Welcome back Year 3! It has been an extremely positive start to the year, despite all the changes that we have been through and we look forward to a fresh start in our learning. Once you’ve read through our Year 3 information please don’t miss our lovely class videos and classroom video tours!
This year your class teacher:
In London Bridge is Makeda and your T-A is Jemima.
In Putney Bridge your class teacher is Rosie and your T-A Is Jay.
In Redbridge your class teacher is Vicky and your T-A is Gosia.
Now more than ever, it is vital that the school office has current and up-to-date contact details (phone numbers and email addresses). Please contact them if your details have changed.
Normally, we pride ourselves on our open door policy, but unfortunately current circumstances make this very difficult. Instead, if you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, you can either contact the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you could email us using the following email addresses:
For administrative queries such as reporting absences and appointments, informing the school of late arrival, school lunches, start times, after school club/activities, school payments etc, you should contact the office on 0208 888 8824.
Year 3 children start the day at 9.05am. When accompanying your child to school, we kindly ask that you wait outside the gates until any earlier year groups have entered the premises. As per the Will’s letter, if you have children in different year groups, please use the entrance gate identified for your youngest child and the older sibling can enter with you, however the older child will need to go to their identified waiting area.
The Year 3 waiting area is Zone 3. This on the AstroTurf (on the side closest to Park Road). To help us stay safe, please remember to wear a face covering on school site. At the end of the day (now 3.35pm), your child’s teacher will lead the class back to the ball court (by Zone 3). Please remain on the AstroTurf and wait for your child to come to you.
Will has covered much of the day to day in his letters to you all, but here are a few things specific to Year 3:
We hope that Toby will be back with us as soon as he can so that the children can resume drumming but we will keep you informed about this during the coming month or so.
Continue to encourage them in their times tables – consolidating 2s,5s and 10s and learning 3s and 4s. We will teach them to practise using card games which may be fun for you to play with them at home too.
We will also give the children topic-related projects – one each half term – and they will have more time to complete them and the chance to share their hard work with the rest of the class.
In Year 3 there will be daily coverage of: Maths, English, Reading, PSHE & The Daily Mile (½ a mile at current). Science, Humanities, Music (Singing), Art, R.E, Computing and P.E will taught every week. Alongside re-visiting Year 2 objectives and teaching the Y3 curriculum, we will also be implementing the Recovery Curriculum, created by our BG PSHE committee. This bespoke programme aims to provide opportunities to address any of the 5 losses that children may have experienced during the lockdown period (loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom) and to improve children’s social and emotional well-being.
Children are encouraged to take books from our class book corners and are able to take these books home. Please ensure these books are returned so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the books in our book corners.
This year, when a book is returned, the children will place the book in a ‘quarantine box’ kept in the classroom. All books will be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours over the weekend before they are returned to the book corner.
Despite there being a disruption to the children’s learning last year we are doing everything we can to close any gaps that there may be. This means starting Year 3 at slower pace; we have made sure that we are introducing the curriculum at a place where the children feel comfortable. For the time being there will be no formal testing of the children, however we will be assessing the children’s progress using our own judgement and observations in the classroom during day to day practice. We are considering including Year 3 in the next round of tests which happen in November.
The first parents’ evening is scheduled for November. Here you will be able to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss how your little one is settling into the year. The school is considering how this meeting can be safely managed, and will keep you informed of the exact dates and details nearer the time. We look forward to meeting with you individually!
Story time is something we do a lot with your children at school, so we really encourage you to keep reading books at home. Children can also listen to stories online, which can help support them in their daily reading:
Last year for World Book Day, Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, visited Bounds Green and did an amazing workshop for our key stage one children. He is doing really amazing online art activities for children. Click the link below:
We also have some great experiments for those budding scientists, and all only using things you’d have at home!
Please see our latest Curriculum Map for Year 3: