Welcome to Year 3!
Meet the Team -
Class teacher: Ms Hammett-Kay
Teaching assistants: Mrs Coombes and Mrs McGrillen
A typical day in Year 3:
Each day starts with a Busy Book activity, which may have a literacy, numeracy or creative focus, before we gather together in the hall for assembly or song practise. Back in class we have Mental Maths, followed by numeracy, working on our current maths focus through a range of activities. After break we have a session working on grammar, spelling or punctuation, followed by our main writing session for the day.
In Literacy and Mathematics in Year 3, we follow the New National Curriculum. Much of our writing is linked in to our termly topic, using great texts and visual stimuli to develop our creativity and imagination and to grow our general knowledge, whilst also developing us as confident, fluent readers and writers.
In the afternoon we normally have a chance to read together, plus activities exploring the wider curriculum, including science, history, geography, languages, P.E. and art. In science this year we will be learning about light and shadows, forces, the changing world, plants, rocks and bodies and the foods that keep those bodies healthy.
We have fantastic topics this year, starting off in Ancient Egypt, before travelling back to Britain for the Stone Age, and then staying in Britain to learn all about life in the Iron Age, where we will meet early Britons like the Celts, and the invading Romans. This will be the perfect opportunity of course to meet Minimus, and start to learn some Latin!
Home Learning Music Resources
Music services have developed an online learning platform for pupils to access, it features over 350 bite-size video clips of their teachers delivering mini lessons.
There is a unique username and password for Fairway and would be applicable to all instrumentalists at the school.
Handwriting lesson for Friday 24th
A great illustration of Peter Rabbit in the style of Lydia Monks by Amber Sm
Baking a batch of Hot Cross buns - what have you been cooking or baking..
Even more eggs - Miss got carried away!
Getting out the glitter for the German inspired Easter trees that I sent you! Send me pictures of ones you made and keep them safe for when we are back.
Kandinsky themed art from Jessica and Georgia - looking gorgeous. Get going on yours people!
Making home-made eggs - these moulds have never made it out of the cupboard before! Make sure that you make the most of the time at home.
While we can’t be in our classroom together, some pictures of our current Working Walls might be a useful prompt for some of your learning.
Look at our Literacy wall when you are starting your story plans – remember that drawing your story plan can be a great way to get ideas going and to really put yourself in the action! Think too about our senses challenge – can you bring the setting alive to your reader by only using the senses of sound and smell?
Now could be a great time to grow your geographical knowledge. Talk someone at home through what is on our Geography Working Wall at the moment, and then challenge each other to:
* Name ten counties in England.
* Name ten countries in Europe.
* Name five countries in Africa…South America…Asia…
* How many capital cities can you name?
* Can you name two key rivers on each continent?
We’ve worked on superlative adjectives in grammar, so now would be a great time to find out the deepest lake, the highest mountain, the longest coastline…
Google Earth have recently updated their site – the Voyager area is full of wonders… Have fun!
Class 3 have started to read Stig of the Dump as part of our Stone Age studies, which we have explored with fantastic writing in our daily literacy, also using the Fire Child resources from The Museum of London.
Our first foray into cave paintings was in the dark, with paper on the underside of tables, using berries squashed into clay for colour variations and only the flickering light of a few candles to help us see what we were drawing!
For World Book Day we took Stig’s Dump as inspiration to decorate our class door. This time we could work on the tables(!), using a mix of charcoals and soft pastels, working to sketch some of the creatures that would have roamed these islands - and been hunted - tens of thousands of years ago.
1. First cut up an old carton into small tile shapes.
2. Secondly, draw different icons on each tile.
3. When you've got about 50 tiles or so, put them all face down.
4. The first person turns over nine tiles, and then starts telling their story!
To do, to make, to create... keep choosing something off yours to try next!
Ready to eat!
LO: I can explain how rocks are affected by factors in the environment.
How do rocks change over time?
- Look at the images of the rocks – can you say what kind of rocks any of them are?
- How do you think these rocks might have changed over time?
- What might have caused this?
Draw a mini-picture of each image and then a caption for each explaining why you think it has weathered in this way.
Composing Their First Music
Cross-stitching Inspire workshop
Designing a Reflective Panel