Year 3

3LM is taught by Mrs Langford and Mrs McCurdy. On a daily basis Mrs Lange supports across the year group. You will find our learning environment on the south side of the school, overlooking the extensive school fields, which provide a wonderful natural space for core stories and creative activities in the summer.

Mrs Langford – I have taught at Travis St Lawrence for the last 6 years but I have had 2 maternity leaves whilst spending time at home nurturing my 2 boys. I am really excited to move to Year 3 having taught Year 4 for the last two years. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays I will be teaching the class.  During my life outside of school, I enjoy travelling, reading, playing board games and spending time with my 2 children and husband.

 

Mrs McCurdy - After teaching at Travis St Lawrence Primary School for several years, I am looking forward to an exciting year with a new team. I currently work in Year 3 on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, spending the rest of my time looking after my son. Outside of school, I love travelling, being outdoors, music, Disney and all things Harry Potter!

Autumn Term 

Throughout the year, we will explore a range of topics that bring excitement to curriculum objectives, providing hands on, in depth and creative activities through a range of teaching and learning styles. At the start of the year, you will enter our Jurassic period where we will be studying the vast species of dinosaurs. Our key text linked to this topic is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ where we will focus on developing the setting and character in creating our own sequel to the story.

 

During Autumn 2, we will be looking at the ‘Secrets of the Sea,’ water and its effects on the landscapes.   Our key texts linked to this topic are: The Promise, Bog Babies and Kapok Tree.

 

Alongside the academic aspects of learning, together we strive to develop a learning culture that fosters personal motivation, self-discipline, independence, individuality and personal worth within our class and school community. Questions, thoughts and reflection about all aspects of life are welcome and encouraged in order to support a growing appreciation of the wonders of the world around us and beyond, with God at its centre.

 

Whatever challenges we face, Year 3 is set to be an exhilarating time for all.

Topic

Both topics this half term will use texts to support our literacy skills whilst developing our historical and geographical enquiry skills. In our topic ‘Secrets of the Sea’ we will be looking at coastal erosion and what causes it. We will support our learning by writing in many different styles to suit many different audiences and purposes. These will include:

  • Setting/Character descriptions
  • Story openings and endings
  • poetry

Maths

The school’s maths scheme (Abacus) is enjoyed by pupils in Year 3. We especially enjoy meeting the different characters (Frog and Cheeky Chimp) who help us to be successful in using different methods to solve arithmetic sums and worded problems. Some of the areas of maths this term include:

  • Place value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Written methods of addition and subtraction
  • Measures and time
  • Geometry (properties of 3D shapes)
  • Problem solving

Our targets in maths are linked to arithmetic skills and developing accuracy, problem solving and reasoning and applying our learning in different situations.

RE

This term our focus in RE will be thinking and belonging to each other. As part of this topic we will be looking at religious stories that helps believers to understand how they should treat one another fairly. We will also identify and describe ways in which unfairness can be changed by direct action through organisations (e.g. Christian Aid) and by personal decision making, e.g. buying fairly traded products.