Welcome to Year 3 2022-2023
Newton, Ford, Morpurgo and Dahl
Newton Class: Mrs Bridle (Class Teacher and Year Three Leader) and Mrs Learmont-Pollock LSA
Ford Class: Miss McGrath (Class teacher), Mrs Wilkins (HLTA) And Miss Stenning LSA
Dahl Class: Mr Pritchard (Class teacher)
Morpurgo Class: Mr Pearmain (Class teacher)
Forest School and PE.
We will be having forest school this half term on a Tuesday morning. Please send your children into school dressed in forest school clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. They will need wellington boots for their session in the forest school area. We do have a small selection of wellingtons that children can borrow.
Our PE sessions are now Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The children will need full PE kits for these sessions. Both sessions are outside.
There is no forest school sessions at Kirk this half term.
PE sessions are now on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. The children will need to have a full PE kit in school. Both sessions are outside.
By the end of the outcome we will be plant experts and will showcase our nature inspired sculptures in a competition!
Off to the Lakes
Can we locate our teacher? Using maps and geographical knowledge to ask pertinent questions, we will find our teacher in the Lake District! Using a range of different maps, we will become geographers to explore the region of the Lake District and understand geographical physical features of the region - studying mountains, the water cycle and glaciation. We will consider geographical human features, recognising the importance of tourism on the economy and consider this from opposing viewpoints. We will use this knowledge to write a persuasive letter. During the Project we will become scientists, learning about rocks and fossils. As writers, we will learn that Beatrix Potter was important to the Lake District and will create a Beatrix Potter inspired narrative, accompanied with lovely illustrations.
Can you dig it?
Year 3 will be taking a trip through history, placing the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age on our historic timeline. We will discover how people lived and how their lives changed over time with the discovery of new materials and tools. We will study important historical sites, including Stonehenge and Danebury Hill Fort, and we will bring our learning to life with our visit to Stonehenge. We will conclude our project by sharing our learning through a living museum at our showcase.
After finding a message in a bottle from Shackleton, we were inspired to find out all about his expedition to Antarctica, and have decided to create our own survival guides. In Geography we will explore Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica mapping his route. We will show our understanding through a letter. We will then explore where Antarctica is located, its physical landscape, and climate, helping us to consider what clothing would be suitable for an expedition like this. Finally, we will create menus for Shackleton’s crew that would have provided them with a balanced diet. Once we have collected all of the information needed, we will put it all into one handy survival guide, ready to share with our parents and carers in a recreation of an Antarctic base.
It was lovely to see the children return to school eager to learn again.
It's All Fun and Games
The Year 3s have been given a challenge to design and make their own magnetic board game to be used for lunch times. During the project, children will follow a specific design criteria to develop their board game. They will write a DT manual to explain the process and a ‘rules and instructions’ leaflet to accompany their board games, using computing. To allow their board games to be successful, they will learn about forces and exploring different types of magnets and magnetic materials. Furthermore, the children will apply their musical knowledge to create a jingle to advertise their creations! Games will be showcased at a gaming convention, which will allow parents and pupils to experience the pleasure of playing their unique board games.
As part of the hook, the children received a video from a scientist that enthused them for their learning.
What a start we have made to our learning journey in Year 3!
Our first Project was entitled Changes. We read books by the author and illustrator, Anthony Browne. In class, we discussed the challenges, emotions and actions of the characters and what we can learn from these characters. We discussed how changes make us feel and how we can express our emotions. Using what we learned, we created a story about changes and shared them with others.
Revolting Rhymes and Twisted Tales.
In this project, we will be creating our own 'Twisted Tales' and 'Revolting Rhymes' to be added to a class collection of books. During this project, we will be familiarising ourselves with traditional fairy tales and poems before creating our own twisted tales.
To accompany our stories and poems, we will become scientists. We will learn about shadows and light so that we can successfully create our own shadow puppets. We will then deliver our stories and poems to our adults during our project outcome.
Video from Scientist.
The Home Learning sheet can be found in the Home Learning section of the website.
- The children will also receive weekly spellings. Spellings will be put into your child’s diary every Friday to be tested on the following Friday.
- We also ask that you please read with your child at least 4 times a week and sign your child’s home school diary. If children read four times, they will receive a raffle ticket to be put into a prize draw. The raffle will be drawn at the end of term.
- Lastly, we ask that you regularly use Times Table Rock Stars with your children at home. This online resource will support children with learning their times tables.
If any children in Year 3 are self-isolating , in the first instance, please log in to Google Classrooms. This will be updated to reflect the learning in school. Please also continue with reading and learning times tables, using Oxford Reading Buddy and Timestables Rockstars to support with this. Log on for Google classroom can be found in the children's home school diaries.
Queries or concerns
Please always speak to the class teacher in the first instance of you have any issues. We are available on the door before and after school for quick queries. Alternatively, you can contact the office via email to arrange and appointment or a call home to discuss concerns. The office email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make your email FAO and then the class teacher's name. If anything remains unresolved please then contact the Year Leader before then speaking to the Heads of Campus or Head Teacher. We are here to help and our doors are open.