Welcome back. I hope that you all had a lovely February Half Term break and that you managed to have a good rest and enjoy some quality time with your children. Firstly on behalf of myself, I would like to thank all of you who sent such kind wishes during my period of absence. They were greatly appreciated. I’m extremely pleased to be back and I really did miss the class.
Spring Term continues to be very hardworking and studious term and I am really pleased to see the fruits of the children’s labour. Long may it continue.
We are well into studying our Rotten Romans text and the children are thoroughly enjoying it so far. Thank you for helping the children to complete their holiday homework about Julius Caesar. This has really complemented the children on the other recent English work that they have been doing. They have been learning about the features of a leaflet and put their knowledge and skills into practise by writing their very own leaflets about Julius Caesar. These are currently in the process of being put display at the back of the classroom, so be sure to have a peek when you come to Parents Evening. We are now moving on to diary writing and we will focus most of our learning of this skill around the book entitled, “A Day in the life of a Roman Centurion.”
In maths at the moment, we are studying shape, space and measures. We have been taking our learning in and around the school with a particular focus on 2-D and 3-D shapes.
In ICT we are starting our new syllabus on idata. We have recently bought some new computer packages that I am really excited to try in the computer suite with the children.
We have already completed one successful Science Week about Light and our next one is looming fast. We will be going out and about in Ditton and to the quarry to bring our topic on Rocks and Soils to life!!!
In R.E we are beginning to learn about the Easter story and the children will be invited to celebrate this at our Easter service at St Peter’s Church at the end of this term.
I would just like to remind you that the re-scheduled Parents Evening will be taking place this week. Your timings will stay the same as the ones that you were originally given. If, however, these are no longer suitable then please do not hesitate to come into school and rearrange them with me. I am really looking forward to meeting you all.
The highlight of the term is very soon upon us. Our class are visiting The Orchard Theatre in Dartford to see Fantastic Mr Fox. Just to remind you all that this will be taking place on Thursday 2nd March. I know all of the teachers and Teaching Assistants are very excited about this and I am sure that the children are too.
Please remember to ensure that all the children are dressed appropriately in their school uniforms and have a packed lunch with them for the day. It might be easier if you could provide this in a carrier bag so that the children can just throw all of the rubbish away when they have finished. The children DO NOT need any additional spending money for this trip and SHOULD NOT bring any electronic games, mobile phones etc.. for the journey. We will be leaving as soon after registration as possible and will be returning before the end of the school day, so pick up arrangements will be as per normal.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2017
On Friday 3rd March 2017, our school will be celebrating World Book Day. Your child is invited to dress up as a book character along with all of the teaching staff. Please could you encourage your child to join in with this and bring a copy of the book with them that corresponds to their costume. We would appreciate if you could ensure that all children wear appropriate costumes from recognised books so we can discourage costumes such as football kits etc…
The children will be fully engaged in a whole host of Book Day activities which will be delivered in a variety of places across the school by a variety of teachers. I hope that the children look forward to and enjoy this as much as the adults do every year.
At the end of the day your child will be given their World Book Day token, which they can exchange as part payment towards a book. Please keep them safe, as the children will be able to use these during our own school book fayre which will take place after school Monday –Thursday from the week beginning Monday 20th March 2017.
As you will know all members of staff across the school have been working very hard to ensure that the new Accelerated Reader Programme is up and running in their year groups. I am pleased to say that Year 3 have made the most progress with this so far, specifically Amber Class. All children have now been Star Tested three times and there has been lots of amazing progress being made. I am looking forward to sharing their successes with you on Parents Evening.
All children are matched to a colour band that is most suited to their reading ability and because of good progress some children may have seen some movement in the coloured band that they are reading from. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible (at home and at school) so that they can move their car around the racing track and also to complete as many accelerated reading tests as they can to improve their reading stamina and ability.
We make sure that we all read every day. It is really important that this is continued at home so please record your child's reading in their Reading Record Books. These are usually checked thoroughly on a Monday and Friday. If your child does not have their completed "Monkey Books" in school on these days without good reason then they do know that they will lose 5 minutes of their Golden Time.
Some children have started to receive their Reading Certificates in our Celebration Assemblies so if you would like to join us then this is always at 2.30pm on a Friday afternoon in the school hall. Everybody is welcome.
PE kits need to be in school on and Monday and a Tuesday. If your child is unable to participate in any PE lessons, then a signed letter must be handed to Mrs Moon to confirm this. If not, then again the children understand that they will lose 5 minutes of their Golden Time. As I'm sure you will appreciate, it is very important in Year 3 that we encourage the children to be as independent and responsible as possible, to ensure they are developing and becoming appropriately equipped for their journey through the other year groups.
Please keep visiting our ever-improving page. Mrs Moon is still trying to update the page as frequently as she can.
Mrs Moon, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Mckean.