3A Mrs Alderson – Teacher
Miss Waite – Teaching Assistant (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
3JN Mrs Jimenez-Nova – Teacher
Mrs Sant – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Joseph – HLTA PM
Homework & Reading
Homework is sent home every Friday. This could either be a piece of Literacy or Maths. Your child automatically moves their name up to silver when they return their completed homework to school. In Year 3 we welcome in homework throughout the week.
Miss Waite and Mrs Sant change reading books two times a week, on a Monday and a Thursday. Please take time to read with your child every day, sign and make a comment in their reading record. Just reading two or three pages each day will enable your child to make good progress in reading. If you have any questions or would like additional support please feel free to come in and have a chat. Please ensure that your child has their book bag in school every day so we can read their reading record, change books and send home any letters.
The children get their spellings to take home and learn on a Monday and are tested the following Friday. These spellings are also taught 3 times per week within Literacy. Children have a spelling test on Fridays, where they have to write each word within a sentence. Please help your child learn their spellings at home, as spelling helps so much within all aspects of the curriculum.
Learning in English and Maths
In English we cover the learning objectives set out in the new National Curriculum. This includes a full range of topics over the course of the year. Our non-fiction topics focus on poetry, persuasive writing, explanation writing, diaries and reports. Our fiction writing involves writing a range of narrative stories, such as: mystery, fantasy, adventure, science fiction and historical fiction. In addition we will read a variety of texts as a whole class, during daily guided reading sessions as well as independently. Grammar learning is incorporated daily into our English lessons. It is also taught for an hour, once a week.
In Maths we also follow the objectives set out by the National Curriculum. Lots of our Maths focuses on the ‘basic skills’ of Maths, for example learning times tables and number bonds. Our children need to have a good understanding of numbers so they can use and apply their knowledge and skills effectively in all aspects of numeric life. We always encourage children to use a range of resources and equipment to support their learning in Maths, particularly when solving challenging problems!
The Autumn Term is a very exciting time in Year 3 because we start by learning about volcanoes. We will learn how mountains and volcanoes are created and what happens when volcanoes erupt. We will look back at the disaster of Pompeii and see what lessons have been learned. We will also create a model of a volcano and see if we can make an eruption of our own.
In the Spring Term the children learn all about The Stone Age. We will research the different periods of the Stone Age and compare them. We will explore what life was like as a hunter gather and early farmer. We will also learn about different kinds of settlements and the human and physical features which are needed to create those settlements.
In the Summer Term our learning is centered around Ancient Egypt and rivers. We will learn all about Egyptian life using artefacts, video clips and internet research. In Geography we will be learning about the water cycle and the life of rivers. We will be comparing UK Rivers with the river Nile.