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Fir Tree School

Fir Tree School

Year 3 – Chestnut

Welcome to Year Three - Chestnut Class

My name is Miss Harbour and I am your child’s class teacher for Year 3. I am also very lucky to have two Teaching Assistants working with the class every day - Miss Dunne and Mrs Gore who will be joining us soon.

We are all very excited to start getting to know the new Year 3s! If our changeover week is anything to go by, I know we are going to have a lot of fun together, behave well and produce some brilliant work.

Miss Harbour


I will be updating our webpage throughout the year to include information about our class topics, so be sure to take a look.

I have attached a list of notices and general information, but if you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child in school, please do not hesitate to speak to me (or any other adult from the class).

Information & Notices:


P.E. will be taught by Mr Nobes on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your child has suitable P.E. kit in school every week. Please also ensure that this is labelled with your child’s name.

Other teachers

The children will also be taught By Mr Rose on Wednesday afternoons, and Mrs Purcell on Wednesday mornings. During these sessions, the children will take literacy and numeracy with Mrs Purcell and Computing with Mr. Rose


Homework will be set on Wednesdays, completed to the best of their ability, by the following Wednesday. Maths and English homework will be online; more information on this will be handed out soon. This will also include a weekly list of spellings to be learnt and times tables to be practiced.

Each term, I will also be setting a homework project which needs to be completed by the end of the term. This will be a more creative piece, which will be linked to our class topic (I will send a letter with more details about this in the second or third week). 

Your child should be spending around 45 minutes a week on their homework. Children can, of course, spend more time on their homework if they wish.  If your child fails to do their homework, I will keep them in during break or lunch time to complete it.

In addition, it would be beneficial if you could find some time each day to listen to and discuss the content of the reading books your child brings home. Please remember to sign your child’s reading record each time and ensure they bring both their reading book and record into school each day.

Class topics

Term 1&2: India

Term 3&4: Ancient Egyptians

Term 5&6: Dinosaurs

Rewards and behaviour systems

I have a firm but fair approach to behaviour in my classroom. I will always endeavour to get all sides of the story and sort any problems out as soon after they have occurred as possible.

I will be continuing to follow the school behaviour policy, including the traffic light system and house points. In addition to this I will be using a rewards system called class dojo, in which children earn points for displaying good learning and behaviour. I plan to send home a summary of this at the end of each week, so that you can see what your child has been earning points for during the week.

I also give out a ‘star of the week’ certificate at the end of each week to the child who has been especially impressive in behaviour, trying hard, working well and good manners. All children who earn a certificate get to pick a song for the class to get ready to, before home time. Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me if you wish to discuss your child’s wellbeing in school, as I feel this is central to a child’s ability to learn.