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Year 3 Curriculum Details

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Summer Terms 5 and 6


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Spring Terms 3 and 4


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Autumn Terms 1 and 2


September 2015

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to offer a warm welcome into year 3, to you and your child/children. This letter will give you a brief overview of the topics and content covered during the course of the autumn term and will also give you some key information regarding day to day school life and organisation.

We will be following the New National Curriculum throughout year 3 and all long term plans, schemes of work and support documents can be found on the school website in the curriculum area. Please feel free to look up these documents to gain an overview to the objectives your children will be working on.

In English the children will be working on the following areas:

·         Story Settings

·          Non Fiction- Non Chronological Reports

·          Authors

·          Letters

·          Poetry- oral and performance.

Throughout these areas the children will be reinforcing, developing and extending their skills and strategies for reading, spelling and writing and we aim that the children will all be working within the age related expectations for year 3.

Reading – Children are provided with a reading book and will be expected to read at home every evening for 10-15 minutes. Even children who are fluent readers will benefit from sharing and discussing texts with an adult. The children may bring Kings Court Reading Comprehension homework home or be required to complete work in their reading journals as part of their homework - this will be specified in their homework diaries.

Our aim is to foster a love of reading and excitement about books, and to provide the skills needed to become expressive and accurate writers.

Guided Reading in school - We also use the Kings Court scheme for guided reading in school, and your child will read in a group once or twice per week. Some classes have a class reading book and will do this as well as small group guided reading work.

Spelling – Courthouse is following the New National Curriculum guidelines for spelling.             Children are given a list of spellings to take home once a week, and expected to learn    them for a test the following week. Spellings will be handed out and tested on Fridays.

Handwriting – From Year 3 onwards, children are taught to develop a continuous cursive                                                                            script and will be encouraged to use this cursive style throughout the school.

The mathematics curriculum ensures progression through repetition, consolidation and extension in mathematical understanding. This term we will be covering the following units:

·         Number and Place Value

·         Addition, Subtraction, Division and Multiplication

·         Fractions

·         Properties of Shapes

·         Measurement

·         Statistics

Also, your child will be expected to be working towards gaining a quick and accurate knowledge of their tables and we will be developing your child’s methods and techniques to enable them to calculate mentally with greater confidence and accuracy. The children will have a short, informal, mental maths test on a fortnightly basis.

During the autumn term the children will be studying The Caribbean. The term begins with discussions about the holidays the children have been on, including asking children about any holidays they have been on, which holidays they enjoyed and why and what sort of clothes they needed to pack.

We then compare weather in the UK with other countries and look at where we are in the world in comparison to other countries we have travelled to. We discuss why the climate is hotter in The Caribbean than in England and its particular weather patterns. Map work includes positioning the UK and the Caribbean on the World map, looking at the major continents of the world and then narrows down to look at Jamaica.

We identify the capital city, rainforests, banana growing areas and tourist beaches. The topic continues with, amongst other things, the importance of tourism, conservation of the Jacquot parrot and other wildlife, housing, schools, carnival and banana production.

Key vocabulary that the children will be exposed to and learning throughout the topic will include: map, atlas, globe, United Kingdom, England, Caribbean, Jamaica, island, landscape, buildings, infrastructure, food, people, weather, capital, passport, physical feature, human feature, tourism, travel, holiday, similar, different, compare, culture, employment, export.

Cross curricular Art and ICT includes painting Caribbean sunsets, designing, planning and creating carnival masks, making simple graphs of weather comparisons and internet research of Jamaica.

In science the topics the children will be working on are ‘Plants’ and ‘Magnets and Forces’. The ‘Plants’ topic will involve the children studying the parts of flowering plants and their functions, investigating and understanding the conditions affecting plant growth and investigating and learning about how water is transported in plants. Finally the children will be able to describe plant life cycles, in particular how seeds are formed, dispersed and germinate.

During the topic the children will be learning and using the following key vocabulary:

plant, flower, flowering, function, conditions, growth, living, water, seed, disperse, germinate, root, stem, leaf, leaves, pollinate.

