4th September 2014
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.
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
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
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 lessons will be once a week for both Topaz and Diamond on
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
look forward to working with you throughout the year.
With best wishes
Tom and Sandra -
Bianca and Lorren -