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20th March 19
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Orion Class

Welcome to Year 3

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Orion Class




Welcome to Year 3!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our topic for this half term is ‘Through the keyhole’ – 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 also be taught twice a week and handwriting will be worked on daily. 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.

Important Dates

Monday 25th February: school opens and Online Safety Day

Tuesday 26th February: parent target meetings 3.15 - 6pm

Monday 4th March: BIG Write

Thursday 7th March: World Book Day, BIG Read and Family Morning

Wednesday 13th,14th and 15th March: Year 5 Residential at Winmarleigh

Friday 15th March: Comic Relief

Monday 18th March: Role Play Day

Tuesday 26th March: Easter Fun Event (after school)

Friday 29th March: Mother's Day Service (KS1)

Thursday 4th April: Easter lunch

Friday 5th April: Easter service (KS2) Break up at 2pm

Wednesday 24h April: School opens for Summer 1


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 if you are interested in helping us in class.*


Our Topics

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 - Through the keyhole

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.


General Reminders

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