Downfield Primary School

Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 8SS

01992 629 598

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Wednesday 6th February 2019


We are already in February and before we know it, it will be July! Time just flies!

Everyday is precious in the lives of the children's learning.

With this in mind, can I remind all parents/carers of the importance of reading with your children and engaging in the process of their little minds absorbing all the new information that they encounter. As a school, we ask that you listen to your children read at least 3 times a week. If you can encourage more than this, imagine how much more they will absorb.



We are currently working on understanding times tables (3, 4 & 8) using a range of manipulatives and resources. We have been looking at how times tables are repeated addition; we have used beadstrings to see what this looks like; we have used counting sticks and we have used 100 squares to explore times table patterns. If you can support your child in understanding and being able to recall the 3, 4 and 8 times tables, you will be helping them to better access their learning in school.


Thank you for your continued support,


Ms Vidal, Ms How, Ms Yerrell

Wednesday 21st November

It has been a lovely start to year 3.  All the children worked amazingly so far and I am hoping that this will continue. 

We were wowed by the children's wonderful writing for our Rainforest topic. We focused on persuasive writing and their letters to JBS Global sure did persuade! We focused on the use of persuasive language, conjunctions and paragraphs. 

In maths we have continued to practise our 3 times tables. The children's homework will focus on all their times tables thus far and will include related division facts. It is important that the children are able to recall these quickly and accurately. Please encourage daily rehearsal of these as it will help with the children's fluency in maths. In the spring term, we will be focusing on the 4 times tables and related division facts. Some good websites that they can use to practise at home are found below.

We have begun out Head to Toe topic which focuses on skeletons and healthy diets. They made some great mechanical arms that showed how muscles contract and relax in order for our bones to move.


Some useful apps:


I hope you find these useful in supporting your children's learning.


Best wishes,


Ms Vidal and Miss How

Year 3V


Welcome back to the new academic year.


 Lovely to see such care and detail in the children's homework so far this week. Thank you for your ongoing support. Homework will continue to be due on Wednesdays. 


Times tables

As some you may be aware, the National curriculum requires that by the end of year 3 children should know their  2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 times tables . So that the children are better able to access their maths lessons and become more fluent with number, could you push this at home and help children to master their multiplication and division facts. Learning by rote is one option (the old fashioned way!) and we use various methods of exploring times tables in school.  There are lots of great interactive games/ apps available on the net too. This is a good place to start: 

Hit the Button is an example of one of the games:



Reading must continue to be recorded at home and we would ask that you listen to your child read aloud on a regular basis. Your child's Reading Record has suggested questions to help your child with the comprehension element of reading which will really help them to think about what they are reading and the meaning behind it. These are all important skills that will put them in good stead in all their lessons. We ask that children read at least three times a week at home and that this is recorded in their Reading Record (and signed to acknowledge that reading has taken place). 



PE is on Thursdays. As always, please ensure that P.E kit is kept in school throughout the week and that your child has correct footwear and that every item of your child’s P.E kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name. 



Letters will be going out inviting you to join Seesaw if you have not already done so. It is an online journal of the children's learning and a great way of seeing what they do at school. I also use Seesaw to communicate with parents so it really is worth downloading the Seesaw family app and joining the ever growing number of parents who use Seesaw.


Please ensure all clothes, lunch boxes, bottles etc are labelled as we encourage children to start to take more responsibility for their possessions in KS2.


Thank you for supporting your child in year 3.


Ms Vidal