Year 3

Dear Parent,

My name is Mrs Booth and I am the year 3 teacher.  After a long period in Year 1 and Early Years I am really enjoying teaching older children and helping them to develop their skills and knowledge across the curriculum.

SPaG
The literacy lessons consist of the teaching of a number of key elements; Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG) and text level work, which involves reading a text and then exploring it through shared writing and independent writing.

The SPaG element will involve learning all about prefixes and suffixes this term as well as beginning to find out about fronted adverbials and how to use them in writing.

Maths
Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematics skills.

Each morning, the children have mental maths to complete. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:55am so they don’t miss out on their mental maths.

I would encourage children to continue to use TTRockstars at home to practise their all important times tables.

The children need to learn their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables thoroughly, as well as the related division facts to support them in their work.  Support at home would be very helpful with this.

Literacy
We are approaching literacy mainly through the study of novels.  Most of our literacy work will be based on a novel which we are reading together in class.  The children will learn to read aloud with appropriate expression and written work will be based on the class novel we are currently reading. 

This term we will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We will be using this as a basis for comprehension and lots of discussion about characters and events in the novel.

Spellings
Y3 have a list of Statutory Spellings, which are part of the National Curriculum.  Spellings are given out on a Friday for children to learn over the weekend.  Children will be tested on these the following Monday.  Please help your child to practise these at home.

Topic
Our topic this term is Bread and Chocolate.  We will be finding out about different foods, where they come from and how they are packaged.  We will also have the chance to taste foods and design our own packaging.

ICT
We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads.

We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and they are always extremely responsive to this

Music and RE

Children will have music and RE on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs Ireland and Mrs Cawley.

PE
P.E lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your child has the correct kit and can remove any earrings they may be wearing. It is essential that your children have suitable footwear for PE sessions. Trainers or well-fitting sand shoes must be worn, please don’t forget socks if you have a girl who wears tights.

Children should come to school in their PE kit on the day of PE

A few reminders

PE is Wednesday.

Please encourage your child to read at home and remember that any reading they do, and any books they enjoy are good experiences.

Please email me at teacher@damedorothy.org.uk if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children have been provided with a named water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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