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. Mrs Bruce 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).
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
Our writing is focused around a Roald Dahl text called ‘The Minpins’. We are gradually sharing this book with the children (so please hold back from reading it with your child until we’ve shared it all as a class). The text provides opportunities for children to develop a richness of vocabulary and descriptive language, including similes, as well as exploring different sentence structures. We will be a writing a forest setting description, describing characters, predicting the next part of the story and writing our own part of the story (just a few areas of our English).
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