Welcome to Year 3

The class teachers are:-

Miss S Marriage

Class Teacher, History and Geography Lead

Miss H Birch

Class Teacher and Art, Design and Technology Lead

The teaching assistants and special needs assistants are as follows:-

Mrs S Fowler

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mrs F Salam

Teaching Assistant (TA)

Mrs S White

Teaching Assistant (TA)

Year 3 Welcome Meeting

Topics and Curriculum

You will find the weekly timetable in your child’s diary. Year 3 covers some exciting topics such as:-

  • History:  Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romans.
  • Geography: mapping, using an atlas, physical and human geography.
  • Science: classifying living things, sound, light, electricity and plants.
  • Art: Sketching, pastels, colour mixing, printing, 3D perspective art and mosaics.
  • Design & Technology: packaging, fruit salads and 3D night lights
  • Personal, Social & Health Education: wellbeing, bullying, internet safety, stranger danger and roles in the community.
  • Sex & Relationship Education:  personal space (PANTS rule) and personal hygiene.
  • Faith and Philosophy: Christianity and Judaism.
  • Computing: coding, touch typing,  internet safety, research and word processing.
  • PE & Games includes: Football, netball, rugby, hockey, tennis, rounders, cricket, athletics, dance, gymnastics and fitness.

For more specific information on what the Year 3 pupils will be studying we produce a curriculum map.  We will publish this term's curriculum map here shortly but in the meantime see below the previous years' maps..

Year 3 Curriculum map

If you wish to find out more about the National Curriculum then you can click here.

Rewards

Every week we award one child from each class with a ‘Star of the Week’ awardto children who demonstrate the school values.We also celebrate their achievements in assembly and a certificate will be sent home to show parents/carers. We want every child to believe that they can achieve success in all they do.In addition to this, we also award: Dojos (house points), Head Teacher Award and Monthly BELIEVE award.

Homework

Our homework reinforces topics taught that week in English, maths, science, history or geography.

Weekly Homework:

  • Reading at home at least 3 x per week. This is to be signed by a parent/ carer.English (30 minutes per week)
  • Spelling Shed based on the sounds we are teaching (10-15 minutes) 3 x per week.
  • Times Tables Rockstars (10 minutes) 3 x per week, and
  • one Mathletics task per week.

Termly Homework:

  • Autumn Science: Health and Wellbeing journal
  • Spring Geography: Local area research project
  • Summer History: Design project (tbc)

We will be giving the children their login details (stuck in the front of their reading records) and training them how to use these programmes in our Computing sessions over the next couple of weeks. 
 

Reading

Wallace Fields promotes reading for pleasure and understanding. We ask that children bring in a book from home to read in class, however we do also have a fantastic book corner in each classroom, should your child want something different to read. At Key Stage 2, a child needs to read the word correctly and build their understanding of the meaning and the context in which it is used. Once initial assessments have been completed, we will have a reading age for your child. We will be teaching the children how to select appropriate books for them by regular visits to the library. We teach Guided Comprehension to develop the children’s inference skills and enhance their understanding of different texts.

We held a Reading Workshop with further information on Thursday 16th of September.

Year 3 Reading Workshop documents

We ask children to read at least three times per week. Children are given a reading diary to record any reading that is done at home in front of an adult.  We encourage reading at home and ask that you date and sign each entry.  We will give 1 house point for reading 3 times per week and two extra housepoints for additional reading.  

We ask you to avoid reading at home the books we study in class which are:-

  • “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes
  • "Flotsam" by David Wesner
  • "Skara Brae - Prehistoric Britain"
  • "Stone Age Boy" by Satoshi Kitamura
  • "My Strong Mind" by Niels Van Hove
  • "The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles
  • "The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi
  • "The Magic Painbrush" by Julia Donaldson
  • "The Wolves in the Wall" by Neil Gaiman

For more information about reading at Wallace Fields Junior School click here.

Maths

As well as Times Table Rockstars and Big Maths Beat that practice, please also encourage your child to take part in practical maths activities at home e.g. shopping with money, telling the time and cooking using scales.  

Maths Workshop powerpoint

Above is the powerpoint from the maths workshop which we held for Year 3 parents on 22nd September 2021.

For more information about how we teach maths go to the Maths link by clicking here.

Visits and trips

To help broaden the children’s learning, enjoyment and understanding of their topics, we offer a range of visits and trips. In Year 3 we have the following exciting visits and trips:

  • To help with their mapping skills the children walk around the block.
  • A day trip to Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire, to enhance their work in the classroom and discover more about the Iron Age.
  • Crew Theatre visit us at School to hold a theatre workshop on Roman Ramifications.

More information about all these trips and visits and any costs will be sent out nearer the time.

Personal growth

Your child is now at Junior School so please encourage your child to become more independent in attitude and organisation, for example: slips can be given to your child to hand into their teacher at registration.

Extra Support

Should your child need extra support in theirlearning, intervention strategies will be put in place.
These include:

  • our Phonics groups
  • The WordShark spelling program
  • Focus guided reading sessions
  • Additional handwriting practice
  • Mathletics
  • Spelling Shed
  • Times Tables Rock Stars sessions.

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Mrs Elliot, will monitor children’s progress within any intervention groups as well as children on the Special Education Needs register. For more information about our SEN provision click here.

Any questions or concerns

Your teacher should be your first point of contact and can be contacted with their professional email Miss Birch HBirch@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk and Miss Marriage at SMarriage@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk  If it is an urgent matter, please speak to someone in the office and they will be able to help you.

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