Class 3

Expectations

Class News

Homework, Reading and Spellings

In Class 3 we teach, encourage and expect children to become independent learners.  We value commitment, hard work, enthusiasm and a positive 'have a go' attitude.  We see mistakes as opportunities for learning, not something to fear.  We help and encourage children to build on their learning and identify their own next steps.  We value good manners and team work.

 

 

 

You can help your child in the following areas:

• being well organised for school with their own pencil case so that they don't need to rely on other children

• developing good home/school routines by completing homework to a high standard and handing it in on time

• setting aside time to read regularly at home and keeping a record of reading in the Reading Diary

• talking together about anything that interests your child and being aware of what is happening in the news and the wider world

Welcome

Kew Gardens

Caveman Day

Fossil Day

Blast Off !

 

Welcome to Class 3

 

Welcome back to an exciting Autumn Term!

 

We hope you will have a lovely summer break and the children will be raring to get back to work on their return on Wednesday 6th September.

 

For the Autumn term, our Science topic will be 'Living things and their habitats'

and our IPC topic will be 'Chocolate'.

 

We have two trips planned

1- To Pizza Express as part of our Food Technology curriculum

2- A trip to Ipswich School's Music Festival as part of our Music curriculum.

 

Class News

 

Homework will be given out on Fridays to be handed in the following Thursday. Spellings will be given out on Friday. Each week the spellings will consist of 10 words which fit spelling patterns and extra words from the year 3/4 statutory words set by the government. Please ensure your child learns his/her words each week. We will be continuing the 'Spelling Bee' this year.

 

We learn times tables in a certain order. (Please feel free to come in and see our times tables display.) Everyone will start with 2s in September and then move up through the chosen order until they reach 'The Moon'. Children will be tested each week and will move up or be re-tested. Please practise times tables as much as possible over the holidays - car journeys are the perfect time.

 

Keep up with Mathletics - aim for 1000 points per week.

 

 

Please see below a copy of the letter from the children's reading diaries regarding reading.

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes every night can really help your child to progress in their reading. (Even fluent readers may need help with difficult words.)

When you have listened to your child, please sign and date the pages read. Reading diaries will be checked weekly by Mrs  Fleet and a raffle ticket will be awarded if your child has read three time or more in a week.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Townshend

 

 

One of the important roles in Class 3 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case is all part of this.

 

 

Autumn term time table

 

ICT       Monday - with Mr Barlow

           Monday - with Mrs Townshend

           Wednesday - with Mrs Sturmey

           (Swimming will be in the summer term - details nearer the time)

           Outdoor learning - Wednesday - with Mrs Sturmey

 

 

Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing for outdoor learning and the correct P.E. kit in school on these days - including short white socks for those girls who wear tights to school.

 

Please make sure your child has:

1. A book bag/ folder to protect school library books and reading diaries.

2. Sports kit

  •   Navy blue tracksuit
  •   Red T-Shirt
  •   Navy blue shorts
  •   Plain trainers
  •  Plimsolls
  •  Boys - plain socks
  •   Girls - short white socks
  •   Long hair to be tied back
  •   Labelled water bottle

3. When you buy new school uniform, please remember - navy trousers and skirts (not black or grey).

4. A pencil case with a selection of HB pencils for writing and drawing, a few coloured crayons, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener etc. Please make sure that the pencil case is small enough to fit in your child's drawer in the classroom.

5. Labelled wellies.

 

Please make sure that all items or clothing are clearly labelled.

 

If you have any further queries please feel free to contact either of us.

 

Mrs C Townshend (Class 3 Teacher)

Mrs T Fleet (Class 3 Teaching Assistant)

 

Kew Gardens

Our Prehistoric Day

Class 3 joined 100 children from around Suffolk at The Royal Hospital School to take part in a new project to introduce children to brass instruments.

 

 

They attended workshops where they learnt to play percussion, pBuzzes and pBones. At the end of the day, the children performed in a concert in front of parents

Homework and Reading

Spellings - statutory requirements

Homework

 

All homework will be set on Fridays.

 

Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks to be handed in on the following Thursday.

 

Spellings/times tables will be tested on Fridays.

 

Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week and make a note of it in their Reading Diary.

The purpose behind the selection of 6 keys books for each year group had its origins in some inspirational training our staff received from academics and authors at the British Library. They recommended that the best way to teach grammar, punctuation and the development of well-structured writing to children, was to use real books. The teachers chose the required readers as a basis for the teaching of writing across the school. This is not a list of books to race through to reach the top because THERE IS NO TOP. They are all excellent models of the type of writing we want to encourage and promote in every classroom. Your child has three options in order to access these books: 1 Read the book themselves.2 Read the book together with an adult.3 Listen to an audio version of the book. Your child needs to experience the wonder of beautiful stories, well told, with all the joy and excitement that    entails. How else are we going to make them want to be writers?

Reading in Class 3

 

Yours child has selected a new school reading book from the library today. He/she has been given an Accelerated Reader band from which to start reading. We will review these bands as we go through the term.

 

As well as their individual reading books, your child will be learning and practising reading skills in a variety of ways:

 

Phonics sessions – these are an opportunity for children to learn and practise decoding skills, extend vocabulary and acquire a bank of words that they can spell accurately. Phonics sessions last half an hour and take place three times a week.

 

Guided Reading – a group of children or similar reading level working with a teacher or teaching assistant on a shared text. Children have individual copies of the text. Guided reading sessions give children an opportunity to discuss a story information book together, developing comprehension and inference skills and text awareness.

 

Reading throughout the curriculum – reading does, of course, take place throughout the day in other lessons. In science, for example, children will be reading/ learning new technical vocabulary and practising using it themselves. I our theme work we will be finding out about the rainforest and how it has been destroyed using research skills with both books and the internet.

 

Individual reading to teacher/ teaching assistant/ volunteer – this is just one part of the reading that your child will do at school.

Your child will benefit from as much practise as possible of the reading skills that are taught, so please hear your child read as often as you can. Children who read on three occasions at home during the week will be entered for a special class raffle to be drawn at the end of term.

 

Reading Diaries

Mrs Fleet (Teaching Assistant) will check Reading Diaries every Friday to find out which children need raffle tickets. Please make sure you date and sign the Reading Diary, indicating the title of the book and which pages have been read, when your child reads at home.

 

Please feel free to use the reading diary for general home/ school notes as well, but do ask your child to alert us to the fact if there is an important note as diaries are not checked every day!

 

Spellings will also be sent home in the spellings book on Fridays. Our spelling test will take place the following Friday.

 

Finally, reading, like everything we do at school, should be a home/ school partnership. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to speak to us after school. If any parent is able to come into school to hear readers or practise maths facts with pupils we would be really grateful.

This is the list of statutory words that the Government expect your child to know by the end of their year group. They will be included in your child's spellings each week.

Please practice them regularly at home to ensure your child feels confident with them.

Word list – years 3 and 4

accident(ally)

actual(ly)

address

answer

appear

arrive

believe

bicycle

breath

breathe

build

busy/business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

earth

eight/eighth

enough

exercise

experience

experiment

extreme

famous

favourite

February

forward(s)

fruit

grammar

group

guard

guide

heard

heart

height

history

imagine

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

material

medicine

mention

minute

natural

naughty

notice

occasion(ally)

often

opposite

ordinary

particular

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possess(ion)

possible

potatoes

pressure

probably

promise

purpose

quarter

question

recent

regular

reign

remember

sentence

separate

special

straight

strange

strength

suppose

surprise

therefore

though/although

thought

through

various

weight

woman/women

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