Welcome to Year 3
What are Year 3 learning?
In Computing, the children created their own animations using onion skinning and stop frame animation techniques.
For Healthy Eating Week: Year 3 looked at the food pyramid and the Eat Well Plate. We discussed what a balanced diet is and what a balanced meal looks like. We spoke about the types of each food we need to eat and the amounts we should eat.
We created a salad with a variety of ingredients. We prepared the ingredients buffet style and children were given some time to plan the ingredients they would take to make sure it was balanced. They were given vegetable/salad options/ fats / starchy carbs/ protein. The children they created their meals and ate it. They made thoughtful choices and explained their ideas well.
In art and history, we have been exploring the railways. We have looked at early steam locomotives and Mark Wallinger’s art.
In English, we have been looking at play scripts. We looked at a narrative together then used our whiteboards to have our first attempt at picking out the speech and changing it into a play script.
In maths, we have been looking at clocks and learning to tell the time.
In science, we have been doing forces and magnets. We have carried out many investigations. We explored how objects fall, and whether the mass affects how quickly an item falls
In PE, we practised our dribbling and passing skills in hockey.
Your child will be set homework on Google Classroom. This homework will be set on a Tuesday and they will have a week to complete it.
The children can use the Word document and type their homework. We are encouraging children to handwrite their work and to upload a photograph. This will help us to support them with handwriting, spelling and grammar.
Your child will also be set an activity on MyMaths each week.
Your child has already been given log in details for both websites and should have been accessing them regularly. If you need usernames or passwords for either site, please email the school office and let us know (School@st-edmunds.enfield.sch.uk).
Your child must bring their book bag to school on Monday.
They will take their reading diary and reading book out and put it into a box. The box then goes into a cupboard and isn’t taken out until Thursday.
This is because both books need to be quarantined for 72 hours. If your child does not bring their book on Monday, it cannot go into the box and we are unable to change it on Thursday.
When reading with your child, remember we are supporting children to develop their understanding.
Questions, questions, questions!
Your children have PE on Monday afternoon and on Friday morning.
They must wear their PE kit to school on these days.
For the time being, PE activities are taking place outside.
We are unable to use water fountains, please make sure your child brings a named water bottle to school each day.
Children must wear a plain white t-shirt, a plain navy blue tracksuit and plain white or black trainers or plimsolls.
They must not wear earrings in PE lessons, if your child is unable to remove earrings independently, please make sure they do not come into school wearing earrings.
We will be listening to Father Emmanuel’s prayers on Google Classroom.
These clips will also go onto our website.
Children have 2 RE lessons a week. Each half term, children work on a different ‘unit’ of learning, the content of this unit is based on the time of the Liturgical Year.
Children work in small groups, with an adult, to plan and prepare an Act of Worship, this is based on the Scripture they have been learning about in their RE lessons. Children then come back to their classroom and lead this Act of Worship with the rest of their class.
Children often lead their own prayer in their classrooms. They would love to lead you and your family in prayer at home.
During our English lessons your child will be learning the features and styles of different genres of writing alongside daily reinforcement of good spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Children learn best and make the most progress in writing when tasks are purposeful or make links with children’s own experiences.
Pupils learn the features of three different text types, fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry.
The genres we cover in Year 3 are:
Myths, recounts, non-chronological reports, adventure stories, performance poetry, and instructions.
Checking and Editing
We are encouraging children to edit and improve their writing independently. As they are now in KS2, we are hoping to develop independent learners! Children have been given purple pens at school. They use these pens to go back over their work and make changes to their punctuation and spellings. Please encourage your child to read back and check any work they are doing at home too!
Children will have to learn 10 spellings each week. We look at the different rules and patterns of these words to help children understand the spellings. It is important for children not just to learn how to spell the word but to learn its meaning and if it can be used in a variety of contexts. Children will write a sentence using each of the 10 spellings.
Google-‘Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words’
Speaking and Listening
We want your children to be confident speakers and good listeners. These are essential skills. We encourage your children to speak loudly and clearly using full sentences. We encourage children to be active listeners – “ What did your partner say?”
We want your child to love reading and to read for pleasure! In order for children to develop a positive relationship with books it is really beneficial for them to see adults reading for enjoyment or discussing books that they love!
Children have opportunities to read daily. This may be done independently, as part of a group or a whole class session.
During ‘Guided Reading” sessions pupils read with their teacher. This is an opportunity for teachers to hear pupils reading but more importantly this is a time when teachers will teach reading skills and develop pupils comprehension.
Children read their ‘School Reading Book’ at least once every fortnight, with a member of the Year 3 team.
We also have a ‘Class Read’ which is selected based on the children’s interests and it’s interesting vocabulary.
When reading with your child at home you can help to develop their understanding and comprehension skills by talking about the book and asking questions.
Also share your own thoughts and opinions with your child and encourage them to give their opinion with a reason!
All pupils have a daily Maths lesson.
Over the course of the year children will be taught the following units:
Number – the 4 operations (X, ÷, +, -)
Many of these are revisited and built on several times throughout the year.
These are taught with a real life context and a focus on practical activities.
We encourage children to explain their thinking and their understanding- using full sentences!
How do you know?
Can you prove it?
Can you do that in a different way?
Can you draw it?
Can you teach me?
There is a strong emphasis on children learning their times tables.
By the end of year 3, children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. Please practise these with your children.
Children learn that division is in the inverse of multiplication.