4th September 2014

Dear Parents,

The Year 3 team hope you enjoyed the summer break and would like to welcome you and your child to year 3. We are looking forward to working with you and your child over the year.

There is a busy and exciting year ahead, with new topics to learn and enjoy in year 3. It is important that school and home work together as a team; you know your child best, but we both want your child to be happy and make progress in school. Please do not hesitate to contact me before 8.45am or after school if you or your child has any worries or concerns.

Please ensure your child is punctual and arrives in the playground by 8.55. Handwriting/mental maths lesson starts at 9am sharp. 

Below is a list of topics covered this term, visits and hopefully some useful information. A summary of the timetable is overleaf.

P.E: At the moment P.E is once a week on Thursday for both Diamond and Topaz classes. Please ensure your child has the correct school P.E. kit including trainers.

Science: Investigating rocks will be our first science topic.

History: The Stone Age

Art: Cave paintings and book covers.

I.C.T: We are researchers.                                             

Music: We are music researchers.

R.E: Creation stories and Harvest festival

Spanish:  Spanish lessons will be once a week for both Topaz and Diamond on Tuesdays.

Reading: I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for your child to be able to read confidently and with good comprehension in all areas of the curriculum. Please encourage him/her to read each night at home for at least 10 minutes. The more children read, the more fluent they become.  In year 3, your child will be encouraged to read more demanding books for longer periods of time, independently and with sustained concentration. They will also be encouraged to read independently in class for topic research purposes or to complement literacy work.

Pact Folders/Guided Reading: Children will be allowed to change their reading books as they finish and we will check that they have been reading at home each night. Children will be grouped for guided reading sessions according to their ability.  Some children will have extra reading sessions on an individual basis.

Maths Targets/Next Steps: After we have tested the children on the times and division tables we will be giving out individual targets. The emphasis is on immediate recall, so children will at times revisit lower tables to check they still have instant recall. Please donít worry or be upset.

Library: Topaz and Diamond will be going alternate weeks to the library on a Wednesday. Diamondís first session will be Wednesday 10th September, followed by Topaz on Wednesday 17th September.

Homework: Homework will be given out on Friday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday please. If your child is struggling with a piece of homework, please speak to anyone in the Year 3 team. Alternatively, write a message on their homework. We encourage parents to help with the homework, but of course not to do it for them, as we need to know if children are struggling with something.

Tissues: I would be grateful if each family could donate a box of tissues each term.

Fruit and Drink: Children can bring in their own named water bottles, which they can drink from in class and refill in school.  Fruit can be eaten at playtime.

Uniform: PLEASE LABEL ALL your childís clothes so that we can find all those mislaid articles! Children always say they left it on their chair/coat peg etc and then it is found in the hall, playground, library, ICT suite and so on. We will do our best to help your child find lost belongings, but it is important that your child takes responsibility for looking after their own possessions too.

Finally, as I said before, do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns, or if we have forgotten to do something that we said we would do, or make a mistake about something. Teachers are only human and make mistakes too!

We look forward to working with you throughout the year.

With best wishes 

Tom and Sandra - Diamond

Bianca and Lorren - Topaz




Year 3 Topaz timetable 2014-15
Topaz timetable

 If you would like to print this timetable, here an A4 sized PDF version.
Year 3 Diamond timetable 2014-15
Diamond timetable

If you would like to print this timetable, here is an A4 sized PDF version.
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