Year 3 - Kestrels

Welcome to Year Three Kestrels Class!  

We are delighted to welcome the children to our class, and have lots of interesting and exciting plans for the year ahead.  We are confident that the children will soon settle into the new routines in Key Stage Two.

Mrs Laureys will be teaching Monday to Wednesday. The children will continue to have ‘Wow Wednesdays’, but this will not begin until the Wednesday 29th September.  Mrs Singfield will be teaching on Thursday and Friday.  During the week, we will be supported by Mrs Cooper.

Belongings

All children must have a waterproof coat in school every day, as they will be going outside for break time and lunchtime, unless it is particularly bad weather. They must also bring in a water bottle every day, as they will be unable to use school cups.  

Children are to bring in their own pencil case to keep in school with pencils (HB), sharpener, eraser, glue stick, whiteboard pen (medium nib or whichever your child/ren is comfortable using), whiteboard eraser (matchbox-sized sponge is suitable) and a small assortment of coloured pencils (no felt tips or gel pens please).  Please ensure their items are labelled where possible.

In Key Stage Two, children are no longer provided with a free fruit snack, so they may bring in a healthy snack from home to eat on the playground during break time.

Children are allowed to bring in small, safe toys that can fit in their trays or bags.  No electronics or anything valuable.  Children are entirely responsible for looking after their own property.

PE

PE will be on Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child/ren comes to school wearing their PE kit on both days. They need to have tracksuit bottoms over PE shorts and a t-shirt and sweatshirt.  This is in case of bad weather, as we will aim to have PE outside as much as possible. 

Far Field

Our Far Field slot is on a Tuesday, starting from Tuesday 14th September. Children must come to school in their Far Field kit and will wear it all day. Please ensure that your child wears school shoes and brings their labelled wellies in a plastic bag. 

Reading

We will be hearing every child read during the first few days, and assessing what level they are at.  If you write a note in your child’s Home/School Diary, please remind them to give it to us to read, as we won’t be able to check them daily. It is very important that the children are reading at home every day.  Information will be sent out soon about our new reading system for children on the coloured book bands.  Children who are on AR will change their books after completing quizzes in class as usual.

If you would like to talk to us, we are always available at the end of the school day for a quick chat, or if you need more time, you can book an appointment through the office. If you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to us.

Kind regards,

Mrs Singfield and Mrs Laureys

Print Workshop

We spent the day in Adventure Island, enjoying a wonderful print workshop.  First, we made brightly coloured prints using different leaves and flowers that we found.  We tried various techniques to create a range of effects.  Then we designed our own 3D characters from card and made a print using them.  Finally, we worked together to draw maps, leaning on different coloured inks.  These created fantastic multi-coloured maps.  Everyone enjoyed the day and learned some new art skills.

For Forest - A Poetry Performance
Year Three have worked incredibly hard together to perform the poem 'For Forest' by Grace Nichols as a class.  Some children made sound effects, while others read parts of the poem.  They worked brilliantly as a team, and I'm very proud of them for their wonderful performance.  I hope you enjoy watching it.

For Forest

Forest could keep secrets
Forest could keep secrets

 

Forest tune in every day
to watersound and birdsound
Forest letting her hair down
to the teeming creeping of her forest-ground

 

But Forest don't broadcast her business
no Forest cover her business down
from sky and fast-eye sun
and when night come
and darkness wrap her like a gown
Forest is a bad dream woman

 

Forest dreaming about mountain
and when earth was young
Forest dreaming of the caress of gold
Forest roosting with mysterious eldorado

 

and when howler monkey
wake her up with howl
Forest just stretch and stir
to a new day of sound

 

but coming back to secrets
Forest could keep secrets
Forest could keep secrets
And we must keep Forest

 

By Grace Nichols