Welcome back to a new school year. We are so pleased to be returning back to normality whilst keeping ourselves and others safe. Year 3 have settled in well and we are working hard to ensure that the transition from KS1 to KS2 is as smooth as possible for them.
Your child’s homework grid will be sent home at the beginning of the term and will focus on reading, spelling and times table practice. Homework books will be given out on a Friday and will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday at the latest. PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday this term. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit each week and is not wearing earrings on PE days.
Our focus in English this term will be on ‘Biographies’. We will learn how biographies are structured and how they can presented in different forms. We will be exploring lots of new vocabulary and developing this to use in the children’s writing. We will be immersing the children in lots of texts and information so then the children can go on to write their own biographies on a different famous local person.
We will be having extra handwriting and reading sessions this term. This is to make sure that the children are at the correct standard in these subjects to continue to progress this year. Please at home in any homework or home learning ensure that your child is using their best handwriting and presentation. Please also make sure that your child is reading if possible every day. The school is trialling a new online Reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupils reading age but it relies on the children to use this resource on a daily basis so please make sure they are using it at home.
This term we will cover numbers up to 1000 and focus on the value of each digit: place value. Pupils will learn how to compose and decompose numbers, compare, order and look for patterns. Then we will move on to addition and subtraction. We will start off with simple addition before moving on to addition where renaming is required. Subtraction is also covered in a similar way where simple subtraction is mastered before moving to subtraction where renaming is required. Once pupils master addition and subtraction, they start to look at problem solving questions and practice using bar models.
We will be having extra catch up lesson of Maths every day. This is to make sure that the children are working at the correct level. Please make sure at home that you doing times table practice every day.
PSHE sessions will take place in the classroom during assembly time. Children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries openly. We also have a worry box in class that children can use to share concerns anonymously.
If you have any concerns please book an appointment with a member of the Year 3 staff at the office. Alternatively if you would like a more informal chat, please feel free to discuss with a member of staff before or after the end of school.
Finally, here’s hoping we have a more normal year ahead. Please continue to stay safe.