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Year 3

Year 3

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We hope you all had a lovely summer break and wish you all a very happy start to the 2018-2019 academic year. It is now time to look forward to another exciting autumn term!

 

Firstly, we would like to take this time to introduce ourselves as we join SMHP. We have both been teaching for over ten years and have a wealth of experience in both key stages. We strive for the best and in order do so successfully, it is imperative that your children understand the level of expectations we, as a school, need from them. They must be totally willing to perform at a high level in all aspects of their learning, behaviour and conduct.

 

Homework

 

In Year 3, as throughout the school, homework is compulsory and is naturally a progression and elevation from the homework received in Year 2. English and Maths homework should be completed daily, with the expectation that approximately 30 minutes should be spent on homework each night, divided between English and Maths, or theme as requested by their teacher. Please make a note in their diary or provide a letter if, for any reason, they are unable to complete their homework. Please note that children will have their spelling and times tables tests on Mondays and new spelling lists and times table focus will also be handed out on a Monday.

 

We would like to encourage you to read regularly with your child and ask them questions about the text to develop their comprehension skills.

 

Curriculum

 

English

  1. Theme: Ancient Egyptians. Book focus: Flat Stanley and the Egyptian Grave Robbery, and The Egyptian Cinderella. Your child will be writing for a variety of purposes based on the theme, e.g. newspaper reports, instructional texts, non-chronological reports, diaries and creative story writing.
  2. There will be a strong focus on all areas in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Your child will also need to know the spellings of the ‘Common Exception Words’ (a statutory requirement) by the end of year 4, so we will aim to address as many of these in class, but home support would also ensure that your child meets the requirements.
  3. Reading comprehension: we will be reading and discussing a variety of texts (fiction and non-fiction) and encourage this to continue at home too.

 

Maths – Number and place value, four operations, problem solving, measurement, conversions, mental maths, and reasoning.

 

Science – Nutrition and the Human Body

 

Religious Education

1. Domestic Church – Home: God’s dream for every family

2. Baptism/Confirmation – Promises: Promises made at Baptism

3. Advent/Christmas – Visitors: Waiting for the coming of Jesus

 

History – The Ancient Egyptians

 

Art/D&T – Canopic jars and death masks

 

Modern Foreign Language: French

 

Computing, PE, Music and Speech and Drama are all planned for, taught and assessed by specialist teachers.

 

In class

 

Mrs Büyükhiz (Mrs B) will be teaching on Mondays and Tuesday, as well as alternate Wednesdays and Mrs Williams (Mrs W) will be teaching on Thursdays and Fridays as well as alternate Wednesdays. We are also fortunate to have excellent teaching assistants (Mrs. Downey and Mrs Brown), who will be supporting us at various times throughout the week, as well as a specialist teacher (Mr. K) who will be challenging and further stretching our more able mathematicians.

 

It is important that your child is always ready to learn and we encourage your child to bring in a clearly labelled water bottle into class, so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day. We also expect children to bring in a full stationery set and they will all use pencil first to write. Once their handwriting is clear, cursive, correctly joined and consistent in size, they will be issued a Pen Licence (some may even receive this during the first week). It is also vital that they have full, clearly labelled PE kits in school as our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

We hope you find this information useful and please do not hesitate to contact us at any time should you wish to discuss any matter. If you wish to speak to us at length about any issue, we kindly request that you contact the school office so that we can arrange an appointment to discuss the matter.

 

Thank you as always for your continued support and enthusiasm and we look forward to an exciting and successful start to Year 3!

 

Class Teachers:  Mrs Büyükhiz and Mrs Williams

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Downey and Mrs Brown.

 

 

 

 

 

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