Firstly WELCOME to the Class 3 blog! Here we will document some of the hard work we have been completing, any homework tasks that are set and all the fun that is taking place in our amazing classroom.

I am very excited to have the chance to teach Class 3 and am looking forward to lots of fun learning opportunities. The classroom is looking great and we are already working very hard.

Here is a little preview…

Important things to know…

  • Reading – Please record reading daily in your child’s home school record book. We would like to see at least 3 entries each week. All logs will be looked at on a Friday, but completed reading books can be changed any day of the week as long as it is recorded in the log with an adult signature. For those children who are continuing with RWI, your books will continue to be changed in the same way.
  • Homework – Homework will be set as challenges on the blog most weeks. Please get into the routine of checking the blog weekly. Tasks will be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Often the task will be a practical one consolidating the learning taking place at home. (See below for your first challenge)
  • – PE – Class 3 will be required to come to school in their PE kit on a Wednesday and a Friday – PE kit should be a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts/tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a school jumper/cardigan or a plain dark coloured hoody and trainers. As we will be outside, please also send your child with a clean pair of indoor shoes to change into afterwards.
  • Fruit – Now that your child is in KS2, they no longer get a free piece of fruit. However, you are welcome to send a piece of fruit for them to eat at playtime. Please keep the fruit in their book bag or lunch box as this will be the easiest way to store it.
  • – Times Tables – Please continue to work with your child on their times tables. They were expected to know their 2,5, 10 times tables by the end of Year 2, then add their 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3 and all tables by the end of Year 4. All Year 4’s will complete the Multiplication Check towards the end of the year so practice is very important (more details to follow later in the year) There are many games on Purple Mash and Times Table Rockstars to support this learning.  Logins can be found in your child’s reading log.
  • – Spellings – As a school, we follow the Purple Mash spelling programme. Your child will be given spellings each week linked to a particular spelling pattern. Spellings will be written in your child’s reading record and they will also be able to access a quiz through Purple Mash each week.

Our topics in school

As you can see from the photographs, we will be learning about Rocks and Soils in Science and Ancient Greeks in History. If you have any resources, photos or artefacts for us to look at we would welcome them in school and promise to look after them. All resources will be returned. Thanks in advance.

Visiting our classroom

As everyone is situated in a new classroom, I would like to welcome you to come and see your child’s new classroom at 3pm on Friday 15th September. It would be lovely if you could join us and get a guided tour from your child.

Your first homework challenge….

As you can see, I have made a very inviting reading area and I can’t wait to get reading books from it! Your first challenge links to the display in the area. In the holidays I was lucky enough to sit in Charlie Cook’s chair from the Julia Donaldson book ‘Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’ and share a story.

So, I want to know where you get caught reading! Can you get someone to take a photo of you reading in your favourite place or an unusual place and bring it into school?

You can email school with the photo and we will print it off or bring one into school. I can’t wait to display your photos in the reading area!

Finally, I’m sorry this was soooooo long with soooooo much information, but I thought it would be useful in case you needed to remember anything in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or catch me on the playground after school.

I look forward to working with you and your children

Mrs Altoft


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