Welcome to Year 3
We have two classes in Year 3 this year; 3P is led by Mr Pereira and supported by Mr Gordon, 3R is led by Miss Ray and supported by Mr Kang Kelesi.
Year 3 is an exciting year as the children have moved from Key Stage One and are facing new challenges as they enter Key Stage Two. We try to make our topic for each term cross-curricular to provide the children with an immersive and experience-rich understanding of the topic focus. For example, in our Stone Age topic, the children can expect to learn about how they lived, visit caves and make their own cave paintings, as well as write diaries from their point of view. The topics we will study this year include the Romans, Light vs Dark, Stone Age Rocks, Because I’m a Londoner, How your Garden Grows and Healthy Me.
As the new curriculum has presented new challenges with more depth of knowledge expected from the children, the children are taught specific grammar lessons on a weekly basis, as well as regular mental maths sessions to enhance their skills.
In English, the children will have the opportunity to write various non-fictional pieces, including instructions and information texts. They will also write recounts in the form of newspaper articles and diary entries, and will have the chance to create and perform their own poetry. We have a different author focus each term, which allows the children to dip in to different genres of writing and hear books read aloud to them on a daily basis. With regular library visits, Year 3 change their books weekly and are encouraged to read to themselves or with an adult every day. We use the Collins 'Big Cat' reading scheme books.
In Maths, there is a greater focus on honing their number bond and fact skills, with the view to them increasing their proficiency and confidence in long additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions. They will also learn about fractions, telling the time and units of measurement.
Year 3 enjoys regular circle time that involves discussion about various personal, social and health topics that are age appropriate. This year, we are concentrating on what makes a good friend, kindness and setting and achieving goals, which all help the children develop their interpersonal and perseverance skills that will support them to achieve their full potential in Year 3.