The first thing that I wanted to say was how well the children have settled in back at school. It’s been lovely getting to know them all. They have been getting used to the new routines and remembering to wash their hands and do all the things that we need to do to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.
It’s such a shame that we couldn’t get together for a Meet the Teacher meeting but hopefully the information below will be helpful and of course, you can always contact me if you have further questions.
Our class book is Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura (linked with our topic Stone Age to Iron Age) and we will also be moving on to UG: Boy Genius by Raymond Briggs. Through these books, we will be writing for different purposes and audiences such as writing diary entries, stories, descriptive passages and instructions. We will be practising planning what we want to write and then editing and improving our work so that we can achieve our best writing.
Reading at home will really help develop children’s writing skills (including spelling and vocabulary). All children will read to an adult in school once a week so their books will need to be brought into school every day. They will also take part in whole class guided reading sessions as well as guided reading in small groups.
We ask that children read at home 4 times a week to an adult and that this is written into their reading record book. If children achieve this, this is celebrated by their names being written up on the reading stars on the Wow Board. If children read at home 4 times in that week, children will also have the chance to enter into our Reading Raffle. The Reading Raffle draw takes place at the end of each term and children have the chance to win a book. The number of reads a week is counted on a Monday so reading record books will need to be in school every Monday in order for names to be entered into the raffle.
Spelling patterns are practiced every week and we will be using Spelling Shed which is an on-line package for practising at home and logons are in the process of being set up. We will let you know as soon as it is ready to go.
We are finding out about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and asking ourselves what it was like to live in these times. We will also be exploring this through our art and design lessons. It would be great if you could encourage your children to be inquisitive about our topic. Perhaps they could choose to research something about the topic and tell the class about it; write about their research, or draw or make something related to the topic. This is a good opportunity for children to practice speaking in front of a small audience and share their learning and creations. If they choose to do any work at home on our topic, they will earn a house point.
This year, we will also be learning about the counties of the UK and the geographical make up of the UK so if you are visiting anywhere new, it would be lovely for the children to see where that is on a map and which county it is in.
In maths before progressing to each of the areas of maths that we cover in year 3, we will make sure that we are ready to progress by reminding ourselves of the key year 2 learnings for that maths topic. We are conscious that there will be some areas that were covered during lockdown and so we may spend a little longer on some topics than others so that children feel secure and confident in what they are learning.
In Year 3 we will be learning the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and will start by reminding ourselves of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Once children have mastered a times table, they will move up the times tables rocket and will be coming home soon with a times tables book mark to help them practise at home, alongside the practice we are doing in class. Times tables quizzes will be on a Friday and we have been using Top Marks “Hit the Button” times tables games to help practice (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button). This is also great to help with number bonds.
Homework will be set on Mathletics to consolidate learning and log-ons will be stuck into reading record books. Mathletics homework will be set on Tuesdays to be completed by the following Monday and children who complete it will earn a house point.
The children know that there is a worry box in the classroom that they can use if they want to share worries with me that they want to talk through. We have also been showing the children various calming techniques that they can have in their toolbox if they are feeling anxious or emotional, such as breathing techniques.
PE is on Wednesdays and children will need to come to school in their PE kit – everyone did a fantastic job of remembering this week!
If you need to contact me, do let me know through the office. Do feel free to use the reading record book as a way of communicating any quick messages to us too.
Lastly, if you are unable to access either Mathletics or Spelling Shed, do let me know as we can provide other means of children being able to practice these key skills at home.
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