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Welcome to Year 3!

 Year 3 Kittiwakes


Welcome to the Kittiwake class. (The kittiwake is a seabird that looks very similar to a seagull but apparently is much prettier! ) We work alongside the year 3 Puffin class and also at times the year 4 Shark class.

We have a number of adults that work with us at various times:
Class teacher – Mrs Villiers
Learning Support Assistants – Mrs Rolings, Mrs Culley, Mrs Gourlay
Midday Assistant – Mrs Stewart

Having moved from key stage 1 to key stage 2 the children are becoming more independent with their learning and taking more responsibility. They have targets for their learning and are now beginning to consider what steps they need to take to improve their skills further. We try to incorporate practical activities to support the children’s learning and involve all levels of abilities. We have a can do attitude and encourage everyone to have a go and do their best. In year 3 the children will be learning through topics, autumn term is based around the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The spring term’s topic focus is Zones around the World which has a geography focus and finally the summer term which is another history themed term working on the Ancient Egyptians. The children will have the opportunity to have visits and trips based around these.

Homestudy is an important part of the children’s learning and also provides the opportunity to support your child at home. The homestudy for the autumn term is based on their topic the Stone Age and we also give differentiated maths activities. We give homestudy on a Monday and collect in on a Friday the children are encouraged to complete their work and if there is a homestudy club after school which children can attend.

You can also support your child at home by developing their daily reading and comprehension skills. The children will have a book that will be provided in class however they also have access to library books which they have free choice with. It would benefit the children if they can share this at home. They will also have the opportunity to take part in Keep on Reading alongside year 4 throughout the year. Some of the children have also got access to an online reading scheme called bug club. For the children that are able to use this they will have been given their login details. This is only available to certain children working at a particular level or higher.  
Practising number bonds and times tables at home will also greatly enhance the children’s learning and could be done whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Websites to support your child:

Welcome to Year 3 Puffin’s Class Page.


We have a number of adults that work in our class.
Class Teacher – Miss Mack
Learning Support Assistants – Mrs Rudland, Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Gourlay.
Midday Assistant – Mrs Whittingham

Undoubtedly year 3 is a year of many transitions for the children. It is the move from Key stage 1 to Key stage 2 where the children start to become more independent and have more responsibility. It is a year where they will encounter new and interesting experiences.  The year 3 team work very hard to support the children wherever possible during this sometimes tricky period. We are keen to promote a positive learning environment where all children feel safe and secure in their learning. We encourage the children to try their best at all times and to have an ‘I can attitude’ towards meeting their own individual targets. We ensure that all children are supported and we regularly use practical and hands on learning approaches to aid the needs of all children. We are all looking forward to the exciting year that lies ahead.

Our Topics
A large focus of our work in the first half term centers around our history topic of the ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’. Towards the end of term we are hoping to hold an open morning where families will be invited in to the Year 3 ‘Stone Age to Iron Age Museum’ to look at the work the children have completed. This is as well as this terms class assembly that will focus closely on our experience from our visit from ‘The Portals to the Past’ Stone Age day. In the Spring Term we will be stepping into ‘Zones Around the World’ topic which has a geographical focus. The Summer Term takes us back to the very interesting topic of the ‘Ancient Egyptians’. During this year there will be plenty of opportunities for the children to experience different trips and visits to underpin their learning.

Your child will be given weekly homework to build on the work that we have been looking in the classroom. It will usually be a literacy task, based on our termly topics, such as the Stone Age. The children will also be given a numeracy activity to complete. Exciting challenges are also set weekly for the children to complete. The expectation is for both pieces to be completed by the child with care and pride. Homework is given out every Monday and is due in on the following Monday, this allows a full week for homework to be completed. A homework raffle is drawn each week the children are entered automatically for completing their homework.

Support at home – Reading 
Reading at home is vital to your child’s reading understanding and development in reading. There is a reward system already in place to encourage children to read at least 3 times a week at home. You can support your child at home by developing their daily reading and comprehension skills. This can be completed in a number of ways including:

  • Focusing on your child’s understanding of a text
  • Exploring a wide range of texts
  • Discussing text features and focusing on language use.
In the front of your child’s reading diary there is a target sheet for you and your child’s reference. Adults in school use WWW (what went well) and EBI (even better if) to provide feedback relating to the child’s reading targets, these are shared with every child each time they read.

Keep On Reading
Half termly your child will be given a book to take home to be read to them by an adult over a fortnight. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy sharing a book with your child and to be able to discuss what has been read. It also allows you and your child to read alongside together.

Times Tables 
Regular practise times tables will reinforce your child’s numerical ability and will allow them to thrive in their learning environment.

Spelling continues to be an area of focus for year 3, please encourage your children to participate in engaging and fun spelling activities, word searches, and putting spellings into a sentence. These activities all make children consider the meaning of the word and to explore relevant spelling patterns.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday please ensure that your child has a full PE kit for both in and outdoor PE and that it is in school all week. Year 3 will also participate in swimming lessons in the Spring Term at the Dovercourt Swimming Pool.

Websites to support your child:

If you have any questions or concerns, please make an appointment to come in and see Miss Mack. We hope you and your child have an enjoyable and successful school year in Year 3.
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