Dear Parents/Guardians of Year 3 pupils,
This year I will be teaching your child in Year 3. I have a thorough understanding of your child's abilities, so I can quickly get down to learning and have a productive year. I would also like to welcome the new children who have just joined the school in our class. Please bear with me while I assess new children's reading, so I can send appropriate reading books home with them. This will take a few days.
I feel very privileged to be teaching this class. I have really enjoyed my first few days with them and am looking forward to the rest of the year. I know we're going to have lots of fun.
Context for learning
This half term, our topic is "Our Bodies". We shall be exploring many aspects, starting with understanding about movement and feeding and then exploring nutrition and the digestive system. This will be a joint topic taught with Year 4. We are organising a trip to Techniquest in order to enhance the children's learning for this topic.
I will give your child homework every Wednesday. It will consist of sixteen spellings, a comprehension task, two pages of mathematics and a times tables activity (this term, it is the three times table. Amazing online games can be found on www.timestables.co.uk ). Children who need extra practice with their handwriting will have exercises to do as well. Please make sure your child brings their yellow homework folder back every Monday so I can mark it before issuing the following week's homework on a Wednesday. I award a prize for the best homework every week. It has to be handed in on time, complete and neat.
This year, we will be using a homework choices grid which will be in their yellow homework folders. I hope you enjoy supporting your child with these activities and take an interest in the topics we explore in school too.
Each week, your child will receive a reading book. Please return it by Monday the following week so we can assign a new one. I will also be sending out a reading record that will log the books your child has taken and will give you the opportunity to write a comment in there. This will be in accordance with the reading level your child has achieved. Having read feedback from last year, I note the parents are concerned than not enough reading is given. Your child is welcome to choose from further reading materials from the classroom. I have many copies of "The Week Junior" for them to borrow and they can choose a book from our class library. There is nothing I will not do to encourage them to read!
I am a big believer in immersion reading and you can do this with Amazon Kindle and Audible; we do this in class.
I would really appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to comment by letter via the yellow homework folder, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the ClassDojo app. I am also available when you pick your child up from school.
The children will be doing P.E. on Tuesday. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing grey jogging bottoms and black trainers on this day.
With best wishes,
Quick links to websites used regularly to help the children with their learning.
Active Learn: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
Handwriting Practice: www.ictgames.com/writingRepeater
www.timestables.co.uk We are concentrating on the 3 times table this term. There are many games on this website for your child to practise.