Year 3 consists of three mixed ability form groups, each with their own assigned form tutor. The role of each form tutor is to provide support in all areas of the curriculum – academic, intellectual, emotional, social and physical. A form time at the beginning and end of every school day ensures that time is available to quietly settle, organise and provide support within class.
In Year 3, we aim for our children to look forward to their lessons! We ensure that the curriculum is exciting, stimulating and attainable, with lessons being 40 minutes in length. The majority of the lessons are taught within each form, ensuring that each pupil benefits from a rich and diverse curriculum.
Some other lessons – such as Physical Education, Music, Information Technology, Art, Dance and Drama – are taught by specialist teachers in purpose-designed teaching facilities. This affords Year 3 pupils the opportunity to learn how to cope with moving around the school, handing homework in on the right day and being prepared for the right lessons with the correct books and equipment. At Hallfield, every Year 3 pupil learns to play an orchestral instrument and, during their time in this year, pupils enjoy free instrumental lessons with a specialist teacher, free instrument hire and the opportunity to showcase their developing skills at least twice in the year in a concert setting.
Equally, the children benefit from routine: each day they enjoy a half-hour reading session after lunch, during which they are invited to read with an adult to develop fluency and comprehension. Children are also expected to read every night at home.
In Year 3 the children enjoy many extracurricular opportunities that include various trips, workshops and individual music lessons. We have high expectations of behaviour and we encourage independence, self-awareness and the ability to be a team player. Our aim is to develop healthy, happy and confident children.
The Year 3 curriculum provides a high-quality academic education based on a broad, balanced and, in part, differentiated curriculum. This is delivered by dynamic and challenging teaching, which in turn, encourages a sense of enquiry and a love of learning in children.