Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome to our Year 3 page. The Year 3 team is made up of Mr Spamer, Miss Davidson and Mrs Hurst. If you have any queries about your child's learning please do not hesitate to contact us via the office and we will be happy to help.
Our school homework policy states that all children are expected to complete the following home learning: reading, spelling and learning maths facts. In addition, there is a menu of activities from which they can choose to complete a range of tasks. Although this work is not compulsory, we would strongly advise that home learning becomes a regular feature of all children’s experiences. This is to build successful lifelong learners and a strong partnership with school.
Your child will bring a reading book and reading diary home with them everyday. To develop comprehension skills, the children are expected to read at home three times a week. It would be beneficial if you could read with your child and question them about what they have read. Please sign the reading diary when you have worked with your child or, if the child is reading independently, they can write a capital ‘H’ denoting they have read at home.
Your child will bring a list of spellings home with them on a Monday. They are tested on these words the following Monday so please ensure they practice the words at home and have their spelling books in school every day. A good way of practising spellings is by using: look, say, cover, write, check- reading the word, saying the word, covering it and then having a go at writing it. The children also can use the pyramid way of spelling their words as well. On a Monday, we will test children by getting them to put their practised spellings into sentences.
Homework is given to your child every other Friday and children are given nearly two weeks to complete this. It should be returned on a Wednesday. Homework is set in a menu format where there are a number of optional activities to complete. In additional to this the children can also use the apps or websites as detailed below. Homework that is expected to be completed by everyone is as follows: spellings, learning of tables/key number facts and reading. We also have access to a range of websites and apps that your children can use to support their learning:
MyMaths.co.uk is an online homework tool for children in Year Three. We will periodically use this to set maths homework. The maths is self-marking so the children can instantly see how well they have done and can re-take the homework for a better final result. Logins have been provided to your child.
Children also have access to IXL, a online homework that is all about grammar and will really help the children develop their understanding of grammar. Children have their own login and passwords. We will be using this program in school this year for learning and children are able to use it at home as well.
Children have access to an app called Scintilla Spark. SPARK is an adaptive spaced-repetition learning platform that tracks how well pupils remember knowledge. The adaptive AI algorithm automatically tailors questions to suit each pupil so that their forgetting is interrupted at the optimal time. Pupils then use Spark to help them remember knowledge via quizzes and games. Logins have been provided to your child.
Each week, TT Rockstars concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide. Pupils have been provided with their own passwords and are encouraged to logon at home. Please continue to encourage your child to learn their times tables. Knowing them really helps in many aspects of maths. They are tested on their times table knowledge regularly. This includes knowing the division facts that relate to the multiplication. Children should also be able to ‘wire it up’ and carry out division operations as well as multiplication.
P.E. is usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times as we often have specialist teachers that visit on different days which involves extra P.E. This half term we are learning all about African dances and using this knowledge to compose our own dances! We all also developing our skills in table tennis with the help of Mr B!