Year 3 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 3! I hope you all had a relaxing summer holiday and managed to spend at least some of the time with friends, family and loved ones. It’s a new start for all of us and Mrs Bailey, Miss Warhurst and I are very excited to be teaching Year 3! I’m sure that you understand that things are likely to be a little ‘different’ in school; I appreciate there are a few changes and hopefully we will try to keep things as ‘normal’ as we can for the children. The first few weeks will be settling into the new routines, getting to know our friends and spending time with our class bubble. Our first priority is to ensure the children are happy and settled back into school life.
I have outlined some of the routines in Year 3, however these can sometimes change. If there is going to be a significant difference, I will let you know as soon as I can.
Your child should have brought home their new reading book and diary already. As there has been quite a break since some of the children were last in school, over the next few weeks we will assess their reading levels and change books accordingly. Reading books and diaries need to be in school every day. We will try to hear all children read at least once per week in school (this may be as part of a group) but some children will be heard more regularly. It is vitally important that you read with your child and it is encouraging to already see comments from parents who are sharing books with their children at home. Thank you for your ongoing support with this. Any books that are returned to school will go into a period of quarantine before being used by someone else.
Your child will receive spellings each week on a Friday and tested the following Friday. All spellings can be found on the ‘Spelling Frame’ platform where they can be practised using games and activities. Your child will receive a plastic spelling folder containing their book. This needs to be in school each Friday. They will also be given a sheet with the spellings on for the whole term. These link with the spelling frame rules indicated at the top of each set of words.
Messages can be passed via school reading diaries. If you have put an important message in the diary, please encourage your child to pass the diaries to an adult as we don’t see each diary every day. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Details of our class Twitter account is above (please come and follow us!) and other information will be placed on the Year 3 Class Page on the website, which I am currently putting together.
Snacks and Water Bottles
If your child has a snack for morning playtime please ensure it contains no nuts and is easily opened by them. The snacks will be placed in their school trays. Please send your child with a named water bottle. These must be cleaned every night.
PE days in Year 3 are on Monday and Wednesday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits as no PE bags are allowed in school at this time. Mrs Morgan has added a letter to the school website giving more information about PE kits. Please make sure your child is wearing jogging bottoms or leggings as they can get cold wearing shorts.
Due to Covid we have asked for no school bags or book bags to come into school at this time, although a small pencil case is allowed. This will stay in school.
Money and slips
If you send any money or slips into school, place them in the school diaries or ask your child to hand them to a Year 3 adult. We will then send it to the school office. Please ensure all envelopes with money inside are labelled clearly.
Homework is handed out on a Friday and expected to be completed and handed back in on the following Wednesday. In order for us to be able to follow the guidance on quarantine, some homework will be written in books and at other times it will be online with details posted on the Year 3 class page.
I hope this helps clarify some of the Year 3 routines. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.
Thank you for your support.
A Pownall and the Year 3 Team
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