“Dream beautiful dreams, then work hard to make those dreams come true”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 3!!
We hope you have all had an enjoyable summer holiday and that you are ready for the busy year that lies ahead. Please find below some useful information that you will need:

PE Arrangements
P.E days for our class are on a Friday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor). Please ensure that appropriate P.E. kit is worn/brought to school on these days (navy jogging bottoms, white t-shirt and trainers).

Homework
Maths homework will be allocated to the children’s Active Learn account on a Friday. Mental maths books will be sent home weekly. Children will need to complete one test per week. Please ensure mental maths books are brought back into school on a Friday. Spelling is now distributed on a Thursday and test is on following Thursday.

sQuid Account
From September, there will be a new online payment system. All payments to school, e.g. for dinner money, trips, breakfast and after school clubs etc will need to be made via the sQuid system. If you haven’t already created your child’s online account, please do so using your child’s unique registration number and security code that was sent home. Please note, from September, the cost of school dinners will be £2.30 per day.

Snack
Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack and drink for morning snack time. Alternatively, we also provide a variety of fruit for the children to purchase at play time. This can be paid for on a daily basis at 20p or a weekly basis at £1.00. Children will be responsible for purchasing their own fruit from the Fruit Tuck Shop.

Water Bottles
We encourage children to bring water into class. Please ensure that water bottles are labelled with their name and is taken home on a daily basis to be cleaned.

The School Day
Children will be expected to line up in the junior yard before 8.50 a.m. and be collected from the infant yard at 3.20 p.m.

Reading
Your child will need to bring their book bag/reading books to school each day. We encourage independent reading every day, however we do aim to listen to each child read twice a week.

Class Dojo
Remember, we will be using class Dojo to keep you in the loop this year! We’ll share photos from class, important updates and wonderful moments. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to class Dojo using the parent code you were given during the transition meeting.
Curriculum Information
During the autumn term, the topic we will be studying will be Ancient Egypt. Our aim is that pupil voice, which is at the core of our curriculum, will completely motivate and excite pupils to become independent learners.
We are very excited about our topic and I’m sure your children will share in our enthusiasm.

Spring Term: Light & Sound
Summer Term: The Rainforest

Finally, we look forward to a happy, fun and productive year with you and your children. Should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see either of us after school.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Bennett & Miss. Frost

Weekly Timetable

What's been happening in Year 3?
  • Year 3 Super Symmetry!

    This week for maths, the Year 3’s have been investigating symmetry in a range of 2D shapes. They have enjoyed the challenge of these tasks and in particular creating their own symmetrical shapes. Well done boys and girls!

  • Year 3 Mental Health Awareness Week

    This week in Year 3, we have been finding out about ways in which we can keep our minds and thoughts healthy. Over the week, we have taken part in 15 minutes ‘Mindfulness Moments’ where the children have had the opportunity to practice a mindfulness technique in order to help increase their ability to focus […]

  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Football First

    The children thoroughly enjoyed the Beat Box assembly today to promote our fundraising event. Sponsorship forms will be sent home today for the fun football day on June 7th.

  • Year 3/4 Dragon Sports Afternoon

    This afternoon, years 3 and 4 were treated to a fantastic afternoon of sports by Dragon Sports run by students from Gorseinon College. They had the opportunity to take part in a number of activities, including hockey, rounders, rugby, football and other team games. They had a great afternoon in the sun.

  • Year 3 Branching Database

    This week, the children have been busy using the chrome books to research different Amazon rainforest species. Once they had completed their research, they then used this information to create a branching database on Hwb where they had to think really carefully about what they had researched in order to sort the animals correctly. The […]

  • Year 3 Rainforest Topic

    The Year 3’s have enjoyed their first week back and getting involved in the planning of our Rainforest topic this term. They have worked really well together in groups, discussing ideas and suggestions as to what they would like to learn over the coming weeks. Well done boys and girls, it has been lovely to […]

  • Year 3 Frog Art

    This week for art, we have been studying different rainforest frogs. We have enjoyed looking at all the different frogs and the wonderful colours and patterns they have. We then used our sketch books to practise drawing the frogs, paying close attention to shapes and colours. We also experimented with some shading techniques too. Take […]

  • Primary Partners Choreography has begun!

