Whilst Year 3 marks the transition into Key Stage Two, we build on the practice of EYFS and KS1, endeavouring to continue the culture of learning through hands-on experience and harnessing children’s natural curiosity.
Our year includes multiple trips out and we welcome visitors linked to our topics studied. In addition, we plan for immersive days to bring our learning to life. Some examples include our trip to ‘Butser’- an archaeological Ancient Farm- where children can make connections between the different periods of prehistory studied in Year 3; workshops at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to embed our understanding of the Rock Cycle and inviting families of St John’s who have lived in North America to speak to our class and share first-hand experience of what life is like and how it compares with Sevenoaks.
Year 3 sees an exciting milestone in reading, as an increasing number of children progress to become ‘free-readers’, having confidently completed the phonics scheme and related books. With a new world of books on offer, we guide children towards suitable reads by sharing appropriate and engaging texts together as a class, making sure that we make these series of books available in our class-book-corner. This way, the children are exposed to a range of texts and can sample some before trying for themselves.
Our creative curriculum sees Year 3 children take up recorder in our music lessons; engage in outreach Art and Design projects at Sevenoaks School- including working with different materials such as clay, and playing our part in the greatly anticipated KS2 summer production performed at Walthamstow Hall’s Ship Theatre.