The intensity of Year 2 and the focus on grammar, arithmetic and spelling will seem like a distant memory as the new term starts in Year 3. The graduation into KS2 comes with new independence and responsibility. At HTP this means a move ‘upstairs’ and slightly later finish of 3:15pm. It also means that break time will be at the slightly later time of 11:00am; increasing the time they spend within the classroom. As children move into KS2, they will need to bring their own snack for break time. This must be a healthy snack, ideally a piece of fruit.
Increased focus on spelling, writing skills and maths mastery
In English, your child will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there is less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes and the statutory spelling lists for Year 3.
In writing, in Year 3 there is a focus on creativity and writing styles; looking at settings, language style and character within their writing. Reading the book, and completing work related to The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, is a particular highlight in Year 3.
Mathematics in Year 3 has more of a times-tables focus. Quick recall of the required 3, 4, 8 and 50 times-tables (as well as the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables they’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2) is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year. You will probably notice your child beginning to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division, and using — and applying — their times-tables knowledge.
Science in Year 3 is engaging and fun. Your child will learn about life processes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans).
Obviously, keep doing all of the usual things that have helped them to be successful so far in HTPS. Continue to hear them read, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops or using eBooks online. Make sure they are in on time every day and that their attendance is high.
Reading is key this year and there are plenty of ways you can help. It is still important to listen to your child read regularly. Ask questions about what they’re reading. This will encourage your child to think deeply about their reading, whether they’re reading aloud or independently.
Reading to your child is still important at this age too. Listening to your intonation helps children with their own expression, and also enhances their writing. A fun way to encourage expression is to use silly voices — and even to make the occasional deliberate mistake. Allowing your child to correct you helps them to see why certain punctuation changes the way we read aloud.
In maths, you can support your child at home by regularly practising the relevant times-tables (3, 4, and 8 times-tables — as well as the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables from Year 1 and 2). This can be done in many ways and different children respond to different styles – so be creative!
In the morning, children are encouraged to come up to class on their own to build independence. Children must come in through the door near to the swimming pool and no parents are allowed in the main school building at this time. If you need to get a message to, or make an appointment to see the class teacher, please see the office, who will be happy to help.
At the end of the day, the Year 3 children come out of the door under the bridge (by Nursery). Class teachers will release to parents as they see you in the playground. Please make sure that you have given the school permission for whomever is picking up your child if it is anyone other than you, as parents. As a school, the safety of our children is of utmost importance and we will not release to anyone who is not on our permission list. If there is a ‘late change’ to school pickups then please let our office team know and they will get a message to the class teacher.
By far the most important thing that a child can do at home is read. Children are expected to read each day at home (minimum 5 times a week) and this should be recorded in their reading records. Children are never too old to be heard reading or to be questioned on a book that they are reading. The discussion that can come from reading with your child and questioning them can encourage a real love for reading that really helps them in all areas of the curriculum.
Children will be given spellings to learn each week which will follow the spelling patterns taught in their spelling groups. They will be tested on these the following week. They will also be given a maths and an English activity to complete each week. This work will be based on the learning the children are completing in class that week. As well as being provided to the children, this can be found on our school website.
Year 3 is a fun and rewarding year. Children develop and mature at this stage, becoming increasingly independent and more empathetic towards others. Enjoy watching your child grow and have a great year!