Welcome to Class 6!
Year 3 is a crucial year for children as they adjust to new buildings, playtimes and playgrounds. We ensure that learning is still as fun and engaging as it was in Key Stage 1. Setting challenges, conducting experiments and working in a cross-curricular manner allows each child a chance to show their full potential.
Keeping in touch with your child’s learning is vital so that you can support them throughout school. Having close contact with parents and effective dialogue allows school and home to work as a team and ensure each child reaches the success they deserve.
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In Year 3, reading is of huge importance as it allows us to access fantastic stories, improve our own writing and vocabulary but enables us to access every other subject to our fullest. Reading a wide and varied range of books provides us with invaluable information and inspiration for creating our own stories, poems and non-fiction texts. Discussing what they have read is essential for allowing children to explore ideas and concepts further. This is covered both through our work in English sessions and during specific reading sessions where we use the whole class reading approach and utilise some the resources from Cracking Comprehension. This discussion allows for all children to deepen their understanding of language and the world around them. All children across school need to read 3 times a week to be entered into the reading star challenge. I would not only encourage parents and carers to make the time to read with child but also to use the reading record to feed back on their reading at home. At the end of each day, we share a class novel to allow children experience a richer story than they would otherwise be able to read independently.
Writing is an essential skill and requires lots of exposure and repetition to master. We have recently started using the ‘Power of Reading’ scheme which is having a huge impact on children’s writing ability as they are immersed in high quality texts. Through a key text, children cover a wide range of text types, from adventure stories to information texts and from play scripts to range of different poetry types.
This range allows us to develop our language skills and apply them to a variety of different genres all whilst being immersed in one book!
Our ‘Wall of Fame’ allows us to celebrate out exciting writing together. Keep an eye out for some super writing!
Spelling is a crucial part of the curriculum and requires plenty of repetition in order to perfect. Each week the children are taught a new spelling rule and then are given time to learn and practice these spelling games using a range of activities and games that meet all learning types, I really encourage you to try some of these games at home to help your child. This is directed through the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme.
Part of the National Curriculum has a list of ‘Common Exception Words’ for both Year 3 and Year 4. We will be practising these in class but also sending home this list for weekly spelling practice as these often do not follow the spelling rules taught so far and therefore require further practice. I would really encourage parents to take the time and practice these with their children.
In maths, we will be working towards ‘mastery’ in a range of different mathematical domains and contexts. In Year 3 we will be using the ‘Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract’ concept to develop our fluency with numbers and learning which will be the most efficient method for a particular problem.
In Year 3, we will be performing calculations with 3-digit numbers. We will also be learning and reinforcing our x2, x5, x10, x3, x4 and x8 multiplication and division facts. This is essential for developing fluency and sense of number. Times Table Rockstars helps tremendously with this allowing children a fun, interactive way to learn their tables and any additional support with this will be of great value to your child.
At West Street we run a topic based curriculum. Each half term we have a different theme for the children to become immersed in. These begin with an exciting launch where the children find out what they will be learning about that half term.
At the end of the half term, there is a chance for the children to present what they have found out and explain some of the exciting things they have done in the process.
Our topics cover a huge number of curriculum areas from science and geography to art and computer science.
New experiences are an essential part of learning. These experiences allow children to discover new intellectual passions and deepen their understanding of their own learning. These could include visitors from outside agencies such as the published authors as well as visits to new and exciting places.
The school has its own minibus so we use this to provide a range of outdoor experiences. In the past, the children have visit Embsay Crag to understand cartography and Victorian industry as well as the importance of physical activity.
Tim the minibus is also used at weekends to provide extra-curricular visits to places such as Bolton Abbey. The children get a huge amount of knowledge, learning and enjoyment out of these visits.
Throughout the school we use the Class Dojo reward system. Children can earn Dojo Points for a huge range of reasons from work in class to good manners and from asking good questions to being a reading star! This system also allows parents to keep in touch with their child’s learning and their good behaviour by signing up to Class Dojo. Additionally it provides a secure messaging service directly to the class teacher.
If you would like to sign up to Class Dojo, please see your child’s teacher who will give you a unique reference number to access your child’s Dojo Points through this link…
Each Friday, the children will be given a task, investigation or challenge for them to complete at home as well as weekly spellings. Both of these are to be returned by the following Friday. If your child is struggling and needs help, they can come and ask any of the staff in Class 6 or attend homework club on Wednesday lunchtimes.
Homework allows children to use skills which they have developed in schools and allows them to apply those skills independently in a different setting.
Homework is also an invaluable opportunity for you to catch up with what your child is learning each work and even enhance or extend their learning and is a key part of becoming ‘All Green’ each term.