Welcome to Year 3!
Hello and welcome to Year 3 where your child will learn lots while having fun and try their best in everything that they do. It is going to be a really exciting year with the transition into Key Stage 2 bringing lots of new experiences, fascinating discoveries and new relationships too.
Mrs O Neill and Mrs Stewart and all support staff are here to support you and your child. In the classroom we care about students, of course, but parents too. So please let us know if you have any concerns via Seesaw. Each day your child is required to bring to school a coat, reading diary, water bottle, lunch and snack (unless they order a hot dinner or toast).
Messages between school and home
Seesaw will continue to be our main method of communication within this academic year. Please try where possible to send any message (no matter how small the worry or query!) through the inbox tool on Seesaw and we will always get an answer for you as promptly as possible.
We are developing children's ability to discuss their learning and helping them develop a language to talk about their own learning. The children in school today are going to be facing huge challenges in the wider world and we are working with them to develop skills and attitudes that will help them be successful in the wider world.The whole school follows three rules: be kind, be ready and be safe. All children are encouraged to follow these rules.
Daresbury’s Learning Behaviours are: Collaborating, Active Listening, Showing Curiosity, Being Independent and Reflecting.
Children can gain house points for a variety of things from following our learning behaviours to completing their homework. Their teacher and other members of staff can award house points throughout the school day or on Seesaw. If a child has been awarded a certificate in the assembly on a Friday, they will also receive house points:
Special Mention = 3 pom poms
Wall of Success = 1 pom pom
Mathematician of the week = 1 pom pom
Reader of the week = 1 pom pom
In addition to recognising achievements and positively reinforcing our school rules, we have systems in place for when our school rules, behaviour expectations and learning behaviours are not followed.
Step 1: a reminder of the rule that they have broken.
Step 2: children will receive a verbal warning (this will be done 1:1 and not in front of others).
Step 3: a 2-minute reflection time with an adult.
Step 4: a 15-minute reflection with an adult. Parents will be informed, and the incident will be logged onto the school monitoring system.
Step 5: Follow up- repair and restore. Class teacher to discuss the behaviour with child/children and consider collaboratively how to best repair the problem/behaviour. For example, this could be completing work missed in their own time like at break times.
Homework will be uploaded onto Seesaw and will be live to complete on a Monday after school and is due to be completed by the following Monday. The homework will alternate between Maths or a reading based task. The homework that is set for your child will be something that they can access independently at home and will be a consolidation of the learning that has happened in class that week.
Your child will also have spellings to learn which will be uploaded to Seesaw. Children are expected to learn between 5 and 10 spellings each week.
Please note that homework is not supposed to be a stressful time for you as parents or for your children at home. In year 3, 30-60 minutes is the recommend time to complete homework as independently as possible. If support is needed, please let Miss Reynolds know when the homework is uploaded onto Seesaw: this way, we can all work together to reach the best outcome for your child.
Reading records need to be in school every day. You are expected to comment in their Reading Record on how your child has read at least three times a week (remember it doesn't just have to be about a school book). This allows the child to discuss the book, author, illustrator, its themes, features and language, all of which are important for your child's comprehension and literacy skills.
Please note that if a reading record is lost, there will be a small charge to replace it, as the first one is given for free. If needed, Mrs Staveley can provide more details.
Year 3 will be using our 'Reading VIPERS' during their reading whole class lessons. (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise). The Reading VIPERS have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference skills. Attached to the website are key questions that can be asked to the children whilst they are reading at home. This will give you the chance to see the type of questions that they are asked during lessons and assessment periods. On here you will find a link with the Reading VIPERS strands with example questions that we encourage you to ask your child at home during reading sessions.
Year 3 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. We will ask your child to come ready for PE on their PE days. We request that the children wear a school PE kit with a logo or a plain white t-shirt with plain black shorts/bottoms for PE. We advise that any permitted jewellery (studs in ears and watches) not be worn these days.
As you all know, Seesaw is an interactive learning journal where your child can share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem-solving in Maths to Dance in PE. Homework and spelling lists will additionally be added to Seesaw every Monday. You will be able to like and comment on your child's work, which will add to the great sense of achievement that the children feel when using the app. If there are any questions about Seesaw and how it works, please ask Mrs ONeill and Mrs Stewart. This is the best way to communicate with school staff. You can send a private message via the inbox. Staff will reply to these messages, but be aware that they may not be seen during the school day while staff teach. Please ring the school if you have an urgent message.
Birthdays and Treats
We will ensure all children whose birthday is being recognised, and that the school celebrates their birthday; however, we would prefer not to distribute cakes and sweets or gifts in class as this can take up quite a bit of time at the end of the day and can put some parents under pressure to provide this treat for everyone. We are also a 'Healthy School' and should not be actively promoting sugary treats regularly. We appreciate your support for this.
How to help your child
Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child's learning.
http://www.ictgames.com: Fun and exciting maths and literacy games available.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml A BBC website with all maths topics covered.
http://www.mad4maths.com/ Fun maths games for children and advice section for parents
http://www.mathszone.co.uk/ Lots and lots of games and tools to help your child with maths at home.
http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/ Fun games to support the learning of times tables. Table Mountain is recommended and can be played in demo mode.
https://www.myminimaths.co.uk Lots of arithmetic practice for all areas of Maths
https://www.mathsframe.co.uk Maths games and
Reading VIPERS guidance.
https://www.pobble365.co.uk a picture a day that your child can talk or write about to let their imaginations soar.
https://www.spellingframe.co.uk Spelling rules practice for each year group.
Please always ask in school if you want anything to support your child at home.