Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Haines, Mrs Bradley & Miss Roberts
It has been so wonderful seeing all the children back in school and being able to get to know all the children in Year 3 this week. There was some nervousness on the first day but everybody has adapted to the new ways of working and has settled amazingly quickly.
This letter will be a bit longer than usual as we are unable to have our normal start-of-year meeting in school. I will try and cover as much as possible, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.
We are very aware of the current situation and are doing everything in our power to make the school as safe as possible for your children, as well as trying to make the classroom environment as welcoming and as familiar as usual. Handwashing and sanitising takes place frequently. All the children are facing the front of the classroom and movement around the room is kept to an absolute minimum. Equipment and resources are allocated to each child and then kept in their own tray in order to avoid sharing. Other measures are in place, some of which are mentioned below, but I won’t list them all! Please be assured your children’s safety and wellbeing is our main priority.
Autumn Term Curriculum:
RE Our Class Saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta. RE units for the Autumn term will include Belonging to God’s Family and Reconciliation, and as we approach Christmas, Advent. We will also be looking at the Hindu faith.
As we are not currently going to go into the church, Father Eric is going to come into school once a fortnight and celebrate Mass with one KS2 class each time – remaining in their bubble. We will continue to have class liturgies in class, observing all the distancing measures already in place. Normally children in Year 3 start to prepare for their First Holy Communion. We will keep you updated as and when we know what will be possible.
MATHS The autumn term will start with consolidating our understanding of number and place value. We will become experts at counting in tens and hundreds up to 1000 and comparing and ordering numbers. We will have lots of fun learning to use different equipment to represent numbers and mathematical concepts, to strengthen and deepen our understanding. All resources used by each child are kept in a sealed bag in their own tray in order to minimise the possibility of any ‘accidental’ sharing of equipment.
Later on we will be building on the foundations laid in KS1 to develop and secure our addition and subtraction. Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about maths, learning and using mathematical vocabulary.
Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning. Year 3 revises and secures the 2x, 10 and 5x tables and then moves onto 3x, 4x and 8x tables. The expectation is for instant (3 seconds or less) recall!
Your child’s Times Table Rockstar login details have not changed. The same login details can be used with the NumBots app too. If anybody has forgotten or mislaid these login details, they will be added to the children’s diaries .
ENGLISH We will start the term by using Anthony Brown’s fantastic book ‘Into the Forest’, imagining the thoughts and feelings of the different characters and putting on our detective hats to spot clues to help us make predictions about what will happen next. We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference skills. Handwriting and spellings will still be an important part of our learning. We will also be focussing on vocabulary, grammar and how to make our descriptions exciting and effective to read.
READING Reading books will be given to each child once our assessment process has been completed towards the end of this week or the beginning of next week. This is to ensure that any change in your child’s reading level since March has been taken into account. Once reading books are returned to school they will be placed straight into a ‘quarantine’ box and taken out of circulation for the appropriate length of time before being put back on the shelves for use.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Fridays. Wednesday PE will take place in school and will be taken by a PE specialist from ASM, starting with a unit of work on invasion game skills such as dodging, passing and dribbling. All equipment is cleaned appropriately and/or quarantined before and after use. Friday PE will be a unit of socially distanced skills. Last Friday we worked on our core strength!
PE kits must stay in school during term time, but will be sent home at half term to be washed. Please ensure girls have a pair of socks in their PE bags as they will not be allowed to wear tights during a PE lesson.
SCIENCE will start the Autumn term by looking at a unit of work on ‘Animals including Humans’, before moving onto ‘Forces & Magnets.’ Science will be taught by Mrs Johnson, a specialist science teacher, on Tuesday afternoons.
In COMPUTING we will be learning to code, putting blocks of code together to form algorithms. This will be followed by some really important work on Internet Safety, before moving onto spreadsheets (a lot more fun than it sounds!).
We start to learn FRENCH in Year 3 as a foreign language is part of the KS2 curriculum. Our focus this term will be on speaking and listening, learning new words and starting to put them into practice having simple conversations with each other.
Our GEOGRAPHY for this term will be all about the United Kingdom, finding out about different landscapes and building our confidence using maps before having a go at drawing our own sketch maps of the local area.
HISTORY in the Autumn Term will focus on the local area and we will be investigating the history of transport in Cheadle, finding out about the old railway line – Why did the railway come to Cheadle? Why did the railway close? - as we begin to develop our understanding of chronology and change. If anybody knows anyone who had anything to do with the railway in Cheadle or the local area we would love to hear from you. A short letter sharing your memories, a picture, or even just a five minute chat via a live link sharing your experience with the children would help bring the history alive. If you are willing to do more, then that would be brilliant!
ART will start with pencil skills, drawing self-portraits. Then we will be becoming impressionists exploring the work of Monet and the Impressionists, and being inspired by his fabulous painting of the steam trains and the station at the Gare St Lazare.
- The school day starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:20p.m.
- Homework will consist of Maths (30 minutes), English (30 minutes) and Spellings every week. Other work may also be set.
- Reading should be logged in diaries each day when your child reads (30 minutes). If it is a new book, please include the title of the book. On each occasion, the pages read should be noted and signed by an adult.
- PE Kit
Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and black pumps. Children must have black pumps for indoor PE as trainers may only be worn for outdoor PE. If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure they have socks to change into for PE.
Outdoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and trainers. The burgundy hoodie and jogging bottoms are optional.
- Please ensure your child has the full, correct PE kit in school, even on days when we would not usually do PE, as occasionally timetables change.
- PE kits will stay in school during term time and will be sent home for washing at half term.
- ALL CLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
- Children should bring water bottles each day; these should also be clearly labelled with your child’s name. They will be sent home regularly to allow them to be washed.
- Please do not bring school bags in to school unless absolutely necessary.
Please do let us know if there is anything going on at home that will affect your child’s learning, or if you have any questions. If you have any messages to pass on either Mrs Haines or Mrs Bradley will be available on the yard at the beginning of the day. At the end of the day Mrs Haines or Miss Roberts will be on the yard. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
We are all very excited to see what this year brings!