Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Welcome to the Class 3 page

Summer Term 2017


Please follow the link to the curriculum pamphlet:

Class 3 Summer 2017 Curriculum Pamphlet 


Class 3 News - 1st Half Summer Term

We hope you had a chocolate-filled Easter break and you are coming back to school ready for our final 2 exciting topics in class 3!!

Dear Parents/Carers, 


Welcome back after the Easter break! I hope your son/daughter is excited to be back and ready to start our science and geography based topic ‘Our Living Rainforest’.  Mrs Randall will continue to be the class Teaching Assistant during the mornings. Class 3 also continues to have support from Mrs Clarke, Mrs Wallace, Miss Blades and Mrs Minney. Whilst I have my planning time, the class will be taught by Mr Waterhouse every Thursday afternoon.



In class we aim to listen to your child read as often as possible! We ask that you spend time listening to your child read, reading to them and talking about what you have read on a daily basis! Please encourage your child to enjoy reading and to read books of their own choosing as well as those in our reading scheme. Please remember to make a note in their ‘Reading Record’ of any reading they have done and encourage them to record their independent reading, so that we can award house points. We will be logging our ‘Readers of the Week’ who will be in the running for being our Reading Star(s) at the end of the half term (reading related prize tbc). All children who we can see have been making the effort to read, will receive house points for their reading. The children will be heard during our weekly Guided Reading sessions, where we will carry on studying a range of different text types to help improve comprehension and inferential skills. We have a great selection of books in the library and classroom that we are always happy to lend out!



Ella-Rose Hazel and Kishan Tiwari for being our Reading Stars for Spring 1

Amiee-lou Jones for being our Reading Star for Spring 2


The Learning Platform

Your child continues to have access to the Learning Platform, so please encourage your child to continue using this. I will try my best to keep the Class 3 page up to date with games and activities to support your child. I will also post photographs, links to websites and extra information for homework.



Thank you for your continued support of your child’s learning at home, we have had lots of excellent work to share in our homework galleries. Our Egyptian Day was a huge success, thank you for the preparation that was put into your child’s costume, all of the children looked amazing! We allowed the children to vote on the best costume, as it was impossible for us to choose - Well done Katie Waters for winning our class prize! We will continue to set mini projects linked closely to learning in class. I encourage you to get involved and discuss ideas with your child. Please feel free to come and discuss the homework’s set if you have any queries.


I will be setting children times table to practice at home, and we will have a mini-test on a Monday morning. Please spend time with your child looking at their spellings and practicing counting. I will make sure that there is an education city game available for children to practice the times table of the week if they wish to at home. I will also be sending home spellings words, for children to practice, as we enter the final term in class 3.


Mrs Minney runs a homework club every Thursday lunchtime for children to complete work set that they have not managed to complete at home and computers will be available for education city. We do expect all children to attempt every piece of homework that we set.


This Half Term’s Topic - Our Living Rainforest

In this topic we will be finding out all about plants and all living things. We will look at the function of parts of flowering plants, requirements of growth, water transportation in plants, life cycles and seed dispersal. Children will be able to identify and name plants and animals. We will look at classification keys, the life cycle of animals, plants and micro-organisms, and we will look at reproduction in plants and animals, and human growth and changes. We are in the processes of organising a visitor who will be bringing in rainforest animals to help to bring the topic alive for the children.

Big Writing

Children in Class 3 will continue to complete Big Write activities. This will provide an opportunity for children to complete extended pieces of independent writing. The learning environment will be carefully set and I may send home details of ‘talk for writing’ if appropriate. The Big Write is an excellent chance for your child to work towards or consolidate their targets.



I will set new individualised targets for children in numeracy, literacy and reading this term, with the aim for these to get children ready for Class 4. These will be shared and explained to the children and I will also have these written into the back of the children’s home school diaries so that they may be shared with you. If you have any queries about your child’s targets or would like further information on how you can help them at home, please call in and discuss this with me or a member of the year 3 team.


PE and swimming

PE lessons will continue to take place on a Wednesday afternoon with the support of our sports coach Luke, where we will be focusing now on Kwik Cricket. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers). Class 3 will also have weekly swimming lessons at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre on a Monday morning. It is essential that children attend all of these sessions as it is part of the National Curriculum. Your child will need to bring a swimming costume (no bikinis) or swimming shorts (tight fitting, not board shorts), a towel and a swimming hat. Swimming hats are available from Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre for 50p.


If you are able to offer any knowledge on our topics or provide support in class, please discuss this with me, it will be greatly appreciated. An amazing term is ahead of us!

As always if you have any concerns about your son/daughter or any questions/queries please do not hesitate to call into class to speak to me.


Many thanks,

Miss O’Reilly

Class 3 Teacher