Hello, and welcome to Mars Class!
The children have made an excellent start to Year 3 and seem very settled.
Physical Education (PE) - this is such an important aspect and encourages a healthy lifestyle for the future. All children should have a PE kit in school, at all times. Our scheduled lessons are on a Monday (Dance/Gymnastics with FutureStars) and Tuesday however, we will do PE at other times if events are added to the school timetable. No ear-rings are to be worn during PE so if your child has their ear(s) pierced they must either bring a small pot to put them in or tape to cover them over, if they can't be removed. If your child does not have suitable clothing to change into, then they may not be able to participate.
Homework - this year we won't be using the portal, we will trial putting the homework on each class page. This avoids the need to logon and will hopefully eliminate some of the issues we've been experiencing. A .pdf file of the homework tasks and the spellings will be posted on this page on a Friday afternoon and it needs to be returned 10 days later on the Monday. Please encourage your child to get into good habits for doing their homework. If they are unsure of anything, provide support and guidance but don't do it for them. If they are still unsure, then ask them to come and speak with me.
Topic - For term 1 & 2 our topic will be Ancient Greece. We will look at their Gods, the history of the Olympics, and Myths & Legends. In DT they will be making and decorating clay pots.
In Maths we will be looking at Place Value, addition & subtraction, and multiplication & division and in English we will be looking at poetry and rhyming words and information texts and talking about how these differ to fiction text.
How Can You Help Your Child? please read with them every day. This is such an important skill and your child will benefit in so many ways. Just 10mins every day will make such a difference. Encourage them to read a vareity of books - it doesn't have to be a story book. Comics, information books, newspapers, instructions - anything to encourage your child to read. As soon as their book is finished, please write in their reading record and bring it in for chaning. Practice their times tables and associated division facts; this will help them so much in maths.
Community - we will be starting a partnership with New Siblands later this term. We will sometimes walk to their school or they will come to us for a shared activity. This might be art or PE.
Computing - in Computing this term we will focus all our learning on the important topic of On Line Safety. This forms a key part of our Safe Guarding procedures and parents/carers play an important role within this. Please encourage good use of technology - avoid using it at least an hour before bed; if games are played, ensure they are age appropriate for your child; but above all, talk with your child about this important subject, ask them how they can stay safe and ensure they are not talking with strangers OnLine. If you need any advice or you have any concerns, then please don't hestitate to come and speak with me.
Our Fabulous 5 Rules - these were introduced in term 5 of last year and form the main part of our Behaviour Procedures within school. They are:
Your child will be aware of the consequences and sanctions should they break any of our 5 rules.
Homework - please click here for our homework this week
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your childs learning, then please do not hesitate to come and speak with me.
In meantime, I look forward to meet with you at our first Parents Evening on Tuesday 23rd or Thursday 25th October 2018.