Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

2022/23 Academic Year


Welcome to the wonderful world of Key Stage 2. Year 3! Mrs Thompson and Miss Hurst are the class teachers. Mrs Wilkinson, teaching assistant, is there to support both classes. It was lovely to get to know our new year 3s during transition week and we feel very lucky to be their new teachers next year.


In Year 3, we teach children how to become responsible and independent members of our school, learning lots of new skills along the way. Of course, it is important that we have LOTS of fun as we learn, and we have some exciting learning opportunities to help us do as well as a range of engaging subjects to broaden our knowledge!


Throughout Year 3, we will continue to build on what they have already learned in KS1, build good friendships and continue to make good choices.

Important dates for this half term

This year we are continuing to focus on improving standards in reading and in particularly building on our love of reading and the enjoyment that it can bring. If you can encourage a child to read for pleasure, they will reap the benefits. Research has clearly shown that reading for pleasure can be directly linked to a child’s success throughout their education and even into adulthood. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for please also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the

views of others.


This year, we will not be sending home daily reading record books but instead we will focus on recording and monitoring pupils’ current reads, and celebrating the books that children have read. Children will be coming home with a book they have chosen from their class libraries.


Please encourage your children to read their book regularly at home and also remind them to bring this to school with them every day so they can read their book during daily reading time.


They will have already recorded this book into their own Reading Log books which will remain in school so that we can monitor what they are choosing and celebrate the books they have read.


We have invested in Reading Challenge Trees for each class with new high-level texts to expose the children to a greater diversity of books and challenge even the most able of our readers.


Every Friday, we will be holding a ‘Book Club’ in each class to encourage reading for pleasure. We will spend time exploring and discussing the books we have chosen, give recommendations of books to our peers and listen to the class reading book.

We have invested time and money into re-organising and updating each Class Library but we need your help to improve these areas further for our children.


If you have any books at home that your children have read and loved but no longer read, please consider donating them to school so that we can keep our Class Libraries up to date and well-stocked for our children.


Thank you so much to the parents who have already donated books both this year and last.


Thank you for your continued support.


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills.

Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increase in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.


Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes.

We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.


To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns.


2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle.


4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.


5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.


6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond.


7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.


8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.


9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.


10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.


Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

Homework


We set homework in both maths and English each week. The homework maybe followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis for your child to practise at home.


Homework is usually sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it.


Times Tables

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.


TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced program of daily times table practice. This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools. Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home.

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, just speak to your child's class teacher.


Full details of the Curriculum can be found on our Teaching and Learning page of our website.


2021/22 Academic Year

Summer Term

Thursday 7th July

Yesterday, we started a new science topic, Rocks and Soils. They spent time observing and describing the rocks based on appearance. We played a game of Guess my Rock which was great fun!

In science, Year 3 and Year 4 have been learning about the life cycle of flowering plants.


We are very fortunate to be able to do this through visiting our very own orchard. We have made regular visits through the seasons to observe first hand the changes and discuss what stage of the life cycle the tree is in.


In September, when we return to school , we are very much looking forward to harvesting the fruit and sharing it with our school community.

25th May 2022

Today, we have enjoyed a day dedicated to local artist, Pete Mckee. The children enjoyed researching his life before analysing his artwork to find what makes his style unique.

Today, children in year 3 were joined by Mr and Mrs Hepp from HEPP DT. They specialise in offering primary schools bespoke workshops in DT and STEM. They have had a great day learning how to emboss in metal and then making a frame for their work. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Hepp for fantastic day.

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Here are some photos of their finished work.

Thursday 5th May

These photos clearly show that year 3 have had a fabulous time at Ilam Hall. Thank you to all the staff for giving up their own time to take them.

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Spring Term

Tuesday 30th March

In English, Children in year 3 have based a piece of writing on the book 'The Storm'.


They have written a final version on tracing paper which will sit on top of a piece art work, which they have created today. To create a stormy sea, the children first painted a grey wash to represent the clouds and then used wax crayons over the top for the sea. They have tried to use some different drawing techniques to create different textures.


We will be displaying their wonderful work in the classroom.

22nd March 2022

Yesterday, Mrs Bell's and Mrs Thompson's class started our new science topic 'Plants'. We began by looking at the life-cycle of a flowering plant. First, we visited our school orchard to see what stage of the cycle the fruit trees are in. We then identified some buds appearing, the signs that the trees will soon be producing leaves and flowers, ready for pollination. The children made observational drawings of a tree and an individual bud.


