Welcome to Year 3!
My name is Miss Kelly, and I am the year 3 teacher this year. I am so looking forward to going on a learning adventure with the class of 2020/2021. I know that there may be some anxiety and worries surrounding your child’s learning journey this year, but if we work together and take it one step at a time, we can do anything! We will be supported this year by Mrs Rayson and Miss Slater.
This term we will be beginning our first topic – one that I am really excited about – the Stone Age! We will be looking at changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including late Neolithic hunter-gatherers, and early farmers.
The children will get the opportunity to create their very own cave paintings in art, and design trousers for their new friend Ug. We’ll meet Ug during English lessons and also learn “How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth” while reading our class texts together.
In Year 3 we encourage the children to be independent and responsible for their homework, spellings and reading. Homework will be given termly, however each week your child will be given some spelling to learn. Spellings will be given on a Monday to be tested the following Monday. Spelling Shed passwords will be stuck into the back of your child’s reading record. Spelling shed provides a fun way to learn weekly spellings. Nightly homework will consist of reading, it is very important that your child reads every night. This will help to develop their understanding and vocabulary, and will enable your child to better participate in their learning. All children will have a reading record in which they should record their reading along with anything else they need to remember.
This term will begin with our new topic – Miss Kelly’s favourite – Ancient Greece! Our main focus will be on the achievements of the Ancient Greek civilisation, and how they have impacted our modern life. This will include looking at the beginnings of democracy and the Olympic Games.
The children will have the opportunity to explore everything that Ancient Greece has to offer – myths, legends, Gods. We will be looking closely at the famous battles of Ancient Greece, such as the Battle of Troy, and the Battle of Marathon. The children will study Greek Art, including ancient vases and mosaics. They will also have the opportunity to create their own Trojan horse.
Our Science topic – Animals including humans – will provide the children with the chance to understand how their bodies operate. We will be investigating the function of our skeleton, ligaments, and muscles, and exploring how they work together to allow us to move and grow.
We will take a closer look at the nutrients in our food, and how we can better improve our diet to make sure our body has everything it needs to support us.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday, so your children will need full PE kits. These will be kept on their peg until half-term when the children will bring them home. No jewellery should be worn for safety reasons. Children who wear earrings must take them out for PE or tape them up. Children should bring their own tape into school and must tape their earrings by themselves. This term will be Gymnastics, the children will have their balance and co-ordination challenged, and will gain an understanding of how their bodies work. It is important for children to have their PE kit so we are able to provide them with a healthy, active curriculum.
Dates for the diary
Please keep looking at our Class Dojo page for details of visitors, trips and activities as the term progresses.
Half term: 26th October 2020 (1 week)
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – Phonics (Some games are free)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ – lots of useful English & maths games (Aged 5-7 bracket)
https://kidsspell.com/ – Spelling games with pre made lists of spelling or lists can be made
http://www.ictgames.com – Maths and English games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/ – Science activities & games