Year 3

Year 3 'Meet The Teacher' Session

Please find below a narrated version of our 'Meet The Teacher' session as well as two videos on how to login and access the children's work on Purple Mash. 

Purple Mash Login Instructions Part 1

 

Purple Mash Login Instructions Part 2

Welcome to Year 3 at The Discovery School!

The Year Three team are made up of:

Curie Class: 

  • Mr Hipkiss, Assistant Head teacher (Curie Class Teacher Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) 

    email: phipkiss@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Collins, Curie Class Teacher (Thursday)

  • Mrs Palmer, Curie Teaching Assistant.

Curie Class is located in the back left corner of the school.  In the morning, the children will come in through the main gate on the left hand side of the school by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the outside of the building, turn right past the Year 4 classrooms and then turn right again onto the playground.  The classroom is then the first one you come to. At the end of the day, parents will collect the children from outside the classroom doors.

 

Nightingale Class: 

  • Miss Cleaver, Class Teacher     

  • email: hcleaver@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

  • Mrs Stiff, Nightingale Class Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Wiggins, Nightingale Class Teaching Assistant

Nightingale class is located at the back of the school. In the morning, the children will come in through the main gate on the left hand side of the school by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the outside of the building, turn right past the Year 4 classrooms and then turn right again onto the playground.  The classroom is then the second one you come to. At the end of the day, parents will collect the children from outside the classroom doors.

  

Pasteur Class: 

  • Mrs Dey, Class Teacher (KS2 Science Lead)

    email: kdey@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Braund, Pasteur Class Teaching Assistant

Pasteur class is located on the left hand side at the front of the school. In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to turn right after the gate and travel past Berners-Lee and the library to the classroom. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the same gate at the designated pick up zone.

Year 3 is a particularly exciting year because the children:

  • Start to learn to speak French.

  • Earn the much coveted "Pen Licence" – when their handwriting is immaculate!

If you have any questions about life in Year 3, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.

Curriculum

The curriculum at The Discovery School is an enquiry based one in which the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about a topic.  Throughout the year the children in Year 3 will be trying to discover the answers to these 'Questions for Discovery':

  • Terms 1 and 2: What was life like in prehistoric times?

Our 'Web of Discovery' for this topic can be downloaded here.

Science: we are comparing and classifying rocks and soils in Term 1.  In Term 2, we will be studying light and investigating different light sources.

Art: we are experimenting with different grades of pencil as well as oil pastels and acrylic paint to mimic modern and prehistoric art.  To help with this project we will be studying the artwork of Roy Lichtenstein.

Design Technology: we will be looking at textiles and how to use pattern piece to enable accurate manufacture of a textiles product.

Computing: we are investigating different programs to publish our work and think about which is the most effective for the presentation required.  We will also start to write and debug algorithms to accomplish specific goals.

PSHE: we continue to develop a Growth Mindset approach and consider where self-esteem comes from and how it can be developed and nurtured.

History: we are using evidence to describe the past as well as learning how to place key events on a timeline.

Music: Pasteur Class will be studying the recorder and learning how to place simple notes and tunes. Nightingale and Curie class will be considering how music can bring us closer together and how to tell stories through music.

French: Learning starts with learning basic greetings, learning French numbers and the French words for items in a classroom.

R.E. we will be thinking about what different people believe about God and we will talk about the ways in which we exercise trust and faith in our everyday lives.

P.E.: Outdoor Invasion Games: Football/Netball/Tag Rugby - each class will be studying a different invasion game and looking at the tactics for each.

Indoor: Gymnastics and Dance - through these two topics the children will be developing their strength and coordination.

  • Terms 3 and 4: What is the geography of the United Kingdom?

Science: Term 3: Forces - the children will be studying different types of forces including investigations using magnets.  Term 4: Nutrition and the skeleton - the children will be learning how to keep their bodies healthy as well as the importance of the skeleton or exoskeleton in all creatures.

Design and Technology: the children will be learning about how to eat healthily and will develop the skills of peeling and chopping by making a healthy soup.

Art: The children will be studying the artwork of Jackson Pollock and trying to copy his distinctive style.

PSHE: We will be learning about the children's place in the wider world including their roles and responsibilities.

Geography: This is our first deep dive into the subject of geography and will look at the physical and human characteristics of the country in which we live.

R.E.: The children will be learning about a range of religions and world views as well as expressing their ideas and insights on different religions.

French: Learning the language continues with - Days of the week and describing their appearance and the vocabulary for animals.

Computing: The children will learn how to apply their developing coding skills to various forms of block code that are presented in different ways.  They will also be creating basic spreadsheets and graphs to represent data.

Music: Nightingale Class will be studying the recorder and learning how to place simple notes and tunes. Pasteur Class will be considering how music can bring us closer together and how to tell stories through music.  Curie Class: will be considering how music makes the world a better place.

P.E.: Outdoor: The class will be covering the final invasion games topic that the class has not yet covered.  They will also studying striking and fielding through either rounders or cricket.

Indoor: the children will be developing their core strength and flexibility through Yoga as well as building on their core skills in multi-skills.

