Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

We would like to welcome you back after a long break. It is lovely to see the children coming back to school happy and excited.

Our Year 3 team include:

Class teacher – Miss Willoughby, available from Monday to Friday.

Teaching assistant – Mrs Almasri, supporting the children from Monday to Thursday.

Teaching assistant – Ms Hussain, supporting the children on Wednesday and Friday.

Our school day starts at 8.45 and finishes at 3.05 and we will greatly appreciate your help with arriving on time to drop off and pick up the children. In order to keep your child save in this unusual time, please make sure that you provide them with their own water bottle.

In our Topic lessons this half term, we will be taking a giant step back in time into prehistory! We will discover what Britain was like during the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age; from housing, food and tools to learning all about the monumental Stonehenge. We will also complete a number of Art and DT projects linked to our topic.

In our reading lessons, we will be working on developing new skills and exploring a variety of texts. We deliver daily guided reading sessions and will make sure that we listen to your child read twice a week. If your child needs to change their book, they can do that by placing it in the designated box in the classroom and then they will receive a new book on Monday.

In English, we will begin by learning about the features and purpose of instructions. With the help of Talk4Writing teaching framework, we will explore a variety of instructions and plan our own set of instructions.  We will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills by examining the author’s use of language and making predictions based on what we already know. We will also be improving our word knowledge practising the Year 3 and 4 statutory word list.

In our Maths lessons, we will be focussing on place value, addition and subtraction. We will understand the value of each digit in a 3-digit number and use this knowledge to compare and order numbers. We will begin with number line and expanded methods and progress onto one and two step word problems requiring various mental and written strategies. There will be lots of opportunities for problem solving and reasoning to test our understanding of addition and subtraction.

We will practise our times tables skills using Times Table Rockstars weekly and assess our knowledge using weekly times tables tests.

As Scientists, we will be spending this half term investigating ‘Rocks and Soils’. Children will learn and develop new skills by becoming ‘rocks and soils detectives’, who will compare, group and research different kinds of rocks and soils and will undertake a range of scientific enquiries.

This half term we will have our weekly PE sessions every Thursday morning and on Friday afternoon. Our PE kit is: plain white T-shirt, black jogging bottoms, black shorts or black leggings and trainers or pumps. Please make sure the children come in their PE kits on Thursday morning and bring their school uniform in a bag so we can get them changed at the end of the day.

In year 3, we will give out homework on Friday and would like it to be completed by the next Thursday. The children are expected to practise their weekly spellings and complete a times tables sheet. In order to help your child to engage well with our topic, we recommend that they complete a block from the Homework Grid each week.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Willoughby, Mrs Almasri or Ms Hussain. We will be happy to assist you before and after school.

Thank you all for your support.

Kind regards,

Miss Willoughby, Mrs Almasri and Ms Hussain.