Dear Valley Class Parents & Carers,
Welcome to Year 3 and the Juniors! It’s lovely to teach your child again and see how they’ve progressed over the past two years.
Breaks – The children have done brilliantly so far at adjusting to life in the Junior bock, and the lack of afternoon breaks! Unfortunately, fruit at play time is only available for the Infants. However, if your child would like to bring in a piece of fruit or some chopped vegetables to eat at morning play, they are welcome to. Due to nut allergies within the school, please avoid cereal bars.
Water bottles – It is essential that your child brings in a water bottle each day. This prevents the disruption of children using the water fountain during lessons. Your child can bring in a bottle to leave at school and we will help them to wash and refill it. Thank you!
Aprons - Your child needs an apron (or old shirt/t-shirt) to use for Art lessons. Please could you bring in something for your child to wear, this will be kept at school. Please could you make sure their name is on it too!
Homework - Spelling test – on Thursdays. Your child will have a new spelling book this year. They will perform the test in the back of the book so you are able to see how well they have done each week. We will teach a different spelling ‘rule’ each week or so, the words that your child will need to practise will often include the spelling rule that we have been learning.
‘Cracking Times tables’ – on Mondays. We will send you further information about what is expected in due course, the children work their way through levels of times tables throughout their time in the juniors. There are lots of online maths games or activity sheets that you could download to help your child learn. There are also songs online, (try YouTube), to help them remember the times tables.
Homework - Mrs Decardi-Nelson and Mrs Barker will alternate sending homework home each week. Mrs Barker will send out homework on a Tuesday, it will need to be brought back to school by the following Tuesday.
Mrs Decardi-Nelson will send homework on a Wednesday, this will need to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. The children will have two homework books; one for each teacher.
Reading – Individual reading will occur at least once a week and your child will take part in guided reading, within a small group, once a week too. There are also opportunities for your child to take part in independent reading throughout the week. Reading with your child at home, is still important and 10 minutes of reading each day is recommended. Your child will choose a book to take home and read with you along with a reading diary. Please feel free to make comments about your child’s progress or encourage your child to write their own comments.
Your child will also choose another book, which is kept at school, to read during independent reading time at school. Your child will be placed in one of the following reading groups (they will tell you which one they are in!) ‘Harry Potters’ – Monday, ‘Fantastic Foxes’ – Tuesday, ‘Tracy Beakers’ – Wednesday, ‘Paddingtons’ – Thursday and ‘Cat in the Hats’ – Friday. Please make sure your child’s reading diary is at school on this day.
You may hear your child talk about earning a ‘positive pound £’ at school. This is Valley class’ system that rewards children with a ‘positive pound note’ for positive behaviour and for following the Class rules. Instead of a weekly ‘Golden time’ the children will have the opportunity to spend their hard earned £s on fun activities or in our ‘prize shop’ at the end of term. Once your child has collect 10 ‘pounds’ they will also be able to swap them for a reward from our positive £ reward basket! These rewards are small items such as; pens, bouncy balls, etc. If you have any leftover items from birthday party bags or Christmas crackers, we would appreciate them, in order for us to keep our supply of rewards full!
Please find attached a timetable for this term. Every other Thursday morning, Mrs Cannan will be teaching the class, she will teach RE and French. Please note that PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. One of the sessions will be held outside so please make sure your child has a pair of trainers in their PE bag. In colder weather your child will also need to bring some tracksuit bottoms. Thanks.
Curriculum This term we will be focusing on the following –
Literacy – Stories by Michael Foreman, Stories from other cultures, Instructions & Explanations and Humorous Poems.
Numeracy – Mental addition and subtraction, Place value and Money.
Science - Animals (including Humans).
Topic (History/Geography) – The Stone Age to Iron Age. More information about a trip to support our topic to follow!
R.E. – Hinduism –Symbols and sacred texts.
Music – Exploring elements of Music.
P.E. – Gymnastics and Ball skills.
French – Greetings and ‘My family’.
Art/D&T – Topic related art (drawing and painting).
Computing – Combining text and graphics. Manipulating sound.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 3rd October, 9.15am – School Harvest festival.
Monday 9th October – Parents’ drop in session
Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October – Parent Teacher Meetings.
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th October – Parent Teacher Consultations.
Friday 20th October – End of Term 1.
Monday 30th October – Back to School for start of Term 2
Thank you for your continued support, Mrs Decardi-Nelson, Mrs Barker and Mrs Thatcher.