Australia – Year 3

Welcome to Australia Class! My name is Mrs Dowling and Mrs Garner is our teaching assistant. Mrs Fallon (1:1) is the other adult in our classroom. We hope that you have enjoyed a lovely summer break and that your children are ready for the exciting learning opportunities that we have planned.

Class List

Lewis, Ashton, Jack, Alfie, Charlie, Daniel, Jack, Roxy, Cerys, Eva, Haris, Finnigan, Joshua, Harley, Ruby-Rose, Regan, Karolina, Isabelle, Ethan, Tyrell, Sandra, Laila, Michael, Lilly, Clara, Coife, Savannah and Gabriel.

Here is some information that we hope will help your child settle in to Year 3. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak with myself or Mrs Garner at the end of the school day.

Reading

Your child will be given a reading book and a record to bring home. They will get the opportunity to change their reading book on a daily basis. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and record any comments in the reading record.

Homework

Homework is given on a weekly basis and will usually be given on a Friday and expected back in school for the following Wednesday.

P.E.

P.E. will be on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has the correct named indoor and outdoor kit, including trainers, kept in school.

Swimming

The children will be swimming every Monday during the first half term back. Your child will need: Swimming costume (no bikinis), Towel, Hat (if hair is long, girls and boys), flip flops (or other shoes) to walk to the pool and a plastic bag to store wet clothing.

Recorders

In Year 3 your child will begin to learn the recorder. Recorder books can be bought from the school office for £1.00. Your child will need their recorder in school every Wednesday and will be encouraged to practice at home too.

Snack

Your child will need a healthy snack to have during morning break – any pots must have names on if you wish them to be kept.

Your child will continue to need a named water bottle that will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily.

Last term the children discovered a den on the school field and were excited to find out about Stig, UG and the Stone Age boy. The children had many opportunities to learn about the lifestyle of the Stone Age people through to the Iron Age. The children also had a chance to visit Celtic Harmony in Hertfordshire and spent the day as stone age children.

During the Autumn term, the children were initiated to African drumming and demonstrated amazing talent. They finished the term by putting on a performance for their KS2 peers. This term we are looking forward to children participating in Sing Up which will culminate in a dazzling performance at Grove Theatre in the Summer Term.

At Christmas, the children put on a moving performance telling the Christmas story through songs. They really enjoyed being able to show off their singing skills and musical talents to the grown ups who were able to attend. Thank you for your kind donations raised on the day towards our charity ‘Action on Hearing Loss’.

We can’t wait for you to see all the exciting things we have planned for you this term.

Year 3 started their summer term with an exciting workshop on World War II provided by One Creative. The children shared what they already knew about the war and what they would like to learn about. They learnt lots of new vocabulary e.g. evacuee, blitz, allies etc. and different events of the war through drama.
They took part in a quiz and learnt lots of facts. The children were most shocked to learn that around 60 million people died during the war (3% of the world’s population). Many children remarked ‘How is that even possible?’ Through drama they imagined they were child evacuees and went on to write a letter to their parents about their experience.

Since then they have learnt lots about children’s experiences through the war. They learnt about how everyone had to carry gas masks in case gas was used by the Germans. The children made gas masks and practised using them during an air raid siren.

gas masks

They also learnt about the London blitz and created empathetic London skylines.

blitz art

Whilst learning about rationing and the need for people to ‘Grow their own’ the children made and tried Carrot Cookies.

cookies