From this Monday 18th October 2021, Year 3 will be introducing the children to a new online system of recording daily reading on Seesaw designed to replace the traditional Reading diaries.
Each day your child will complete a page of the diary, this will include writing about their book, a video or voice recording of themselves reading the book aloud and even a picture of the cover of their favourite page if they wish.
Please encourage your child to complete the diary daily and save in DRAFT form before submitting the completed diary at the end of the week.
We would love to see/hear from the children what they have enjoyed reading at home, this could be anything including non-fiction, fiction, poetry or anything across all genres.
On Wednesday, 24th February 2021, I posted information on the school blog about our plans for the full reopening of our schools. This included a request for children to wear face coverings whilst they were inside the school building. This was never compulsory, but a request. However, this afternoon the Department for Education updated their guidance on face coverings in schools and have stated that children in primary schools should not be asked to wear face coverings when they return to school from 8th March 2021.
Therefore, we are no longer asking children to wear face coverings in school.
We still firmly believe that this initial decision was the right one for our schools and that school would be a safer place if we took all of the steps possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I would like to explain the reasoning behind our previous decision.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, our schools will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back more of our pupils to face-to-face education then.
In order to prepare the school for full reopening, there will be no critical worker provision on Friday 5th March, except for Nursery and the Nurture provision. This will give us time to get things ready for the return to school the following Monday. Nursery provision and the Nurture Room will be unaffected. For the same reason this Friday will also be designated a ‘no screens day’ for children working at home. Teachers will be in contact with more details about this.
It is important to highlight the context in which our schools are reopening. The country remains in lockdown and the vast majority of our staff have not…
Get your best wig on and load up TTRS: It’s time for another Top Rocker competition between Year 3. To take part, simply login to TTRS and play Garage, Rock Slam or Soundcheck modes to get points for your class (and for you!).
Challenge 2 – Perform Your Epic Myths
This half-term, we have been AMAZED by the brilliant myths you have written. In the last week, we role-played them and edited them. So, now it’s time to take it to the next level: can you perform your myth?
Maybe you can get your adult to help? How about using that toy sword you have? How about building your monster den out of cushions? Maybe you can even get your pet hamster to help?!
We’d LOVE for you to record your myths and send them to us (ask an adult for how you can upload a video. You could use Seesaw or Youtube).
Challenge 3 – Read-a-thon
Finally, try and keep your brains buzzing by enjoying your daily reading. See how many books and stories you can finish over the half-term.
We’d like to ask you to upload a review to Seesaw for each story/book/comic/magazine you read. Unsure what to say? Just tell us whether you liked it and WHY you did or didn’t like it!
Our first Author of the Week is Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE, who talks about how her infamous character Tracy Beaker got her name, offers exclusive activities and recommends her top reads to check out. The Story of Tracy Beaker is also available to read for free for a week. Spread the word!
Dear parents following the announcement of school closures until 18th January, all learning will be moved online. To facilitate this, the school is moving to use SeeSaw and Zoom for daily activities and lessons. This post contains:
Key info for remote learning this week.
Key info for plans tomorrow (Tuesday).
Introduction to software we will be using during remote learning.
Weekly timetable during remote learning.
Plans for Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 5th)
Tomorrow (Tuesday), your class teacher will be hosting Zoom video calls at the times below to introduce some new tools and welcome children back. All pupils are expected to join if they are not in school and they can do so. Pupils in school will be joining these Zoom video calls and supported to access activities from school. Zoom details will be text out in the morning.
10am – Welcome back / registration / using Zoom.
11.15am – How to use SeeSaw – Activity 1
1.15pm – Welcome back / registration / using Zoom
2.15pm – How to use SeeSaw – Activity 2
What is SeeSaw?
SeeSaw is a platform used by schools to post learning activities. It is easier to track activities and responses, and pupils can reply with pictures, written comments or even videos. This gives us lots more opportunities for interesting remote lessons.
Your teacher will email you with login details to your class.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a free video calling software. It has be regularly used throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as used extensively by schools and teachers to facilitate remote learning.
Year 3 Weekly Timetable
The weekly timetable can be seen below.
What about WordPress?
We will not be posting any new work on to this blog, HOWEVER, we will continue to post announcements and we have no plans to stop using this blog in future, so please do check it now and then or come here when a text notifies you of a new announcement.
We appreciate your support and co-operation during what is a very difficult time for everyone concerned. We are sure some details will need ironing out this week, but we are confident that we will have a great end to the academic year.
Remember, you can contact the Year 3 team at any point by commenting on the blog or emailing at Year3@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk