Monday, 29 August 2016

Student Council 2016-17

Congratulations to our 2 new Student Council representatives for 2016-17!

Well done and good luck to...

Hero and Kayley!

Hero and Kayley were voted by their classmates in Year 3 - based on their excellent behaviour, communication skills and maturity. We trust that they will do an outstanding job of representing our class and our school. Congratulations once again, Hero and Kayley!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Timetable and Homework Schedule 2016-17

* 25/8 - Please note: there has been a slight change to the TFL classes from the original timetable you would have received at the start of the year. They will now be held on Mondays and Fridays. This will not affect what children bring to school in any way. Regards, Mr Porter.

Welcome to Year 3 - Academic Year 2016-17

Dear parents, families and carers,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to all the new and returning families at Charter International School. My name is Damian Porter, and I will be teaching the Year 3 class this academic year. I look forward to meeting you all in the coming days, and more formally at the Parent Orientation next Thursday, the 1st of September from 3pm. If you need to see me at any other time, please feel free to contact me to make appointment. I very much look forward to an exciting year, as I’m sure you and your children all are!

I will be keeping you periodically updated via this blog, however there will also be a class letter issued each half-term, which will be found in the communication book along with other important notices and homework details. You can also write any comments or questions you may have in the communication book, or you can simply e-mail me at

Topic: This half-term we will be learning all about Rainforests. We will study the layers of the rainforest and the various types of animals, plants and fungi that inhabit them. We will examine the importance of the rainforests to the people and other living things that call the rainforest home, and investigate the effects of modernisation that threaten their existence. As part of the topic, we will be taking a visit to the Bang Pu Recreation Centre where we will experience the types of animals and plants that live in a tropical climate, as well taking part in their mangrove conservation program by planting some trees. Details about the trip will be sent home closer to the date.

English: We will be looking at information texts this half-term, which will go hand in hand with our Rainforests topic. We will learn about the features of information texts, what they are for and where to find them, as well as using this knowledge to make our own booklets about rainforests. We will delve into poetry in the latter weeks of the half-term, which will also be linked to our topic. English homework will be issued on Mondays and Wednesdays. Spelling will go home on Mondays and be tested on   Fridays, with ORT books and sheets going home on Thursdays, to be returned completed by the following Thursday. We ask if you could please monitor your child’s home-reading by listening to your child read as often as possible, and signing the reading diary each time they read.

Maths: This half-term we will be learning how to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 100s, finding place value, working with the four operations and we’ll learn ways to solve various word problems. We will also be focusing on the 3 and 4 times tables. Maths homework will be issued on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Homework policy: Every day from Monday-Thursday your child will receive around 20 minutes of homework to review the material taught at school. This will include Maths, English, Spelling, Reading and sometimes a Topic task. Occasionally some extension or support work will also be provided. Depending on their ability, different children will be able to complete different amounts of work. Please make sure that their homework is completed every day and offer your help only when it is necessary, as we hope for children to become independent learners. A homework schedule has been issued (and can also be found on this blog) so that you can keep track of what homework is coming home each day.

Please check the class timetable carefully and make sure that your child brings the correct PE uniform (including trainers) on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as their swimming kit on Mondays and Wednesdays. Furthermore, each student must wear black, closed-in shoes to school each day as per school policy. Sandals, flip-flops, slippers or ‘Crocs’ are not acceptable as they present a health and safety risk and do not provide adequate support for growing, active feet. Coloured trainers should only be worn for PE, not to school. Wearing a jumper, cardigan or jacket is of course allowable if the weather is cool. Hats must be worn each time your child goes outside to play, this includes PE lessons. Hats should be brought to school on Monday, and can go home to be washed each Friday.

If you have any further questions or queries, or would like to make an appointment to see me, please feel free to contact me via the communication book or my e-mail address.

Best wishes,
Damian Porter.


Thursday, September 1st
Parent Orientation 
3pm - 4:00pm

Friday, October 21st
Year 3 Assembly
Topic: 'Rainforests'
2:05pm in the Lily Theatre

Monday, October 24th - Friday, 28th
Half-term break (no school)

Monday, October 31st
Start of Term 1b 

*29/8 - Please note, parents and carers, that the date for our class assembly has been moved from September 23rd to October 21st. Regards, Mr Porter.