Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Chad: Mrs Wood, Mrs Mohr, Ms Smith and Miss Tariq

Year 3 Vale: Mr Clark, Miss Cawser and Miss Tariq

English

The children will continue to use ‘Talk for Writing’ in order to imitate, perform and learn from class texts. These texts will include myths, persuasive texts, instructions, letter writing and suspense stories.

Phonic skills are no longer taught in key stage two, so daily reading at home with an adult is vital.  Please share your child’s book by reading part of it to them. Furthermore, children undertake a range of reading activities each day in school to broaden their understanding of different text genres. The skills taught and practised in reading sessions include: understanding of vocabulary and context, summarising and inferring.

Maths

In Year 3, we continue to build upon the skills taught in Year 2.  This includes the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). We specifically focus on the three-, four- and eight-times tables. Children practise these at home as much as possible. The children will also look at place value, 2-D and 3-D shape facts. Also, children will be learning to gather data and display it in graphs and charts. In addition, there will be a range of tasks that require a little more thought and explanation.  These are designed so that the children can demonstrate their depth of understanding.

Science

In science, we cover a number of topics throughout the year.  (Please see the curriculum overview in the link on the right).  Throughout the key topics this year, the focus will be on scientific inquiry, investigation, prediction and questioning skills.

History

The children learn about the Stone Age and the Romans.  In the summer term, we visit Lunt Fort, one of the oldest Roman Fort remains in the country. Through the learning of history, children gain a greater perspective of time and how history has had an impact on modern-day life.

You can support your child by encouraging them to research this historical period through books and the internet.

More information about Lunt Fort is available here: http://www.luntromanfort.org/

 

Computing

Topics to be covered will include: e.safety, methods of communication, programming, opinion polls and computer networks.

Art

In art, children build upon the skills taught in Year 2.  They learn how to use pencil to create texture and tone, cross-hatching and colour techniques.  In addition to this, children learn about famous artists and their work and use this to inspire their own artwork. 

Design Technology

In DT lessons, the children will undertake a number of exciting projects.  To link with our science learning, children learn all about nutrition and healthy eating.  The class will design and make a healthy soup.  Linking with our maths learning and 3-D shapes, the children learn about packaging and design and create their own Easter egg box. Finally, we link our learning to saving our environment and the children design and make their own bag out of recycled materials!

Music

The children learn to sing a number of different styles of music including rock, R and B and songs to celebrate traditional festivals.  Children will also have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of instruments.  In addition to this, during the spring, the children will learn songs for an exciting Easter story performance!

Geography

Children will learn about the world, continents and countries.  We focus on Europe and learning the capital cities of neighbouring countries. We introduce mapping skills and the skills needed to use OS maps, atlases and globes.  The children will also learn about natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and the impact of these disasters on local communities.

Spanish

In Year 3, the children begin by amassing a vocabulary of nouns and basic greetings. They learn about what the language sounds like, what it looks like and about Spanish culture. There is a key focus on speaking and listening, which develops a confidence in the subject, before the children move on to more advanced learning in Year 4.  

PE

PE for both classes will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. On these days, the children should come to school wearing their PE kits. The children will learn a variety of skills under the topics of gymnastics, games, dance and athletics. 

If you would like more information regarding our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Year 3 Chad Teacher

l.woods@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

 

​Year 3 Vale Teacher

a.clark@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

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