Mrs Bonney (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday morning) & Mrs Hollman (Thursday & Friday)
Learning Support Assistant:
Welcome to Year 3!
We can’t believe that we are in the final half term of this academic year! We have got lots of learning left to do before the end of the year and lots of exciting events too.
Mrs Bonney works with Year 3 on all day Monday & Tuesday plus a Wednesday morning. Mr Seary teaches PE on a Wednesday afternoon; whilst we plan together. Mrs Hollman then teaches on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Hollman is in school all day on a Wednesday too; carrying out her SENDCo role.
Thank you for visiting our page. Here you will find information on timetables, homework, general expectations and details of your child’s learning. If you have any questions, you can arrange an appointment by contacting the office.
We are now using the ‘pathways to spell’ scheme which links in with our ‘pathways to write’ English scheme. Children have 3 guided sessions of spelling a week where we investigate and learn spelling rules through games and activities.
On Monday, your child will be tested on 5 words which follow the focus rule for the week. Use the week to practice the rule with a range of words. They will also be tested on 3 topic words which are the words we will be using in our topic lessons. Children will then identify 2 spelling words that they regularly spell wrong in their writing. They must practice these words each week and they will be tested as part of the spelling test on Mondays. A new spelling rule will then be given for the following week.
Year 3 have been given login details to access Times Tables Rockstars, which makes learning fun and relevant to their strengths and areas for development. This should be used frequently for 10-15 minutes sessions.
Your child should read at least 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Reading is such a vital skill and will help your child to feel more confident across all areas of the curriculum. Reading records will be collected daily to ensure your child is on track, so please write in these regularly. If your child does not read often enough, they will take part in a ‘catch up’ session on a Friday break time, where they will be given the opportunity to read to an adult or their peers.
PE lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Seary. Children are required to come in to school in their full PE kits on this day or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.
Home Learning Details
In the event of a whole class bubble needing to isolate or if your child is waiting for Covid test results so is unable to attend school, your child has been provided with login details to access a range of resources online. These login details can be found in the front of their yellow reading records, so please keep these safe so no online learning is missed. Further details, including planning, will be communicated with parents within 24 hours of a class bubble going home and/or school being informed of a need for your child to isolate. Below, you will find links to the websites where work may be set:
Rising Stars (online reading books and comprehension)
Times Tables Rockstars
Developing Experts (Science)
Language Angels (Spanish)
English: This half term the children will read Zerraffa Geraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr. This story retells the true story of a giraffe being gifted from Egypt to the King of France. Her journey was followed by many until she finally reached Les Jardins des Plantes, in Paris. The children will create a persuasive piece, inviting people to visit Zerraffa at the famous gardens. They will learn appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures to use in their writing.
During this final half term, we will continue to cover time. We will compare time and work on our knowledge of the 24 hour clock. The children will then move onto learning about angles. We will focus on recognising angles in shapes, drawing angles and finally looking at horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. Our final Maths topic in Year 3 will be mass. We will measure and compare masses as well as adding and subtracting masses.
Other areas of the Curriculum
Our topic for this half term is magnets and forces. We will look at different types of magnets, how they behave and investigate the law of magnetic attraction.
This half term, our history topic is Ancient Egypt. The children will use maps to locate Egypt and find the River Nile. We will find out about why people settled around the Nile. We will learn about the hierarchy of people during Ancient Egypt times, we will focus on Tutankhamen and the discovery of his tomb and why the pyramids are important. Finally we will look at hieroglyphics.
In RE we will focus this half term on Hindu Dharma and our focus question is: What is expected of a person in following a religion or a belief? We will look at ‘duties’ and what we mean by a duty. We will research the 3 debts and find out about what they are. Before focusing on what the 5 daily duties are.
This half term we will focus on the RSE aspect of the curriculum. We will start off the half term looking at friendship, what makes a good friend and how to deal with falling out with friends. On the 1st July, we aim to deliver our main RSE lesson which looks at naming body parts. This does include the names of male and female genitalia. This is part of our National Curriculum and we do recommend that all children are in for the lesson, but if you do not wish for your child to be in for the lesson, you must inform a member of the Year 3 team.
This half term, the children will learn about 10 different Spanish verbs.
This half term we will be learning about drawing and desktop publishing. This will include drawing shapes, manipulating shapes, using effective layouts and ordering / grouping objects.
This final half term will be used to recap, reflect and review the songs and musical techniques we have been learning all year. We will revisit all the songs too!
This half term we will studying mechanisms. The children will design, build and evaluate a pneumatic toy to fit a given design brief.