The KJS Curriculum in Year 3

Welcome to Year 3. This information is designed to give parents some important details about the curriculum in Year 3 and to give some advice as to how best you may be able to help your child during Year 3 at Kowloon Junior School.

Our general aims for the children in Y3 are to encourage them to become more independent by developing a sense of responsibility, reinforcing their organisational skills and providing more opportunities for children to use their own initiative. We want the children to have fun at school and actively encourage their creativity and humour.

We will give a personal diary to each child in which they will record their home reading. Parents are asked to check their child's diary and sign it at least once weekly. If there are any concerns with your child, please inform the classteacher using the school diary or call the school office to make an appointment.

Home learning is loaded weekly onto the Y3 SPLAT page every Friday.  It is the children's responsibility to check for this. If a child has any problem with the homework then a note should be written from the parent in the school diary. Assistance may be given by the parent, but the final work should reflect the efforts of the child.  Some of our home learning activities are open ended to allow your child to work at their level..

Between 10 and 15 minutes a night should be devoted to reading. Some of this reading time should be spent in a shared reading experience with an adult. At home, the children should also be encouraged to read a variety of materials to include newspapers, magazines, comics, etc., as well as their school library books. Reading should be an enjoyable and positive experience. It is expected that the children will also spend time each day revising their spellings.

On occasions throughout the year, the children will be taken out of school to visit places of interest connected to their work. Full details of all such visits will be sent to parents well in advance. Parental assistance on the day is often requested and encouraged.

Y3 have two longers day visits to prepare them for when they do an overnight camp in Y4.  These day visits are a sailing day at Hebe Haven and a visit to Ark Eden farm on Lantau.

We also have a gardener come into school to work with the children during the year to plant and care for the various plants we are growing.

OUR CURRICULUM 

LANGUAGE

English

English is taught as a specialist subject and is also used in all areas of the curriculum.

Children in Y3 are exposed to a variety of reading materials to increase their fluency, expression, understanding and enjoyment of books. Emphasis is placed on using a variety of reading strategies in order to increase reading proficiency. In the classroom, the children will take part in shared, guided and individual reading activities. Home reading is an integral part of the learning process. As such, parents are encouraged to make reading a regular family activity providing daily opportunities for children to read aloud as well as silently. Time spent on reading is enormously valuable.

In order to develop writing skills, the children write for a wide variety of purposes using many different forms. These include writing stories, reports, letters, recounts of school trips, explanations and procedures or instructions. Spelling activities are designed to consolidate vocabulary throughout the curriculum and to provide students with strategies to improve accuracy. Children have a spelling journal through which they develop their capacity to learn new words and further challenge their own abilities.

Discussions, drama and role play activities form the basis of speaking and listening activities. Pupils are provided with many opportunities to convey ideas in class discussions. Listening skills are taught as a means of articulating clear responses upon reflection of ideas expressed by others. Children are reminded of the value of good listening skills and through such techniques as ‘circle time’ they develop greater competency.

Mandarin

The children will learn simple communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, numbers, festivals, food and drinks, the body, family, colour and other activities. Emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking skills. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively as a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, art work and other related activities. Pinyin will be introduced to enhance their learning of Mandarin.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics, the children are asked to apply their mathematical knowledge to the solving of everyday problems. They develop skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers up to 99. They investigate number patterns and are introduced to simple fractions. The children learn the names and properties of common 2D and 3D shapes. They are introduced to formal units of measurement which are used to calculate length, mass, and capacity. Informal units are used to calculate areas. The children learn to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks. They collect, classify, represent and interpret data using tables, graphs and diagrams.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE) 

P.E.

During this year, all children will be encouraged to be active through challenging and enjoyable activities in all the main areas of P.E. These areas are athletics, dance, games and gymnastics, each having its specific focus. Children are expected to work co-operatively, showing awareness for safety at all times. Competition is actively encouraged, with an emphasis on developing positive attitudes to the conventions of teamwork and fair, honest sporting behaviour. The children learn to cope with success and failure. Please ensure your child has a refillable water bottle and sun cap in school on PE days.

 

THE ARTS 

Music

In Y3, the music programme encourages the children to enjoy singing as a class and to sing with enthusiasm and feeling. Solo vocal work is introduced. The children begin to learn musical language and concepts, eg. dynamics, speed, notation. They learn to respond to musical stimuli. Instrument playing includes using a glockenspiel and recorder. The children listen to longer excerpts of music and begin to appraise and understand the compositions.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

ICT

The children practise the essential skills of loading programs, entering information and saving work, in addition to developing keyboard familiarity and computer mouse control. They learn more about how programs are stored and the way in which the filing system operates. The children experience graphics and text programs and are able to print their work. They explore 'adventure' games, which involves co-operative work as well as skills in Mathematics and English. The programming language of 'Logo' is introduced, which enables the children to write, test and modify a series of instructions to control a screen turtle. They are introduced to the Internet and learn how to access a web page and to send and receive e-mail. In support of the weekly lessons that each class receive will be the almost daily use of the laptops as part of our laptop program. This will enable students’ access to ICT to support their learning in regards to the whole school curriculum. 

 

“MEET YOUR CHILD’S CLASS TEACHER” SESSIONS

We hope this information has given you a brief introduction to your child's year in Year 3. We look forward to meeting you in September for the Introductory Parents Meeting. The evening will take place in your child’s classroom where we will be able to give you more information and answer any of your questions. Specialist teachers will also be available during the evening.

During the school year parents are invited to Parent/Teacher consulataion meetings in November and March. This is followed in the Summer term with a full academic report sent to all families.

All parents are sent a termly update of curriculum information which will provide more specific details of the learning objectives to be covered and allows for further support at home if required.

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