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Year 3

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Who works here?

Our Teacher is Mrs Walker and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Young. They are friendly and always there for us when we need them.

What is your classroom like?

The Year 3 classroom is in the middle of the school, and is just through the doors of the Reception area. The windows of the classroom look out on to the front of the school and we can see some of the school garden.

Over the Summer holidays the classroom was decorated, and new tables and chairs were purchased. You will not be able to miss the new chairs in Year 3 as they are bright green! There is a reading area that has a lot of fiction and non-fiction books that can be read. We have lots of displays that we can interact with and independently learn.

We also use the outside areas to learn. We have an outdoor classroom, and use the playground and the large field as well.

What do we do in Year 3?

At the start of the day we have our morning work to do while the register is being taken. We then head off to our literacy groups which can be in either Year 3 or 4. In our literacy sessions we begin by practicing our handwriting and spelling. Then we use these skills in our literacy through writing in different genres in both fiction and non-fiction. We then move on to doing guided reading. In guided reading we develop our knowledge of texts through reading and being questioned by the adults. Sometimes we use Bug Club on the computer or Ipads to read books, and use lexia to develop our phonic knowledge.

Next we have numeracy. Again we go into our groups to help us make the most of our learning. We do Big Maths which has 4 areas; counting, learn its, it’s nothing new and calculating. We learn about all the four operations and do lots of problem solving. There are practical resources to help us if we get stuck. On a Friday we do a Big Maths speed test, and every week we try to better our score.

In the afternoon, we do lots of different subjects, like RE, topic, Computing, PE and French. We do PE on Mondays and Tuesdays.

What subjects does your year group cover?

In Year 3, we follow the National Curriculum and use the International Primary Curriculum Topics to help us do this. Before half term, we learnt all about Dinosaurs, and now our topic is Ancient Egpyt. After Christmas, are doing lots of science, which we are really looking forward to.

What can Year 3 children do at home to help their school work?

We can practise our reading and our maths at home to help us. Reading our reading book with an adult, or going on Bug Club both help us. It doesn’t have to be the whole book – just a few pages. We can also practise our maths ‘Learn Its’: we need to know these as fast as we can say our name. We get either maths or literacy homework every week.