Croeso i dosbarth Bedw

Welcome to the Birch class

Helo, a chroeso i dosbarth Bedw / Hello and welcome to the Birch class.

 

Hi there, I’m Mr Hughes and I would like to welcome you to my class page.  Well, it’s been a pretty different year this year with everything that’s gone on with Covid-19.  As teachers, we had a short year together with our pupils, and now after the summer holidays we are moving on to a brand new academic year with our new pupils.  I am so excited for this year, because I am now the teacher for Dosbarth Bedw, and not only that, we have a brand new classroom for you, with a lot of new technology to help us with our work.

 

Year 3 can be quite a daunting for children as they move up from the Foundation Phase part of the school up that corridor into new Key Stage 2 territory, but I’m here to make it as painless as possible for your child.  It’s going to be an amazing year and I am so excited to get started on our new topic, “The Deep Blue Sea”.  It’s a brand new topic that we’ve never covered as a school before, and I am very passionate about the sea and everything that can be found in it.  We’ll be covering so many different areas, such as the fish and creatures that can be found deep in the ocean, the vessels that are used to research the sea, how we can take care of our ocean and also we’ll be looking at the water cycle.

 

Did you know that only 20% of our ocean has been mapped and explored…that means that there’s a massive 80% that hasn’t been explored! What could be out there?  There have been legends of gigantic squids and octopuses, there are many people out there who believe that the megalodon shark still exists and was the story of Moby Dick fact or fiction? There are so many questions out there that need to be answered, and I can’t wait to find the answers with you.

 

Year 3 is about preparing you for the rest of your years in Key Stage 2.  It’s important to read to an adult at home every day to help you with the reading we’ll be doing in class. Your child has a home reading record book, which helps tremendously by allowing a two way conversation to happen between you and I about your child's reading.  If there are any problems you feel your child is having with their reading, then this can be brought up in the book, plus it's a great way of letting you know how well they read to other staff members and I in class. I feel that reading is such an important part of your child's education, and if they learn this skill at a young age, then they will find that every other subject becomes that little bit easier. Therefore please make sure your child brings their book in every day.

 

Times tables play an important role in our Maths in Year 3, so please make sure you practise your times tables.  Homework will be given every Friday to help you with the work you have been doing throughout the week.

 

There are so many incredible apps and websites that can be used to help your child with their learning, and these can be found on this page: https://www.afonyfelinprimary.co.uk/homelearningsupport

Your child has a wealth of free software for them to use not only in school, but at home also. This includes the HWB, a learning platform by the Welsh Government, where children can create amazing looking work. Within HWB they also have J2E, where they can practise their spellings and times tables.  If your child has any problems logging in, please do not hesitate to see me.

 

Did you know that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented? That makes the mind boggle.  How do we get your child ready for a future that doesn’t exist yet? Well, it’s our job to help them become young people who are not afraid of challenges, who are able to use new technology in different ways, and above all, who can work together as a team.  In year 3, your child will learn how to do a lot of amazing things with technology, such as coding robots, designing websites and collaborating through email. I think you’ll be amazed by what your child will get up to this year.  I look forward to being on this journey with them.

If you have any questions, my door is always open at the end of day. I hope your child enjoys their time in the Birch Class.

 

Mr Hughes

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