Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

We encourage positive learning behaviours such as being ready to learn, helping others, being creative and participating. We operate a marble system and pupils are recognised for their positive contributions to academy life and showing positive attitudes to work. We are learning all about having a growth mindset and in our classes mistakes are a good thing because we can learn from them.

A Typical Day in Year 3

Arrival and Registration

Children arrive in class at 8:45. They read their reading books during this time as well as quizzing on accelerated reader.

9:00am – 10:15am – Maths

During Maths lessons we use Maths Mastery, a comprehensive framework to ensure high quality teaching of maths using a mastery approach. This teaches our children to really understand maths and become more confident with number. The curriculum is ambitious and challenging yet supportive and can be adapted using concrete resources where necessary. We learn the strategies and understanding of how numbers work at a deeper level so we can apply them to a wide range of reasoning and problem solving questions. We will use 15 minutes from the lesson to teach arithmetic methods using the four operations.

10:15am – 10:30am – Break time

10:30am – 11:20am: English

Between 10:30-11:00am we alternate daily between spelling and handwriting as well as embedding GPS skills.

From 11:00am, children are provided with engaging lessons based on high-quality texts which are explored with the teacher. Modelled writing provides the children with examples for their own writing and highlight the features of text types, e.g. bossy (imperative) verbs in instruction writing. Texts are rich and varied. Pupils are well supported in class. We base our choice of text and our planning on the comprehensive scheme ‘Power of Reading’.

11:20am – 12:10pm – Reading

From 11:20am, the children are taught the skills needed during reading. We learn about vocabulary inference, prediction,  explanation, retrieval and summarising. We have a varied approach to this session with increased support at the beginning of the week with the aim to become more independent by the end of the week.

12:00pm – 12:10pm – Reading for pleasure

During this time, just before lunch, we take the time to wind down and share a chapter book with our children. This is a nice opportunity for our children to be read to and for them to simply listen and enjoy a story.

12:10pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

Children eat in the dining hall before enjoying some time on the playground. All children hand their money to the class teacher each morning.

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Foundation Subjects

Afternoon sessions are spent completing subjects such as science, music, French, physical education, geography, history, art, design technology, personal social health education and RE.

PE days are Tuesday and Thursday when the children come in with their PE kit on.