Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome back to Stainton School! We have a busy term ahead of us in Year 3. You have done brilliantly so far with 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 class.
To help with social distancing, Year 3 will keep their coats, indoor and outdoor shoes, book bags, packed lunches/snacks and water bottles in their classroom. Please do not bring anything else to school to help keep our classroom clutter free. Children will now be encouraged to eat their snacks at morning break.
Please see the PE section on the Year 3 web page for more information.
Homework and KIRFs
The children will be given one piece of Literacy or 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 will be set on Purple Mash.
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 will be given on a Monday with 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 with the persona of a rock star! It can be played on a tablet or computer and children can play this at any time as part of their maths homework. Login detail for Purple Mash and Times Tables Rockstars will be stuck in the front of reading records.
Children will also have spellings to practise each week. Spellings will be given on a Monday to learn ready for a spelling test 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 and also practised their spellings and KIRFs. The children are expected to read 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!
To help with social distancing, if you do need to get in touch with me, please ring the school office and I will return your call when I am not teaching.
I'm looking forward to an exciting term ahead!