Year 3 Autumn 2021
Dear Parents and carers,
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Year 3 and say how much we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and a productive and successful autumn term.
Each class in the school has a name based on a country. Year 3 will be part of Africa and have the following names: Ghana (Ms Clifford), Morocco (Ms Ross) and Uganda (Ms Neilson). Therefore, this half term, the children will be learning about their class country during literacy and geography lessons. Additionally, we will also be studying materials from Africa as part of Black History month in October.
This half term, we will cover non-chronological reports and then fables from Africa. Children will have weekly spelling and grammar lessons to practise key skills in writing.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we encourage you to read with your child daily. The children will be given a home reader which has been selected by us each week and additionally they will have chosen a book from the school library. They be given a Home/School Reading Record which will be coming home with your child shortly. Your child should be reading every day to an adult at home for 15 minutes. The reading record should also be completed daily after reading, by either your child or yourself and then signed. Both the reading book and reading record should be kept in your child’s book bag and brought into school every day.
This term we are developing the children’s knowledge of place value along with addition as well as, regular times tables practise and mental maths skills. The expectation is that all children will build on the table facts they should already know (2s, 5s and 10s) and leave Year 3 with secure recall of the 3s, 4s, 8s. To support the children’s learning of their times tables the school uses the on-line program Times Table Rockstars. Please encourage them to use it at home daily. In the first instance, we will be introducing the children to the program during computing lessons. We will send out the log-in details shortly.
Science, RE, Computing and Art
This half term our science unit is magnets and forces. In R.E. the children will be looking at the topics – What is important to me? and Why are religious books and teachings important? In computing, we will be looking at online safety and digital literacy. In art, we will be developing the children’s drawing and shading skills as they explore the artist Joseph Thiongo.
PE kit should be brought into school each Monday and taken home on Friday to wash. The kit should consist of top, shorts, trainers or plimsolls and as the weather gets colder, jogging bottoms or leggings and a long sleeved top so that we can ensure that they can participate in this very important area of the curriculum. All classes in Year 3 will have PE on a Thursday as well as Mondays for Uganda and Fridays for Morocco and Ghana.
The homework will be set each Friday and will need to be completed by Tuesday. This will usually contain a maths task using Mathletics, (which will be introduced to the children during computing lessons) learning times tables (TTRS), a set of spellings which will be tested on Wednesdays and may include a project, research or a talking homework. If you do not have internet access, please see your class teacher.
Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us. We are all really looking forward to the year ahead.
Finally, we look forward to meeting with you at the parents’ meeting on Tuesday 14th September at 6-6:30pm. Please note, that parents’ evening will take place on Wednesday 20th October and Thursday 21st October, more details will be sent out nearer the time.
Joanna Neilson, Talia Ross, Leah Clifford (Year 3 Team)
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