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Autumn 2017

Dear Parents / Carers,


Welcome to the Autumn Term!

This year our Year 3 class will be taught by Mrs Gagg and Mrs Dickinson.

Specialist subjects are also taught by our wonderful team at St. Helen’s for Art, Computing, PE and French.

The move to year 3 is a very important time for your child.

They will be actively encouraged to be more independent and self-reliant, taking much more responsibility for their own learning. We expect a high-level of behaviour from all Year 3 pupils and rewards will be given for displaying these positive learning behaviours.

This term’s theme will be ‘Friend or Foe’. We will be starting with a focus on Invading Pirates and having a visit from Mrs. Yendell from the Appledore Maritime Museum. Later in the term we will be looking at World War 2 invasions of Europe. Most of our lessons will be based on each topic, so English, art, science, RE, geography and history will be topic based making it a creative curriculum.

Maths will also sometimes be taught through our topics where appropriate.  We will continue to learn maths using the Connective Model.  Written maths homework and IXL maths will be sent home alternately each Wednesday, though your child must continue to practise their mental strategies at home, such as times tables, adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and telling the time.

English will include learning spellings using different strategies, learning and practising grammar and punctuation, extended writing for different purposes and poetry.

PE will usually take place on Tuesday this half term with Mrs Gagg and on a Wednesday after half term with Mr Waldron. We will be outside as much as possible for PE so please make sure kits are in every day – they will be sent home each half term to be washed.  Please ensure your child has a FULL change of clothes and trainers.  Please see below for our planned timetable for this term (subject to change).

Next half term, Mrs Gagg will be teaching Class 3 the recorder so if you have your own at home, bring it in and show us your skills!


All homework will be recorded by pupils in their home-school books. We would encourage parents to read the home-school books to check for homework. Also if pupils are having difficulties with any of the work please write a note in the home-school book.

We would always expect parents to support us in our drive to improve literacy standards by reading regularly with their children and helping with homework tasks. Reading diaries will be checked daily. Reading books will be issued from the School Library but please encourage pupils to read a variety of their own books, magazines and articles.

We feel that parental support and help is invaluable throughout Key Stage 2. The children will increasingly be given independent work to do and bring work home to do. We are always pleased to see children bring in work linked to the topic, but we would warn against too much work taken straight from the internet. Children should be taught to only use useful information as many sites are very complex and the children may not understand what they have printed.

There will be weekly literacy and maths homework. Occasional homework tasks will be linked to topics across the curriculum.

Creative homework tasks will be given each half-term. Parents are invited in to view and discuss pupils work every half-term.


Dates for your diary ….

Pirate Day – Wednesday 13th September – a visit from Appledore Maritime Museum to talk about local Invading Pirates- pupils may dress as a pirate if they wish!

The first open afternoon is 20th October.

Parents’ evenings will be in the week of the 16th October 2017.

Friday 29th September – Year 3 will be selling their cakes and biscuits to raise money for MacMillan; Can any parents help on this morning?

Non-pupil day is Monday 30th October

If you would like to speak to either of us at any other time, please have a quick word at 8:50am or call in at the office to make an appointment.

A few points to note:

  • PE kit – Shorts/ T shirt / jogging bottoms and trainers please. The children are out in the drizzle, so a change is important
  • Please send a fresh piece of fruit for morning break each day; Year 3 pupils no longer receive free fruit
  • Children need to have water bottles in school each day
  • Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly
  • We expect pupils to start learning at 9am with Maths each day
  • Worship is now every afternoon
  • Pupils will need Wellies for Outdoor Learning later in the term
  • RE will be taught in two week blocks during each half term.

Wishing you all the best for the term ahead.

Mrs. Gagg & Mrs. Dickinson



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