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Gladstone Primary Academy

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 is the first year in Key Stage 2 and are the youngest children on the Bourges Boulevard site. This is an important year as it introduces children to more grown up lessons and styles of learning. Children in Year 3 are 7 and 8 years old. In Year 3 there are 3 classes:

Mr Oldaker - Assistant Head for Years 3 & 4    email aoldaker@gpa.education
3B - Miss Bolton     email hbolton@gpa.education
3N - Miss Nargis     email znargis@gpa.education
3T - Mr Thomas      email athomas@gpa.education

Children stay in their class with their class teacher for most subjects except for English and maths which will be in groups.

The Year 3 time table

9.00 Register and quiet reading
9:15 English
10:30 Break
10:45 Other curriculum subject
11.30 Other curriculum subject
12.15 Lunch
1.00 Other curriculum subject
1:55 Maths
3:20 End of the day

PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.  Children come to school dressed in the school PE kit which they wear all day.  If they do not have a school PE kit they will need to bring their school uniform to change into at the end of the PE lesson.

Homework

Children in year 3 are expected to read for at least 15 minutes a day. This can be their reading book, library book or another appropriate book.  They need to ensure their reading record is filled in every day and an adult signs to say they have read at home.  The expectation is the children read at least 6 days in a week.

Children in year 3 are also expected to practice their times tables for 15 minutes a day.  They have a login to Times Tables Rock Stars and can use this as part of practising their times tables.  We also have a weekly test in school and the children earn certificates for knowing their times tables.   Times Tables Rock Stars

They have their own login to Bedrock Vocabulary, a site that helps the children develop a wider vocabulary through different activities.  The children are expected to spend at least 20 minutes twice a week on Bedrock.  Bedrock Vocabulary

Their Maths and English teachers might also set them additional homework related to the learning they have been doing in school.

Curriculum

Year 3 follow the National Curriculum. English and Maths are focussed on securing basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Maths

Reading:

  • I can read a wide range of books including fairy stories, myths and legends and retell them
  • I can work out what a character in a book is feeling by the actions they take and explain how I know
  • I can predict what might happen from clues in what I have read
  • I can use nonfiction texts to find out information on a subject

Writing:

  • I can draft and write descriptive work that creates settings, characters and plots
  • I can proof read my work by reading aloud and putting in full stops. I can also add commas, question marks and speech marks where needed
  • I can understand when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’ in front of a word
  • I can use headings and sub-headings

Mathematics:

  • I can add and subtract numbers in my head, including a three digit number and ones, tens or hundreds
  • I can recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables
  • I can count up and down in tenths
  • I can identify and show equivalent fractions
  • I can measure, compare, add and subtract lengths, mass, volume and capacity
  • I can tell the time on a clock face
  • I can spot right angles
  • I can interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables

The rest of the curriculum is taught through thematic topics for each subject.

  Autumn Spring Summer
Science

Forces & Magnetism

Rocks

Animals including Humans

Light

Plants
Geography

Earthquakes

and

Volcanoes

Europe - Spain

Land Use

and

Settlements

History

Stone Age

to

Iron Age

Transport

Ancient

Egypt

Religious

Education

Christianity

Islam

Learning from Religion -

Christianity

Learning from Religion -

Life in Peterborough

Sikhism

 

Tests and Examinations

There are no national tests or examinations in Year 3. However, children are regularly assessed and tested to help teachers to decide what children need to learn next. They also need to practise their times tables ready for the test in Year 4.