Wednesday 5th September 2018
Welcome back to another school year – I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break. I am really looking forward to working with your children and getting to know them. The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and Christmas and to give you some general information about Year 3 and our class procedures.
The teaching arrangements this term are as follows. On Monday- Friday I will be teaching the class. On Wednesday afternoon, I will have my PPA time (Planning, preparation and assessment time) and Mrs Brooks will be teaching the children art and design and technology.
For English and Maths we will be doing a range of creative and enjoyable activities that I hope the children will learn a lot from. In English, we will be starting with instructions and then moving on to narratives.
Our topic this term is ‘South Africa and the Oceans’. I am extremely excited to teach this topic and I look forward to telling the children all about the wildlife in South Africa and the world’s oceans. We will also use this as an opportunity to look at British Values and our respect for other cultures. In Science we will be looking at the human body. In Design and Technology, we will be looking at product design. We will use our ICT skills to search safely on the internet and aid us in our topic lessons. In Art and Music, we will look at various themes around South Africa and study how people live there and make the most of what they have. The aim of this topic is to develop the children’s understanding of different cultures and to foster their interest in important environmental issues relating to the world’s oceans.
However, some subjects will stand alone:
RE: What do different people believe about god?
PHSE: Relationships. Why are they important?
PE: Tuesday (indoors)
There are several other procedures and routines we will be following in Year 3 that I would like to explain to avoid any confusion!
Please remember, everyone needs to have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Ensure all the kit is named, as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats! Some children by Year 3 seem to want to wear their school uniform for PE (eg, jumpers or leggings on cold days). We have explained to children that for hygiene reasons it is important to have a change of both clothing and shoes for taking part in physical exercise, this is particularly important as the children reach the Juniors!
Reading: Every child has a new reading diary and a reading book. I have reminded the children that it is part of their homework to read at least four times a week. Please can parents sign the diary each week to verify that their child has read. This might be a time when the child has read to you or could be a sustained period of independent reading (not a 5 minute flick though!). If your child is not a natural reader, please encourage them to set aside a quiet reading time (eg 20 minutes before lights out). Every Monday, the children will return their diaries to school for Mrs Keeling to check. They will then take their diaries back on Monday home time. There will be a reward for those who regularly complete four reads per week.
Homework: Homework will usually consist of the following: a SPAG/ English activity, spelling practice, four reads at home, an arithmetic and reasoning worksheet. Children will also have optional topic homework to complete. Homework will be set on a Monday and Homework should be completed and books returned to school by the following Monday. Spelling lists for homework will be generated following the Monday spellings tests. All homework must be stuck inside the orange homework book that the children will bring home on Monday.
Water Bottles: We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so it is helpful if they have a fresh bottle of water in school. Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.
Outdoors: We will be continuing to provide an increasing number of learning opportunities outside. Please send your child with a waterproof coat every day so that we can work whatever the weather!
I always appreciate extra adult help in my classroom, if you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let me know. Anyone helping in school does require CRB clearance. If you do not have this, please contact the office for a form to complete.
Finally, if you have any concerns or questions during the term, please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet. You can find me in the classroom after school most evenings, ring me at lunchtime or leave a message with Mrs Lowe/ Mrs Hallam.
Mr J Hall