Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new academic year and all the excitement and trepidation that goes with a change in teacher and year group. I am really looking forward to teaching Year 3 again and in making your child’s transition from the infants into the juniors as seamless as possible. One of the more obvious changes this summer has been the return of Year 3 to its original classroom at the far outposts of the school! Children can be dropped off at the classroom in the morning and collected from the outside door through the back of the Foundation yard at 3pm. Please remember that due to safeguarding policy, only children and authorised school staff are allowed in the cloak room/toilet areas.

Attached to this letter is a topic plan. Mrs Payne has worked tirelessly over the last few months to create a fresh, new and engaging curriculum for all year groups and I am excited to share this with the children over the coming year. As you can see, during

Autumn 1, we will be looking at the Roman period linked to the class question, ‘Why did the Romans build walls?’ This unit has historically been a firm favourite among Year 3s and I’m excited to see how the children respond to the new content that has been added to it this summer.

During the autumn term, we will enjoy a class book at the end of each day. This book will be linked to our first topic, and will also form some of the inspiration for our English writing throughout the unit. As well as enjoying the story, we will use it to improve comprehension skills and study the author’s reasoning.

Although the children are now in the juniors, reading with and to your child on a daily basis (where possible) remains absolutely essential. The children will have a reading diary and I would appreciate it if you could continue to make a short comment when you have heard your child read. It would also be extremely beneficial if your child could also make a short comment in the reading diary from time to time, so as to encourage self-assessment of the book and their own reading performance. Please note that this year is an extremely important time of transition from reading scheme books towards independent choice.

As discussed in the parents’ meetings in July, there has been a whole-school decision to move away from weekly spellings and tests this year. However, please be assured that spelling will still remain a whole-school focus and daily spelling provision will continue as it has done previously. Please find a list of words attached. These are the words that the children are expected to learn by the end of Year 3. This allows you and your child, if you wish, to practise these words and meanings at home, as well as in school. Also attached to this letter are some strategies to help learn spellings that we hope you find useful.

Now that the children are in the juniors, it is important that they become as independent as possible. We would be grateful if you could encourage your child to come into class in the mornings independently, put their lunch boxes, snack, drink bottle and reading books away and go out onto the playground as promptly as possible. Of course for the first couple of weeks, I will expect some of you to be dragged in to the classroom by some of the more nervous children!

We will be having two PE sessions a week. This half term the sessions will be a multi-skills unit with myself on Tuesdays and a tag-rugby unit with Mr Bain on Thursdays. Please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school at all times as finding correctly fitting spare kit can be problematic and time consuming.

On the first few days of term, your child will be given their maths target cards. These number facts should be practised at home regularly. These targets will be tested by our teaching assistant, Miss Ambrose-Butterfield throughout the week, and it is essential that the children bring the cards to school and take them home every day.

I think that is all the important information for now (apologies for all of the bold print!). If there are any specific questions that you may have, please don’t hesitate in popping in to arrange a meeting.

Thank you


Jamie Burchell