St James

Year 3

This is an exciting year at St James as our children develop their independence, resilience and confidence as learners across the curriculum and encounter exciting topics as part of our curriculum. On this page, we will share our class news and celebrate our children’s fantastic work.

Miss Filkin & Miss Fuller

Class Information

We are delighted to welcome you back to St James. Year 3 have an extremely exciting term ahead!

PE
Children must ensure that their PE kits are in school for their PE lessons every Friday and Tuesday. PE kits should only be brought into school on these days. It is also especially important that children bring in their water bottles on these days.

Homework
Children are set homework each Friday. This year, homework will be set via Google Classroom and will be handed in electronically by the following Wednesday.

Reading
It is essential that children read at home at least four times per week. Regular reading can have a great impact on children’s learning and confidence across the curriculum. This year, children will recieve a small selection of books to read at their level from school for the week. These books can be changed on a weekly basis. Please check your child’s reading record for their allotted day to change their book.

Google Classroom
At St James, we currently use Google Classroom to provide remote learning if required. This is also used to provide children’s weekly spellings, weekly Maths and English homework and Wider Curriculum projects. Your child will have their own login to access this platform. For more information, feel free to watch this video explaining how this platform works. Google Classroom Tutorial for Families

Helpful Links

Maths
You can help your child with their learning at home by ensuring that they practise key mathematical skills, particularly rehearsing their times tables. In class, we often enjoy using games to make our learning engaging. Please see some examples which we have found useful that you can try at home:
Maths Resources
English
We practice our reading and writing on a daily basis at school. In our reading lessons, we use reading VIPERS to help us to understand different types of questions we can be asked about what we have read. You can read more about this as well as other ways you can support your child at home using the links below.
English Resources Reading VIPERS

Spring 1

Spring 1

English
This half-term, we will be reading ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. This book is always popular with the children in Year 3 and tells the story of a young boy who is from a family of intrepid explorers. His parents decide to leave their expeditioning days behind them until they spot something peculiar out to sea and must investigate!
This story will help to inspire our writing this half-term in which we will write diary entries, persuasive letters and alternative stories.

Maths
In Maths, we will be focusing onto measurement, including length, mass and volume. We will be learning how to use various tools to support us to accurately measure and solve problems using the arithmetic skills that we have developed so far this year.

Wider Curriculum
In our Science lessons this half term, we will be learning about rocks and soils. We will investigate how different rocks and soils came to exist and their properties. We will also learn about what a fossil is and how they are created.

This half-term we will be learning about ‘extreme’ Earth phenomena in our Geography lessons, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. We will explore how these happen and their human and physical impacts on our planet.

In our Character Education lessons this half-term, we will be learning about rights and responsibilities. We will learn about what our rights and responsibilities include in different areas of our lives, including at school and in our local community.

Please check your child’s Google Classroom assignments for more information about their Wider Curriculum projects this half-term.

Autumn 2

Autumn 2

English
This half-term, we will be reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes, a story about a mysterious iron giant who meets a young boy called Hogarth. During this half-term, we will be writing our own recounts of their meeting, creating our own alternative endings to the story and writing a persuasive letter.

Maths
In Maths, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will be using our knowledge and understanding of our multiplication tables throughout this unit to help us to work with confidence and accuracy. You can help your child at home by ensuring that they continue to rehearse their 3, 4, 5 and 8 times tables regularly. Please see the sections above for examples of activities you may want to use.

Wider Curriculum
In our Science lessons this half term, we will be learning about forces and magnets. In class, we will be conducting lots of investigations into forces and the ideas we have about magnets.

In our previous half-term, we loved exploring what life was like in the Stone and Bronze Ages in Britain in our History lessons. In the second half of our Autumn term, we will continue our study of prehistory in Britain. We will focus on how life changed for Britons in the Iron Age and why this period in history ended.

In our Character Education lessons this half-term, we will be learning about how to be a good friend and what different religions believe about God and how they share this. We will also be learning about the significance of the Christmas story to Christians.

Please check your child’s Google Classroom assignments for more information about their Wider Curriculum projects this half-term.

Autumn 1

Autumn 1

English
This half-term, we will be reading ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura, a tale in which a young boy falls down a hole and takes an exciting trip into the past and makes some fascinating new friends! As part of our learning, we will be writing our own alternative story openings and diary entries from the perspective of the main character. We will strengthen our confidence in our writing skills and begin to apply new features to make our writing even better.

Maths
In our Maths lessons this half-term, we will be developing our place value, addition and subtraction knowledge and skills further. You can help your child at home this half-term by ensuring that they practice their mental arithmetic regularly.

Wider Curriculum
We have lots of exciting learning planned in our wider curriculum subjects this half-term.

In our Science lessons, we will be learning about the importance of having a balanced lifestyle. We will investigate the impact of exercise, classify different types of nutrition and learn how to use food labels to make healthy choices.

In our History lessons, we will be learning all about life in the Stone Age. We will find out about how people in the Stone Age lived, the tools they used and where they lived.

In our Art lessons, we will be studying the illustrations of Quentin Blake. We will learn how to make and use different types of line to create a sketch and make decisions about the techniques we use in our work.

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