Welcome to Year 3, Sycamore Class!
It is so lovely to be back in school after the somewhat disrupted year we have all endured, and your children have all made an excellent start to being a junior!
In year 3, the expectations of your children do increase, and their responsibilities get that little bit greater, but they will relish the challenges they face with a sense of fun and enjoyment of learning. In order to prepare them we will be supporting and encouraging your child to build their independence as well as enjoying all of the fun learning and activities in our curriculum, which you can see on our Y3 Curriculum Overview attached to this web page.
In Year 3 are...
Mrs Melissa Whitaker – Class Teacher and Assistant Head
Mrs Chappell – TA
Mrs Colbourne – TA
Mrs Petty - TA
Mrs Hurst - TA
Mrs Babb – HLTA
When the children come into class at 8:50, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to our learning, so it is really important that they arrive promptly please. The children should bring their water bottle daily and reading book into class with them to be changed on a Monday and a Friday. We stop for break at 10:30 and Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:20.
At the end of the day at 3:05, I will bring the children out onto the junior playground where you can meet them.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we cope with our current ‘new normal’ under the Covid regulations which has meant that routines in school have been adapted inline with government guidance. Do be assured that we are washing hands regularly throughout the day and whenever we leave or enter the classroom, with both hand sanitiser and soap and water. Equipment and resources are also being cleaned throughout the day too. As you are aware we have staggered starts, break times, lunchtimes and end of day routines to limit our access with other ‘bubbles.’ Year 3 are in a ‘bubble’ with Year 2, for times when their paths cross during the day.
PE will be on Friday afternoons. We will be running regularly throughout the week as part of our school day to keep us all fit and healthy, so please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school when needed. Your child can bring their dirty or wet kit home with them on Fridays so they can be washed ready for the following week, however, due to the current Covid pandemic, it is really important that we limit items coming into school so if possible, please keep the PE kit in school unless it's wet and dirty. The children will need blue/black PE shorts, a white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and a tracksuit for when the weather turns colder as PE will still take place outside, whatever the weather! It’s also useful to have a spare plastic bag to keep the trainers separate from the clothing. Earrings, watches & Fitbits will need to be removed for the PE lessons and long hair tied back.
Water Bottles and Lunch
Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school everyday. These will be kept in the classroom and can be re-filled when needed.
School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note – if you order form home, it cannot be changed in school)
Your child is welcome to bring a snack for break time, but please remember these should be a healthy choice, so no crisps or chocolate, and also please remember to help us uphold our ‘No Nuts or Sesame' policy. Do check the ingredients carefully as some products have ground nuts in them that you may not have realised – such as Pick Up bars & Nutella!
We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school so your child does not need to bring a pencil case in, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework. Due to the current Covid pandemic it is really important that children don’t bring anything into school from home.
Homework will mostly be accessed and completed online. It will be set on Fridays and due to be completed by the following Friday. This will consist of a mixture of regular MyMaths, SPAG, TTRockstars and spellings on Spelling Shed. Any handwriting practice will be sent home on handwriting paper and is not expected to be brought back into school. Please see below the web addressed for the online homework; your child will have their own log in details send home within the first couple of weeks.
MyMaths = https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Spelling shed = https://www.spellingshed.com
SPAG = https://www.spag.com
It is SO important that your child continues to read daily. Reading is proven to help develop vocabulary, imagination, sentence structure and confidence and will support your child in their own writing. Due to current restrictions, we are only able to change reading scheme books twice a week; Monday and Friday. This allows us to 'quarantine' books that come in from home for 72 hours before returning to the shelf. This also applies to library books that your child can borrow on a Friday. On its return we will put it into our 'book jail' for at least 72 hours before putting it back in the library. As mentioned before, due to Covid, we are limiting items coming into school from home so, for the time being, please DO NOT send in any reading records. Do continue to write in them as usual but I will not be checking them so do direct any comments or concerns that you might usually write in there via the school office please. Instead, I will be asking the children to talk to me about the books that they are reading and will check during the daily registration that they have read at home.
Unfortunately, we have finite reading materials in school, so you may consider supplementing your child's reading of 'real' books, with online versions that are available via the West Berkshire Library service or via Oxford Owl online, https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/. Registration may be required, however they are a great resource in these tricky times. On this class webpage, there is a Book Band Conversion document that will help you choose the right level on Oxford Owl. Look at the colour on your child's reading book, and see what that converts to on the Oxford Owl library - simple! Do ask if you are not sure!
I am looking forward to this coming term and year, let's hope that normality returns as soon as it safely can.
Let the fun commence!