Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 had a lovely first half-term settling into their new classroom. We had lots of fun in class, in Forest School and on our first class trip. Take look below at some of our highlights.
Homework is a points based system for all subjects. The children have 10 weeks to complete enough activities to gain a minimum of 100 points. These can be completed on the Class Notebook or on paper. The activities are below, on the Class Notebook and a paper copy can be requested if needed.
In the first part of the Spring Term we will be using the curriculum areas of Science, History and Design and Technology to drive our curriculum. Our topic title for the half-term is 'Build Our World'. We will be looking at themes from the past (The Stone Ages/Bronze Ages in History), how forces work - in particularly magnets/magnetism (in our Science) and being creative in our Design and Technology lessons. This half-term we will also be looking at key skills in Art and learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. In addition to this we will be looking at how we can 'build' other peoples worlds by being kind and thoughtful.
A little bit about us
The Year 3 children will be in the classroom with myself (Mr Coxon) and Mrs Fraser. Here is a little more about us both:
Mr Coxon - Hello everyone and I hope you are excited to be part of our Year 3 journey. I have worked in the school for 6 years now and know a lot of your siblings and cousins around our school. When I am at home I like to watch football and Formula 1. I also like to spend time with my family. I like to find out more about technology and computing too!
Mrs Fraser - Hi everyone! I am so excited to be with you this year! Mr Coxon and I have lots of fabulous activities planned. I have worked at Catchgate Primary for 14 years and loved every minute of it. At home, I enjoy spending time with my girls, walking my dog Loki and looking after our horse. I am passionate about hedgehogs and so will need some children to help me feed our resident hogs.
- Children will try their best to improve themselves in all aspects of school.
- Children will bring in Forest School and Swimming kits on the correct day (see below for more information).
- PE kit to remain in school Monday-Friday.
- Reading records and spelling books to be brought to school each day and taken home. (Replacements can be bought at the office for 50p).
- Children will read as often as possible and have this marked in their reading records.
- Children will show resilience in learning and give everything their best efforts.
Year 3S' P.E. is on a Tuesday. It is important that children have their full P.E kit on these days. Please make sure all sports kits are named to avoid any confusion in the changing rooms.
We have Forest School every Monday afternoon so it is important the children bring appropriate clothing and attire.
There will be an opportunity for children in Year 3 to read everyday. It is therefore essential that children bring their reading books and diaries with them every day to help track their progress.
Everybody in Year 3 will be given a list of spellings each week based on the spelling rule they have been learning, as well as some common exception words.
The children will be tested on 5 of these words, chosen at random, and then will be expected to spell some of the other words correctly as part of a given sentence. This will help the children to understand how these spellings can be used correctly in writing.
Our spelling rules for the Autumn term are as follows:
Year 1/2 Spelling rule reviews.
Split digraph – review from Y1 (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e)
Year 3/4 word list - possible, bicycle, busy, business
Ai sound spelt -eigh ey ei
Year 3/4 word list - eight, eighth, reign, weight, height (exception to rule)
The u sound spelt ou, eg. touch
Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable. Year 3/4 Word List Double consonants – address, appear, arrive, different, difficult, disappear, grammar, opposite, pressure, suppose.
Spellings will be found in your child's spelling book and on our English One Note pages each week.
By the end of Year 3 it is expected our children should know their multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4, and 8 multiplication tables. This is in addition to those that they have learned previously in school (their 10's, 2's and 5's). If you wish to go beyond these times tables facts, please make sure that your children are aware of both multiplication and division facts for all of the above tables first.
We are encouraging the children to become more independent and to look after their own belongings, You can help your child to do this by putting their name in all of their clothing. As the weather gets warmer please continue to send your child to school wearing clothing for the weather and a coat as the weather can change quickly.
Rights Respecting Schools in the Spring term!
Our school has a continued commitment to helping children learn about and understand their rights. Here are the individual rights we will be exploring across the school linking to our weekly themes. Please ask your children about these articles and speak with them about how they impact them at home too.
Whole School Theme
Article of the Week
Staying Healthy - Keeping Fit
Article 25 – review of the treatment of care
Staying Healthy - Eating Well
Article 24 – health and health services
Chinese New Year
Article 13 – freedom of expression
Keepping Safe Online
Article 17 - access to media and information
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Article 39 - recovery from trauma
Friends and Family - Valentine's Day
Article 5 - parental guidance and a child's evolving capabilities.
Educate and Celebrate
Article 2 - non discrimination
Looking after the environment
Article 8 - preservation of identity
British Science Week
Article 3 - best interests of the child
International Day of Forests
Article 6 - life, survival and development
Article 14 - freedom of thought, belief and religion
Contact Mr Coxon
If you have any questions or queries, simply complete the form and I will get back to you.