Welcome to Year 3

Staffing

In Year 3 the team are: Mrs Braiden-Smith, Mrs Stacey, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Fannon and Miss Read.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and speak to us. We are happy to help.


Reading

  • Reading books should be in school every day and children should be heard read every evening at home.
  • Regular reading will be rewarded with: stickers, house points and privilege cards.


PE Kits and Days

  • PE is on Monday and Friday for 3BS
  • PE is on Wednesday and Friday for 3S
  • All children need to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps.

Curriculum Overview 

Our topic for this half-term is Predator which will has a focus on Science, Geography and DT within topic work. Learning will include

  • In Science, our topic is Animals including humans. The children will be learning about diet, healthy eating, skeleton and vertebrate and invertebrates.
  • In Geography we will be learning about biomes and vegetation belts. We will link this to our writing by exploring which habitats predators live in.
  • In DT we will be making a shelter for an animal and a skeleton with moving joints

Maths

To support your child with their maths here are some helpful hints:

The children need to have good mental skills so quick fire questions can always be a way to help your child. Perhaps while on a long car journey or just when you get the usual moan of “I’m bored…” These can be times tables as these are a real focus for Year 3, who will be the first year group to sit the new Government tables test next year.

The children need to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using standard methods and we are beginning to work with them on these methods and then using them to solve real life word problems.

Further to this take every opportunity to involve your child in real-life maths such as going to the shop and buying things. Ask them what have I spent? How much change should I get? If it is bedtime in one hour what time is bedtime? It all helps.

English

How can you help your child in English?

Here are some great ideas:

  • We are closely monitoring the children’s reading and those that achieve our expectation of reading at three times a week, at home, will earn extra house points
  • Spend time with child enjoying and talking to them about the book they are reading; are they enjoying it? Support them to explain what they are enjoying about the book and try to compare books by the same author to explore the writing style of that author
  • Focus on word types and ask your child to select the noun, verb, adjective, adverb and conjunction in the sentence you have just read. This will reinforce the grammar learning at school.
  • Talk to your child about what type of book they are reading. For example, is it a fiction book or a non-fiction book? Explore the contents page and index for non-fiction and characters and paragraphs and chapters for fiction books.

Home Learning Opportunities

Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected back in school the following Wednesday. Children who do not complete their homework will be expected to during school hours. 

The children in Year 3 will also be taking part in ‘Creative Homework Projects’ that we would like them to complete over the coming weeks. The project follows our current theme of Predators and will allow the children to extend their understanding of the subject, demonstrate their creative talents and share their findings with the rest of the class.

We look forward to seeing the results and would like the children to bring their completed projects into school the week beginning Monday 22nd October so that they can share and celebrate each other’s talents before the end of term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Library visit

Why not visit the local library and to find non-fiction books about predators. Look for information using contents, glossary and index pages. Write down any new facts you have learnt and bring them to share with the class.

Spelling challenges

Learn how to spell the names of weird and wonderful predators of the world. The weirder the better!

Sub groups of predators

Under each sub group of predators list five or more examples and find facts about them. Choose from the sub groups mammals, birds, crustaceans, insects, arachnids, reptiles, fish and plants.

Fun fact files

Make a mini fact file or short Power Point presentation about your favourite predator and bring it into school to share with the class.

 

Create a book

Why not make your own non-fiction book about a predatory animal- maybe your pet cat?

Glossary

Can you write a glossary to explain all the specialist vocabulary of the topic?

What am I?

Can you devise a What am I? quiz about predators for the class to solve? How many questions will it take for them to get the right answer?

Camouflage art

In the wild predators camouflage themselves to help them hunt their prey. Can you create a piece of art work to show this?

Remember to make it hard to see the predator in its surroundings.

 

Food fun

Predators are top of their food chains. Research a food chain for a predator of your choice. You can write it, draw it or complete it on the computer?