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Year 3

 

Welcome to our Year 3 Class Page!

Our class saint this term is St Peter.

We will be learning all about St Peter and how he was the first Pope. We will take inspiration from his life, martyrdom and example of compassionate and loving virtues

Please find below an overview of our learning for Autumn Term 2022.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

m.tomkinson@st-marys-leek.staffs.sch.uk

 

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Tomkinson 

Our ‘Vehicle’ through which the curriculum will be taught for the Autumn Term is:

Eco Warriors

 

We will be designing a poster and leaflet, in collaboration with the Canal and River Trust, to promote an awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways.

 

 

During our Religious Education lessons, Year 3 will be learning about 'Belonging'.

 

 

We aim for children to know that Baptism is the Sacrament of Belonging to God’s Family, the Church. They will be able to identify some signs and symbols of Baptism and express their meaning. They will be also be able to Sequence the Rite of Baptism and be able to discuss elements of the Celebration of Mass about gathering as the Family of God.

 

Moving on from Belonging, children will understand that human beings often have freedom to make choices. They will understand the difference between a good and a bad choice and the consequences these bring. They will know some teaching of Jesus about the forgiveness of sin when wrong choices have been made. They will understand that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the Church’s celebration of God’s forgiveness of sin.

 

‘Prayer’ – This is also be a ongoing focus. Year 3 need to be able to recite many of our prayers by the end of the year. It is important for children to consider: why it was important for Jesus to pray to God his Father,

- Different types of prayer, places of prayer, symbols and actions used in prayer.

 

 

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Year 3 have been reading the poem 'A Sea Creature Ate my Teacher'. We have created our own versions of the poem and performed them to our peers.

 

 

During Autumn Term, the focus in Maths is on the ‘Number’ aspect of the curriculum.

This includes: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.

 

In our daily Maths lessons, we will use ‘concrete’ resources, as appropriate. Concrete resources include: Base 10, Place Value counters, Place Value charts/grids, Counters, 100 squares, Number lines. We will also see and use ‘Pictoral’ representations of concrete resources, and ‘Abstract’ calculations, where only the numerals/digits are shown.

 

In order to master a skill, children need to be able to recognise and use concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.

 

Children should continue to practise and use their Times Tables.

 

 

Our Autumn Term Science topics are: ‘Forces’ and ‘Animals Including Humans’. It will be taught by Mrs. Johnson, a specialist science teacher from Painsley.

 

Animals Including Humans

- Recognise that humans get their nutrition from what they eat.

- Understand that humans have skeletons and muscles, for support, protection and movement.

- Know that body parts have special functions

- Name the body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles.

- Compare diets of different groups of animals, including humans.

- Know what a healthy meal looks like.

 

Forces

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In History, we will be looking at aspects of local history. We will be studying transport through time and discussing social issues at the time of the Industrial Revolution.

 

In Geography, we will start by looking at the UK and location knowledge. We will find out more about the four countries of the UK.

 

 

 

 

In Year 3 we are looking at how we can stay safe online, spreadsheets, emails and touch typing with our specialist teacher Mr Johnson. 

In Art and Design, we are specifically studying the word famous sculptor Sir Antony Gormly. We will be making our own sculptures and working with a variety of different media. 

 

 

In Design Technology we will be constructing a castle and mechanical systems.

 

In French, we are learning simple greetings and introductions.

PE in Year 3 is every Tuesday and Friday.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit at school.

 

 

Homework is sent out every Wednesday in the children’s Home Learning Logs.

Home Learning Logs and completed homework should be returned every Monday morning.

 

In addition to Homework, there are weekly spellings and daily reading.

 

In Key Stage 2, there is much more focus on comprehension of what they have read.

In order to support your child, try the following activities:

- Ask them to summarise a section of what they have read in their own words.

- Ask them to predict what might happen next, and explain their thinking.

- Discuss why an author has chosen to use particular words and/or punctuation.

 

Spellings will be based on our RWI Spelling words from the previous week and should be practiced daily.

 

                                

                                                  

Uniform

As the children are now in Key Stage 2, they are expected to wear a shirt and tie.

Please encourage your child to do up and undo their buttons themselves at home, as this will greatly assist them when getting changed before and after PE lessons.

Earrings and hair gel are not part of school uniform.

 

Snack

Children should bring a healthy snack, for example a piece of fruit, dried fruit or a healthy snack bar for break-time.

Alternatively, parents can use ParentPay to purchase a snack from the kitchen at snack time.
 

Water Bottles

Children should bring a water bottle to school every day.

This should be clearly labelled with their name, and should only contain water.

 

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations

 

                      Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly

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