A big welcome back to you all! We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Thanks for your contribution to the awesome start we have had in Year 3. The children have arrived looking fresh and eager to be back. I am looking forward to all the new things we have coming up for your children this term.
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 on Thursdays. Children need the school P.E kit including trainers. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform on of this day so they can participate.
Science: Magnets and Springs
Art: Weather symbols, weather satellites and rain paintings.
I.C.T: We are animators- creating a cartoon.
Music: Salt, pepper, Vinegar unit
R.E: People of faith, Mosque, Chinese New Year and Easter
Spanish: Spanish lessons will be on a Friday
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 can change their reading books when needed, but 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 don’t worry or be upset. The table needs to be written out each night in the next steps book and brought into school each day.
Library: We will be going to the library every 3 weeks on a Friday morning. Our first session will be Friday 24th January.
Homework: Homework will be given out on Friday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday please. They will be also be given spelling words on a Friday and will be tested on these the following Friday. If your child is struggling with a piece of homework, please speak to Lorren or myself. 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 child’s 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 me if you have any concerns, or if I have forgotten to do something that I said I would do, or make a mistake about something. Teachers are only human and make mistakes too!
With best wishes
Sarah and Lorren