Welcome to Class 3 Dahl's Page
3 Dahl are taught by Luke Faith, with assistance from Miss Amy. Please visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in (and sometimes out!) of class!
FIRST BLOG ENTRY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR - PLEASE READ!
3 Dahl have settled in well and we have been having a lovely time together!
This week's activities have included drafting a set of class rules, sketching / painting class portraits, working on our ‘Our World’ display, composing prayers and writing book reviews, all for eventual class display. We have also started to complete a series of tests, which have been designed to gauge each child’s academic strengths and areas of improvement moving forward.
JOINT MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM MR FAITH AND MISS KELLY, YEAR 3 TEACHERS
We hope to see many of you during our 'open classrooms' event in just over a week’s time, on Monday 16th September, from 6-7pm. We will provide you with more information about the general goings-on in and around the classroom during this event.
In the interim, we thought it would be useful to provide you with a few bits of information that you may find useful:
Drop Off and Collection
In the mornings, Year 3 children are to line up with their class in the Key Stage 2 playground. At the end of the day, Year 3 children will be dismissed from the side entrance of the main school building, directly opposite the side entrance to the school hall.
On a daily basis, please provide your child with either a whole piece of fruit or sliced fruit as their playtime snack. As delicious as they are, Bear YoYos (especially the sour mango and apple-flavoured ones!), dried fruit and other fruit-based snacks are not allowed as playground snacks. These can, however, be included as a small treat in children’s packed lunches when we go on school trips (more info on these will be forthcoming over the next few weeks)!
Your child will be given a reading book to take home. The books need to be brought back to school every day and put into the reading book box, which the children will find inside the classroom. Doing this will aid us in successfully carrying out our plan of reading with each child at least once a week. Starting from next week, books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure that you sign your child’s reading diary when their book needs to be changed, as we will be unable to change it if you do not do this. Whilst we appreciate that some children may read at a faster rate than others, books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays only, as changing them is a time intensive task for our teaching assistants and is far more manageable on a larger scale, rather than on a piecemeal basis. If you have a child who is a voracious reader, we are happy to offer book suggestions and alternative provisions (such as providing children with two books each time instead of one) during the ‘open classrooms’ event or via email.
In line with our updated whole school approach and in a bid to do our bit for the environment, homework will be uploaded online on our class webpage each Friday.
English homework (spellings, sentences and comprehension tasks) will be completed in the front of the green homework book.
Children will also be set online Mathletics activities. Mathletics login cards will be attached to the back of these homework books.
Your child’s homework book will be sent home for the first time next week, on Friday 13th September.
All homework will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed and handed in by the following Thursday (if children complete these activities earlier they are welcome to hand their books in earlier, and will receive extra house points if said work is completed to a high standard!)
A piece of poetry homework will be set at the beginning of each half term for the children to practise and recite at the end of the half term. This Friday, 6th September, the first poem by our class poet will be uploaded to the website for children to learn.
If you encounter technical difficulties in accessing any of our online content (or would like a paper copy of any piece of homework), please don’t hesitate to contact us.
P.E. and Gymnastics
P.E. and Gymnastics sessions will commence next week. The children will have their P.E. and Gymnastics sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school (fully named) by next Monday, 9th September. May we also please remind parents that earrings must be taken out before school on the days your child has P.E. / Gymnastics, and long hair must be tied back for each session.
Swimming lessons will commence next week. You will need to provide a swimming kit consisting of a towel, swimming trunks / one-piece costume and optional goggles. A swim cap is also required - if your child does not have one, please give them £2 on the 12th September (our first session) to purchase one during their first session at the pool.
Over the past few years, the vast majority of Year 3 children have done a great job in regularly bringing in their swimming kit and attending their swimming lessons. However, we have had some incidents where parents have asked that their child be excused from their swimming lesson as she or he is suffering from a cough or cold, whilst still attending school that day.
Whilst we appreciate that your child may feel subpar from time to time and that your keeping them healthy and happy is your top priority (this is true for us too!), it is important to note that our school policy states that if your child is well enough to be at school, then they are also well enough to go swimming.
Swimming is a vitally important, and mandatory, part of the National Curriculum, and the sessions your child attends could quite literally save their life one day. At St Stephen’s, we aim to have your child confidently swimming in just one school year. Working to such a limited timeframe, I am sure you can appreciate that every session is of great importance in fulfilling our aim, and as such, ask you for your assistance in this matter. Furthermore, the children greatly enjoy their swimming lessons, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on them!
Some exceptions to the ‘if you are well enough to be at school, then you are well enough to go swimming’ rule exist. These are the following:
- When a child has a diagnosed infection for which they have been prescribed antibiotics;
- When a child has a skin breakage / large wound that is healing that would be exacerbated by the pool’s chlorine;
- When a child is coming off of a prolonged bout of illness where they have been absent from school for multiple days – in cases like these, a doctor’s note excusing your child from swimming would be appreciated for our records.
We really do need your help in ensuring that your child attends their swimming sessions, and thank you in advance for the great work we know that you will do in making this a reality.
In conclusion, we must emphasise that unless your child falls under one of the three categories above, then the expectation is that if they are in school on Thursday, they will be attending their swimming lesson.
Apologies for any awkwardness that may be caused by this section and we thank you in advance for your co-operation with this matter.
Parent / Carer Readers
If any parents or carers are able to help with reading with their child’s class, please let us know the days and times that would suit, and then we will get back to you with a timetable. Thank you in advance!
Please remember to have your child/ren bring a water bottle to school on a daily basis as it is important that they remain hydrated throughout the school day.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further queries and have a lovely weekend!
Mr Faith (email@example.com)
Miss Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Year 3 Teachers
OUR POEM FOR THE HALF TERM
Our poem for the half term (‘Crocky Wock the Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl) can be found at the link below:
Year 3 poem for Autumn Term 1 – ‘Crocky Wock the Crocodile’
Please practise this with your child/ren on a regular basis ahead of us performing it to the school at the end of the half term.
Have a great weekend, and I promise you that all future blog entries will not be this epically long!