Year 3

Welcome back to Year 3!

It is so lovely to have everyone back with us in school. As you would expect, there have been some changes to our everyday routines as we work hard to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

This is going to be a very busy term – we have new and exciting topics – especially in history and science. As the weather improves, there should be lots of opportunities to take our learning outside the classroom and make use of our beautiful grounds.

We will also be working hard to fill any gaps that have arisen because of the time we have spent away from school. I know that you will support us with this. Regular practice of the common exception spellings from KS1 is vital.

What will we be learning in Year 3?

English

Reading:

Reading remains a vital aspect of your child’s learning.  We intend for your child to continue as part of the Accelerated Reader programme and will be given reading books in accordance with the progress made within this programme.  We will also focus on the teaching of reading in class. We will be encouraging your children to read aloud with increasing fluency and expression. Observing punctuation accurately and taking account of character and narrator tones are really important skills.

How you can support your child?

Please listen to your child read every day. It only takes ten minutes to give your child the practice they need to ensure excellent progress. When your child is reading to you, please listen out for the fluency and expression we are teaching in school. Praise the children when they are making the text come alive with their expression and remind them when they forget to take notice of punctuation. Ask the children to talk about their reading. Some of the questions below are good starting points:

What type of text is this? How do you know?  When and where does the story take place? 

Why do you think the author chose this setting?

Who are the key characters in the book? What do they look like?

What happened in the story?   Through whose eyes is the story told?

How do you feel about ….? Why? Can you explain?

At the end of the story, the main character is feeling……. Does this surprise you?

How did you think the story would end? What do you think the story is trying to tell us?

Reading

Writing:

Spelling and punctuation are very important aspects of writing. The children will learn and practise common spelling patterns and conventions in school. They also need to practise common exception words at home. Children will continue to apply their understanding of full stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks in their independent writing. They will continue to develop their understanding of speech punctuation.

Our creative writing will be inspired by our reading of wonderful texts such as “Stone Age Boy.”

Children will also develop writing skills across all areas of the curriculum.

Maths:

An understanding of number is very important in year 3. We will continue to work on the decimal system to ensure the children have a thorough understanding of hundreds, tens and ones. Any support you can give – especially in the context of money, would be really helpful. We are working to develop mental fluency. Children need to practise mental addition and subtraction strategies. These will be taught in school but extra practise at home is always useful. Multiplication tables are also very important. Please help your child to be secure with their 2,5,10, 3 and 4 times tables.

Our work on measures will include telling the time. We fully appreciate that this was learning missed at the end of KS1, to help us to fill any gaps, it would be very useful if you could check that your child can read o’clock and half past on a clock face.

Science:

We have three exciting topics to work on this term. Light, magnets and plants. There will be lots of opportunities for practical work and I hope the children will be able to work outside whenever appropriate. We will extend our knowledge in these areas and continue to develop skills in questioning, explaining and using findings to draw conclusions.

Humanities – History/Geography:

Our topic is Stone Age to Iron Age. The children will be looking at the way people lived in prehistoric times and the changes that were made over this period.

We also plan to return to our Romans topic to enable the children to see the impact that the Romans had on all our lives and especially in our wider locality.

Religious Education and PSHE in RE, we will be studying Hindu beliefs. We will think about how Braham is everywhere and in everything and the importance of the pilgrimage to the River Ganges.

MFL – Spanish

Year 3 will continue with their Spanish studies with Mrs Eddington.

ICT

ICT will follow National Curriculum requirements and be taught by Mrs Hart.

PE and Sport

PE will be led by Miss Plant and Mr Bailey.  Current regulations will be observed in the teaching of PE and Sport, especially when using the equipment. Our PE days will be Monday and Friday. Children should come to school in PE kit on these days.

Phonics

Since returning to school in March, we have been recapping our Phase 3 sounds and digraphs that we learnt on Zoom during Lockdown.  

We begin by practising the sounds we already know, before introducing a new sound. We practice saying the sound, along with the action, and then write it on our whiteboards.

We then practice reading and writing words that contain our focus sounds. So far we have practised; j v x w y z qu ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa ar or and ow.

Sounds to follow and finish Phase 3 will include; oi, oo, ur, ear, air, ure and er.

We have also been practising recognising our tricky words by sight.

We sing lots of songs with our Phonics to help us remember our sounds. Please make sure you practice these at home!

 

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named
  • Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labelled envelope
  • Please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school on Monday and Friday
  • Reading – children in Year 3 are still expected to read at home every day and Reading Records will be checked. Opportunities for pupils to read within school time will be given should they not be able to read at home.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

We hope you have found this information helpful.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 3 Team