21/9/18

Year 3 have all been working really hard this week and you should be very proud of them! They’ve been writing amazing descriptive sentences that we’re delighted with and also comparing 4-digit numbers and learning to find one more and one less. In history we have been learning about why the River Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. In science we have been finding out about friction as a force by experimenting with toy cars and different surfaces on a ramp.

Our learning next: 

In maths will be starting to use the column method to add numbers.

In English the children will be writing stories using all their strategies for writing amazing descriptions. We are really looking forward to reading their imaginative ideas.

In history we will be looking at Egyptian gods so if your child wanted to do some research and bring it in for Wednesday that would be fantastic.

Home learning:

Please keep encouraging your child to read every day and record this in their records. Could you also please remind your child to bring their book and reading record in every day – thank you!

Other information:

Please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on their PE days? These are Monday and Thursday for Hazel Class and Tuesday and Thursday for Willow Class.

Christmas card templates need to be in by Wednesday – unfortunately any received after that will not be sent. We can’t wait to see their festive designs.

14/9/18

It’s been a great week in Year 3 as the children are becoming really settled and know the class routines well. It was also lovely to see so many parents at the open evening so thank you for taking the time to come in. We hope you enjoyed visiting your child’s new class and seeing what they have been and will be learning.

Our learning next:

In maths we have been looking at 4-digit numbers and will be moving on to counting on and back in ones, tens and hundreds.

In English we have used our story maps to learn a chapter of Flat Stanley and the children are now improving them. Next week we are focusing on creative writing by learning to write expanded noun phrases and using these to write stories from a picture or video stimulus.

We are starting our group Guided Reading sessions next week, so it would be really helpful if your child had their reading record and reading book at school every day.

In history we will be looking at the importance of the Nile to the Ancient Egyptians and how it influenced their lifestyle.

Home learning:

As we talked about in the open evening presentation, we would like to continue a focus on reading at home for homework. The children all have their lovely new reading records which they are very excited about! If you could fill them in every time they read at home that would be great. Please remember it is any reading they do, not just out loud or with their school reading book. We hope this helps to foster a love of reading for pleasure.

Other information:

Please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on their PE days? These are Monday and Thursday for Hazel Class and Tuesday and Thursday for Willow Class.

31/08/18

We’ve all had a lovely start to the new term in Year 3. The children are all settling in well to their new classes and getting to know their new classmates. Thank you for making sure they had everything they needed this week.

Our learning next:

We have been looking at times tables this week as this will be a major focus in Year 3 this term – and all year. We have been learning the songs from BBC Super Movers to help with fast recall of times tables. You could join in at home by Googling Super Mover times tables! Next week in maths we will be looking at place value.

In PSHE we have been learning about the brain and the Power of Yet! The idea is that our brains get stronger by trying new things, keeping trying and even by getting things wrong! The children are enjoying being neuroscientists!

In Guided Reading we are reading Flat Stanley, asking questions about the story and finding out what words mean. Next week in English we will be using the story to learn about improving descriptions with a focus on adverbs.

Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and next week we will be looking at continents, where Egypt is and what artefacts tell us about the past.

Home learning:

For the first few weeks we are not setting formal homework as we would like to have a focus on reading at home. It would be great if you could read with your child at least five times a week – this could be for as little as 10 minutes each time. The children will write the title of their book in their reading journal and if you could just write the page they read to and sign it that would be great. Could reading books and reading journals come to school every day please? Children on book bands will have one of these books but also a book from the classroom and they can choose what to read – they can also read a favourite book from home because any reading is good and can be written in the journal. The children will also be reading regularly at school.

Other information:

PE will be on a Monday and a Thursday. All children had a reading book from their classroom at the end of last term – could these be returned as soon as your child has finished reading them please?

29/6/18

We have had an amazing week this week celebrating and learning about the armed forces. Look out for the main weekly update for details of what we have been up to.

Learning next week:

We will be continuing to use all our fabulous knowledge about Market Harborough to produce our ‘Past, present and future’ leaflets about the town.

In maths we will be learning about telling the time, we would really appreciate it if you could reinforce this at home.

 

Home Learning:

To support our map work in Geography we would like the children to bring in a photograph or postcard of a place they have visited in the UK and/or abroad. We will then use these to help learn about the counties of the UK and countries around the world.

 

22/6/18

Wow, what a busy week we had last week! We completely immersed our selves in all things Harborough. With visits from the town planners, the historical society and Redrow Homes we were able to find out lots of interesting facts about our town in the past, the present and the future. Then our walk down to the town centre to do the town trail and visit the theatre finished our week perfectly.

Learning this week:

This week we will use all the things we learned about last week to create a leaflet showing Market Harborough in the past, the present and ideas for the future. We will also be writing to thank all the people who generously gave up their time last week.

In maths we will finish off our learning about fractions and then move on to telling the time.

