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Harris Academies
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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3:
Kusamen Class & McKenzie Class


Ms. Tildesley is teaching the Kusamen Class this year and Mr. Holland is the class teacher in McKenzie Class.

Welcome

Welcome to Year 3! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times

Homework

Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn 1. 

PE

In Year 3, the PE day is Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a clean PE kit to bring in at the start of each week, ready for Thursday. The kit should consist of a Harris Primary Academy PE T-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms, black trainers or plimsolls.

Trips

In the Autumn term we may be planning a trip to tie in with the themes of Animals, Early Humans, Scavengers and Settlers. We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact your child’s class teacher about this. We will confirm these plans later in the term.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

Year 3 will be using a book written by Raymond Briggs as their stimulus for literacy this half term.

Your reading task is to read a book (or as many as possible) by the same author.

Raymond Briggs has written some great stories such as:

  • Fungus the Bogeyman.
  • Jim and the Beanstalk
  • Gentleman Jim
  • The Snowman
  • The Bear

In Science, our topic is ‘Humans and other animals’.  As part of this we will be looking at the importance of nutrition and the different food groups.

Your task is to research the eating habits of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Think about

  • Which animals belong to each group
  • What they might eat in a day
  • Compare the differences and similarities in the diets.

In Science, we will be investigating and learning about the main parts associated with the skeleton.

Your task is to make your own skeleton.

Think about;

  • What will you make it out of? (Clay, straws, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, paper, etc.)
  • Will it be an animal or human skeleton?
  • How detailed will you be?
  • Will you be able to name most of the bones?

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practising the skills we are learning in school:

 

Maths:                                                                                   - Adding and subtracting multiples of 10.                     - 5, 4, and 3 times tables.                                                - Adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.                       - Telling the time.

 

Literacy:                                                                              - Spelling the first 200 key words.                               - Reading fluently.                                                          - Handwriting.

In History, we will be exploring how people lived during the Stone Age.

 

Your task is to imagine that you have travelled back in time to the year 5000 BC! Can you write a story in the first person about your adventures?

 

Think about;

  • Who are the characters?
  • Using WOW words, connectives and different sentence openers.
  • How will you get back home?!

As part of our Art unit, we will be looking at and exploring different cave paintings that were created during the Stone Age.

 

Your task is to research and design your own cave painting.

Think about:

 

  • Telling a story.
  • What animals, plants or objects you might include.
  • What actions the people are doing in the painting. 

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.


What are we learning?

In Literacy we will begin by reading “Leon and the Place Between”. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a boy who goes to a magic show and is invited by the magician to step into a mysterious box… What will happen?? Where will he end up..??

In Maths, we will be focusing on place value, and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics.

Our IPC Topic learning will be based around Early Human Scavengers and Settlers – learning about what the world was like during the Stone Age, how people gathered food and materials, and how they organised themselves into communities and settlements. We will be investigating the Late Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, in the Orkney Islands, recreating what life was like there.

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.

If you have any questions, please talk to Ms. Tildesley or Mr. Holland, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.

Thanks,

Ms. Tildesley and Mr. Holland