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Welcome to Year 3

Autumn term - Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October. 

As we start a new academic year, we do so with a new head teacher, welcome to St John's Miss Jones. 

We hope you have had lots of fun over the holidays and enjoyed the lovely weather that we have had over the last 6 weeks. Please remember that Monday 3rd and Tuesday the 4th of September are Inset days and school is closed. We reopen to pupils on Wednesday 5th September. Please note that children should aim to arrive at school between 8.45am and 8.50am, when they should go into the playground. Playground supervision by a member of staff begins at 8.45am. A playground bell is rung at 8.52am when children come into school for registration, if children arrive after 8.55am they should enter school via the main entrance and register at the school office.  In the event of wet weather, children can come into class from 8.45am, where teaching staff will supervise them. If children arrive earlier than this, we cannot guarantee that there will be a member of staff in the classroom to supervise your child.  

A game of noughts and crosses in PE, to help us develop our running skills. Great fun too.

On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.

We would like to invite parents, carers, friends and family members to our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We
are looking for parents to offer to make or donate cakes so that we can raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity. The
morning will start at 10.30am where refreshments and cakes will be on sale in our school hall. We are then offering parents time in their child's classroom seeing a spelling lesson between 11 and 11.30am.

If you can help us, please bring your cake, in a named box on the morning of 28th of September. We will be selling any left over cake at break time to children for £1 a slice.

We apologise for the short notice but hope as many parents as possible can attend.

Thank you.

On Thursday 4th October, we will be holding a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This is an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards. We strongly recommended that you attend this meeting so that you understand what your child has to do in order to achieve Age Related Expectations. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and answer any questions that you may have about the year ahead. 

The school photographer will be in school on Friday 5th October, taking individual photos. 


Our first parents' evening of this school year will take place on the 15th and 17th October.  At the meeting, we will be able to discuss how your child is getting on in school since they started in September. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to find out how to best support your child's learning at home.  

Parents are able to book appointments online and will be notified when the booking system goes live.  We look forward to meeting you. 

We would like to invite you to this years Harvest Festival, which will be held at St John's church on Friday 19th October at 2pm. In the event of 

heavy rain, the service will be held in the school hall. We will keep you informed of any changes.  
This year, as in previous years, our offerings will go to the Food Bank in Stocksbridge run by The Hub Church. The food bank has helped many local families and we would like to continue supporting this very worthwhile cause.  The items which are needed are: 

Tinned food: soup, stewed steak, fish, meats, ravioli, baked beans meatballs, tomatoes, vegetables, desserts, fruit etc

Other food: cereals, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, orange juice, squash, snacks etc. 

Toiletries: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, washing up liquid, shampoo, washing powder, toilet rolls etc 

If you would like to contribute, please send your items to school before the 12th of October. On the 12th, the items collected will be taken down to church. Thank you in advance for your generous support. 

Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.  

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will: 

1.  Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families. 

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

4.  Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge! 

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 

Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons. 

In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows. 

We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. 


Please also note that Friday 26th of October is an Inset Day and school is closed to children.

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine.

During this half term, children we be shown how to use Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics. TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.  We will send your child home with a password when they have had the training.  Please encourage them to use this at home. If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars

Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Please continue to encourage your child to read at home, it is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. 


Mrs Bell and Mrs Thompson 

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