Hello new Year 3!  We cannot wait to meet you and welcome you into Orchard Junior School.  It has been a very strange few months but we are very hopeful that we will be altogether in September; back to learning in school and having fun with our friends.

We have already been in contact with your Year 2 teachers who have told us lots of wonderful things about you but we would love to find out more! We have set you some activities to complete which we would like you to do this week so we can display your work in your new year 3 classroom or around the school ready for September!

We hope that we will see you on your transition day.  It will be very exciting to see your friends again and to meet your new teacher.  We will be finding out more about each other and you will have the opportunity to look around the school.  We can’t wait to see your happy smiley faces!

We'd really like you to have a go at these two activities this week, please!


Task 1 - Say, "Cheese!": Over the summer, your teachers will be preparing the school ready for your return. To help us get ready, we would love you to send us a photograph that represents you.  It could be you taking part in your favourite hobby or you in your favourite place.  We would like to display these pictures in our shared year 3 area.  If possible, could you send this photo in by email before Wednesday 15th July to newtoyear3@orchardjunior.com

Task 2- We're all Part of the Jigsaw: We would like you all to use the Jigsaw Template (click on the piece of blue jigsaw for this) and draw a picture of yourself, and any other drawings that represent you. If you click on the Orchard logo it will explain it more to you and give you some examples! We will then put the jigsaw together in your classroom, where we will display it, so don’t forget to put your name on the front of it. Please bring your jigsaw piece in either on your transition day (which would be ideal) or in September. 



This bit is really for the grown ups to help you over the Summer to be super ready for September!Many parents asked in the survey about how adults at home can support  learning over the holiday. 


Firstly, it is essential every child gets a good break. They will be mentally exhausted from this year and it is vital they get good 'headspace' for what will be a very exciting time in September.


So what can parents do that won't spoil the holiday? Spelling, times tables and reading are the main areas we ask parents to support their children’s learning at home throughout junior school and this is just as good a time as any to make this happen.  Below are some suggestions in preparation for September.

Spelling: In English, your child will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there will be less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes. 

There are statutory spelling lists for Year 3 and 4.  We also teach key topic words. It would be really helpful for children to become familiar with the year 3 and 4 list as well as recapping their knowledge of the common exception words for years 1 and 2. 

Maths: In Year 3 there is a big focus on times tables.   Quick recall of the required 3, 4, and 8 times tables (as well as 2, 5 and 10 they’ve already learnt in Years 1 and 2) are vitally important.   So in preparation for Year 3, it would be great if the children were confident with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables multiplication and division facts.  Practising times tables also helps children to understand number and number relationships, and see patterns in numbers.  These skills will help them to master key concepts and work through more complex maths problems with confidence. We put some ideas in a document which can be opened by clicking on the picture of the child working.

Your child will be given a Times Tables Rock Stars log in on their transition day. Why not click the link and have a play? Or have fun with Percy Parker.

 Year 1 and 2 Words 

 Spelling - Pick 'n' Mix 

 Year 3 and 4 Words 

 Spelling Fun 

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Reading: We love reading at Orchard Junior School at we place huge importance on reading at home and school.   We aim for children to be fluent, enthusiastic and independent readers.  During daily guided reading sessions we work on fluency and comprehension skills.  Click on the child reading for some details of our reading challenge. Details of the reading skills we teach can be read by clicking on the child detective!

As always, we would like you to practice you read, as well as practice your times tables and spellings.



We have access to excellent online library service



Check here for this week's spelling list and Key Word Lists.

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Children must practice weekly their times tables to get their next award.