Welcome to Mrs Harper and Mrs Bareham's Year 3 Class
Happy New Year and welcome back to the spring term. We hope you have all had an enjoyable and relaxing break. Mrs Harper teaches each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Bareham teaches each Thursday and Friday. This term we have Mrs Oliver covering Miss Lightfoot's teaching groups four mornings a week too.
Our new topics are 'Around the World', which is all about locating and naming continents, countries, capital cities and rivers on maps, amongst other things. We will be reading stories from around the world. In science we will be learning about humans and animals. We will be looking at skeletons, the muscle system, a balanced diet and different food groups.
Each week your child will be given some homework. This will include reading each evening. Please try and write a short comment in your child's reading record whenever they have read at home. Reading, even ten to fifteen minutes a night, makes a huge difference to the progress that the children make in school (not just in Literacy but in other subjects too!) We have been very impressed with the amount of reading that some children are doing regularly at home.
The children are also given spellings to learn each week and multiplication tables to practise. These are tested each Friday morning. These children will be the first year group to be tested in national tests on their multiplication tables when they are in Year 4. We ask the children to stick each week's spellings and tables in their yellow homework diary to take home and practise. They have a whole week to learn them. The children also get a maths sheet for homework on a Wednesday to hand in for the following Monday. This relates to the mathematics that they are studying in class. It is helpful if you can support your child in the planning of when he/ she should spend time completing homework as it is best to do frequent short sessions rather than all of it in one evening.
The children have P.E. lessons on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. They need to have the required kit in school. P.E. kit includes plain white T-shirts, black or blue shorts and either plimsolls or trainers. No jewellery should be worn and long hair should be tied back. It is very helpful if all P.E. kit (including plimsolls) could be named. School jumpers also need to be named. If a child mislays an item of clothing it is much more likely to be returned to them if it has their name in.
As a school, we strive to help your child achieve his/ her full potential. We work hard to ensure this happens. It is great if we can work together to help your child achieve their potential We find that the children are much more focussed if they have had a good night's sleep and a decent breakfast. Should you have any concerns at all about your child please let us know sooner rather than later so that we can try to sort things out. A note in their reading record or a chat with either of us after school is a good way to do this. We want your child to be happy coming to school and to enjoy their time spent on all their school activities.
Mrs Harper and Mrs Bareham
A few dates for this half term:
Friday 30th November 6-8pm School Christmas fair
Wednesday 12th December Year 3/4 Christmas performance
Thursday 13th December Ks2 trip to Theatre by the Lake to see 'Beauty and the Beast'
Thursday 20th December Carol Service in St. Martin's Church
Friday 21st December School breaks up for Christmas