In Year 3, the children will consolidate and build on their learning from Key Stage 1. In order for children to keep up with the raised expectations, we ask for them to read at home for at least 25 minutes a day. It is essential for them to be able to read aloud fluently (90-120 words per minute), and to understand what they have read. We also expect them to practise their times tables daily in preparation for the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check.
The curriculum we offer is varied and engaging, giving children opportunities to learn about a wide range of subjects. Wherever possible, the support this learning with enrichment activities such as trips and workshops.
By Year 3, children should be fluent readers and will therefore have moved onto our Literacy and Language programme. Those who are still at the early stage of their reading will continue to attend RWI phonics lessons.
This programme is specifically designed to build on comprehension skills learned in Year 2 and to promote a more inferential level of thinking. Children are given the outline of a text to begin with to provide them with the ‘bare bones’ of a story. They then read and study the text in depth, focusing particularly on developing a thorough understanding of the text, characters, setting and events. Once they have studied the text they then develop their writing through completing a linked writing task. Teachers model what is expected of the children in terms of their writing, and then children produce their own high quality writing.
In addition to this, the children follow spelling and grammar schemes which cover all of the aspects of the curriculum relevant to Year 3.
Maths lessons in Year 3 are taught using a maths mastery approach which builds upon and continues the learning from previous years. We support our teaching and learning of maths through the use of Effective Maths (see link below), which is a comprehensive framework for teaching high quality maths.
We ensure that our school curriculum is in line with the National Curriculum, which you can see here: National Curriculum