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Welcome to Year 3!


We are so excited about the new school year! We realise that it can be a big change moving over to the Junior Department, and that some children may be feeling anxious. We hope that being with familiar teachers will ease this transition and we’re really looking forward to seeing how much our classes have grown and developed since we last taught them! There will be a parents’ evening midway through this term to discuss how the children are settling in, but if you have any concerns or questions in the meantime, please get in touch.


One of the best things about being in the juniors, so the children tell us, is that each child has their own locker. They keep their coat and P.E. kit in it. Please make sure that all items of clothing, including jumpers, cardigans, P.E. kits and coats are marked with their owner’s name. Keeping clothes safe is a skill that develops slowly! Lost property is kept in storage chests by the main junior entrance. Please make sure that children are wearing school shoes every day. Trainers, even plain black ones, are not part of our uniform.


Some children will be bringing a packed lunch into school for the first time. They place it on the Year 3 trolley as they come into school in the morning. Please make sure packed lunch boxes and bags are named. We are a ‘Healthy School’; please do not include fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars in lunches. School lunches are not provided for free for junior children; you can pay via ParentMail or by sending in money in an envelope labelled with the child’s name and class. Children can bring in a healthy snack, either fruit or vegetables, to eat mid-morning. They do not need to bring in a water bottle, we have access to drinking water in the classrooms, and will remind the children to have a drink and use the toilets at breaktimes.


It is important that we have up to date information about your child, so we will be asking you to fill in a new family data form early in the school year. If your child requires medication in school, or has allergies or specific dietary requirements please let us know as soon as possible. It’s really important we know who is (and who isn’t) allowed to collect children at the end of the day. If you need to let us know about a change in collection arrangements, you can tell a staff member when dropping off your child, or telephone school during the day. Year three children are dismissed from the junior hall doors. Please walk past the right hand side entrance, where Year five children are dismissed, up the slope to the fence by the carpark and wait for us to bring children out to you. Children will not be allowed to go until a staff member sees an adult waiting for them, please be patient as we learn who goes home with who!


It makes communication much easier for everyone (no dropped letters!) if you are registered with Parentmail and we have up to date email and mobile ‘phone information. We will also post information on our year group page on our school website, and celebrate our learning with photos and messages there, and on our school Twitter account.


You can continue to support your child’s learning by regularly reading with them. Please try to return reading books to school once a week. We try to change them on the day they come in, but we don’t always manage this. We also use the activelearn primary and timestables rockstars websites to reinforce learning. We will send out login information early in the new term, along with information about timetables, for example when we do P.E. and Spanish. We will have a spelling test each week too, reinforcing phonics skills and learning words from the list compiled by the Department for Education. If you lose your spelling list, please look on the website.


On the back of this letter we have included some information about our first topic ‘Valley of the Kings’. We will be learning about life in Ancient Egypt. Most children are fascinated by this topic.


We aim to make this year enjoyable and interesting, and to support and challenge every child’s learning. Thank you for all your support and help in doing this. We look forward to working in partnership with you again.