Year 3 2018/19

Welcome to Year 3!

Mrs Adams, Miss Warren and Miss Cooper would like to welcome to our Year 3 page.

PE: Please ensure your child's PE kit is available from Monday to Friday, with the appropriate coloured t-shirt, black shorts and pumps.

School Uniform: School uniform checks will be made periodically and our uniform policy is available on both reception and our website. Please make sure that all uniform is labelled.

Dinner Money: All dinner money must be paid through Parent Pay.

Contact: Please contact us via email with any queries. Please note that emails will only be read and replied to within working hours.

What are we learning?

We hope that the following brief outline of the work taught will be useful to you when you discuss it with your child.

Summer Term 2018/19

Parents' Y3 Curriculum Information Letter - Summer 2018/19 is available to download.

Research Work: In Y3 topics are linked to the work the children are doing in school and guidance is given by the class teacher. We hope parents/carers will feel able to join in and support the children in their work and encourage them to use a variety of support materials to help, for example books, local library, family members with some knowledge, the internet or even family trips!

Maths: The children will be covering perimeter, using suitable units and converting units of measurement. We shall also be completing a unit on telling the time that covers both analogue and digital clocks. Statistics and 2D shape work will complete the Y3 curriculum.

Literacy: In literacy, we will be writing our own creative stories based around the theme of weather. After half term our focus shifts to non-fiction and recount writing. Grammar continues to be repeated in lessons and our grammar objectives of using prepositions, time conjunctions, inverted commas, present perfect verb tense, paragraphs and using subheadings are being constantly reinforced.

Creative Curriculum: Our new creative curriculum topic will be 'What can you do if the Earth shakes, rattles and rolls?' During this topic we will learning factual information about the weather, as well as investigating how this impacts upon our lives and environments. We will be learning how to be weather forecasters, reporting on disasters and enjoying a day with The History Van learning about the great floods of Sheffield.

Science: We will be continuing with plants and growing for a few weeks. Our final topic will be light and shadows. We will be continuing to learn about scientific enquiry and how to complete a fair test.

RE: We will be finishing this year's RE coverage with three more lessons on Islam after half term.

Art/Technology: This term the children will be moving into pictures inspired by Sunflowers by Van Gogh, with a focus on observational drawing and pencil sketching. We will also be building a 3D marble maze.

Computing: In ICT, the children will be continuing to develop their skills using word processing and publishing software. They will also be programming using scratch and continuing to improve their typing, saving and editing skills.

PE: PE lessons will usually take place during PPA sessions on a Monday. Once every three weeks, children will take part in a session led by the class teacher that focuses on physical fitness.

Spelling: Spelling tests will be on Fridays and new word lists will also come on Fridays.

Reading: Our school target is for all children to read at least 40 times at home over the term. All reading is recorded on charts in school. Please hear your children read regularly and record any independent reading too.

Our Spring Term Learning

Flood Day

Our Year 3 children had fun when the History Van arrived at school. This was a unique, interactive experience where the children learnt about the great Sheffield flood of 1984.

Activities took place during the morning including researching using old newspapers and drama groups.


Spring Term 2018/19

Our Parents' Y3 Curriculum Information Letter - Spring 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: In Spring 1, we will be learning about the formal methods of addition and subtraction. These are the column methods that we learnt at school. We shall also be weighing and looking at mass.

In Spring 2, we will be completing written multiplication using columns and written division using a formal method. We then move to fractions; finding fractions of shapes and numbers and also completing addition and subtraction of fractions.

Literacy: Spring 1 is narrative writing and the children will be producing their own stories with a creative element. All children will be writing a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. Our focus on grammar continues throughout and we will be using the present perfect verb tense, prepositions, adverbials to show place and time, paragraphs, subheadings and " " for speech.

Spring 2 focusses on persuasive writing. Again, we will cover all of our grammar objectives before producing a job advertisement.

Creative Curriculum: Our new creative curriculum topic will be Ancient Egypt. During this topic we will learning factual information about this time period including the Pharaohs, lifestyle of rich and poor and the pyramids. The children will also be learning to look for bias in historical sources and to decide if something is fact or opinion. We will also be going on an educational visit early on in the term to develop the children's knowledge.

Science: Our topic for the first half of the term will be forces and magnets. After half term we will move on to plants. These topics will include lots of practical investigations.

