Welcome to Year 3 and to Key Stage 2. Moving into ‘The Juniors’ is a big and exciting step from the Infants and your children will be taught to become more independent. To ensure they quickly settle into their new class routines; they will be encouraged to organise themselves for lessons by remembering their reading books, homework books, spelling books, PE kit and Swimming kit.

Swimming is a big part of Year 3’s PE curriculum and it will be a very exciting start to our week. It is always a great pleasure for the teachers to see the progress the children make in swimming over the course of the year. Please remember to supply a named bag containing a named costume or trunks, towel and hat every Monday. (Swimming goggles are only for children with medical eye conditions).

Year 3 will be following the New National Curriculum and the majority of our English will be based on our topic each long term. To find out more about our topics do take a look at the Class Topic Plan web page.

English will be based on our Science topic, ‘Rocks and Fossils’ and our Geography topic, Italy. We hope to visit Pizza Express and invite some of our Italian parents in to speak with us.

Reading: Your children will read fiction and non-fiction texts in weekly guided reading group sessions. The main narrative text will be The Glass Heart, Pinocchio, some Roman Myths and books about Mary Anning. They will have comprehension exercises based on the texts and will be encouraged to borrow books from the school library. We urge you to continue to read with your child every day.

Writing: This will also be taught through our topic and will include instructions, poetry, stories, newspaper reports, recounts, explanation texts, and biographies.

Handwriting: Most children in Year 3 are writing in continuous cursive script now and feel quite proud of their achievement. It will continue to be an English target for all children. All children will be encouraged to take pride in their presentation and produce neat, fluent, continuous cursive handwriting.  http://www.cursivewriting.org/cursive-1-fonts.html  I hope that I will be able to reward more children with pen licences this term.

Spellings/Phonics: These will be taught in spelling patterns and sent home every Friday for a test the following Wednesday.

Grammar and Punctuation: This will be taught within the topic and discreetly and there is usually a weekly SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) test.

Maths: It is imperative that children know all their times tables by the end of Year 3 and any extra help at home with this will be greatly appreciated.

Number: Place value, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and fractions.

Measurement: measuring lengths, area, perimeter, time and money.

Geometry: Properties of 2D and 3D shapes Statistics: data handling, graphs, bar charts and pictograms. We will also focus on problem solving using http://nrich.maths.org

Science: The topic this term is Rocks and Soils. This ties in well with the Geography topic as we will look at volcanoes and physical features of Italy.

RE: We follow the Portsmouth Diocese scheme of work called God Matters and will be covering Christmas and Revelation this term.

DT/Art: Clay volcanoes, volcano pictures, fossil prints, Da Vinci inspired paintings, Venetian masks

MFL: Mrs Richards will be teaching French.

ICT/Computing: Organising and interpreting data and Discussing e safety rules.

PE: Swimming (Monday) and Gymnastics/Games. Please ensure all children have their PE kit every day and a pair of named plimsolls in school at all times for indoor use.

Homework:

Monday Swimming Kit
Wednesday Spelling test and Homework in from previous week.
Friday English/ Maths/Science homework and spellings given out, to be submitted by following Wednesday.
Every Day Reading and multiplication tables

Please ensure all children have a pair of named plimsolls in school at all times for indoor use.

Trips: Experience Easter, Trinity Church.

If you have any queries about the above please do not hesitate to pop in and see us. Thank you for your support.

Miss Foukaridou Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Knipe & Mrs Conway Year 3 Teaching Assistants.