Welcome to Year 3

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are refreshed for a very busy term ahead.


Our curriculum for the Spring term can be viewed using the link in the 'Documents' section of this page.  Please spend a few minutes looking through this.  It is an ideal way to engage in your child’s learning, by talking about what they might be doing during their topic.  Although it does give you an indication of what the children will be learning during the topic, it is a working document and may change accordingly.


I the first week of each half term your child will bring home a homework book with a list of spellings to learn each week of the term.  Please help your child to practise these spellings in their book.  It is recommended that your child practises their spellings every night.  Now that they are in KS2, they need to be able to apply this in a sentence.  They should do these in their spelling book.  Children will be tested on the spellings on Friday and will include previous spellings already learnt to ensure these are not forgotten.  A list of spellings your child needs to practise from last term will also be sent out shortly.  It is really important that these are revisited to ensure they can spell them correctly in the next test.


Children can change their reading books first thing in the morning.  Once they have completed a book, they can take a quiz on an 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. We are in fierce competition with the rest of KS2 to win the most reading points for a special trip each term. We can’t let year 5 win again!


As with spellings and reading, your child will be learning their times tables.  This will also form part of your child’s homework and so should be practised on a regular basis.  They will be reviewing all their previous times tables and this half term we will be starting to learn our eight times tables.  In year 3, we focus on knowing and understanding multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.  No further times tables will be learnt in this year as our focus is embedding and knowing these facts inside out.  Our maths for this half term is multiplication and division so being able to know these is essential in being able to problem solve and answer more complex multiplication and division problems.  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


We start this term off with our topic ‘Shake, Rock and Roll’.  We will be looking at how rocks and soils are formed.  We will be having a day at Wheal Martyn on Tuesday 16th January.  We will be going in the mini bus in two groups.  We will be there for the whole day, so please provide a packed lunch and drink for your child.  Please could you let me know as soon as possible if your child claims free school meals and  will need to have a packed lunch provided by school.  Please find attached the permission form for this trip. 


We will also be creating our own Japanese Rock Gardens in Art.  For this children will need to bring in a large tray with a small rim.  An old baking tray will be ideal.  We will be using it to hold a layer of sand, so it does need to be fairly robust.  We will be decorating it with pebbles and smooth stones, so children could begin to look for these to bring in too.


In addition, we are starting our dance rehearsals.  We have been given our rehearsal slot at the Hall for Cornwall on the afternoon of the event (Tuesday 30th January).  Children will leave after lunch in two mini-buses and will need to bring an additional packed dinner as we will not be returning to school.

The children will need plain black PE shorts and a plain bright coloured t-shirt to wear (the brighter the better).  Please could these be sent in as soon as possible in a named carrier bag. 


Please could you complete the attached form to advise us if you are attending the show.  If you are not, please could you advise us if you will still be collecting your child from Truro, or you have arranged for them to be taken home by another parent, or you would prefer them to return on the minibus to school.  The event finishes at 8pm, so it is likely that the minibus will return at approx. 9pm after all other children have been collected.


Then the following Tuesday (6th February), we are off to Truro Museum to kick off our topic ‘Set in Stone’.  We will also be visiting Truro Cathedral as part of our RE topic. Details of this and other trips will be forthcoming shortly.  We will continue this topic after half term, and then roll on into the ‘What have the Romans done for us’, which will take us up to the Easter Holidays. 


As you can see, a very busy term lies ahead! Tuesday will be trip day for this term.  How exciting! I look forward to seeing you all shortly for parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress so far.


Kind regards,


Karen Welch            Carole Grigg            Shirley Lewis, Sue Allwood & Vickie Webber

Class Teacher          HLTA                        TAs                            


Year 3 Spring Term 1 and 2 Curriculum Summary.pdfDownload
Year 3 Spellings - Spring 1.pdfDownload
Year 3 Spellings - Spring 2.pdfDownload
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