Year 3 - Blue Class
Welcome to Blue Class!
Moving into the first year of Key Stage Two we continue to have very high expectations, but this does not compromise our creative approach to the curriculum. We believe that the children engage and learn best through a creative approach whilst having the opportunity to develop independence in their own learning.
As well as continuing to develop their skills in maths and literacy, children work on a different topic each term. Each of the six topics focuses on different subjects, further information is given below. In addition to the themes covered below children will take part in music, RE, two PE lessons per week, a science lesson in addition to the science covered within the topic based learning and Core Learning Skills, which enable pupils to develop their skills for learning and later life.
Integrated Curriculum (Topic)
We try to include a range of local trips and visits to excite and engage children with their topic based learning and to help to make it ‘real’ for them. We also invite in visiting speakers to talk to the children about subjects relevant to our topics. Our topic themes for the year are:
Term One: Who were the greatest builders in the world?
Our topic this term is ‘Who were the greatest builders in history?’ During this History topic, the children will be learning about the lives of the Ancient Egyptians and the people of the Bronze Age; looking at artefacts, creating their own jewellery, investigating mummification and they will be going on an exciting visit to Dover Museum to enrich the topic.
Term Two: How does electricity work?
In this Science and DT topic, we will be learning how to use and control electricity in order to complete circuits and light up houses that we have built ourselves! We will also be focusing on using electricity safely and sensibly.
Term Three: Let’s go on an adventure… Guatemala
Our topic this term is ‘Let’s go on an adventure!’ During this History and Geography topic, the children will be learning about Guatemala. They will be learning about the history and beliefs of the Mayan civilisation. They will be learning how to make puppets and how the Mayans thought the world began.
Term Four: How can we make living here better for everyone?
Our topic this term is ‘How can we make living here better for everyone?’ During this PHSE and Geography topic, the children will be learning about how and why towns develop. They will be learning about how Dover has developed; its facilities and amenities in order to create a brand new town to cater for everyone’s needs. We visit Tesco in Whitfield in order to find out how this supermarket supports the community.
Term Five: Are bugs important?
Our topic this term is ‘Are Bugs important?’ During this Science topic, the children will be learning about mini beasts and how important they are. During the topic we will be inviting a variety of mini beasts into the classroom – snakes, tarantulas and slugs to name a few!
Term Six: Ancient Greece
Our topic this term is ‘Ancient Greece’. During this History topic, the children will be learning about the Ancient Greeks and how important they were. During week 4 we will be visiting Dover Museum to learn more and handle some artefacts.
We will be conducting daily spelling lessons to boost confidence with spelling attempts. We expect full stops and capital letters to be used correctly so that we can focus on more complex sentences, using conjunctions and adverbials to add detail for the reader. e.g.
Before going outside, I put on my coat.
An adverbial tells you where, when or how something happened. If it’s at the front of the sentence, it’s called a FRONTED adverbial and needs a comma.
Although it was raining, we went out to play.
We went out to play although it was raining.
Conjunctions join ideas together. Since, as, although, because, if while, then, when are all good conjunctions to use though there are many more.
They can go at the front of sentences or in the middle.
Please continue to read daily with your child. It is the single most important thing you can do give them the best start.
Learning your times tables is an absolute must this year! Year 3 need to learn their 2, 4, 5, 8, and 10 times tables. We will be developing formal written column methods for addition and subtraction and written methods for multiplication and division. Understanding place value (hundreds tens and ones) and knowing number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 will give them a sound foundation to develop these written methods.