Welcome to Year 3
We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 3 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.
Ms Baldwin - Year Leader
Year 3 Newsletter – Summer 2 2019
We can’t quite believe we are into the final term already, we hope you had a wonderful break. As you are aware, the purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information and reminders which we hope you will find useful.
In our year group this term we will have the following adults:
Miss Baldwin (Year 3 Phase Leader and Beech class teacher) Mr Bolton (Rowan class) Miss Hong (Hawthorn)
Mrs Popat (Beech class Wednesdays and Thursdays) Mr Stallwood (Willow class)
Mrs Savage (Lead TA) Mrs Cleaver (Hawthorn) Mrs Gorai (Beech) Mrs Ludlow (Willow) Mrs Peverall (Beech)
Mrs Taffe (Rowan)
During the first week of this half term, the children have continued to develop their knowledge and understanding of time. They have been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock to the nearest minute. Please continue to support your child with this skill at home.
Our second unit of work will be based around measures. As part of this, the children will read mass and capacities on various scales. In addition to this, the children will learn to convert between different units of measure, solving problems presented in a variety of different ways.
Our English this half term will be based around the novel ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. As part of this, the children will be writing a narrative story with dialogue between the two main characters when they first meet. Later on within the term, they will write a letter from Sophie to the giants trying to persuade them not to eat her. During English sessions, the children will continue to broaden their vocabulary, ensuring their sentences are accurately punctuated and will continue to learn how to vary the length of their sentences for effect.
Within computing, the focus will be on editing through understanding and using a range of software. The pupils will be using music to edit stories. They will also have the opportunity to understand how to stay safe online and recognise how to report any problems they may come across.
During PSHE sessions this half term, the children will learn about the importance of keeping healthy. They will recognise how the heart and lungs work within the body. During our ‘healthy me’ topic, they will begin learning about drugs, as part of this, the children will explore how medicines can be helpful. Also, they will recognise the importance of taking medication from a trusted adult and the importance of following the rules in relation to dosage and storage.
In history the children will be learning about prehistoric Britain. Within this unit of work, we will focus on how people lived, where they lived and the developmental changes during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age. As part of this topic, we will also explore famous monuments build in prehistoric times, such a Stonehenge.
In art, our unit of work is landscape and symmetry. We will be learning about famous painters and the different methods when landscape and seascape painting, such as bold brushstrokes. We will then apply this knowledge to our own seascapes. Year 3 will also study the effects of using symmetrical features in art.
As part of our science, the children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. As part of this, they will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and investigate how water is transported within plants. Whilst working scientifically, the children will set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests. They will report findings from enquiries in a variety of different ways.
Our focus this term is athletics and striking and fielding. As part of their athletics lessons, the children will learn to develop their sprinting techniques. In addition to this, they will develop their throwing skills when participating in discus, javelin and shot put events. The children will continue to refine their striking and fielding skills in rounders and cricket and as part of this, they will learn the rules of both games and how different techniques need to be applied when completing simple drills and games.
PE Lessons will take place on the following days:
Beech – Mondays and Thursdays
Hawthorn –Tuesdays and Thursday
Rowan – Mondays and Fridays
Willow – Thursday and Wednesdays
The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: shorts, t-shirt, long jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks and plimsolls/ trainers. Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently. If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves.
Please remember homework is a joint effort and we ask you to support us in ensuring pupils understand that homework is important and supports learning in school. Please ensure your child completes homework and inform us when this is not possible. As part of the newsletter you will see a homework grid; the * are tasks that must be completed. Each week your child can choose which piece to complete - any work should be completed in the homework book, if necessary please print a picture off to show something you have created. The tasks are differentiated and bespoke for the pupils, 'Must' is the easier option, 'Should' is the next level and 'Could' is the most difficult. If you are unsure as to which your child should be completing, please speak with your class teacher.
Year 3 expectations
Homework and spellings will be sent home on a Thursday and are due in for the following Thursday.
Reading (20 minutes daily) This must be recorded in the reading diary.
Weekly spellings (tested on Thursdays)
Cracking times tables
Pupils should be reading regularly at home, both independently and with an adult. This week children will be given new Reading Records which will be monitored in school. Every child will have their own monster icon on our exciting new class Dojo app. Children will be awarded up to 3 points per week for reading at home at least 3 times in that week; for completing a book from the year 3 recommended reads and for keeping both their book and reading record in excellent condition. The class with the most points at the end of each term will receive a reward.
Please can we remind you of the importance in labelling every item of your child’s clothing so we are able to find and return any lost items. At this time of the year please can you ensure that your child comes into school with a coat on a daily basis. Children are expected to wear black shoes. If your child wears boots to school, they must have a change of footwear as part of our school uniform policy.
As you are aware it is an expectation that the children bring in their own pencil case, equipped with the appropriate stationery. Please ensure that the relevant items are replenished if necessary. A copy of the stationery list is available in the Year 3 section of the school website and school shop is open every Wednesday at 12:35pm.
Water bottles and snacks
As the weather begins to get a little warmer, please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general wellbeing. As you are aware, children can bring in a snack for break time. This can be either a piece of fruit or vegetables. Some of our children do have nut allergies so please ensure that your child’s packed lunch does not contain nuts.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Miss Baldwin, Mr Bolton, Miss Hong and Mr Stallwood
Knowledge organisers give an overview of what pupils will be learning in school over the course of their History, Geography or Art unit of work for the half term. Pupils have a copy of this in their Curriculum books to refer to within lessons. The Knowledge Organisers for each half term are available for you to download below so that you can support your child in discussing with them what they have been learning this week and build upon this learning at home, if you wish to do so.