We are really privileged to have beautiful grounds in which we can take our learning outside.


Science Day - 18th March 2022.

We linked Science Day to our current topic of Forces. Today, we investigated which objects and materials are attracted to a magnet and compared and identified different magnetic materials.

On Monday 14th March, we arranged for Imagining History to come into school to deliver ‘Ancient Egypt: A Time Travel Tour’ to the children.


In this drama-history workshop, the children got to construct a timeline of Ancient Egypt, visiting all of the important monuments and figures, such as Tutankhamun, Cleopatra and Howard Carter.


They joined Pharaoh Khufu as he struggles to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza and uncover the ancient rites of embalming within Egyptian Mummification.


Jumping through time, the children got to recreate and compare the kingdoms of some of the most famous Pharaohs of Egypt in a Time Line Challenge.


What a fabulous way to learn!


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17th March 2022


Yesterday, year 3 took part in a live event with author and radio/TV presenter Dermot O’Leary. Dermot spoke to the children about writing stories and about his series of books, which are all about a Ninja Cat called Toto (based on Dermot’s pet cat).


The children have loved being able to listen live to real-life authors and ask them questions about their books and ideas.

Tuesday 15th March

Today, children in year 3 and 4 took in basketball tournament at All Saints Links City finals.


They won! Finishing in first place, they are now the Links City Champions and will now be representing our school in the South Yorkshire finals.


Well done year 3 and 4. We are so proud of you all!


8th March 2022

Yesterday, children from year 3 and 4 took part in a basketball tournament at Stockbridge High School.


They were excellent role models through out and played their hearts out. One of the teams finished in first place and will now be going on to play in the finals next Tuesday at Totley All Saint’s.


World book day - 3rd March

We have had a fabulous day! The effort and imagination that has been put into their costumes has been fantastic.

Thank you for all your support.

As part of World Book Day yesterday, we invited children to take part in a whole school homework competition.

Their task was to decorate a toilet roll as a book character of their choice.

We have had some brilliant entries, which were judged after school yesterday and the winners announced in Collective Worship this morning.

Well done to everyone who took part and to our winners, who were allowed to choose a new book from a huge selection chosen by Miss Danks and given £5 gift voucher.


On World Book Day, we based our celebration of reading all around the book, ‘The Barnabus Project’.

During the day, children have taken part in activities based on this wonderful book. The book is all about a secret lab which is hidden deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures. After reading and discussing the book, children across the school have created their own perfect pet.

Here is a selection of some of their work.

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The children have been learning about the features of instructions. Today in English, they had a very tasty surprise – instructions for making a jam sandwich! Everyone agreed that it was a delicious (and slightly sticky) lesson.


Autumn Term

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We had great fun at our party on Monday.

Monday 2nd November


Children in year 3 enjoyed a very special treat today. A live video chat with famous children's author and illustrator, John Patrick Green. During the call they discovered how his love of animals had inspired his work.


The InvestiGators! series of books are written and illustrated by John and are perfect for emerging reader. When not drawing comics he creates artwork for video games, such as Emerald City Confidential, Puzzle Bots, and Nearly Departed.


After the call, the children followed one of John's drawing tutorials and then recreated their own cartoon character.

Monday 2nd November


Children in year 3 enjoyed a very special treat today. A live video chat with famous children's author and illustrator, John Patrick Green. During the call they discovered how his love of animals had inspired his work.


The InvestiGators! series of books are written and illustrated by John and are perfect for emerging reader. When not drawing comics he creates artwork for video games, such as Emerald City Confidential, Puzzle Bots, and Nearly Departed.


After the call, the children followed one of John's drawing tutorials and then recreated their own cartoon character.

20th September 2021

For Green Day, children in year 3 were set the challenge of creating games out of rubbish

They were very creative and came up with some great ideas.


Wednesday 8th September 2021

Today, Y3 and Y4 children enjoyed an Immersion Day to start their Thematics topic of Europe.

They focussed on France and during the day, the children had a continental breakfast and got to experience tasks relating to French daily culture.

To fully engage in the day children could come to school dressed in blue, white and red or other French themed clothes.