St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.

Brook Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 5HL

020 8953 3753

admin@stteresas.herts.sch.uk

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 is an exciting transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We aim to make this move as smooth as possible. The children will now be enjoying the larger Key Stage 2 part of the playground, no longer being the oldest in the playground, but the youngest. The afternoon playtime will be phased out after Autumn half term, though the daily mile continues. The children also really enjoy the responsibility of bringing in their own plain(ish) pencil case and taking responsibility for their own pens, pencils, glue etc. The children no-longer receive free fruit, so if your child wishes to have some fruit during morning break time, please send them in with, for example, an apple or small pot of grapes. A carton of milk is still available to purchase for morning break time (see the office for details). Just a reminder that school dinners are only free in Key Stage 1. As last year, link books and water bottles need to come in every day and we always appreciate boxes of tissues. We look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.

Ms Webb

Class email address for parents to use if you need to contact Ms Webb directly about your child's learning Year3@stteresas.herts.sch.uk

All other communication should be directed to the school office admin@stteresas.herts.sch.uk

Autumn 1 Term learning -2021

This term in Year 3 we have been investigating poems written by Robert Macfarlane. We learnt that authors choose the words and phrases that they use very carefully, in order to capture the interest of the reader and inspire imagination. We collected examples of interesting words and phrases and used them to write descriptions of moths and to create acrostic poems. We also learnt the poem ‘Grey Seal’; adding actions to improve our memory and understanding of the poem and using tone of voice and intonation to express the poem’s meaning.  You can see how much the children enjoyed performing this poem!

In our math sessions, we have been focusing on place value.  We have practised counting on and back in different sized steps, ordered and rounded numbers and developed the important skills of reasoning and estimation.  Much of our work has been practical and investigative, with the children exploring the concrete representation of numbers using Base 10 and working in groups or pairs to solve problems, before applying the skills that have been developed in their independent work.

Our RE learning has been about the Christian family.  We have learnt that, as Christians, we are members of the body of Christ and the family of the Church and developed our understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.  We also took part in a Judaism workshop, where we discovered lots about how Jewish people live their lives.  During the month of October, our Apostles of Mercy have been leading us in saying the Rosary.

In Science we have been investigating rocks!  We have drawn them, written descriptions of them (practising the skills developed in our Literacy lessons), learnt how they are made and investigated their properties through practical experiments.  We have also learnt about Mary Anning and her important contribution to science through her work with fossils.

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we took part in a workshop where we learnt about significant events in history where change was brought about as a result of the contributions of black people.

Autumn 2 Term learning -2021

This term in Year 3 we have been learning about autobiographical writing and how to incorporate the features of a model text when writing our own autobiographies. After writing their autobiography, the children then worked in pairs to check that they had included all of the features using a success criteria.  The children did amazingly well and it was lovely to see the development of both their writing skills and their maturity in assessing their own work. 

In our math sessions, we have been focusing on number and skills for adding.  We have practiced using different representations for fact families, including part-whole models, bar models and number lines.  Much of our work continues to be practical and investigative, with the children exploring the concrete representation of numbers using Base 10 and working in groups or pairs to solve problems, before applying the skills that have been developed in their independent work.

Our RE learning has been about Mary the Mother of God and the birth of Jesus.  We investigated Christmas cards, sorting them into groups based on whether or not the designs show the true reason for celebrating Christmas, before designing our own Christmas cards in D & T and incorporating a moving part with a mechanism.  We have also learnt about worship and have developed our morning worship with times of quiet reflection and personal prayer, thoughtful singing and joyful dancing!

In Science we completed our Rocks, Fossils and Soils topic with an experiment on the permeability of different soils, focusing on making predictions, fair testing and the conclusions that we are able to draw from an investigation.