Year 3 is quite a demanding Year as pupils move from KS1 to KS2. In this Year, we expect pupils to become much more independent and responsible learners. For example, Reading Journals must be completed at home and handed in on time. In literacy, each lesson begins with a short spelling and handwriting activity. Over the year pupils explore a variety of writing styles: non-chronological reports, poetry, myths & legends, adventure stories and instructional writing.
The children are taught how to improve their writing through the use of targets and teacher led discussion. They are introduced to paragraphing and a range of punctuation, e.g. speech marks, commas and exclamation marks.
Daily reading continues to be a feature of classroom life. In addition, each pupil reads at least once a week to their class teacher. A class novel is read daily to promote the love of reading. Weekly visits to the school library offer the children the chance to select books of their own choice to enjoy.
Every Maths lesson begins with ‘Daily Practice’, a short focused activity to keep number and key maths facts fresh in the children’s minds. By the end of Year 3 pupils are expected to know the times-tables with quick recall. All maths lessons are a series of carefully planned activities aimed to help our pupils become confident mathematicians. The children also begin to apply what they have learnt to solve real-life problems.
In Science the children learn about themselves and the world around them through investigations and practical experiences. They plan and carry out experiments and explain their findings. The Year 3 topics include Teeth & Bones, Green Plants, Rocks & Soils and Light & shadows.
The children have the use of a well equipped ICT suite at least once a week, where they learn how to create documents and incorporate photos, images, and sound. They also learn how to create databases and presentations.
Art and Design are taught through our termly topics. For example, when they learn about Teeth & Bones in science the children design toothpaste packaging in D.T; this also gives them an opportunity to apply their mathematical skill using nets & measure.
Children enjoy weekly PE lessons and learn a variety of games and skills as well as going swimming. Year 3 children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of after-school clubs, which include Kidsercise, Art Club and Football.