Welcome to year 3 – Autumn term 2017

Values driven learning

Classteacher: Mrs Pinch
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Gallagher
Class book Autumn term 2017 –  Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura

‘One day a little boy is walking along when he trips, stumbles and falls … into the Stone Age! He meets a girl his own age and her tribe, and learns all about their way of life. He watches them make tools, clothes and weapons. He sees how they hunt, fish, cook, celebrate – and even how they paint on the walls of caves. But when a furious cave bear attacks, he wakes up back in his own time where everyone tells him it was only a dream. But was it?’

 

Learning challenge-

Topic – Who first lived in Britain? 

 and science – What can rocks tell us about how the earth was formed?

 

Timetable and Curriculum

This is an example of a typical weeks timetable in year three.

This is the curriculum map for year three 2016/2017.

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 2016 2017

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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 Tuesdays so please make sure 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 terms 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.