King Richard III College is one of the best British International Schools in Mallorca (Majorca), Spain. The atmosphere in our school is one that
reflects the happiness of our pupils and staff and their respect for themselves and each other, and is at the heart of everything we do. Our
Primary School pupils are nurtured and encouraged to achieve their potential in their learning journey with us.
In Year Three, which is the beginning of Key Stage Two in Primary education, we follow the English National Curriculum, using textbooks and materials from the UK.
Year 3 has a truly international flavour with children from all over Europe and often from countries as far flung as Australia, China and the USA, making the singing of Happy Birthday rather a lengthy occasion at times! Year 3 is a wonderful age group to teach. They are full of enthusiasm for all aspects of the curriculum, whether studying rocks, using magnets, drawing their shadows or discussing just why Henry VIII needed all those wives. There is a sense of wonder and delight which makes one realise how privileged we are to be part of their learning process.
We often begin the school day with Mathematics. Times tables are practised on a weekly basis as well as number facts. Children also strengthen their problem-solving skills, using both mental and written strategies.
We also take great strides forward with our English curriculum. Time is spent focussing on oral presentation, such as taking part in debates and reciting poetry. This helps develop confidence and general fluency of language. There are also several reading levels. Independent reading is greatly encouraged, and this is where our very well-equipped school library comes in. Apart from our weekly class visit, it is used constantly, both for research and pleasure. It is very gratifying to see children who might have started the year with a limited ability in English playing the part of Arthur, Merlin, Theseus or Ariadne in one of our weekly assemblies!
The school year seems to fly by in Year 3 because apart from our academic work the children enjoy taking part in Hallowe’en activities, Christmas plays, Carnival and Sports Day. It seems our annual End-of-Year ceremony in June comes round very fast!