Headteacher: Mr. D. Jones
Deputy head: Mr. S. P. Salmond
Admin. Officer: Mrs. S. Sivyour

Telephone: 02392734787

Fax: 02392296444

St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, Hants PO4 0PX
Email: admin@craneswater.portsmouth.sch.uk
www.craneswater.portsmouth.sch.uk
September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope your children are settling easily into their new Year 3 classes. Please find below details of various aspects of the learning and organisation of Year 3.
Daily Routines and Independence
From the very start of Year 3, we encourage the children to show responsibility and independence. We request they use a school bag to carry letters, homework, money and reading books. Children are required to look after and remember their lunch boxes, jumpers, musical instruments and other belongings.

Homework
Spelling: This will be set every Monday to be returned the following Monday. Your child will be tested on their spellings regularly. Your child will have a weekly task to complete on these spellings which should be recorded in their homework books. First spelling homework will be sent home in week 3 to allow us time to accurately assess children and ensure they are learning the most appropriate words.

Maths: This will be set on a Tuesday and will be due in on the following Monday. Additionally, children should be practising their multiplication tables regularly as we assess these weekly.

Topic: At the beginning of each term your child will receive a spider diagram of optional creative homework tasks. This diagram will suggest how many tasks could be completed each term.

Home Reading
Your child will have the opportunity to choose a library book to take home each week. We encourage you to listen to your child read on a regular basis and discuss the events, characters and settings. Your child will have a home-school reading book for their reading to be recorded in. In addition, all children can select a school library book of their choice which will stay in school for quiet reading times.

P.E. and Games
Outdoor Games will be on a Thursday and indoor P.E. will be on a Wednesday. It is important that your child brings their kit into school at the start of the term to keep in their locker in school at all times. PE kits can be taken home to wash at half-term.

For PE lessons, children must have shorts, a t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers. If the weather is cold, they will be allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms and sweatshirts for outside games. If stud earrings are worn, as permitted by the school and LA policies, these should be removed for PE and games. Children with newly-pierced ears must bring in tape to cover their earrings.

Please note that teachers and other members of staff are not permitted to remove a child’s earrings, therefore children must be able to remove and replace them on their own or bring a suitable micro porous tape to cover them.

Clothing
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have named your child’s clothing and belongings. “I can’t find my jumper / T-shirt / shorts,” is a common complaint at times and reuniting clothing with owners is made so much easier when names are inside. We would appreciate it if you could also check that labels don’t fade away after uniforms have been washed a few times.

Trips & Activities
In Year 3 there are a range of trips and activities that we need financial support to pay for. Please be aware that prices are approximate. At the request of parents, we have tried to detail these in advance for the year as follows:
 Design Technology activities for year - £2.00

 Skeleton Workshop – TBC – September 2018

 Egyptian Museum Open Session (at school for parents) – Free – December 2018

 Hooke Court – 3 day optional residential visit - £170– January 2019

 Stone Age Workshop – for non-Hooke Court residential children - £10 – January 2019

 Southsea Seafront – Free – April 2019

 Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower - £6.00 – April 2019

 Professional Musicians – there may be additional requests for payments should performances to the school be arranged during the year

Healthy Snacks
Children are allowed to bring in a healthy snack for their morning break. They are welcome to bring in fruit, cereal bars or any healthy snack to keep in their tray in a separate container to their named lunch box until break time. Please note that crisps, chocolate bars and sweets are not acceptable healthy snacks. Children will be issued with a water bottle in school so will have access to drinking water during the day.

Curriculum Map
A curriculum map, which is a general overview of the work your child will be doing during the year, will be available on our website. If you require a hard copy, please contact the office.

Helpers
If you are able to spare some time to support the children, a meeting will be arranged in the autumn term for those parents wishing to help. Pending a DBS check, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, if at any time you have any queries or concerns, please let us know.

Yours sincerely,
The Year 3 team

Mrs Robinson 3R
Mrs Neale 3N
Miss Vaughan 3V
Miss Wilkinson 3W