Information for Parents of 3rd Class Pupils - September 2017

The third Class Curriculum:

  • Based on a spiral curriculum and builds on 2nd class


  • Children will record all homework in their homework journals.
  • It is essential that these journals are present everyday and that they are signed by parents or guardians every evening.
  • Please reinforce the importance of taking down homework correctly at home.
  • 45 minutes max concentration time
  • Any issues with the homework: please do not hesitate to contact me.

English: Reading, writing and oral language


  • Reading is crucial to learning in all curricular areas. In RMDS we have adopted the Oxford reading scheme. Every child in RMDS progresses through this scheme. Each week the children will be given a reader to be read during the week and a reading sheet to be completed on this book.
  • To cater for the individuality of the children in class, their learning styles and specific learning needs, a variety of approaches in the teaching of reading will be used: reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.
  • Each of these approaches offer the children a different degree of support and provide opportunities for the children to develop their reading skills.
  • I would encourage you all to read to your children every night.
  • In rang a three children still need to be reading aloud on a regular basis to develop their reading skills: intonation, fluency and comprehension.
  • In rang a three we will also be engaging with a number of novels


  • There are a number of written activities in the school day
  • Focusing on cursive handwriting from 3rd class
  • Children should write using the tripod grip, whereby the thumb and index finger grip the pencil with the next finger supporting the grip.
  • Spellings/Grammar
  • Every two weeks we will cover a unit in My Spelling workbook from where the spellings for the test will be taken. These units are grouped by patterns eg. Irregular plurals , silent letters. 6 step approach.


  • Anois go cursaí Gaeilge. Now to Gaeilge. Sa churaclam cuirtear an béim ar an gcur cúige cumarsáide. The curriculum advocates the conversational approach to Irish. An rud is tabhachtaí ná go bhfuil na páistí ag caint Gaeilge.
  • The most important thing is that the children are talking Gaeilge. Bheidh mé ag úsáid an córais tumoideachais. I will be using the immersive approach. Beidh mé ag caint as Gaeilge an t-am ar fad, bheul go minic is féidir, ag úsáid áiseanna chun an míniú a thabhairt do na páistí. I will be talking Gaeilge throughout the lesson, as much as possible, using resources to explain myself. Bainfidh mé úsáid as cluichí, dramaíocht, ceol, filíocht chun an Gaeilge a mhuneadh.
  • Déan iarracht do pháistí a spreagadh I Leith na Gaeilge agus bain úsáid as do chuid Gaeilge chomh maith. Encourage your child to speak as much Gaeilge as possible and use as much of your own as possible. Fiú bí ag foglaim as do pásití, let your children teach you!


  • Maths at third class is a considerable step up with from 2nd class. Most notably multiplication and division are introduced in the number strand. Of considerable importance is the focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables to increase mathematical fluency. It is important that the children have their tables at the tip of their tongue to aid conceptual development.
  • The other strands of the 3rd class are Algebra, Shape and space, Measures and Data. We will be using oral maths games, concrete materials, worksheets and textbooks to develop skills in each strand. The mathematical skills of applying and problem solving, communicating and expressing, integrating and connecting, and reasoning will be fostered and developed.
  • The emphasis is placed on real life maths that is relevant to the child so making these connections aids concept development.
  • Mental Maths through questioning and discussion, are very effective in reinforcing any concepts learnt in school. Fun problem solving activities and games in classroom help reinforce concepts


  • Children have G.A.A/PE every Thursday
  • Please ensure that they are suitably dressed in comfortable clothes and trainers. There is also a 10 minute “bizzy break” daily.
  • Drama- Mondays & Visual Arts- Wednesdays (Fridays during forest school weeks) and again suitable clothing is required.
  • Ceol programme is in use in the school it’s a thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and active way for the children to learn music. We will also be learning the Recorder with Mr. Fairbrother

Core Curriculum:

Core Curriculum is a unique aspect of the curriculum of Multi-Denominational schools and integrates heavily with SPHE.

