Year 3 2023 - 2024

Mr Darby

Welcome to Year 3’s class page and welcome back to a new school year! 

The Class Teacher in Year 3 is Mr Darby.

Year 3 is a very important step in your child’s journey at Turton and Edgworth and our aim is to make the transition from Infants to Juniors as seamless as possible. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and to getting to know the children. I am sure that they will settle into their first year as ‘Juniors’ in no time. 

In the Junior department, there is a significant shift in curriculum expectations.

In English, weekly whole class Guided Reading sessions form an important part of our timetable.

The main goal of these sessions is to help children develop reading strategies whilst reading for meaning, independently.

Children will share a wide range of genres/ text types/ poetry in class

  • Reading books will still be sent home with children and will be changed at least weekly
  • Please encourage your child to read books from the library/books from home, magazines etc; encourage choice and reading for pleasure

Our teaching of writing aims to:

help pupils to understand how to apply sentence scaffolds to their independent writing as they develop their expertise.

use worked examples to improve standards and extend understanding through a wide range of genres and non-fiction text types.

ensure children have a clear view of what high quality writing looks like, making sure their learning is structured clearly and misconceptions dealt with.

build, plan and complete a piece of writing using appropriate planning tools.

In Maths we use the White Rose Hub and teach using a Mastery approach. Mastering Maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

Times tables are a building block for mathematical knowledge and understanding. By mastering their times tables your child will: Increase speed and accuracy in mental maths and more easily understand other mathematical concepts, such as fractions, algebra and division. Please ensure that your child has access to TT Rock Stars to become confident with accuracy at speed. In Year 3 we will begin to look at 4’s and 8’s in addition to the 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s learned in KS1.  

High-quality Science learning provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity; all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Our Science topic this term investigates Forces and Magnets.  

Our Foundation Subjects introduce students to a wide variety of skills and knowledge while also providing an important taster to students on what they enjoy and excel at; giving them a clear idea on how to enjoy further progression in their education. 

Art and Design - is a great way to encourage creativity in the classroom. Students will experiment and learn how to draw, paint, sculpt and explore other art and craft techniques. 

Computing - Has become an essential skill that students need to master in order to participate in a rapidly changing world. Students will learn concepts such as: algorithms, simple programming, reasoning and sequencing and selection in a way that engages young students. 

Design and Technology - Students are given the opportunity to engage in practical problems and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in designing and creating functional products.

Languages - Children are introduced to Spanish through songs and games; while developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Geography - Geography sparks interest and fascination for children about the world around them. Students learn about the world through: comparing locations, investigating, writing and talking about places.

History - teaches important and iconic historical events. Students should develop knowledge of where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework. 

Music - allows students to express themselves using their voices. They can experiment by combining sounds using instruments and inter-related dimensions of music. 

Physical Education - Students will master their balance, agility and coordination through participation in team sports, such as: football, cricket and basketball. It is also essential that swimming and water safety are taught in KS2 so children can confidently swim a distance of at least 25 metres.

Wishing you all the best for the year ahead,

Mr Darby


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