Class S - Year 3
Welcome to Class 3S
Our teacher is Mrs Salkeld and we get TA support from Mrs Dewar.
Being in Y3 means we have lots of new routines to learn as we have moved into Key Stage 2. We have lots of interesting new work to do and have more responsibilty in our work.
We are very busy developing our skills and building on what we have learnt in Key Stage 1.
Check out about our new Summer Term Reading Challenge below!
As the weather gets warmer please ensure your child brings a water bottle to school to drink throughout the day. The classroom gets very warm even on cloudy days. The water bottle should be refillable (not disposable) and are available at the school office. These need to go home on a daily basis to be cleaned to avoid germs growing and making your child sick.
Take a look at some of the work we will be completing this term:
Literacy - This term we are studying CS Lewis' fantasy work The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We will start by discussing mythical and magical creatures and create non-chronological reports based on different types of creatures. Then we will look at CS Lewis himself and write a biography about his life. Watch out for some homework where the children interview someone in their family to write a biography about.
The class book we are reading is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Our writing target for this term is to use a clauses in our sentences and write speech, both with correct punctuation.
Numeracy - We will be developing our mathematical skills in multiplication, division and fractions. One very useful skill we practice in Year 3 is our times-tables. Hopefully we should already know our 2s, 5s, and 10s. By the end of the year we should know our 3s, 4s, 6s and 8s! We will be developing our problem solving skills and not just solving 1 part of a problem but taking several steps to find an answer. We are starting to become more independent in our problem solving and deciding ourselves which steps to take.
Science - Our topic this term is plants and what they need to grow. We will be looking at how each part of the plant help it to survive.
Art - We will be studying observational drawings or plants and buildings in our local area. This links to both our science and history/geography topics.
Computing - We are toy developers this half term and we will be creating the next big thing to play with. We will then take our ideas and create a digital version using scratch. Next half term we will be using information from our area study to compare digital data.
PE and Games - We are very lucky and have a trained sports coach to take our outdoor games lessons on a Thursday afternoon. We are developing our athletics skills on a Tuesday morning in order to prepare for our sports day. Pupils will need trainers for both lessons as we will be on the field.
Music - We are studying ABBA's Mamma Mia this term. We will learn to sing the song and how to accompany the catchy pop hit with our musical knowledge.
PHSE - We are discussing relationships this term. We will be looking at how we interact with each other to create great relationships. This work will continue into next half term. We will also be looking at the British Value Tolerance.
Important days to remember:
Homework - Every Friday 1 piece of Literacy or Numeracy homework will be handed out. Children should spend about 20 minutes on each piece of work. Homework is due in by Wednesday. It is very important that we complete our homework because it helps us practice what we have been working on in class.
Next half-term children will be asked to complete a project about an area. We will hand out more information closer to the time.
Reading Books - Reading books and records need to be in school every day so that we can update them when we read in school. Some children are free readers and we pick our own books from the class shelf at a certain colour. Some children are reading a scheme and these books get changed by our teachers on a Wednesday. If you would like us to get more than 1 book a week let our teacher know.
All children's reading records need to be handed in to school on a Wednesday so we can record how many time your child has read over the week.
We are starting a new reading challenge this term! The children are being challenged to read around the world. Each day that they read for 10 minutes or more they will move 500 miles around the map. They can only get 1 stamp per day of reading, we are encouraging them reading more often rather than for a long time only 1 day a week. Your child will receive a stamp in their reading passport on a Wednesday for every day you have signed that they have read in their reading record. If they do not hand their reading record in, they miss out on travelling that week.
Spellings and Times Tables - Spellings are given out every Thursday, ready for our test the following Thursday. We will also be asked to practice a times table for a test on a Friday. We have spelling sessions twice a week but also need to be practicing our times tables and spellings regularly at home. If you child does not score 10 or higher on their spelling test then during the following Monday's spelling lesson they will be retested. You will be informed of this by a letter on the Friday.
Games and athletics - Our PE lessons are on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. The kit required is a school t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms, and tracksuit top. We must wear trainers outside so we don't slip. As the weather gets warmer children are allowed to wear their shorts outside.