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Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Howard and Mrs Crebbin welcome you to Year 3! We are lucky enough to have several fantastic teaching assistants to support our learning; Ms Marrable, Miss Partridge and Mrs Jones. In Year 3, we also have a specialised music teacher who teaches our classes each week. The children will agree that this is a highlight of their week.

Throughout the year, we go on some exciting trips to the cinema, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Dewa Roman Experience in Chester. As part our learning in D.T., we have the opportunity to create our own healthy stuffed peppers and to make a Roman sun dial.

Reading

In Year 3 we expect children to read at least 3 nights a week for 15-20 minutes. Questioning is really important so please try and ask your children questions about the book they’re reading. If you need support with the types of questions to ask, please refer to the document below. Please encourage your child to make notes of any of the books they read, noting the title and pages read.  Your comments are also very welcome.  If the book your child has chosen proves to be too easy or difficult, or no longer keeps your child’s interest, then please let us know.  Both reading books and planners should be brought into school each day.

Spelling

Spellings linked to the daily spelling lessons will be sent home on a Tuesday and tested the following Monday. Please make sure your child has their spelling book in on a Monday ready for their test. To practise spellings with your child please use the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check’ approach, play snap games or try colour coding the patterns or sounds within the words.

Homework

English homework is set once a fortnight (alternating with mathematics).  We expect the homework tasks to take approximately 30 minutes so please feel free to stop your child after the allotted time.  Your child should complete their tasks in their English homework books in pencil, unless they have been awarded their pen licence.  They should be able to complete the majority of the tasks independently but may, on occasion, need some guidance. A grammar hammer task will also sent home in addition to their English task. If your child finds any aspect of this difficult, please write a note in their book.

Maths homework tasks to take approximately 30 minutes.  Maths should always be completed in pencil.  Please encourage your child to show their working out.  It is through seeing the mistakes children have made that we gain a greater understanding of what misconceptions they may have and can take appropriate action. In addition to their maths homework task, your child will receive a mental arithmetic task to work on the four key number operations.

Maths

We begin the year by covering place value and then focus on the four number operations which underpin our learning throughout the year. From this we will then cover measures, geometry, fractions and statistics. Every child will be given a times table test on a Friday and will be given the results so they can practise for their next one the following week.

Home learning

At the start of the year, your child will be given the choice to do 1 of 3 home learning projects throughout the year. They will be able to choose from Extreme Earth, Titanic and The Romans.

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