Welcome to Year 3!

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope that you have had a lovely summer! Your child is now part of KS2 and this first term will be all about easing children back into the routines of school.  We will be carefully assessing starting points, as these will be slightly different due to the disruption to the children’s education over the past year. However, we are now firmly looking forward! We have been busy planning a range of topics to engage the children in their learning and will provide them with a homework grid, to choose from over this first term.  Mrs Crockford will be supporting the children this year, working alongside us.

Topic: For our first topic we will be travelling back in time and become Prehistoric Adventurers. We will be exploring the Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be learning about the lifestyles, diet, houses and clothing of these time periods and seeing how they changed. Our Whole Class Text this term will be ‘The Boy with the Bronze Axe’ which is set within the village of Skara Brae as the Stone Age passes into the Bronze Age.

Art: This term our art will be linked to our topic with plenty of opportunities to be creative! We will be looking at creating our own Bronze Age style jewellery and replicating Iron Age dwellings. Also, we will be studying fossils in science and will use these as inspiration for observational art opportunities.

Science: Rocks and Soils is the area of learning we will be studying this term.  We will be carrying out investigations and the children will work in small mixed ability groups to do this.  This subject lends itself to a ‘hands on’ approach and we will be encouraging all children to take an active role.

Numeracy: The focus of this term will be place value and number.  We will be ensuring that the children have a good grasp of these areas so that we are able to progressively build on their knowledge and understanding.  We will use manipulatives where necessary to help children to understand and will follow the ‘maths mastery’ approach to learning. We are keen that the children have a solid foundation in-order to build upon.  As ever, times tables will have an important role to play in ensuring your child feels confident in number.  We will be focusing on fluency in recounting times tables and have regular activities to encourage participation and home learning.

Literacy: We will begin Year 3 by continuing to refine our grammar and spelling expertise as well as improve our writing skills.  Most of our lessons will be linked to our topic work ( The Bronze Age & Iron Age) The children will have plenty of opportunities to write at length and to refine their writing.  Handwriting practice will be offered to those who need it and for those who improve and maintain a good standard of presentation a pen license will be awarded; this is an exciting milestone for them to work towards and achieve this year.

R.E: People of God is our theme this term and our big question is What is it like to follow God?  As always, we will relate this to children’s own lives and beliefs.

P.E: Will be on Mondays and Fridays. We will be going swimming alternative Fridays. (Dates to be forwarded)  This term we will be concentrating on Netball, learning various passes and attacking and defending skills and techniques. Also, an introduction to lacrosse is planned.

ICT:  Our first topic is online safety.  We will teach the children how to make sensible choices when online and work through some age appropriate scenarios to reinforce understanding and awareness.

French: This first term the children will be learning numbers in French and relate this to time.

PLEASE make sure your child has their FULL PE kit in school at all times and that it is clearly named.  PE is a vital part of the curriculum and children hate to miss out when they do not have the correct kit with them.

Finally, we have asked the children to complete two pieces of homework this term.  We will be sending the options home with them the first week they are in their new class. They can of course complete more than 2 and we look forward to seeing what they get up to at home.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to working with you together this year.

Thanks for your continued support,

Miss Willson and Mrs Purver.

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