In Year 3 we have lots of activities and visits planned for the year ahead. Early in September we went onto the school field and acted out the Battle of Bosworth Field as part of our learning about ‘Life in Tudor England’. We found out what happened to Richard III and Henry Tudor, and discovered how the Tudor period came into being. Later in the term we are visiting Oakwell Hall to learn about what life was like for ordinary Tudor people. Later in the year we will learn about the Romans, and find out how this civilisation affected British history. We will go on a visit to Brigantium, the Roman fort near York, where we will watch out for invasion from neighbouring communities, and learn about the daily life of a Roman living in England.
Our science work this year will cover a wide range of topics. To begin with, we are finding out about animals (including humans), then later in the year we will learn about light and sound, and in the summer term, we will learn about plants. We will be planning and carrying out our own investigations and checking that the tests we do are fair.
To help them with their spelling and reading, the children are all going to be using ‘Lexia’, a computer program which is tailored to teach them what they need to learn next, based on what they can already do. The children will be able to access this at home too, so that they can reach their weekly target of usage and make good progress.
Your child is encouraged to read as often as possible, and progress should be recorded by an adult at home in their Reading Record Book. In school we will check the frequency of reading done at home and your child will be able to complete an Accelerated Reader quiz in school at least once a week. This will help us analyse your child’s understanding and ensure they are bringing home a book which is relevant to their age and stage. Guided (or ‘group’) reading is done in school with your child’s teacher, using specifically selected books for this purpose.
PE takes place on Tuesdays. The children should bring to school their school PE kit on Tuesdays, but if it makes life easier, they can keep their kit in school for the half term. They should have trainers in their PE bag, as much of our PE learning takes place outdoors.
Our community project for the year is ‘The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’. We will be finding out about how the dogs are trained, how we can help by fundraising or volunteering, and how a dog helps a partially sighted or blind person in their daily life.