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Willow Class - Miss G Powell - Year 3/4

Tymor y Hydref - Autumn 2018

Croeso i Dosbarth Willow 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 Please find below a few handy bits of information for this term.


P.E. is every Tuesday ( Games with Mr Maloney) and Thursday ( Gymnastics and Dance with Mrs Smith). Mr Maloney will take the children outside for Games when it is not raining. No jewellery should be worn during P.E. Pupils may bring a plaster in and they may put the plaster over any stud earrings should it be absolutely necessary for the stud to remain in the ear, however it would be be safer for the stud to be removed on these days. P.E. kit is black shorts and white t-shirts and daps. Please could P.E. kit stay in school  until the end of the half term so that there is less chance of pupils forgetting their kit. Thank you.


Many children do need a drink during the day. We do not have any spare cups in school other than painting cups and pupils may become ill if they choose to drink from these, therefore could you please provide your child with a water bottle they can bring to school every day.


Reading Books

Reading is crucial for everyday life, it is such a valuable life skill, therefore please could you read with your child every night. Your child should leave Year 3 on at least a Level 20.

 In school, your child will be heard to read in a group every week. During this session, your child will practise their reading skills such as reading unknown words correctly using a few different strategies such as sounding the word out and re-reading the sentence to have a good guess. They will also practise their comprehension skills.  In addition to this your child may be heard to read individually.

Reading Books will be sent home every day. The book will be changed when it has been read and checked by myself or Mrs Randall. If your child does not return a Reading book, we will not send a new one home.


Spellings will be taught in school. Spellings will not be sent home to be learnt.

Fruit and Snacks

We are promoting a healthy lifestyle, only fruit is allowed to be eaten at breaktime.


Homework will be put on the website each week. Please could you check the website and try to complete the activities. They will be fun activities such as games most of the time, but they will consolidate the skills we have been learning in school. Sometimes the homework may be an online ALFIE test. If you would rather a paper copy of the homework, please let me know.


Please visit the website to find out what we have been doing each week, there will be a weekly blog for you to read.


These are the skills and topics your child will study this term:-


The books we will read are ‘ The Tin Forest’ and ‘ The Lost Happy Endings’. We will be learning to read using context and picture cues to help as well as deducing information from the text. Spelling patterns will be taught every week and handwriting will be taught regularly.

All children should leave Year 3 being able to write using full stops and capital letters correctly. Their writing should also make sense and should contain the correct grammar e.g. ‘We were…’ not ‘We was…’Therefore these skills will be the focus of this term, pupils will be writing diaries, reports, poetry and letters.


We will be learning to read, write and order numbers to 1000. Pupils will learn to recognise the value of each digit in these numbers. Pupils will be taught to round numbers and to multiply. They will learn their three times table and they will also learn to add and subtract. Pupils will learn to recognise money up to £2.00 and they will add and subtract amounts of money to £2.00 Pupils will also learn to recognise shapes and they will learn to use aand read a tape measure. They will also learn to draw and read a simple graph.



Pupils will be learning about their bodies. They will find out more about their bones, muscles and senses. Pupils will also complete investigations using their measuring skills and their graph skills.

Topic – Newport County Football Club/ Giants and Gingerbread

We will be studying two topics this term  - Newport County Football Club/ Giants and Gingerbread . During these lessons pupils will need to use the Literacy, ICT and Mathematics skills they have learnt in their Literacy, ICT and Mathematics lessons.


Art/D.T. is every Friday. We will be learning to draw people and we will be studying the work of an artist called Scarpace. We will use our Numeracy and Literacy skills to make mirrors for a giant and gingerbread.


We will be learning to ask and answer simple questions about ourselves.

R.E/Music and Personal and Social Education

Mrs Probert will be teaching these every Monday. The children will learn to develop strategies to help them to learn, they will also learn about different festivals and celebrations. Pupils will also develop their music skills.

ICT and Physical Education

The children will learn to develop their ball skills and their gymnastic skills. Pupils will also learn to develop their ICT skills using Google Chromebooks.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Randell

Weekly Blog - Week Commencing Sept 11th 2017

Well, what a week ! The children have been learning to use adjectives to write descriptions about 'The Tin Forest'. they have also written a diary about what the old man in the story has been doing. in Mathematics we have been learning to compare and order numbers up to 1000. Some children have found it very difficult to look at two numbers and say which is bigger or to put them in order for example to say that 578 is bigger than 389. The children worked in groups and placed the main body organs onto a picture of a person, according to where they thought the organs were , after this we discussed some of the organs and their purpose. next week we will be watching a film about the organs and researching the organs so that we can write about them. It will be very exciting!

Homework Friday September 15th 2017

I want homework to be a fun, engaging activity that can be completed by parents working with their children, therefore many of the homework tasks will be games or practical tasks. I hope you enjoy working with your child and having fun. These tasks will also enable you to monitor the progress of your child during the year.

Please say a Hundreds, Tens and Units number such as four hundred and sixty three and ask your child to say the next three counting numbers after this and then write the third number they say down onto paper or a whiteboard.