Skills for Life
Year 3 Curriculum
Early reading is taught through the Letters and Sounds programme. This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases.
To encourage children’s reading and writing skills, we work with the Power of Reading programme, helping to deliver high quality literacy lessons that encourages children to develop skills in reading and writing over all the genres covered in the National Curriculum.
We teach Maths by following the DFE approved framework through the use of ‘Active Learn – Power Maths”. This is a maths mastery scheme that is aimed at ensuring all children develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. In line with recommendations from the NCETM, and with support from the local maths Hub, we follow a Mastery approach to the teaching and learning of maths.
The rest of the curriculum is expertly designed using Learning Journeys to develop themes of study, linking subject ideas and is based around our skills for life values – respect, excellence, cooperation, independence, perseverance and enjoyment.
Please click on the links below to see what Year 3 are studying.
Clock Tower Project
The school was very lucky to be involved in Gravesham borough Councils Restoration project for the Clock Tower in Gravesend town. Year’s 2, 3 and 4 had a half day workshop with award winning community artist Wendy Daws to create life-size shadow tableaus of the Clock tower’s history. These were all printed as both postcards and large prints that were on display in the Blake Gallery. Year 4 visited the gallery to see the work on display.
The children will soon have a chance to see their images again as they are going to be displayed in the school.
Some Year 5’s also had the chance to have a guided history tour of the town with local historian Christopher Bull and were able to see the stone masons at work up close on the clock tower itself.
Year 3 Interfaith Week
In RE Year 3 have been learning about the Christian church and the festivals that take place inside it. As part of Gravesham’s Inter-faith week they went on a local visit to St Johns Roman Catholic Church. They were guided on a tour of the church by a local parishioner and asked many interesting questions. They also were lucky to talk to the Priest in charge of the church, Father Innocent and impressed him with all their knowledge of the artefacts inside the church.