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Class 3 - Mrs H James

Welcome to Class 3!

We have an exciting year ahead of us this year.  I am thrilled to be teaching the children again and I know with lots of hard work and a dash of fun we are going to make fantastic progress in Year 2 and Year 3.  We are a split class which means we have one foot in the Foundation Phase and one foot in Key Stage 2, this can be a bit tricky to teach, but I see it as the best of both worlds.  Firstly your child will be taught using the principles of the Foundation Phase, through experiential learning but they will also be stretched and challenged through the more formal teaching in Key Stage 2.  Above all you can be rest assured that your child will be challenged and pushed as much as we can to make sure they achieve their potential.

Expectations of your child – I expect your child to be Ready, Respectful and Safe in all lessons which means good attention and listening, trying their very best in all that they can do and making sure they are kind and considerate to those around them.  We have an agreed Homework policy which is to encourage teachers to set homework which is fun, practical and linked to the theme.  The children will be set a project homework activity at least once per term.  Added to that the children will also have a maths/literacy based activity to complete weekly, as well as weekly spellings and daily reading. The children will also be set Abacus and Purple Mash online tasks to complete as and when needed.

Expectations of parents – We need your support as much as possible.  We teach your child to read in school but practice happens at home.  We expect your child to read every day to an adult and only a few pages not the whole book.  A comment needs to be added in the children’s reading record.  I must emphasise that reading is not a race. All reading assessments are heavily weighted on the children’s understanding of what they have read not what stage book they are on. Reading is the most precious gift we give our children, and it opens so many doors to different worlds and opportunities and I want the children to love reading and be lifelong readers.  Please make sure your child has their reading book every day.

By the end of this year I expect all children in Year 3 to know their 2, 3,4,5,6 and 10 timetables to be able to access the maths curriculum in Year 4.  The Year 2 children need to know their 2, 3, 5 and 10 timetables by the end of the year. Also both year groups need to be able to tell the time by the end of the year in order to access the curriculum in KS2, also it is a life skill. They need to know 5 past, 10 past, quarter past, 20 past, 25 past, half past, 25 to, 20 to, quarter to, 10 to and 5 to the hour. We teach this regularly in school but to ensure mastery of time, the children need to practice at home every day.

All homework will be given out on Tuesdays and expected back by the following Monday. Spellings will be given out on a Monday and the children will be tested on a Friday.

PE – Physical Development lessons will be on Monday and Friday.  Please make sure your child has appropriate kit for those days.  Also we will be continuing with the Daily Mile every day.

The children also need to bring a bottle of water and a piece of fruit every day for their break.

If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s education this year please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Best Wishes,

Mrs H James & Mrs Blackwell.



HOMEWORK 17.9.18 - 1.10.18

Over the next two weeks, I would like the children to make their own Tudor artefact.  This could be a Tudor house or theatre, it could be an item of jewellery or a painting of a famous Tudor, anything that the children are interested in. I must emphasise that I would like the artefact to be the children’s work and not completed solely by an adult.  Please can I have all the artefacts back in school by Monday 1st October.

Many thanks,

Mrs H James and Mrs Blackwell.

Homework 8th October 2018

Homework this week I would like the children to play the game ‘Jeopardy’. In this game the answers will be given to the children and they have to give the question. example, answer ‘A Hexagon’, the question would be 'What is the name of a 6 sided shape?' I’ve completed the first one for you to try. As well as this, please continue to hear your child read every day, practice some high frequency words and maybe try a times table they are unfamiliar with. Have a great week!

Mrs H James

Homework 15th October 2018

For homework this week I would like the children to solve some puzzles, all to improve their thinking skills. 

Also I would like the children to practice reading, spellings and a times table for 5 minutes each (15mins in total) every day.  I am sure they can achieve this challenge!  Have Fun!

Mrs H James


Welcome Back!  This week’s homework involves pyramid puzzles.  Start at the bottom and add two bricks next to each other to find out the brick above.  Also don’t forget to practice tables 2,5,10 then 3 & 4 and also spellings and reading every day.  Have a great week!

Many thanks, Mrs H James

Friday 9th November

Just a reminder for parents and children that reading books need to be in the children's bags every day so we can hear them read.  Also Homework is due in every Monday and handed back out on a Tuesday.  Spelling words are given out on a Friday and then tested the following Friday.  High frequency words and tables should be practiced in little chunks every day.

Many Thanks, Mrs H-J

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