arithmetic, Calculation and Timetables) take place every day for 20 minutes in which children practise such mathematical skills and strategies.
Exciting Writing takes place every Friday morning (the Talk homework being sent home every Monday). The Exciting Writing includes some phonics activities before the children receive their input ready for planning before they begin their independent writing session of approximately 30 minutes.
During the course of a week, children take part in Minute Maths working towards their superheroes certificates.
In addition to this, the class complete Big Maths activities which work towards quick recall of number facts endeavouring to beat their individual times.
Children have spelling lists sent home every Friday ready for their spelling test on Thursday.
Golden time runs on Friday afternoons, where children engage in activities such as chess and other board games, art and creative activities.
Children have an opportunity to change their reading books every day if they wish or keep them until they feel they are ready to choose another at their appropriate level. Please continue to support your child with daily reading at home and aim for the reading certificates.
The Year 3 classrooms are organised with defined areas so that the children can begin to learn to select their own resources and develop their independence.
Children work in their English and Maths groups, but there are occasions especially during topic work when they work in other groups as well as with their learning partner. Learning partners are changed every week to give child every opportunity of working with all their peers.
All children in Year 3 have a ‘Home Learning Journal.’ Some tasks are set based on the termly topic. There is also a weekly maths task set and these are differentiated and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete ready to be handed in on the following Wednesday.
This takes place every Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Children should have named PE kit in school every day as sometimes we have workshops involving physical activity. Children also have an opportunity to take part in multi-sports clubs, but should bring in a separate sports kit for these activities.
Check your child’s book bag regularly for any letters sent home. If you supplied your email address, most correspondence will be sent to you electronically.
Please ensure that you send a letter in with your child after they return from absent. This should still be done even if you have telephoned the school office.
You should also send a letter to inform us when your child has a medical or dental appointment.
If your child has an injury or illness which prevents them from taking part in PE or Games, please send a letter into school so that we are aware.
If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.