Welcome to Year Three! This is the first year of Key Stage 2 where students become increasingly independent and have opportunities to take on extra responsibilities. During Year 3 children will refine and build on skills and knowledge taught during Year 2. Some children will find the increased workload and higher level of work daunting, and may take time to adjust, however, once the routines and expectations are established children should be able to change pace.
Children in Key Stage Two are required to be in lessons for longer and therefore do not have a daily afternoon playtime but will continue to take part in The Daily Mile with adults and other children. All of the children will take part in a Class Assembly, a class lunch and at least one performance during the academic year.
See the Curriculum page on this website (on the Learning and Teaching tab) for more information on Collingwood’s Curriculum and for a breakdown of what children in each year group will learn about in each National Curriculum Subject.
During Year Three, English and Mathematics skills need to be developed and extended, and good working and study habits are expected at all times – vital requirements in order to cope well with the demands of Key Stage Two (Years Three to Six) as pupils growing independence, rapid recall and mastery of skills allows them to take more control of their own learning and to make good choices about presentation, materials and equipment.
See Key word lists in your child’s homework folder and spelling books and the end of year “age related expectations” statements for reading in your child’s communication book for more information.
Daily whole class lessons take place in English, including reading, writing, speaking and listening. Throughout the year we will be reading, analysing and writing a range of different genres and types of literature including longer fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Joined, legible handwriting should be the “norm” in Years 3 and 4 when many children achieve their “pen Licence”. Please encourage this at home.
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation continue to be very important and are tested in a separate national paper at the end of Year 6. Vocabulary still has a very high priority, which some children will find challenging, including giving definitions; exploring all key grammatical terms and uses eg a knowledge of nouns, verbs, more interesting adjectives, adverbs; past and present tense use; sentence construction and basic punctuation skills (knowledge of how “ “ ?, ! are used). Children are required to demonstrate knowledge on sentence types and their differing punctuation.
Daily phonic work will continue for those children who need it, in small, similar ability groups by a range of adults. Your child’s spellings, and Key Words, which relate to national age related expectations, can be found in their homework folders and spelling books, will inform you, throughout the year, what your child needs to work on at home.
Each child in Year Three will be heard read weekly as part of a Guided Reading Group where skills to reach age related expectations in reading comprehension will be regularly taught and applied. All children will also be heard read in school individually as many times as adult support allows. We will continue to assess reading skills to see when children need to move up to new colour book bands, and will communicate any changes to you in your child’s Communication Book. Please remember that “colours” are only changed once a child can read and understand the texts at a given number of words per minute. Reading at home is essential for maximum progress. During Year 3 children are required to read daily but may choose to read to themselves more often but please continue to ask questions about the story, characters etc afterwards to check understanding, define words etc – all vital comprehension skills which is a focus throughout Key Stage Two. Please make comments on the statements in your child’s communication book, when reading daily together at home. Children should also now extend and widen their reading out of school eg by reading library books, comics and their own books. You can support your child by ensuring that you encourage “wider Reading” beyond their favourite author or genre.
All children will continue to participate in daily maths lessons and daily FAST Maths sessions aimed at rapid recall of multiplication and division facts, in preparation for the National test at the end of Year 4 by which time all children are expected to know x tables to 12×12. An important school focus continues to be that of problem solving and reasoning, (explaining how and why using mathematical terminology.) Areas where you can support your child at home include:
- Fractions – add and subtract fractions with the same denominator eg 5/7 +1/7 =6/7 and 8/9 – 2/9=6/9 etc
- Money – totalling and giving change when buying more than one item; use decimal notation to record amounts involving pounds and pence.
- Measures – standard metric measures are fully introduced this year: estimating and measuring length using a metre stick or a centimetre ruler; learning to use the terms ‘m’ and ‘cm.’
- Estimating and measuring accurately weight using kilos and grams; using ml and litres for capacity; cm and m for length
- Time – Reading time in five minute intervals around the clock using 12 and 24 hour clock. Estimating how many hops, claps, names can be written in a minute. Know how many seconds in a minute, hours in a day, days in each month, months in a year etc.
- Shape – name and describing the features or properties of 2D (1-9 sides) and 3D shapes; Find lines symmetry and right angles in shapes.
- Data – read and represent information in pictograms, block graphs, tally charts and timetables;
Details of work to be covered this term in National Curriculum subjects other than English and maths can be found by clicking on the Topic Web link below.
Homework is a method of strengthening and consolidating children’s skills and knowledge, often allowing opportunities for personal investigation and study. All homework should be completed to a high standard with good presentation, joined legible handwriting and the same, punctuation and spelling that is required of children in class. Please support your child in meeting this expectation. Weekly homework will be set each Friday and will need to be in school by the following Thursday so that it can be marked and returned. This will have an English Maths or topic focus.
You will be able to find lots of information in your child’s Communication Book and Homework Folder. Please let us know if there is anything more that you need.
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