Solent Junior School
Welcome to Year 3
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Welcome to the Autumn issue of the Year 3 Newsletter. We hope that you have enjoyed becoming part of our super Solent Junior Community, and you are looking forward to a wide variety of events and activities throughout the coming year! The children are now fully settled into the Junior School and are embracing lots of new challenges.


We will continue to structure the majority of our learning around our learning themes, but some subjects will still be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite into the overall theme. Our first topic is linked to Animals, ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’, and will link to our Guided Reading, English, Science and Art. Shortly after, we will begin our exciting History Topic ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’.


Home Learning: Home learning will be set every Monday, via Teams. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this cannot be handed in at the moment. There is no expectation to print off the homework, as all homework has been designed to be completed on paper at home. Homework should be completed by the following Monday morning, and it will alternate between Maths and English each week. As well as this, we will also set weekly spellings or times tables, again we will alternate between these each week. More information relating to homework expectations has been uploaded to Teams. However, we would love to see the children actively seeking out ways to improve their multiplication skills. This will also prepare them for the Multiplication tests in Year 4, so the sooner we can develop the pupils’ confidence, the better. Please see the links below to access some of these fun games. These will also be included on every home learning document each week:


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
https://www.themathsfactor.com/times-tables-check/pinpoint/#/


Once a term, the children will be set a creative task to complete, which is called a Learning Log. The logs will be discussed and evaluated by the children, celebrating both creativity and effort.


READING RECORDS:
We are delighted that we are now able to send home Reading Record books. We would encourage all pupils to continue to read at home daily, where possible. We have shown the children how to fill out their reading records, and these will need to be returned to school every Monday.
Just a reminder, that all children continue to have logins to ‘Big Cats’. This is a fantastic service, where the children can read a range of books at their leisure. We would really encourage you to explore this wonderful service, as it is something that will benefit the children’s reading.


Christmas Carol Concert:
We are aware that this is an incredibly talented cohort of pupils, and we would like nothing more than to confirm information with you relating to the Year 3’s Christmas Carol Concert. However, while the current Government Guidelines remain mindful of mass gatherings, we will endeavour to keep you updated on all information relating to this. Watch this space!


Parents Evening:
This year, our parents’ evenings will be held virtually, via Teams. These will take place on: Monday 18th October 2021 3:20 – 6:00 and Thursday 21st October 2021 3:20 – 6:00. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about these appointments, and for exact dates and timings. This will be an opportunity to discuss this initial ‘settling in’ period with your child’s class teacher, and to discuss progress made during the Autumn Term.


FUTURE DATES (COVID Restrictions Dependant):
• St Andrew’s Church Visit: Friday October 15th 2021
• Sandwich Making: Friday 3rd December 2021 (TBC)
• Year 3 Christmas Carol Recording: Thursday 2nd December 2021
• Minstead Parents Information Evening – Minstead – Tuesday January 11th 2022 (TBC)
• Residential Trip to Minstead – Between 2nd - 12th March 2022. Class dates to be confirmed!
• Holi Festival: Friday 11th February 2022 (TBC)
• Egyptian Exhibition: Friday 8th July 2022 (TBC)


Reminders:
P.E. - We would like to invite all Year 3 pupils to wear their PE Kits to school every Monday. Pupils will have two P.E. lessons each week (see each classes additional P.E. day, below). For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Additional safety precautions during PE: Earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (to be supplied from home) and long hair needs to be tied back. No watches or rings please.
P.E. Kit: Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school jumper; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear. At this time, all games will be held outdoors, therefore, trainers are essential to ensure your child can take part in all activities safely.


• 3C – Monday and Friday
• 3H – Monday and Friday
• 3AG – Monday and Friday

Years 3 and 4 are not permitted to have MOBILE PHONES in school.


We are sure that we will have a happy and successful year; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email: solentjunior@thesolentschools.org


Yours Sincerely,
The Year 3 Teachers
Mrs Colarusso, Miss Hill, Miss Gall and Mrs Atkins