A huge welcome to Year 3! This is the first year of KS2 where students become increasingly independent with extra responsibilities in their learning and in school life. This year, children are required to refine and build on skills that were taught in Year 2. As a result, increase in workload may become apparent. This may take time for children to adjust too. However, once the routines are established students should increasingly adjust to the expectations and pace of KS2, which will be extremely beneficial as they move into the next year.
Attached to the back is the curriculum map for this year, a copy of this is on the school’s website. Expectations for all year groups has been significantly raised in accordance to the 2019 National Primary Curriculum.
Our aim in English in Year 3 is to build on those skills previously taught in relation to reading, speaking listening and writing. As a school we follow the ‘Treasure House’ scheme of work that adheres to all English objectives in an engaging approach. These are split into units that include writing comprehension, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.
This term we are writing our own fictional story, investigating structure, vocabulary and discussing audience. Throughout the year we will be looking at different genres and types of literature including fiction books, non-fiction books and poetry. The school follows the Berol Handwriting policy; according to the 2019 National Curriculum joined handwriting should be the ‘norm’ in Year 3. We will be practising handwriting within lessons and for those students that require, there will be interventions in place. Having the consistency at home through carefully completed homework is extremely important.
In Year 3 children are required to become more independent in their reading. There is an expectation for them to read every night, ideally for 5-10 minutes to support their fluency within reading, this may be with an adult or on their own silently. Please ask questions about the story, characters and the definitions of ‘challenging’ words to check understanding, this a crucial element of comprehension skills. If any daily reading is completed, please make a record in their home school diaries so I can praise and reward the children. If your child requires a book change, please write comment as verification so I can arrange a book change.
Reading levels will be assessed on a regular basis. As the children’s reading develops and they begin to access higher levels, the range of texts to choose from increases and as a result it will take longer to complete each level. Paired Reading takes place on Mondays. This activity allows children's reading to improve, increases confidence and provides opportunities for the children to form relationships with children in other year groups.
In Year 3 it is important students focus on increasing their vocabulary. This year we will be using vocabulary bookmarks. If students find a word whilst reading that they do not know, they look up the definition and write the word and definition on the bookmark. There are incentives in place for those who complete the vocabulary bookmark.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation
Weekly spellings are set every Friday and children will be tested on them the following Friday morning. All the spellings will adhere to a spelling rule for that week. Spelling groups are assessed every half term and are dependent on progress and attainment. Please ensure your children are practising spellings at home regularly throughout the week. Spelling, grammar and punctuation continue to have a high importance in our writing, not only in English but in all subject areas.
Maths lessons and core activities follow the Collins scheme that is used throughout the school. The range of supplementary support and extension material from other sources is also used as needed. The presentation of work in maths books is extremely important and is a big change from Key Stage One. Children must remember to set out their books with a margin, date, title and learning objective and underline using a ruler. This term we will be focusing on: number and place value for two- and three-digit numbers, addition and subtraction of two- and three-digit numbers, models and properties of 3D shapes, the 2, 3, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and related division facts, unit and non-unit fractions, measurement (mass) and right angles.
Mathletics and Multiplication tables
Times tables will be set on Friday to be tested the following Friday, building on prior times table knowledge and extending to the Year 3 expectations. Year 3 helps prepare students for the new National multiplication check that takes place in Year 4, starting in 2020. Mathletics usernames and passwords have been given to students (stuck in the back of home school diaries) and will be assigned as a part of homework on Fridays.
Homework is a method of strengthening and consolidating children’s skills and knowledge. The expectation is that all homework will be completed to the high standard with the correct handwriting, punctuation and spelling that is required of children in class. The children will receive two pieces of homework each week. The homework will be given out each Friday and will need to be returned the following Wednesday. Spellings and times tables will be given out Friday to be tested on the following Friday.
This term in History we will be exploring the Ancient Roman Empire, our school trip is on the 26h of November to Layer Marney Tower in Colchester. The modules we have chosen to do as a class include; Gladiator school, daily life, food tasting and Roman dress.
Swimming is on Thursdays at 11.30. Please ensure that children have swimming costume, goggles, towel and hat packed. We are currently working on a block of street dance on Monday afternoons, please ensure PE kit is in school. After half term PE will be changing days.
Children will be rewarded for good work, good behaviour, listening and helpfulness with either house points or merit marks. Each child is in a house (St Andrew's, St David's, St George's or St Patrick's) and can earn points for their house which will be added up on a weekly basis. In addition, children can earn merits for exceptional work and will progress through 5 different levels (bronze, silver, gold, platinum and book award). Children will need to gain 20 merits at each level.
Children also have an opportunity to show their work during a special Friday ‘Good Work Assembly’ in the hall. Children who have produced excellent work will be chosen to display and present their work in class or on the ‘Work of the Week’ board displayed in the school foyer. I will also choose a ‘Pot of Gold’ winner, who has highlighted excellent behaviour, work and promoting the school ethos. There will also be a ‘star of the week’, who I have noticed for positive aspects like challenging themselves, going up a reading level or producing wonderful work. We will be having our own brief Show and Tell on Friday afternoons for any achievement’s children have accomplished that week.
I hope you find this information interesting and that it will enable you to support your child’s learning at home. Parents evening will be on the 6th and 7th of November, I look forward to seeing you all there. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to approach me at the end of the day or ring to arrange an appointment.
All the best,