Year 3 - Kestrels

Welcome to Year Three Kestrels Class!  

We are delighted to welcome the children to Year Three Kestrels Class.  We have lots of exciting activities planned for this year.  Mrs Laureys will be teaching Monday to Wednesday (Wow Wednesdays will continue) and Mrs Singfield will be teaching on Thursday and Friday. During the week, we will be supported by Mrs Turner in the mornings (Mrs Johnson on Fridays) and Mrs Cuffley every afternoon.  Mrs Gimson will also be working with the class.

Class Information:


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.

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 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.  Please do not allow children to bring in larger toys.


PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first half term. (It will be on Wednesday and Thursday for the second half of the Autumn term.) Please ensure your child 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. 

Adventure Island

Our Adventure Island slot is on a Tuesday. Children must bring their Adventure Island kit to school. (They will change after PE for the first half term). Please ensure that your child brings their labelled wellies in a plastic bag. 


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.  Children who are on the Coloured Book Bands are encouraged to change their book either with an adult or independently at the Book Shed. Children who are on AR will change their books after completing quizzes in class as usual. It is very important that the children read at home every day for approximately twenty minutes. We really appreciate your support with this, as it makes an enormous difference to the amount of progress the children make in school.

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 Els Laureys and Mrs Kirsty Singfield



For Forest - A Poetry Performance
Year Three last year 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