WELCOME TO AUSTRALASIA
Year 3 is made up of three classes;
Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
Start / End of Day
In Year 3, our day starts at 8:35 and ends at 3:00. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time so they don’t miss out on our learning. Arriving in class late can be unsettling for your child and disrupts the smooth running of the classroom.
What to Bring to School
If you haven’t already, please could you ensure your child has a pillowcase in school to place on the back of their chair to store belongings. We would like to discourage backpacks in school as we have limited space underneath desks at the moment. Bags on the floor can be a trip hazard to both teaching staff and pupils. When restrictions have been lifted and children can use the cloakrooms, we will welcome them back into school. Children should only need to bring into school, a water bottle (containing water not squash) and their packed lunch. Everything else is provided.
Australia and New Zealand class PE days are Monday and Wednesday. Fiji is Wednesday and Friday. Please come to school wearing trainers, joggers or shorts under skirts on PE days. PE lessons will start the week beginning 21st September.
Please send your child in with a healthy snack to eat at break time. Ideas include breadsticks, fruit, chopped vegetables, dried fruit or a sandwich.
If your child brings a packed lunch to school, please make sure there are no products that contain nuts (this does include many chocolate spreads) as we have children with allergies. Please do not send your child to school with sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes. Some healthy ideas can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes
If your child has a school dinner, these cost £2.40 per meal and must be paid for in advance. If you receive certain means tested benefits you may be eligible for free school meals. Please email the office if you would like more information about this.
Reading 5 x per week
We will send homework out each Friday for the following week. This will include;
As Spellings and Handwriting is practice, we will only expect maths tasks to be handed in by the following Friday. Children will be tested on their spellings by a partner on a Friday and their score will be made known to you. Please encourage pride in work completed at home. We do expect good presentation and the use of a sharp pencil.
How you can help your child in Year 3
Listen to your child read at least 5 times per week.
Check your child can read ALL the Year 2 ‘Tricky’ words.
Ask questions about what your child has read to check comprehension.
Ask them to tell you ‘the best bit’ of the book they have read.
Practise ‘Kinetic Letters’ handwriting set as homework each week. Encourage neat careful handwriting.
Build up finger muscle strength through bursts of ‘pincer’ finger activities such as; Hama beads, Lego, peg board, pegging out the washing, threading etc.
Try these ideas too:
Search: Mama Ot + 25 fine motor activites using household items
Spell days of the week using capital letters.
Spell months of the year using capital letters.
Spell Year 2 Common Exception Words.
Practise spelling Year 3-4 Common Exception Words.
Recall addition and subtraction facts to 20
Doubles up to 20 + 20
Count in 3s
3 x tables
Count in 4s
4 x tables
Spell number words i.e. eight, thirteen, twenty, forty, hundred etc.
Talk about time.
Count in 5s around the clock.
Tell the time in 5-minute intervals – analogue clock and digital.
What to do if you have any worries or concerns
At the moment, we are unable to meet you face-to-face in the same way as we would do under normal circumstances but we still want to be able to make ourselves available to you. If you need to contact the class teacher, please use the relevant email address below.