Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome back, we trust you and your child have had a good rest after our long first half term and are ready for a busy and exciting second half term in Orion class.
Our topic for this half term is ‘Once upon a time...’ – please see the topic overview for more specific details about the areas we will be covering. In addition to our daily English lessons, spelling will continue to be taught twice a week and handwriting will be worked on regularly. Maths will involve the children working on a range of mathematical skills. The learning of times tables is an important part of this development – any support you can offer at home with this would be greatly appreciated. In addition, learning can also be supported through the use of ‘Mathletics’ and ‘TT Rockstars’ – the children should all be able to log in and access these sites confidently at home. Please let us know if you have any problems with this.
Autumn 2 Important Dates
Monday 5th November: School opens for Autumn 2
Monday 12th November: Online Safety Day
Wednesday 14th November: Children in Need and parent target meeting
Friday 16th November: BIG READ / Role Play Day
Monday 19th November: BIG WRITE
Thursday 22nd November: Afternoon Tea and Family Afternoon
Monday 3rd December: KS2 Dress Rehearsal
Monday 4th December: Age UK Choir
Monday 4th and 5th December: KS2 Christmas Concerts
Friday 7th December: Christmas Crafts and Christmas Bingo
Tuesday 11th December: KS1 Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 12th December: KS1 Nativity (1.30pm)
Thursday 13th December: KS1 Nativity (6.00pm)
Monday 17th December: Whole School Panto
Tuesday 18th December: Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 19th December: KS1 and KS2 Christmas Discos with DJ Holty and MC Jones
Thursday 20th December: Christmas Parties and Games (Non-uniform - Christmas clothes)
Friday 21st December: Non-Uniform Day (£1 each) and Break Up at 2pm for Christmas
Staff in Orion Class
Class Teachers: Mrs J. Macdonald and Mrs M. Emery
Teaching Assistant: Mrs. S Mason
PPA Teaching: Mrs H. Twigg
*We are always looking for parent / grandparent volunteers to help with reading and classroom jobs, even a couple of hours a week is a huge help, with the promise of tea, coffee and biscuits! Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping us in class.*
This year we will be studying the following five topics:
Autumn 1: The BFG
Autumn 2: Beauty and the Beast
Spring 1: Ancient Egypt
Spring 2: Local News
Summer: Shiver me Timbers!
Maths and English Targets
The Year 3 children have maths and English targets (which are at the back of their relevant books). Please ask your child their current targets as they should know them.
Homework will continue to be given on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday at the latest please. We will be continuing with SPaG activities and the mental maths homework books. In addition, we may also send out some homework linked to our topic, but this will not be on a weekly basis.
Reading Books / Library Books
Reading books will be changed as and when required if your child is a free reader. Those children who are reading books from the reading scheme will have their books changed twice a week. However, please ensure that your child has their book/diary in school every day as we will endeavour to hear readers as often as we can.
Reading, Writing, Reflection and Design Areas:
We have a dedicated reading area in class. The reading area has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books. The children will also use the library in school and may take a library book home each week.
There is a writing area for two children to work at for extra work on things such as sentence structure, handwriting and SPAG.
We have a reflection area where the children are allowed to spend time reflecting upon anything that has happened in class or at home that week.
We have also recently added an art and design table for the children to use to sketch, paint and build 3D structures.
Before and After School
At the beginning of the school day, before registration (8.40 – 8.55) the children will have different maths, reading and writing activities to complete throughout the year. During our first half term we will have a push on times tables, the children will be able to play games and activities to improve their times tables fluency.
At the end of each school day (3.15 pm) the children will wait in the area outside the top of the KS1 corridor (with all of the other KS2 children). The children will wait in this area until they see who is collecting them, and strictly must not leave through the gate until they do so.
The children will be doing PE twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit (white t-shirt, shorts, plain tracksuit bottoms, pumps and trainers) in school at all times (and all clearly labelled).
The children may also bring in their own water bottles from in from home, but please make sure that they are labelled also.
We hope that this year will be an enjoyable year for all the children. Please feel free to come into school if there are any problems or anything which you wish to discuss with us.
Thank you for visiting our class page
Mrs M. Emery and Mrs J. Macdonald