Welcome to Year 3
We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 3 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.
Ms Baldwin - Year Leader
Year 3 Newsletter - Spring 1 2019
Welcome back, it is hard to believe that we are already into the Spring term. So far this term the children have participated in an Egyptian Day and a Science Day. Both days were a real success and the children thoroughly enjoyed these opportunities. As you are aware the purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders which we hope you and child will find useful.
In our year group this term we will have the following adults:
Miss Baldwin (Year 3 Phase Leader and Beech class teacher) Mr Bolton (Rowan class)
Mrs Hinton (Hawthorn class) Mr Stallwood (Willow class)
Mrs Welsh (Beech class on Wednesdays and Hawthorn class on Fridays)
Mrs Savage (Lead TA) Mrs Bickmore (Rowan) Mrs Ludlow (Willow) Mrs O’Connor (Hawthorn)
Mrs Peverall (Beech) Mrs Sharp (Hawthorn) Miss Wells (Hawthorn)
Our focus will be on developing the children’s understanding of fractions. As part of this the children will learn to recognise a range of different fractions of shapes, objects and numbers. As we move through this unit of learning the children will solve problems presented in a variety of different ways. In addition to this, our next unit will focus on statistics. During this unit we will look at data presented in a variety of ways and interpret the information as well as creating our own graphs.
Our English for the rest of this year will be based around different texts. As part of our lessons, the children will learn to write a variety of different texts using the book of the half term as their stimulus. This half term’s book is The Firework Maker’s Daughter. The children will write character and setting descriptions and diary entries. Towards the end of the term the children will write their own story using the characters from the book. During these sessions the children will continue to broaden their vocabulary, ensure their sentences are accurately punctuated and vary the length of their sentences for effect.
This half term we will be learning about light. As part of this unit the children will learn about different sources of light and how we see objects. In addition to this, the children will learn about the ways in which different objects reflect different amounts of light and how these ideas can be applied to staying safe at night. They will explore what causes a shadow, as well as how the shape and size of a shadow can be affected by its position. We will carry out investigations to test materials such as sunglasses and materials to reduce/block out light.
Our topic is “God and Mortals”. As part of this unit the children will be learning about the history of Ancient Egypt. In addition to this, the children will learn develop their geographical skills and recognise the importance of during the time of the Egyptians. The children will learn about the rule of the Pharaohs and the significance of the pyramids. If you have any artefacts or photographs about Ancient Egypt please feel free to send these in with your child.
Our focus during indoor PE lessons this term is gymnastics. During these sessions the children will learn a range of jumps and rolls and recognise how to perform these accurately on and off of the equipment. During outdoor PE sessions the children will develop their skills in tag rugby. As part of this, they will understand how to throw and pass a rugby ball and use these skills when playing learning how to complete simple drills and games.
PE Lessons will take place on the following days:
Beech – Tuesdays and Thursdays
Hawthorn – Mondays and Tuesdays
Rowan - Thursdays and Fridays
Willow – Mondays and Wednesdays
The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: shorts, t-shirt, long jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks and plimsolls/ trainers. Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently. If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves.
As a year group, we will set a number of tasks for the children to complete on a fortnightly basis which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet. If you do not have access to the internet, please let your child’s class teacher know. In addition to this, English homework is also sent home on a fortnightly basis. These tasks will relate to spelling, punctuation or grammar.
At William Harding School we believe that reading in an integral part of learning. Children are expected to read for 20 minutes every evening either to themselves, an adult or another child, and it is vital that this happens regularly. The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day. It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.
Please can we remind you of the importance in labeling every item of your child’s clothing so we are able to find and return any lost items. At this time of the year please can you ensure that your child comes into school with a coat on a daily basis. Children are expected to wear black shoes. If your child wears boots to school but they must have a change of footwear as part of our school uniform policy
As you are aware it is an expectation that the children bring in their own pencil case, equipped with the appropriate stationery. Please ensure that the relevant items are replenished if necessary. A copy of the stationery list is on the available in the Year 3 section of the school website and school shop is open every Wednesday at 12:35pm.
Water bottles and snacks
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general wellbeing. As you are aware, children can bring in a snack for break time. This can be either a piece of fruit or vegetables. Some of our children do have nut allergies so please ensure that your child’s packed lunch does not contain nuts.
If you would like to become more involved in our school community and could spare a few hours we are looking for adults to join the PTA. Also, we are currently looking for volunteers to hear children read. If this interests you please speak to Miss Baldwin.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Miss Baldwin, Mr Bolton, Mrs Hinton, Mr Stallwood and Mrs Welsh