Welcome to year 3 – Summer Term 2018

Values driven learning

Classteacher: Mrs Pinch

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Gallagher

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Class book Summer term 2018 –  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entrance way into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!

Learning challenges: 

Topic: How did the Victorians shape our local area?  

 Science: How did that blossom become an apple?

Timetable and Curriculum

This is an example of a typical week’s timetable in year three:

This is the curriculum map for year three 2017/2018:

Mathematics 2016 2017

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We use a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.

Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.

Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities
pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise

Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English 2017 2018

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We use Read Write Inc Spelling in years 2 to 6. The scheme has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum.
We run lessons daily for 15 minutes
Spelling rules are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
Every child’s progress is recorded and tracked and intervention given
Parents can help by ensuring that weekly spellings are learnt at home

Grammar
We use ‘Grammar Hammer’ Assertive Mentoring programme for grammar. All pupils take part in weekly activities and progress is carefully tracked.

Working at home

If you are looking for some extra work to do at home take a look at these websites. There are a range of fun activities for you to do.

Important information.

PE will be on Wednesdays so please make sure that your PE kit is in school.

Reading books will be changed on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spellings and times tables will be sent home with the children every Friday. They will be tested on them the following Friday.

Homework

Homework is set on Friday and due the following Friday. Please click on the link below for this term’s homework overview. Children are to choose one activity to complete each week from the boxes.

Helping at home

Children are expected to read daily at home. Through asking your children questions about their reading, you will help to develop their comprehension skills.