In Year 3 children develop reading, writing and speaking and listening skills not only through daily Literacy lessons but across the whole curriculum.
Speaking and listening skills are developed on a daily basis through discussion work across all subjects and through shared reading of a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
In reading teachers build on prior learning and develop fluency and expression. Small group Reciprocal Reading sessions with an adult aim to discuss a range of texts in more detail and to develop understanding. Reading for meaning is very important and this can be supported at home. We ask that parents read with their children at least three times a week. Reciprocal reading interrogates a text through Predicting, Clarifying, Questioning and Summarising.
In Year 3 children continue to develop their writing skills through shared and guided writing of stories, poems and non-fiction texts such as instructions and explanations. At all times they use a consistent joined style of writing in line with our whole school policy as this helps to increase the quality of their presentation as well as enable them to write more quickly. At Carfield they practise handwriting daily for 10 minutes. Each week they learn how to spell words linked to handwriting patterns and these are sent home to enable further practice. They also focus on correct punctuation at all times, including the use of inverted commas for speech.
In Y3 Numicon is used to focus on making maths learning enjoyable and relevant to real life – for example, relating calculations to shopping activities involving money or solving problems relating to time.
During daily mathematics lessons children focus on developing effective mental and written calculation strategies for all four rules of number: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. They do this by building upon prior learning and by using number squares and empty number lines to support our calculations.
Other key skills that are developed are using specific mathematical vocabulary with confidence, and using knowledge to solve problems, see patterns, make predictions, present information clearly and interpret data.
Wherever possible the children apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in numeracy lessons to other areas of learning such as science, geography and history.
Science work is enhanced by visitors to school such as Captain Carrot and Meet a Creature, or outside visits to places of interest such as the Magna Centre.
In Year 3, through historical enquiries, children learn to ask questions about the past and find answers using a variety of sources. Throughout the year, they also develop greater understanding of key events, famous people and significant periods of history through discussion by placing them in chronological order on a time line.
This is done as part of the following topics:
Gods and Mortals – Ancient Greece
Tremors and Volcanoes – Pompeii
Tribal Tales – The Stone Age
We find out about the lives of others in the past using reference materials and deepen our understanding through first-hand experiences – for example during our “Roman Day” we use their knowledge and skills to make Roman artefacts. We learn to look at and to compare primary and secondary sources to find out about events, people and changes. We look at how the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and give reasons why. When possible, we include a visit to a relevant venue to enhance the learning.
In Y3 we develop geographical skills by asking geographical questions and answering them using sources of information such as reference books, atlases, globes, maps and plans, aerial photographs and information and images from the internet.
In Year 3 children explore different elements of art such as colour, pattern, texture, line and tone. We do this through regular opportunities to draw with pen and pencil and to paint – either from first hand observation or in response to our imagination. They also look at the work of various artists and develop some of their ideas working as individuals or groups. One such artist is Wassily Kandinsky whose style we use to develop patterns, collage and sewing. Children have the opportunity to investigate different kinds of art, craft and design through genre style and tradition.
The children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with others using a range of materials and processes – Painting/Drawing/Collage/Print making Textiles/Sculpture/Digital media
Each half term a curriculum booklet is sent home for parents and a useful link for coverage of the National Curriculum can be used below: