Welcome to Year 3 – 2020/2021
Welcome back to school Year 3 children and parents!
We hope your children have enjoyed their Summer Holidays and are looking forward to beginning their Year 3 journey. This year there are two classes in Year 3, called the Sharks and the Penguins. This document outlines important information for both classes and hopefully gives you a good picture of how the school day/ week will run.
The Sharks class is taught by Mr Roscoe and the teaching assistant is Mrs Stretton.
The Penguin class is taught by Mrs Burridge. The teaching assistant in this class is Miss Forrest.
PE will be on Wednesday morning for both classes, so inline with Covid guidance, PE kit should be warn to school every Wednesday until further notice.
Lunchtimes start at 12:00. Children will be eating in their classrooms with a designated lunchtime supervisor. Lunch boxes will be kept in children's bags until lunchtime. If there are any issues with lunches, please let the school know as soon as possible.
At the end of the day, children will be dismissed from the door at the bottom of the Year 3 stairs.
Shark class will be leaving at 15:05 and Penguins will be leaving at 15:10.
Please be prompt as children will need to vacate the playground to help ease of access throughout the school. If you need to speak to the class teacher, please contact the office for an appointment or telephone conversation.
Please make sure belongings are labelled as the cloakrooms are quite busy and despite everyone’s best efforts things can end up in the wrong place!
Curriculum – Our overarching topic this term will be an exciting one to get Year 3 started with; The Romans! This will be elaborated on in our topic pages, but this topic will be used to help support a lot of the learning in our lessons throughout the term, especially English! We will be visiting Silchester on the 24th September to enhance this topic. More information will be sent out shortly via email.
This is an outline of how homework will run each week.
Spelling lessons will be taught on Wednesday mornings. The half termly spellings list will be sent at the beginning of the term and can also be found on the Year 3 page of the website, as well as on the door to the Year 3 area. We ask that the spelling homework is not handed in early, so children get a full week to practise before Wednesday.
English homework will be set via Purple Mash website: https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home .
Children will have a homework book where they can rehearse newly taught skills and spelling patterns.
Maths homework will predominantly be online via the MyMaths website: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ . Each child will have their own log in, which will be sent home with them in a letter.
All homework will be set on a Wednesday and needs to be submitted by the following Wednesday. If there are any issues please let us know and we will be happy to help.
The first spelling test will be Wednesday 9th. All other homework will start the week commencing 7th September.
In KS2, children need to be able to confidently recall up to their 12 times table. We have therefore decided to use Timetable Rockstars, a website that the children can use at home to practice their tables and challenge others in class, including teachers! The children will be informed of their log in details at school. To help record the children’s progress, they will have to complete the “Studio” function 10 times to record a time; the time will change as the children practice. Timetable Rockstars will also change the tables your children need to work on automatically, so the more practice they do, the more they will improve. There will also be time scheduled in school to allow the children extra time to work on them, especially if they do not have access to a computer at home, so please let your class teacher know if this is the case.
Children will need to read every day, sometimes aloud to an adult. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but children should still be reading at home. Books and reading records must be brought into class every day. Our book changing days are Monday, where each child will get 3 books to last the week.
As books become longer, it is not expected that the children read a book a day. A shorter period of quality time with an adult listening to the expression, attention to punctuation and checking the understanding is more valuable than rushing to read a whole book in a day. We want to foster a love of reading and to help the children to enjoy reading, so please feel free to ask for any advice if you need it. Please use the children's reading records to make comments about how you feel your child has read, or any issues that have arisen.
We will only be using ClassDoJo to share whole class learning and messages via Class Story. We will not be able to respond to messages. Individual messages to teachers should be sent via email or telephone call to the office.
Prospect Park trip - 18th September
Silchester Trip - 24th September
If you are available to help for any of these trips, please contact the office or speak to you child's teacher.
If you require any further information about Year 3, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Mrs Burridge and Mr Roscoe