Welcome to Kingfishers, our Year 3 class. Our class teachers are Mrs Katie Coult and Mrs Laura Davies (covering Mrs Laura Smith's maternity leave). Mrs Becky Lay and Mrs Sarah Atkins will be our SNA's (Special Needs Assistants). Mrs Lay working every morning and Mrs Atkins working Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
As the first year in the junior school, it is an exciting class for the children. We wear the upper school uniform and are working on become independent learners. We spend time developing our confidence to express our questions, thinking and reasoning. We link our topic work across many subjects to create an engaging and fun curriculum. Topics in Year 3 include: The Romans (aka The Rotten Romans), Ancient Greek Myths and The Egyptians.
ith everything from gladiators and aqueducts to emperors and goddesses, this cross-curricular Romans topic provides exciting, stimulating and informative learning opportunities across a range of subject areas and is packed full of engaging, creative and fun activities.
In Maths this term we begin by recapping all the children know related to number and place value, we then move on to calculating- covering all four of the operations using both informal and formal methods to solve real life problems. We will be covering the following:
Number and Place Value
count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)
compare and order numbers up to 1000
identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
Addition and Subtraction
a three-digit number and ones
a three-digit number and tens
a three-digit number and hundreds
Multiplication and Division
Times tables! In Year 3 there is an expectation that the children should begin to learn, with instant recall, their 3, 4 and 8 times tables, which also includes knowing the inverse associated division facts. By the end of Year 4, the children will hopefully know all their times tables to 12 with the associated inverse division facts. Whilst we cover recall of their times tables through our Mental Oral Starters within Maths lessons, as well as teach the informal and formal methods for these calculations, the onus (as a school) is on children practicing their timetables as home. Like reading, it should be regularly and fun. TT Rockstars is available for your child, so please do make the most of that, as well as Mathletics. Here are two further games we recommend that can support your child with learning their times tables in a more enjoyable way:
Science this term covers two areas of learning. For the first half term we begin by looking at 'Forces and Magnets', which looks at comparing how things move on different surfaces. The children will:
• notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
• observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
• compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
• describe magnets as having two poles
• predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
We then move on to 'Animals Including Humans'. During this topic, the children will:
• identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
• identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
Art this term is linked to observational drawing skills- using charcoal. We make great links with our first Literacy text, The Twits.
In D&T we will be making Roman shields which links directly to our History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
Computing this term is linked to E-Safety.