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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 Spring Term 2023.

 

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 Spring Term is:

Early Entrepreneurs 

 

We will be designing and selling our own t-shirts, to spread the message of stewardship.

 

 

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

 

 

Children will know the story of the shepherds and how they reacted to the news of Christ's birth. They will be able to empathize with the feelings and reactions of the shepherds at this event. They will know that the Crib is an important symbol of prayer and devotion.

 

‘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.

 

 

Reading... Choosing a book for your child that they will love can sometimes be a daunting task. Click the link for a recommended selection of age appropriate texts.

 

 

Year 3 have been focusing on Non-Chronological Reports. We have been writing about the evolution of transports and why transport needed to change.

 

 

During Spring Term, we will be focusing on Multiplication and Division, Money, Statistics, Length and Fractions.

 

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 Spring Term Science topic is 'Rocks’. It will be taught by Mrs. Johnson, a specialist science teacher from Painsley.

 

Rocks

- Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and physical properties.

- Describe how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rocks.

- Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

 

In History, we will be looking at Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will look at the three period in the Stone Age and compare what changed and what remained the same. We will also be looking at Stonehenge and how it was built.

 

In Geography, we be looking at weather, water and the climate. We will look at the water cycle and how the climate is different across the globe.

 

 

 

 

In Year 3 we are looking at  with our specialist teacher Mr Johnson. 

In Art and Design, we are specifically studying the Pop Artist Andy Warhol. We will be inspired by his work and create our own mixed media icon portraits.

 

In Design Technology we will be focusing on textiles. We will be making our own cushions.

 

In French, we are learning about celebrations. We will look at the Mardi Gras carnival and lean how to sing 'Happy Birthday' in French.

PE in Year 3 is every Wednesday 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 is 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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