Welcome to Year 3!
Our project for this term is Cynefin!
Our class project will launch with a special story written by talented author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’. The children will be exploring inspirational quotes taken from a variety of stages within the story to help unpick each character’s feelings as well as develop their understanding of their ‘belonging’ or ‘Cynefin’. Just as Mackesy mentions in the story: ‘Whether you are eighty or eight’ it encourages you to ‘live courageously with more kindness for yourself and for others’.
During our project the children will be given the opportunity to choose what they would like to learn and how they would like to develop their project. We will share some of the exciting things we learn with you as our project develops through regular class updates (see below). Throughout our project the children will be developing as:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
- enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
We’re going to be busy this term! You can follow some of our progress on your child’s individual link to their SeeSaw page. This can be found in the front of their homework books!
You can follow some of our progress on the Glasllwch Twitter page: @GlasllwchP
The following information about Year 3 may be helpful. Any unexpected changes or updates to the following information will be communicated through SeeSaw or Twitter.
Thank you for your continued support with your child’s reading. The key to success in reading is to read as often as possible and it is so important that your child reads at home as well as in school.
In school, we will have weekly guided reading sessions where children will read in groups with a teacher once a week. They will also complete a range of activities to develop their reading skills during these sessions. Each morning children will read silently for 10 minutes during ERIC (Everybody Reading In Class), as well as experiencing regular opportunities for shared reading within the class.
The Year 3 library is stocked with lots of reading materials but if your child would like to bring in a book or magazine from home to read during these sessions they are more than welcome to! We encourage children to read what they enjoy!
I will change children’s reading books each week on a Friday, so please make sure that their reading folders are in school every week on this day. It is really important that children are also reading at home and it would be beneficial if they were reading for 10 minutes each day. It really does make a difference! Please make a note of books they have read or any comments you would like to make in a note on Seesaw.
Spellings will be sent out on a Friday ready for testing the following Friday. In some cases, spellings may be targeted to groups or individuals, depending on what we feel is the most beneficial. Accurate spelling is important for children’s writing development and practicing spellings at home makes a big difference to children’s writing within the classroom! We encourage the “look-cover-write-check” method for learning spellings.
We are determined to be times table experts in Year 3! As with reading, it is really important to rehearse these at home as well.
We will continue working on fast recall of the 3 and 4 times tables.
P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday morning and a Thursday morning where we will be learning a range of skills and techniques in both Yoga and Football this term.
Please ensure that the children wear appropriate kit on these days, in particular a warm kit for games outside during the winter months. The children will be reminded of the school health and safety policy of no jewellery being worn during these lessons. If your child is unable to take out their earrings, please provide plasters in their PE bag.
Each week your child will be assigned Home Learning activities. These include:
- ‘Daily Jobs’. These are literacy and numeracy activities which will include reading, practising spellings and number work.
- A weekly ‘Must Do’ job. These activities will help reinforce class learning, be linked to your child’s curriculum project, or will help to develop life-skills and promote well-being.
Home learning tasks will be shared with your child via Seesaw on a Friday and should be completed and returned to your child’s class teacher by Thursday the following week. Please submit home learning by the due date, so that staff are able to view and feedback on home learning. Children can access their Seesaw account using their unique QR code stuck in the front of their home learning books.
Your child may use their home learning book to complete tasks, but some tasks can be completed directly on Seesaw (N-Y6) and Google Classroom (Y3-Y6), or can be presented in whichever manner they prefer.
When home learning tasks require your child to complete them using Google programmes, such as: Google Classroom, Google Docs and Google Slides, your child must use their HWB log in to access these programmes.
Whilst some activities can be completed directly on these platforms, you can also take photos or videos to evidence your child’s learning and upload these to Seesaw.
Work completed in home learning books must be brought into school, but any Seesaw/Google Classroom activities can be submitted digitally.
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