In Year 3 (Snapdragon Class) the children begin Key Stage 2 with added responsibilities and new curriculum areas. During the year, we continue to study the core areas of maths, literacy and science. As in Key Stage 1, units of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) typically last around 6 weeks.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is interwoven into all curriculum areas in order to support class work, as well as being taught as its own subject. The class start learning Spanish with a specialist teacher and continue lessons in Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Music and Physical Education (PE). Art, Geography and History are also incorporated into our IPC topics. We regularly enhance the curriculum with educational trips to a variety of venues and always encourage input from the children’s own interests and experience.
In the Junior’s, the children will begin to cope with a slightly longer day and start to work more independently. Responsibility for looking after the class and school environment, as well as personal belongings, is encouraged as is the setting of learning goals with teacher assistance. These learning targets are designed to help all children make the progress of which they are capable.
The children will receive homework once a week, which they have plenty of time to complete, and are expected to read either independently or with a parent for 15 – 20 minutes every night. Parents are asked to ensure a suitable PE kit (shorts, t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) is brought in on the appropriate days and that book bags come in on group reading days. We welcome parental support in the class, for example with reading, but especially with ensuring that children come to school on time and well prepared for their learning experience.