My name is Mrs Horn and I am the year 3 teacher. I have worked at this school since 2009 and absolutely love it! It is the best school I have ever worked in! The staff are really friendly and it feels very much like home. If you ever need to speak with me, please feel free to catch me before or after school.
The literacy lessons consist of the teaching of a number of key elements; Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) and text level work which involves reading a text and then exploring it through shared writing and independent writing. The SPAG element will involve using prepositions, subordinating conjunctions, speech marks, paragraphs and much more.
This term we will be reading Romeo and Juliet and will be basing a lot of our literacy work around that. There is a big focus on handwriting in the school. We must continue to join our writing in Y3 so we will be doing lots of practising. Please encourage your child with this at home too!
Y3 and 4 generally have the same spellings over the course of the year. We begin by going over some of the Y2 spellings and then move onto the Y3/4 list. Spellings are given out on a Friday – the children will be tested on these the following Friday so must return their blue spelling books each Friday.
Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:45am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths. I would also encourage the children to access a number of online games at home which will help develop their stamina towards their knowledge of times tables and related division facts as well as quick fire addition/subtraction mental maths (see the links below).
In maths teaching, we are working in line with the New Curriculum and the children are being taught more formal methods. You will all received a copy of a handout detailing the written methods used in Y3 and I hope you will find this useful. The children need to learn their times tables and related division facts to support them in their work. We will be working on our 3x tables this term.
This term, our science and topic go nicely together – we will be learning about rocks and soils (science) and our topic is called Tremors. We will have lots of fun finding out what volcanoes are, how they are formed, why they erupt etc. We’ll even get to make our own erupting volcano!
We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and they are always extremely responsive to this. On a weekly basis, the children are learning basic programming skills and are learning to write simple instructions (algorithms) to make things happen; the children are really motivated by this.
In Music we will begin recorder tuition this term; they will use Charanga Music in their lessons and begin with the notes B A and G.
We will learn the song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and use it to play along and improvise our own patterns.
The children love singing and will learn songs to celebrate Harvest.
They have a chance to join the choir in Y3; this gives them the opportunity to learn songs that are more complex and perform in a variety of situations.
P.E lessons are on a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child has the correct kit and can remove any earrings they may be wearing. We will be doing football/multisports for the first half term and gymnastics for the second half term via expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please note, it is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers or well-fitting sand shoes must be worn.
With the closure of the Aquatic Centre imminent, we do not think that Y3 will be swimming in the first half term. We will keep you updated once we find out any more information.
We go to the library on a Monday. Our books are colour banded depending on reading ability. These books will be changed weekly on a Monday. We invite you to read with your child and make comments in their reading journal. The children will also have the opportunity to take a library book home to read at their leisure. We urge our children to read every day for 15-20 minutes.
A few reminders
Homework is given on a Friday and usually consists of spellings, maths and handwriting. This is due in the following Wednesday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday. All homework set will be relevant to learning in class. Homework is a great way of keeping parents informed about class learning as well as giving the children the opportunity to consolidate their skills. Please feel free to see me or write in your child’s homework book if there are any issues. It is essential that home and school communicate effectively, working in partnership to ensure that the children receive the very best from school.
We will have a school trip to Broom House Farm this term on Wednesday 13th September.
If parents have any concerns, however trivial you feel they may be, then please don’t hesitate to speak to me – you should be able to catch me most afternoons at 3.20pm.
To support mental maths, it is essential for the children to become confident and competent in their knowledge of multiplication facts, related division facts and number bonds. There are numerous games which will help the children with such skills. The links below will help. Year 3 are focusing particularly on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10x tables.
They can also continue to access mathletics. I have a copy of the children’s log in details if they cannot remember them.