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St Mary's Hare Park Primary School and Nursery

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Year 3

Year 3

 

 Welcome to the new academic year 2020-2021 and we look forward to an exciting and productive year together.

 

Curriculum Topics

 

English:

There will be a strong focus on all areas in grammar, punctuation and spelling, which will enable the children to develop the complexity of their own sentence structures. Your child will also need to know the spellings of the 'Common Exception Words' (a statutory requirement) by the end of Year 4, which we will begin to look at in Year 3 and a list of these will be handed out at the beginning of term for your own records.  Through the use of engaging fiction and non-fiction texts, the children will be able to develop their own writing abilities and have the opportunity to explore a variety of genre (narrative, description, recount, letter writing, play scripts, non-chronological reports, newspaper reports, poetry and instructional texts etc.)  The children will have opportunities for individual and guided reading sessions in small, focused groups, which will build and enhance reading and comprehension skills.

 

Autumn texts - Flat Stanley, The Egyptian Cinderella, a variety of non-fiction texts about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of performance poetry pieces.

 

Spring texts - Roald Dahl: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Matilda  and The BFG.

 

Summer texts – Revolting Rhymes and The Great Kapok Tree.

 

Maths:

The children will continue to practise times tables (with corresponding division facts) and further develop their mental maths abilities. They will consolidate and develop their understanding of place value, shape, time, money, measurement, data handling, fractions and decimals, and the written methods of the four main operations. In addition, the children will complete problem-solving activities, reasoning tasks to further develop their understanding using mathematical terminology and undertake mathematical investigations.

 

Science:

Autumn: Animals, including Humans and Rocks.

Spring: Forces and Light.

Summer: Plants

 

Religious Education:

Following the Come and See scheme.

 

Humanities (Geography and History):

Autumn: Ancient Egypt.

Spring: Stone-Age through to Iron-Age.

Summer: The Rainforest and the Local Area.

 

Art/Design Technology

Autumn Term: Canopic jars and Death masks.

Spring Term: Quentin Blake illustrations, watercolour painting, experimenting with different mediums such as charcoal and clay.

Summer Term: Rainforest animals.

  

Computing and Music are taught by specialist teachers.

 

Physical Education is taught by Specialist Coaches.

 

MFL – French:

Autumn: ‘Getting to know you’ and ‘All about me’.

Spring: ‘Food glorious food’ and ‘Family and friends’.

Summer: ‘Our school’ and ‘Time’.

 

 

Homework:

In Year 3, as throughout the school, homework is compulsory and is naturally a progression and elevation from the homework received in Year 2. English and Maths homework should be completed daily, with the expectation that approximately 30 minutes should be spent on homework each night, divided between English and Maths, or theme as requested by their teacher. Please make a note in their diary or provide a letter if, for any reason, they are unable to complete their homework. Please note that children will have their spelling and times tables tests on Mondays and new spelling lists and times table focus will also be handed out on a Monday.

 

We would like to encourage you to read regularly with your child and ask them questions about the text to develop their comprehension skills.

 

In class: 

Mrs Büyükhiz will be teaching on Mondays and alternate Wednesdays, and Mrs Williams will be teaching on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays. We are also fortunate to have excellent teaching assistants who will be supporting us at various times throughout the week.

 

It is important that your child is always ready to learn and we encourage your child to bring in a clearly labelled water bottle into class, so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day. We also expect children to bring in a full stationery set. They will all use pencil first to write. Once their handwriting is clear, cursive, correctly joined and consistent in size, they will be issued a Pen Licence (some may even receive this during the first week). It is also vital that they have full, clearly labelled PE kits in school as our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

We hope you find this information useful and please do not hesitate to contact us at any time should you wish to discuss any matter. If you wish to speak to us at length about any issue, we kindly request that you contact the school office so that we can arrange an appointment.

 

Thank you as always for your continued support and enthusiasm and we look forward to an exciting and successful Year 3.

 

Class Teachers:  Mrs. Büyükhiz and Mrs. Williams.

Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Downey and Mr. Roberts.

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