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Year 3

Head of Year
Mrs Farrington (AHT)

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

Classroom Assistants
Miss Sarwar (Cover supervisor)
Miss Watson
Mrs Magee
Mrs Younis
Mrs Mujtaba
Mrs N Akhtar

Pastoral Lead                                                                  Mrs L Walker

Birkby Junior School-89

Year 3 Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Birkby Junior School! We hope you have all had a restful break? We know most of you will be feeling very excited about getting back to learning, especially as so many of you haven’t been in school for a very long time. We are so thrilled to properly introduce our new Year 3 children to Birkby Junior School and to finally get to meet you all!

This half term we will be focussing our learning in English around a range of fictional texts by the author Anthony Browne. We will study many of his books including Into the Forest and The Tunnel. In addition to learning about the texts themselves, we will use them as a basis for writing a range of fiction and non-fiction pieces, as well as exploring drama and reading skills. Following the half term break, we will be writing our very own myths using the well-known Greek myth – Theseus and the Minotaur as inspiration. We will be exploring the language used and the structure of this text to create our own fantastic piece of writing. In addition, we will develop comprehension and reading skills by exploring this language and events in depth! Throughout the school year, there will be weekly guided reading sessions in class and opportunities to read 1:1 with adults. These will focus on developing fluency in reading and retrieval of facts from the text to begin with; providing these regular opportunities to read is very important and we would love it if you also took time to read frequently at home.  We will also be sending some children home with extra books to read so that they have more opportunities to read with people at home. For some pupils we will be also planning phonics sessions to target any gaps in reading and to help some children to catch up.

In Maths this term, we will be looking closely at place value and basic number skills and facts in our lessons to begin with. We will be using the Year 3 curriculum but also plan in some parts of the year 2 curriculum to fill gaps in learning for pupils, who need it, as a result of school being closed during Lockdown in the Spring Term. Later in the term, children will learn our school’s written methods for the four operations and put these into practice through problem solving. We will continue to practice mental recall of key maths facts through weekly tasks. Improving recall of multiplication facts will be a key priority in Maths this year and is vital that children in Year 3 learn these at home as well as in school. There will be an emphasis on learning 3, 4 and 8 times table so please support them as much as possible by encouraging them to use TT Rockstars and other online learning programmes such as Mathletics at home. Your child will receive details on how to access these once they start school.

For our History work this term, we will be learning all about the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age. This is often a very popular topic as it focuses around early history and compares developments across these ages as well as making links with other periods of History that the children will have learnt about at Infant School.

In Science we will be learning about Living Things and Animals during the Autumn Term so all learning with have a Biology focus. In the first half of the Autumn Term our Science work will be targeting some gaps in Year 2 learning which were missed due to COVID Lockdown so that the children can transition easier into the Year 3 Science topics.

PE lessons will involve learning about different types of games, the skills needed for them and their tactics and then move onto Gymnastics after the half term break.  Please can we ask that children have appropriate PE kit for PE lessons – our school website and school prospectus contains information about what your child will need to wear for PE.

We can’t wait to meet you all soon!

The Year 3 team

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