Welcome to Year 3
Our class teacher is Mr. Traves and Mrs. Nattrass and Miss Donkin work with our class to help us with our learning.
In Year 3, we have all agreed that we would like to work within a calm, friendly and encouraging learning environment, so we have promised to work hard to ensure that this happens. Everyone has their strengths and everyone has areas to work on, but we will all be there for one another to ensure that we are in the best position to succeed.
We have worked, and will continue to work, towards improving our growth mindset and working to improve our resilience across the curriculum and beyond. Getting something wrong or making a mistake is not an issue and we should have no fear of failure, as every mistake is simply another learning opportunity. We must persevere until we get the right answer… after all, even Albert Einstein said that he wasn’t the most intelligent person, rather he just stayed at a problem longer than everyone else… and didn’t give up!
Our Year 3 Long Term Learning Plan
Our Weekly Timetable
Here is a copy of our weekly Class 3 timetable:
Please note: this timetable is subject to change on a weekly basis, but our week will generally follow this timetable.
In our class, we base our reading, writing, punctuation and grammar lessons on ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman, before moving onto ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis. We will explore different genres of writing (including relevant punctuation and grammar activities to support this writing), as well as completing a variety of reading activities.
Here are some websites that the children may be asked to use for homework tasks throughout the course of the year (Passwords are distributed to children in their homework books):
Access Spelling Frame here.
Access SPAG.com here.
Access Oxford Reading Buddy here.
As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work with a focus on Teaching for Mastery. In Year 3 Spring term, we will be looking at applying our times table knowledge to formal written method in multiplication and using different strategies in division. Additionally, we will look at length and perimeter using the metric scale, fractions, and mass and capacity.
Additionally, here are some websites that the children may be asked to use for homework tasks throughout the course of the year (Passwords are distributed to children in their homework books):
Access Times Table Rock Stars here.
Over the year we learn about a whole host of extremely interesting Science topics, such as Plants, Animals including Humans, Plants, Rocks and Fossils, Light, Forces and Magnets. In the Spring Term we will be looking at ‘Plants’ and ‘Forces and Magnets’.
Our Autumn Term topic is Ancient Greece, where we explore the lives of the people who lived during this time, including looking at Ancient Greek Art, Democracy, the Ancient Olympics, as well as exploring the famed stories of ‘The Battle of Marathon’ and ‘The Trojan War/Horse’..
In the second half term of the Spring Term we move onto our Geography topic, where we focus on learning about why we have cities. This will include understanding the difference between towns and cities, looking at various capital cities, researching and profiling cities of the North East, and finally becoming a City Planner.
Year 3 have PE on a Thursday afternoon with Mr. Burns and take part in activities based around the skills necessary in basketball, rugby, cricket, athletics, dance and gymnastics throughout the course of the academic year. We take part in several sports-related festivals throughout the course of the year. We are also taught to understand how to warm up/cool down properly, how to listen carefully in order to follow instructions, and how to keep ourselves (and each other) safe from injury.
The children in Year 3 have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons every Tuesday afternoon. The class are split into two groups and each group attend in alternating half terms. For example Group 1 will attend for each Tuesday in the first half term, and Group 2 will attend each Tuesday in the second half term.
Homework is handed out on a Friday and this needs to be handed in on the Tuesday of the following week. The homework task is explained to the children before they go home on each Friday to make sure that they know what they will need to do. This can range from completing tasks on a given website, completing spelling practise, times table practise and/or topic themed homework.
Reading at school and at home
Reading books are changed regularly. Children let us know when they have finished their current school reading book. Additionally, if children have a book of interest they are reading at home, this can be recorded in their personal organiser too. We work hard to foster a love for reading. The aim is for all children to read at least three times a week with an adult, and to record this in their organiser.
Responsibilities and Rewards
Each class member will be given a responsibility role within our classroom, either as a class representative or to carry out tasks that help our lessons and activities to run smoothly.
The children can earn “Star of the Day” each day by impressing adults in our class in a variety of ways – this could include trying our best; persevering with a challenging problem; being kind; showing improvement in courage, independence or enthusiasm and/or showing a good sense of humour.
Each week we select a “Star of the Week” from those children that have gained “Star of the Day”. This is awarded to someone who has consistently shown those same fantastic learning traits throughout the entire week.
Thank you for visiting!
If any parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Traves.