Welcome to Rowington, Ferncumbe's Year 3 Class. We are taught by Miss Reid and Miss Purcell and Mrs Taylor support learning in the classroom.
Year 3 is full of exciting learning and focused curriculum events. Enrichment takes place on a Thursday afternoon. This enriched curriculum provides opportunity to work with other children across the school and to take part in activities such as: Art, Music, Sewing, Mindfulness and Yoga, Fitness Frenzy, Ready, Steady, Cook and First Aid. We are sure your children will really enjoy this each week!
Things to remember:
All children should have a coat, water bottle and their PE kit in school every day.
Please ensure reading records are signed and in school every day.
This term we will be covering the following topics:
Addition and subtraction
Multiplication and division
In Big Maths, our problem solving focus will link to the above curriculum and gives the children the opportunity to explore, reason, explain and justify their ideas as they work together to investigate mathematical problems.
M Factor will continue regularly to practise our quick recall and arithmetic skills. Please support your child with learning multiplication and division facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.
Literacy for Year 3 this term is linked to our topic, The Stone Age. We will be using ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura, ‘The Boy with the Bronze Axe’ by Kathleen Fidler and ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. Our writing will have direct links to these texts using grammatical structures such as: time adverbials, conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and inverted commas for speech. We will also look at how we use forms of the past tense and headings, sub-headings and paragraphs to organise our non-fiction writing. We will regularly re-visit the non-negotiables in our writing such as: capital letters, full stops, commas for lists and exclamation and questions marks.
Once a fortnight, children will complete a piece of independent writing. This may or may not link to the class texts and will give children the opportunity to continue to develop their independent planning, drafting, editing and polishing skills learnt during literacy lessons.
We will be using the No-Nonsense spelling program and incorporating this into our everyday learning. We will be exploring irregular spelling patterns and working through the Year 3/4 Statutory spelling list. If you would like a copy of the spelling list, please ask one of the adults in the Year 3 team.
Handwriting practise will take place 3 times per week and will also be incorporated into our every day writing as practise.
This term, we will be exploring the question: What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today?
We will attend whole school worship sessions 3 times a week and pupils will be involved in planning and presenting class worship sessions.
This half term, we will be building on our computing and computer skills. We will be learning about programming and using the internet safely.
In Science, we will be learning about light. We will explore patterns in shadows and how light is reflected and absorbed. We will then learn about forces and magnets, making predictions and grouping materials by their magnetic properties.
Our topic this term is The Stone Age. Please see the following for more information:
P.E will be taught by Miss Reid and will take place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
Year 3 will begin to learn French this term. This will be taught once a week, on a Friday afternoon.
Homework is set on a Wednesday and is to be returned no later than the following Monday.
The homework tasks will alternate between a creative task and a grammar task with a Mathletics task set online each week. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to access Mathletics.
At this age, reading is of huge importance for your child and they should be encouraged to read for enjoyment daily. Whatever they read, whether it be a reading book from school or home, road signs to menus or shopping lists will help to improve your child’s spelling and vocabulary. Any reading undertaken should be recorded in their reading records, either by an adult, older sibling or by the child themselves. This reading record should then be returned to school each day, with their Reading Passport books.
At home, please continue supporting your child with their reading by encouraging them, sharing this time with them and discussing their views and opinions about the books.
In school, reading activities across the week will include: guided reading in small groups, individual reading and whole class shared reading. Children will each have the opportunity to change their reading books during the week.
If you or your child have any questions during Year 3, please come and speak to one of the Year 3 team or make an appointment at the school office. We will always be happy to see you and support your child in any way we can.
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Recommended reading list
It’s important for children to read as much as possible; to enjoy reading; to want to share what they have read with someone else and to challenge themselves to read different authors from different periods of time. In this way the children will build a rich vocabulary and greater understanding of the techniques authors use in their work to be able to apply this in their own writing. Have a look at the document linked below for a list of recommended books for your child’s age group!