3B Class Teacher - Mr Griffiths
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Brown
Important info -
Please find below the Year 3 spellings for both classes. Children are taught the spelling pattern during their spelling sessions within school so please continue to support this by practising at home with your child. We assess the children's spellings every Friday.
Spellings for this week (week beginning - 2/03/2020):
UNIT 21 - un, de, re, pre, non words
REMEMBER: LOOK, SAY, COVER, SOUND IT, WRITE IT, CHECK IT
Below is the list of spellings to be tested on :
non-stop (remember the hyphen!)
Please practice these and complete the spelling sheet, those who remember to bring in their spellings homework will earn a House Point and Merit. Star Pupils who score 12/12 marks on their test will be awarded with House Points, Merits, Raffle Tickets and Moving up to the WOW!
Supporting your child documents
Thank you so much to the parents that were able to make our workshop this afternoon.
Hopefully you found it useful and informative. We really appreciate you coming and it was great to discuss the questions that you raised.
Please find attached the PowerPoint that we used.
If you were unable to make the event, please feel free to look through the PowerPoint and come and ask us any questions you have.
English in Year 3
What can you expect in your child's English sessions at Year 3?
In Year 3, our approach to teaching English relies on four key areas:
Developing a Writer's Toolkit
We extend what pupils have experienced in Year 2 and continue to challenge pupils to develop as writers and as readers through introducing more key concepts, tools and diverse criteria. We expect pupils to have developed the foundations for writing in KS1 and support them to develop finesse within their writing. In KS2, we encourage creativity, developing of a writer's toolkit, and using different writing styles; use of descriptive language, making better use of setting and character and diversifying language style. We study a broad range of literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play scripts to broaden pupil's understanding of the ways in which writing can be used.
Developing Writers as Readers
We place a large emphasis on reading within our writing sessions by encouraging pupils to focus on the impact of reading upon writing. We study a book during our sessions and aim to discuss and understand how the author applies their own writer's toolkit, emulate the author by adopting their ideas and techniques and using the original text to transform and craft our own innovated piece. Pupils are given ample opportunity to discuss, share, experiment, form and review their writing, encouraging pupils to become more independent, well-taught, inspired and ambitious writers who demonstrate the ability to write as a reader, showing a consistent and clear love of literature.
We expand upon pupils deep knowledge of phonics from KS1 by translating these learnt skills into learning and using more spelling patterns to ensure writing is cohesive and legible. Spellings become more of a focus for assessment and feedback throughout the year, aiming to produce pupils who are clearly aware of the major spelling patterns and rules as well as being able to relate and apply these to their writing by the end of Year 3.
Our focus as a cohort this year is to focus on our presentation and handwriting in all subjects. Children will be encouraged to improve their skills especially with homework tasks. There will be rewards for pupils showing a significant progress in this area.
Make sure you have consistently strong presentation and beautiful handwriting to increase your chances of receiving a handwriting pen license! To all parents: Don't forget to check our Writers Wall to see whether you child is on the Handwriting Wall of Fame!
Mathematics in Year 3
What can you expect in your child's Maths sessions at Year 3?
In Year 3, we approach the teaching of Mathematics differently to previous years, we place a great deal of emphasis on these core areas:
As a school-wide approach, we have adopted the Power Maths strategy in an effort to increase maths mastery and fluency within our pupils. The Power Maths strategy provides pupils with specific 'blocks' to study which progressively introduce and consolidate key concepts, methods and challenges throughout each lesson. We aim to avoid overwhelming pupils with information across different areas of mathematics, instead focusing primarily on one unit of maths at a time to ensure pupils are developing fluency and mastery of each core area before relating these to following units.
Our sessions give pupils opportunities to listen and learn, discuss and share and experiment, challenge, consolidate and reflect upon their learning and pupils are given ample chance to move at a pace which is suitable for them as well as providing them with a chance to seek support and assistance from a teacher. We believe that children should be reflecting on their process constantly so we encourage our children to constantly think about methods and key information presented in each question.
Emphasis on Written Methodology - Moving from Concrete to Abstract
While we encourage pupils to make use of a range of appropriate resources to support learning, we aim to move away from reliance on these concrete resources and move towards transitioning the skills learnt when using these into more formal, written methods.
The children are well trained to apply a range of methods, using prior learning, in order to prevent "pigeon-holing" themselves in later life. The use of methodology is given priority within our arithmetic sessions and "Hot-5" starters.
Most importantly, please keep practising your times-table quick recall facts! Especially for the 2x, 5x and 10x tables. They are more important than you would expect as they underpin everything we do and learn!
Times tables knowledge: Year 3 expectations from the National Curriculum.
Year 3's need to know their x3, x4 and x8 tables by the end of the year and the division facts.
This will build on their skills in the x2, x5 and x10 tables.
How you can help your child: Hit the Button!
Reading is so important.
We strongly encourage parents / carers to read every day with their child.
Please write a note in the home-school diary about what you've read - a variety of good literature is great for a child!
What are were learning about in Spring Term?
Light and Shadow
Plants - Roots and Shoots
Humanities (Geography and History)
All Around Europe (including the UK)
Physical and Human Features
Climates and Weather
Comparing the UK to another European country and a South American country (Brazil)
Using Atlases and Maps
ICT and Computing
KODU and Scratch - Bringing to Life
Programming and Debugging
Art and Design
The Works of Wassily Kandinsky
Design & Technology
What types of foods do we need for a balanced diet?
Creating healthy and diverse meals
Three Little Birds
The Dragon Song
Invasion Games - Hockey and Tag Rugby
Going for Goals!
Good to be me (Our Body, My Body)
We hope you enjoy your learning! What subject do you enjoy? What are you looking forward to studying the most?