Welcome to Year 3!
3D - Miss Doherty and Mrs Chowdhury
3G - Mr Gavagan and Mrs Hussain-Malik
The Year 3 Curriculum is attached below with our Curriculum Maps to help you navigate through the Autumn Term along with our Long Term Plan which will help you see what your children will be learning throughout the year.
Remember at any point where you need any guidance from either Miss Doherty and Mr Gavagan do message via the online platform of Class Dojo or ring the school and we will get a message to be back to you straight away.
We’re going to be enjoying different picture books based around letters, postcards and diary entries such as Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Worm. This will help children focus on understanding different features of texts but also how the formalities of these texts change the meaning of a letter, diary or postcard.
Additionally, we will be focusing on performance poetry with a specific emphasis on Michael Rosen. His poetry will encourage children to enhance their confidence and also helps children with their cognitive functioning.
This year we have a huge focus on Reading and this will be heard daily throughout the class as children will be able to hear different texts with their Class Reads. It will be from a variety of authors and this term will focus on David Walliams.
Children will start the year by focusing on their place value with a particular focus on identifying numbers up to 4 digits. These areas are, of course, essential to the pupils’ understanding of most other units. From this we will expand into teaching children about their knowledge and skills of the four mathematical operations with an extension of word problems. A key focus is going to be the fluency your child has in the skills which will have an allocated time of 20 minutes per day on these skills. Additionally, children will have a weekly lesson targeting their reasoning skills. Reasoning in Numeracy is the process of applying logical and critical thinking to a mathematical problem in order to work out the correct strategy to use (and as importantly, not to use) in reaching a solution.
It is important for your child to continue practicing their times table daily at home using the learning platform Times Table Rockstars, which will help them understand their tables through multiplying and dividing. Please encourage that this happens daily for a minimum of 20 minutes.
In the Science unit the children will be learning about Forces and Magnets. They will learn all about different types of forces and how forces are around you daily which you will use often. They will have an opportunity to understand magnets further by identifying how magnets are used daily and what they are used for.
The children’s first ICT unit will be on coding, where they’ll learn to write simple programs to make objects on a screen obey their commands. This will be done through the Purple Mash learning platform, which your child can access outside of school on most devices using their username and password. We recommend that children do this to gain extra practice and familiarity with the applications we’re using.
This year the children are going to be finding out about early Britain, and we’ll be starting by learning about life, culture, technology and developments in the Stone Age, moving on to the Iron Age later in the year.
Within Geography we are going to be focusing on 'Feeling the Pressure!' The classes will be able to discover the all about different earthquakes around the world and how they affect people differently. This is something they will find interesting and we will use different research techniques to allow them to investigate further about this new terminology.
In art classes we’re going to be learning how to create different collages using a variety of items from around the classroom and household. This will show the children to create a different outlook on art. Additionally, we will be focusing on understanding the importance of sketching by particularly detailing the countryside. This will be taking an interest in different artists and their details such as Van Gogh, Claude Lorrain and Thomas Cole.
Both classes will have PE twice a week (gymnastics or dance, and also outdoor games). It’s essential that your child always has their kit in school, and we recommend leaving it on the premises – only taking it home during the half-term breaks for cleaning. It’s also important that your child has the correct St. Luke’s kit: a plain, white t-shirt; black shorts or knee-length leggings; and pumps or trainers.
Both 3D and 3G have PE on Wednesday and Thursday so it is advised to ensure children are sent into school with a water bottle on this day for hydration.
Literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out each Friday. Please make sure that it is completed and returned to school on the following Monday, as children who do not hand it in on time will be asked to redo it in detention. In addition to this, children will have weekly spellings which must be learnt for a test the following week.
Please read at home daily with your child (for about 15-20 minutes each night) and sign their reading record. Children will need to know all of their times tables by the end of Year 3 for the Government times tables test they’ll need to take next year.
All children should have a Times Table Rockstars account, and should practise each night.