Useful Information about our Year 3 Class
St. Elizabeth’s has a Franciscan heritage so our school values are based on Franciscan values. In Year 3, our class value is respect. We understand respect to mean treating others as we wish to be treated, or as written in Mark’s gospel 12:31, “Love your neighbour as yourself”. Prayer and worship are an integral part of our day.
Our R.E. topics last for around 4 weeks and our learning is summarised in the R.E. knowledge organisers, which will be added to this webpage when we start each new topic.
In English, we practise our decoding, fluency and comprehension reading skills through weekly whole class guided reading sessions, small group reading sessions and by reading 1:1 with an adult. The children have their own school reading book, which is changed on a set day each week by Mrs Gregory. Your child's day to change their book is written on their home-school reading diary. We have lots of extra books in our classroom for the children to sign out and read, if they finish their school reading books before the end of their week.
Children are expected to read at home for 10 minutes every day and the more often they read the better. This includes reading to an adult. Please use the home-school reading diary to record 5 words your child struggled to read fluently and practise these daily. It is essential that reading books and diaries come into school each day and are taken home every evening and at the weekend.
Our writing lessons follow the Pie Corbett ‘Talk 4 Writing’ style of ‘Imitate – Innovate – Invent’; put simply ‘I do – We do – You do’. More information about this method of teaching can be found in the ‘Curriculum’ section of the website, under ‘English’. Our class will practise two genres each half term. English knowledge organisers will be posted onto this webpage when we start each new topic so that you can see a summary of our learning.
Spellings will be sent home to learn as homework each Wednesday, and will be tested the following Wednesday. Spellings and grammar will be taught/revised during the first 10 minutes of each English lesson.
We will concentrate on perfecting our letter formation and joining our letters during Year 3. You may receive extra handwriting homework if we feel your child would benefit from 5 minutes handwriting practise at home, each evening.
We use the Power Maths scheme of work, and each term has an associated textbook: Power Maths Year 3 – Textbook 3A (for autumn term), Textbook 3B (for spring term), Textbook 3C (for summer term). If you are keen to follow our learning, these books are be purchased on Amazon and are £6.99 each.
MyMaths is a free website for you to use and we will set work on it each term. If you feel your child needs to revisit a topic, do revisit the Y1 and Y2 units of work.
A great, fun ‘sing along’ app to help children learn their times tables is called Maths Rockx. However, this is £10 to buy.
We encourage the children to wear an analogue watch to school (this is a watch with a face and hands) to help them to tell the time. If you have an analogue clock at home, encourage your child to look at it during the day and work out the time together (starting with o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, then intervals of 5 minutes past the hour).
The children will have two P.E. lessons each week – taught by the class teacher and sometimes an external coach. Please make sure that your child has their full P.E. kit in school at all times. Indoor kit should include: black shorts, yellow polo shirt and black plimsolls. Outdoor kit should include: plain dark tracksuit bottoms and top, yellow polo shirt and outdoor trainers.
You can follow what your child is learning each half term by reading the half-termly newsletter and checking this web page for different subject knowledge mats.
Please read with your child every night for 10 minutes. Practise spellings for 5 minutes in the evening. Chant or sing times tables on the way to school and have a go at the corresponding division facts (in Year 3 we revise and learn x10, x2, x5, x3, x4, x8). Practise telling the time at home.
If you would like to do extra, there is the MyMaths website to visit and the Spelling Frame app is very good too. Ensure your child has a notebook to write and draw in. Visit the new Belper library when you can!
We will send other homework home now and then. The children will be rewarded with house points for returning it on time.
Drinks and Snacks
Children are asked to bring a water bottle to school each day. They are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to aid concentration. Water bottles should be taken home each night for washing. Healthy snacks are needed for break times to keep the children going until lunch or the end of the day!
Our pegs are inside our classroom and can get rather cramped. Please send your child with a smaller sized bag. Thanks very much for your help with this!
We encourage the children to have 2 pencil cases; a sensible one to be kept on their desk/in their drawer - with good quality pencils, rulers, rubbers in. And a fun one for crayons, felt tip pens etc. - which will live in the children’s school bags until needed.
Many thanks for your support!
Mrs Alton, Mrs Parry and Mrs Gregory