Welcome to Willow Class (Year 3)
Hello and welcome to Willow Class,
The teacher in our class is Miss Johnson, we have Mrs Powney as our teaching assistant in class. We are also very lucky to have Honey, our dog mentor in Willow class.
We have had an exciting start to year three, starting off with our WOW opener school trip to Heathside Park for our “Mighty Metals” topic. Our activities at the park allowed us to explore the different forces and magnetism. This work was a great start for the activities we have continued in class and we have had fun exploring how magnetics can attract/repel each other and using these to create our own magnet games.
Our VIPERS story this term is “Iron Man” by Ted Hughes which we are all enjoying and each week we anticipate what may happen next. Our PE sessions are on Wednesdays and this term our focus is on hockey. We are very competitive and have enjoyed learning how to accurately pass the ball to each other and a few important safety rules!
Lastly, we ensure to follow the national curriculum for the primary curriculum in England for programmes of study and attainment targets for KS2.
We look forward to welcoming you into Willow Class!
Our timetable can be downloaded below. Here, parents and pupils have the opportunity to view the class schedule to see the day-to-day routine including the range of curriculum that is covered. We have found that children with SEND have responded well to visually seeing the structure of the day ahead.
Our learning this year will be based on the topics below and will change accordingly each term. Parents will receive a Topic Web and ‘Did You Know’ at the start of each term informing them about what the children will be learning. This will also be available below to download.
At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School, we have introduced ‘100 Things Before I Leave Horton Kirby Primary, this helps to give children the opportunity to tick off big items throughout their primary years. The experiences and activities KS1 get to complete include:
#7 Learn to swim
#16 Build a shelter
#19 Try new foods
#28 Take part in drama performances
#29 Recognise and celebrate religious festivals
#30 Chinese New Year Dance Workshop
#31 Black History Month
#34 Attend a book fair
#35 Meet a real-life author
#43 Attend a summer fete
#47 Take part in Sports Day activities
#53 Make a video
#58 Go to the park (Heathside)
#61 Collect conkers
#76 Enjoy a meal with Mum/Dad/Carers for Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
#84 Learn another language
#100 Become a historical figure – Viking, Stone Age, Tudor, etc.
More Infomation about the subjects can be found on our curriculum pages.
Throughout the year, children should choose reading books within their accelerated reader ZPD band that they will be reading both in school and at home. This book can be one from school or one that they have at home and would like to read (ideally a book that is on the Accelerated reader). This can be checked on:AR Book Finder
Reading books should come home on a daily basis and children should read each night. As a school, we are always trying to improve parental engagement with reading, therefore where and when possible, we would encourage you to hear your child read aloud. If you do get the chance to do this with your child then please sign and date their reading record with the page that they have read up to each time that they have read. Every time your child reads with an adult than can colour in a star on their reading chart (stuck within their reading record) to work towards a bronze, silver or gold reading award.
When reading with your child, please ask questions about the text and discuss vocabulary with them – this is very useful as is encouraging your child to record new vocabulary with the meaning so that they can use this within their own writing where possible.
Once your child has finished a reading book they should take an ‘accelerated reader’ quiz about the book they have just read. If your child scores 100% on the quiz their name will go onto the 100% board and they will have the chance of winning a prize at the end of the term. If children are reading larger books, it may be a case that it takes them the entire term to read their book which is fine.
- Comprehension & Maths – Homework will be sent home with the children each Friday in their homework folder. Children must complete the allocated sheets per week then self-mark it at home (with a parent) using the answers provided within the folder. Children will need to bring their homework folder into school by Friday each week so that I can check that all homework has been completed and identify any areas of difficulty. Please note that at the start of the school year there may be questions that the children have difficulty with as these skills may not have been covered in class yet – if this is the case children can either attempt it or leave it. Children’s homework scores should progressively improve as more objectives are covered within lessons as the year progresses.
- Spellings – Spellings will be set each Friday on ‘Spelling Shed’ and will expire 6 days later. Children should log in using their given username and password (these are stuck into their reading diaries) and practise their spellings at least 5 times each week. They will be quizzed on a selection of these spellings as a dictation task every week
- Times Tables Rockstars: All children must complete a minimum of 5 studio games on TTRS each week. These games will be set each Friday and expire 6 days later. The children’s usernames and passwords are stuck in their reading diaries.
*Any homework that is not completed may need completing in school during break time – if there is an issue with your child completing or keeping up to date with their homework then please contact me via SeeSaw or speak to me on the playground after school.
Useful Parent Resources in Year 3
For further useful resources, please visit each curriculum page.