What to expect in Year 3
Increasing independence and empathy
Welcome to Year 3: a fun year for your child.
This stage marks the end of Key Stage 1 as your child enters Key Stage 2 as a Junior. If they have attended an Infant school, this will also involve a move to a new school where they become the youngest year group again.
Further really useful information for parents from Oxford Owl can be found here:
Welcome to Year 3!
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to the start of a fantastic academic year!
Mrs Jarvis will teach 3J and Mrs Hoskin will teach 3H. Mrs Alford and Mrs Plant will also be supporting you with your learning in both classes, while Mrs Jones and Mrs Norman-Ball will be covering PPA on a Tuesday afternoon. We are all here to help you with any questions or problems you may have, so please do not hesitate to ask. Parents/carers should ring, email or make an appointment through the school office, or contact us through Seesaw, and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.
Here is some important information about your school week:
Each day you will need:
- a water bottle
- your packed lunch (if you are not having a school dinner)
- a small simple pencil case, which will remain in school to store your equipment (which we will provide).
- healthy snack for break time as this is no longer provided in KS2 (fruit, cheese, yoghurt, vegetable sticks - no crisps or chocolate please)
- appropriate coat for weather conditions as we will be outside as much as possible
P.E days will be on a Monday and Thursday until Christmas. No children should bring a PE kit to school. Please wear appropriate P.E kit to school on those days. Prepare for these sessions to be outdoors unless weather does not allow for this. If your child wears laced trainers, please ensure that they can tie their laces before coming to school.
You will have two reading books: one reading book that will be sent home to read there, the other reading book will be a book to keep in school and read during independent reading time. Please continue to record your home reading in your reading diary and bring this in EVERY Friday so that we can move you up on our '40 Read Challenge' ladder. When your children successfully reads 40 times (not 40 books!) They will earn a goody box treat.
You should be reading every day at home (if possible) and, as a minimum, three times a week. Research into learning shows that the more that you develop your comprehension skills and understanding of vocabulary the better you will do in school across the whole of the curriculum. Please do give reading the priority it needs and make sure you keep a list of, and look up, any tricky words you come across- there is a space in your reading diary to make a list of these.
Further useful information to support your child in reading can be found on Oxford Owl, using the following link: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/year-3-at-primary-school/
Homework activities will begin in the coming weeks and will be distributed via the Seesaw app (new links will be sent home in due course). In the meantime, please continue to read regularly and practise spelling the Year 3/4 common exception words. These are the words that you should aim to spell correctly in any independent writing and not just for a weekly test. These words can be found under the Home Learning section.
Spellings will be sent out as a half termly list with guidance on how to support your child at home. They will be tested in school throughout the term and practised as part of ongoing phonics sessions. There will no longer be a weekly spelling test within the school blue books, but you will be kept up to date with how your child is progressing at parents evenings.
The children will be tested weekly, on a Friday through Big Maths Beat That. It is essential that you practise your tables regularly. By Year 3 the National Curriculum states that you should already know your 2, 5 and 10 times tables, so if you are still learning them make sure you practise daily. By the end of the year you will also be expected to know you 3, 4 and 8 times tables. The more confident you are with your tables - the easier other aspects of maths will be. Times Table Rockstars is very useful to help your practise these - and good fun too!
Finally, we look forward to working with you and your child in their first year in Key Stage 2.
The Year 3 team
Useful links to use at home
Please use the links below to support home learning.
If you forget your passwords at anytime please let a member of the Year 3 team know so we can help.