Welcome to our Year 3 Class Page
We have a very exciting year of learning ahead of us. 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. Robinson and Mrs Moir – Teaching Assistants
Mrs. Hayes - Teaching Assistant (Mon-Wed)
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, please make a note (or take a photo) of the spellings before handing the book back on Friday. This will enable you to support your child to continue learning their spellings over the weekend.
Year 3 Reading
Reading books will be issued on a Monday and should be returned to school on Friday. Books are issued from the schools reading scheme. We will retain a book from the appropriate level to read in school. 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.
We Are Adventurers!
Current Curriculum Theme
Our current theme is ‘Lightning Speed!’ – Exchanging Ideas. It is part of our whole school focus on COMMUNICATION.
“Lightning Speed” is a thematic unit based around the history and development of the internet and World Wide Web, with a focus on computing. It primarily looks at how computers communicate, the importance of networks, how email works and how the internet enables collaboration.
The other subjects included in this thematic unit are art, design technology, literacy, science, music, maths and PSHE. Breadth comes, not only from the range of subjects covered, but also from their careful integration, leading to more connected thinking. Global Dimensions help pupils develop a wider perspective and understand the links between their own lives and those of people around the globe, as well as understanding their own place in the worldwide community.
‘Learning Means the World’ 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 and the authenticity of end products.
In this theme we will cover the following Learning Objectives:
C9 Understand computer networks including the internet, recognising how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web
Ict20 Identify the opportunities computer networks o‑er for communication and collaboration
Ict22 Use key words to search for and select appropriate information from the internet and other digital sources
Ict26 Use ICT to exchange ideas and collaborate with others remotely
Ict27 Use ICT safely and appreciate the need to keep electronic data secure
Ci8 Show awareness of issues acting communities and groups
HW1 Know how to keep safe and how and where to get help
HW5 Recognise and respond to issues of safety relating to themselves and others and how to get help
HW19 Use strategies to stay safe when using ICT and the internet
HW27 Use ICT safely including using software features and settings
PW39 Behave safely and responsibly in different situations
PW40 Follow school rules about health and safety and know where to get help
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.
WhISK Sheets - Lightning Speed
Our current class novel is A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond.
Please keep checking this page for more information, links to useful websites and lots of photographs of our learning.