Friday 3rd September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to the new school year. We’ve had a lovely first day back today and it has been great to return to some kind of normality! Here is some information for the start of the year.
Book Bags and Equipment
Your child has a tray in their class where they can keep their things. Please ensure your child has a book bag (designed to fit inside their trays – not a rucksack), so that they can bring their reading books to school each day. They also have a peg for their coat. Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day, which is not placed in their book bags due to water damage on the books. Please note that free fruit snacks are not provided by the government in KS2. Children should bring a clearly labelled fresh fruit or vegetable snack in accordance with school policy.
PE activities may be indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit (black shorts and a house coloured T-shirt) with appropriate outdoor clothing when the weather cools down (black jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt/tracksuit). They should wear trainers or pumps which are suitable for outdoor PE. Please ensure that all uniform and kit is labelled.
Penguin PE Days: Tuesday and Wednesday
Robin PE Days: Wednesday and Thursday
For health and safety, children who wear earrings should have these removed on PE days or must be able to remove them for the lesson themselves. Staff are not allowed to remove children’s earrings.
Drop-off and Pick-up
In the morning, children need to be dropped off outside the classroom between 8:50am and 9am. At the end of the day, children should be collected from outside the classrooms at 3:15pm. Please let us know of any changes to normal pick up arrangements.
Our topic this term is Stone Age to Iron Age: Are we more the same or more different from Stone Age Human?
To kick-start our topic we have arranged a forest schools ‘survival’ day to take place in school on Wednesday 15th September. More details to follow about arrangements for this.
For homework, we ask that the children read for at least 15 minutes every night, and talk about the books they are reading as this will support enjoyment, fluency and understanding. As well as books being changed regularly in school, children still have access to Bug Club, which is a great resource for home reading. Diaries will be checked in school on Monday mornings; our in-class reading challenge requires them to have read 3 times a week to an adult at home, and recorded it in their diaries.
In the following weeks, we will be setting Times Table Rock Stars Challenges, Spelling Shed activities and will be sending home a choice of topic based homework projects. All logins for these can be found in the front cover of the reading diary, which children will bring home early next week.
We have a great team of adults supporting in Year 3, and Mrs Scarlett-Brooks, Mrs Dolphin, Mrs Horobin, Mrs Yeomans and Mrs Hill will be working with groups and individuals across the year group.
We are very much looking forward to working with you this year.
Mrs Griffiths, Miss Langford and Mrs Bullock