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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations

 

                      Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly

Year 3 have been finishing off their Stone Age topic by creating Stone Age pottery! We started by finding natural design tools like sticks and stones, then used clay to create our designs.

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Stone Age to Iron Age

Year 3

Summer Term  

Welcome back to our final term of Year 3! We hope you had a relaxing and blessed Easter and are excited for a new term at St. Giles’.

This is an overview of our units of work across the curriculum for the Summer Term.

RE

In RE, we will study the seasons of Easter and Pentecost and the symbols and practices associated with these seasons.

We will be spending time preparing for our sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion by thinking closely about the Eucharist and the importance of prayer and repentance.

 

 

English

Our fiction units for this term will be Stories with Historical Settings (Stone Age Boy) and Performance Poetry, where we will let our imaginations run wild and use all the exciting language features we have learnt about so far in Year 3.

Our non-fiction units will be Instructions (Who knows how to wash a woolly mammoth?!) and Persuasive Writing, in which we will put our persuasive skills to the test!

We will be practising all key Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar features to help us across the curriculum.

 

Maths

Class 3 will be continuing to use the Maths Makes Sense scheme to learn across different strands of Mathematics.

In Arithmetic 1, we will be completing tricky calculations, including those which combine positive and negative numbers. We will practise reading lots of word problems and decipher the language to work out which operation(s) to use.

In Geometry, we be comparing triangles based on their congruency and compare 2D and 3D shapes based on their properties, as well as recognise shapes in ‘real life’ contexts.

In Data and Measure, we will be drawing our own bar charts based on data we have collected in a tally. We will also be finding the difference between amounts of money using vertical subtraction, e.g. £4.21 and £1.83.

 

Throughout all our fluency learning, we will be continuing to deepen our Maths understanding by completing lots of Reasoning and Problem Solving exercises every day. We love to be challenged!

 

Science

Our two Science topics for the Spring Term will be Plants (part 2) and Light. We will be completing scientific enquiries in both topics to study key material and increase our scientific understanding.

In Plants, we will investigate different parts of a plant, and make predictions about plants as part of investigations.

In Light, we will learn to identify light sources/ sources of reflection, and we will predict/ investigate how the Sun creates shadows.

 

 

 

Topic

Our History topic for Summer 1 is ‘Stone Age to Iron Age!’ We have already used our artistic skills to create cave paintings, which are on display in our classroom.  We will be studying the culture of the Stone Age with a History focus, and thinking about what life was like 2.5 million years ago. We will become cave boys and cave girls and wonder about how we would have communicated with each other and survived in these times.

 

After May Half Term, we will explore some of the historical and geographical features of Cheadle, with a focus on our own special landmark – Pugin’s Gem. We will study and explore the history of St. Giles’ and what makes it so special!

Homework

As in previous terms, there will be a weekly Maths and English homework task set. This is in order to help your child recap key areas of learning covered in class, and to help prepare them to access areas that are about to be taught.

There may be additional work sent home when necessary. If your child is unable to complete their homework, or you encounter a problem during completion, please come to see us or write a note in their diary.

Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with completed homework the following Monday.

 

 

PE

The children will be going swimming every Monday, so please ensure they come to school with their swimming kit. Girls should have a swimming costume and boys should have trunks – no board shorts please. Children must wear swimming caps.

Class Three’s other timetabled PE lesson will be on a Wednesday, taught by Mr Hancock.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.

Spellings

Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. These spellings will be in line with expectations of the Year 3 curriculum.

Any children who achieve less than 5/10 correct will receive five spellings (rather than ten) the following week in order to give them more time to focus on these spellings.

Please try to ensure your child practises their spellings for at least five minutes a day.

 

Times Tables

Times tables will be tested every week via the 22 Club. Please ensure that your child practises their times tables for at least five minutes a night – there are some fantastic online games that test times tables recall.

Reading

Please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This greatly benefits their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their reading diaries.

 Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, shoes and coats.

 

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth.

Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name – we have a few of the same water bottle!

Snacks will continue to be ordered daily from the kitchen.  Please note that we cannot give change so please ensure your child has the correct money and that they know what they are ordering.

 

Thank you for your cooperation with this.

 

We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming term. Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.

Yours sincerely,

Miss H Smith

Year 3 Class Teacher

Year 3 Mosaic Competition and First, Second and Third Prize!

 Year 3 Mosaic Competition and First, Second and Third Prize! 1

Year 3 experiments to test the properties of rocks and soils.

