Year 3 - Heron and Puffin
Welcome to Year 3! We have 2 classes - 3:1 Heron and 3:2 Puffin.
Year 3 is the first year of Key Stage 2 where we are preparing the children to become more independent, resilient learners; preparing them for their journey throughout junior school.
We hope any questions you may have are covered on this web page but if you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.
Yr 3 - Heron and Puffin (ID 1057)
All About Year 3
Year-3 (ID 1034)
School uniform helps us to feel like we are all part of the same team.
It is important that we all wear the correct uniform, please refer to School Uniform (Parents & Carers menu tab).
- Class 3:1 Herron - Tuesday and Thursday
- Class 3:2 Puffin - Tuesday and Thursday
In Year 3 children continue to be involved in the traditional school roles
We choose Behaviour Ambassadors every half term - children who set an excellent example of how to behave to their classmates.
We elect School Councillors who are voted for by the children in their class. They meet with the other school council members and are involved in matters such as staff interviews, Ofsted inspections and represent the school at more formal occasions, such as our Remembrance Day service.
We choose School Value Champions each half term - children who have particularly demonstrated a particular school value, or who have impressed us all with their commitment to our school values
Children in Key Stage Two visit St Matthew’s Church in Rastrick so that we can celebrate the Christmas story with our families and friends. We retell the Christmas story through readings, a short play and through singing traditional and new carols. This is always a very well attended and enjoyable event.
The School Day
The School Day
On entry into the school playground in the morning, the children line up with the rest of their class outside. The teachers will then come and collect their class from the playground and take them inside.
The children will be allocated a set place to sit and daily lessons will start as soon as the register is completed. The first lesson will be followed by a break. During break, the children are allowed to bring in a healthy snack.
Any personal belongings may also be kept in their drawer but the children will actually need to bring very little into school. All stationery is provided so there is no need for pencil cases.
The children can bring a small bottle of water each day which they will be given the opportunity to refill throughout the day.
Year 3 have their own separate part of the playground just for them where they can spend time with their friends during break and lunchtime.
Lunch is one hour long and then afternoon sessions re-commence for 2 hours which will include subjects such as Science, History. Geography, RE, PSHE, PE, Art, French and DT. There will be an allocated library day when year 3 have the library all to themselves.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is really important that your child attends school every day as teaching moves on quickly and children who do not attend will miss out on important concepts. It is also important that your child attends at the correct time as it is really unsettling for children to come into school late
What topics will my child be learning about this year?
We teach Year 3 of the National Curriculum programmes of study through half termly topics which cover all of the objectives that we have to teach by law. We have carefully planned our topics to be exciting, engaging and to be centred around subjects that are usually of great interest to children.
- Autumn 1 - Stone Age to Iron Age
- Autumn 2 - Stone Age to Iron Age
- Spring 1 - Investigating India
- Spring 2 - Walk Like an Egyptian
- Summer 1 - The Mystery of King Tut
- Summer 2 - Location, Location
In Year 3 we have many fun experiences!
We have a Stone Age inspired day whilst we study the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We take a coach to Leeds City Museum where we complete a mummication workshop and explore the museum during our Ancient Egyptian topic. We go to Cromwell Bottom to identify land use and physical and human features whilst we study our local area. When we are at Cromwell Bottom, we also complete a scavenger hunt, identifying various plants and insects that links to our science topic.
Year 3 attend Accelerated Reading for 30 minutes on a Tuesday morning. Here, they read and quiz on the books they have read. They are encouraged to quiz at home, however, they are required to read at least once a week at school.
Every day, we enjoy class story time where the teacher reads to the children. Some of the books we read for pleasure are: You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago De Moraes, The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, Ariki and The Giant Shark by Nicola Davies and Stone Age Tales: The Great Storm by Terry Deary.
During the course of the year, we study various texts including Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, Gregory Cool by Caroline Binch, Dolphin Boy by Michael Morpurgo and Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith. We have two poetry topics throughout the year; some poems we read are Daddy Fell Into the Pond by Alfred Noyes, Bug chant by Tony Mitton, Plum by Tony Mitton and Lone Dog by Irene Rutherford McLeod.
Year 3 are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. They are given daily opportunities to practise in school; both online and offline. We encourage to children to practise at home as much as possible; they are rewarded with certificated based on their performance and engagement.
TT Rockstars is an online platform to practice their times tables. The children have their own personal logins for TT Rockstars which are glued into their planners.
Homework is set on a Thursday and asked to be returned on the following Thursday.
The children will be assigned both English based homework and maths based homework – these will alternate.
Handwriting homework is also assigned on Thursday and asked to be returned on the following Thursday.
Spelling homework is assigned on Monday to practise at home, however, this does not need to be returned; Year 3 will be tested on their spellings on a Friday.
Stars are given for any returned homework.
Links to Help Your Child at Home
Please find below an overview of what we'll be working on this term, previous term Knowledge Organisers can be found on our Curriculum Page.