Year 3 Curriculum – Summer Term 2018
In Year 3 we encourage the children’s independence. Please continue to say goodbye to your child at the door and encourage them to complete their morning routines.
We do not check the children’s book bags every day, so please pass on any messages in person to the staff in the classroom in the morning and remind your child that they need to change their own reading book first thing. It is vital that this is done daily.
At Ramsgate Arts Primary School our English curriculum is based around a core text. The children will share the book together in Guided Reading sessions and will complete written tasks linked to this, specific to a particular genre. The primary focus will be on diaries and viewpoint, with a focus on writing from a particular character’s perspective. Here the children will learn to write in a number of genres such as letters, playscript and speech – as well as diaries, with a focus on structuring ideas and conveying emotive language. Other skills to be developed include using a range of sentence openers and conjunctions to link ideas together, whilst maintaining a constant perspective for writing (first or third person).
Maths is taught in blocks which focus on different areas of learning. These blocks vary in length. There is a focus on maths daily and Maths can be taught through practical activities. This term we will be exploring geometry; with a focus on 3D shapes and their properties, as well as turns (using right angles). Finally we will be exploring measure – including money. Please take time to practise times tables at home – by the end of year 3, children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 by heart.
We are now using the International Primary Curriculum at RAPS which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting approach which will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc.
This term our topic will be ‘Settlers and Scavengers’ which is a predominantly historical unit exploring what our ancestors were like back in the Stone Age. The entry point will take place in a local forest school to get the children outdoors and thinking about survival. Pupils will explore sources and discuss their usefulness and reliability as well as creating some art work linked to the theme.
PE will be taught as part of the Arts Curriculum and there will be two sessions a week as well as a separate dance session. The sport covered will change each term and it is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name. At various points in the year swimming lessons take place across the school. An information letter will be sent home when this arises for each year group involved. As it stands, Year 3 will begin swimming in term 6.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through one document which will be uploaded onto our blog. Curriculum and IPC information will also appear in these letters when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the newsletter.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts Primary School community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings NO jewellery may be worn by children. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep at the sink in class throughout the day. Ensure that these are named to avoid confusion.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please have your child in school by 8.20am every day.
Year 3 teacher