Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 3, a year packed full of new experiences and exciting ways of learning.

All children learn differently; in Year 3 we celebrate this and treat all pupils as individuals. With our guidance, each and every one has the opportunity to shine!

Our curriculum is bursting with opportunities for children to learn, express themselves and develop into well-rounded individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world. We take a thematic approach to our curriculum to help deliver relevant and thoughtful learning opportunities. As a city centre school, we draw inspiration from our unique location, learning in Grosvenor Park, the River Dee, the Grosvenor Museum, Storyhouse, and many other local treasures; the City of Chester is truly our playground!

Throughout this academic year we will be time travelling to discover what life was like for Stone Age children which, combined with our science topic of rocks and fossils, will provide a great opportunity to learn how early man developed and eventually thrived. Our English text will teach us about what the daily lives of Stone Age people may have been like.

In the spring term we will be setting sail on another time travelling adventure to the Norwegian fjords, where we will meet a troll called Thom, who will introduce us to the terrifying and blood-thirsty lives of the Vikings. Our spring term is complemented by our forest school project, where elements of the curriculum are delivered in the historic grounds of nearby St John’s Church.

Throughout the summer term we will be taking a leisurely cruise down the Amazon River to explore the secrets of the rainforest. Not forgetting our annual bushcraft residential visit to Cholmondeley Castle, this term is full of adventure, exploration, prepositions and speech punctuation.

A typical day

ActivityDescription
Collective worshipAn opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.
Guided readingA carefully tailored carousel of activities designed to develop and enhance individual reading skills. The children are encouraged, through questioning, to develop their competency of interrogation, inference and deduction.
EnglishOur English curriculum is mastery, text-based and linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.
MathsMathematics across the school is supported by ABACUS, a unique learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject. Every child is expected to develop a firm understanding of maths, founded on three key principles: progression, understanding and control. The ABACUS philosophy is underpinned by four pillars: development of conceptual understanding, numerical fluency, problem solving skills and mathematical confidence.
Wider curriculumOur wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, modern foreign languages (MFL) and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).

Housekeeping

May we take this opportunity to remind parents that it is imperative that all pupils have a suitable water bottle in school. At this stage in our pupils’ school careers, we would expect our children to be taking responsibility for putting letters and homework into book bags, collecting water bottles and ensuring that all their clothes and property are taken home at the end of the school day. To help them with this, please make sure all personal items are labelled clearly.