Gagle Brook Primary For Parents

Welcome to Seagull Class

Mr Street, Miss Bond and Miss Sammons are excited to be learning with you this year.

Our School Day

Our school day starts with a different morning activity every day promptly at 8.30am. Children will need to bring a water bottle each day, healthy snack (fruit, vegetables, cheese, etc. No nuts or sugary treats please), pack lunch (if they are not having a hot meal) as well as appropriate clothing for the weather - we will be making use of the outdoors, so a hat/sun lotion for those with skin like mine if it’s hot, and a coat/wellies if it’s cold/raining.

Please make sure that all personal items are clearly labelled, it means your child will get their belonging back quickly.

An example of our timetable:

School finishes at 3.15pm Monday – Thursday, and at 1pm Friday.

Physical Education

Our PE days this term are Monday (Swimming) and Thursday. Please arrive in school on Tuesday in your PE kit. PE kits includes: plain black shorts/joggers, a plain white top/Gagle Brook PE top, black trainers, a plain black jumper.

Our Learning this term

This term our big question is ‘What’s between the pages?’ and we will be looking at a large range of books, sharing what we enjoy about them and how they make us feel and we will be making our own.

We will be investigating Sound, looking at what it is and how we hear, along with broadening our knowledge of history by looking at Ancient Greece.

For further information on our curriculum offer in Year 3 this term please see our Topic Map – if you think you, or someone else in your family or workplace, could help with our offering in anyway, please get in contact.

In PHSE we use the Jigsaw scheme and our Jigsaw piece this year and we also have Jerrie Cat who helps us with our ‘paws for thought’ moments.

We use the Read Write Inc Phonics and Spelling programs and the children are familiar with Fred Frog, who helps us to read words. We place a high value on children’s reading and enjoyment of reading. Within our class we have daily ‘Drop it and read’ sessions where children are able to enjoy a wide variety of high-quality texts as a class. Our English curriculum is driven by high quality texts, both for writing and reading, helping children to acquire the knowledge and skills pupils will need.

Home Learning

We are often asked, ‘How can I help my child at home?’ and we recommend:

Reading for at least 15 minutes daily, which you should record in your child’s reading record. ‘Chatter Time’ is also a great way of developing your child’s oracy skills, as well as watching Newsround and much more!

In Year 3 and Year 4 there is a big emphasis on Times Tables in maths and we recommend just 5 minutes a day singing, chanting, testing - anything using times tables, please ask for ideas if you are stuck. We will be using these tunes in class

Home learning is set once a week on Purple Mash and should take roughly 30 minutes. We also expect that spellings will be practiced at home each week.

Parent helpers are very welcome to support with afternoon reading, or anyone with a particular skill who would like to volunteer once a week - let one of the team know! We operate an open-door policy - please come and see us if you have a worry or a concern- we are here to help!

Best wishes,

The Year 3 Team

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