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Underwood West Academy

A School in the Community, Working with the Community, For the Community

Year 3


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Year 3 and 4 recently visited Clonter Opera theatre near Congleton. We spent the day learning all about what happens behind the scenes at the theatre. We spent the morning learning about the different types of opera singers and how to warm up our voices. Then we got the chance to work in teams to design and create our very own stage sets. We also learnt some actions so we could join in with the songs in the performance which we watched in the afternoon. The performance was brilliant and all the children got involved! Thank you so much for having us!

Year 3 Welcome Letter


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Year 3! The children had a marvellous year in Year 2 and we hope they will continue to work hard and exceed their targets this year. We are really looking forward to working with the children and the children are now beginning to settle into their Year 3 routine.


As the children have moved into a new year group, there are new staff also. In Class 3Wh there is Miss Whittaker (class teacher) and in Class 3W there is Miss Wilson (class teacher). However, there are the shared teaching assistants who will be taking interventions and working within both classrooms during the week: Mrs Taylor, Miss Rees, Mrs Woolley and Mrs Hart. As we are in new classes, please could we politely ask that all uniform, P.E kit and lunch boxes are labelled clearly with children’s names.


Just a quick reminder that Year 3 start at 8:50am and finishes at 3:15pm. Classroom doors open at 8:50am for children to start Early Doors activities and will close at 9:05am. If your child arrives after this time, they will need to sign in at the main entrance of the school. Please do not send your child to the classroom door after this time (especially alone) as children will be required to sign in at the office.


As the children are older, we want to encourage them to be independent so ask that the children are left at the classroom door and carry their own belongings into class. As part of our safeguarding and health and safety, we politely ask that parents and carers wait outside the classroom when the doors are open. If you wish to speak to a teacher we ask that you speak to us after school or, if it is urgent or important, wait at the door. We thank you for this in advance.


From Monday 9th September, snack will be served differently. As the children are getting older and we want to build their independence, children will now be able to go to the kitchen and purchase the snack they want themselves as we already do in the rest of KS2. Children will be able to purchase milk (25p) and a slice toast (25p), therefore 50p per day for both. If you wish for your child to do this, we please ask politely that you to send them with their money in a named purse as they will be responsible for looking after it.


If you wish your child to have a hot dinner for lunch, they will need £2.20 for every day they have a school dinner. Again this should be paid in the morning or at the start of the week. All monies must come in named envelopes or be handed in at the office. Alternatively you can now pay using our online payment system – please see the office or newsletter for further information.


Here is some of the information you may find useful at the moment, there will be regular updates.

During the Autumn term, Year 3 will be learning about ‘Africa’. Through this topic, the class will read ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl. Please see the school’s website for more details on areas of the curriculum that will be taught.


PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will need to bring full PE kit to change into for the lesson (coloured top, black shorts and appropriate shoes). The colour of the tops should reflect the house team your child is in: red for Alexander, yellow for Reade, purple for Royce and green for Gresty. Please see the main office for information on how to order PE tops.


Each week on a Thursday, the children will also have ICT taught by Mrs Goodwin and they will take part in a lesson of RE, taught by Mrs Chadwick. These lessons will focus on aspects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Please see the school office or your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.



There will be a weekly homework sheet sent home on Fridays and asked to be returned by Tuesday. The activity will further your child’s learning for that week. Any problems or questions, please speak to the class teacher. Following this, please visit the school website and the Year 3 page for links to suitable activities to further support your child’s learning.


Home Reading:

The children will be expected to read their home reading books to an adult at least 3 times a week and a note of this should be written in their reading record. There will be special rewards for children who bring their reading record in everyday and show evidence of reading every night. During Early Doors, children will be given the opportunity to change their home reading book independently while reading records are checked. Reading at home makes a huge difference to the progress the children make. Please feel free to read a variety of books, magazines, recipes, newspapers, comics etc with your children. They do not just have to read their home reading book.



In Year 3 and 4 the children are required to learn the national curriculum word list, so please practice these as often as you can at home. They can be found in the middle of the reading log booklet.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. If you do have questions at all, please catch us at the end of the day or by telephoning the school office.


Yours Sincerely




Miss Whittaker and Miss Wilson.