Year 3 Autumn Parent Information Letter 2017
Hope you have had a fantastic summer and welcome back. The purpose of this letter is to explain this terms topic ideas and routines. We are looking forward to a happy and successful term working with your children.
We are continuing with the 6Rs this year. They aim to make the children successful learners and develop skills that will help them learn throughout their lives. Please ask your children which one they think they have demonstrated throughout the week.
The 6 qualities are:
- Risk Taking
In English this term we will be studying books with a variety of settings such as:
- Winnie and Wilbur in Space
- The Worst Witch
- The Secret Seven
As well as looking at non-fiction texts such as information and explanation.
Through studying the books and various pieces of text children will be focusing on sentence structure such as the use of conjunctions, full stops and capital letters as well as learning to use adjectives for description.
What makes the Earth angry?
After the October half term we will be learning about the Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes, weather, pollution and the effects we have on our planet. There are again a lot of useful websites to get more information about these such as:
If you would like to get out and about for this topic then Bradgate Park is a great place to visit as it is situated on an extinct ancient volcano. The park also does a lot of events that you and your children may enjoy (these are usually free). For more information please check their website: http://www.bradgatepark.org/events/
Here Comes the Sun
In our first topic this half term we will be learning about Space and particularly The Sun. We will be learning about where the sun fits into our solar system, how shadows are made and about the order of the planets from the sun. If you would like to find out more information about this subject there are lots of good websites that you could use such as:
The Space Centre
As part of our science work about Space and the sun we will be visiting the National Space Centre here in Leicester. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to experience many different aspects of the topic including a film show about The Night Sky. As it links closely to the curriculum we would encourage you to sign the letter and allow your child to take part.
Spellings will be handed out every week with a spelling test every Monday morning. We also recommend that your children work on their times tables each week as this will help them a lot in their maths lessons. A times table focus will be sent home every week with the spellings.
In addition to the spellings and times tables your child will be set topic homework. They will have a choice of 9 activities to choose from and they can do as many of them as they want. They will be able to earn house points for their homework projects. They will have 5 weeks to complete their topic homework and they can bring it in at any time!
This terms PE is outdoor sports. Your child will be required to bring a white t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and plimsolls/trainers every Wednesday. Please remove any jewellery from your child before they come into school on Wednesday. Even though PE is on Wednesday please send your child to school with sensible shoes for the morning mile.
We are pleased to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms. Children need to wear a blue top, black or grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/polo shirt – please avoid labels or badges other than Northfield!
Our behaviour strategy ‘It’s Good to be Green’ will continue. Teachers reward children with house points that are displayed in the classroom. When children reach various totals, badges are awarded and worn on a lanyard. As last year, parents are invited to come and see their children get the badges in Friday morning assemblies. An invitation will be sent out when your children have earned their badges.
It is vital for your child’s education that they attend school regularly and promptly. If your child is absent please ring the school office to avoid us needing to telephone you as we now contact all parents if a child is not at registration. If you are planning a family holiday please make every effort to take this during school holidays. If you are unable to do so please ensure that you obtain authorisation before you book – authorisation forms can be collected from the school office.
We value your support and comments so do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have a concern. Send a note, talk to us on the playground or alternatively contact the office to arrange a meeting. Just a reminder that teaching begins at 8.50 so it is not possible to speak to any parent at this time unless it is urgent. We appreciate your continued co-operation.
Phase 2 Leader
The Phase 2 leader is responsible for all pupils in years 1, 2 and 3. This is Mrs Willoughby. If you wish to meet with her please contact the office to arrange a meeting.
We look forward to a happy and productive term with you and your children.
Ms J. Wren Miss P. Modhwadia