This term in Lagoon Class...
Welcome back to St Peter’s. I hope you had a lovely summer holiday, even if it already seems a long time ago!
The children are quickly settling into the class and getting used to new routines and learning challenges. I am really impressed with how hard they are working and how hard they are trying to be grown up juniors.
We have an exciting year ahead planned, but for the moment we are just focusing on our opening topic. It is called Brainwave and we are taking the opportunity to find out the ways we learn best and reflecting on what helps us learn most effectively. Details of the work we will be doing for the next 3 weeks are set out on the topic web.
I would just like to take this opportunity to raise a few matters which are important for year 3:
- I will teach the class every day, except Tuesday morning, when they will be taught by Mr Haywood.
- The class are lucky enough to have a student this term. She will be starting with us at the end of September and will be here until the end of the Spring term. For most of this term she will be supporting me in class and working with small groups. You will soon get to meet her at the gate. Her name is Christen Rubl.
- PE is on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon, so children must have their PE kit in school at these times. Indeed, we never know when there might be the chance to do extra PE, or the need to change the lesson time at short notice, so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day, just taking it home to wash at half term. Details of PE kit are on the school website.
- Homework is an important part of learning for children and it is a government requirement:
- I ask the children to practise their spellings for 10 minutes or so 5 times a week – little and often is best!
- I also ask that you listen to your child read for 15-20 minutes 3 times a week. This is crucial for improving their fluency and stamina, as well as giving them the chance to extend the range of authors and genres. We have a well-stocked library and have endeavoured to purchase a wide range of modern, popular and high quality books which children can take home to read.
- I give homework to the children each week. It will be given out on a Tuesday and is due back the following Tuesday. One week it will be maths and one week literacy. Please give your children any support you can and in particular encourage them to sit down for half an hour in a quiet space to focus on the work. It is important preparation (even at this stage in their education) for the demands of secondary school).
I know that we are likely to learn things in different ways to when you are at school, please always feel free to come and ask me about any approaches or methods you are unfamiliar with. I am happy to discuss them with you and advise you on how you might best support your child to ensure they achieve their potential. Catch me at the gate in the morning or after school and I will always be able to see you within a day or two before or after school!
Mrs Palmer - Year 3 teacher