Welcome to our class page. This serves both Year 3 classes and we can't wait to share our joint learning journeys with you. Here you will find anything and everything you need to know about Year 3, including pictures and explanations of our learning.
Important Things to Remember:
Home/school diaries and reading books: Please bring these in daily.
Diaries will now only be checked once a week on a Monday, if there is an important message you wish for us to read urgently, please make sure your child brings their diary directly to their teacher or write a separate note.
P.E: Monday and Tuesday afternoons
Please ensure that your child wear their P.E. kit to school on their P.E. days.
Swimming: Swimming will take place in the Spring Term subject to restrictions.
Mid-morning snack: Pupils in KS2 are allowed to bring in a piece of fruit as a mid-morning snack to eat during playtime.
Water Bottles: Please encourage your child to bring a named, reusable water bottle to school to drink throughout the day.
We ask that children read at least 4 times per week.
Please sign your child’s diary to indicate when they have read. On a Monday morning, we will check your child’s diary and stamp the bottom of the page if they have read at least 4 times.
This will then gain them a star on the ‘Reading Road to success’ (which can be found in their reading diary). For every week your child reads at least four times, they will take another step along the road. When they eventually get to the bronze finish line, they will receive a certificate. Their next goal is then silver, where they will receive a special book mark, and then Gold. This is the ultimate goal, where they receive a book token.
At the beginning of each half term, children will receive a list of Spelling words which shows which spelling patterns and spelling list words we will be focusing on each week in school. These spellings will then be tested weekly and an overall test of the termly rules at the end of each half term. Please encourage your child to regularly practise their spellings at home.
At the beginning of each half term, a new ‘Key Instant Recall Fact’ will be introduced that your child will be focusing on for that half term. Please encourage your child to practise these at home.
Homework books containing optional homework tasks will be sent home at the beginning of each half term; these will all be linked to our topic for this term. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful creations that your children have done at home!
Our first topic is Small Acts, Big Impacts. This topic focuses on recycling and the impacts this has on our planet. We will be exploring some inspirational stories and focusing on the positives that particular individuals have had on our world. Remember to stop by and see our journey through this topic.
After a lengthy time of home schooling, followed by the six week holidays it was wonderful to get back into the classroom with everyone this half term. It hasn't taken long for children and adults to settle back into our new, Covid safe, routines.
In our lessons we have delved into the story of Isatou Ceesay, the recycling queen of Gambia! First we created newspaper about her incredible achievements and then, inspired by her, we created persuasive letters to encourage others to reduce our level of plastic waste in our own school.
In maths we have sought to consolidate and improve our understanding of place value and deepened our knowledge through engaging with 3-digit numbers. We have learnt about the value of each digit and the relationships between making numbers 10 times bigger and smaller and how this effects place value. We then used this knowledge to become experts when using the column method to solve addition and subtraction problems.
In topic and science we have been looking at the life cycle of a flowering plant where the children explored what plants need to thrive and survive. We conducted some fantastic experiments where we grew plants under different conditions to observe the results. We have created beautiful pieces of art, where we studied the different parts of a flower.
In geography we have been observing how land is used in our local area, nationally and internationally. We took this opportunity to take a stroll around our local area to see how land it used in Forsbrook. We looked at land-use and created our own farm using topographical maps and sought to find what kind of farming would be best according to the lay of the land.
A special mention must go out to all the fantastic pieces of homework we have received this year in both classes, they have been incredible!
It has been a fantastic start to our first half term of the year. School has looked slightly different, but the children have adapted wonderfully well and we are so proud of them!
We can't wait for Autumn part 2!
Autumn 2 has been a fantastic end to a strange year in Year 3, where the children have carried on their fantastic work from the previous term.
This term we have travelled back in time to visit the Egyptians!
In English, we have explored the story of the Egyptian Cinderella a twist on the famous fairy tale. We followed Rhodopis (the Egyptian Cinderella) on her journey from Greece, being a servant in Egypt, to eventually becoming the wife of the Pharaoh. We created descriptions of the main characters and also retold the start of the story in our own words.
In Maths, we have built on our knowledge of place value by using it to solve difficult addition and subtraction problems and consolidated our knowledge of the formal column method. We then moved on to practicing our multiplication and division, using our knowledge of times tables to help solve related facts. These are 2 tricky concepts but the children were amazing.
In topic, our trip back in time took us to Egypt around 5000 years ago to look at the Ancient Egyptians and their civilisation. We learnt all about the incredible monuments which they created, their dependence on the River Nile and how they created mummies. We even created our own! (Tomatoes, not people!)
In science, we explored animals including humans. We looked at the different foods animals need and paid close attention to what we as a humans need to eat, even looking at what different nutrients are in some of our favourite foods. Next we saw how important bones and muscles are to our everyday life and how we would be lost without them.
Again we have had some fantastic pieces of homework and are incredibly proud of what the children have produced this term. Well done everyone!
The Year 3 team wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and safe Christmas and a happy 2021. We look forward to welcoming the children back in the new year for Spring 1!