Moving into Key Stage 2 is a big step for the children in Year 3. Their progression into what is considered a Junior environment gives them a stronger sense of responsibility and independence.
Our responsibility to our students is founded on further developing their individuality and creating lessons with topics that broadens their outlook and sparks their interests.
Inspiration in subjects is visualised in Year 3 through art, local trips – visiting museums, heritage centres and educational facilities – and creative writing.
TO DEVELOP THE CHILDREN'S WRITING SKILLS WE USE TOPICS THAT CROSS OVER WITHIN THE CURRICULUM.
For example, using a book or poem in English which can connect in another subject.
Both the boys and girls are delighted by Iron Man by Ted Hughes – a perfect book that intersects naturally between English and Science.
With the children starting to consider their autonomy we try to instil a healthy approach and responsibility to their own well-being. We encourage exercise through activities in school and incorporate healthy eating as a part of the Science curriculum. We make healthy fruit drinks in class which is documented and recorded, so the children can teach their parents!
We are deeply mindful during Year 3 of how the children are much more aware of their surroundings and how they are influenced by the world around them. We work hard to inspire positivity, inclusion and tolerance.
There is a huge sense of welcoming and openness with a distinct upbeat attitude in the class. This sentiment runs throughout the class regardless of the subject or topic being covered.
We are fortunate to have incredible places to visit in the area such as the Bournemouth Natural Science Society & Museum, the Ancient Technology Centre and Hengistbury Head.
THE CHILDREN JUMP AT THE OPPORTUNITY OF EXPERIENCING A TOPIC FIRST HAND BY VISITING A MUSEUM OR USING OUTDOOR LEARNING RESOURCES.
A wonderful instance of this – which is thoroughly enjoyed by the whole class – is an excursion to the Titanic Museum. The visit is followed by a creative writing task asking the children to imagine they are taking that fateful trip. They write a diary of before and after the voyage, delving into their imaginations and drawing on the emotions of anticipation then relief. It always proves to be a extremely thought-provoking exercise which comes back with incredible interpretations of the event.
We use real life situations and experiences for the children to fully understand subjects such as Science and Geography. The children are asked to investigate and question to truly think about the subject – our tactile and practical approach makes for a genuinely inclusive way of learning.
IN ADDITION TO SELF-MOTIVATED TASKS THE CHILDREN ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO WORK AS A TEAM.
For example to understand map reading and scales in Geography the children plan a journey using maps of the area. We then plan an outing and follow their mapped route to see where we end up! This gives the class a real sense of accomplishment when we arrive where they are expecting us to.
Each Year 3 class is unique, as a school we are able to adapt the lesson structure to reflect the dynamic of the group.
The Year 3 Class Teacher gives our parents an overview of the curriculum subjects that will be covered each term. This allows for involvement at home and potential planning of extra-curricular activities for the whole family. There is frequent communication with parents usually via email, but the class teacher is available to chat during the day at pick up and drop off times. If our parents work full-time and their child attends homework club we pay extra attention in keeping them informed on what’s been going on, however seemingly insignificant.
THE YEAR 3 CLASSROOM IS FULL OF CREATIVITY AND CLASS-MADE ARTWORK PEPPERING THE WALLS AND TABLES.
If you could glance in it is an inspirational demonstration of the class’s activities with topics brought to life.
With the Class agreement focussing on respect and kindness for ourselves, each other and our teachers this is evident in Year 3.
The class feels like family with pupils sharing their news and experiences from home.
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