Who are the Y3 teachers?
What do we expect from your child in Y3?
Our focus this year is to guide and support the children in their transition from KS1 to KS2, with the aim to build up your child's independence and confidence. There will be more of a focus on your child taking more ownership and responsibility for their learning and being aware of all the resources they need for their day, which we know you will support. We want the children to support each other and work collaboratively, learning from each other and gaining the confidence to 'have a go!' We will help them to develop their resilience. We will always encourage them to ask if they need help, but we will also support them to look at other options too, such as peer support or using the working wall.
First Holy Communion
It is a very special year for our children in their spiritual journey as we guide and support them in their preparations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This is a whole family and school commitment. In school we will be learning and preparing using the sacramental parts of Learning and Growing as People of God and all the class we be involved in this. We will ask you to complete some family homework activities as well as attend mass and meetings with your child. Keep an eye on the Year 3 class page for dates and further details coming soon.
Rewards and sanctions
This year in school, we will be using Class Dojo to reward children for a range of different things, from showing gospel virtues to contribution and teamwork. This will replace the current house point system but will work in a similar way.
As before, we will be using 'minutes' as a sanction- these will be taken off Golden Time at the end of a week.
As always, parental involvement is key and we will work with you to give praise or tackle any issues.
PE, Swimming and Forest School
Again this year, we will be having PE on a Wednesday with RB Sports so every child will come to school dressed in their PE kit. This should be their indoor kits (shorts/t-shirt) with black or navy joggers on top and outdoor trainers. Any hoodies worn should be either school branded or plain navy/black. Please ensure your kit is labelled to avoid any mix-ups or lost items!
Our second PE slot will be on Tuesday afternoons up until half term (DUE TO A CHANGE TO SWIMMING- see below), so every child will need to bring their PE Kit in a bag ready to change into. We are planning to do PE outside (weather permitting).
CHANGE TO SWIMMING: Hopefully, from Tuesday 3rd November (AFTER HALF TERM) we will be swimming every week- please ensure your child has appropriate swimming kit and goggles if need be- please send a letter if you wish your child to wear goggles. Swimming is a large part of the PE curriculum so children need to take part every week.We will keep up updated of any changes as we get them.
We will have forest school on a rota basis on a Friday afternoon- you will be notified in advance but please have a kit ready including wellies/trainers, clothes you don't mind getting muddy and a waterproof jacket.
In KS2, reading continues to be such a vital part of your child's everyday learning. We ask that you hear your child read regularly and record this in their reading diary. We will be monitoring the reading record books weekly.
This year we are continuing with Enquiry Based Learning, so your child will be given a research question each week for them to make notes on in their research book. This will be given out on a Thursday ready for the following Thursday- please ensure that this is done or your child will have to catch this up at a lunch/break time.
Every week your child will be given maths homework and spellings to learn- again they have a week to complete this and will have to do it at lunch/break if not complete. Spellings will be given out Mondays for the following Monday and Maths will given out on Fridays for the following Friday.
If your child loses a sheet, it is their responsibility to come and ask for a new one so that their work can still be completed.
Thank you for reading! If you have any queries/questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Mitchell