Langdale Primary School

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Langdale Primary School

‘’Work Together, Learn Together, Grow Together’’

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


The teachers in Year 3 are:

Miss Hall (3H)

 Miss Fudger (3F) 


The Teaching Assistants in Year 3 are:

 Mrs. Capper (3H) and Mrs. Rowley (3F)


Our termly topics are as follows:

Autumn Term: Staffordshire Superstars - What is unique about me and where I live?

Spring Term: Meet the Flintstones - Stone Age to Iron Age

Summer Term: Romans - Rotten or Righteous?  Did the Romans make Britain great?


Science: The curriculum areas covered in Y3 are:

Autumn term - Animals including Humans: skeletons, bones, muscles and diet

Spring term - Forces and Magnets; Rocks and Soils

Summer term - Helping Plants Grow Well; Light and Shadows


Organisation of the curriculum: Mornings are given to the teaching and learning of skills in English (reading; writing; spelling; punctuation and grammar; speaking and listening) and Mathematics. Through the Creative Curriculum approach, we aim to introduce the children to a very wide range of knowledge, skills  and understanding by making as many cross-curricular links through our topics as possible. For example, after investigating different rocks and their formation in Science, the children learn about volcanoes and earthquakes in Geography and also find out about historic cataclysmic events such as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They follow an extended unit in English based on the text 'Escape from Pompeii,' which helps provide a rich background context to the 'Romans in Britain' focus in History, as well as having the opportunity to create an exploding volcano in Design and Technology, and perform volcano mimes and dances.  


Reading, Phonics and Spelling: These are taught in groups organised around the children's needs. Reading diaries should be signed by an adult three times a week. The signature will inform the teacher that you have listened to your child read at home - the reading can be their Accelerated Reader (AR) book, their class library book or their group Guided Reading text.


Homework: In addition to regular reading, your child will have 2 homework tasks per week which consist of ten to fifteen spellings - which follow a spelling pattern - and a focus Times Table with its related division facts. The children stick their new spellings (and new times table if appropriate) into the front of their Homework book on a Monday morning, with the whole week to practise them at school as well as at home. The children are tested on their spellings and tables the following Monday; this is recorded in the back of the Homework book so that parents can keep track of how their child is doing. The children self-mark their own spellings and tables tests in red pen: this gives the children instant feedback and involves them actively in the learning process, encouraging them to assess their own strengths and identify the areas on which they need to work next.


Tables facts need to be recalled very quickly rather than worked out: your child may not necessarily move on to a new times table each week, but will probably need to repeat a set of number facts until their speedy mental recall develops securely. The aim is for a response time of 7 seconds or less. In Y3, the main focus is learning the 4, 8 and 3 times tables, in addition to the 2s, 5s and 10s from KS1. Many children will also securely reach the 6s, while some will go further and complete all or most of their tables facts up to 12x. Related division facts also need to be learned and are a tricky challenge.


In addition, your child will be asked to do one homework task each term in researching, creating and presenting a project linked to a particular area of learning. Further information will be sent out in due course. 



PE is on a Thursday afternoon during the Autumn term and the first half of the Spring term. As PE can take place both inside and outside, children should always have indoor and outdoor kit stored in their lockers:

- indoor kit: blue shorts and a yellow tee-shirt

- outdoor kit for chilly weather: jogging bottoms and a fleece top; also trainers

ALL kit should be named and kept in a named kit bag.

From February 2019, Y3 will have a weekly swimming lesson at the Jubilee 2 baths each Thursday afternoon. This will continue throughout the second half of the Spring term and all through the Summer term.The children are taught in groups according to ability and water confidence by the swimming coaches and Langdale teachers. The children will need a one-piece, close-fitting swimming costume (not beach wear), a towel and a kit bag each week. Only children who have returned the goggles permission letter will be allowed to wear goggles. Any child with long hair must bring a swimming hat and earrings must not be worn. More information will be sent out nearer the time.



Classroom equipment:

· Children need to bring a water bottle filled with fresh water every day.

· Inhalers should be clearly labelled and will be kept in the classroom: please come in to

check expiry dates on ventolin regularly.

· Book bags, with all reading books and diaries, should be brought to school every day.


Routines and expectations: You may find that some routines and expectations are different from KS1; this is because we aim to start building greater independence in Year 3. For example the children are expected to remember to hand in all reply slips and forms at the beginning of the day, ready to go down to the office in the class bag at 9 a.m, and those children who go to Care Club after school will walk around to the Care Club building by themselves after the first week in September. However, we think that it is very important that all children are still released to an adult by a staff member at the end of the day for safety reasons, and the class teacher will also remain on the playground for a few minutes to be available to talk to parents informally after school.


We would ask that the class teacher or Teaching Assistant is informed verbally (on the playground door, or via a message from the office) - or through a note handed in by your child - of any information which the teacher needs to know that day, such as a change about who is picking up your child, medical or other issues, appointments etc. 


Tuck money should be brought to school in a named purse and not loose in pockets. 


Expectations of behaviour remain high. There are several ways that you will know when your child’s behaviour is good: they will receive certificates from the class teacher or Head teacher or they may receive special stickers

and class rewards. The school follows the 'Good to be Green' behaviour system, whereby children earn Golden Time through their good behaviour all week and join in with fun activities on a Friday afternoon. However there are also Warnings and Consequence cards for repeated misbehaviour: afternoon 'Golden Breaks' and Friday afternoon Golden Time may be lost and cannot be redeemed, to reinforce the consequences of making poor choices. In the case of repeated undesirable behaviour by a child, the class teacher may ask parents to come in, discuss issues and formulate a way forward to best address the situation. If you would like any further information, please come in for a chat.


French Day

We had lots of fun with a French twist today in Y3. We found out a little about the country, its history and its landmarks. We learned some colour names in French and played a colour game, as well as counting and saying 'My name is . . . ', before having a go at the Hokey Cokey in French!! Oh la la! Our big challenge was to build the Eiffel Tower - out of dry spaghetti and marshmallows! Have a look at the photos of us in action.

Busy times here in Y3 this September as the new school year gets under way! In Maths, we have investigated place value, multiples and writing 3-digit numbers as words. In English we have explored how to use language to engage the reader through diary writing and settings descriptions based on our text, 'Flotsam.' In our 'Staffordshire Superstars' topic, we began by finding out about some famous local people and well-known places, using maps and grid references to find locations; now we have begun to develop our geographical language by comparing our local area with contrasting environments of British coastal towns. In Art, we practised sketching techniques to draw our own self portraits - then tossed away the rule book to explore and draw Picasso-style abstract portraits! In ICT we are learning skills in coding and debugging, in Science we are finding out about human and animal skeletons, and in PE we have learned to play hockey and are moving on to dodgeball. Phew! So sit down,  have a rest - and take a look at some photos of us in action, learning and growing together.