Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Haines & Mrs Hankinson
It has been amazing seeing all the children back in school and so lovely getting to know all the children in Year 3. We really cannot believe how quickly everyone has settled in and we are very excited to see what this year brings.
We are still unable to have our normal start-of-year meeting in school so apologies for the length of this letter. I will try and cover as much as possible, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.
I would like to reassure you that we are still doing everything in our power to make the school as safe as possible for your children in the current circumstances. Handwashing and sanitising takes place frequently and we are ventilating the room as much as possible. Other measures are in place - I won’t list them all but please be assured your children’s safety and wellbeing is our top 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. Miss Ridge will be teaching part of the RE curriculum in Year 3 this term.
As we are not currently going into church, Father Eric is going to come into school once a fortnight and celebrate Mass with one class each time with other classes joining in via a live link. We will continue to have class liturgies in class. 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 through school but please be aware that any family regularly attending mass in church can speak to Fr Eric directly about organising this for your child.
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 using different equipment to represent numbers and mathematical concepts, to strengthen and deepen our understanding.
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 enormously 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! This expectation is the same for number bonds for all numbers up to and including 20 eg 2+2=4, 2+8 = 10, 2+17 = 19. KIRFs will continue to be sent home half-termly. Please put these somewhere visible – the fridge door is often a good place – as a reminder of which facts need to be learnt.
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 in due course.
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.
In KS2 we start to introduce personal writing projects every term where each child is able to write about a subject of their choice. Each child will receive a personal writing journal. Once the children understand how these can be used they will be encouraged to take their writing journal between home and school each day, allowing them to jot down ideas at any time.
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 over the summer has been taken into account. Please do not worry if it appears as if your child has gone ‘down’ a book band. Our aim is to develop confident and fluent (100 words per minute) readers and sometimes a less challenging level of reading book is more helpful in encouraging this fluency.
PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday 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. Wednesday PE will be health related fitness.
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. PE hoodies and joggers are very useful in the Autumn Term for those lessons when we need to be outside. Children will not be allowed to wear their regular school uniform jumpers and cardigans for PE for hygiene reasons.
SCIENCE will be taught twice a week. Miss Swinson, a specialist science teacher, will be teaching a unit on ‘Forces & Magnets’ on Tuesdays. The other weekly lesson will be on ‘Animals including Humans’.
In COMPUTING we will be doing some really important work on Internet Safety. You may be aware that Year 2 are currently using the computer room as their classroom while the building works are completed upstars, but we will be able to continue with the computing curriculum using laptops and ipads in our own classroom. This will include learning to code, putting blocks of code together to form algorithms and using 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. As a class we have already begun to learn a French nursery rhyme and we are enjoying it enormously!
Our GEOGRAPHY this term will include some field work, getting out and about into the outside world, sketching maps, doing transport surveys and analysing data. Towards Christmas we will start to look a bit further afield and learn about the different parts of the United Kingdom.
HISTORY in the Autumn Term will be about our local area with a focus on trade and transport. 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 any of the local industries 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!
In ART will be looking at the work of British sculptor Antony Gormley, using his sculptures to inspire our own creativity.
DT is going to be all about packaging and how to keep biscuits safe. We have already sent some packages of biscuits through the post and we are hoping some of them might arrive back at school still in one piece! We will also be investigating how to make different 3D shapes out of 2D nets and designing our own boxes for biscuits.
We are excited to be able to resume singing in school and in MUSIC we will be learning to sing a country music style song called ‘Home is where the heart is’ alongside developing our understanding of a range of musical styles from Handel’s Messiah to Kylie Minogue as we listen and respond to different pieces of music each week.
- The school day starts at 8:40 a.m. and finishes at 3:30p.m.
- Homework will consist of Maths (30 minutes), English (30 minutes) 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.
- Socks! Girls should wear black socks or tights with their winter uniform and white socks should be worn with the summer dress. Boys should wear black socks with both winter and summer uniforms. Grey socks are not part of St Giles’ school uniform.
- PE Kit
Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, black 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, black 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 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 Hankinson who will be available on the yard at the beginning and end of the day. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
We are looking forward to an amazing year!