WELCOME TO YEAR 3 HM!
We've had a great first week (and a bit!) in school. We've already started our History topic on the Stone Age and jumped straight in with Science, learning about Rocks and fossils! Children are getting to grips with Number and Place Value (up to 1000) in Maths and are enjpoying our Twisteed FairyTales in English! Make sure you say 'Bonjour' to your child and see if they can respond with a different French greeting!
Please check the uploads section for our Autumn Term learning overview, as well as a copy of the Chatterday sheet (see below!)
As you will be aware, homework at Oldfield Brow changed last year. We now use 'Chatterdays' to give children and families more choice about what they do. The idea is for work at home to be fun and meaningful for you! Besides spellings which are done online, there is no obligation to submit anything you do, but any work or creations that come in get displayed in the classroom and children get rewards and recognition for it from their teachers and in assemblies.
The yellow and blue boxes are essential things to practice at home. Children should read everyday and as often as possible with a grown-up. Make sure you write in your child's reading record and support them with their comprehension. Spellings are tested weekly so children should be practicing htese daily. Timestables should also be practiced regularly - Hit The Button is a fantastic and free online timestables game if your child wants a change from TimesTables Rockstars.
The green section gives you choice on how to engage with our curriculum at home. You can pick one of the three activities and find out what your child has been up to alongside their core learning.
Children will bring home another Chatterday sheet this week in case you have lost the first one.
The children will bring a book home on Monday with their list of spellings and have the week to practise these at home. We will ask children to write a sentence for each of the words to help them with the meaning and practise using the word. We also use an online spelling program called Spelling Shed where you will find the list of words and the spelling rule. We will ask children to log into the site and play some games/activities and learn spellings off by heart. On Friday, children will be tested and their scores will be recorded.
Below is a Parents' guide to using the Spelling Shed
We love when our parents get involved! Our Chatterday activities provide a range of carefully selected ideas and activities to stimulate discussions, research, independent study and fun at home. Importantly, there are some essentials for home learning: Our children are actively encouraged to read every night at home and practise spellings and times tables on a regular basis throughout the week. Spellings are given on a Monday and are expected to be practised during the week, with a spelling test each Friday. We look forward to welcoming parents into the classroom for topic-related activities, class assemblies, music/drama performances and for parents'/open/curriculum evenings too. Keep an eye on the calendar and letters home for updates on all of these and our exciting range of trips and visits too!