Welcome to the Badgers!
We are all here to help you:
Miss Ragg- Class Teacher
Mrs Thorpe - Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year 3! We are the Badgers, known for being hardworking and loyal! We have lots of exciting things happening this term, please scroll down to view what we are doing in Maths, English and Topic.
P.E. for Year 3 this half term is Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit on those days. Please also make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child's name.
Please look at the literacy non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
This term the children will continue to develop their comprehension skills and also have lots of opportunities to enjoy reading independently, in small groups and as a whole class. Our focus will be on improving the children's knowledge and understanding of grammar and punctuation skills to ensure children continue to make large steps forward in line with the Government's requirements. As writers we will be developing our fiction and non fiction through a variety of genres and using technology to support.
Information for parents- http://www.croft.notts.sch.uk/Numeracy%20Targets%20Year%203.htm
Please look at the maths non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
The children will access daily lessons plans on place value and number, multiplication, division, fractions and statistics. Activities will include games, investigations and exercises.
We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice their x 3 x 4 and x8 tables.
Please click underneath to view our Topic overview
Week 1: Which countries are in Europe? Where is Greece?
For the first week of term we will be using our geographic skills! We will be using atlases to locate the different countries in Europe and where Greece is.
Week 2: What are the major cities and Islands in Greece?
During this week we are continuing our learning about Greece. In particular, developing our maps skills to locate famous Greek cities such as Athens and Sparta and the Islands Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos. What do all these places have to offer? How many people live there?
Week 3: Health and Well-being week
This week the whole school is focusing on health and well-being, throughout the course of the week the children will be completing a range of exciting activities that will including learning about the importance of health, diet and exercise and what it means to be mindful.
Week 4: What is the landscape like compared to the UK?
During this week we are making comparisons between Greece and the UK, in particular we are looking at the differences in landscape, the climate and buildings. Why are the buildings white in Greece? Which months are the hottest in Greece compared to the UK? Why is the terrain barren and dry in some parts of Greece?
Week 5: What is there to do in Greece?
This week the children will be using Google maps to explore different parts of Greece - where are the best places to visit? Where are the hidden gems? The children will be choosing a place in Greece - whether it be in mainland Greece or the beautiful islands and create a tourist information booklet on why people should go.
Week 6: What are the famous landmarks in Greece?
Who is George Seurat? This week we will be looking at how he paints different landscapes and people using dots - pointillism. The children will be painting their own famous landmark of Greece following in the footsteps of George Seurat using a range of different colours.
Week 7: What is Greek food? DT - designing
What are the traditional foods to eat in Greece? This week the children will be looking at the traditional dishes in Greece, such as stuffed peppers, tzatziki, moussakka and Greek salad. In this lesson we will be designing our own stuffed peppers and toppings - Greek bake off style!
Week 8: What is Greek food? DT - making and evaluating
For the final week of term, the children will be using their stuffed pepper design and cook them! Perhaps Paul or even Mary will visit to judge...
Week 9: Who were the Ancient Greeks? What artefacts can we use to find out about the past?
Who are the Ancient Greeks? How do we know what happened in the past? This week we are looking at a range of different sources to help us find out about the past, we are particularly looking at Greek vase and their designs. The children will be designing their own Greek vase.
Week 10: How do the Greek vases show daily life?
This week the children are going to continue looking at Greek vases in more detail - what do the vases show about life? The children are to make their Greek vase they designed last week and paint in the traditional colours and patterns.
Week 11: What sports did they play? What is the Olympic Games?
During this week we will be learning all about the Olympic Games and why the games were so important! Which games were played? Which games are still played today? Today we are going to compare the games played and host a mini Olympic games tournament!
Week 12: What was daily life like in Ancient Greece?
What did people do everyday? Did the children go to school? What jobs did they have? We will be looking at what women, men and children do and why slaves were important in the household.
Week 13: Who were the Greek Gods and Goddesses of Greece?
Which Gods and Goddesses were important? What are they famous for? The children are going to choose a famous Greek God or Goddess to research and create an information booklet explaining their findings.
Week 14: What happened in the Trojan War?
For the last week of term we are going to be looking at what happened between Greece and Troy - how did the Greeks get into the City of Troy? We are going to be writing a postcard home from the perspective of a Greek soldier waiting to come home, explaining how they can win the war with a special plan!
Every half term the children will choose one or more activities from the homework sheet to complete in their learning log. These will be due in at the end of the term where we will showcase the children's amazing work to our peers. Please click here to view the homework for this half term
Children will be given spellings on Friday and tested on the following Friday giving you a whole week to practice before the test! Please ensure that spellings books are in school for the Friday test, new spellings will be stuck in here. Click here are the spellings for Autumn 1
Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read twice a week all term. .
Purple mash is a fun and an educational site that will help your child's progress in all areas of the curriculum. Please remember to use your child's individual username and password which will be stuck into their reading records. We will be delving into purple mash starting from September!
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children's achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their 'Ambassador Award' comes under 4 headings:
Behaviour and conduct.
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the working day and is important to recognise children's achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the success criteria identified. We are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves! Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through the 'Steps to Success' passport the Badgers will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Diary Dates for the new term
Monday 2nd September: INSET day - school closed for the children.
Tuesday 3rd September - School reopens for the children, children already in Nursery will come back on this day.
Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl dress up day for £1.00
Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September - Whole school health and well-being week. Lots of activities planned!
Wednesday 23rd September - British Values day! We will be exploring different British values today and at lunchtime there is a Best British dinner!
Friday 27th September - MacMillan Coffee morning in the hall. More information to follow.
Wednesday 2nd October - Parents and children invited to discuss the school vision at 3:00pm in the school hall.
Thursday 10th October - World Mental Health Day - Hello Yellow day.
Week beginning Monday 14th October - Book fair in school all week.
Tuesday 15th October - Parents evening for KS1 and KS2 classes until 6:00pm.
Wednesday 16th October - Parents evening for KS1 and KS2 classes until 7:00pm.
Thursday 24th October - Provisional date for KS2 Harvest festival at 10:00am in the school hall.
Friday 25th October - last day of half term.
Monday 4th November - INSET day - school closes for the children.
Tuesday 5th November - School reopens for the children