Welcome to Year 3
Our class project for this term is Fantastic Beasts.
Our class project will begin with a visit to Cardiff National History Museum.
During our project the children will be given the opportunity to choose what they would like to learn and how they would like to develop their project. We will share some of the exciting things we learn with you as our project develops through regular class updates (see below). Throughout our project the children will be developing as:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
- enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
If you would like to get involved in our project, and have expertise in any aspect of our project, then I have created a Padlet page where you can write your ideas, and I have included the link below. Alternatively, please pop in and see me.
We’re going to be busy this term! You can follow some of our progress on your child’s individual link to their SeeSaw page. This can be found in the front of their homework books!
The following information about Year 3 may be helpful. Any unexpected changes or updates to the following information will be communicated through SeeSaw.
Thank you for your continued support with your child’s reading. The key to success in reading is to read as often as possible and it is so important that your child reads at home as well as in school.
In school, we will have weekly guided reading sessions where children will read in groups with a teacher once a week. They will also complete a range of activities to develop their reading skills during these sessions. Each morning children will read silently for 10 minutes during ERIC (Everybody Reading In Class), as well as experiencing regular opportunities for shared reading within the class.
The Year 3 library is stocked with lots of reading materials but if your child would like to bring in a book or magazine from home to read during these sessions they are more than welcome to! We encourage children to read what they enjoy!
I will change children’s reading books each week on a Tuesday, so please make sure that their reading folders are in school every week on this day. It is really important that children are also reading at home and it would be beneficial if they were reading for 10 minutes each day. It really does make a difference! Please make a note of books they have read or any comments you would like to make in the back of their homework books.
Spellings will be sent out on a Friday ready for testing the following Friday. In some cases, spellings may be targeted to groups or individuals, depending on what we feel is the most beneficial. Accurate spelling is important for children’s writing development and practicing spellings at home makes a big difference to children’s writing within the classroom! We encourage the “look-cover-write-check” method for learning spellings.
We are determined to be times table experts in Year 3! As with reading, it is really important to rehearse these at home as well.
We will begin working on fast recall of the 2 and 5 times tables. We will then move onto the 3 and 4 times tables as the term progresses.
In addition to learning spellings and practicing multiplication and division facts, we may ask for your support in helping your child with our class project in different ways. The homework and spellings will be set either in your child’s homework book or on our online collaborative learning environment (Google Classroom) where children can complete and submit their work.
You can find your child’s Google Classroom log-in details in the front of their homework book. If you are unable to access google classroom, a paper copy of the homework can be provided.
Please ensure homework books are in school on a Thursday, so that new homework can be set and sent home on a Friday.
P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon (Football with Newport County) and a Thursday morning. Please ensure that the children have appropriate kit in school on these days, in particular a warm kit for games outside during the winter months. The children will be reminded of the school health and safety policy of no jewellery being worn during these lessons. If your child is unable to take out their earrings, please provide plasters in their PE bag.