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Welcome to Year 3 - Mrs Everitt, Ms Deal and Mrs. Keet

Dear Parents,

Overview of Terms 3 & 4

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Term 3 and 4 in Year 3.

Our first topic is called ‘Art on your doorstep’. In this topic, our main focus will be the work of local artist Shane Record, who will be coming into school to talk to the pupils about his own work and life (linking to written work on biographies). As well as this, we will look at the artists Van Gogh, Monet and Leonardo Da Vinci. In Art we will be making sketchbooks and using them to capture ideas about art in the world around us – it doesn’t need to be in a gallery to be ‘art’! We hope children will add to their sketchbooks at home and bring them in to share with the class.

In our second topic during the spring term, ‘Around the world in 25 days’, we will be introduced to three children from around the world. We will explore their home countries (Great Britain, France and the USA) and find out about similarities and differences between their lives.

In geography, we will find out about the terrains, climate and customs of different countries using photographs, videos and music.

In English, we will study a fable from each country and will write a similar one of our own. In addition to this, we will also create a tourist information leaflet.

Our final topic is ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’. Through this topic, we will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks and fossils (Science and Geography). In English there will be opportunities for non-fiction writing as well as the study of legends about diamonds and other famous jewels.

In Art we will be painting on stones, leaf rubbing, making clay imprints and fossil casts. 

We will continue to have PE on Thursdays, so please remember to take out your earrings on these days! Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit.

We will continue to be focusing hard on setting out, handwriting and presentation, as once children reach Key Stage 2 this becomes even more important! Therefore, any additional practice you can give your child at home would be most appreciated.

There will be a daily maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Y3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, mental addition and subtraction facts, shape, data and measures, multiplication and division. One expectation is that most children should know all their times tables (to 12X) by the age of 9, and in Year 3, we particularly focus on learning our 3’s, 4’s and 8’s (we should be confident with our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s by now!) Hopefully, as well as reading with your child, times tables practise will be a regular part of their weekly homework. Spellings will continue to be given and tested weekly.

Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mrs Deal and Mrs Everitt                           

Overview of Terms 1 & 2

Welcome to Year 3 with Ms Deal and Mrs Everitt (the class teachers), Mrs Keet (the teaching assistant), and Mr Dewey (trainee teacher).

We are all incredibly excited as we kick off our new academic year with our cross curricular topic, ‘Animals and Humans’. During our lessons, the pupils will be carrying out research about caring for animals and keeping them healthy, focussing on diets and habitats. Pupils will learn about the importance of nutrition in the diet for humans and animals, classifying them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We will also look at skeletons. In Art and Design we will be exploring a variety of techniques to create sketches of animals and objects in movement, using ‘futurism’ as an art source.

Our second cross curricular topic is called ‘Set in Stone’ in which the pupils will learn , through both fiction and non-fiction texts, about the lives and legacy of early Britons and Settlers, including those who lived during the stone, bronze and iron ages. In art we will be producing cave paintings and in our Design and Technology work the pupils will be designing and building shelters for a nomadic hunter gatherer family. Through this topic pupils will be able to think about how and why the ways of life adopted by prehistoric people slowly changed over time.

We will be having a big P.E. session on Thursdays and are hoping to make the most of the sunshine while it is still here. Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit.

English lessons will be exciting and inspiring and will give your children an opportunity to read and write various genres. We will be focusing hard on setting out, handwriting and presentation too as once you are a junior this becomes even more important!

There will be a daily maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Y3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, mental addition and subtraction facts, shape, data and measures, multiplication and division. One expectation is that most children should know all their times tables (to 12X) by the age of 9! Hopefully, as well as reading with your child, times tables practice will be a regular part of their weekly homework. There is an expectation that reading is done at least 4 times per week at home. Spellings will be given on a Tuesday to be tested the following Tuesday. Sometimes these will be related to our Topic work, but also rules and patterns too.

Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact either teacher.

Mrs Everitt and Ms Deal.

Archive photos from Year 2

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September 2017

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