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Year 3

Mrs Norris

Mrs Norris

I am Mrs Norris and I am the Year 3 class teacher. I have taught as St. Peter’s for 14 years. I love teaching and watching my pupils grow. I especially enjoy teaching Art and Writing, as we can be creative in both of these subjects. Science is one of my passions having studied it as part of my degree - I especially enjoy practical lessons. As well as focusing on what we need to learn and developing important skills, I like to make learning fun and memorable. When I am not teaching I like to spend time with my family, having days out and movie nights in.

Mrs Hassall

Mrs Hassall

I'm Mrs Hassall. With 38 years experience as a teaching assistant (Wow, that makes me feel really old!) I have worked in all year groups, but I absolutely love working in Year 3 at St. Peter's. I pride myself on my caring and nurturing attitude towards each and every child and I hope that I help to make their day a happy one. My favourite subjects are Maths and Art - I love getting creative! In my spare time I love going out in my touring caravan and exploring the different places I visit.

Mrs Platt

I'm Mrs Platt. I have been part of the St. Peter’s family now for two years, volunteering in KS1 and KS2,  helping out at lunch times and now as a Teaching Assistant in Year 3, which just so happens to be one of my favourite year groups. I have two children here at St. Peter’s, who both love it as much as I do. My favourite subject is English and Come and See. I enjoy being able to see the children's ideas come to life, we have some very talented and imaginative children here. In my spare time I enjoy getting out to walk and explore with our dog Doug and being experimental in the kitchen, although I'm not very good at baking, so any tips would be great!

Overview of Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! In Year 3 the children and staff work very hard to ensure that all children reach their full potential. Our aim is to make learning fun and memorable, building on prior learning and developing secure knowledge and skills. As well as focusing on the aims of the National Curriculum, we work on developing self confidence, independence, resilience and personal and social skills.

In Key Stage Two there are greater expectations of the children; they should be organised and continue to display positive learning behaviour.

The children will need to:

  • Be responsible for their own belongings: cardigans, jumpers, water bottles (which are to be brought into class) and book bag/bag
  • In KS2, children are allowed on the field all year round. Each child needs to have a pair of trainers and tracksuit bottoms in school at all times in order to be allowed on the field, especially if it is muddy
  • Be able to tie their own shoe laces and tie
  • Children each have their own numbered peg in the cloakroom to keep their belongings, as well as a numbered cubby hole to keep their trainers and tracksuit bottoms for the field. These numbers will be given out on your child's first day.
  • Keep their bags (please can we ask that children don't bring a large backpack to school, as there is limited space in the cloakroom) tidy and kept on their peg
  • Put their lunchboxes on the shelf above their peg as these cannot be kept in their bags due to the limited space
  • Be organised when entering school in the morning; putting their water bottle on their desk and Reading Record in their group basket in class
  • Make sure homework is completed by a Thursday morning and brought back into class to be marked
  • Complete 3 Reading Plus comprehensions and 1 vocabulary lesson per week
  • Read regularly to an adult (spending equal or more time on their skills book)
  • Learn weekly spellings and times tables
  • All clothes must be labelled
  • Order their own snack on a Monday with the teacher if they are having toast and juice, otherwise bring a healthy snack Monday-Thursday. The children are allowed to bring a treat on a Friday

The timing of the day is also slightly different. In KS2, lunchtime is an hour and their are no free school meals. Please pay for school meals and snacks through Parent Pay. There is also no afternoon break.

Due to the current situation, children will not be allowed to bring in their own pencil cases or equipment to minimise the risk of cross contamination. Water bottles also need to be filled before the children come to school, as we are trying to minimise movement around school.

Photos of Classroom

Start and End of the Day

Due to the current circumstances, Year 3 children are asked to arrive at school for 8:45 and are to enter school through the gate on Hillock Lane when directed to do so by a member of staff. Children will be asked to enter the school premises independently without an adult to minimise traffic. We ask that children try to maintain a distance of 1m between each other where possible when entering and exiting school. Children will finish the school day at 3:10 and are to be collected promptly on the KS2 playground, again, exiting school via the gate on Hillock Lane immediately to minimise contact.

Weekly Timetable

Year 3 have P.E. on Thursday and Friday. On these days we ask that the children come into school in their P.E. kits. During colder weather, children may wear tracksuit bottoms.

English

Reading is the Key! “There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate’s loot on the Treasure Island” Walt Disney.

In Year 3 the children will further develop fluency and comprehension skills. In class the children will transition from Guided Reading to Whole Class reading, focusing on fluency and recall, vocabulary and spelling and inference.

The children will bring home a list of Spellings each Friday to learn for the following Friday. They will be tested on these spellings. A spelling overview can be found on the Medium Term Plans. The children will bring home a ‘Skills Book’ to develop their reading skills, as well as being able to chose their own ‘Read for Pleasure’ book. The more the children read these texts the better; they are expected to read to an adult at least 3 times a week, which will be recorded in their Reading Record.

Spelling - Common Exception Words

Reading

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A.R.E. Documents

Maths

Year 3 Maths builds on knowledge and skills taught in Key Stage 1 and provides further foundations towards the End of Key Stage assessments in Year 6. We work on our basic number facts of numbers up to 1000. We continue to work on, use and apply our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables when solving multiplication and division problems, and learn our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. The children work on mental and written addition and subtraction methods of, up to, 3-digit numbers. Problem solving and reasoning skills are developed across the Maths curriculum. We continue to use concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract methods and recordings in order to develop our understanding. Please see below for an example.

Maths Concepts

A.R.E. Documents

Homework

Children will receive homework on a Friday. Usually, this is Maths or SPaG, spellings and times tables to learn, as well as the Reading Plus. The Maths and SPaG Homework is due in on Thursday. A times tables test will take place on a Thursday and a spelling test will take place every Friday based on the spellings sent home the previous Friday. Occasionally, homework may differ and children may be asked to complete a comprehension task, writing or homework based on our learning in another curriculum area. All homework is talked through with the children when it is set.

We expect children to read each night and for this to be recorded in children’s reading records at least three times per week. Reading Plus will continue and the children will have a diagnostic test in September to ensure that the correct level is set. The children will be spoken to about what is expected of the, what to do if they are finding the reading speed to fast or too slow, and what to do if they are put on 'hold'.

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