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Watkin Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4NP

01782 235385

office@olca.org.uk

Our Lady's Catholic Academy

Together in faith, hope and love.

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Our Autumn topic is 'Proud to be a Potter'. The topic explains the history of Stoke On Trent and our famous Industry.

This year we are proud to be part of the Stoke on Trent 'Clay School' in conjunction with Spode and the Ceramics Biennial team. This is an exciting partnership that will allow the children to develop their art and creative skills. We look forward to sharing the photos with you!

As I'm sure you know Stoke On Trent has been shortlisted for the City of Culture 2021 - we are getting as involved as possible and we'd love you to be too!

In Year 3 we mix hard work with fun and we will be bringing lots of crafts home. We also welcome volunteers to hear readers, accompany us on school trips, help with art afternoons etc. Please let us know if you have any spare time/expertise you could help us with!

Thank you for your support

Mrs Smithson, Mrs Pepper and Miss Evans

 

Homework

Homework will be set each week. Homework policy to follow by October.

Spellings will be sent home each Monday and children should be reading every night for 10 minutes.


Extra maths homework will be set on Mathletics each week - log on details will be in your child's reading diary.

Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes and should consolidate learning in school, please let me know if you have any concerns or problems.

 

Accelerated Reading

While some children may continue on reading scheme books, the majority of children in KS2 choose their own books and then will complete a quiz on the book. This may take the children a while to get their heads round so please be patient with them and us. The children will start by completing an online reading test that will determine the level books they should be reading. The children can then lend books from the school library or books from home. Once they have completed the book they will take a quiz to check their understanding. The quiz typically has 5 questions and the pass rate is 90%.

The children will have a username and password in their reading diaries. Children can quiz at home or at school and an app is available.

 

https://ukhosted11.renlearn.co.uk/2248093/default.aspx

 

Swimming and PE

Swimming will take place each Monday afternoon at Fenton Manor. The children will be split into groups depending on ability and qualified swimming teachers will take the lessons. It is natural that the children feel nervous, however swimming is the only sport that can take save your child's life and is a very important life skill, so please encourage and reassure any nerves.

 

Kit

Swimming costume (girls)

Tight swim shorts - any length (boys)

Towel

Swim cap (girls)

Goggles, if needed, must be accompanied by a letter from parent

Please ensure children with shoulder length or longer hair, have it tied up.

If children need to be covered for religious reasons please speak to a member of staff.

 

PE

PE will take place each Tuesday, however there are various opportunities/timetable changes than mean your child should have their PE kit in school every day. They will be sent home each half term or may be washed at weekends.

 

Kit

PE top (OLCA logo)

Blue shorts

Socks

Pumps/Trainers

Winter - blue jog bottoms and top

Earrings need to be removed for PE