Class 6

10th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to year 3! I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and were able to make the most of the beautiful weather. I am very much looking forward to getting to know your children and working with you to support them in their learning journey at St Mary’s. This year will see a lot of exciting changes to our school and I hope that you are as eager as I am to see how much we can achieve by July.

Our class topic this term centres around the history of medicine and Roald Dahl’s novel ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’. Curriculum We continue to follow the National Curriculum and have lots of exciting learning planned. We are starting a new maths scheme from Abacus which will guide children through the current year 3 maths curriculum. Please remember that children should continue to practice their times tables at home to support their maths learning in school. We will focus especially on the 3 times table, but children should also practice their 2s, 5s and 10s. In English lessons we base our writing on George’s Marvelous Medicine, creating interesting stories, concise instructions as well as developing areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Book Change Days

Our class book change days will be Tuesday and Thursday. On these days, children will have their reading books changed in school. There is a tray just inside our classroom where they can leave books that they have finished until they have a chance to select a new one. This enables us to keep track of what they are reading and how often.


Our RE learning will be taught through RE lessons, Collective Worship and Gospel assemblies. The theme we will explore in RE this term will be ‘creation’ and, particularly, the idea that God calls his followers by name.


Please continue to read as much as possible with your child. Reading records will continue to be used as they were in year 2 so please remember to record when an adult has read with your child at home.


Please see the attached homework timetable. There will be three pieces of homework per week – spellings, maths and grammar. Maths homework will follow up on maths learning from the classroom and the grammar homework will be completed in new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling books. The book supports National Curriculum expectations incredibly well. Spellings will be given out on a weekly basis and will be used in class to monitor spelling progress.


I am sure many children have been very excited to bring in a pencil case from home. Please remember that the pencil case should include a blue handwriting pen (for children with a pen licence!), a pencil, colouring pencils and a ruler – however, please ensure that the children only bring in one pencil case and that it is small enough to fit in their drawer!


PE kits and daps/trainers should be in school all week. Please ensure that this is all named. If you are unsure of the correct PE uniform, please ask for a kit list from the office.


Thank you to the children for an enthusiastic start to the year and for looking so smart and grown up! Please continue to encourage your children to bring in healthy snacks and water bottles for break times as well as healthy lunch boxes. As ever, any parents who can spare an hour or two in the week to help would be very welcome – please get in touch (please note adults working with children must have an up-to-date DBS check).

If you have any questions for us or there is anything you would like to clarify, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Mr Dawkins



Autumn 2018


 Grammar Punctuation and Spelling book




Children are expected to practise these at home during the week.







Reading – as often as possible please. Please note that in Year 3, all children will read to an adult at least weekly in a guided reading group.