Dear Parents, Carers and Families,
We would like to first say a big ‘welcome back’ after what has been a very unusual and different year. We do hope that you managed to get a rest and relax a little over the Summer holiday and are ready and raring to go for the next school year which we hope will be more normal than the last. Firstly, we would like to introduce ourselves. I am the Year 3 class teacher Miss McGrath and Miss Rowlands is the class-teaching assistant. We are very excited to be teaching your child over the next academic year and hope to make learning engaging and interesting for all.
Miss McGrath Miss Rowlands
This Autumn term we’re starting our topic on The Stone Age to Iron Age. This is such an exciting and interesting topic that we’re sure the children will love learning about. We’ll learn all about the story of prehistoric times which began when the first humans arrived in Britain. The earliest humans were hunter-gatherers and later they discovered the secrets of making bronze and iron.
Prehistoric people couldn’t read or write, but they were excellent builders. Their tombs, forts and monuments have survived for thousands of years and we may even try to create our own prehistoric tools and have a go at our own cave drawings.
We’ll do lots of reading and writing about texts set in prehistoric Britain, in Literacy e.g. Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, How to wash a Woolley Mammoth and Ug by Raymond Briggs .
In our reading lessons, we will be reading a variety of text types and books by a variety of authors. Fluency and comprehension is very important and this is something which can be helped by 10 minutes reading at home every day. Your child will have their reading books changed every week, once they bring them into school and pop them in our home reading box. Please encourage your children to place their books in the book box in the classroom, once they have finished reading and Miss Rowlands will change it.
This is to give the opportunity to read to Miss Rowlands during the week. Books can then me collected from the box at the end of the day to read at home.
We’ll be learning about Rocks, Soils and Fossils in Science as this is a great topic which can be linked to the Stone Age. After half term we’ll be moving onto looking at Light.
In Maths we’ll recap place value from Year 2 and then move onto larger numbers up to 1,000. We will also continue to practise our multiplication tables, and then move onto addition and subtraction and multiplication and division of 3 digit numbers. In Year 3, children must know and be able to recall their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables which is a step up from Year 2 but helping your child to learn their multiplication tables will really help them with the Mutiplication assessment that will take place in the following school year group. There is a useful website that can be accessed at home called ttrockstars.com. Your children should know their password but I will provide each child with their login again, in case it has been forgotten.
We’ll continue with our weekly PE sessions, this will take place on a Friday morning. It would be very helpful if your child could come to school in their kit with their school uniform to change into after the session.
Our school PE kit is:
A white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers or pumps. Can we ask for no cropped T-shirts or bright coloured PE kits and no jewellery, please.
In Year 3 we will send your child home with a list of spellings each Friday, for them to learn for a small test the following Friday. We will also send home a ‘Homework Menu’ each half term, which is a list of activities related to our learning in class. Your child may choose some or all of these activities to complete at home then bring into class. They will also get a piece of homework each week which will have a maths or literacy focus. This will need to be completed and returned the following Friday to be checked.
If you’d like to talk to any of the Year 3 team, please look out for us in the playground before and after school. We are always happy to speak to you about any concerns you may have.
We’re looking forward to a fantastic year with your children.
Thank you all for your support.
Miss McGrath and Miss Rowland – Year 3 team