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Welcome to Year 3 - Miss Walsh & Mr Evison

Overview of Terms 1 and 2 - 2018

The Class Teacher, Miss Walsh, and the Teaching Assistant, Mr Evison welcome you to Year 3. We are looking forward to learning together, and making sure that the start of Key Stage 2 is fun, challenging and rewarding!

As a school, St. Augustine’s follows the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ which allows teachers to deliver the curriculum in different units over the academic year. Many of the subjects will interlink, so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. All children will be encouraged to draw on their past experience and existing knowledge to discover new facts and truths. There will be opportunities to interact with the world around them using a variety of thinking skills to be creative and solve problems.

We are kicking off the new academic year with our first Science based topic ‘Animals Including Humans’, and a visit to Wingham Wildlife Park.  During our lessons, we be carrying out research that involves caring for animals and keeping them healthy. Pupils will learn about the importance of nutrition in the diet for humans and animals, classifying them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Children will also create a food database in computing and learn food vocabulary during our French sessions. 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 topic is called ‘Set in Stone’; a History based topic 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 and Design, we will be producing cave paintings, and for Design and Technology the pupils will be designing and building their own 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. This unit will then lead into the Christmas season, where we will enjoy some festive cheer and time for art, craft and the KS2 Christmas performance!

Literacy lessons will be exciting and inspiring, and children will have opportunities to read, write and discuss various genres. We will also be focusing on setting out, handwriting and presentation, as this becomes even more important in Key Stage 2!

There will be daily Maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Year 3. 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.

We will be having PE on Thursdays, and are hoping to make the most of the outdoor space whilst the sunshine is still here! Please remember to take out or cover earrings on this day, and ensure that labelled PE kits are in school every day, in case there are other activities where children might need them.

Homework is set on Friday for the following Thursday, and there is an expectation that reading is done on a daily basis with your child. Spellings will be given on a Friday to be tested the following Friday. Sometimes these will be related to our Topic work, but will also follow spelling rules and patterns.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your support!

Miss Walsh.

Archive photos from Year 2

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September 2017

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