Welcome to Year 3
Friday 3rd September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Why am I proud to live in Basingstoke?
Hello everyone! We are looking forward to seeing you all in the new term. We have some exciting things planned for you! This half term Year 3 will be looking at our environment and why it is so special – why are we proud to live in Basingstoke? In English, we will be thinking about what our sneaky toys really get up to while our backs are turned. Year 3 will be using our key text ‘The Clockwork Dragon’ as a stimulus to create a piece of writing about toys coming to life. This will include innovating the key text to make it our own and writing instructions on how a toy can come to life. In maths, we will be consolidating our number knowledge by focusing on place value. We will also explore how to partition numbers using different strategies. Opportunities for reading will be plentiful throughout the day, with daily class read-aloud and discussions and paired reading in the afternoons. Daily wellbeing activities will also feature during this half term to ensure our children are calm, confident and content learners.
Please see below information about the homework expectations this year.
Daily Reading - We encourage children to read 4 times a week for 10 minutes. Parents are expected to sign the reading record to show their child has read and this will then fed into our school incentives and reward system.
Alongside reading books, children will continue to have access to Reading Eggs, the online reading activities and games on our new learning platform. There will also be an optional homework task set on Reading Eggs, this will start on the week commencing the 20th September.
Spelling – Daily spelling or phonics is taught discretely in our classes. In these spelling sessions, children will learn spelling patterns to help them learn new words. Children will have a copy of their weekly spellings for the term in their reading record. Children are tested on their word lists each week; words that they have spelt correctly are highlighted in their reading records.
Maths – As with the reading, the online learning platform, My Maths will be available to access and homework tasks may be set using this.
Foundation subjects – There will be a list of additional homework that you may want to do with your child to support their learning. This will be sent out shortly and will be also be able to be found on the school website.
It is expected that the children will bring in full PE kit (burgundy t-shirt and black shorts). They may wear black or grey joggers and a black or grey sweatshirt or their school jumper over their PE kit if it is cold. Year 3 will be having PE on a Wednesday and a Friday. We will be starting with football.
If you have any other queries or concerns about your child please do get in touch.
Year 3 team
Mrs Pfende and Mrs Roberts