Nailsworth C of E Primary School
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Our Year 3 class is taught by Mrs. D. Marks supported by Mrs L. Griffin with Mrs C. Gasan, Mrs H. Hepher-Dalton and Mrs H. North
These are the expectations for writing in year 3:
We work through year 3 level spelling rules including suffixes and prefixes. In the homework pack, there will be a Year 1 and 2 word list and a Year 3 and 4 word list. These are from the National Curriculum and are the key spellings for your children to be secure in. If you’re ever stuck for homework, practise of these words may be a good idea!
Rather than having a ‘reading day’, the children will take part in Guided Reading activities on a daily basis. These activities will involve a mixture of reading with adults as well as individual reading activities. Your child is welcome to change their books as soon as they are ready to (by putting them in a box in the class room at the start of the day). We ask that the children bring their books in every day so they can be heard read as often as possible.
Reading books AND reading records need to be brought in and taken home every day. Children should be reading at least 4 times a week out of school. Taking time to read with your child at home each day and to hear them read to you is both important for them and a lovely way to spend time with your child. Question your child on the text to make sure they understand it, see if they can retell the story, ask for their opinion and make sure you give lots of positive encouragement. This can have a huge effect on their progress and self esteem.
Year 3 is a particularly important year for Maths as the children are introduced to more formal written methods of calculation. These include column method for addition and subtraction, expanded multiplication and bus stop method for division.
At home please encourage your children to learn their times tables (in particular 3, 4 and 8s) and also encourage them to tell the time. Telling the time can be tricky for children and practise is key to understanding it.
As of 2019-2020, in year 4, all children have to take a statutory government times tables test which covers all times tables up to 12 x 12. This is a timed test, using mental arithmetic, so it will be essential that children are able to rapidly recall all multiplication facts. Children will be practicing in class and this will need to be embedded through repetition at home as well.
Knowing times tables is crucial to success in so many areas of maths. You can click on the mini-times tables poster to download a full size version to use at home. Here are the national expectations for each year group:
In order to help children learn the times tables, we have joined an online programme called Times Tables Rockstars. Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables up to 12×12. It is available as an app or online, just search for Times Table Rockstars or follow the link on this page. We have already had enthusiastic reports from children who have tried it. So, why not try it at home with your child? Click to download the guidance document to get started:
Year 3 children will receive a plastic wallet containing a scrapbook for homework, a spelling book and their reading record. These are to be bought in every Thursday, then all the children will have their spelling books in school for a spelling test on Friday and gives us enough time to mark homework. The folders will then be given back out on a Friday.
We believe work outside of school deserves a reward. If they have completed a piece of homework that week, they will get a raffle ticket and a house point! Spelling rewards are as follows; 1 less than full marks gets your child a wonderful sticker to decorate their spelling book, full marks gets your child a sticker and a raffle ticket!
Pupils have one PE lesson per week (Wednesday); the type of lesson depends on the time of year, for example rugby in winter, athletics in summer. Children should have their full (named) PE kit in school at all times. If your child takes part in an after school sports club, remember that they should bring their PE kit back the following day.
In year 3 we have a few systems in which children can earn extra treats or rewards. We have a ‘Star’ system in place, where the children need to work as a whole class to get 40 stars. When this target has been met the children can have a ‘treat’ afternoon, which they can choose an activity to do as a class – this could be anything from rounders on the field to making a pot out of clay!
Our other most popular reward system is our raffle tickets. As the week goes on the children will receive raffle tickets from various good deeds/work. At the end of the week a raffle ticket will be pulled out, where the child picked can choose a treat from the magical and wonderful treat box! The prizes are brilliant and no-one wants to miss out, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!
As always, if you have any queries about the curriculum or your child’s progress and development, please do come in and discuss it with their class teacher. The best time for a quick word or to arrange a chat is at the end of school day when teachers let the children out. If you feel your concerns are not resolved effectively, please feel free to come and chat with Mr. Southcott or Ms. Geller.