Year 3 Sycamores
Class Teacher: Mr Andrew Hilbourne
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jones and Mrs Sear
Year Group: Year 3
Age Range: 7-8 years
Topics for the year
Terms 1 & 2 – Escape from Pompeii
The children will explore history aspects relating to the Romans. However many other skills will be included within this with more details to follow nearer the time.
Terms 3 & 4 – Over the rainbow.
Year 3 will cover environmental issues relating to the world around us. This will allow the children to develop their geography and science skills. In addition we will include art, ICT and design.
Terms 5 & 6 – Dig…dig…dig!
In this topic, we explore everything that’s under our feet! We research the development of the stone age, explore the formation of rocks and learn what it means to be a palaeontologists!
Reading at home is crucial. We cannot stress this enough. Please hear your child read as regularly as you can. We ask that your child reads at home at least 4 times each week. When you have heard them read, please make a brief comment then sign their reading diaries so that we can keep track. As your child becomes a free reader and is able to read fluently, you may find that they prefer to read to themselves. This is fine, but make sure they note down what they have read. Also, you may want to ask them questions about what they have read to check that they are reading with good understanding. Encourage them to give reasons with their answers e.g. why, how do you know? It is important that they have their reading books in school every day and especially the day they need to change their books. There is a note in the front of their diary which tells you their changing day. Both teachers will be checking reading diaries during the week to ensure that your children are reading at home.
Please ensure that your child gives the homework a go every week. Do remind them that presentation and neatness is very important. When homework is written, it should be written using pencil and a ruler when drawing lines. This will be set on Wednesdays and then due in on the following Wednesday. One of the aims of homework is for you to work with your child and find out what they are learning in school. Therefore, you we ask that you mark what they have done and make comments if appropriate. Homework books will be used to keep all of it together. Maths homework will often be set using ‘MyMaths’: an interactive programme with video demonstrations, instructions and quizzes. Your child will be given a simple log in for this. Occasionally, we will set homework based on one of the topics and this may be done over a few weeks.
In school we encourage the children to find a joined style which feels most comfortable to them. We have high expectations with regard to work being presented neatly, clearly and legibly. When the need arises to draw a line, we shall insist on the use of a ruler. Please ensure your child presents their homework neatly and clearly, to the best of their ability.
Spellings are introduced on the Wednesday. Each child will be given a small spelling book which will contain their spelling list. These spellings will be tested on the following Monday. We encourage families to help children practise their spellings through the week by testing them and displaying them around the home for example.
Your child should be practising their times tables at home as well as at school. Ask your children to recall facts in different ways, eg. ‘How many threes are there in 27?’ Or for those who could manage this, use the related division fact, eg. ‘What is 36 divided by 12?’ By the end of Year 3, the expectation is that the children will know the 2,5 and 10 times tables from Y2 as well as the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Letters and Downloads
Class Time Table
PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children need shorts and a t-shirt for indoor PE but may wear jogging bottoms outside. Daps or trainers are necessary too. Earrings should not be worn for PE, unless your child can tape them independently. Long hair needs to be tied back. Kits should be brought into school on Mondays and may be taken home on Fridays.
It is good for children to have water bottles in the classroom every day so that they can have a drink whenever they need one. Please make sure that they are named.
Contact the teacher:
We offer an open door policy as much as possible to parents and families. Mr Hilbourne will often be on the playground at the end of the day. Messages in the morning can be passed to the member of staff on the door and parents are always welcome to email or telephone the school.
We are always grateful for any help. If you are able to offer any level of help in class then do speak to us. We very much look forward to teaching your children this year!