Welcome to Year 3
A warm welcome to parents and pupils belonging to Year 3 this year! Mrs Cocks and Mrs Hill are excited about teaching you all. In order to get the maximum out of the opportunities available to your child, we are writing to you to let you know of the topics, subjects and clubs that your child will be doing.
In Year 3, we try to create an exciting, integrated and cross-curricular based learning environment, which encourages the children to link their knowledge and understanding across subjects into other areas.
Over the course of the year we will be completing a range of topics including:
- World War 1
- Volcanoes, Rocks and Fossils (including Italy and Mexico)
- Plants and Animals
- Sources of Light
Within these topics we will cover aspects of Science, Geography and History, along with links to Art, Music and Design Technology.
In RE we will be studying aspects of both Buddhism and Christianity.
Focus Author: JK Rowling
We will also be reading the ’Harry Potter’ series of books and hope to complete as many of them as possible!
Being able to read confidently is the key to enjoying and achieving at school. It is absolutely vital that your child reads at home everyday in order to make the maximum progress possible at school! In school, your child will read aloud during Guided Reading sessions once a week and we aim to hear every child read their school reading book as often as possible. Therefore, it is very important that your child has their book with them every day.
Practice at Home:
In Year 3, we are sending homework out on a half-termly basis. A number of activities (corresponding to the number in weeks in the half term) will be stuck into your child’s practice book for the entire half term, covering a range of subjects linked to our topic work. It will be expected that one activity will be completed each week, with books needing to be in class every Monday so that we can check an activity has been completed for that week. Everybody will also have the opportunity to attend practice club once a week.
Your child will be able to sign up for a wide variety of lunch-time and after-school clubs from September. There will be a limited number of places, so children must sign up promptly.
Your child will need a suitable PE kit (ie: shorts, t-shirt, trainers, jogging suit for the winter months.) so they can safely take part in weekly physical exercise opportunities. Year 3 will have P.E. every Friday, although we do ask that children have their kits with them all week, in case extra sessions or changes to the timetable are made.
Routines and Procedures:
The school day starts at 8:55 am. All children meet on the main playground and are brought into school by an adult. Children leave school at 3:15 pm and must leave by the top gate.
I’m sure you are aware of how precious your child’s education is. For this reason it is your responsibility to ensure that your child arrives at school on time everyday, in order for them to achieve their full potential.
It would be very helpful if you could write your child’s name on their school uniform, PE kit, dinner money purses or on an envelope.
Other important information:
Please ensure your child brings a coat to school everyday. Any medication for your child must be given to an adult in the class and a form must be filled in with detailed instructions for its storage and administration. The forms are kept in the Reception area with Mrs Rowe. Inhalers can be stored in the classroom and they too must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Mrs Cocks and Mrs Hill