Welcome to our Year 3 Class Page
We are embarking on an exciting theme this Summer, Picture Our Planet. We hope that the following information about our curriculum and routines will help you and your child settle into Elm Class.
Year 3 Teaching Team
Mrs. Pearson and Mrs Hayes – Class Teachers (Mon-Wed/ Thur-Fri)
Mrs. Hayes - Teaching Assistant (Mon-Tue)
Mrs. Stocker - Teaching Assistant (Wed - Fri)
Physical Education Reminders
P.E kits are required on a Monday (Dance) & Wednesday (P.E.)
During the Summer term we will be swimming on a Tuesday, please remember full swimming kits.
On a Tuesday the children will be given homework and spellings, the Homework book should be returned to school by Friday. Children should aim to read and learn spellings on a daily basis.
The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Monday, new spellings will also be issued on a Monday. Please ensure the spelling book is returned to school for lists to be updated and spelling scores to be added weekly.
Year 3 Reading
Books are issued from the schools reading scheme. Books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday of each week. Please send books into school so that we can also read with your child in school and update the Reading Record with reading completed at home.
In addition to the school reading scheme, we also have our own dedicated Year 3 ‘in class’ library. It is well stocked with a range of fiction books, short novels and non-fiction books. The ‘You Choose’ library has been very popular with the children so far. They can select their own book and are learning to develop their personal tastes and preferences. They have quiet reading time to encourage ‘reading for enjoyment and relaxation’. This will be of great benefit as they transition into Year 4 where they will start to access Accelerated Reading, which draws on more independent reading skills.
This year at Kings Meadow, in a change to our curriculum, we have developed new themes and learning sequences to inspire our children that ‘LEARNING MEANS THE WORLD’! Information about our new ‘Dimensions’ Curriculum can be found in the Curriculum section of this website. The following information is specific to Year 3.
In Year 3 we are ‘ADVENTURERS’. Through our teaching, and the experiences we offer, this year our children will learn how to become:
BRAVE - I can take responsibility, showing confidence in myself and my contribution to the group.
RESILIENT - I am prepared to try things out even if they might not work.
RISK-TAKERS I can adapt my ideas as circumstances change.
PREPARED - I can propose practical ways forward, breaking these down into small, manageable steps.
Current Curriculum Theme
Our current theme is 'Picture Our Planet’. It is part of our whole school focus on CULTURE.
“Picture Our Planet” is a thematic unit, with a key focus on geography. Learning is centred around three contrasting localities:- Brazil, Scotland and Fiji, and includes key facts, physical and human features, traditions and customs and an insight into how each country is tackling particular conservation issues. Pupils will have the opportunity to look at a range of sources and evidence and make comparisons.
Dimensions Curriculum puts great emphasis on curriculum depth. We focus on common attributes that ensure provision of a deep curriculum and use them to underpin our thematic units.
We consider these to be:-
meaning and relevance; cohesion; opportunities for inquiry; development of critical, creative and high order thinking skills; integration of subjects; provision of access to information from a range of sources and viewpoints; authenticity of end products.
Through elements such as ‘Making it Real!’, Catalyst Questions and Essential Learning Experiences (ELEs), teachers can then ensure a greater depth of learning.
In this theme we will cover the following Learning Objectives:
Ge22 Ask and respond to questions to develop a sense of place
Ge24 Investigate key aspects of human and physical geography
Ge25 Explore places with dfferent climate zones
Ge29 Use appropriate geographical vocabulary to communicate their findings
Ge31 Use atlases, globes, maps and plans at a range of scales and draw simple maps and plans
Sc15 Ask relevant questions
Sc16 With help, set up and carry out simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Sc17 Suggest what might happen in comparative and fair tests
Sc18 Make careful observations and comparisons
Sc19 Recognise what constitutes a fair test
Sc20 Identify simple patterns, changes, similarities and di?erences
Sc21 Make measurements using standard units
Sc22 Discuss and describe findings
Sc23 Communicate findings using simple scientific language in written explanations, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts or tables
Sc24 Use results to draw simple conclusions
Ar33 Textiles /Collage Experiment with a range of media e.g. overlapping, layering etc.
Ar35 Find out about artists, architects and designers
Ar36 Drawing Use their sketchbook to observe, collect and record visual information from different sources Ar44 Textiles / Collage Use a variety of techniques e.g. quilting, weaving, embroidery, appliqué and develop skills in stitching, cutting and joining
Ar48 Design and create images and artefacts in response to their personal ideas
Dt22 Explore ways of meeting design challenges with a food focus using a range of cooking technique
Dt26 Selecting appropriate tools and techniques, name and describe them
Dt27 Measure, mark, cut out and shape a range of materials and assemble, join and combine components and materials with some accuracy
Da15 Explore a range of actions and movements to create simple motifs and compose simple dances
Da18 Extend their effort in their dances and perform with a good level of fluency
Da19 Work independently, with a partner or in a small group
Da20 Participate in warm up and cool down activities
Da21 Learn, practice and perform dance phrases with physical control, expression and an awareness of other performers
Mu21 Explore the way sounds can be combined and used expressively
Mu22 Improvise repeated patterns
Mu27 Listen carefully and recognise patterns and increase aural memory
• Learn about and reflect on their own spending habits / choices
• Understand why financial management and planning is important from a young age
Ci10 Identify the difference between needs and wants
Ci16 Make decisions, giving consideration to the impact they may have on others
HW23 Set goals, prioritise and manage time and resources, understanding how this will help their future actions
PW26 Recognise what influences the choices people make about how money is spent
Ict18 Save and use stored information to follow lines of enquiry
Ict20 Identify the opportunities computer networks offer for communication and collaboration
Ict21 Verify the accuracy and reliability of the information found, distinguishing between fact and opinion Ict26 Use ICT to exchange ideas and collaborate with others remotely
Ict27 Use ICT safely and appreciate the need to keep electronic data secure
Ict28 Use features of layout, presentation and organisation in print and on screen
Knowledge Organisers / Curriculum Letter to Parents / Carers
Please download the files below to see our current Knowledge Organiser (WHISK Sheet) and our Curriculum Letter to Parents / Carers. These will provide you with a clear overview of all the subjects and learning that will take place in your child’s current theme.
Our current class novel is The Loch Ness Monster and The Iron Man.
Please keep checking this page for more information, links to useful websites and lots of photographs of our learning.