Spring 1 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.

Firstly, Jason  and I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts, cards and well wishes that we received. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness, thank you!

We made a great start with our learning in the Autumn term and hope to continue this into the new Spring term. Our topics this term include The Polar Regions and Humans and animals. Please see the curriculum map for further details of all of our planned learning for the first half term.

Punctuality

It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner.  The school day starts at 8.45am. Please make every effort to be on time so your child is settled for their learning. 

Reading

Please continue to read with your child every day. Discussing and understanding the text is as important as listening to them read. Here are some questions that may be helpful to ignite discussion:

Questions to ask while reading with your child

Before reading the book:

What do you think the book will be about?

Talk about the different parts of the book- front cover, blurb, illustrations, author.

During reading the book:

What has happened so far?

What do you think might happen next? Why do you think this?

What sort of character is…?

At the end of the book:

Talk about what happened in this story.

Who were the characters in this story?

What was the problem in this story? How was it solved?

Did any of the characters go through a change from beginning to end? How did the character change?

Why do you think the character acted that way?

How do you think the character was feeling?

Please ensure that your child brings their book and reading journal to school every day.  Don’t forget they can also enjoy books and other reading material from home.

Homework

Children will continue to receive homework each week. This comprises of an activity in their homework book, spellings for the week and handwriting practice. We are really focussing on presentation this term so please encourage your child to keep practicing their handwriting. We are also working on the 3 and 4 times tables so please support your child with these.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

Fruit

Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime. This does not include breakfast fruit bars.

RE

Our unit this term is Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will discuss What it means to make the wrong choices and reflect on how wrong choices affect us and other people.

We will learn about  Sacrament of Reconciliation and what it means.

PE

We will have gymnastics on Mondays and outdoor games on Friday.  It is important that the children have a complete PE kit for our lessons; these include a plain white T-shirt, black joggers, black shorts and plimsolls.  All items must be clearly labelled.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me after school.

Kind regards,

Miss Foster

Dates for your diary:

6th February – Trip to the Maritime Museum

18th February- Half term

Useful websites:

maths

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/math-4.htm

Spelling and grammar:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

Welcome to 3F

Dear Parents/carers,

I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year. I hope you had a relaxing summer break. I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve to their highest potential. The children have made a great start to the new term and are settling into the new routines in Year 3.

Here are some ways in which you can help and support your child in their learning:

Punctuality

Children should be in school on time in order to start the day calmly and promptly. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time so they are settled and ready for learning. Children should be ready to enter class as the bell rings at 8.45am.

Homework

Your child will be given a reading book and Reading Record Book to take home. It is important that your child reads for at least 10 minutes every day with you. Please encourage them by asking questions and discussing the plot, characters and theme. It is also very helpful to comment in the Reading Record Book. Please note any words your child found difficult, as well as comments on their fluency and understanding.

Your child will be given spellings to learn and handwriting homework each week. New spellings and handwriting books will be handed out on Thursdays. We will also be focussing on times tables and there will be extra work sent home for practice on some days.

Occasionally your child will be given homework in a work book to complete. This may be either a Literacy or Numeracy piece and it will reflect current learning in class.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

Fruit

Children are allowed to bring  a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime. This does not include breakfast fruit bars.

PE

It is important that your child has a complete PE kit for Gymnastic and PE lessons. We have inside PE on Mondays and outside PE on Fridays. The children are welcome to leave their P.E bags in class for the half term. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

Curriculum

Our topic for the first half term is Ancient Egypt. Please see the topic web for further details on this and what else we will be covering in all other subjects.

RE

The RE topic this term is – The Christian Family

The children will develop their understanding that the church is the family of God and know that we join this family when we receive Sacrament of Baptism. They will learn what happens at Baptism and learn about the signs used and why they are used. They will learn about the promises made by parents and God parents at Baptism and develop their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss with me after school.

Miss Foster

Dates for your diary-

9th October – Horniman museum