Dear Parents/Guardians of Year 3 pupils,
This year I will be teaching your child in Year 3. I have a thorough understanding of your child's abilities, so I can quickly get down to learning and have a productive year. I would also like to welcome the new children who have just joined the school in our class. Please bear with me while I assess new children's reading, so I can send appropriate reading books home with them. This will take a few days.
I feel very privileged to be teaching this class. I have really enjoyed my first few days with them and am looking forward to the rest of the year. I know we're going to have lots of fun.
Context for learning
This half term, our topic is "Our Bodies". We shall be exploring many aspects, starting with understanding about movement and feeding and then exploring nutrition and the digestive system. This will be a joint topic taught with Year 4. We are organising a trip to Techniquest in order to enhance the children's learning for this topic.
I will give your child homework every Wednesday. It will consist of sixteen spellings, a comprehension task, two pages of mathematics and a times tables activity (this term, it is the three times table). Children who need extra practice with their handwriting will have exercises to do as well. Please make sure your child brings their yellow homework folder back every Monday so I can mark it before issuing the following week's homework on a Wednesday. I award a prize for the best homework every week. It has to be handed in on time, complete and neat. I have recommended games on www.timestables.co.uk to your child for learning the three times table.
Each week, your child will receive a reading book. Please return it by Monday the following week so we can assign a new one. I will also be sending out a reading record that will log the books your child has taken and will give you the opportunity to write a comment in there. Having read some feedback from parents, I have noticed you feel not enough reading is being given. I have many old copies of The Week Junior and your child is welcome to borrow them. In addition, they can choose a book from the classroom bookshelf. Basically, I will do anything to ensure your child reads as much as possible!
I am a big believer in immersion reading. It really helps. If you turn on subtitles when you're watching TV/films, it will help your child's reading. I use this in class, combining Kindle books with Audio books (www.audible.com).
Quick links to websites used regularly to help the children with their learning.
Active Learn: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
Handwriting Practice: www.ictgames.com/writingRepeater
www.timestables.co.uk We are concentrating on the 3 times table this term. There are many games on this website for your child to practise.