Welcome to Year 3!
We are so glad you are here and we hope that you enjoy finding out about our learning journey along with being kept up to date with important information. Please follow us on 'X' @LeasowesPrimary for more updates on our learning.
Miss Ross and Mrs Croton
The children have made a fantastic start to 2024 in Year 3. They are beginning their new unit called "Rivers and the Water Cycle" and are really looking forward to learning all about the importance of water. The children have already discussed how water is used at home, for agriculture and industrial purposes. Over the next few weeks, the children will be using maps to locate rivers both in our locality and around the world. They will also study reservoirs, coasts and erosion.
In English, the children will be reading and writing about Malamander by Thomas Taylor which we are sure will spark their imagination. The text is about a mysterious sea creature which haunts the town of Eerie-on-Sea. In Maths, we will be revisiting our formal written methods of addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division. Please keep practising the 3,4 and 8 times tables as they will definitely be needed.
Children's reading diaries will be continue to be checked twice a week. Please continue to read with your child regularly at home and sign in the diary when the book is completed. If you have any messages, please note them in your child's diary and ask them to give it to us or send a message through the office email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
PE will continue to be on a Wednesday and a Friday so please ensure all kit is named and brought into school on these days.
Mrs Croton and Miss Ross
Wow! What a brilliant time we are having in Year 3. The children are working so hard and doing themselves very proud. Please read on to find out what we have been learning about recently.
In English, we have planned and written a new chapter for our class text 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe'. We came up with some fantastic ideas and used many descriptive writing features to engage the reader. We have also taken on the character of Tenko and written an informal letter to a friend in our old tribe explaining what adventures we have found ourselves in. We worked really hard to use the present perfect tense in our writing.
In Maths, we have built on our learning of measurement from Year 2 and progressed to measuring the perimeter of 2D shapes. We were lucky enough to receive a letter from a museum who expressed an interest in needing our help to create a 2D model of Stonehenge. We used our 'ruler rules' to accurately measure and record the perimeter of each 2D stone to help the museum out! More recently, we have been learning about weight and mass. Following the CPA approach, we measured real-life objects on scales and carefully read the integers to measure and compare weights. We then looked at some images of scales and worked out how much objects weighed and worked hard to convert grams to kilograms.
A particular highlight of the curriculum this half term has been our Food Technology lesson where we baked our first bread prototype!
We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into school on Tuesday 5th September. As the children will now be in Year 3, they will be entering through the KS2 gate (same as Year 2) but walking through the walkway to their new classrooms. At the end of the school day, children will be released at 3.20pm through the Leasowes Extra entrance. If children bring bikes or scooters into school, they are to be stored outside on the KS2 playground during the day and then collected after they have been dismissed via the Leasowes Extra door.
Year 3 Staff Team
Mrs C Croton (3CC Class Teacher)
Miss H Ross (3HR Class Teacher)
Mrs M Hodgens (Year 3 Teaching Assistant Wed-Fri)
Mr R Williams (Year 3 Teaching Assistant Mon & Tues)
Provisional Key Dates
Tuesday 12th September - Meet the Teacher
Thursday 12th October - Harvest Festival
Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th October - Parents Evenings
Wednesday 13th December - Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day
Monday 18th December - KS2 Carol Services
Our first topic in Y3 is Stone Age to Iron Age, with a focus on the Stone Age in History and Rocks, Soils and Fossils in Science. Alongside this, our work in English will be based on some great texts including: Stone Age Boy and The Boy with the Bronze Axe.
This half term, PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. PE kits can be kept in school lockers and their kit should include a warm layer such as a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms/leggings for outdoor PE. Long hair should be tied back and earrings cannot be worn for PE or Forest School.
Spellings and Homework
Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Homework for Maths or English will be set on a Wednesday and be collected the following Monday. We ask that children bring these into school every day. Diaries need to be signed each time your child reads and we encourage them to read for a few minutes every day as this makes a huge difference to their progress.
In Key Stage Two, children can either bring in a healthy snack from home for morning break, or they can bring a small amount of money (in a named purse or named envelope) to buy a snack from the kitchen. Prices vary from 10p for a slice of toast to £1 for a bacon/sausage bap and drink on a Friday.
We look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!
Mrs Croton and Miss Ross
Useful Websites for use at home to supplement Homework or to use during any Isolation periods you may need to take.
BBC Bitesize KS2 - English, Maths and Science videos, games and more.
Spelling Frame - A simple website for practising the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists.
Sumdog - Online maths games. Please see your teacher for your login.
Mad4Maths - Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
Crickweb - A range of English games and activities.
KS2 Literacy - Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
Spellzone - A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.
My Mini Maths
Completely free to use. The Mini-Maths section allows quick warm ups where you can practise the same concept for 5 days in a row. They also have something called TT38 (times table challenge) based around the premise that when you remove the easier times tables they call the basics, there are 38 core facts to know. Children practise these core and basic facts, alongside the related division facts in a rotation of ten days. Find more information here... https://myminimaths.co.uk/tt38-times-tables-skill-builder/
Times Table Rockstars
Children can use this as part of our whole school subscription to practise daily times tables. Please see your child's Home School Record for their login details.
Children can use the whole school subscription to the Reading Cloud by using their individual barcodes in their Home School Records. There are some ebooks that they can access to read from home. They can also search for books and write their own reviews.