TEACHER Mrs Matthews
Year 3 is an important year as it represents the jump from KS1 to KS2 - up the stairs in our school! The children come upstairs into a very different environment which is quieter, more structured and has a new set of expectations.
Children in Year 3 always seem to put on a big growing spurt during the year, both physically and emotionally, and children usually cope well with the increased expectations once the first few weeks have taken place. Our aim in Year 3 is on the development of confidence and the growth of independence. We aim to create a stimulating and challenging environment for the children to develop the skills and confidence that they need as they move up KS2, and ensure that learning is fun. We make sure that there is a positive ‘Can do’ attitude towards all our work-not ‘I can’t do it’ but ‘With a little help, I can do it!’
Our topics include the Stone Age Britain and The Ludittes in History, and in Geography, Village Settlers and Looking at Europe. In Science we study Light and Shadows, Animals including Humans, Forces, Rocks and Soils, and finally Healthy Plants in the Summer Term.
In Literacy we cover different types of Poetry, Report Writing, Instruction Writing, Stories with Familiar Settings, Authors and Letters, Myths and Legends and Adventure and Mystery writing. Drama also forms part of our curriculum. In Maths we use a range of differentiated activities and books to include problem solving and investigation work. All areas of maths are taught in the year, from the more basic number element, to work on measures including time and data handling. Methods to help improve our mental maths are an important part of each lesson.
Visits this year will include a visit to The Manchester Museum for a 'Stone Age Britain' workshop, a visit to the Town Hall for a singing workshop and a 'growing plants' workshop at Stirley Farm, Honley. There is so much to look forward to in Year 3!