During the ‘Magnets and Forces’ topic the children will Identify pushes and pulls as forces and explore how things move on different surfaces. They will learn about attraction and repulsion by magnetic forces, understand which materials are magnetic and then look at compasses and uses of magnets. Throughout the topic the children will carry out enquiries and investigations into using magnets.

During the topic the children will be learning and using the following key vocabulary:

push, pull, force, attraction, repel, repulsion, magnetic, non-magnetic, material, surface, compass, direction, enquiry, poles.

Each class has a regular timeslot in the ICT suite for their ICT lesson, however, all classes and groups have access to the school’s laptops, tablets and iPads which are using in the classrooms to support learning in all subjects and curriculum areas.

In our ICT lessons the children will be working on how to communicate messages using a combination of graphics and text, learning how to log in to our network and  understanding the importance of saving their work. They will also be amending and editing their work, creating and designing topical posters and cards and they will learn about Internet safety.

During the term, the children will be very lucky to work with Mr Holland who comes into school on a weekly basis to join in with music lessons. Each week the children will learn to sing and perform a variety of songs accompanied by Mr Holland on the Piano. In addition to this the children will participate in class based music lessons which will develop their understanding and appreciation of pitch, tone and pace and the children will be encouraged to create their own musical compositions.

During our RE lessons this term the children will be leaning about a variety of religious festivals, gaining an understanding of the importance and variety of different celebrations.

Year 3 have outdoor games once a week (weather permitting!):

·         3F and 3P on Monday afternoon

·         3H on Thursday afternoon

This term the children will be developing and improving their skills and ability in tag rugby and football. The football will be led by a professional football sports coach and supervised by the class teachers.

Indoor PE is on:

·         Tuesday afternoon for 3H

·         Wednesday afternoon for 3F and

·         Thursday afternoon for 3P

During our indoor PE lessons the children will be learning how to play bench ball and will be learning about Caribbean carnivals through their dance lessons.

In PSHE we follow the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) program which is linked to whole school assemblies. The theme for the autumn term will be ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Getting on and falling out’. During these lessons we work on identifying positive things about ourselves and our achievements, seeing our mistakes, making  amends and setting personal goals. We also learn that there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school and in the community. We also try to make sure the children learn that that their actions affect themselves and others, to care about other people’s feelings and to try to see things from their points of view.

The children will also look at how to resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choices; that their actions affect themselves and others. We also talk about how to care about other people’s feelings and to try to see things from their points of view.

Year 3 pupils will be given a homework diary, where they will record their set English and Maths homework tasks every week. These activities should each take approximately twenty minutes to complete. The children will also have spellings and tables to learn every week. Every child should read out loud to an adult daily, which should be recorded in their reading diaries. Maths and English homework will be handed out on Thursdays and should be returned to school the following Tuesday.

Please help your child to remember the correct games and PE kit - plain black cotton shorts, white house coloured polo shirt, plimsolls or trainers and in winter a Courthouse sweatshirt/ plain black jumper and plain black tracksuit trousers. We ask that you always send in a letter in advance if your child is unable to participate in any P.E or Games lesson. Please see your child’s class timetable for when PE and games lessons take place.

Long hair (shoulder length or longer) needs to be tied back in school with a black, white or green hair tie. If a head band needs to be worn then again, it should black, white or green. The only jewellery allowed is a single pair of stud earrings and a watch; these must be removed for P.E, Games and similar activities.

Trainers worn for games may not be worn around the school. As a point of safety, we request that fashion shoes with heels are not worn at school. We do expect a high standard in regards to our school uniform, so please ensure that your child has a tie and appropriate socks (plain white, black or grey). I would like to remind you that trousers, skirts or shorts should be grey and not black.

The children would benefit from having their own pencil case, containing a pencil (H.B.), ruler, rubber and a sharpener. It would help the children’s personal organisation if they have a book bag, which can be bought from the school’s office, for their books.

Dates for parent consultation meetings will be published during this term.

The teachers in Year 3 would appreciate any help you feel able to give, for example, hearing children read, assisting in art lessons or helping with games lessons. Please express your interest to the School Office as soon as possible so that we can administer the required DBS check and please note that two references will also be required.

We hope that your child has an enjoyable and rewarding start to their time at Courthouse.

Yours faithfully

Miss Windle and the Year Three Team

Year 3 Leader and Deputy Head