Welcome to Year 3
On behalf of the team, I would like to welcome you to Year 3. Year 3 is part of Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 is divided into 2 phases - Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6) and Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4) which is the team that I head up as Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader.
We hope that your child really enjoys Year 3. Remember that you can come and speak to any one of us after school if you are worried or concerned about anything. The only night that we might say 'no' is on a Wednesday as we have to be in a staff meeting! If you are unable to speak in person, please call the school office and arrange an appointment/phone call back after school.
Some children will find this year difficult. The transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 can be difficult for some children, as the pace of work increases and the expectations for the quality and quantity of work children produce increases. Do not worry if your child struggles, we will personalise learning with a focus on your child's needs.
We continue to have a heavy focus on our Non-negotiables as in the previous years, these are the things that we MUST be able to do before the end of the phase independently, by the end of Year 4. We want to try to encourage these every time we work (and at home with homework and learning tasks) but do not worry if your child cannot yet do all of these things. Children must be able to independently achieve the Year 2 non-negotiables before moving onto these. Let's work together!
Miss D Owen, Lower Key Stage 2 Assistant Headteacher
In writing our non-negotiables are:
Both classes will have PE on Tuesday mornings. Please ensure that your child has appropriate PE kit (navy or black shorts/jogging bottoms/leggings and a t-shirt).
Useful websites to support your child's Learning
Remember, the best way to support your child with reading is to listen to them read and to read to them as often as possible. Below are links to some useful websites that can also support your child's learning. For further suggestions and support, please don't hesitate to speak to one of the team.
We also recommend you download the 'Talk Share Learn Leeds' App which will give you some practical and fun ways to develop your child's speaking and listening.
It is really important that children read every day at home and in school. We expect ALL children to bring their reading book, signed reading diary, spelling book and homework folder to school each day in their book bag. In Key Stage 2, as children become more confident at reading, they will read books that have a QR code. The books can be quizzed on once the book has been read by logging into Accelerated Reader and entering their user name and password.