I am so excited to being working with you all in a few days. Year 3 is all about adventure and excitement as we discover the past Civilisations who lived before us. I always try to link English, Science, PSHE, Art/DT, History and Computing together for these eye opening topics to allow the children to learn the most and get their claws stuck into the questions and adventure that is to come.
Obviously we will be focussing our work towards Maths, RE, French, Music and PE too which stand individually but are linked in wherever possible. All subjects are explained fully below.
Parents, I have an open door policy so please come and meet me and if you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to ask.
This half term we will be working with Number and Place Value and moving onto Addition and Subtraction.
Top tips to help yourself - learn to count forwards and backwards past 100 and count in 10s and 100s with confidence.
We will need to:
count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)
compare and order numbers up to 1000 identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
a three-digit number and ones
a three-digit number and tens
a three-digit number and hundreds
add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.
The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura will be our book this term. It is an adventurous book which shows lots of new facts about the Stone Age. We will begin our Stone Age topic with a Stone Age Day where the children will fully immerse themselves into the subject with clay pots, camp fires and tribal huts. We will be learning effective synonyms to add to noun phrases and adverbs this term whilst capturing the reader's attention with our amazing writing. The children will be reminded about handwriting and punctuation which is extremely important to secure in Year 3. The children will be excited to hear that they can gain their pen licence this year - Top tips to help yourself - practice neat, joined handwriting and show adventurous vocabulary in your work.
Spellings, Handwriting and The Reading Challenge
The reading challenge will be re set this year with the chance to receive Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards. Most children will be reading books from outside Year 2 at the beginning of the term. When they have passed those levels then they will be able to chose books from our Year 3 and 4 collection. The books start at Level 8 and supply a range of texts to read which improve understanding and inference. There are questions in the front of the book for parents to ask children after they have finished reading - doing this gives your child great extra learning that only takes a few minutes.
It is highly important that children still read with their parents frequently and that parents read to them.
As a reminder - If you read 5 times within a week then you will earn a stamp in your reading record. If you earn 10 stamps then you will receive a bronze certificate in celebration assembly. You will need to collect a further 10 stars to get a silver and then a gold certificate. Please make sure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading and make sure somebody signs your diary.
We will have handwriting every morning in Year 3 to allow the maximum chance to achieve a pen licence. There isn’t a rush for pens so you shouldn’t worry if you do not receive your pen licence yet, I will be noticing how hard you are working in your books and praise will be given. Spellings will also be given out every week to be learnt at home and tested the week later.
Science is an important part of our Stone Age topic, looking at different Rocks and how they are made as well as observing the soils around us.
Our big question in RE will ask "Why is the Quran important to Muslims?"
We will explore what we have in our own lives that are important to us before looking at the Quran and why Muslims believe it is important to them.
There will be a new S4YC PE Teacher and Mr Kelly taking PE. Please make sure you come to school in a PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday with your correct uniform to change back into.
Using comparisons of Art from different periods of time and talking about our feelings towards different Art work, we will research and design our own Cave Paintings from the Stone Age. The children will be given sketch books so we can record and label our ideas.
We will begin the term managing our personal hygiene and understanding how important it is to keep clean now that we are growing up. This topic is very fun when we look at the way the Stone Age people used to wash and clean their teeth.
Internet safety is very important to everybody in the school, it is a growing subject that everybody needs to be aware of. The children will have access to Ipads and Laptops and they will have their own profile on Purple Mash. We will begin out Computing units with Hectors World - A child friendly, informative medium about staying safe on the internet.
Miss Phillips will complete music on a Monday afternoon with us. We will look at different types of music to begin with.
Homework and Spellings
Maths and English homework will be given to you every Wednesday, to return to school the following Monday. Your spellings will be given out and tested every Tuesday. There is a homework and spellings tab on the Year 3 webpage where you can find your homework electronically.
Maths homework will be through the My Maths website which you should already have log in details for. I have a spare copy if needed.
If you are finding any homework difficult and you would like guidance or extra practice then please make me aware by writing in your homework book or talking to me at the beginning or end of class.
I am sure this Year Group are ready for Year 3 and I am excited to see what the year ahead of us brings.