Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to Year 3’s page where lots of exciting and interesting new learning is taking place!

In Year 3 there are two parallel classes with access to the same curriculum. At the beginning of the year, it is important that children have a smooth transition from Key Stage 1 into Key Stage 2 as they are encouraged to become more independent workers.

The Maths and English curriculum is covered using a variety of different teaching styles to ensure all children have access to lively and stimulating lessons, encouraging positive attitudes and greater depth of learning. Children are encouraged to produce high quality work and are able to select an appropriate level of learning within lessons through “challenge by choice” activities. Scientific enquiry is at the heart of the Science curriculum. Children are given many opportunities to carry out investigations, ask questions and learn new practical skills.

Throughout the wider curriculum, children are given the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics such as Ancient Egypt, The United Kingdom within the wider world, mapping skills, Art and Design Technology skills as well as learning French. Children are taught Music throughout the year, and through the Wider Opportunities Project, have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument for a term. All children have weekly computing lessons using laptops and ipads giving them an awareness of internet safety, learning basic coding and programming skills, as well as learning how to produce Word and Powerpoint presentations.

Physical Education is an important part of lessons in Year 3 and the children have access to a wide range of high quality teaching from class teachers and specialist sport coaches.

Throughout the year, teachers and assistants are keen to support the children throughout their learning so they develop into well-rounded, independent learning ready to move onto their next class.

Highlights for this half term

During this half term, Y3 have really settled into their classes and routines in Key Stage 2. They are making great progress, challenging themselves to be the best that they can be in all areas of the curriculum. They are developing into confident, hardworking and reliable members of Key Stage 2.

Science has been particularly exciting so far this as the children have been learning how to ask scientific questions and learning scientific skills through hands on, enquiry based learning. There is a real buzz for further learning in this area now.

The children have also been developing their hockey skills with our sports coach. They can control the ball using a hockey stick, and can dribble and shoot at a goal accurately. We are looking forward to learning new tennis skills in the new year.

As part of our Christmas celebrations, Y3 took part in the opening of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Alban’s Church, where we were privileged to sing and perform for families, carers and members of the community. The final carol concert at the end of December was an exciting, yet thoughtful time, reflecting on what Christmas means to us.

Things to look forward to…

Building wonderful classroom communities with parents, carers and pupils.

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