  • It covers subject areas such as personal and moral development, environmental studies and information about different belief systems and religions-
  • The Stay Safe Programme will be covered later in the second term. Topics covered are friendship, safe feelings, touches, bullying and strangers.


Mindfulness is now part of our day in RMDS. It involves a few minutes reflection time after each break.

Special Educational Needs:

  • The ethos in RMDS is all-inclusive. There are many different categories of special needs including academic, social, speech and language, and emotional and behavioural. We deal with each child on an individual basis and cater for their needs in the classroom and on yard. We have some SNA support this year- Anne McCullagh & Christina Dowling while A. Neylon is our Resource teacher.

Forest School

Forest school will take place from October for 7 weeks - email to follow


  • There is a whole school approach to promote positive behaviour. Positive reinforcement incentive systems are in place to encourage good behaviour.
  • There is a huge emphasis on manners and respect in the classroom. Therefore children must listen to one another, raise their hand if they want to speak and not disturb others when they are working.
  • In these instances I am always fair, but on occasion repeated disruption of the class or a lack of positive behaviour may result in a loss of privileges. For example “Golden Time” on a Friday could be reduced.
  • The Homework diary may also be used to send a note home if the behaviour is serious and ongoing.
  • Individual records of all serious issues are kept by the school
  • The Code of Behaviour and the anti- bullying policy is available on the website and in hard copy from the office.


  • Assessment of your children is an ongoing process.
  • Observation of your children’s social skills e.g. How they work in a group/ With a partner/ Involve themselves in discussions.
  • Individual conferencing with your child about subject areas.
  • Correction of homework/ Workbooks/ Written Tasks.
  • Questioning & Spelling tests.
  • Standardized tests in English and Maths are mandatory in May
  • These tests provide teachers and parents with crucial information about how the children’s literacy and numeracy levels compare with those of children nationally.


The school opens at 8:30 am and formal teaching commences at 8:50 am.

Please have your child in school by this time otherwise they will miss lessons and it may also be distressing for them to arrive late. If you arrive after 8:50 am please drop your child at the door to minimise class disruption.

Parents/Teacher Meetings:

Formal parent/teacher meetings will take place in November. If you wish to have a meeting with me at any other time, please feel free to make an afternoon appointment.


R.M.D.S encourages a healthy eating policy as part of Core Curriculum. Please ensure there is enough food for both breaks and NO NUTS.

Textbooks and Stationary:

Your child’s textbooks and copies are kept in class and are available for you to look at any time. Please ensure children come to school every day with at least two pencils,

Policy of Child Protection

DLP- Designated Liaison Person: Rosemarie Stynes

Deputy DLP- Paul Fairbrother

I look forward to working with your child this year and if you have any queries or questions about the above or any other school related matter please do not hesitate to ask.

Yours sincerely,

Colette Desmond

Some tips on how to help your child to read:

Reading at home should involve:

  • Looking at the cover and discussing what the story might be about.
  • Looking through the book and talking about the pictures.
  • Reading the text.
  • Getting the children to predict what is going to happen next.
  • Helping children to understand how one event influences the other – therefore if one event was changed how might this affect the rest of the story.
  • Getting children to recount the sequence of events and to retell the story.
  • Helping them to empathize with the characters in the story.
  • Talk about their favourite part/favourite character.
  • Have they ever read or heard a story like this one before – does this story remind him/her of something that happened in their own life.

Reading with your child should NOT mean:

  • Turning reading into a test to see how much the child cannot read.
  • Making the child read words in isolation, or reading without looking at the illustrations.
  • Making reading a race from one book to another, or from one stage to another.

At this stage of their reading:

  • The children will use the pictures as clues – so don’t cover them up.
  • They may guess the sentence – don’t try to stop this.
  • They may learn a sentence/story off by heart – don’t worry if this happens.

These are all very important steps in the reading process!

When reading with your child, try to find a quiet place and time to share the story with them. Your role is to share the story with your child and to try and make this process as much fun as possible. I hope all the above tips will make the reading experience for you and your child an enjoyable one. Good luck!

Colette Desmond

Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School,
Ranelagh Road,
Dublin 6.
T: +353 1 496 1722