Welcome to the Autumn Term. The children have had a great start to the school year and have settled into KS2 very well. They are very excited about being part of KS2 and all the new opportunities they will be provided with. I am looking forward to a very busy and exciting Autumn Term with the children.
Staff in Year 3
Class Teacher- Miss Tonna
Teacher (Tuesday mornings)- Mrs Harper
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Sirrell
Our first topic is Stone Age to Iron Age. So far the children have been very interested in learning about the Stone Age and have been asking lots of questions, which is great! They are looking forward to learning about how people lived in the prehistoric times and discovering how their lives were different to ours.
Year 3’s curriculum news will be sent out soon and will be on the class page as well, which will have information about what the children will be learning in the Autumn Term. The children may want to continue their learning at home. We encourage them to bring in any learning related to our topic that they have been doing at home to share with the class.
Reading records handed in
Home Learning diaries handed in
Children visit the school library every other week
Cracking Times Tables test
Home learning handed in
Home learning is sent home (English, maths or topic)
Spellings sent home
Home Learning Diaries
Your child will record home learning and notices in their home learning diary, so please check them regularly. Their diary will need to go between home and school daily. The diary is a great communication tool between teacher and parents, so please feel free to write any non-urgent messages in it. Please sign them at the weekend and we will check and sign your child’s diary on a Monday. The children will write ‘No home learning’ so parents know their child hasn’t forgotten to write it down.
Please continue to listen to your child read and record this in their reading record. We encourage the children to read as much as possible and to read a range of different types of books. If your child reads four times a week for four weeks, they will receive a sticker in their reading record.
The children will be working towards getting a pen licence in Year 3. When they have demonstrated that their handwriting is consistently joined and neat they will get their pen licence. Once they have a pen licence they can use pen for their writing but will continue to use a pencil for underlining using a ruler and in maths. The children are all very excited about earning their pen licence.
Cracking Times Tables
The children will have a 3 minute times table test on a Thursday morning. The ability to recall facts accurately and at speed is a valuable skill, which pupils will apply to various aspects of maths. Children will start at level 1 and move up each successive level when they have achieved full marks in their weekly test. The tests are more challenging as the levels progress. A letter will be coming home shortly to provide you with some more information. Your child will bring home their test sheets each week so that you can see how they are progressing and any areas for focus.
New spellings will be stuck into your child’s home spelling book on a Friday to learn for the following Thursday. These words should be practised in their home spelling books three times. Activities may include, copying the words out using the look, cover, write and check method, writing words in sentences, rainbow writing (using a different colour for each letter) or looking words up in a dictionary. The spellings will either follow a spelling pattern or they will be the Year 3 common exception words.
The children have dance is on Wednesday afternoons and Games on Thursday afternoons. After half term the children will have Gymnastics on Monday afternoons and swimming on Thursday mornings. The children should have their PE kits in school at all times. Earrings must be taken out for PE, we recommend that earrings are not worn on PE days.
Children should present themselves smartly and set a good example at all times. Hair should be tied back with plain hair ties. If your child wears earrings, please ensure they are small studs.
If your child wishes they can bring in a healthy snack to eat during morning break time.
Please be reminded that we are a nut free school and request no nut products in lunchboxes or for snacks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.
Take a look at our Year 3 WOW! Writing by clicking the link below: