Year 3 is an exciting year where children begin their Key Stage Two journey, building upon the skills and knowledge they learnt in KS1 whilst becoming more independent learners
Throughout the year children are exposed to exciting topics as we bring our Power of Reading texts to life. We start our adventure by becoming mountaineers and exploring areas of the world in more detail, drawing upon our knowledge of continents from Year 2. We then travel back in time to discover the ancient worlds of the Stone Age and Egypt. We discover the underground world as we read Krindlekrax and build up our Geographical skills to explore our local area with increasing accuracy and understanding.
We also delve into the world of farming as we read Charlotte’s Web and use this understanding of rural locations to think about how England has changed since the time of Robin Hood.
With each topic area we have exciting curriculum days that allow the children to develop their understanding as well as a variety of skills including, teamwork and problem solving.
This is the first year where children have French lessons with a specialist Modern Languages Teacher, which provides yet more opportunities for children to discover hidden talents and new interests and skills. Children are also given an opportunity to go swimming at a different school within the Trust and they have singing lessons with specialised singing teachers.
In Year 3 we are proud to offer the children the exciting opportunity to sleepover at school. This is a chance for children to prepare for later residentials that take place during their time at Echelford.
Throughout Years 1-6 the learning is focused on mastering the end of year objectives set out in the 2014 National Curriculum.
In Years 1 & 2 the children follow the Key Stage 1 programmes of study as outlined in the National Curriculum and in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 they follow the Key Stage 2 programmes. The National Curriculum for both key stages consists of the core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science and Computing; and the foundation subjects; History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art and Design, Music, and P.E. The Surrey Agreed Syllabus is used for the teaching of Religious Studies (R.S).
Children are taught in mixed ability classes throughout the school. They progress through the classes according to age except in very exceptional instances where the individual needs of the child make an alternative programme necessary.