Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

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We have lots of interesting and exciting learning ahead of us this year.

  • receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
  •  travelling back in time to Coventry’s past with the help of Dr. Who and a visit to Coventry
  • finding out about a city in Kenya,Africa and comparing it to our own city of Coventry with a visit to West Midlands Safari Park
  • looking at Richard the Lionheart and the adventures of Robin Hood with a visit to Sherwood Forest and the arrival of Historia Normannis a Norman re-enactment group who are going to visit our school for two days in the summer term
  • learning about orienteering, new games skills and using our new transverse climbing wall
  • extending our knowledge of numeracy and literacy
  • reading a variety of books
  • learning French
  • finding out information for ourselves through a series of projects
  • playing musical instruments and singing
  • taking part in the Easter production
  • increasing our ICT skills

What a lot to look forward to!

We have high expectations of every child in the class so that everyone reaches their own potential. It’s hard work but also fun.  We work in partnership with parents to ensure the very best all round education for their child.

Here’s to a brilliant year.

Mrs Scullion, Ms Croarken and Mrs Swain

Information about the Autumn Term in detail can be found in our Autumn Newsletter

Year 3 Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to Year 3 and the beginning of Key Stage 2. Ms Croarken, Mrs Swain and I will be working with your children.  I hope that we can work in partnership to encourage your child to try their best and be proud of their achievements this year.  We have high expectations for the children and hope they also take their learning seriously making the most of the opportunities they will have.

Parents’ evening is on October 8th when we shall meet and discuss how your child is settling in to Year 3.

Here is a summary of the curriculum and events happening this term.

 

RE

This term the children will be looking at; Belonging, Prayer, We listen to God’s Word at Mass, Advent and Christmas.

Our class Mass will be on Tuesday 15th October at 9:15 in Church.

There will be a Sacramental Commitment Mass for Year 6 and Year 3 on Sunday 24th November – more will be announced about this Mass nearer to the date.This academic year The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place on Sunday May 18th at 4.00pm and Holy Communion will be on 21st and 22nd June.

 A reminder about the dates for the supper Year 3 and Year 6 parents have been invited to as an introduction to the Parish support for the Sacramental programme September 19th at 7.30pm and September 21st and 28th at 6.30pm.  You will have completed your attendance slip when your child was in Year 2.

Literacy

Writing – We shall be starting with Information, Non-Chronological Reports, Traditional Tales, author study of Hans Christian Andersen and Performance Poetry.  We shall also be working on Grammar skills for improving writing by concentrating on punctuation in sentences and commas in lists.  We shall also be following the Key Stage 2 spelling programme and developing handwriting skills.

Reading – Your child may change their reading book whenever they have finished, there is no set day for this.  Thank you for signing the new reading journal that your child brings home; which is to encourage the children to read a variety of texts. This can include magazines, comics, newspapers and anything else that you think suitable for your child. The children will also be visiting the library. Please ensure your child brings their Reading Journal in each Monday. We would encourage your child to bring in their reading books every day as we are keen on supporting children read to help each child progress.  Reading aloud to someone is also a different skill from silent reading and encourages the person reading with the child to ask questions about the text and engage the child in discussion.

Numeracy

The new Numeracy Framework divides the term into 5 blocks of learning;- Counting, partitioning and calculating; Securing number facts and understanding shape; Handling data and measures; Calculating, measuring and understanding shape; Securing number facts calculation and relationships. The children will also be encouraged to develop their mental maths skills. The emphasis this year will be on using and applying the concepts they have learned in the curriculum to problem solving.  Times tables knowledge is also of the utmost importance – beginning a secure knowledge of the 2x, 5x and 10x tables with corresponding division facts leading on to the 3x and 4x tables.

Science

The children will be performing investigations based on Light and Shadows and Healthy Eating.

ICT Skills

The children will be developing skills to Combine Text and Graphics and to produce a multi-media presentation connected to our Themed Work.

Music

Mrs Ellis will be teaching the children songs, rhythms, composition and performance skills.

PE

For games the children will be practising their basketball skills with Tall Paul and their dance skills with Miss Kelleher based on dances through time.

On Thursdays the children will be working through Orientation skills followed by Invasion Games.

Please note – PE days are Tuesday and Thursday before half-term and Monday and Thursday after half-term.  Could you ensure your child has their PE kit in school, clearly labelled.  For Health and Safety reasons, it is not advisable for children to wear earrings.  Each child should have their school track suit as their outdoor P.E. kit.

Themed Work

The children will be covering the unit Coventry Our City

The History part of the work will include a journey through time (helped by Dr. Who) to find out about Saxon, Norman and Medieval life in Coventry.  This will include a visit to the Priory Centre, Holy Trinity Church and the Herbert.

The Geography aspect will be to find out about the City, it’s geography and the change in land use over time along with a change in industry. This will include a walk to the new Alvis Retail Park.

Art and Technology will include designing and making a TARDIS console for the 12th Doctor and building the City Walls and Gates.

Homework

The children will receive homework on a Friday and it should be completed and returned on the following Wednesday.  The work will include either literacy or numeracy we have covered in the week or a research project that will last two or three weeks.  If there is a problem completing a piece of homework we do run a homework club on Wednesday lunchtime in Mrs McGovern’s classroom, or just see me after school or drop me a note.

In order for your child to arrive home with the correct sweatshirt or cardigan or to find it if lost, PLEASE label all your child’s school uniform.

We look forward to working with you,

Mrs Scullion, Ms Croarken and Mrs Swain.

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