Welcome To Year 3
- Sabreena Bhawon, Teacher 3B
- Shaye Arbuthnot, Teacher 3A
- Nita Shah
We hope that you had a wonderful summer. We are really looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
OOur goal is to create confident, fluent, independent readers. We prioritise reading at Nelson School and have very carefully chosen the texts your child will study this term. We focus on word reading to develop fluency and comprehension skills using a system called VIPERS. VIPERS stands for: vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve and sequence or summarise.
In Year 3, we will start by looking at Flat Stanley The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery.
At the beginning of the year children will be given a reading book at their appropriate level. They can then take this book home and return it to school when they have finished it. We will also visit the school library on Tuesdays where children can select a book of interest to them. We recommend that children read for at least 10-15 minutes each night and you and your child can record what they have read in their reading records. Discussing your child’s reading with them is important and comprehension continues to be a focus in Year 3.
Our topic this term is ‘Time Travel’. This will form an important aspect of our English, maths and science this term, encouraging children to reflect on their work as part of ‘Building Learning Power’. As part of this topic we will be investigating rocks and soils and magnets in Science.
We will discover all about the Stone Age and The Ancient Egyptians and will be presenting our art work in an exciting Egyptian Art Museum in Autumn 2. Details will be sent out nearer the time.
You can find out more information about our autumn term learning by looking at the overviews and programmes of study on the website.
We ask that children spend around 15 minutes reading each day. Spelling homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and we ask for it to be returned on a Monday. We will continue to have access to Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars and ask that children try to complete 5 minutes of TTRS every day. All these login details can be found in your child’s Reading Record. Alongside these activities, children will receive a home learning grid at the start of each half term which includes a range of activities to complete. Although the activities are optional, we do encourage the children to complete as many as they can. The home learning grid can be found in their homework books.
Updates and Reminders
Morning routine – School gates open at 8.40am and children can come straight into the classroom Registers will be taken at 9.05am.
Snacks – Children may choose to bring their own fruit/vegetable snack which can be eaten during morning break. Please remember we are a healthy and a nut free school.
Medication – Please ensure that your child’s teacher has any relevant medication and that this medication is up-to-date.
P.E – Our P.E. days will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children should come to school wearing their P.E. kits and trainers on these days and will remain in these all day. A reminder that if children are wearing earrings these should only be studs and not hoops. Stud earrings will be covered with tape during PE lessons for safety. Long hair must be tied up at all times including during PE. In case children need to change out of their PE shoes due to wet weather, we would like them to bring a spare pair of shoes (these do not need to be school shoes) and socks in a labelled bag. These may be kept at school or brought in on PE days only.
If you would like to be a class rep, your class teacher will be very pleased to hear from you. Each class normally has two or three class reps that will take the lead in organising school events.
We hope your child will find their time in Year 3 both exciting and rewarding. If you have any questions about your child do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working alongside you this term.
The Year Three Team