Welcome to the Year 3 page.
A huge welcome to our new Year 3 children and families, we do hope that you have had a lovely, restful break over the Summer and that you are ready for lots of exciting learning this year. We are really looking forward to the coming weeks and learning all about light and shadows. Our big question this half-term is ” How Far Can You Throw Your Shadow?”
Your child will have a login for Purple Mash and please encourage them to use this to practice their times tables as we will be looking at these regularly and will have a weekly test. We will be focussing on the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables to begin with.
Year 3 Home Learning- each week your child will have reading, spellings and times table practice homework. These are vital skills and activities that must be done at home to consolidate learning in school. Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is due back the following Wednesday.
The links below, were used during the last few months when we were home learning but are still a useful tool to use at home.
Go to the Oxford Owl website and use the class login. Choose the same colour book band as your child brings home.
Look for this and then use the login details below.
Class login: year3hm20
Your child can read the book and complete the activities given.
Your child can also use Hit the Button as a fun way to work on their times tables and number bonds.
Below is a more detailed account of what your child will be learning at the beginning of year 3.
Reading and Home Learning
Reading at home and sharing a book with your child is vital! Your child will be bringing a book home each Friday and we ask that you spend around 10-15 minutes each night sharing a book with your child and then asking them questions based on their book. Why?, How do you know? and Explain? are excellent questions to use to get your child really thinking about what they have read. Your child should ensure that they have their book bag in school each day so that their book can be changed accordingly and so that the current safety precautions can be followed (books will need to be quarantined before they can be taken home by somebody else!) Your child will have access to books in school throughout the week as usual.
Your child will bring home a list of spellings each Friday and will be tested the following Thursday. These will be words that we use in our topic lessons which will improve the quality of their writing in lessons. Other home learning will include learning times tables- x2, x5 and x10 will be the initial focus.
Children in Year 3 will be continuing to work on improving their writing skills from year 2. Our class text this half term is ‘Orion and the Dark’. We will use this text as a stimulus for writing an effective narrative, where the children will work on using paragraphs, a arange of conjunctions and adverbs effectively. They will also write a non-chronological report on light, using sub-headings and paragrapgs and will work on checking and correcting any errors they may have made.
This half term, children will be learning about addition and subtraction. They will learn skills to help them add 3 small numbers efficiently and effectively. We will continue looking at times tables regularly as well.
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Light’, which is the driver for our Topic learning. Children will investigate how we need light to see things and will investigate how light is reflected from different surfaces. We will also investigate how shadows are formed and try to find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. Finally, we will discuss how we can protect ourselves from the sun, including the use of sunglasses to protect our eyes.
Children have P.E. lessons on a Tuesday and Friday. At this current time, children are asked to come to school in their PE kits on those days-there is no need to bring a bag with uniform to change back into, the children will stay in their kit all day. Please wear warm clothing, black leggings or joggers with a white t-shirt and a hoody or sweatshirt as we will be doing most of these lessons outside. Trainers would be more preferable than pumps for this reason.
We are confident that Year 3 will be a success for your child despite all the upheavals they have had in the last 2 years and please remember that if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to ring or email school. We will then arrange the most convenient time to talk. Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Clavin and Mrs Hartley (Class Teachers)
Mrs Hamer and Mrs Munir (Classroom Assistants)