Home learning:

As you know we are celebrating the work the armed forces do this week with a range of activities. We would like the children to find out if any one in your family, past or present, has been in the armed forces and find out their story. They can present their work in any way they choose and bring into school to share with the class.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

15/06/18

The children have been really enjoying thinking about development of places and we have been considering the development of Market Harborough and looking at maps this week. We have returned to fractions, looking at adding and subtracting fractions, converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and finding equivalent fractions – this will continue next week.

Our learning next week:

We have a very exciting week with visits from representatives from a developer, Harborough District Council and the Market Harborough Historical Society who will give talks on the development of Market Harborough in the past, present and what could happen in the future. In addition, we will be walking into the town centre and going on a Town Trail on the morning of Friday 22nd June (a further email will give full details on this.) If any other parents/carers would like to help on this trip we would be very grateful. Please just let us know.

Home learning:

We hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s book on plants with them. Thank you for so many positive reports – the children were so proud of their booklets! This week we would like your child to talk to members of the family about changes in Market Harborough – what it used to be like and what it is like now (or in their home town/ village if they didn’t grow up in Market Harborough). This will be shared with the class next week as part of our exciting week of talks.

Other information:

Willow class assembly is on 22nd June at 3.40 p.m., parents and families are very welcome to come and watch.

 

8/6/18

What a great week to come back to school!

Our learning next week:

We have had a bit of a break from fractions this week and have been looking at interpreting bar graphs but we will be returning to fractions next week, learning about equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions – it’s a good job the children love fractions so much!

Our English work this half term is very much tied into geography. We will be focussing on Market Harborough. Why this is a great place to live and what has changed and is still changing. We will also be learning about the counties around Leicestershire as well as significant rivers and mountains in the UK.

On the morning of Friday 22nd June we are hoping to arrange a walk around the town with visits to the museum and theatre to look at how the town has changed and we will be having some visitors to come into school and talk to us about the town, more details about this to follow.

If you would be able to come with us on 22.6.18 please let your child’s teacher know.

Home learning:

Last term the children wrote some brilliant non-fiction books about plants. The children will bring them home this week to share with you and get your feedback about what you can learn from reading their book.

Other information:

Willow class assembly is on 22nd June at 3.40 p.m., parents and families are very welcome to come and watch.

11/5/18

We would love to give you the opportunity to come and look at the brilliant art work the children have been doing so far this term – we will open the doors to our classrooms at 3pm on Thursday 17th May so that your child can share their work with you before it goes up on the walls. We look forward to seeing you then if you are around.

Our learning next week:

In maths we will continue to focus on fractions – thinking about the concept of having equal parts of a whole and the vocabulary we use to talk about fractions.

In English the children will continue to write an information text all about plants. This will link with learning from earlier in the year about non-fiction texts.

Home learning:

To support the learning the children have been doing in science and English we would like the children to do some research to try and answer the question ‘Why do bees visit plants?’ They will then use this information in their non-fiction text. It would be good if they can think about the benefits to the bee and the benefits to the plant.

 

4/5/18

Our learning next:

In maths we will continue to focus on fractions – thinking about the concept of having equal parts of a whole and the vocabulary we use to talk about fractions. It would be good if you could draw the children’s attention to situations involving fractions at home e.g. cutting food to share between the family.

In English the children will be using their knowledge of flowers and plants to write an information text. This will link with learning from earlier in the year about non-fiction texts.

Next week will bring the end of our Anglo Saxon and Viking topic, the children have been so engaged throughout this work and have learnt so much.

Continuing our theme of using flowers as a stimulus for art the children will be looking at the work of William Morris and creating their own prints in this style.

Home learning:

We have been reading some short stories to the classes from a book called A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken. In one of them a book comes alive. We would like the children to imagine that one of the books they have read either at school or at home comes alive. What would happen? What adventures would they go on? They can write a story, create a comic strip, or draw an annotated picture.

Other information:

On Wednesday Mark Ferraby (Mr Fez), who taught Year 3 the ukulele in the autumn term, came to talk to the children about a concert that he is doing with his band at school on 18th May. The children seemed really excited and the show sound like a fun family event. You can find details of how to get tickets on the Meadowdale Weekly update and other communications.

 

27/4/18

The children have been doing some amazing art work of flowers this week – when it is all finished and mounted we are hoping to invite you in to have a look. We think you will be as impressed as we are with the quality of what the children have produced.

Our learning next:

In maths we will be starting to focus on fractions – thinking about the concept of having equal parts of a whole and the vocabulary we use to talk about fractions.

The children will continue to use the Pingu cartoon as a stimulus for writing direct speech correctly in English.

We will be observing closely flowers and trying to identify the parts of flowers in science and in history the children will be studying the Bayeux Tapestry, thinking about what this historical source can tell us about the past.

Home learning:

To support the learning the children are doing about writing direct speech we would like the children to think of a conversation they might have with someone at home and write it down. We would like them to think about using punctuation (“”/?/!/,), capital letters, appropriate speech verbs rather than ‘said’ and to include what the person might be doing as they are speaking. We have included a short example below which might help.

Other information:

We would like to say thank you to those parents who have been signing their child’s green reading record as an indication of discussions they have had with them about what they are reading. This is really helpful for us.