Year 3

Welcome to Year 3.  Our class teachers are Mrs Smissen, supported by Mrs Bowman and Mrs Harrison.

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As children enter KS2 they will notice very few changes to begin with, in order to sustain routine, the day is set out in the same format as KS1. To make this transition period as smooth as possible we start introducing more independence, the differences are subtle with the emphasis on children becoming much more involved and responsible for themselves and their own learning journey.

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This attitude is gradually introduced in many ways throughout the day; some pupils in Year 3 are awarded vice house captains, some become school councillors and others take on smaller or different roles to help build their confidence and develop their emotional intelligence both academically and in whole school life.

A book a day

In Year 3 children continue to keep a diary and take more responsibility for their home reading.  They also use this diary to record homework set every Friday or tasks they have been set to support the independent project work during their creative curriculum time.Children are expected to have their diaries with them every day, using them as a communication log between school and home. This invaluable tool shares the successes and progress each pupil makes over the week and also acts as a logbook for the school library, lending reading books to every child which underpins the schools culture of a ‘love for reading’.

The Year 3 Curriculum is based around the whole schools’ topic and then falls in line with the children’s interests.  The School topic is ‘Above and Below.  We will begin with looking at mountains and how they are formed.  We will research different mountain ranges and consider the continents and surrounding areas.  We will look at the people that live in the mountains and how they adapt to their environment, comparing the differences between their life and ours.  We will then look at the journey of a river and follow this down to the time that it enters the sea.  Art will focus on the mountain theme and artists such as Monet will be studied.   Learning through enjoyment is a fundamental part of the Year 3 philosophy, along with on going teacher assessment to ensure all children’s needs are identified and addressed and that children progress well throughout the year.

Equipment needed in year 3:

  • School uniform.
  • P.E. kit and named sports bag.
  • Art/craft apron, preferably long sleeved.
  • Book bag
  • A supply of writing pencils and coloured pencils.
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser