Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday. It is wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm. We are writing to share some information about life in year 3.
Our two classes are Rabbits class with our teacher Mrs Mac Taggart and Hares class with Miss Neil. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Gaydon, Mrs Evans and Mrs Harwood.
Curriculum and key dates
This term our topics are ‘Revolting Recipes’ and ‘Stones and Bones.’ The term begins with an exploration of some exciting texts such as “The Rascally Cake,” and “George’s Marvellous Medicine.” In science we will be discovering all about healthy eating and how our bodies move. We will be using atlases to find out where our food comes from. In Art we will study the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo and create our own paintings in his style. The second half term sees us learn all about early history starting with the Stone Age and a visit from an explorer! Our science during this part of the term will be investigating rock types and how they are formed. In RE, we study the topics of Creation and how the Christmas Story is portrayed through art.
Forest School sessions for year 3 are on a Tuesday. Further details will be sent to the children participating in the first block of 6 sessions in a separate letter this week.
We will be having an Open Classroom on Wednesday 12 September from 3:20-4:15. Please come and visit and enjoy the opportunity to see your child’s new classroom and teacher. We will also be having a “Stone Age Day” to launch our new topic after half term. Details will follow in a separate letter.
KS2 Superstar worship takes place on Friday mornings, where one member of each class is chosen to receive a certificate for their work that week. The work of these children is shared and the rest of the key stage has a chance to hear about their achievements.
Homework and reading at home
Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the school library – each class will visit once a week – and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home.
Every time you read at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. Children will be awarded house points for every occasion on which they read at home. When children have finished a chapter book, they need to record the title of the book at the back of the reading diary so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.
English homework will consist of spellings to practise and a short activity to support this. These will be tested on a Thursday. They will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns.
Maths homework is set on a Thursday and needs to be completed by the following Wednesday. This will either be an activity on the website MyMaths, or a choice of differentiated tasks based on what has been covered in class that week. Occasionally it might be a game to play and practise basic skills such as telling the time. Children will be given their log-on details for MyMaths over the course of the next week and if these become misplaced, they should inform their class teacher.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. The times tables Rockstars Challenge is held at least three times a week. This half term we will focus on the three times table and move on to the four times table after half term. By the end of Year 3 children are expected to know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables with related division facts. These are also in the home school diaries.
All children are expected to complete and hand their homework in on time. If children are finding it difficult to complete their homework at home, they can choose to attend ‘Learning Links’ (a homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.
PE in year 3 is usually on a Monday or Wednesday and a Friday. Please can your child have their PE kit in school every day. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the Home/School contact book. As an alternative or addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the Juniors. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are also useful. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a named water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Just a reminder that a snack is no longer provided at breaktime for Key Stage 2 pupils.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. Lost property is located in the first aid area.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary as they are checked at the start of each day.
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs D Mac Taggart and Miss E Neil