Welcome to the webpage for Year 3 at Linaker! Please do check back often and we will try to keep you up to date with everything that goes on.
The children this year are spread across three classes taught by Mr Wilson-Maher, Mr Hirst, Mrs Robertson and Mrs White. (The oldest children in the year group are with Mr Hirst who teaches a mixed class of Year 3 and 4 pupils.)
This Spring term, we will continue to work hard to increase the quality and standard of our writing. Our text is Little Evie in the Wild Wood and we look forward to reading some vivid descriptions. Spellings are important in our writing and we will continue to look at prefixes and suffixes in our spelling lessons whilst continuing to secure common spellings. We are also searching for new vocabulary and the meanings of words in our reading.
In Maths, we are following the Math No Problem curriculum as we set out to ensure that all pupils finish the year with a fluent understanding of the Year 3 maths skills. This includes the children tackling a daily problem, selecting concrete resources to help them.
We are also looking at different ways in which questions came be asked and developing in our mathematical vocabulary.
After further work on Multiplication and Division we will move on to look at length so you can help at home by putting this into context. Our daily session of Mental Maths reinforces the speed with which children should recall key facts including number bonds to ten, simple addition and subtraction facts and times tables.
The Children have all been given an individual login to MyMaths for further practise.
In Science, we will be looking at electricity and how different appliances use either batteries or mains electrical power or both. We will be learning about the different components in an electrical circuit and building a variety of circuits to test whether they work or not. This will help with our understanding of which components are essential for a circuit to work and how they should be connected. We will then be testing a range of materials to see if they can conduct electricity and help solve a problem with the TV show buzzer. Importantly, we will also be looking at electrical safety in our homes and school.
Our driving topic for this first half term is 'Britain from the Air'. This will encourage children to explore our local area from a bird's eye perspective and think about how features are represented on maps. We are lucky to have some fantastic landmarks in Merseyside which we will be looking at before we design and create our own landmarks using clay.
This term we are looking at online safety and with Deedee from One Decision we will be looking at Golden Rules for using Computers. We are going to look at how to create good survey questions and create an online survey. Our ultimate aim, with Mr Greco's help, is to create podcasts about our findings.
We look forward to welcoming our Spanish visitors and sharing with them the skills we have acquired with Mrs Woodward. After our successful Christmas performance, we look forward to continuing our Music on Wednesday afternoons.
The Year 3 Team
(Mr Hirst, Mr Wilson-Maher, Mrs Robertson & Mrs White)
Key Information -
PE Days - PE is every Wednesday afternoon this half term and whenever the weather permits, the lesson may be outside so suitable PE kit will be essential - jogging bottoms & tracksuit tops might be important additions to the standard kit! We find it best for children to keep their PE kit in school all week rather than trying to bring it he in just on the days it is required.
Homework - Maths and English Homework is set on Thursdays for completion and hand in by the following Monday. In addition this year, the children all have a 'Personal Learning Log'. This is NOT further homework but a recognition that children often have their interest sparked by things we do in school and want to take them further. Any extra research, writing, maths or artwork that the children want to do should be recorded in these logs, Teachers look forward to seeing these and rewarding anything done in them.
Reading - As in previous years, all the children have a school reading book and a reading record. They are encouraged to bring these home daily and regular reading remains the greatest support that parents can offer their children. As children progress in reading, discussion of the books becomes as important as listening to them read - by Year 3, the children need to be able to talk about characters and their motives. In common with other year groups, Year 3 are running a series of reading challenges this year to encourage reading beyond the classroom. Details can be found in the letters home section.
An invitation - Parents are always welcome to visit the classroom to see the work that their children are doing - please pop in at the end of the day or have a word with your class's teacher to arrange a time.
High expectations - Parents will be aware that a new national curriculum came into force three years ago and it raised expectations even higher for the things that the pupils should be achieving by Year 3. Just to illustrate what the children are aiming at, the document below provides an overview of the requirements of the National Curriculum in Year 3. The overview of our curriculum for this year is also available: