Welcome to the year 3 class page! We’ve got off to a fantastic start in year 3, looking at rainforests and their importance to our planet. This topic has draws on the curiosity that children possess to find out more about the wide range of species living in our rainforests. To complement our topic, in science we are looking at plants and will be exploring different conditions that they grow in. We want to bring our classroom to life and make this topic tangible. In art, we are going to be using a range of materials to draw, colour and paint. Mrs Stapleton takes over on Wednesday and is teaching the Geography unit, the children are identifying locations using map skills.
In Maths, we will cover place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In addition to this, we have our times table challenge. I have been incredibly impressed at how well the children are doing so far with their times tables, this is fundamental and will help the children a great deal as they progress through their primary education so the more fluent they are, the better.
In English, we began looking at the Great Kapok Tree as part of our themed topic. This will conclude with dilemma story writing to making decisions regarding their own chosen tree. We will then move on to information texts, persuasive letters and finally, some poetry to conclude the Autumn term. I am also very excited to introduce the pen license to year 3. Children who are presenting work beautifully will be able to use a pen when writing. This will be agreed between myself and Mrs Sheppard and offers an incentive for the children to show us just how well they can present their work. Handwriting and general presentation shall be considered beforehand.
The All Saints reading challenge is an opportunity for children to earn certificates for reading in school and at home. The more children read, the more certificates they can receive. It is really important to encourage reading to be done as often as possible at home. Children will need to ensure their reading records are in school every day. I will also be asking the children questions. A big element of reading in year 3 focuses on fluency and comprehension, so asking the children what they are reading about and checking their understanding of words will really help them develop as readers.
With regards to spellings, I will be giving these out on a Monday for children to practise through until Friday. The spellings are being stuck into reading records to make sure they aren’t lost and we practise them daily. To support this, the children are expected to practise these at home, this will help them to be more successful come Friday.
We are really enjoying learning French as a class. I hope the children are coming home continuing to use the words and sentences we are learning.
In PE, Mr Fox and I are teaching the skills required to play hockey. We began with control and drilling, moving on to push passing and how to stop the ball. The children have been doing superbly at this. Please ensure your child is prepared for all weathers. Earrings must be removed before taking part and hair will need to be tied back for safety.
In RE, our theme will be creation and incarnation and in PSHE, children will be challenged to discuss a range of topics, being aware of themselves and how they control their actions.
In year 3 we are respectful of one another and follow the schools core value of perseverance when we find something challenging!
Mr Dennis and Mrs Sheppard