Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to the Autumn term in Year 3. I hope that you have had a brilliant holiday and I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the year.
The children have settled in very well and are adjusting to the new routines in the classroom and life in KS2.
The first half of the Autumn term will be based on the book Meerkat Mail. To support this topic, we shall visit Screech Owl Sanctuary to see the meerkats and other animals (a separate letter will be sent out nearer the time). The second half of the Autumn term will be Set in Stone. This topic is based on learning about the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We shall be visiting Wheal Martyn for this topic.
The breakdown of what we will be covering in each subject is attached. It details what your child will be learning during the topic. Although, as it is a working document it may change accordingly.
Spellings will be tailored to your child’s ability and are sent out at the beginning of the week. Please can the spelling books be returned to school on Friday as this will be when the Spellings tests take place. Each week they will be tested on the ‘weekly’ pattern, but also on a few words from previous weeks to aid retention. Spelling lists can be downloaded from the document sections on the right.
Spelling Bees will continue to take place half termly with the aim being that children revisit patterns taught so as to further root them in their memory and understanding.
As with spellings and reading, your child will be extending their times tables knowledge and learning the 3x, 4x and 8x tables. We shall be focusing on knowing and understanding all the multiplication and division facts for these times tables. In the future, this will form part of your child’s homework and so should be practised on a regular basis. No further times tables will be learnt in this year as our focus is embedding and knowing these facts inside out. Children will be tested every week. Please support them with this daily. Remember your children can practise these too using the following website http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button. Education City is also a useful tool to encourage children to take ownership of their learning. Mathsrockx is an app which you can download and children can learn their times tables by singing them to the latest songs.
For the majority of the children in KS2 we use Accelerated Reader as our reading programme. For those who are ready to access it, they have taken a STAR reader test to generate a ZPD score. This score gives a range of book levels that your child should be comfortable in. The children will move through the book levels as soon as we see consistent attitude and scores. We encourage that children read regularly and that they complete the quizzes. You will soon be able to be even more informed with your child’s quizzes and scores! We have worked hard in school over the last few years to build a greater respect for reading and we are starting to see the impact in terms of reading levels and also within the children’s writing. With this in mind, please encourage your child to read regularly.
Children can change their reading books first thing in the morning. Once they have completed a book, they can take a quiz on the iPad. Children are rewarded for achievements in these quizzes, so it is really important that the children understand what they have read. We would be grateful if you can remind your child when his/her book needs to be changed. Please ensure that your child brings his/her reading book and record to school every day as children may be required to read their book during the day.
Children need to have their PE kits in all week – black shorts (joggers will be advisable as we approach the chillier months!), and a red t-shirt. If a child does not have a PE kit they will use the school spares to ensure they are not missing out on the curriculum.
PE takes place first thing on a Monday morning and a Friday afternoon. If your child is unable to take part due to illness or injury, please send a note into school with your child or send a message through the office.
Now that your child is in KS2, they are no longer provided with fruit/snack for first break. If you would like your child to have a snack, please pack an extra snack in their lunch box.
Parent briefing slides from Tuesday 18th September can be downloaded from the documents section on the right.
If you have any concerns or queries about your child or any other issue, please do not hesitate to talk to me after school or arrange a meeting through the office.
Mrs Campbell (Class Teacher) Mrs Mansfield (HLTA) Mrs Harrison (Teaching Assistant) Mrs Carlin (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Lewis (Teaching Assistant)