This newsletter summarises the main curriculum points we will be covering this year and other points to note. Coming into Year 3 is an important transition for your child and I understand this could be daunting for some children. Mrs Norman and I will help your child adjust to the new routines and expectations and I’m sure they will very soon be in the swing of things. Below are a few pointers to help you and them!
The list below states the units of work we will be covering during the next two terms. Whenever possible, learning will be cross-curricular.
Our overall topic for Terms 1 and 2 is the Savage Stone Age. If your child has any topic-related books or items, we would love for them to tell us about them during their Show & Tell slot.
English - Adventure/quest stories, myths and fables, explanation texts
Maths – Number - Place value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Science – Rocks and soils
Art & Design – Painting with natural materials, cave paintings, rock etchings, Andy Goldsworthy sculpture
DT – Textiles (sewing)
French – Greetings, classroom language, numbers, body parts, weather expressions
Topic (History and Geography) - Key aspects of physical geography (mountains, rivers, earthquakes, volcanoes), settlements, Stonehenge, life in prehistoric Britain, tools
Computing - Programming an animation (Scratch/PowerPoint), Finding and correcting bugs in programs
Music: For terms 1-4 our music teaching will be based on learning to play the recorder and read notation with me on a Friday afternoon. Singing and composition will be also be included on an ad/hoc basis.
PE - Ball skills and games, gymnastics
PSHE – New beginnings (SEAL)
RE – Judaism (celebrations, signs and symbols); Christmas and Advent
Most learning in English and Maths will consist of whole class teaching, followed by independent or group tasks with children generally grouped with those of a similar ability, however some mixed ability groupings will be used when I feel it is appropriate. Mrs Norman will be with us for four mornings each week to support children in smaller focus groups.
Sharing thoughts and ideas will be an important part of the children’s learning therefore talk partners are used throughout the year. Your child will be seated at a “base table” alongside their talk partner, seats are chosen at random and will be changed each week. This encourages children to make new friends, support one another and develop their social communication skills.
Homework will be set each Tuesday to be handed in on the following Monday. I will include notes to explain where necessary. Homework will consist of a variety of tasks in a range of subjects but will always include maths and some form of writing, perhaps connected to our topic or relevant to the current learning in class. The children will be given spellings to learn each week and these will be assessed on a Monday. When supporting your child at home please discuss meanings of words with them and help them use the words in sentences if you would like to give them a challenge. Times tables will also be assessed on a weekly basis. This year the children will need to add the 3x, 4x and 8x tables to the 2x, 5x and 10x tables they learned in Year 2. Obviously if these are already secure your child can continue with the other times tables!
We no longer keep a homework book in Lower Key Stage 2 but instead the tasks are completed on paper and then either stuck in the relevant subject book or used for display. All children will have a homework folder to take the instructions home and return completed homework in.
Children should spend around 1hr 30mins doing their homework. Homework should be completed in pencil, please, unless instructed otherwise.
A hard copy of the homework will be sent home with your child. Details of each week’s homework can also be found on the school website: www.stocks-green.kent.sch.uk
Your child will have two books: one that is to be kept in their tray which they can read when we have a quiet reading session or I would like to hear them read 1:1; the other can be kept at home and can be read with you. As in KS1 it is important that your child reads with you regularly. However, I am very keen that your child does not see this as a chore and so if you feel it is a bit of a battle, do come and see me and we will talk about strategies you and I can use to help.
Your child should take responsibility for his/her reading record but please sign it once a week to say you have heard your child read. Comments from you are welcome but not a necessity. Children are to record at least two comments every week. You and your child may find the supporting questions at the back of the reading record useful.
Reading records must be handed in along with the all homework on Monday morning and will be handed back to your child on Tuesday along with the new homework set.
PE Term 1
Please ensure your child has a complete named PE kit, including warm kit suitable for outdoor PE (e.g. tracksuit and trainers) on their pegs in school. No jewellery is allowed during PE; please make sure that it is kept at home. Children with long hair should have it tied back at all times. If your child cannot participate in PE for any reason please send a written note on the day.
Feedback following work completed
Children will be aware of the Learning Objectives for their lessons and what I am looking for in the task they are completing. Where possible, and especially in English, I will annotate their work with suggestions, questions or prompts relating to the Learning Objective, for them to respond to. Areas of success will be commented on in green pen, areas for development and key questions to consider will be written in red pen (in accordance with our school’s marking and feedback policy). The children will also be assessing their efforts through evaluating their own and others work, giving the children the opportunity to reflect on what they have completed and give positive feedback.
Learning and behaviour expectations
I expect the children to learn and behave in accordance with the school and classroom rules. I expect them to listen fully during teaching time and not to disturb anyone else. Children should contribute to class discussion and work to their full potential at all times. It is vital that children learn to become more independent and resilient in this year, as these skills will serve them well throughout their learning and school life in general. Please support this, wherever possible.
Rewards and sanctions
Good work and behaviour will result in team points, class points and weekly certificates in celebration assembly. I believe in having a positive approach with the children and will praise them regularly and wherever I can.
Warnings will be given to the children before a sanction follows. This may take the form of missing a playtime or using their time to complete unfinished work. All of the class have contributed to a set of classroom rules and are aware of the sanctions procedure in the case of unacceptable behaviour.
Children are not provided with a snack in Year 3. Therefore parents should pack an appropriate healthy snack, e.g. a piece of fruit or vegetables, should their child like one.
Show and Tell
We will do Show & Tell on a Morning afternoon and your child will be encouraged to take part as part of their speaking and listening development. A rota will be made according to your child’s house name. Each child will have roughly 5 minutes to talk to the class, followed by a short Q&A session. Please encourage children to prepare appropriately for their S&T day. Children may use ICT to support their presentation, please either send into school via email or on a USB stick however, please do not send your child in with an iPad. The focus of this term’s S&T is ‘Ourselves’, so children may centre their presentation on anything that is important to them, e.g. a hobby, family member, item, etc. Due to the time constraints, I would ask for no more than two items to be brought in. Please check your child understands that items may be damaged if they let children pass them around and to choose carefully what they bring in. Show & Tell’s relating to our learning in class are also greatly welcomed.
Offers of help
Support with reading and other classroom activities throughout the school (in a class that is not your child's) is always welcome. If you would like to help in school on a regular basis please let me know or contact the office.
Keeping in contact
I will always be very happy to meet and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about any aspect of your child’s time at school. However, as I’m sure you appreciate drop off in the morning can be rather busy so it is usually best to make an appointment to meet after school when we can talk undisturbed. I will generally be available after school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, please contact the school office to request a meeting. Obviously if there is something I need to know urgently about your child please do let me know first thing in the morning.
Thank you for your support. Mrs Norman and I very much look forward to working with you and your child this year.