Year 3 is an amazing year for your children; it is full of brand new challenges and experiences. Your children is now a member of Emerson valley School where we strive to make your children independent, confident and responsible learners. We expect children in Year 3 to be actively engaged in their own learning, we expect them to follow our behaviour policy and we expect them try their best. We are looking forward to the year ahead!
In our year group we have:
Miss J. Thompson 3JT teacher Year group leader
Mrs S. Dickinson 3SD teacher
Mrs C. McHenry 3CM teacher
Mr A. Roxburgh 3AR teacher
Mrs S. Prince HLTA
Miss A. Jones HLTA
Mrs G. Cole LSA
Mrs A. Saxena LSA
Homework will be sent out on Google Classroom on Monday (3:30 P.M) and needs to be completed by the following Monday (9:00 A.M). Unfortunately, any homework submitted late will not be marked. The children will be set a piece of work each week.
Children will also be set weekly spellings on a Thursday which can be found in their reading record books or on Google Classroom. They will be set spellings based on the work completed in their spelling/phonics group. They will be tested every Thursday. Please encourage your child to practice their spellings daily.
Reading records and AR
Children are expected to heard read at least 4 times a week at home and this should be recorded it in their reading records. Every Monday, their reading records will be checked by their class teacher. Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile and fun.
In year 3, the reading focus changes slightly. Although we spend time teaching the fluency of reading (the actual decoding and recognising what the words are and how to say them) we have a large focus on comprehension and understanding of what is happening in the book. An example of this could be: ‘What do the actions of the characters tell you about how they are feeling?’
We use Accelerated Reader to give the children comprehension quizzes. This helps us to know that they are progressing in their reading comprehension. We also use star reader tests on Accelerated Reader regularly to check which level of books the children should be reading that challenges them enough but not too much. This gives the children a number range so that they are choosing the most appropriate books.
TT Rockstars/Hit the Button
TTRockstars is available for Year 3 to practice the time tables. Hit the button is a free online game which also supports children in learning specific tables. By the time children reach Year 3, they should know the 2s, 5s and 10s. By the end of the year they should also know the 3s, 4s and 8s. It is vital that they learn these times tables and are confident with them in order to succeed and progress well in maths lessons.
Year 3 have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday. The children must come to school on those days wearing their PE kit. They will keep their PE on for the day. Please send a spare pair of shoes to school with your child, in case the pair they are wearing get muddy. Children who do not wear their PE kits to school on the designated days may lose some of their social time.
A few reminders
- all clothes are clearly named. Unfortunately, due to the current situation we can only hold on to lost property for a limited amount of time before it is recycled.
- all long hair is tied up coming to school
- your child brings a named water bottle to school every day
- your child brings a healthy snack to have at break time (e.g. a piece of fruit). Please note that there is no Tuck shop.
- your child brings pencil colours, a pencil, sharpener and eraser to school daily
- your child knows how they are getting home at the end of the school day
- your child brings a coat to school on cold/wet days
A final note
We will have contact with you throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns and wish to speak to us, please feel free to contact the school office who will direct your communication to us. We want the very best for your children and would love to work with you to ensure your children reach their full potential in year 3. Please support us in encouraging children to follow social distancing guidelines as well as adhering to our behaviour policy.
These are very strange times and by now, we would normally have met all of you in person, but do not be afraid to contact us through the school office and we will be happy to phone you back!