Welcome to 3J –
Miss Jackson’s Class
Summer Term 2017
Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter break and you’re refreshed and ready for the Summer term.
This term our topic is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. We will be learning about plants, animals and environmental changes in science. We will also be visiting some of the animals we’re learning about at Knowsley Safari Park. In Geography, we will be locating the countries and capital cities of Europe and North and South Africa.
Reading is a vital skill and it is therefore essential that children read at least 4 times a week. Reading should be recorded in the planners that also provide some guidance on the types of questions you could ask to help develop your child’s comprehension. Reading at home, alongside weekly guided reading sessions in school, help to develop skills and build self confidence. Please ensure that you sign your child’s planner each time you hear them read.
This term in Year 3 we are challenging children to read at home more frequently. If children read 3 times at home during a week they will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a prize draw. This reading needs to be signed by an adult in your child’s planner.
Homework and Planner
Homework is given out weekly and will usually alternate between English and Maths. There will be occasions when homework will be related to Topic or Science. Homework will be set on a Friday and returned the following Wednesday and is to be completed in the books provided.
The children will also bring home weekly spellings to learn, which usually follow the spelling pattern or rule that we are currently learning, as well as word lists for common exception words that they learn in Year 3.
Planners need to be kept up to date. Children will spend some time at the end of the week reflecting on what they have achieved, setting new targets for the following week and completing these sections in the planners.
I would ask that planners and reading books are in school every day and signed by an adult once a week. This is a vital skill to develop both home school communication, as well as in developing independence and organisation, so we ask for your ongoing support with this.
3J have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. If PE kits are used for an after school club, make sure they are back in school the next day. If you are unable to take part in a PE lesson, you should bring a note of explanation from home. Where children have long hair, please ensure that it is tied back for PE, for Health and Safety reasons and that any large hair clips or bows etc can be removed for similar reasons. This half term we will be doing gymnastics.
Please send in any money eg for clubs and trips etc in a named envelope. These will be collected daily and sent to the office where appropriate.
Please ensure that your child has access to water in a named water bottle each day. There is fresh drinking water available should the children need to top up throughout the day. Children can also access toast and drinks from the kitchen at breaktimes, but will need to have money available on their accounts to do so.
If any parents/carers have any spare time or would like to come in and help (we always need help with displays, art and craft lessons, reading with individuals etc.) then please pop in and we can make arrangements. Any support, big or small, is really appreciated and we would love to have you involved.
If you have any concerns or questions at any time, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the end of the school day or arrange an appointment with the office.
Many thanks for your continued support and I look forward to working with you all for the rest of this year.