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Year 3

Year 3 Showcase

This is an excellent piece of writing by Destiny (3S)

She used a range of writing techniques plus fantastic vocabulary. She achieved 'Star of the week' for this work. Well done.

Mrs Smith

Meet the Team

Mrs Collins - Teacher

Mrs Smith - Teacher

 

Mr Taylor - Learning Support

Our Year 3 class are named after a popular author.

3 Fine - Anne Fine                  3 Strong - Jeremy Strong

 

Year 3 start and end of day handover information

Pupils are dropped and collected from the steps near the Dance Studio.

Handover at start of the school day

All children must be accompanied onto school site by an appropriate adult and observed entering the school site. This is a parental responsibility. NO children should walk to school unaccompanied.

Collection from school at the end of the school day

All children will be collected by an appropriate adult at the end of the school day. 

These are extracts from our Safeguarding Policy.

Keeping Year 3 pupils safe

Mobile phones in school

Mobile phones are not allowed in school unless there are exceptional reasons, which need to be put in writing by the Parent/Carer to the Headteacher.  In these unusual situations, the phone is turned off and handed to the office at the start of the day and collected at the end of the day.

Any mobile phone found in school without permission will be confiscated and parents will be contacted. This rule applies for all extra-curricular activities, e.g., discos, residentials, etc.

It would never be appropriate for a mobile phone to be concealed in school and used to contact home or 3rd parties during the school day. Given the context of use this could lead to a fixed term exclusion.

Smart watches

Smart Watches are not allowed in school. The only watches that are appropriate are those with limited functionality i.e. tell the time. The ‘Smart Watches’ not allowed in school are watches that have similar functions to a mobile phone such as a camera, messaging system, ability to record conversations etc.

 Any Smart Watch found in school will be confiscated, stored in the school office and will be returned to the pupil at the end of the school day.

These are extracts from our Behaviour Policy.

Protective behaviours 

We have a Protective Behaviours culture and children regularly identify and update their Network Hand. This ensures that children know which adults they can approach if they are worried, however ‘awful or small’.

Proactive social media reminders

We send regular and proactive reminders to parents regarding social media and always request you check pupil devices regularly and have full access to all their devices and accounts. By working together in this way we work towards keeping pupils safe.

Learning 4 Life 

Our Learning for Life lessons allow us to be proactive with teaching children how to keep themselves safe.

Year 3 curriculum overview

English Curriculum and key texts

We use key texts to motivate and engage learners. In Autumn term, we focus on 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo.  In Spring term, we focus on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. In the Summer term, we focus on 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe' by Kathleen Fidler.

Charlie A'r Featri Siocled (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Welsh) -  Scholastic Shop The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler | Waterstones

 

Mathematics Curriculum

We have made a conscious decision to use White Rose as a product; however, we have created our own curriculum overview for Maths. Teachers will use this curriculum overview to deliver the majority of the units outlined within each strand, using White Rose as a supporting resource (example of the curriculum overview is below). As teachers follow the learning journey, pupils will experience mathematics through the CPA and Singapore Maths approach. This ensures that mathematics remains pictorial and enables pupils to use a variety of strategies to solve problems – thus removing barriers and ensuring mathematics is accessible to all. The curriculum has been specifically designed to give pupils the time to master each skill. Early mastery of skills is also encouraged, as skills from the following year group have been naturally linked to, which removes the ceiling on learning outcomes.

There are mathematical units that will be taught using a cross-curricular approach. Pupils should expect to be taught statistics and time through other areas of the curriculum, such as Geography and Science. This enables children to see that mathematics is not a stand-alone subject and has an impact within other subject areas. This also allows for more time within mathematics lessons to teach other units in greater detail and address any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge.

Curriculum subjects
 

 

Preparing for the Multiplication Tables Check

In Year 4, there is a statutory Multiplication Tables Check set by the Department for Education. It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

To prepare the children for this check we have access to Times Table Rock Stars that we use frequently in school and the children also have access at home. Throughout the year we complete mock tests to identify the children who need more support to improve their score.  

Transition into Year 3

In Year 4, there is a statutory Multiplication Tables Check set by the Department for Education. It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

To prepare the children for this check we have access to Times Table Rock Stars that we use frequently in school and the children also have access at home. Throughout the year we complete mock tests to identify the children who need more support to improve their score.  

Year 3  Reading and home learning

As a school we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised scheme. If your child did not pass the Phonic screening test in Years 1 and 2, they will be in a Phonic catch up intervention. This means your child will bring home a reading Phonic practice book to match their reading level. Your child will be heard to read twice a week and a stamp will be given in their reading record to show this with their books being changed weekly. 

Children who are not on Phonics will be given a book to match their reading age from our Nelson assessment. Again children will be heard read to read once a week and a stamp will be given in their reading record to show this with their books changed weekly. 

If your child is reading their book with little help, please don't worry that it's too easy-your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. 

Listen to them read the book each night and write a comment in their reading record. Remember to give them lots of praise-celebrate their success. If they cannot read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together and use the questions and prompts in the back of the book. 

If your child has a reading age of ten or above, they will get to choose a book from our free reader section from the school library. Children will be heard to read once every three weeks and will change their books. 

All children are issued with an English and Maths homework book at the beginning of the year, each week they will be given a piece of English and Maths work to complete. We hand this out on a Friday and ask that it is completed for the following Thursday. 

Water bottles and snacks

Children should make sure they bring a reusable water bottle into school daily - this must only contain water. Children can make use of our water fountains to refill bottles.

We encourage healthy snacks for break time.

PE Days and Kit

Our Year 3 PE day is Wednesday, so please make sure your PE kit is brought into school on the first day back and stays in school until the end of the half-term. This is then sent home over the holidays to be washed and must be sent back in, on the first day back to school. 

Kit includes:

- A plain white polo top/plain white T-shirt (you can purchase a top with the TM logo)

- Shorts/Joggers (weather dependant)

- A pair of pumps

- A black hoody with a zip is ideal for the colder weather. 

P.E. normally takes place in the dance studio, but there will be occasions where the outdoor playground/field may be used.

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Year 3 parental support and engagement

Throughout the year, the Year 3 teaching team will provide workshops to inform all Year 3 parents and carers about key events.

Support at home is a vital part of pupils achieving success. 

How to support your child:

  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
  • Support your child with the homework sent home.
  • Regular times tables rehearsal in any context (Times Tables Rock Stars).
  • Listen to your child read regularly and ask questions about the text.
  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning.

How to support your child with writing:

  • Encourage opportunities for writing such as letters to family or friends, shopping lists, notes or reminders, stories or poems.
  • Write together.
  • Encourage the use of a dictionary to check spelling and a thesaurus to find synonyms and expand vocabulary.
  • Allow your child to use a computer for word processing, which will allow for editing and correcting of errors without lots of crossing out.
  • Remember that good readers become good writers. Identify good writing features when reading (e.g. vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation).
  • Show your appreciation: praise and encourage, even for small successes

 

3 Fine Anti-Bullying Poem

3 Strong Anti-Bullying Poem

Contact Us

Temple Meadow Primary School
Wrights Lane
Cradley Heath
West Midlands
B64 6RH

01384 569 021