Dear Parents/Carers of children in Year 3,
Hello and welcome to Year 3 and the Upper School! We are very much looking forward to a hardworking, exciting and fun year this year.
Some aspects of life in the juniors are different to that of KS1 and might take a while to get used to. During this first week we will be helping the children with their new routines and showing them where things can be found. We hope that the transition letter and this information will help to answer any queries you may have in all aspects of life in the Upper School.
Each half term parents will receive a class curriculum overview of the topics we will be covering and other important dates. Curriculum letters will be sent home via Schoolcomms, alternatively please click here for the Class Curriculum Overview page on the website.
Resources are provided for your child, so they do not need to bring in a pencil case. They will need a blue Raglan book bag to carry their home learning and reading books between school and home.
This year each child will be given a Home learning Book containing a home learning jigsaw. The home learning jigsaw will include Maths, English and IPC games, activities and tasks. In addition to this, spelling activities and games will be sent home which will support the children’s learning in phonics, spelling rules and grammar. Spelling will be sent home on a Friday and will be due back no later than the following Wednesday along with their chosen home learning task.
We also hope that you will take the opportunity to comment in your child’s book. Perhaps to tell us of any issues they had with their home learning, or whether they needed a lot of support with the task given. Please encourage your children to take pride in their presentation of their learning.
Reading is a key focus for us in Year 3. It underpins everything that the children do in school, and will continue to do so, in their lives after school! For a child to succeed in writing, they have to have access to a wide variety of books which can provide a new and rich vocabulary. If your child reads extensively, it shows very clearly in the writing that they produce.
We would recommend the children read at least 3 times a week. Please check that your child can decipher unfamiliar words and their meanings, we would like you to question your child about what they have read to check their inference and deduction skills (in other words what the text is actually suggesting rather than stating). For example, the following extract is from a novel in the Year 3/4 reading scheme and is by the author Anthony Horowitz:
It had stopped raining. Tim and I walked along the South Bank, leaving the London Eye behind us. There were workmen ahead of us, shovelling a rich, black, ooze onto the surface of the road. On the pavement, a tramp stood with an upturned hat, playing some sort of plinky-plonk music on a strange instrument.
Some questions after reading this passage could be:
Please write a comment in your child’s reading record every time you hear them read and let us know how they got on. Your child will have a guided group reading session once a week with their class teacher. In addition, we would welcome any parent helpers who can come in to hear individual readers.
Please support your child with the following areas of Maths, please remember it is important for children to experience Maths in a real life context i.e. going to the shop and paying for an item or reading bus timetables.
P.E. kits should be kept in school all week and only taken home at the end of each half term for washing. The kit should include blue shorts, a school t-shirt, dark blue tracksuit bottoms (if needed), socks and a pair of plimsolls that fit. All should be named clearly, with a permanent laundry marker or sewn in.
Attendance in school is very important. If your child misses a day it often has a knock on effect to future lessons that build on what they have been taught. Please avoid taking holidays with your children during term time. Please do not keep your child home from school for minor illnesses. If they have a cold, cough or sniffle, they should be still sent to school having had some cold relief medication before they arrive. We are sensitive to those children who are feeling under the weather and we do look after them. Please give your child the best opportunity to achieve.
Please refer to the Behaviour and Relationships Policy under the Our School, School Policies section of the website. We will continue to use the behaviour system introduced in Year 2.
Correct school uniform should be worn at all times and all items should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class. Spot uniform checks do take place!!
Nail varnish should not be worn in school. Long hair (both boys and girls) should be tied back with appropriate blue accessories matching our school uniform. Plain stud earrings and a watch may be worn, but no other jewellery. Children will be required to remove jewellery for P.E. If earrings cannot be removed, they should be covered in tape for the lesson so please teach your child to do this for themselves.
As you are probably aware, school life is busy! We have a lot of great activities we would like to carry out with Year 3, as a result we will to ask for your support from time to time. Any help that you can offer will be much appreciated, whether it be a once in a while for an activity/trip or a regular weekly time that you can help with reading. Due to new government guidelines, if you do wish to be a parent helper, certain procedures have to be followed. Please see your class teacher of the office if you are able to help in anyway and we will explain what needs to be done.
The time that you give us is so valuable to our teaching and the children’s learning.
Year 3 Teachers