Welcome to Class 3

Hello and welcome to Class 3!

Children, we are all really looking forward to a great year with you. We hope that you are ready for lots of hard work and lots of fun!

Mr Parham will be teaching you Mondays to Friday. Your teaching assistants will be Mrs Norton & Mrs Blyth.

We will open the classroom door at 8:45 every morning and close it at 9.00, when we will do the register. When, you arrive, please organise your belongings sensibly and start your morning activity (there will be instructions on the board). At the end of the day, we will dismiss you between 3:10 and 3:15.

 

P.E. will be on a Monday with Mrs Norton, although this occasionally changes, so please could you make sure that you have a full P.E. kit (white t-shirt, black shorts, trainers and a change of socks for girls wearing tights) in school every day. Please could you ask your adults at home to check that all items of P.E. kit, including your P.E. bag, are clearly labelled with your name.

 

We will set a homework task linked to our topic every term. Please could you bring your homework to school as soon as you finish it (any time during the term) so that you have time to share your hard work with your classmates.

Parents and carers, we appreciate how much time and effort you have already put in to supporting your child with their learning and hope that this continues into Key Stage 2. Here is some information which we will obviously also share with the children:

 

  •          Spellings lists are given at the beginning of each half term and children are expected to use their Home Spelling Book to neatly practise their spellings in at least four times a week. They can choose to do this either by using the suggested activities on the sheet (stapled to their books), through writing sentences containing the words or on a ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ sheet.
  •          We can see that there are some really keen and able readers in the class and we hope to continue to encourage this love of reading. In Year 3, the children will continue to choose books from the correct Accelerated Reader level and they will do an online quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the book in school before they move on to the next book. As in previous years, children are expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week at home with an adult. At this age, even for more able readers, it is very important that children still practise reading aloud; fluency and keeping the reader engaged with expression and intonation are key skills. More able readers may sometimes choose to read to themselves, then explain what has happened to an adult and discuss any words or concepts they were unsure of. Please could you record the reading you do together in your child’s school reading record and sign it.
  •          Times tables are tested every week. By the end of Year 4 children will be expected to know all their times tables.

Mrs Gynn & Mrs Carter have obviously passed on lots of information to me about the children, but there may be other things you think we should know about your child or your home situation, particularly if there have been recent changes. There are parent-teacher meetings planned for after October half term but if you would rather meet sooner, I would be more than happy to sit down for a chat. Please speak to the office staff to arrange a meeting.