Welcome to Year 3

We hope that you all had a nice, relaxing break and that the children are ready for an exciting and jam-packed half term! We have many events planned for this half term, so please check this website regularly.

Your Year 3 Team

Mr Dalby is the class teacher for Stevenson Class.

Mrs Russell is the class teacher for Brunel Class.

Mrs Kaur is our amazing teaching assistant working in both Year 3 classes.

If you have any questions, please come and ask!

Behind the Class Name

Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish author, poet, musician and wrote about his travels. One of his most famous stories is Treasure Island.

Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most versatile and inventive engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.

The Learning Journey Continues!

English

This half term, our English reading and writing will be linked to our History topic of the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will be asking questions, researching and writing about life in the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Also, we will be reading and writing about an amazing fictional narrative: Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.

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Mathematics

In maths, we will be applying our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to reason and solve problems with measurements (length, mass and volume). Below is our calculation policy for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division in Year 3. It is useful to see if your child asks for extra support at home - please ask if you would like more information.

Topic - Would you have survived during Prehistoric times?

This half term, our history topic is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children will be learning lots about how people lived during prehistoric times and how their lives compare to ours.

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We will also be learning about Plants and Rocks through practical investigations in Science.

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Important Things to Know

Uniform and PE kit

Please ensure your child comes to school in the Victoria school uniform with their coat, PE kit, lunch box, reading folder and uniform clearly labelled. This will ensure that your child will not lose anything. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit and brings it to school on a Monday and leaves it here until the Friday.

At Victoria Primary School we expect all our pupils to wear appropriate school uniform.

The uniform consists of:

  • White Shirt or White polo shirt
  • Royal Blue Cardigan / Sweatshirt or fleece with logo

For girls:

  • black or grey skirts, trousers or dresses
  • blue gingham summer dresses

For boys:

  • black or grey trousers
  • shorts in summer
Sportswear items
  • Tee Shirt (White)
  • Shorts (Royal Blue)
Other items
  • Royal blue book bag with school logo

Forest school is back!

We will have sessions on a Thursday afternoon with Mr Dalby and Mrs Kaur. Please ensure that your child brings a pair of outdoor trainers or wellies for your child to change into and a raincoat/sunhat (with the ever-changing weather!).

Homework

Words of the Week

Please practise them at home with your child ready for the spelling test on Monday morning.

  1. Can you read the word?
  2. Do you know what the word means? Look at the prefixes and suffixes - how do they change the meaning of the word?
  3. Can you spell the word? How have you learnt to spell it (phonics, chunking, rhyme)?
  4. Can you use it correctly in a sentence?
  5. Do you know more than one meaning for the word? Does the meaning depend on how the word is used in the sentence (verb, adjective, noun, adverb)?

​Timestables

​Please practise the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables with your child at home. By the end of year 3, children are expected to be able to recall all of these times tables and know the division facts. Also, the times tables are in the back of the reading diaries.

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Here are some maths games that you could use at home to help them practise. These are all tablet-friendly:

Reading at Home

Please support your child by reading with them every evening for about 15 minutes.

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Reading regularly will also:

  • Build confidence
  • Build a wider range of vocabulary
  • Help with spelling and oracy
  • Build a rich imagination

Our focus now is on reading comprehension - your child's understanding of what they have read, how it compares to other books that they have read and whether they have enjoyed reading it.

It would significantly help if you could check your child's understanding of the book by asking a range of questions (see the links below for examples):

If you have any questions about reading with your child at home, I am more than happy to talk to you and provide you with extra materials if needed.