Year 3 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd  half 2018

 Dear families,

 Welcome back, it is hard to believe that we are already into the second part of the autumn term already. Since September we have already seen a significant difference in the quality of the children’s work and in their attitude towards learning. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and look forward to another action packed term.  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)

 Teaching Assistants:  

Mrs Savage (Lead TA)      Mrs Ludlow (Willow)     Mrs O’Connor (Hawthorn)    

Mrs Peverall (Beech)     Mr Kemp (Rowan)     

 Maths

Our focus will be on developing the children’s understanding of multiplication and division. As part of this the children will use a range of practical equipment such as cubes and counters and develop their problem solving skills; solving puzzles and problems presented in many different ways. As part of this, the children will begin to develop their rapid recall facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and so any additional work you can do on this at home would really help your child.

 English

Our focus will be playscripts. As part of this, the children will learn about the different features in playscripts, thinking carefully about how they are structured.  The children will then write and perform their own play. In addition to this, the children will develop their instructional writing.  We will learn about adverbs of time and how imperative verbs are used to give commands.  If you have any instructional texts at home then please feel free to send them into school.  In addition to English sessions, the children also have spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons (SPaG). These sessions focus on embedding key skills. Our focus in these sessions for this half term is based around sentence structure. The children will focus on different types of sentences including statements, commands and exclamation sentences. In addition to this, they will develop their understanding of how conjunctions (and, so but, or, because etc.) can be used to extend their ideas.   Please encourage your child to use conjunctions to extend their ideas both verbally and when writing at home.

 Science

This half term we will continue with our topic ‘Amazing Bodies’ which so far has covered the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and understanding that the food we at provides us with nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. They will learn more about the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and that the role that these nutrients plan in keeping our bodies healthy. They will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is “Heroes and Villains”. Through this, links to specific subjects and their objectives will be covered across the curriculum.  We will begin by discussing the difference between heroes and villains, thinking carefully about how and why some characters are portrayed as villains.  We will explore both fictional heroes and historical heroes in the past, thinking carefully about how history has been shaped by the actions of others. Towards the later stage of this half term we will design our own super hero and create our own comic strip.  If you have any comics at home that you would like to donate to school, please send them in with your child.

 P.E.

Our focus during indoor gymnastics lessons this term will be dance, they will work collaboratively to create a range of movements and then choreograph their own routines. During outdoor PE sessions the children will be developing their hockey skills. As part of this unit they will develop their passing, shooting and dribbling skills.

 PE Lessons will take place on the following days:

Beech - Mondays and Thursdays

Hawthorn - Wednesdays and Thursdays

Rowan - Mondays and Fridays

Willow – Tuesdays and Fridays

 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.

 Homework

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. Details to follow in a separate letter in the next few weeks. If you do not have access to the internet, please let your child’s class teacher know. In addition to this, English homework will be sent home on a fortnightly basis.  These tasks will relate to spelling, punctuation or grammar.

 Reading

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.

 School uniform

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 and as the months begin to get a little cooler please can you remind your child to bring in a coat every day.  Just a gentle reminder, as you will be aware already, long hair should be tied back and hair ties should be simple & functional.  In addition to this, children should not wear nail varnish or jewellery, stud earrings are permitted. 

 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 well being.  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.

 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 ongoing support and we look forward to another action packed half term.

 Yours sincerely

 Miss Baldwin, Mr Bolton, Mrs Hinton, Mr Stallwood and Mrs Welsh