Welcome to Year 3
Can Toys Really Come to Life?
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 thinking about what our sneaky toys really get up to while our backs are turned! To begin our learning, the children will be able to bring in their favourite toys. This will give the toys an opportunity to have a sleepover at school and for us to see what mischief they really get up to when we are not watching them! Once the toys have had their sleepovers, Year 3 will be use 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 using the toys theme to reinforce our understanding of adding and subtracting money. 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 - Due to Covid, we will be creating class libraries for reading books. Children will be allowed to choose and take home a book from their class library for home reading. We encourage children to read 4 times a week for 15 minutes. Younger children will need to spend more time reading aloud whilst older or more confident readers may spend some of this time reading independently. Parents are expected to sign the reading record to show their child has read.
Alongside reading books, children will have access to online reading activities and games on our new learning platform being launched in the next few weeks. As part of our catch-up curriculum, weekly reading tasks will be set for your child to complete at home. There will be an expectation to complete these tasks, and time in school will be made available for children who have limited access to technology.
Spelling – Over the course of the next week a spelling overview will be stuck in your child’s homework diary. On this sheet will be the spellings for at least the next 8 weeks. These will be dated so you know exactly which spellings the children will be learning week on week, instead of the words being stuck in weekly. This gives you the opportunity to see which words are coming up so if you feel your child will benefit from some prior learning you can introduce them earlier on.
The children will be marking their own spellings after they have been tested. They will then highlight the spellings they got right on their overview so you know which words your child got right and the ones they still need to practise. We look forward to seeing the children continue to improve their spelling, which is a key part of their English learning.
Maths – As with the reading and as part of our catch-up curriculum, an online learning platform will be used to set weekly homework tasks. Again there is an expectation that this homework will be completed. Shortly, you will receive details for how to log in to the online platforms.
For the first half term, children will be asked to wear their PE kits to school on the day they have PE. It is expected that the children will be 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 Monday.
If you have any other queries or concerns about your child please do get in touch.
Year 3 Team