Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome to Mrs Massey's and Mrs Litchfield’s Year 3 class!
Mrs Massey teaches all day on a Monday, Tuesday and a Wednesday morning. Miss Taylor teaches (covers planning time) on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Litchfield teaches all day on a Thursday and Friday. Our door is always open, so please come and see us if you have any questions or messages. On this page you will find useful information about our learning and ways you can help your child at home.
Your child receives a topic grid each half term/term with a selection of activities to choose from that must be completed and handed in by the end of the half term/term. See the link at the bottom of the page for this term's grid.
On a Friday, your child receives weekly spellings to practise for the spelling test the following Thursday.
On a Thursday, your child completes a times table challenge (with 10 multiplication questions and 10 division). They then receive their score on a Friday. When your child scores 18 or more two weeks in a row, they move onto the next times table.
This term the children have a PE lesson on a Wednesday afternoon and then swimming on a Friday afternoon. Your child will need their PE kit in school every day as sometimes we have coaches come in to work with different classes.
PE kit should consist of:
- White t-shirt or polo shirt
- Black or navy blue shorts or leggings
- Pumps or trainers
- Tape for earrings (if they cannot be removed).
Swimming kit should consist of:
- Swimming costume (no bikinis)
- A towel
- Long hair should be tied up or wear a swimming hat
- No earrings (taken out at home), or tape applied (if they cannot be removed).
Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes (where possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas:https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/reading-list-for-year-3-pupils-ks2-age-7-8/
Our learning in Year 3
English & Topic
This term our topic ‘Into The Forest’ has continued but is now focusing on Rainforests. We have been exploring the texts 'The Tin Forest' and 'Romel's Rainforest Home'. We started by imagining we were the man living in the tin forest, and wrote letters to the local people persuading them to stop dumping their junk and instead, reuse, reduce and recycle. Following this, we have learnt all about Romel, what his life is like and how it is different to ours, writing a diary entry. We have also watched a short clip called 'Treasure' which is all about a homeless woman named Esther, who is searching through a junkyard. She passes by objects of possible use and worth in favour of things broken or old, until she finds just the right treasure. After watching the clip, we created exciting vocabulary word mats, planned and then wrote the story ourselves.
In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Recent patterns include ‘ch’ making the ‘k’ sound, as in ‘Christmas’, and homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelt differently have different meanings). A selection of these words are then sent home on a Friday for the children to practise for their spelling test the following Thursday. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.
The whole school follows the ‘Maths No Problem’ approach to lessons. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables