Welcome to Year 3!
Key dates for the Autumn 1:
Monday 19th September - Clubs start (book a place on Arbor)
Thursday 22nd September - Individual and sibling photos
Wednesday 28th September - Year 3 parent event 2.15pm (talk from staff in the hall and then time to spend in your child's class)
Tuesday 4th October - Reading cafe 9am in the hall
Thursday 6th October - Year 3 walk to Brighton Hill (during morning - please bring coats and a fruit/vegetable snack)
Wednesday 12th October - Harvest assemblies
Monday 17th October - Art week in school
Tuesday 18th October - Parents' evening
Thursday 20th October - Parents' evening
Friday 21st October - INSET
Year 3 Parent Afternoon Meeting September 2022
All about the Year 3 team
In Year 3, our teachers are Mrs Thomas (Year 3 Team Leader), Miss Maylam, Mrs Chappell and Mrs Hallier. We are also supported by our dedicated Learning Support Assistants (LSAs): Mrs Dodgson, Mrs Martyn, Mr Hunt, Mrs Lomasney, Mrs Loyal, Mrs Percy and Mrs Serreau-Nardi. They will support us during the day, in and out of the classroom.
PE in Year 3
Each week the children will have two sessions of PE - one outdoor session (Tuesday) and one indoor session (Thursday). The children will be changing in school for PE (rather than coming into school in their PE kit on PE days) so please make sure that PE kits are brought into school on a Monday and they will be sent home at the end of the week for washing. It is important that ALL items are named.
PE kit should consist of a red or white t shirt and black shorts (no football kits thank you). Black leggings/tracksuit trousers are advisable for colder weather. For more information about PE kits please see our school uniform section.
Each week we will set 3 home learning tasks for the children:
- spellings/phonics patterns to learn and practise for weekly tests
- a maths activity (set on either Times Tables Rockstars, My Maths or Google Classroom - logins to follow...)
- a short reading activity. Children should be reading every day.
Once a term the children will be given some project homework linked to either science, geography or history.
All homework will be set on a Thursday and will then need to be returned the following Tuesday using Google Classroom. All logins will be sent home at the beginning of term. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you are having problems with logging on to TT Rockstars, My Maths or Google Classroom.
We will publish our topic webs for each term here so you can keep up-to-date with everything that the children will be covering during the term.
Here is our Autumn term topic web:
Year 3 Topic Web Autumn Term
What have we been up to this week...
Each week, we will post an update to let you know what we have been up to during the week.
Autumn 1 Week 4 (week beginning 26th September)
What a busy week we have had in Year 3! On Monday, the children were learning about the skeleton and they made their own skeleton pictures using cotton buds. They are not quite finished yet (quite fiddly to do!) but there are a couple of photos below to show you what they have done so far.
On Wednesday afternoon, we invited parents to come in to school for a meeting all about Year 3 and then to spend some time in the classrooms. The PowerPoint from the presentation is at the top of this page - if you weren't able to attend, please do have a look and come and talk to us if you have any questions. There will be some links posted to videos to explain some aspects of our phonics scheme. In class, the children really enjoyed working with their parents to create some leaf designs using the Pointillism skills they've been learning in art so far this term - great work everyone! There are some pictures from the afternoon below and some pictures of the fabulous art work created. A great afternoon. Thank you for coming!
Next week will continue to keep us busy:
On Tuesday morning at 9am, we will have our Year 3 reading cafe. Come along and spend some time reading with your child in the hall - coffee and biscuits provided!! This is always a fantastic event and the children love sharing books with their family members.
On Thursday morning, we will be going on our year group walk to the Brighton Hill shops. This links to our 'maps' topic - the children will be following their map and drawing on some of the places we pass along the way. Please make sure that your child has a coat to wear and a fruit/vegetable snack for when we have a little break. We will be back by lunchtime so children can order lunches in the normal way.
Lots to look forward to! We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Autumn 1 Week 3 (week beginning 19th September)
This week, we have started our phonics groups! There are 5 different groups running at the moment. We are using a new scheme called 'Read Write Inc'. The children are identifying sounds to help them read and spell. You may hear them talk about 'Fred Fingers'. They can show you what this means!
In our English lessons, we have been continuing with the book 'Tidy' and they have written letters to Pete the Badger to ask him to stop tidying the forest (he ends up tidying so much, he concretes the forest and the animals can't find their homes!).
On Wednesday, we have our Y3 parent event at 2.15pm. We will have a short meeting in the hall to talk about what Year 3 is like and then you can join your child in class until 3.10pm. We hope to see you there!
Our reading cafe is on Tuesday 4th October at 9am. This is a fantastic opportunity to share books with your child in school.
Autumn 1 Week 2 (week beginning 12th September)
This week, we have been busy settling the children into the routines of Year 3. They have been reading a book called 'Tidy' by Emily Gravett and finding out about the different characters. Badger wants the forest to be tidy but he doesn't realise that his actions are actually not helping to tidy up! The children have been revising how to write questions, statements and commands linked to the story and will be writing a persuasive letter next week.
We have started our first maths unit and the children have been getting used to the way we do maths in the Juniors. They have been completing some brilliant place value work and have been practising their 2x, 5x and 10x tables too.
We have started our new unit in geography where the children have been showing their teachers where they think key places are on a UK map (with the first job to get the map the right way up!). They have also been learning about Pointillism in art and having a go themselves (photos to follow).
It has been a busy week and the children are definitely tired!
Our Google Classroom logins will be ready soon (when the classes have been sorted) so our usual homework routine will start when login details have been sent to parents. In the meantime, we would like the children to continue to practise their tables on TT Rockstars (please see the homework document above for more information).
Autumn 1 Week 1 (week beginning 5th September)
This week, we welcomed our new Year 3 children into school! We are so pleased with the way they have settled into school and started to learn the routines of being in the Juniors - well done Year 3!
Our theme this week has been pirates. The children have been designing their own pirates and pirate pets, producing some writing to describe them. They have also been creating their own treasure maps. On Friday, the children had an opportunity to dress up as a pirate and they took part in a pirate treasure hunt to explore the school grounds a little more (thankfully it didn't rain!).
On Monday, we had a special assembly in the afternoon where the children were 'sorted' into their new houses: Farah, Gershwin, Newton and Rowling. Each child sat on the chair and the sorting hat told them which house they were in. The children are now busy collecting house points in their classes and there's certainly been a lot handed out!
This week, we also had our first visit to the library - we crept up the corridor so quietly that Mrs McCauley didn't even know we had arrived! The children were very excited to choose their new books. Every child should now have a 'Bug Club' book (colour-banded - please note that these colour bands may be different to those used in the Infants). The children have also taken another book of their own choice. Our visits to the library will take place on Mondays - all children should have their books in school so they can change or renew them. Please also make sure that your child has their 'Bug Club' book in school every day.
Next week, we will be starting our phonics groups. We are using a new phonics scheme called Read Write Inc so the children will be learning the routines of these new lessons to help them secure their sounds. We are really promoting reading in school and any reading you can do with your child at home will really benefit them. Practising reading frequently really helps progress.
Lastly, please keep looking back at the Year 3 page for updates. Our topic web will be posted shortly and key dates and information will be available on this page.
It's been a busy week for Year 3 and they have been fantastic. We hope you have a lovely weekend!