Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School


Class 3 Autumn Term Newsletter 

Welcome to Class 3

October 2019

Dear Parents

Wow, this half term has disappeared at the speed of light.  The children have settled in well after coming back from the summer break and we are all starting to make progress and head in the right direction.  Our topic of “Light up the World” will continue after half term with our main focus being Electricity.  The support team within the classroom will be staying the same and we will are all working hard to enhance your child’s opportunities.

Our open door policy is continuing next term.  If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child then please come and see any member of the Class 3 team, who will be happy to help.


How you can help at home?

Reading - 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.  All the children who we can see have been making the effort to read at home, will receive house points for reading (3 times per week = 10HP, more than 3 times = 20HP).  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 also a number of addition books which we will hand out for the children to read as a reward for reading well at home.  A number of children have already received these books and they are working hard to receive the next one.



Times Tables - In class we will be working on our times tables and number bonds on a daily basis, so please could you reinforce these at home.  If your child would like to practice at home, they can access the Flurrish app as a visitor.  After our initial focus of 1,2,5,10’s, we will now be moving onto our 3,4,6,8’s, although a number of children like doing their 11’s!!!


Spellings - During this term we have being working hard on our weekly spellings.  Please can I encourage all children to complete them at home on a weekly basis and return the completed books by Wednesday at the latest, thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Homework - Homework will be set to encourage the pupils to develop their independent skills and these will be related to our topic of the term or improving their numeracy skills.

Targets - Targets will be slightly different this year to make them more manageable and smarter for the children to achieve.  The children’s targets will be on the front cover of their books and also recorded in their planners.  Once they have achieved the target three times, they will be allocated a new target.  This will be new to all of us, so please bear with us as we implement this new strategy.

PE – This term we have been working hard on our ball skills and football.  Next term we will be working on Tag Rugby, Dance and finishing off our Dodgeball.  PE lessons will take place on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers, spare socks, tracksuit top and bottoms for the colder months). 

Lexia – During our Lexia time within school, we have found that all children are benefitting from this programme, but it can also be very distracting for other pupils if everybody does not have headphones.  Please could all children have a set of headphones (they do not need to be expensive) in school for our Lexia programme, we feel this would benefit everybody involved.

Trips & Visits – All our Educational Visits have now been confirmed and letters will be coming out after half term.

Educational Visits: All timings, prices will be confirmed when the letters arrive.



Cost (Approximately)

Monday 13th January 2020

British Museum


Thursday 26th March 2020



Thursday 9th & Friday 10th July 2020

Caldecotte Residential




Caldecotte Residential meeting – Tuesday 29th October @ 3.30pm.  If this date and time is not convenient for you, please let me know and I will arrange another time to meet you.

If you have any queries or concerns about your child or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop in and speak to us.


Thank you, Mr Waterhouse, Mrs Wallace, Mrs Randall, Mrs Marsh, Mrs Houghton



Class 3 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn Term 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents