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Class 3 - Mr Cranmer


Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to welcome you and your children to the new academic year.

Some children can find the change from KS1 to KS2 a little disconcerting. Although much will remain unchanged, there are a few differences. In terms of personal development, a major focus in Lower Key Stage 2 is to encourage the children to be more independent, resourceful and responsible. We encourage our children to approach the challenges of school with a positive, growth mindset and embrace their mistakes as a necessary part of learning.

This half-term, our theme is Food, Glorious Food! We will be basing our learning around this topic as we think about food and nutrition, where our food comes from and how it reaches our plates, and how different foods help us grow healthier and stronger.

Key adults

Mr Cranmer – Class teacher

Learning Support Assistants – Mrs Cook

Some quick housekeeping things:

· PE days are Monday and Wednesday.

· If you need to contact me urgently the best way to do this is through the office, as they can ensure the message reaches me as I may miss important emails during the day due to time constraints.

· No pencil cases be needed in Year 3, but the children may use their own pencil cases in the afternoons if we are colouring etc.

Homework is given out on a Wednesday and should be in school by the following Tuesday. If your child is away on a Wednesday, they will still be expected to collect and complete their homework.

It’s important that children understand that it is their homework and they are responsible for ensuring it is completed. However, I would be grateful if you could help and guide your child as necessary, supporting them to complete their home learning on time and to a good standard. House points will be awarded for good work. If work is not completed on time or to a satisfactory standard, children may be required to complete or redo their work in their lunchtime. Your support here is appreciated.

Please do hear your child read regularly and test their understanding of the text, as well as help them to read the words. For most children in Year 3, their decoding has developed such that the understanding of what they are reading becomes the main focus.

Our swimming lessons are always an exciting part of the year and one of the best reasons to be in class 3! This year our swimming lessons will begin in January at the start of the spring term. A separate letter will be sent closer to the day containing details for this.

If you wish to discuss any issues concerning your class, please feel free to approach me at the end of the school day for a brief chat. If you’d like to discuss a matter in some detail, please let me know in advance and I’ll arrange a longer time for us to have a conversation, either after school or over the phone.

Yours faithfully

Mr Cranmer

Long Term Plans

  Homework/Tests Physical Activities
Monday Homework due in P.E.
Tuesday Homework given out.
Times tables and spelling tests.
Wednesday   P.E.

Reading Scheme

In KS2 we use Renaissance Reading to help the children develop their reading skills.  The children are assessed periodically to monitor how they are progressing and to make sure they are choosing books that are of appropriate level of difficulty for them.

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