Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 is an exciting year for the boys as they move from Pre-Prep to Prep. The transition is as seamless as possible with support from the staff, and from pupils in older year groups.
English and Maths are taught daily and draw on the wider curriculum wherever possible. Weekly tests in spelling and times tables build on previous work and develop the speed of recall. In English, Year 3 boys build on their knowledge of phonics, root words, suffixes and prefixes. In maths, we continue the “Maths No Problem” scheme of work which develops and challenges the boys’ thinking skills and independence, and will be familiar from Year 2.
There is an exciting and varied Science curriculum, including magnets and forces, light and shadows, and plants and rocks. There are plenty of practical experiments to enjoy and the boys will learn about predictions, observations and fair testing. Our aim is for all boys to be confident in their thinking and to structure answers independently using sophisticated and topic based vocabulary in oral and written work.
In Geography, we study the countries of Canada and Scotland, developing knowledge and understanding of the physical features and human aspects of these interesting places, and the boys have a go at building igloos, volcanoes and waterfalls. Our History studies of the Celts supports our work on Scotland and the boys will also learn about the Stone Age. In R.E, the boys study Sikhism and Christianity.
Emotional development is extremely important throughout the APS journey and we continue this in Year 3 through the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Along with the growing awareness of their own emotions, we encourage an awareness of others ,including support of local and International charities.
There are lots of opportunities to participate in lunchtime and after school clubs all suited to different skills, interests and physical abilities. These include football, cross country, dodgeball and choir. Boys are also encouraged to take individual music lessons, providing the skills on which to build for future opportunities such as orchestra, string and wind groups.