Welcome to Year 3
The year 3 team for 2023/24 consists of Mr Letts (3G) and Mrs Rowstron (3H) and our teaching assistants are Mrs Grimstead (3G/3H), Mrs Carty, Mrs Holmes and Miss Tenchio (3G) and Miss Fazackerley (3H).
Year 3 PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday during the first spring term. Following that, it will return to Mondays and Thursdays. Please familiarise yourself with our uniform policy in relation to PE, including health and safety requirements linked to jewellery.
Please ensure that your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record, as well as their link book, every day. Homework is set on a Friday, and is due in the following Thursday. Children should be reading to an adult at least three times per week for at least 15/20 minutes each time. This must be recorded in your child's reading record.
Could we please ask that any belongings are labelled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!
The learning in year 3 is packed full of exciting opportunities to uncover more about the world around us. We will be time travelling back to prehistoric times at the start of the half term, by revisiting the Bronze and Iron Ages. Whilst using their knowledge from our learning back in September and October, the children will use historical sources to discover new information about the Celts, societal changes and the legacy of the Iron Age. After this, year 3 pupils will have an explosive time learning about volcanoes in geography! With our topic encompassing a range of volcanoes from around the world, the children will explore how volcanoes are formed and how this links to the structure of the Earth. We are eager to continue with the brilliant learning that our year 3 superstars have shown so far this year.
If you want to jump into your learning straight away, you could check out this page about the Iron Age: Iron Age
You could also find out some fun facts about volcanoes and share them with your teacher! Follow the link: Volcanoes
Updates about our current learning in school will be made available on this page, so do check back regularly.
This week's homework
In addition to this, the children can develop their skills with a range of websites and apps the school has subscribed to. The children should be regularly practising their times tables knowledge. Here are a selection of maths games to enjoy:
To support our pupils with their spelling abilities, all children have been given login information for EdShed. Online books, with a range of opportunities to develop reading and inference skills, can be accessed through Bug Club.
We had a great time in year 3, performing some poetry by Joseph Coelho. We focused on our intonation and tone, and loved the chance to read aloud to an audience! Check out some of our poem performances below!
Hockey heroes 🏑
3G loved the chance to practise their hockey skills this week, and showed that they have really got to grips with passing, aiming and dribbling the hockey ball.
Higham Lane Concert 🎶 🎄
Year 3 pupils were extremely lucky to be invited to Higham Lane School at the end of December, to attend a rehearsal for their Christmas Concert. After a quick walk to the school, the children were enraptured by the range of musical talent on display. They heard soloists, duets, vocalists, pianists, drummers, guitarists and even a full orchestra! To add to the experience, the children were introduced to a range of orchestral instruments (can the children remember the difference between a violin and a viola!). With music from 'The Snowman', James Bond film 'Skyfall' and some traditional carols, our pupils were spoiled for choice when it came to picking a favourite. The year group behaved wonderfully, and were a credit to our school.
Fascinating fossils 🦕🦴
Over the last fortnight, the children have been learning how fossils form over time. After exploring the six key steps in this process, the children had the chance to create their own dinosaur fossils using playdoh. They had great fun and enjoyed posing with their new 'dino' friends! Pictures of this activity will be uploaded to the website shortly.
Un, deux, trois! 🇫🇷
You would never know that the children have only been learning French for a few weeks. Everyone has been trying so hard with their pronunciation and the children have soaked up lots of key vocabulary like sponges! This week, we were practising our speaking skills with the numbers 1-10.
Super Soil 🔍
Recently, year 3 were becoming soil scientists by using tweezers and magnifying glasses to explore the components of soil. They absolutely loved sifting through the dirt and showing off their discoveries. Many rocks, twigs and roots were found, along with a handful of wriggly worms and even a leaf insect! To finish off, the children completed the ‘shaking soil’ experiment using jars and water. Everyone had a great time and thankfully there wasn’t too much soil on the carpet!!
Scientific sweets 🍬
What a start to year 3! Everyone has settled in beautifully and the children are working hard. As a fun start to our science topic ('Rocks, Soils and Fossils'), the children had to group different sweets to compare their properties. They then linked this learning to the properties of rocks. Unfortunately, no sweets were eaten this time! Enjoy having a glance through some of the photos from this exciting lesson.