Longsands Community Primary School

Together Everyone Achieves More

Welcome to Year 3 from Mr Hudson, Mrs Short, Mrs Bamber, Mrs Oldfield and Mrs Thompson

Class 3 Topics Autumn Term 1st Half 

 

English 

Basic Skills, Poetry and Stories in Familiar Settings 

Maths 

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction mental and written strategies, Shape, Data Handling and Problem Solving 

R.E. 

Buddhism  

History 

The Stone Age 

Art 

Portraits 

P.E. 

Ball Skills 

Science 

Magnets and Forces 

P.S.H.E. 

New Beginnings 

Music 

Charanga music scheme 

French 

Moi – All about me 

 

Welcome to year 3! Here are the topics that we will be covering this half term plus some other pieces of information which will help your child to settle into year 3.   

 

Homework 

Homework will be given regularly through the year, it is meant as consolidation of what has been learnt in school and should take anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes, depending on the task. If your child’s homework is taking longer than this, please send it back into school so I can go through it with your child. 

I would encourage you to help your child with their homework, but please let me know whether they’ve needed a lot of help, a little help, or none at all, by writing a note on the bottom of it.  

Weekly Homework 

These must be completed each week  

  • Maths homework  
  • English homework 
  • Reading 
  • Spellings 
  • Times tables practice 

 

English 

English homework will be given once a week on Monday to be in on Friday, it may be a grammar, comprehension or writing activity depending on our current topic and focus.  

Reading in key stage two has a greater focus on comprehension. The guided reading sessions take place every day. The children will complete work in books in class relating to the texts they have read. The blue reading diary will not be filled in at school from now on. If you wish to comment on the reading done at home with the library books your child chooses, please do so. 

Children will regularly visit the library to choose a new book to read for pleasure. We encourage children to take these books home to read either to you or independently.  

 

A weekly spelling test will take place on Wednesday and children will bring new spellings home the same day. They will usually get 8-10 spellings a week; this is to ensure that the spellings are transferred to their written work, rather than just being learnt for a test. The spellings are linked to our work in English. 

 

Maths 

Maths homework is given on Friday and is to be completed by Wednesday and will be based on the work that we have done in class that week. Again, if there have been any difficulties with the questions or if you would like to make a comment please let me know by writing on the sheet or by email. This year I hope to set the majority of Maths homework to be done on the computer using either education city or mymaths. If you have no access to the Internet at home, please let me know and I will find time for your child to complete this in school or set an alternative activity. Please let me know if you need passwords sending home again! 

 

In addition, times tables will need to be practiced regularly at home. The focus on this will be to increase the speed that children can answer their tables. We work through the ‘Speedy Tables’ which are a set of times tables tests. Children will take the test twice each week and try and get all the multiplication facts correct in order to move on. They begin with having 3 minutes to answer the questions and will be placed in a ‘league’ depending on if they can complete the test in under 3, 2 or 1 minute(s).  It is really important that your child learns their times tables regularly as it comes into so many areas of Maths, a few minutes a day can make a lot of difference! 

 

Mental Maths 

We have several sessions of mental maths each week, the children will bring home their work from some sessions and I would encourage you to go through any mistakes with your child. Children will also continue with Big Maths.  

 

PE.

Sessions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday during this half term. Children will need to make sure that they have the correct kit with them throughout the year. It is essential that all kit is named – indoor and outdoor (including trainers) - and that they always have a pair of pumps with them for when we have P.E. inside. For outside games children may bring with them trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a jumper. If for any reason your child cannot take part in P.E. they must have a note or else they will have to participate. Earrings must be removed (except for the first 6 weeks after piercing when they can be covered with tape) and long hair must be tied back.  

 

OTHER INFORMATION 

 

Morning routines: 

  • As in Key Stage 1, school starts at 8:55. Children can enter the year 3 class room from the fire exit onto the Key Stage 2 playground from 8:45. 
  • After the first week, please leave children to walk round the path to the Key Stage Two playground on their own to encourage independence. 
  • As normal, if your child is absent from school, please ring the office to inform them of the reason on the first day of absence. 

 

After school routines: 

  • Children finish school at 3:20pm, collect their things from the cloak room and leave the building by the door between lower and upper key stage 2.  
  • Anyone who is not collected by their parent, or named person must go to the office and will wait there for collection. 

 

Fruit/Water/Milk: 

  • Key Stage 2 playtime in September is 10:30 – 10:50, there is no afternoon playtime. Children are welcome to bring in a snack to eat at playtime. We encourage children to bring in healthy snacks so please avoid sending in cake, crisps or chocolate.  
  • A named water bottle can be brought into the class for your child to drink in the day. Please ensure this has a secure lid on to avoid spillage! 
  • Children may still have milk at play times if you wish. Please contact the office about this. 

 

If you have anything that you wish to discuss, please feel free to come in and see me before or after school.  

 

Thank you for your support, 

 

 

Mr Hudson 

 

 

 Please contact me via email  r.hudson@longsands.lancsngfl.ac.uk