Hello and Welcome to Year 3!
Year 3 Newsletter
3T- Colfer Class 3C- Blyton Class
Mr L. Taylor/Mrs S. Downes Mr J. Clark/ Miss Mkandla/ Mrs Potts
A huge welcome back to everyone in Year 3, it is so good to have children and parents/carers back with us again. We would like to welcome Miss Mkandla, who will be undergoing her teacher training in 3C this year.
Things are far from ‘normal’, and we are trying to be sensitive towards our children in these demanding times as many have not attended school for half-a-year, with much emphasis being on hygiene and handwashing.
We are doing our best to get things right, but the routines are very different since before the lockdown, if we do occasionally get it wrong, please bear with us and come and see us when you collect the children or E-mail us.
We follow ‘White Rose Maths’, and for the first term we shall be covering ‘Place Value’ and Numbers up to the thousands, and the term concludes with addition and subtraction. Much of the work recapping concepts from Year 2 and ‘filling gaps’ which may have been created from the lockdown.
We follow the ‘Literacy and Language’ scheme, the first unit being ‘Stories with a Familiar Setting’ in which the children will be required to write 2 alternative descriptions of a beach setting, followed by a non-fiction unit, when the children will devise a holiday brochure.
Our first Science topic is ‘Rocks and Volcanoes’ and children will be studying the origins of volcanoes, the various types of rock that we see every day and their uses. There will be lots of opportunity to learn new scientific vocabulary as well as perform tests on a variety of different rocks in order to find out about their properties.
Our dedicated weekly PE day is on a Monday. The minimum requirements to participate safely in a PE lesson are no jewellery/earrings and children must wear black trainers. If you wish, you can send your child to school in PE kit for the day. This can be:
black or navy blue shorts/jogging bottoms
school t-shirt/PE top
school jumper/cardigan or sweater (no hoodies please).
We have just begun our weekly PE lessons on ‘Hockey’, the first lesson covering stick safety, holding the stick and basic skills. Following lessons will require some safety equipment such as ‘gum shields and shin pads’ if the children are to play with wooden sticks. Gum shields can be purchased from the school using Scopay for £1, shin pads cheaply acquired from any sports outlet and a pair of black/navy blue long socks to secure the shin pads. If it is not possible to buy these, then please do not worry, children will use a plastic stick in a smaller group.
On the week beginning 21nd of September, we will be learning Tag Rugby for 3 afternoons for our PE blocking week.
Our theme for this term is ‘People of God’, where we will be looking at major characters of The Bible, beginning with Noah’s Ark.
Throughout the term we shall also be covering Art, Music and PSHE…as well as times tables, handwriting and reading.
We are well aware that we have been unable to talk to you as much as we would like. Usually this week, parents are invited to come and see your child’s new teacher, where we explain basic class and school routines, expectations and the Year 3 curriculum…as well as giving parents and carers the opportunity to ask questions. It is also more difficult to talk to parents ‘at the door’ as children are being dropped off and collected. We know this is far from ideal, but you are more than welcome to E-mail us and we will get back to you in that way or call you. If there is anything more pressing, or you simply want to say ‘Hello’ and break the ice, you can usually do so at the end of the day when you collect the children.
We want to hear from you, we can do our job much better with your help…
Thank you…we hope your children really enjoy Year 3.
Childline: It can be difficult to cope when there’s so much changing around us. Children may be worried about schools closing, friends or relatives getting ill or what'll happen in the future. There is lots of advice at Childline either by phone or on their website. 0800 1111 Childline
Advice and ideas for parents: How to help children when schools are closed
The Coronavirus: A Book for Children is now an audiobook on Audible Stories to share with your children.
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