Welcome to Year 3!

                                                                                                                                      11th September 2020

Dear Parents, 

We would like to welcome you and your child to Year 3 and hope that you had a wonderful summer holiday.  We are very much looking forward to getting to know your children over the coming weeks and are sure that they will settle quickly into the Juniors.  This letter will hopefully clarify some of your questions about curriculum coverage and classroom routines this year.

In Literacy, we will begin by studying The Twits and producing work related to this book.  We will then explore aspects of story writing focusing on traditional tales and fables, as well as reading, writing and enjoying a range of poetry. Our non-fiction focus will be on recount texts and  instructions – Due to the Curriculum requirement that ‘pupils should be using joined handwriting throughout their independent writing.’  Handwriting will also be a particular focus in the early stages of the term with the aim to increase legibility, consistency and the quality of the childrens’ writing. 

During Maths we will continue to build on prior learning from Year 2, developing skills in understanding number, calculating, shape, measuring and handling data.  We will follow the Essential Maths Curriculum from Hertfordshire.

In Science, the children will study two topics this term, ‘Rocks and Forces’ and Magnets.  We will be learning about The Stone Age to The Iron Age in History and we plan to visit Celtic Harmony on Friday 16th October.  Our topic will link nicely with our work on Cave Paintings in Art.  We will also be learning about Complementary Colours.

The children will be learning about Sikhism and Christianity in their RE lessons through an enquiry based approach.  Music will be taught by Mrs Salway on a Wednesday morning and they will also be taught French by Mrs Cheshire.  Computing will be taught by Mrs Rich on a Wednesday afternoon this term.

The children will be given their learning logs each Friday, these are to be returned by the following Wednesday (unless stated otherwise).  Your child will be issued with a Reading and Homework diary which will be completed each time they read to an adult in school.  Please use these diaries as a means of communication and also please comment about your child’s reading.  Reading books at present will be allocated on a Monday and collected on a Friday.  The children are also encouraged to bring in a book from home to read during our ERIC time (Everyone reading in class).

Spellings will be given out each week on a Monday and tested on the Friday and will be written in the homework diary.  Please work with your child to learn their spellings and to generate any new spellings associated with the rule.  The children will also be given a key ring of spellings, again please ensure your child spends some time learning these.  They will be given the opportunity to change these once they demonstrate they have learned them in class.

Year 3 are timetabled for PE on Mondays and Tuesdays. We are now asking that children come into school dressed in their PE kit on PE days.    When possible we will be outside for PE lessons so please ensure your children also have appropriate outdoor kit and footwear for this purpose on these days.   The children are due to begin swimming lessons in the Summer Term as part of the PE curriculum. Further information will be sent out during the Spring Term. 

During the year, we will be taking Year 3 on class trips to support their learning. At present, we are planning to visit Celtic Harmony Camp in the Autumn Term, Roman Verulamium during the Spring Term and Affinity Water Treatment Works in the Summer Term.

It would be very helpful if any parents are able to assist in the classroom during the year.  Parent helpers are always greatly appreciated for support with times tables and hearing the children read.  Reading for enjoyment is key and we would greatly appreciate any support in order to listen to the children read.  We are very flexible and would be happy to arrange times after drop off and just before collection of the children. 

We  hope that your child will be very happy in Year 3. We work hard to ensure that the children feel happy, safe and secure and confident to learn. We would like to thank you for your help and support in advance and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Mrs Heidi Lewis and Mrs Henna Ahmed.