Year 3

Welcome to Year 3
Thank you for taking the time to visit our page. Please visit this page regularly to find out more about our class. If you need anything specific, please do not hesitate to message me via the Class Dojo.
N.B. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for class routines and links to useful websites.
Autumn Term
During the Autumn Term, Year 3 spent time learning about the Stone Age as part of our History Topic. Over this topic, we learnt the importance of the Stone Age (it is 99% of all human history!), compared the changes that happened during this time (and into the Iron Age) and tried hard to place key events on a time line. The highlight though was being treated to a day with a Stone Age man! He taught us how an archaeologist works and the basics of chronology. We then looked at some artifacts that have been re-created and looked at how these have helped us to learn about the life in those times. All in all, it was an exciting and interesting topic.
Other highlights: 
Over the term, we made some fantastic Christmas Decorations in DT; began to Program in Computing; found out how fascinating plants and rocks can be in Science, made (and ate) numerous biscuits (for charitable occasions obviously!); learnt to play Handball; continued to work with Commando Joe; learnt all about the UK in Geography and learnt to draw a portrait in the style of Paul Klee.  
Spring Term
Our main topic focus for this term was Rivers. During this topic, we looked at the features of a river; thought about why rivers never run dry and researched the major rivers of the world. The highlight was definitely doing some field work where we traced a local river from its source through to the mouth. Fortunately, we didn't have to walk the whole route thanks to the technology available. Finally, we looked at mans uses for river and how pollute them.
Other highlights...
In Art, we studied the local artist LS Lowry. This allowed us to really focus on form and perspective. In Computing, we looked at different methods of communication specifically email. The children learnt how to compose, reply and forward emails. Most importantly, we focused on keeping safe online. In History, we looked at the Ancient Civilisation and what they gave us. This was fascinating and it was great to witness the children develop their knowledge. As part of Book Week, we focused on the story Bee and Me. We spent a very enjoyable 2 weeks learning all about the importance of the honey bee to mankind. As part of this, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Jo the Bee lady and taste some of her honey! Amongst all of this fun, we still had time to play in the snow though! 
Class Routines 
PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday. Children must bring full PE kit on these days.
HOMEWORK In Year 3, homework will consist of 30 minutes Maths Whizz. In addition to this, the children will also be given a Topic homework. This will be completed over the half-term. We set this to encourage the children to take responsibility over their learning, enable the children to go into greater depth in a topic and also to allow them time to show off the standard of their work.
READING is expected to be completed 3 times per week. In year 3, it would be beneficial if the children read with an adult to check their reading fluency, address any mistakes the children are making and also check comprehension of the text. Please sign the children's diary to show that they have read. Children will also benefit from doing Lexia or Reading Plus at home as much as possible.
BOOK CHANGE will take place whenever your child finishes their book. Just ask them to come and see either myself or Mrs Leeming first thing in the morning.
SPELLINGS will be given out on a Friday and tested on a Friday. Please help your child with their spellings.
TIMES TABLES will be tested every Friday too. By the end of Year 3, your child is expected to have learnt 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. As such, they will be tested accordingly. There are a plethora of games and Apps online. The tried and tested method of learning these by heart is also very useful.