Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder, a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 3 and moving to Key Stage 2. We hope that you all had both a restful and enjoyable summer break.

The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 3 with lots of new learning taking place. In our Science work we will be studying Animals including Human, our Geography learning will concentrate on Europe, our History is taught chronologically so we will be learning about the Stone Age which will link nicely to cave paintings in Art. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations.

Children need to keep a P.E kit in school, but generally children in Year 3 will have P.E on a Wednesday and Friday, can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. PE kit can be purchased from the school office and should consist of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform, including PE kit and pumps, are labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost!

Following our letter in July we are excited to announce Year 3 will begin their swimming lessons in September. The children have been split into two groups and they will be taken over alternative half terms, an additional letter with more details will be coming your way very soon.

Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.

Water bottles are available to purchase, from the school office, if you prefer to purchase your own could you please make sure it has a sports top and not a screw top, in order to avoid accidently spillages.

We will be continuing with homework which we know the children love! Purple creative homework books continue to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information if you need it. 

Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Additionally, inside their reading pack, children will have an exercise book where they will be required to complete a reading journal or activity. (Please see the book for details) This will need completing weekly and handing to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, the children will then be able to change their book and begin the process again. To raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class and certificates will be awarded for every 5 completed.

This year we have decided to continue to ability set children in KS2 for phonics. Phonics will take place twice per week and your child may be with a different teacher for this. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings from myself which are related to their age, these will be given out on a Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday. 

The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.

We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.

Mrs B Turner

September 2018

Year 3 have been having fun with their science learning.

They explored making their own skeletons using twigs and sticks in the outdoors. They then compared their creations with an actual skeleton, before moving on to naming the different bones.