Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope that you had a great holiday and are well rested for the new school year.
Our topic this term is Our School, looking at Beckford over time. This will give lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning. There will be a local area walk to support the learning next Tuesday 17th September during the afternoon, and a trip to The Ragged School Victorian museum on Monday 28th October. More details will follow for the trip to the museum nearer the time.
In English we will be focusing on story writing using narrative and non-fiction texts. There will be lots of focus on speaking and listening to help develop reading and writing, as well essential grammar and punctuation. The children have daily reading activities and read to us weekly during Guided Reading sessions. There are also daily spelling lessons which help the children to develop spelling and reading strategies. We will continue to focus on developing handwriting.
In Maths, we will build on key maths skills and strategies with a strong emphasis on daily mental maths. Learning will be developed through the use of concrete equipment and picture representations as well as abstract numbers. We appreciate your continued support in practising key facts including number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, and counting in multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10. Any links made with real life, such as money and time telling, are also great supports.
Science topics this term are ‘Light’ and ‘Forces’. Within their learning, the children will have the opportunity to investigate scientific ideas.
Creativity – the children will be experiencing music from a range of genres and be composing and performing as part of lessons inspired by Charanga music resources. There will also be opportunity for children to begin one-to-one instrument lessons. Year Three will also have a music and dance focus across the year from The Place dance professionals, beginning with a special visit there in November, and then follow up sessions in school across Spring/Summer term, with a performance in central London, to which you are all invited.
PE this term will take place on Monday mornings. Children will need appropriate PE and footwear on this day. The swimming pool we usually use is undergoing repair work but we will let you know as soon as swimming lessons can begin.
The children now independently change their reading books. Teachers will be checking on reading every day as we encourage children to read daily. It is important for the children to read to you and talk about their books. Each child has a Reading Record book for you or your children to write comments. Remember the bookmark scheme too. Certificates are awarded in assembly for each bookmark completed, and a book prize received after the third bookmark is complete.
Maths homework will be online using Mathletics. We will be introducing this to the children for Year Three this week. The children should be doing at least 30 minutes per week. If you have difficulties accessing Mathletics please ask for our help. If you do not have computer access at home, please let us know. There will also be weekly spellings homework given out on Monday to be completed and returned by Friday, when there will be a spelling test. For the first two weeks however, the focus is handwriting homework then the spelling will begin after that.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school is open from 8.50 and lessons start at 9 o’clock. Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings and a watch, is not allowed. As a healthy school, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets or fizzy drinks.
Please come and meet the year group team and find out more about Year Three learning and homework at the Parent Event next Wednesday 18th September at 3:40pm. There is no need to sign up, just arrive at your preferred time. Information will also be added to the website for those unable to attend.
We look forward to seeing you then, Anna Middleton., Nazmin Nessa and Abigail Wells