Year 3 Curriculum Information
We believe that children have a right to expect a curriculum which is fun, motivating, interesting and most importantly purposeful. We strive to develop imagination through a stimulating, creative environment where every child has the opportunity to shine.
At Gillshill Primary School we aim to deliver all subjects thoughtfully and to make links that are relevant, appropriate and purposeful to the area of learning.
Year 3 Summer Term
Year 3 Foundation
Year 3 Curriculum information for Autumn 2017
THEME The theme for this first Autumn Term is The Stone Age. Each subject will be linked into
this theme. In Art we will be using pencil techniques to draw a self portrait. We will use
natural materials to create Stone Age dwellings and create cave paintings, using a colour
wash and charcoal. The Science focus this term is Rocks and Soils. The theme in Year 3 for
the second half term is Forces and Magnets. The children will investigate forces and
magnets through a range of investigations.
EDUCATIONAL VISITS Over the next academic year we have planned a number of engaging and curriculum based visits for the pupils, developing and enhancing their learning. These include: visits to the Hull Museums; a trip to the cinema to use film as a stimulus for writing and a trip to Eureka.
PE Indoor P.E. is on Wednesdays and outdoor P.E. is on Tuesdays. Pupils must wear the recommended Gillshill t-shirt or a plain white, black or yellow t-shirt and a plain pair of black shorts. (No football or rugby kits are to be worn) Please ensure plain warm clothes are provided for outdoor PE as the weather becomes cooler. No jewellery is to be worn. so if earrings are not removed micro pore tape/plasters must be provided. Trainers or
suitable foot wear needs to be provided for outdoor P.E lessons. Can we please ask that all belongings are clearly labelled and PE kits are kept in school in labelled PE bags.
HOMEWORK Homework will be given out on Fridays in the children’s homework books. Please support your child with their homework encouraging them to think independently. Homework must be completed in pencil. Homework is to be returned the following Wednesday for marking please. The children are familiar with where their homework books should be placed when they are completed.
READING We would also ask that you read school scheme books and share a range of books with your child as much as possible. Please record this in the Home Record Log. School reading books will be changed weekly, after they have read with a member of staff or an adult volunteer. Bug Club is also a fantastic reading resource with e-books and questions to support reading development—more details are to follow. If your child has finished their book before it is changed please continue a variety of different books at home. There is strong evidence to show that success in reading is followed by success in writing.
SPELLING Children will also receive weekly spellings to learn in a home spelling book. In addition to learning their spellings, pupils are required to explore the word meanings and write these in simple sentences. Spellings are to be tested on the following Monday. Please help your child to practise their spellings on a separate piece of paper developing recall of letter order and understanding of the spelling patterns been focused on. It is also useful for the children to look up the word meanings in a dictionary and to discuss the rules and letter choices.
BEHAVIOUR We follow the School’s Behaviour Policy using a range of rewards and sanctions appropriate to the children’s age. In Year Three we have the following in place:
Children are awarded Monster Merits for good work, effort and behaviour. The merits are
counted at the end of each week, the highest achieving pupil will receive a treat and will
earn a Golden Ticket which is put into the draw for an end of term treat. In addition a
child is also chosen for the weekly achievement assembly. Verbal and written praise is used
constantly throughout the school day from all members of the Year Three team as well as
the Senior Leadership Team and we will soon have our Marvellous Me system up and
Unfortunately when the children do not follow the rules they will be given a verbal warning.
If behaviour continues their name will be moved from Green to Yellow, then to Red. If a
child is on the red list they will miss some of their playtime, during which they will reflect
on their behaviour. However, serious behaviour incidents are noted in the red behaviour
book and the child will be sent to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In this case
parents will be informed and sanctions such as missed playtimes will be enforced. The class
rules are created with pupils at the start of the year so they can take ownership for them
and work hard towards achieving them.
HEALTHY SNACKS & DRINKS Pupils are able to bring a healthy snack for break time, such as a piece of fruit or cereal bar but this must not contain chocolate. This should be separate from any packed lunch items. Please provide a named water bottle, which is taken home daily to be washed and refilled. Pupils can refill their bottles during the school day.
STAFF COMMUNICATION Can we ask parents to speak to staff at home time rather than before school, unless it is an emergency. As you will appreciate, it is very busy getting the children into school and their safety is paramount. Appointments can also be made at the office for meetings before or after the school day at a mutually convenient time. If you have any questions or queries we would be delighted to answer them; do not hesitate to call in, see us or email. We would also appreciate any support in the classroom, especially assistance with hearing the children read, completing admin duties and making props etc. Please let us know if you are available and an induction will be organised for you.
We look forward to a happy and successful term sharing many exciting educational experiences with the pupils.
Miss Vine – Y3/4 Phase Leader
Miss Greenwood – Class Teacher