    On Tuesday, the Primary Partners group had their first session with Alex the choreographer who is helping out with preparations for the concert in June. The choir got right to it and picked up their moves really quickly!

  • 🤸‍♀️ Gymnastic 💎 Gems

    The children, Reception to Year 4, thoroughly enjoyed their first gymnastic after school session.

  • Year 3 are Proud to be Autism Aware

    As it is Autism Awareness Week this week, we have all enjoyed finding out more about Autism in Year 3. It has given us the opportunity to celebrate our similarities and differences and deepen our understanding and empathy for others. The children have also enjoyed making jigsaw puzzle biscuits this week. Each one completely unique […]

  • Year 3 Investigate Shadows

    The children have been busy the past two weeks investigating shadows. The question we were investigating was ‘What happens to the size of a shadow as you move the light source away from an object?’ We had a mixture of interesting predictions with some children thinking the shadow would get bigger and some predicting that […]

  • The Big Pedal

    The morning began with a young lady arriving to school on a horse…. then there were some scooters and bikes… finally the ‘walking bus’ came into sight! Thank you to all those who helped to support the initiative, if you did you have helped the school get 1 step closer to our ‘Green Flag’ status. […]

  • Easter Service

    Our assembly today was to remember Jesus who died on the cross. Thank you to Mr Davies for delivering the assembly.

  • Bikes at the ready…

    This week marks the start of The Big Pedal. Why not call in to school today join us for our cyclethon.

  • Year 3 Beautiful Candle Creations

    On Tuesday, the year 3’s were lucky enough to take part in a candle making workshop as part of our topic, light and sound. One of our lovely mums, Mrs. Isaac, offered to come in and help the children create their very own scented candles. Mrs. Isaac talked the children through the making process and […]

  • Safety Soldiers Discuss Stranger Danger

    This morning our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group discussed ways that we can teach everybody about Stranger Danger. This is the next focus for the group, following on from their work improving road safety.

  • Year 3 & the Big Clean!

    What an awesome day we have had today joining in with the Big Clean! Year 3 came to school well equipped with trowels, spades and gloves ready for a morning of mucking in and clearing out! The children worked wonders on the vegetable patches by getting rid of all the weeds and rubbish – they […]

  • Pontlliw’s BIG Clean!

    What a fantastic morning! All of the children from Nursery up to Year 6 were involved in cleaning up our school grounds. From litter picking to planting and washing to sweeping the school has been given a ‘Spring Clean’. We are very proud of our children who got their hands, and clothes dirty…. there was […]

  • Year 3 Northern Light Artists

    As part of our art topic this half term, we have been looking at some amazing photographs of the Northern Lights and studying the colours and patterns that they produce in the sky. The children then had the opportunity to create their own pictures using chalk pastels for the night sky and then cut out black […]

  • Rocking Odd Socks

    Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are proud to rock our socks at Pontlliw Primary today!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfrchiadau to our stars this week.

  • World Book Day in Year 3

    What a fantastic day we have had in Year 3 celebrating World Book Day. We have been studying the author Roald Dahl and the children have enjoyed taking part in a range of different activities. This morning, the children were put in pairs to solve a variety of Roald Dahl themed maths challenges. They were […]

  • Pontlliw in Pyjamas for World Book Day

    Pontlliw celebrated world book day in their pyjamas today, to promote bedtime reading. The boys and girls brought in favourite books from home and enjoyed sharing their stories throughout the day. We had a whole school assembly where we discussed different types of stories. Each class chose a focus author, and then undertook lots of […]