Year 3 is the first year of Key Stage 2, a four-year stage of education for age groups 7 – 11. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 Key Stage 2 programmes of study, and pupils are taught most subjects by their class teacher. Occasionally some team-teaching occurs, where teachers within the year group take other classes in subjects that exploit their particular areas of expertise and interest - ensuring our Year 3 pupils stay as inspired and engaged as possible throughout the year.
At the start of Key Stage 2, children are encouraged wherever possible to pursue creative, independent thinking and learning to grow their confidence by posing their own questions. Year 3 study encompasses a variety of teaching and learning styles, and generally has either a scientific, historical or geographical focus. However, as in previous years, pupils in Year 3 study cross-curricular topics and these include aspects of all three subjects, along with RE, PSHEE, Art, Design Technology, ICT and of course Maths and Literacy.
Participation forms a big part of how Year 3 is taught, and children are given opportunities to participate in class discussions, presentations, assemblies and school productions. Speaking and Listening activities, such as pupils' sharing their experiences with others or listening to poetry, will often arise out of our programme of planned topics and this helps develop confidence and self-belief, curiosity and independence.
As part of the Year 3 Curriculum in Maths and Science, input sessions are often followed by a range of activities and investigations to keep pupils engaged and help develop their own academic understanding. Group work forms part of this, and pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways to pursue the areas in which they find the most interest.
Developing self-esteem and independence is also key in Year 3, alongside providing a happy, productive and purposeful learning environment.
In Year 3 our pupils will be given homework on some nights that is a consolidation of what they've learnt during the week. Again, this encourages independence, and should take no more than approximately 15 minutes.