Year 3 2023 - 2024
Autumn Term 2023
Welcome to Year 3! My name is Miss Breen and I will be your child's teacher this year. I am extremely excited to have you in my class and I am really looking forward to teaching you this year and having lots of fun. This term we have got some fantastic learning opportunities including Forest School, Science and Faith Day and a trip to Beeston.
In English, we will be using two books this term as foundations for our writing. We will be using Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura where we will be inferring what the characters are thinking and feeling at different parts of the story and writing a non-chronological report. We will also be using Coming to England by Floella Benjamin to produce a recount and write letters.
In Maths, we will be blending learning from last year, to ensure that each of you accesses learning at the appropriate level of challenge for you. We will be focusing on place value and understanding the values of different digits. Later in the term we will learn about the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In Religious Education, our topic is The Christian Family. In this topic we will discuss the importance of Jesus’ family and the sacrament of baptism. We will then focus our learning on Mary, the Mother of God after the half-term where we will increase our knowledge of Mary and develop an understanding of the season of Advent.
In Science, our topics will be focusing on light and shadow and rocks and soils. We have a really exciting cross-curricular learning opportunity planned with Chester Cathedral called Amazing Light, which explores Jesus being the light of the world.
In our Topic lessons, we will be exploring how life was during the Stone Age and how technological advances facilitated the development of the Iron Age. Our first forest school session will include a trip to Beeston Castle to explore their grounds and take a look inside their roundhouse replica.
We also have lots more exciting learning planned in PE, Spanish, Forest School, Music, Art, Technology and Computing.
PE in Year 3
Our PE days this term are Monday and Wednesday, so please come to school dressed in your PE kit on these days.
On Tuesdays, we will developing our team games skills in Tag Rugby.
On Wednesdays, we will be working on our individual skills in Tennis.
Homework in Year 3
All homework, including spellings, will be set on a Friday. Spelling tests will also be on a Friday.
Homework and spellings will be accessible via Google Classroom.
Children should also continue to read every night and to have their reading logged in their reading record each time. It is imperative that pupils read aloud regardless of their book band level. Children's planners will note when your child has read in school with an adult as well as times when your child has partaken in a Guided Reading group session and sometimes next steps will be suggested for you to best support your child at home. All parents and carers are asked to sign page 4 in your child's planner which sets out our homework expectations for the year.
Forest School in Year 3
Unless otherwise stated, our Forest School dates for the year are as follows:
Thursday 05th October - Trip to Beeston Castle
Thursday 30th November
Thursday 8th February
Thursday 18th April
Thursday 13th June
Please ensure that your child comes to school on these days dressed accordingly to the weather forecast in old clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. During the winter months, it will be imperative that the children are wrapped up with multiple layers and wear boots/old shoes.
You are always welcome to chat with myself after school, or to make an appointment. Thank you once more for your ongoing support. Together everyone achieves more, so it is much appreciated.
For your information, the dates for Year 3 First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion are as follows:
First Forgiveness, Tuesday 23rd April, 18:00
First Holy Communion, Saturday 22nd June, 10:00
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