Welcome to Year 3 Autumn term 2020
We are so happy to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. The last academic year was a turbulent and anxious time for everyone but we are confident that as we return to school we can now fully strive to continue with your child’s learning. We will certainly aim to put your child’s well being at the centre of our teaching and ensure that they are happy and confident in class which will encourage a joy for learning. The curriculum will include a recovery program for maths and literacy to ensure that all children are where they should be and ready for the next stage of learning. They will still receive a broad and balanced curriculum including Art, Science, Geography and History. We have some exciting topics coming up and we are looking forward to the learning journey ahead.
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 are welcomed straight into the class ideally between 8:40am and 8:50am
As children arrive in school they wash their hands thoroughly. The children will be instructed to wash their hands a number of times throughout the day. Hand sanitiser is also available to use occasionally.
In class children sit facing forwards. They have been provided with their own writing and maths equipment. Work books are kept in their own trays. As we walk around the school children are encouraged to maintain 1 metre distance between each other.
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 10-20 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. Teachers will not be recording comments in these records for now. If there is an important message, we will communicate via email or phone.
Your child will be given spellings to learn and handwriting homework each week. New spellings and handwriting books will be handed out on Thursdays. A spelling test will take place on Tuesdays.
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. Or it may be a project set to link with a topic.
Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.
Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime. This does not include breakfast fruit bars. Lunch is at 12:30 for Year 3, so it is a long time after breakfast – this is why a fruity snack is important for playtimes.
It is important that your child has a complete PE kit for Gymnastic and PE lessons. We have PE on Mondays and dance on Wednesdays. As children are not permitted to change in class at present, I ask for the children to arrive at school wearing their PE kit (on Mondays and Wednesdays only). Please see the school newsletter for the correct PE uniform.
Dance– We are very fortunate to have a dance specialist work with us each week. These sessions will really help to build self-esteem, communication, self- awareness and develop the children’s creativity. The children are already really enjoying this.
Our topic for the first half term is Ancient Egypt. Please see the topic web for further details on what else we will be covering in all other subjects.
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.
Some children will begin their Holy Communion work sessions in school but we will let you know further details in due course.
We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year. Unfortunately, we won’t be holding parent/teacher meetings face to face this term, but If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to email me on:
Mr Richard Toynton
Ms Claire Sandy TA