Year 3 (Class 8)
WELCOME TO CLASS 8
On this page you will find up to date information about current topics, information about class learning and key dates for your diary.
The Year 3 teachers this year are Miss Duffy, Ms Trayer, Miss McKay and Miss McKevitt. If you have any concerns, questions or would simply like to talk to us, please do not hesitate to arrange a meeting.
Our class reward system is Class Dojos. Children can earn them for having a positive attitude towards their work, effort, a high standard of work, teamwork, caring for others, challenging themselves and many more. Children will be rewarded with prizes / certificates. However, class dojos can also be lost for unacceptable behaviour, lack of homework etc.
MATHS – Fractions
- count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
- recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
- recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
- recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
- add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole
- compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
- solve problems that involve all of the above.
Arthur and the golden rope by Todd Stanton
Spelling – Year 3/4 Common Misconception words
R.E. – Energy & Choices
Christians believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit within them gives them energy and the power to live the way of Jesus. The symbols used for the Holy Spirit – wind and fire – are symbols of power and energy. At Pentecost, the disciples were filled by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and went out courageously to carry the Gospel of Jesus to the whole world.
Scripture: 1 Cor 12:4-6 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 696: The spiritual tradition has retained this symbolism of fire as one of the most expressive images of the Holy Spirit’s actions. “Do not quench the Spirit.”
When making a choice, it is important to examine your conscience in order to make a good choice and minimise bad effects for ourselves and others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and mercy; it is about the forgiveness of sin and being reconciled with God and one another.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:19 I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and
God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1454: The reception of this sacrament ought to be prepared for by an examination of conscience made in the light of the Word of God.
SCIENCE – Plants
- identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
- explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
- investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
- explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
History – Ancient Egypt
The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared.
- Know where and when the Egyptians lived through looking at maps and artefacts.
- Select information about mummification and Egyptian gods carefully when learning about these areas.
- Address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity by learning about the daily lives of many ancient Egyptian people.
- Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
- Understand how evidence can give us different answers about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, noting connections, contrasts and trends over time.
- Compare the powers of different Egyptian gods.
- Find Egypt on a map.
- Raise questions when confronted with an artefact in order to understand more about this ancient civilisation and select information that is useful in understanding the use of hieroglyphs as a form of communication and recording.
- Understand what was important to people during ancient Egyptian times.
- Develop the appropriate use of historical terms such as ‘BC/AD’, ‘civilisation’ and’artefact’.
- Get Blogging – Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
– Class rules
Each half term, children will take part in a handwriting challenge to improve their cursive writing ensuring that all letters are formed correctly and are the appropriate size. This will require lots of practise in school and at home. Children will be rewarded with 10 dojos when they pass each challenge and 25 dojos if they pass all challenges.
Homework will be sent home every Friday and must be returned to school on the following Wednesday. There will be a variety of tasks such as spellings, reading, R.E. tasks and learning logs.
Learning logs are a chance for children to be creative and show off their learning each week and should aim to reflect on a different subject each time. Learning logs will be shared with other peers and the most creative will be rewarded with dojos.
Homework is the children’s responsibility and failure to return homework will result in loss of playtime or golden time to complete it. If children find the homework difficult they must let us know by Monday and we will offer support in a lunchtime club.
We aim for 100% attendance in every class. We want our children in school each day so that they have every opportunity to learn and develop in order to reach their full potential. Dojos are given each week for 100% attendance.
During playtime, children are able to buy a snack (fruit / cheese 25p and water 55p) or they can bring their own healthy snack into school such as, fruit & vegetables, toast or cheese.
If you are unsure whether or not you need to pay for school dinners, call into the office and they will be happy to help.
P.E. kits should be left in school at all times. It will be sent home each half term and should be brought back when the children return to school. Trainers cannot be worn for P.E. children must wear pumps and the correct P.E. kit.