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Welcome to Year 3 Elm

Welcome to Year 3 Elm 1

Dear Parents/Carers


w/b 12th February


English:  The children will be learning techniques to write an adventure story particularly how to build suspense using our senses!


Maths:  Division - it is really important your child keeps practising their times tables as this aid them in their mental arithmetic to work out the inverse to multiplication.


PE Kits:  Please would you make sure your child brings their PE Kit into school every week. It is really cold outside but outdoor PE continues!  Your child needs warm leggings and tracksuit top (or equivalent)   


First Holy Communion

We have now started your child's children's First Holy Communion preparations.    Your child should now have received their own very special 'I Belong' book to work on at school and at home.   


Mrs Moran runs the First Holy Communion sessions during the school day on a Monday afternoon and will send the books home for your child to complete some tasks.  Just for this week the FHC lesson will be on Wednesday.


Maths:  The children are now moving on to division.  To help them with this, it is essential your child learns the Year 3 requirements for times tables which are: 2 times tables, 3 times tables, 4 times tables and 8 times tables.  Please see the useful tips and websites listed below  to help your children learn them.

Guided Reading:   Please see the front of your child's guided reading homework book for the date homework needs to be in by.


Homework books: It would be very helpful if your child could bring this in every Thursday so that the following week's homework can be stuck in and their spelling test scores can be recorded for your information.


Reading Logs:  Please would you ensure your child hands their log in on a Friday.  Reading should be logged every day from Monday to Thursday.  If they have finished reading their Guided Reading book then the children can log other books they would like to read. 


It is never a problem if your child cannot read one evening due to clubs etc.  However, please sign the log and state the reason e.g. Brownies tonight, unable to read.





Please learn your spellings on a regular basis.  The above spellings will be tested on Thursday,  15th February.














Half term next week  - beginning 19th February!  I hope you have a great half term holiday.



With best wishes

Mrs Smith


Key days:

Thursday:  Homework books returned

Friday:     Reading logs in for me to sign.

Guided Reading homework: the day before your child is due to read in class.






Our own versions of Lear's Owl and The Pussycat!

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Parent/Teacher consultations


It was great to see so many parents at the 'Meet the Teacher' session on Monday, 25th September.  If you were unable to make it, please feel free to make an appointment with me and I will be happy to discuss any queries you may have.  The Year 3 Elm powerpoint  presented to parents is below.  It has lots of important information so please do take a look. In addition I have included the start of year information letter to parents.  


Please note Year 3 Elm's class assembly will be on Friday, 6th July at 9.15 am.

Timetable for Year 3 Elm


I do try to stick to this timetable but, as you will appreciate, visitors to the school or other school events may mean that I have to jiggle lessons around!




Times tables:  Year 3: x 2, x 4, x 8

I have been very impressed with how the children are embracing and learning their times tables.

Below are some useful ideas and fun websites  to help the children learn them.  


Some tips for the x2

  • stack of coins – a stack of a  dozen 2 pence pieces and get your child to count in 2's. Look at the pattern of doubling the 2 pence pieces.
  • pack of blank cards (make them out of cardboard or paper, or buy premade versions) These are infinitely versatile. You can write down whatever items your child has problems with and make questions and answers cards (Write the questions and answers on different cards. Shuffle and turn the cards face down. The child has to turn over a card, then turn over the matching card. You can start with a small number of sets and build up.) How many card questions can your child answer correctly against the clock? Boys very much enjoy this, but so do most girls.
  • pack of cards;  If your child is ready to be extended beyond the x2, x4 etc take out the aces and Kings, count Jack as 11 and Queen as 12: deal your child two cards and ask them to multiply them.


A method that always worked with my children was to take one or two from a given times table e.g. x2 tables and then practise 2x2 and 3x2 for a few days (on the way to school or trips out in the car et).  When they were secure with these I would extend this from 2x2, 3x2, to 4x2 and so on.     I would use magnetic counters with numbers on the fridge and give them a different challenge each day.


Times table websites.