Spring Term Information

Roman Invasion!

Year 3

Spring Term

Welcome back to Term 2 in Year 3! We hope you had a happy, holy and restful Christmas and are now looking forward to a fantastic new term.

This is an overview of our units of work across the curriculum for the Spring Term.

 

RE

Our first topic in RE will be the season of Christmas, in which we will be studying the role of the shepherds in the nativity, as well as St. Francis’ building of the first crib.

We will also study the importance of the Mass for Catholics, which links to our Sacramental Preparation for Holy Communion.

Towards Easter, we will look at Holy Week and the Easter season, and think about how Catholics celebrate Easter now.

English

All our English units for the Spring term will be based on our Romans topic!

We will be learning how to write Roman myths (based on Romulus and Remus), a Newspaper Report on Julius Caesar, a story with a historical setting based on ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and a non-chronological report on the Romans.

We will be practising all key Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar features to help us across the curriculum.

 

 

Maths

Class 3 will be continuing to use the Maths Makes Sense scheme to learn across five strands of Mathematics.

In Arithmetic 1, we will be completing calculations and writing Maths Stories for fractions and mixed numbers. We will also start to use ratio to interpret implicit information from grids and graphs.

In Geometry, we will be learning to recognise and draw angle measurements (360°, 270°, 180°, 90°).

In Data and Measure, we will be learning to interpret data in a grid, bar chart or pie chart and write a Maths Story to calculate answers to questions about the data.

In Arithmetic 2, we will learn to multiply a 2-digit whole number by a 1-digit number using a grid and round numbers to the nearest 10.

In Reasoning, we will learn to multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number by partitioning and calculating the sum of the two products, e.g. 52 × 7 = 50 × 7 + 2 × 7 = 350 + 14 = 364.

 

Science

Our two Science topics for the Spring Term will be Rocks and Soils and Light. We will complete scientific enquiries in both topics to study key material and increase our scientific understanding.

In Rocks and Soils, we will study different types of rocks and identify their properties through some hands-on investigations.

 

In Light, we will learn to identify light sources/ sources of reflection, and we will predict/ investigate how the Sun creates shadows.

 

 

 

Topic

Our History topic for the whole of the Spring Term will be ‘Roman Invasion!’ We will be studying the Roman Empire and the events of archaic Roman times, as well as the impact of the Romans on Britain.

We will be studying lots of exciting Roman features, like Roman Baths, Hadrian’s Wall and even some gods and goddesses!

Our Art and Design curriculum will also be taught with a Roman theme – we will be completing Roman mosaics and designing/ making some Roman artefacts.

 

 

Computing

The children will be taught Computing this term by Mrs Ottley.

They will be using our Romans topic to learn how to research using the internet and refine and present information using Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

PE

One PE lesson a week will be taught by Miss Smith and the other by Mrs Kettrick. The children will be learning a range of floor work-based gymnastic skills.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.

MFL

In French, we will be continuing to practise our greetings, and learn how to describe ourselves (our appearance, hobbies, friends and family).

 

Homework

In line with the school’s Homework policy, your child’s homework will consist of a weekly Maths and English task. This is in order to help your child recap key areas of learning covered in class, and to help prepare them to access areas that are about to be taught.

There may be additional work sent home when necessary. If your child is unable to complete their homework, please come to see us or write a note in their diary.

Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with completed homework the following Monday.

 

Music

The class will be taught Music this term by Ms. Medley. They will be focusing on pitch and rhythm and have the opportunity to create some music themselves!

 

 

Reading

Please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This greatly benefits their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their reading diaries.

 

Spellings

Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. These spellings will be in line with expectations of the Year 3 curriculum.

 

Times Tables

Times tables will be tested every week via the 22 Club. Please ensure that your child practises their times tables for at least five minutes a night – there are some fantastic online games and songs that test times tables recall.

 

 

Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, shoes and coats.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name – we have a few of the same water bottle!

Children may purchase toast from our kitchen every day. Toast costs 30p per day. Payment for the whole week must be made on a Monday morning – please make this payment in a sealed envelope labelled with your child’s name and the day(s) which they would like their snack. Thank you.

We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming term. Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.

Yours sincerely,

Miss H Smith

Year 3 Class Teacher

Around the World in 80 Days!

Year 3

Autumn Term

Welcome back to another year at St. Giles! I hope you and your children have all had a lovely summer and are now looking forward to starting Year Three. This is an overview of everything we will be studying throughout the Autumn Term.