RE: We will be completing a block of RE learning. The Y3 children study Islam.

Art/Technology: This term the children will be integrating their topic work into their art lessons. We will be making cartouches and death masks to link with topic, as well as completing artist studies on Van Gogh and Kandinsky.

Computing: In computing, the children will be learning to use control software. They will also be continuing to develop their skills using word processing and publishing software.

PE: PE will be on Mondays or Thursdays. Kits should be kept in school throughout the week and only taken home for washing at weekends if necessary. PE will continue to take place outdoors throughout Spring term, so please make sure that your child has an outdoor kit too with good footwear.

Spelling: Spelling tests will be on Fridays and new word lists will also come on Fridays.

Reading: Our school target is for all children to read at least 40 times at home over the term. All reading is recorded on charts in school. Please hear your children read regularly and record any independent reading too.

Our Spring Term Learning

Y3 visit Weston Park

Our Year 3 children took a tram ride to Weston Park Museum as part of their Egyptian topic.

Here they learnt how to embalm and make a mummy just like the Ancient Egyptians.

The children also spent some time becoming history detectives and examining artefacts and making a Shabti, a pocket-sized servant. They have enjoyed continuing the theme during class and made items for an exhibition in school.


Autumn Term 2018/19

Our Parents' Y3 Curriculum Information Letter - Autumn 2018/19 is available to download.

Maths: The children will be covering place value for numbers to 1000, ordering and comparing them. Addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers will be suited to their ability. We will also be adding and comparing amounts of money. We begin multiplication and division after half term and finish by working on length. By the end of Year 3 all children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,and 10 times tables and be able to complete related divisions. This term the focus for some children will be the two, five, and ten times table, but most will begin to cover threes, fours and eights.

Literacy: We begin our literacy lessons with a half term of narrative work, looking at a classic piece of children's literature. Spelling, punctuation and grammar forms the heart of our literacy curriculum and children will be taught specific skills using the book as a stimulus. The children will produce a piece of narrative writing towards the end of the first half term. After half term, our focus will move to non chronological reports and we will be producing our own reports about animals.

Creative Curriculum Topic: Our first topic this term will be Prehistoric Britain, where we will be asking, 'Could you survive the Stone Age?' We will be learning what it would be like to live in the Stone Age and researching dinosaurs. This topic will draw together elements of art, science, technology, history and geography.

RE: As a school, we will be looking at celebrations from all faiths throughout the year, which includes studying the Christmas story in December. RE in Y3 focusses on Islam and is completed in two short blocks, the first of which is just before half term.

Art/Technology: This term the children will be integrating their topic work into their art lessons. They will be focusing on skills using paint and pencils initially and the first artist study of the year will involve Pop Art. Technology will focus on food technology, specifically biscuit making. If you have any spare shirts at home that we could use as art shirts, please send them to school.

Computing: In Y3 the children will be introduced to our computing suite, which enables every child to work at either a desktop computer or laptop. In these lessons they will be learning to save and open files, insert pictures and add text to a template. They will also be changing fonts, using Word Art and learning how to use a spell checker. We will also be using logo and all children learn how to code throughout the year.

PE: Y3 PE will be delivered by sports specialist instructors during PPA time for class teachers. This will include work on specific skills which lead in to team games. It will also involve work on fitness and healthy living.

Spelling: Spelling tests will be on Fridays and new word lists will also come on Fridays.

Reading: Our school target is for all children to read at least 40 times at home over the term. All reading is recorded on charts in school. Please hear your children read regularly and record any independent reading too.

We are always looking for volunteers to hear readers. If you can spare time to hear some of our children, please see Miss Bielby. You will need to be available for around half an hour twice a week (ideally 2:50-3:15).

Our Autumn Term Learning

Year 3 day out exploring

Our Year 3's had a great day out visiting Creswell Crags as part of their creative curriculum topic.

During the visit the children did a selection of activities based on the Stone Age and Prehistoric Britain, including reassembling a skeleton and spotting 27 caves, one of which they toured. This cave had particularly large spiders and mummified rats, which the children found extremely interesting.


Year 3 Stone Age Day

Our Year 3 children had a visit from The History Van. This was a unique, interactive experience where the year 3 children and staff dressed and acted as prehistoric cavemen re-enacting important events from this period.

The children made weapons and clothes and designed their own jewellery.

The whole day was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff.