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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a great start to the new term! Year 3 have loved going swimming, we wanted to let you know that their behaviour has been great and they have been so sensible and super quick at getting changed after their lesson. Well done to both classes!
Our learning next:
In maths we will continue to focus on using money but move on to subtracting amounts of money. The children will be learning to subtract mentally using informal jottings as well as applying their knowledge of the column method for subtraction.
The main focus of our English lessons will be direct speech. The children will be using a Pingu cartoon as a stimulus for writing direct speech correctly. This is the link for the cartoon, it would be great if they could watch it a couple of times over the weekend to become familiar with the story.
We will be learning about how water is transported through a plant in science and in history the children will be finding out more about what life was like in the country when the Vikings were here.
In art this term we are using flowers as inspiration for our work. We would like the children to find a flowering plant at home and sketch it. They could label the main parts of the plant and write what job each part does.
We would like to say thank you to all the children for the brilliant effort they put into their Viking homework. They have been using it to teach each other which has been fantastic. Thank you for your support with this.
Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful and/or fun Easter break. The children have come back to school eager and ready for the new term.
We are sending the update a little earlier this week so that we can let you know what the children need to bring for their swimming lesson tomorrow. All children will need a bag with a swimsuit/trunks, a swimming hat and a towel. The teachers will put the children into groups during their first lesson but it would be helpful if your child is able to tell them how far they are able to swim. If your child wears earrings we recommend that they leave them out on swimming days to reduce the risk of them getting lost. The children will travel by coach from school to the Leisure Centre, leaving school at 10am and returning in time for lunch.
Learning next week
The children have really enjoyed looking closely at The Flower Man and discovering the different stories hidden in the pictures. They will be continuing to use this book as a stimulus for writing.
In maths we will be adding and subtracting amounts of money using the column method we learned earlier this year.
We will continue to learn about the Vikings and Plants during our topic lessons.
We would like the children to practice adding coins and giving change, they could set up a simple shop at home or look at real receipts. Please ask them to record what they do in their red books.
Don’t forget Times Tables Rock Stars!
Please continue to read with your child and discuss what they are reading. We would appreciate it if you could sign their green book when you have done this.
Thank you for your continued support,
Wow, what a busy term we have had! All the children have been so enthusiastic and hard working this term, it has been a pleasure to be their teachers.
Learning in the summer term:
After the Easter holiday we will spend a few weeks finishing off our learning about the Vikings before moving on to a geography unit of work. Our science topic is about plants so we will be working each week on learning in much more detail about the different parts of plants and conditions for healthy growth.
In English we are going to be using a book called The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. This is a wordless picture book that is a fantastic stimulus for creative writing.
In maths we will be learning how to add amounts of money. The children we also be having French lessons next term.
In preparation for our work on the Vikings we would like the children to research a Viking god which they will then teach the rest of their class about. They can present their learning in any way they choose.
Please continue to encourage your child to use Time Tables Rockstars if they have any spare time over the next two weeks. We would appreciate it if you could give us an indication of when you have read with your child or discussed the book they are reading independently at home, just a signature in their green record book would be great.
Thank you for your support over the past term, we hope you have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you in the summer term.
The Year 3 team
The children in year 3 seem to have been completely inspired by our work on the Beowulf and have done some amazing drawings of their own Anglo Saxon heroic characters which they will use in their own stories.
Our learning next:
We will now begin to learn about how the Vikings came to this country and the impact of this on Anglo Saxon life in Britain.
In maths we will be consolidating and applying all our work about multiplication and division to real life scenarios.
The children will be writing their Anglo Saxon adventure stories in English.
Towards the end of next week we will be checking all the spellings the children have been learning this year. Please encourage your child to look back over all their words in preparation for this. If you need another list please see your child’s teacher.
Just a quick reminder that the Anglo Saxon/Viking day will go ahead on Thursday.