 

RE

In R.E. our first unit will be ‘Belonging’, in which we will be learning about the different ways in which we belong to the Church, including Baptism.

We will also be learning and thinking about Listening to God’s Word at Mass, Advent and Christmas.

 

English

All our learning in English will be linked to our topic of ‘Around the World’!

Our first book we will study will be ‘Baba Yaga’, the story of a wicked Russian witch! We will then go on to write our own versions of Baba Yaga using our best descriptive language. Before Half Term, we will also learn how to write an effective recount in the form of a letter.

After this, we will write adventure stories based on ‘The Tunnel’ and, using our studies of the Arctic climate, will create discussion texts based on the question ‘Should people travel to the Arctic?’

We will be practising all key Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar features to help us across the curriculum.

 

 

Maths

Class 3 will be continuing to use the Maths Makes Sense scheme to learn across five strands of Mathematics.

In Arithmetic 1, we will be completing vertical calculations and addition/subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.

In Geometry, we will be practising measuring and labelling line segments, calculating distances, and distinguishing clockwise turns from anticlockwise turns.

In Data and Measure, we will be practising telling and writing the time in digital and analogue forms.

In Arithmetic 2, we will be calculating fractions of quantities.

In Reasoning, we will be calculating implicit information involving populations and distances by using vertical addition and subtraction.

 

Science

Our first topic in Science will be Animals (including Humans), in which we will learn about balanced diets and the effects of eating different foods, as well as the structure of the mouth and the importance of caring for our teeth. We will also be studying bodies, including the function of the skeleton, and exploring what happens when we grow.

After Half Term, in Forces and Magnets, we will learn about different kinds of forces, including friction. We will use magnets to test our predictions about attracting and repelling.

 

 

Topic

We have an exciting Topic to start Year Three – ‘Around the World in 80 Days!’

We will learn the names of the continents and oceans of the world.

As well as this, we will study a range of cultural features of different countries from all around the world, having lots of fun along the way!

 

 

Computing

In Computing, we will be using the programme ‘Scratch’ to create and programme an animation. We will be learning about the importance of algorithms and using this knowledge to programme computers.

 

PE

One PE lesson a week will be taught by Miss Smith and the other by Mr Hancock. The children will be taught a range of skills over the term from a range of outdoor and indoor sports, as well as the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.

 

 

 

Music

We will be learning to appreciate and join in with some songs from other countries as part of our ‘Around the World’ topic! In addition to this, we will practise making music as a class, making, playing and combining sounds, experimenting with ways of producing sounds, and singing in tune with a limited pinch range.

We are looking forward to rehearsing for the KS2 Christmas concert and putting our musical talents into practice!

 

Homework

In line with the school’s Homework policy, your child’s homework will consist of a weekly Maths and English task. This is in order to help your child recap key areas of learning covered in class, and to help prepare them to access areas that are about to be taught.

There may be additional work sent home when necessary. If your child is unable to complete their homework, please come to see us or write a note in their diary.

Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school, with completed homework, the following Monday.

 

 

 

 

MFL

We will be learning to speak French this term, which will complement our ‘Around the World’ topic in which we will learn about French culture, lifestyle and food!

Our first unit will be ‘Getting to Know You’, in which we will be learning how to greet each other and be polite in French.

 

Reading

Please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This will greatly benefit their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries.

 

 

Spellings

Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. These spellings will be in line with expectations of the Year 3 curriculum.

If your child achieves more than 5/10 in their weekly spelling test, they will have the chance to try 10 spellings the next week. If they achieve less than 5, they will remain with 5 spellings for the following week. This is to give them a chance to embed their knowledge and focus on more key words.

 

Times Tables

Times tables will be tested every week via the 22 Club. Please ensure that your child practises their times tables for at least five minutes a night – there are some fantastic online games that test times tables recall.

 

 

 

Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, shoes and coats.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name.

Children may purchase toast from our kitchen every day. Toast costs 30p per day. Payment for the whole week must be made on a Monday morning – please make this payment in a sealed envelope labelled with your child’s name and the day(s) which they would like their snack. Thank you.

 

We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming academic year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss H Smith Mrs N Bradley

Year 3 Class Teacher Teaching and Learning Support

 

 

End of Year Expectations Year 3

Spring Term Information Jan 2017

Suggested Books for Year 3

Year 3 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winners.

Year 3 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winners. 1

Making Roman Shields

Spring Term information January 2017

 

Year 3

Carol Singing at Homelink

16th December 2016

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