Welcome to Year 3!
Our year group leader is Miss Brown and we have three class teachers: Miss Brown (3B), Mr Sheridan (3S) and Miss Pope (3P). Mrs Tansley and Mr Evans also work in the year group.
If you have any concerns throughout the year, it would be best to discuss this with your class teacher after school. However, if you think you need longer than a few minutes, please ring the office to make an appointment.
Below you will find some of the exciting things that we have planned for the upcoming year and more detail about our curriculum this year.
At Sir Donald Bailey, we are always looking to provide a broad, balanced curriculum with high aspirations for children’s knowledge and understanding.
Over the course of the year, we cover two exciting history topics: the Stone Age to Iron Age and the Ancient Egyptians. In Geography, we will learn about the Water Cycle, Settlements and geography around the UK. Our investigative Science topics in year 3 are as follows: Rocks, fossils and soils; Light; Forces and magnets; Animals including humans and Plants. Children will have the opportunity to work scientifically with each of these units.
All of our Science, History and Geography units are consolidated during reading and composition by using a range of texts linked to the topics. These provide a stimulus for reading, writing while deepening children’s subject knowledge.
On Fridays, Year 3 will be working with a specialist music teacher called Mr Trippett from the Nottinghamshire Music Service. During these sessions children will enjoy rhythm and sound work as well as singing and playing an instrument.
Stone Age Activity Day: As an alternative to an outside trip this half term, we have brought specialists from Cresswell Craggs to us in an online session focussing on the changes to humans’ way of life during the Stone Age. Comparing the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic stages we will learn more about how housing, technology and human existence changed over time. This will be backed up with creative tasks linked to the Stone Age.
Working Science Workshop – Forces including Magnets: During spring term, we are lucky enough to have an expert Scientist coming into Year 3. Children will take part in an amazing hand-on practical workshop about forces and magnets, where children will experiment with different types of forces, such as air pressure, gravity, friction and magnetism.
Egyptian Workshop: During our topic of the Ancient Egyptians we will be having an Egyptian day. Cleopatra will transport us back in time to 31BCE to teach us about life back then. During the day children will get chance to do participate in practical activities such as mummifying bodies, making scrolls and building pyramids, as well as learning about lots more exciting things about Ancient Egyptians.
Sherwood Forest Visit: This trip pulls together our summer Geography and Science work. We will use our map and orienteering skills, which we have learnt throughout summer term, to find Robin Hood and his Merry Men who are hiding in the forest. While we are going through the forest, we will look at the different plants and trees and investigate how Robin Hood and his Merry Men used certain plants in their time. We will also visit the craft centre where children can have a look at the different fossils and even buy their very own to take home.
River Walk Day: Linked to our Geography and History topics we will take a walk into Newark along the River Devon and Trent. We will compare the features of both rivers and investigate how they differ. Further along the River we will be met by volunteers from the River and Canal Trust, who will walk and talk with us along the canal and show us inside the lock control room. Look out for the haulage path which was used to help horses grip as they pulled wagons of grain from the wharf to the factories or into market.
Reading: Year 3 children are expected to read to an adult every night and have their diary signed by the adult who has heard them read. This will help children develop fluency, enhance their vocabulary and improve their reading skills while ensuring they have understood what they are reading. Reading at home is celebrated in class with a reward chart and rewards.
Times Tables: This year, we are continuing Times Table Rockstars throughout the Sir Donald Bailey. It is an online game to help the children practice and learn their times tables. Children should be encouraged to play this as many times as possible so that they increase their speed at working out and recalling the multiplication and division number facts from the times tables.
Spellings: On a weekly basis, children will be given new spellings to learn. These spellings will be appropriately differentiated to appropriately challenge all children. All children are provided with a spelling folder at the beginning of the year, including their own whiteboard, pen and spelling booklet, to support them with practising their spellings at home. Spelling tests take place every Monday morning.
Physical activity is such an important element of children’s development which benefits their social, emotional and academic development.
Children need their school P.E kit (white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers) in school on the relevant days. Please also ensure that earrings and jewellery is removed on these days. During the winter, some PE sessions may be outside.
Miss Brown’s class have P.E on a Monday and Wednesday.
Mr Sheridan’s class have P.E on a Monday and Thursday.
Miss Pope’s class have P.E on a Monday and Friday.