 

  • Terms 5 and 6: Did the Ancient Greeks change the world?

Science: Plants - the children will be studying what plants needs to grow, the different parts of the plant, a range of seeds and carefully studying how they grow.

Design and Technology: the children will be learning about the famous Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes.  We will be learning about pulleys as well as levers and linkages.

Art: We will be looking at the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky and will be creating artwork using repeated patterns and mono-printing.

PSHE: We will be learning about our choices affect our environment as well as how to maintain a healthy physical and mental well-being.

History: We will be looking at how the Ancient Greek civilisation influenced the modern world.  The children will be looking at evidence and will undertake their own independent enquiry.

R.E.: The children will gain and develop the skills needed to engage in deep discussions regarding religious views.

French: The children will be learning how to say the names of members of their family as well as learning about the language used around birthdays and what you might eat at one.

Computing: The children will learn that websites have a unique address as well as make presentations and create simple data bases.  They will apply their programming skills to 'Spritebox' and learn about basic forms of variables and inputs and outputs.

Music: Curie Class will be studying the recorder and learning how to place simple notes and tunes. Pasteur and Nightingale Classes: will be considering how music makes the world a better place.

P.E.: Outdoor: The children will be developing their striking and fielding skills through either rounders or cricket as well as their skills in athletics.

Indoor: the children will be building on their prior knowledge of dancing and their gymnastic abilities from the Autumn term.

Homework

All homework will be set weekly through the school's online learning platform 'Class Dojo'.  It will contain links to the children's Purple Mash logins as well as the weekly spelling list.  Homework will take the following form:

  • Reading every night for 10 minutes – to be recorded in the reading record. Children are expected to read every night and bring their reading record into school each day.  The class teaching assistant will then record the children's reading and issue new books when they need them.  We encourage the children to be independent and remember to put the books in the basket for checking themselves.  However, prompts are also given to those children who forget to do it.  If your child does forget to hand in their books one day, the school has access to an excellent online library of books through 'Bug Club'.  You will have received a letter explaining how to access this excellent resource.  The link to it is https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 

  • Times table practice – Children must practice times tables at home each week. We will notify you of which times table your child should be working on each week. We will be setting some times table practice on our new online platform Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/login/).  This will be set weekly and should only take 5 minutes to complete.  However, we would encourage the children to practice their times tables everyday.  Do not forget that every child also has access to TT Rock stars to practice their times tables too. https://ttrockstars.com/

  • Weekly spellings to learn - The children will have lists of spellings to learn and be tested on these weekly.  Again, we will set a little spelling challenge each week on Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/login/) for the children to explore.  However, we would encourage them to practice these spellings again at another time.

Useful Websites to Support Learning at Home

  • Bug Club - an online reading platform with a wide selection of books and quizzes for the children to complete once they have finished each book. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 

  • Times Table Rockstars - an excellent way to practise times table facts and compete against other classes and pupils. https://ttrockstars.com

  • Purple Mash - an online resource that we use to support the teaching of computing across the curriculum.  We will also be setting weekly spelling and times table homework through this platform.  https://www.purplemash.com/login/

Year 3 Reminders

  • Please remember that on PE days PE kits must be worn into school.  As weather is becoming colder, we strongly recommend the children coming into school in navy jogging bottoms on PE days (rather than navy shorts) with an appropriate navy hoodie and coat.

  • All classes have outdoor PE on a Monday.

  • Pasteur Class have indoor PE on a Wednesday.

  • Curie and Nightingale have indoor PE on a Thursday.

  • During term 1, Pasteur Class will be studying the recorder.  The other classes will be studying it later in the year.  As stated in the recorder letter, you may wish to purchase a recorder to support your child's learning.  This is not compulsory as the school does have enough recorders available.  If you do wish to do so, we recommend the Aulos 303 Descant Recorder or the Tiger Blue Descant Recorder.  Both of these retail for under £10.  If you do purchase a recorder for your child, please remember to clearly write the child's name on it so it can easily be identified.  Pasteur Class will be studying recorders on a Wednesday.

Key Dates

  • Times tables and spelling tests will be every Tuesday starting on 21st September.

  • Thursday 16th September 9am to 9:30am: Year 3 'Meet The Teacher'.

  • 6th October 2021: Trip to Kent life to look at life in prehistoric times through exciting workshops.

 

Provision maps

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.

Open Door

We are always happy to discuss any concerns that you may have and support your child in any way possible. The best way to do this is a brief discussion at the end of the day.  We are always happy to meet with parents after school to do this.  If this is not possible, you can send your individual class teacher as email on their addresses listed at the top of the page. However, please bear in mind that it may take up to 48 hour to respond at busy times.  If your message is urgent or involves an on the day change in pick up arrangements, we would always recommend contacting the school office directly on the details listed below.

  • Telephone 01732 847 000 – ask for a call back and the class teacher will aim to return your call the same day.

Please remember that school policy is for staff to only respond to emails within the hours of 7:30am to 5pm and that responses may take up to 48 hours at busy times.