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Year Three

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and a very warm welcome to Year 3.   We hope that this letter will give you the information you need to support your child during their first term in Year 3 (and KS2).

Reading – As you will know by now, promoting a love of reading is a hugely important part of our school. We expect the children to read at least three time s a week with an adult at home and for this to be recorded in the reading record book.  Children need to bring their reading book and record into school EVERY DAY.  Some children may now be confident readers and that is fantastic but please don not discourage them from reading picture books or books that you perceive to be too easy for them.  It can be tempting to encourage your child to read heavier texts because their word reading is very good, but it is really important that the children understand and enjoy the books they read.

English – In English we will be developing grammar, spelling and handwriting and the children  will produce creative writing based on the book, “Ug Boy Genius of The Stone Age”, by Raymond Briggs.

Maths – We will begin by looking at place value and addition and subtraction.  We teach using “mastery maths” at Our Lady of Grace.  This means that the children learn about maths in greater depth.  Please find attached National Curriculum expectations of children at the end of Year 3.

R.E. – We will continue to follow the school Religious Education curriculum ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’.  Our first topic will be ‘The Christian Family’.  You may like to talk with your child about our Christian community.

Science – This half term we will be looking at Light and after half term we will be exploring Rocks.

Humanities – We will be studying the Stone Age.

P.E. – Year 3 will have P.E. every Thursday.  P.E. lessons are delivered by Mr Maher a specialist P.E. teacher.  We don’t want children to miss any of these fantastic session so please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school, they will be changing in school.

Please ensure children are wearing the full school uniform, refer to the school website. Ensure all items of uniform are clearly labelled including school bags and P.E. kits.  Children must have an OLOG t-shirt P.E.:  Navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  If your child has long hair please tie it back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Children are not permitted to wear hair beads, or have shaved patterns in their hair or wear any jewellery.

Homework – We set home work on Fridays and this should be handed in on Mondays.  Homework will usually consist of spellings (for a test on Tuesday) and a short piece of English and Maths.  This will be based on learning carried out during the week in class.  Homework should not take more than 30 minutes and is intended to be helpful not stressful!  We encourage parents to write in their child’s homework book and to let us know if there are any problems.  Parents must sign the homework book every week.

Please note that KS2 children are not part of the free school fruit and vegetable programme, so you might like to send in a piece of fruit or vegetable for a snack at the morning playtime.  (We have noticed that the children can be very hungry, especially as they will now have lunch at the later time of 12.30pm.

All communication should come through the school office.

If you have any queries or need to get in contact with us, please send an email to the address below:

School email: sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Miss Okudu and Mrs Odutayo

Class Teachers