Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3, as we welcome the children into our school in the Autumn term, we fly ‘Up, Up and Away’ to explore the wider world. We will use key fiction and non-fiction texts to sequence our journey around the world and learn more about continents, seas, capital cities, famous landmarks and how life and cultures differ around the world.
We will use a variety of learning strategies, from reading and researching to debating and role playing, in order to answer geographical questions. During this topic we will also develop our understanding of how to be a responsible citizen in a world full of diversity, and we will look at how societies and cultures can be similar or different.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the children to develop their understanding of our school values through working together in groups to develop their community spirit; helping the children to become more independent learners.
During the Spring term, the ‘Ancient Footsteps’ theme will be driven by learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age eras. The children will access this learning through hands on activities such as using fires to cook, making tools and visiting local areas that show how and why communities developed and evolved during this time. There will be numerous opportunities for the children to compare life as it changed for communities during these prehistoric times; how communities worked together and what happened if they did not. We will also use key non-fiction and fiction texts to guide our reading and writing skills throughout the term.
In the Summer term, the children will become ‘spies’ as they develop and use their detective skills to piece together information and clues about our local area of Tarring and other places in West Sussex, and how they have changed and developed over time in a geographical and historical sense. We will use local maps and photographs and other historical documents to understand more about the local area and develop independent enquiry skills.
Throughout the year, Year 3 children will be involved in sequences of Forest Schools’ activities where the children will be stimulated by the outdoor learning environment. Forest Schools’ activities increase self-belief, enthusiasm, communication and problem solving skills.
The creative curriculum in Year 3 is designed to enable the children to enjoy a range of learning opportunities and styles in order to help them to become more independent and resilient learners. Many of our subjects have been linked in to the main topic being studied, allowing the children to make purposeful links in their learning. We have a great emphasis on the love of reading in Year 3 and feel it is very important to help build the children’s reading stamina and experiences.
Year 3 is an exciting year which holds many opportunities for the children to thrive in a rich and diverse curriculum, and have access to a wealth of resources that will enable deep learning and extremely rewarding experiences.
Mrs. Karen Wise
Assistant Headteacher Lower School (Years 3/4)