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Year 3 - Toucans

Welcome to Toucan Class!

My name is Miss Comerford and I am the class teacher of our terrific Toucan Class. The wonderful Mrs Parsons also works with our class to help us with our learning. In Toucan Class we love to learn and enjoy having fun while we’re at it. We work hard in all of our learning and enjoy working with each other in a kind and caring learning environment. We have the same 3 rules throughout the school which makes it easy for us to follow them. They are: Keep safe, Use your Values and Be the best that you can be" We learn about and practice these rules every day.

Our Daily Routine
 
Our week consists of a variety of exciting lessons. We start each day with a whole school assembly, even lockdown couldn’t stop this and we still enjoy virtual assemblies every day! We have Maths and English each morning. In the afternoons we explore Science, History, Geography, RE, Computing, PSHE, PE, French, Art and Music.
 
Our Year Ahead
 
In Year 3 we study the Romans or the Egyptians and have themed days to help us to live a day in the life of a Roman or Egyptian. We also go on a Faith Tour where we visit a Gurdwara, Mosque and a church where we further our learning of different faiths through this first-hand experience. As part of our geography learning we explore rainforests, finding out about what it is like in a rainforest and the animals that live there.
 
We believe in the power of a Growth mindset
 
In Toucan Class we continue to develop our understanding of the 5 R’s – Resilience, Reasoning, Responsibility, Resourceful, Reflective - and how they help us to use the power of a growth mindset. We know that mistakes help us to learn and use resilience to overcome challenges. We try to be resourceful learners, using what we know to help us solve problems as well as taking responsibility for your learning and the learning of our classmates. Remember Toucans can do it!
 
We believe in the power of a Growth mindset

In Toucan Class we continue to develop our understanding of the 5 R’s – Resilience, Reasoning, Responsibility, Resourceful, Reflective - and how they help us to use the power of a growth mindset. We know that mistakes help us to learn and use resilience to overcome challenges. We try to be resourceful learners, using what we know to help us solve problems as well as taking responsibility for your learning and the learning of our classmates. Remember Toucans can do it!
 
Key skills are important

In Toucan Class we have spellings to practice every week. These help us to recognise different spelling rules and patterns and we have a test in class on a Friday morning. We also have a times table of the week to develop our fluency of the multiplication facts up to the 12 times table in preparation for the times table check in Year 4. We learn each times table in order, out of order and then the matching division fact to help us develop a strong understanding of these mathematical facts. Reading is another key skill and we aim to read every day. We really enjoy echo reading as a class, where the teacher reads a sentence and then we read it back. It really helps us to hear how the teacher uses her voice in different sentences and we like discussing interesting words and phrases too.
 
 
How we keep our bodies and mind fit and healthy
 
We have PE twice a week in Toucan class and really enjoy these lessons. Our PE days are a Tuesday and a Thursday and PE is in the afternoon. At the moment we come to school in our PE clothes on these day and have to remember to wear the appropriate kit for the weather, jumpers, joggers and hats in the winter and shorts and t-shirts in the summer. We also like to include some fitness into every day. This could a daily mile on the playground outside or a Go noodle in the classroom. We all love to have dance to some music! To keep our minds healthy, we have a weekly PSHE lesson which allows us to talk about a variety of different topics as a class. We also have a weekly well-being assembly as a whole school where we get to share ideas with the rest of the school too. We also aim to have a mindful moment each day too. This could be by listening to a piece of calming music or looking at an interesting picture for a few moments.