Year 3 - Class Falcon
Welcome to Class Falcon!
This page is designed to let you know a little bit more about our class...we hope you find it helpful. If you ever have any questions about life in Class Falcon that you can't find the answer to on this page, you'll always be able to catch a member of our class team before or after school on the playground and we'll be happy to help.
Class Teachers: Mrs Elsdon and Mrs Charnley
Meet The Teacher
Click here for the Meet The Teacher 2019 Overview Presentation
Click here for the Class Falcon Meet The Teacher 2019 Presentation
We are launching a new Foundation Curriculum at Badsey for 2019-20, designed to ensure there is a progression of learning across the school. We will still keep The Big Idea, with the chosen strand for the Autumn Term being Respect. Throughout the Autumn 1 term, the specific focus will be on The 2019 Rugby World Cup.
In Falcon we will be studying the country of Japan and linking all our topic based learning to this; geography, history, music, art and dance will all be incorporated. To begin our unit we are lucky enough to have a professional rugby player visiting the children for the day. He will undertake a session with our class teaching the basics of rugby and linking it to respect. The children will also have the opportunity to ask him questions. Following the visit we will then join in with the whole school for a Rugby Opening ceremony on Friday 20th September – this will be an opportunity for the children to ‘show off’ some of their learning so far.
In our Maths Learning Journey we will be providing the children with a range of learning objectives based upon a specific maths topic area. On a daily basis, this enables us to focus our teaching upon their specific needs and provides the opportunity for the children to apply their maths skills in a range of contexts. The week will consist of four Maths Learning Journey lessons and one Basic Skills Maths lesson.
Maths coverage during the Autumn Term:
Three weeks beginning 2nd September - Place Value
Week beginning 23rd September- Rapid-recall of Addition and Subtraction
Fortnight beginning 30th September - Rapid-recall of Multiplication and Division
Fortnight beginning 14th October - Fractions and Decimals
Fortnight beginning 4th November - Formal Written Methods for Addition and Subtraction
Week beginning 18th November - Assessment week
Fortnight beginning 25th November- Formal Written Methods for Multiplication & Division
Week beginning 9th December - Time
Week beginning 16th December - Money
Our primary tool for teaching children to become amazing writers at Badsey remains Talk 4 Writing. To learn more about Talk 4 Writing, click here.
Our English learning journey begins with a non-chronological report about the countries of the World Cup, and a journey/quest story. For the second half of the term we will be learning to write a warning story and a recount.
Handwriting is a focus this term and we are closely monitoring the presentation of work with the aim of the children being to gain their Year 3 Pen License.
Other Important Information
PE will happen on a Monday afternoon, and occasionally on a Friday afternoon.
We ask that your child has their P.E kit in school with them every day please. During the cooler Winter months we recommend your child brings in a warm jumper and tracksuit bottoms. We also ask that your child doesn't wear pumps/daps for outdoor PE but instead brings their trainers in to school. They're much more appropriate and provide much better support for young feet.
Forest School lessons at Badsey is now reserved for Reception, Year 1 and Year 4. There will be opportunities for the children in Falcon to access the Forest School as part of their wider learning throughout the year - we'll contact you separately when this is relevant.
Falcons have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument throughout the year, this year they will be learning the ukulele. A peripatetic music teacher will be coming into school on a Friday morning to teach the children. There is no cost for these lessons.
This National Curriculum Spelling Appendix can be found here. Please familiarise yourselves with the national expectations for Year 3 pupils - they might be harder than you think. All children are expected to know the 100 common exception words as well as the range of spelling rules associated with the Y3 curriculum.
A copy of spellings for this term can be found in your child's homework folder as well as by clicking here. You will notice our initial focus for the Autumn terms is a consolidation of Y2 spelling rules. Please work with your child in helping them learn their weekly spelling rules, perhaps you would enjoy using some of the ideas in the homework folder.
Homework will be a choice grid, which has a range of activities for your child to choose from and ultimately aim to complete by the end of the term. We would like the homework brought into school on a Friday for them to share with their class.
We also ask that you read every day with your child at home, making a note in their reading diary when you have done so. Reading is the most important tool to unlocking all other areas of learning - please don't underestimate the importance of it! When reading with your child remember to ask them to regularly predict what they think will happen next and tell you why; clarify words they don't understand; ask them questions about what they are reading; and summarise what they have read with you when you have finished.
Helpful Website Links
The Topmarks website can be accessed here
Education City can be accessed here - your child will need their personal username and log-in