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Our amazing team in Year 3 starts with the 31 FANTASTIC children we have, our wonderful TA Mrs Pickford and fabulous teacher Mrs Shaw. It is a pleasure to be part of a great team and we look forward to the Autumn term, which is going to be incredibly fun, definitely exciting and above all, a challenge to make us achieve beyond our dreams.
Here you will find anything and everything you need to know about Year 3, including pictures and explanations of our learning. We are so excited to begin the year and hope that you are as eager as us!
We will begin the school year by exploring the topic:
Small Acts. Big Impacts
We will explore recycling across the globe and the impact plastic pollution is having on our world. As a class, we will explore how other countries are managing the world’s plastic crisis and examine the 5 Rs to sustainability.
Despite the saddening trends in waste disposal, we can find positive ways to be involved in the cycle of production, consumption, and waste. The 5 R’s can help us distinguish what is truly wasteful and what is not. Each week we will focus on one of the 5 R’s, and collectively find small ways we can make changes that have a positive impact on our environment.
In English, we will examine the books ‘The Promise’ and ‘Lost Words’- focusing on nature, its significance and the impact it has on our daily lives. Also, we will tackle the true story of ‘One Plastic Bag’, based on one woman’s mission to change plastic dilemmas in her home country of Gambia. In Science, we will learn all about plants and the unquestionable importance they have on our environment.
Furthermore, we will follow Greta Thunburg, a 16 year old girl from Sweden on her political act on ‘climate change’ and how her fight for change is impacting the world on a global scale. In Year 3, we will make our own ‘plastic pledge’, and think how we can make small changes to our lives that will eventually lead to a better and brighter future.
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 me to read urgently, please make sure your child brings their diary directly to me or write a separate note. Furthermore, please continue to make of note in the diary of when you have heard your child read
P.E: Wednesday and Friday afternoons
Please ensure that your child’s P.E kit is in school at all times as we often have opportunities to participate in physical activities on non P.E days, which kits may be needed for. We send all kits home at the end of each half term.
Swimming: Swimming will take place in the Spring Term and will replace PE on Friday afternoons.
Mid-morning snack: Pupils in KS2 are allowed to bring in a piece of fruit as a mid-morning snack to eat during playtime. Hot tuck is also available for purchase, we ask that children try and bring in the correct change for items they are wishing to buy.
Water Bottles: Keeping hydrated is conducive to good learning. 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 Friday 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, parents 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 at the end of each half term. After the test, your child will highlight all words they spelt correctly on their spelling lists (in their own reading diaries) and will spend time in school practising any words they struggle with. Please encourage your child to regularly practise their spellings at home.
At the beginning of each half term, you will be sent the ‘Key Instant Recall Fact’ that your child will be focusing on for that half term. Please encourage your child to practise these at home as well as in school.
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!
Small Acts. Big Impacts
WHAT a start to our academic year in Year 3! So many adventures already have taken place. We began by exploring the recycling system in the UK and how much plastic we use in our day to day lives, especially during lunchtimes at school. We created bar charts showing how much plastic we used just in Year 3 during ONE lunchtime. We then discussed how this would look after one week and across the whole school, the statistics were PHENOMENAL!
Next, we ventured across the globe and learnt all about ‘Trash Islands’. They are currently taking over our oceans on an epidemic scale! We learnt all about how trash islands are formed and where they are within our oceans.
SHOCKED by the pure amount of litter in the waters and the effect it is having our sea life we created factual posters on the dangers of plastic pollution sharing the information we had learned.
In English, we dug deep into the text ‘The Promise’. A story of one girls desire to ‘do better’ and improve the circumstances of not only herself but those that surrounded her. She changed her outlook on life and began to make a small difference by planting seeds across her city, bringing with it joy and happiness. In Year 3, we read the text and wrote our own setting descriptions based on the story. We looked at lots of grammatical features and incorporated these into our own writing, leading to us retelling the girls story through our own eyes.
In Maths, we have spent time developing our mathematical knowledge of Place Value with 3 digit numbers and began to explore addition and subtraction using practical, mental and written methods. In addition, we have used our skills to decipher secret codes, unlock problem solving and reason why. Our learning has been challenging BUT we’ve loved every minute!
Furthermore, we transformed into superheroes. Following in the footsteps of Clarke Kent, we became journalists. We wanted to write newspaper articles on how small acts across the local community can help on a global scale.
During guided reading we read the story ‘One Plastic Bag’ about Isatou Ceesay, one woman’s mission in Gambia to rid the village of plastic bags. With her support of her friends within the community they turned plastic into thread and created items to sell at market. They are reusable and helped to deal with the plastic crisis. She now has the full support of her government and is beginning to huge differences in her country!
Year 3 and I were surprised to read that this was A TRUE STORY! So decided as a team that her mission was one to share. But first, we needed to know what a newspaper article contains. We have spent time analysing newspapers, learning about the features and language features that go into writing articles. If her story can touch the lives of children in the UK, we believe we it is up to us to show our support by writing her story and sharing it with our local village. Who knows this could inspire YOU, our readers, to make a difference!
WATCH THIS SPACE newspaper articles to follow after half term!