Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome back to a new academic year at Stainton School and to Year 3. The children have done brilliantly, settling into new routines and facing new challenges.
The following information will hopefully help you become familiar with our new routines in order to support your child as they settle into their new classroom.
Year 3 will keep their indoor and outdoor shoes, book bags, lunches and water bottles in their classroom. They have an assigned peg in the junior cloakroom for coats and backpacks. Please do not bring anything else to school, including toys, to help keep our classroom clutter free. Please ensure that your child brings a coat to school every day as the weather is changeable and we encourage outdoor play where possible.
The children will be given one piece of literacy/ topic homework on a Monday, which should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. This should be handed in on Friday mornings. Occasionally, homework may be set on Purple Mash and your child will be told if this is the case.
We practise Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) for our Maths homework. Practising KIRFs will consist of short, snappy, practical activities, which should be done daily. Each half term your child will receive a KIRFs target, then weekly activity cards and practical ideas to do as homework. Children also have a username and password to access Times Tables Rockstars, an online game where the children can earn points and move through levels whilst practising their times tables. It can be played on a tablet or computer and children can play this at any time as part of their maths homework.
Children will also have spellings to practise each week. Spellings will be given on Monday to be tested the following Monday.
Reading books and Reading records.
Children can choose reading books to take home along with their new reading record. As we are aiming for the children to become more independent, they will be encouraged to fill in their own reading records to show when they have read. The children are expected to read 10-15 minutes five days per week and can change their books as and when they need to. Please help to be part of their weekly reading by listening to your child read at home and make comments in their reading records as well.
Children will also have opportunities to read in school; independently and in guided reading lessons throughout the week.
Don't forget to follow some of the web links on the Year 3 page to find great games and activities which will help to keep your skills sharp. Keep checking back for more information!
If you have any queries, please call or email the school office and I will get back to you when I am not teaching.
I'm looking forward to an exciting term ahead!