Last term, it was lovely to get to know that Year 3 are keen, avid readers who have enjoyed a wide range of books that we have at school. It has been insightful to read the comments from home about the books children have been reading and it would be fantastic to continue our reading adventures this term.
Please remember to bring in your Reading Diary every day so that your class teacher can read the comments and offer support with home reading (and stamp in Merits!).
Reading is absolutely fundamental and can be a passageway to exciting ideas and exploring our imaginations. This term, your child will be bringing home not one, but two books each day: A banded book (which they can read to you) and a non-banded book (which you can enjoy together!).
There are some free resources available for e-books, too, if this is how you’d rather access books at home. Oxford Owl has a fabulous range of books available at different book band, so if you’ve finished your banded book, the possibilities are endless: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ (Sign up for free to access the books)
Ready to read? Great! Here are some tips to make sure that reading is exciting at home:
1. Make time to read – at least ten minutes a day makes a huge difference!
2. Find a lovely, comfortable spot to relax and read.
3. Grab a drink or a healthy snack – Think of it as a film in your mind!
4. Choose different types of books, newspapers or comics.
5. Don’t like what you’re reading so far? Change it!
6. Take turns when reading.
7. Talk about the book and ask your child questions about it.
8. Pay attention to the language. Have you spotted any new, exciting vocabulary?
9. Relax and enjoy the moment. Reading isn’t a task, it is a chance to unwind and lose yourself in a book!
Starting tomorrow, we will be hosting a weekly Battle of the Bands between Onyx and Jet class. Children will need to log on to TTRS to participate. Any activity will be recorded as participation in the competition and each week, the winning class will win a handful of marbles!
Good luck everyone!
Dear parents and children,
Welcome back to a brand new year at Heavers Farm Primary School! This year is going to be very exciting and filled with lots of fun learning opportunities.
This half term, we will be beginning our Stone Age History topic, learning about important figures in Black History, looking at Animals including Humans in Science and exploring digital devices in Computing.
Year 3 is slightly different to Year 2. We will begin learning Spanish and will be going Swimming later this term! If you would like your child to have a fruit snack for break time, they will need to bring one in.
Swimming will be every day for two weeks when we are scheduled to attend lessons. Children will need to bring in a swimming kit (swimsuit, swimming hat and a towel) and come to school in their PE kit during the two weeks that they have Swimming.
Onyx Class: 17th October – 4th November (Split over the Half Term break)
Jet Class: 7th – 18th November
Spellings will be added to this very blog on Fridays. Children can practice their spellings in their Reading Diaries, which should be checked and signed by parents every day. Children will be required to change their reading books every week and should be reading their book for at least 10 minutes everyday.
Next week, we will be introducing the children to Times Tables Rockstars and will send their login details home via their Reading Diaries. Children are expected to practice their times tables using this resource for at least 10 minutes each day.
If you have any further questions about the upcoming half term, please feel free to speak to either Miss Batley or Miss D’Souza in the mornings or afternoons, or email us via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment below: What are you looking forward to the most this term?
This half term, Heavers Farm and Selsdon Year 3 are holding a Times Table Competition. Please see the poster above for details.
We’re going to launch our Summer 2 learning with a Roman Day! Children are invited to come into school dressed up as a Roman citizen. Some ideas for costumes can be found above – grab a white t-shirt and wrap a belt around it for an easy go-to, or add a pop of colour with a scarf. The possibilities are endless! We look forward to seeing everyone’s fantastic costumes when we return from Half Term!