Year 3 class
'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'
Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,
Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,
Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,
Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.
Miss E. Collier
HLTA - Qualified Teacher - Friday
Miss A. Forshaw
About the Year 3 class
Class Teacher - Miss E. Collier
Learning Assistant: TBC
HLTA : Miss Forshaw
Year 3 is an exciting year as the children learn how to be more independent and practice skills to encourage independent learning such as researching on the internet and using books and dictionaries. They are encouraged to solve problems for themselves and rely less on support for day to day tasks. Presentation and handwriting is very important and as the children move into KS2 they learn how important it is to present their work well. Most children will earn their pen by the end of year 3 – but this can only be achieved once they are joining their writing, spelling accurately and presenting their work neatly.
We have a safe, caring learning environment where children’s individual talents and achievements are recognised and built upon. Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 3. We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties. We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face.
Each child enters Year Three at a different stage. Therefore we treat every child as an individual and plan to cater for their individual needs. We understand that every child learns in a different way and has different interests and it is our aim to adapt our teaching to suit the children. We encourage their independence throughout, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and achievements and to understand how to solve problems on their own.
Rules and Routines
At the beginning of the year, children are encouraged to contribute to our class rules and vision. This runs alongside the schools policies and procedures and is expected to further improve the learning environment for all and in turn develop strategies for 'Behaviour for Learning'. Conversation and discussion are encouraged in Year 3 and is balanced with dedication to learn and succeed through quiet and independent work.
- Doors open 8:45am
- Registration for Year 3 takes place at 8:55 am and the school day ends at 3:15pm
What do we learn?
We have daily Maths and English/SPaG lessons. We also have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives. In Maths, we use a mastery approach to enable all children to gain a deep understanding of the unit of work. The activities we complete range from practical to written in order to cater for the different learning needs of the children.
We learn about lots of exciting topics such as the Stone Age, Animals and Humans, Ancient Egypt, Computer Coding, Painting and Sculpture, Spanish, PE, playing the Glockenspiel and different Religions. Click on the Long Term Plan and Topic Web documents for more information on the exciting learning journey that takes place each half term.
Important things to remember:
- Registration takes place promptly at 8:45am and the school day ends at 3:15pm - your child will enter and leave from the glass door, to the left of the main entrance.
- Please provide a healthy snack for your child to eat at 10:25am playtime. Lunch will be at 12:00pm.
- Each child can have their own water bottle on their desk, please provide these with their name on.
- PE for this year is on a THURSDAY and FRIDAY, please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their PE Kit on these days. Children will continue to come into school in PE kits on their days for PE. On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: Black jogging bottoms or black sports leggings, white PE tops , black hoody tops . Or a Summer PE kit : red shorts and the white PE top.
- Weekly homework will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed by the following Friday. This will usually consist of Math's, Spellings, SPAG.com (online), and Reading Plus (online) but may at times relate to other subjects.
- We will begin to send home reading books out as soon as we have read with your child. Your child will select a new home reading book from the school library when they need to change it. We encourage the children to read at home every night. This is part of the homework expectations and we appreciate your support with this. Your child has their own personal reading record for you to record their reading journey. We expect these to be completed every time your child reads their school book.
- Topic webs will be uploaded onto this class page in the first week of each half term. Topic webs will inform you of the learning taking place that half term, you may wish to discuss key learning with your child at home.
- Children are asked not to bring any other personal items into school; we will provide all necessary stationery.
- And finally, we will continue to use SEESAW to facilitate additional homework tasks. This will enable staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.
Book recommendations for Year 3
Follow the link below to view a wealth of recommended books for your child in Year 3. You will never be short of book suggestions with this site. Children we hope you find something you love.
Year 3 Long Term Plan 2023-2024
Year 3 Topic Webs
Autumn Term 2023 Learning
In Maths, we are exploring the topic of Place Value. We have started to represent and partition numbers to 100. We enjoy using resources in order to represent each number.
Multiplication - In Year 3, the children will be securing their knowledge on the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables. Children will also learn and secure 3s and 4s timetables.
Fiction - The Stone Trolls
One of our Talk 4 Writing stories was 'The Stone Trolls', an exciting warning story in the village of Vik, set in Iceland. Take a look at our story map, that helps us to imitate the story. We have observed different trolls from within movies and discovered that trolls can be mischievous and helpful.
We have explored the model text and practiced writing skills that the author used - subordinating clauses, conjunctions, prepositions and fronted adverbials. We used the model text to help us plan and "box up" our own version of a story.
Non-Fiction - How to Trap a Troll
We have used the model text "How to Trap a Troll" to help us to write a set of instructions. We identified the features for writing instructions and applied these when writing our hot task's "How to....". Take a look at our instructions below!
In Science we are exploring the human body. We are looking at how the skeleton and muscles provide support, protection and movement. We made bones and muscles out of paper and string. We moved the muscles and looked at the effect this has on a muscle. We then created an experiment. We wanted to investigate the difference between adult bones and children bones.
As part of our learning about the human body, we explored "nutrition". We identified what nutrition is and why our bodies need nutrition. We investigated food packaging to identify the different types of nutrients our body will be getting from eating certain foods. We were very surprised with the nutrients we found in some foods!
We are learning all about "The Stone Age" in History this term. We observed different images to come up with a variety of "I think" statements. We will revisit these at the end of the topic. We have learnt about the three periods of The Stone Age. We created a timeline and ordered each period, stating how each period changed and developed overtime. We focused on the word "advnaced" and explained how each period develops and becomes more advanced. To conclude our learning, we had a debate - "Which period would you like to live in and why?" Here are some of our ideas.
The Stone Age Experience as Tatton Park
What a fantastic day we had at Tatton Park bringing our learning of the Stone Age to life. We got to experience what it would have been like to live within the Stone Age. We explored how they made fires to stay warm, how they made their shelters using a method called "wattle and doyle". We even had a go at making it! We then learned about how they would turn animal skin into clothing and even had a go at farming using a deer antler, deer shoulder blade and a shell!
Our focus in art this term is looking at the artist "Henry Moore". We have looked at the art work of Henry Moore and realised he creates "unusual art". We have explored cave art which links with our History topic of the Stone Age. This has inspired us with our final piece. For our final piece we produced sculptures in the style of Henry Moore. We then used tools to carve art into our sculptures.
In PE, we have been developing our throwing and catching skills. We have been working as attackers and defenders in order to pass a ball. This has really helped to strengthen our team work skills.