Class Information

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely summer break and are settling back in as well as all your children are. Year 3 is the first year of Key Stage 2, therefore, there are many changes that the children have to adjust to and become familiar with, including an increased workload, a greater emphasis on work presentation, the loss of their afternoon play which will be gradually phased out and increasing responsibilities within the school. This information will make you aware of some of the learning that will take place this year and how you could support your child.

English

English lessons will aim to develop and improve your children's skills in speaking & listening, reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Throughout the year a range of different text types will be studied including fiction books, non-fiction books and poetry.

Word and sentence level work will also be completed regularly and will include developing sentence structure, consolidating knowledge and correct use of punctuation and extending children's vocabulary. This should be coupled with an increased writing stamina, producing longer pieces of writing. These tasks will also provide an opportunity for the children to continue to develop their dictionary and thesaurus skills. The phonics skills developed during Key Stage One will continue to be reinforced and developed through word and sentence level activities..

All group work set during English lessons will build on and extend the work completed during whole class English sessions and will be differentiated in order to meet the individual needs and work levels of the children. Extension or extra support will be provided, where necessary.

Reading

Your child will participate in a guided reading session each week in which a small group of children will work with either the class teacher or teaching assistant to read a given text and answer comprehension questions relating to the text. Your child will also take part in weekly Paired Reading on Thursday afternoons. This activity not only allows children's reading to improve but also increases confidence and provides opportunities for the children to form relationships with children in other year groups.

In addition I will aim to hear your child read individually at least once a week. It is expected that all children will continue to read at home each night and that comments relating to reading at home are recorded in their Home/School diary. Your child has the opportunity to change their reading book within the school day but this can only be done in response to a written comment in their Home/School diary.

Your child's reading will be assessed on a regular basis and any changes in their reading level will be recorded in their Home/School book. As your child'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.

Spelling

Your child will be given a set of weekly spellings every Monday and will be tested on them on a Friday morning. Spellings will begin to focus on structures such as prefixes and suffixes, improving the children’s understanding of changing the word correctly. The best way for your child to practice their spellings is to learn a few spellings each night and to use the 'look, say, cover, write, check strategy.' In addition your child will complete a keyword test every half term. You will be informed of when this will be in advance. Your children also have word books to use in class to spell unfamiliar words as well as access to dictionaries; they are encouraged to attempt to spell the word first before asking the teacher to help them.

Handwriting

Handwriting lessons will continue on a weekly basis, as they did last year. During these sessions your children will continue to develop their cursive writing and the relevant letter joins using the Nelson Handwriting scheme that is used throughout the school. Handwriting work will be set individually based on your child's current handwriting skills which will be informally assessed on a regular basis. Your children also have special handwriting books, which they will begin to use more frequently over the next term.

Mathematics

Mathematics lessons and activities follow the Collins scheme that is used throughout the school. Following this scheme your child will develop both their written and mental math’s skills and will be provided with many opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to 'real life' problems. Your children will be working in their math’s books and completing work from several selected textbooks as well as using various other resources and equipment to further their learning. The presentation of their work in their math’s books is very 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.

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. The above topics will involve applying the knowledge gained to problem-solving. Times tables will be set on Wednesday to be tested the following Tuesday, building on their prior times table knowledge and extending to the Year 3 expectations.

Mathletics

Mathletics will be available for all children to use at home and is very important towards helping develop your child’s mathematical problem-solving and speed of recall skills. Homework will be set every Monday on Mathletics, and it is important that your child tries to work through the online content as independently as possible.

Homework

Homework is a method of strengthening children’s skills and knowledge at home. The expectation is that all homework will be completed to the high standard which is expected of all work completed by the children. The children will receive homework each week, usually consisting of one English piece and one Mathematics piece.  Where it is felt necessary, other subjects may be sent home. The homework will be given out each Wednesday and will need to be returned the following Monday.

R.E.

As a whole school, we follow the “Come and See” programme for Catholic Schools. We will start the term by exploring ‘Family: The Domestic Church’. We will also spend some time this year investigating other faiths which include Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. The Class Saint for Year 3 is Saint John Bosco, whom we have already started learning about.

Computing

Computing is taught in a cross curricular manner and is integrated into all subjects whenever possible. Children have one Computing lesson a week and a weekly opportunity to use the school laptops or iPads within another chosen subject.

History

This term in History we will be exploring the Ancient Egyptians, with the particular focuses of: Early Civilization.

Geography

The main focus of our Geography this term will be exploring the UK and how land is used in the UK. There will be a focus on using surveying and research skills to build up understanding and map skills.

Design & Technology

This term in D&T we will be looking at how juggling balls are made. There will be a chance to explore stitching, material choices and planning.

Art

In Art, this term, we shall be the body and Autumn, drawing with different instruments and using colour effectively. Our class artist this year is Bridget Riley and we shall be exploring her work more throughout the year.

Science

We will be using the Snap Science scheme to teach all of our science topics this year. Topics include Rocks and Soils, Light and Shadow, Our Changing World, Our Amazing Bodies and Forces.

Music

Within class music lessons we will be looking at descriptive music, such as 'Carnival of the Animals', and aiming to compose a piece of descriptive music to perform to others. 

French

We will continue with our weekly French lessons this year, studying conversational skills for different topics and learning more about French culture.

General Information

Children in year 3 are expected to develop their presentation skills and work in a quiet, focused manner. Class rules are to be adhered to at all times and children are expected to carry out any classroom tasks and responsibilities in a sensible, thorough manner.

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 Teresa's, St Anthony's, St Francis or St Mary'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. Two children will also be chosen as ‘stars of the week’, based on who has improved throughout the week and who we have noticed for positive aspects like challenging themselves, going up a reading level or producing wonderful work.

We look forward to an exciting and pleasant year working with your child.

Thank you.

Mrs Scudiero and Mrs Crates

Class Teachers