Happy New Year one and all! Once again, we find ourselves at the start of a busy, yet exciting Spring Term. Our main theme for this term will be all about The UK. We will be learning lots of new geography skills and developing our map work and will be linking this to our learning across the Curriculum, in particular our English, where we will be developing our descriptive writing. We are hopeful to have a trip to Southsea beach to support in this. Some subjects will still be taught discretely, where they do not easily dovetail into the overall theme.
As we continue our journey through the Curriculum, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in the Autumn Term. The children settled in really well into Solent Junior and are embracing lots of new learning opportunities. We look forward to seeing how the children blossom and progress in this new school term.
Home learning will continue to be set on a Monday, via Teams, and it should be turned into Teams, by the following Monday. This will continue to alternate between English and Maths. Times tables and spellings will continue to be set each week, for a spelling test on Friday. We recommend practising the spellings and timetables little and often, as this is the best way for children to absorb their learning fully. On the home learning tasks, we have provided some useful links that your children may want to use to help learn their times tables. Occasionally, a learning log task may be set in place of Maths or English. This is a creative activity; therefore, it will be a 2-week learning task. If there are any problems with home learning, please let your child’s class teacher know as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support with keeping Reading Records up-to-date. If you could please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and return their Reading Record every Monday for checking so that we can continue to celebrate the children’s commitment to their wider reading.
The day the children visit the school library to change their 2 books will remain the same, on a Tuesday. We also have subscriptions to Big Cat which were handed out in the Autumn term for the children to utilise if they prefer to read electronically. We would also encourage, if at all possible, for your child to sign up to a local library and make use of the fantastic resources they have there.
Later in the Spring term, we will hold our mid-year parents’ evenings to discuss progress made since the Autumn Term. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about these appointments and for exact dates and timings.
Sandwich Making Day:
In the Spring Term, Year 3 will be taking part in an exciting Design Technology Unit, where they will learn about healthy foods and how to design and make a healthy sandwich. More information will come out about this in the New Year but we thought you’d like to know about this in advance. We anticipate this to be held during the week of the 29th January so look out for more information coming soon!
Year 3 also have the exciting opportunity to take part in a 10-week programme of swimming starting in January. This will take place on a Wednesday afternoon for each Year 3 class. There will be a tight turn around for each class, so making sure the children have their kit ready each week will be essential. Please see the swimming letter sent home for more detailed information about this.
We are excited to take a trip to Southsea beach as part of our English unit: setting descriptions and Geography unit: The UK. This will take place on the 9th January. You should have already received information regarding this. Please see the Southsea letter for more details.
P.E. - We would like remind you that all Year 3 pupils will need to wear their PE Kits to school on a Thursday. 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 to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (please bring this in from home).
Long hair to be tied back. No watches or rings please (Fitbits/pedometers are fine but may need to be removed for some activities).
P.E. Kit: Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school hoody/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. For gym sessions on a Thursday whilst the weather remains cold, children will need to wear shorts for the session but please wear these underneath tracksuit bottoms to keep them warm over the course of the day.
We are sure that we will continue to have a happy and successful year; please remember to contact us with any questions or concerns you may by seeing us at the door at the end of the school day or via email, by the school office: email@example.com . They will then pass relevant matters on to the class adults.
Here’s to a busy and fun-filled Spring Term!
The Year 3 Teachers
Miss Atkins, Miss Saunders, Miss Smith and Miss Nicholas