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. 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.


I would like to inform you of a couple of important dates. Firstly, the Year 3 parents’ meeting will take place on Friday 20th September from 4.30pm-5.00pm in the classroom. This will give us a chance to catch up and for me to answer any questions that you may have. On Monday 23rd September from 5.00pm-6.00pm, we’ll be hosting a maths information evening here at school. This will be open to any parent that may be interested in the maths provision, across the year groups, during this academic year.


As I’m sure you are well aware, we have a child in the class with a severe nut allergy, so please remember that, according to school policy, no nuts or products containing nuts should be brought into school at any time. Since this allergy could have extremely serious consequences, please help me keep him safe by:


a) Avoiding giving children nuts or nut products in their packed lunches

b) Avoiding giving nuts or nut products or snacks/bars containing nuts for break time snacks (this is obviously new to Year 3 parents and children as they were given fruit/bread in the infants)

c) Avoiding supplying the school with cakes or food items containing nuts for birthday celebrations, sales or events

d) Avoiding sending containers such as cereal boxes for DT / Art lessons into school which may have contained produce made with nuts


Attached to this letter is a topic plan. 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 we will be looking at the history of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as the lifestyle, food, housing and military during Roman times. 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 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. 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. I have also attached the Year 2 words which you can recap with your child (please note that I will be assessing the children with some of these Year 2, and in some cases, Year 1 words, in order to ascertain those that they know and don’t know.


We will be working on our immediate recall of number facts and times tables on a daily basis. On top of the tables that the children will have been expected to learn up until this point (x2, x5, x10), they will be expected to have learnt (x3, x4 and x8) by the end of Year 3. Please note that towards the end of Year 4 all children will be expected to sit the new Department for Education (DfE) Multiplication Tables Check. These will include all times tables up to 12x12 so regular tables practise at home and at school would give your child a great head start in this area.


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.


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