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Year 3

Head of Year
Mrs Farrington (AHT)

Miss Harvey & Mrs Kauser (3HK)
Mrs McCaffrey (3M)
Mr Butler (3B)
Miss Gledhill (3G)
Miss Holmes (3H)

Cover Supervisor

Mrs Imran

Classroom Assistants
Miss Watson
Mrs Magee
Mrs Younis
Mrs Mujtaba
Mrs N Akhtar

Pastoral Lead                                                                  Mrs L Walker

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Year 3 Summer Term 2022

Welcome Back Year 3! We can’t quite believe we are already in the final term of this academic year and it won’t be long before we start preparing our classes for transition to Year 4. We have lots of interesting and exciting learning planned for the last part of the school year and can’t wait to share it with you.

In English lessons we will explore the book Gregory Cool and then move onto exploring the poetry of Valerie Bloom’s Hot Like Fire.  Both of these texts have been carefully chosen to link to our History and Geography work on Trinidad and Tobago later in the term. We hope they will enthuse and engage the Year 3 children in their learning so that they understand more about these Caribbean Islands; their cultures and history. Both these texts will develop skills in reading and writing for example exploring figurative language in poetry and encouraging pupils to use it themselves in their own poetry whilst Gregory Cool will help to secure children’s inference skills as they put themselves in the shoes of the main character Gregory who is a long way from home for the first time! In the second half of the term we will introduce the children to a new text, only introduced last year, The Boy who grew Dragons. This was extremely popular with the children in Year 3 last year due to its humorous and interesting story full of fantastical and exciting events. Year 3 will continue to strengthen their writing skills by completing a range of written pieces of work such as guides on how to grow dragons; narrative pieces focusing on dialogue and non-chronological reports about dragons.

Focused reading sessions will continue to take place three times a week to support children in retrieving and inferring from texts and there will be weekly cracking comprehension sessions taught so that our classes can explore and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Please remember to read as much at home with your child as every child in school will bring home their home reading books to share. Please try to find time to read as often as possible as any opportunity to share and discuss books will help your child to become a more confident reader and develop their love of reading.

In Maths we will be moving on to work on Time before exploring Shape and their properties. In our unit on Time, we will be revisiting some Year 2 concepts before moving onto new concepts which the children in Year 3 need to understand before the end of the year e.g. telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and understanding the concepts of months, years, days. When we learn about Shape, we will be teaching the children about identifying different types of angles and also parallel lines. We will also learn about working out the perimeter of simple shapes and spend time securing these targets. We will have some fun writing riddles about 3D shapes, using key vocabulary such as edge, face and vertices as well as have a go at making our own 3D shapes from nets.  Later in the term there will be a focus on measures for mass and capacity where we will solve problems and compare different units of measurement. We will continue to develop fluency and recall skills of known facts and will be securing recall of 3, 4 and 8 x table facts through quick, fun games and activities. We hope you continue to use Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars at home as a fun way to improve your child’s mental maths skills.

Within our history and geography lessons this term we will initially be learning about physical geography as our focus will be Mountains. Firstly we will help the children to understand the differences between mountains and hills and also where in the UK we have them. As the half term progresses we will continue to learn about famous mountain ranges in France before finishing this unit of work by exploring the country of France in other ways e.g. culture, landmarks and events. In the final half term of the year we will be learning all about Tobago. We will explore the wildlife of the Caribbean and the geography of Tobago as an island as well as its interesting history.

Our budding scientists in Year 3 will enjoy taking part in work around Light and Shadow as well as Forces and Magnets during the Summer Term. Our first unit will explore what Light and Dark is and how shadows are formed as a result; investigative work will help to secure understanding of these concepts for example observing how shadows change throughout the day. We will finish off the Science work for the year with Forces and Magnets, an often popular unit of work due to the opportunity to explore and investigate pushing and pulling forces as well as friction.  

PE lessons will involve learning more about team work and the skills and rules involved in sided sports. The Summer Term is also a great time to get outside and practise becoming better athletes for example developing skills in sprinting, throwing, jumping and relay racing. Let’s hope the sun shines so we can get outside each week!

We know that everything we have planned for the Summer Term will result in a great end to an interesting school year. We are incredibly proud of our Year 3 children and how well they settled into life at Birkby Junior School in the past year and will miss them greatly when they move to Year 4.


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