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Welcome to Year 3, taught by Miss Cox and Miss Baker.
You will have already noticed that now the children are Juniors they are encouraged to enter and leave the school building with increasing independence. The children no longer require the 1:1 handover as in Key Stage 1, however they know that their teachers will stand alongside them at the door until they have all been collected. We have discussed the importance of safety and the children understand that they should remain next to their teacher until they see the adult who is there to collect them. We would be grateful if you could re-iterate the importance of this at home.
Your child will access Accelerated Reader; this is a programme that we have used at Etching Hill for a number of years. It is an effective online resource that enables us to monitor and manage independent reading whilst promoting reading for pleasure. Having completed an initial reading test this week, your child has been assigned a book band that closely matches their reading level. We are lucky enough to have a wide range of books to choose from throughout the programme, from traditional stories to more popular fiction and our PTFA have recently purchased a variety of new non-fiction books. In Key Stage 2 children always select their own book and although many children are now reading with greater independence, it is expected that your child will still read regularly to an adult at home. Please send their book to school every day for class reading times. Adults and children are asked to record reading in the new reading diary. Once they have finished reading their book children will complete an online quiz at school, this quiz assesses their understanding of the book they have just read. Based on these assessments, staff are able to continually monitor and match a child’s reading book to their reading level.
This half term our learning will be based around the Stone Age. We are looking forward to launching this next Tuesday, with a visit from a historian who will immerse the children in Stone Age life, through a wide range of activities. After half term our topic will be ‘Mighty Mortals’.
We are introducing a new spelling scheme at Etching Hill this year. Children will continue to have weekly spellings to learn, which will be sent home in a booklet form and they will be tested on these every Monday. In addition to this, children are also encouraged to practise their times tables at home. Children will be told which facts we are focusing on. Learning Log activities will be given out throughout the year, which will link to the topics we are covering in class.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school with them every day.
All of your child’s uniform, coat and PE kit should be clearly labelled to ensure items are returned to you if they are misplaced.
PE and Games
Outdoor Games sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons with a Progressive Sports Coach. Children will need suitable, warm clothing and outdoor trainers for these sessions. Indoor PE sessions will be on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that all kit is clearly labelled. Long hair should be tied up and any jewellery removed for all Games/PE sessions. If your child has earrings, they will need to remove them for PE lessons.
We hope this has helped to answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or concerns at any point.