Welcome to the Badgers!
We are all here to help you:
Miss Ragg- Class Teacher
Mrs Thorpe - Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year 3! We are the Badgers, known for being hardworking and loyal! We have lots of exciting things happening this term, please scroll down to view what we are doing in Maths, English and Topic.
P.E. for Year 3 this half term is Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit on those days. Please also make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child's name.
Please look at the literacy non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
This term the children will continue to develop their comprehension skills and also have lots of opportunities to enjoy reading independently, in small groups and as a whole class. Our focus will be on improving the children's knowledge and understanding of grammar and punctuation skills to ensure children continue to make large steps forward in line with the Government's requirements. As writers we will be developing our fiction and non fiction through a variety of genres and using technology to support.
Information for parents- http://www.croft.notts.sch.uk/Numeracy%20Targets%20Year%203.htm
Please look at the maths non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
The children will access daily lessons plans on place value and number, multiplication, division, fractions and statistics. Activities will include games, investigations and exercises.
We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice their x 3 x 4 and x8 tables.
Please click underneath to view our Topic overview
Week 1: How did people from the Stone Age live and hunt?
For the first week of term we are going to Creswell Crags! This will give the children the fantastic opportunity to see experience how the Neolithic hunter gatherers lived and hunted. We will explore Robin Hood's cave, build a shelter and pretend to hunt for animals!
Week 2: What is archaeology? Why is it important?
How do we know about the past? During this week the children will become archaeologists! They will discover ancient ruins from the Stone Age and use their skills to further understand what life was like and how we can find out about the past when there was no written record or photographic evidence.
Week 3: What is pre-history? How did we become an island?
If we are an island how did people travel across the seas? This week we will learn how Great Britain became an island! We will look at Doggerland and what happened to it; the children will be able to explain why Doggerland was so significant.
Week 4: Who were the first people in Britain? Why were they hunter-gatherers.
What food do you normally eat? How does it get to your plate? This week the children will be learning how the Neolithic people got their food and why they were hunter gatherers. What was life really like? What did they eat? Why did they travel?
Week 5: What was life like on Skara Brae?
What do you have in your living room? How do you think it has changed over time? During this week the children will be looking at a very special place - a place you can still visit! Skara Brae on Orkney Island. The children will look carefully at each room and discover what they were used for. Why did they have tunnels? What were the smaller houses used for?
Week 6: What are cave paintings? Why are they important?
Why are cave paintings important? This week the children will explore the different cave paintings and what they mean. How can these help us to further understand their daily life? The children will create their own cave painting to show there daily life.
Week 7: How was pottery invented?
What is a Stone Age pot? How can it be made? What did they use them for? During week seven, the children will learn how Stone Age pots were made and make one themselves!
Week 8: Why is Stonehenge important? How was it built?
What is Stonehenge? This week the children will use their research skills to find out about Stonehenge and how it was built. The children will use their knowledge to draw a diagram of Stonehenge and write an explanation.
Week 9: What was life like in the Bronze Age?
How has life changed from the Stone Age? What is bronze? This week the children will learn all about life in the Bronze Age, including what it was like for children! Being a child in the Bronze was very challenging - most of them were copper children, mining for copper to make bronze. The children will look at the story Bran's Bronze Age and write a diary entry as Bran.
Week 10: Why did people build hill forts in the Iron Age?
What are hill forts? Why did they build them? The children will learn all about trade and battle strategies. The children will draw their own hill fort and label the key features!
Week 11: What was life like in the Iron Age?
For the last week of term the children will learn all about life in the Iron Age - including the fights between the tribes! The children will write a postcard home explaining of their adventures.
Every half term the children will choose one or more activities from the homework sheet to complete in their learning log. These will be due in at the end of the term where we will showcase the children's amazing work to our peers. Please click here to view the homework for this half term
Children will be given spellings on Friday and tested on the following Friday giving you a whole week to practice before the test! Please ensure that spellings books are in school for the Friday test, new spellings will be stuck in here. Click here are the spellings for Spring 1
Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read twice a week all term. .
Purple mash is a fun and an educational site that will help your child's progress in all areas of the curriculum. Please remember to use your child's individual username and password which will be stuck into their reading records. We will be delving into purple mash starting from September!
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children's achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their 'Ambassador Award' comes under 4 headings:
Behaviour and conduct.
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the working day and is important to recognise children's achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the success criteria identified. We are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves! Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through the 'Steps to Success' passpoto help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Diary Dates for the new term
Monday 6th January 2020: Back to school for the children.