15/3/19

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair which finished this week. It was wonderful to see so many children getting excited about their reading!

Our Learning This Week

In maths we have been looking at missing number problems in division, relating division to multiplication, different ways to divide and dividing with remainders using a number line.

We have been doing writing through our new topic of the Anglo-Saxons, which the children are really enjoying. We have looked at the British History Timeline, why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain and what life was like in Britain at the time.

In science we have finished our topic on the body by looking at how muscles work.

Our Learning Next Week

In maths we will be doing problem solving relating to division and starting to learn a formal method for division (long and short division using the ‘bus stop’ method).

In English we will continue to use our Anglo-Saxon topic as a stimulus for writing and looking at the amazing discoveries at Sutton Hoo.

In science we will be beginning our next topic on sound and continuing with our well-being sessions.

Home Learning

Please just carry on with reading, times tables and spelling. Also, don’t forget to get your child to bring in any work they do at home for our Thursday class assemblies. It’s been lovely sharing their work and achievements from home.

Other matters

We will be sending PE kits home today. Would it be possible for you to check your child has all the relevant kit and that their plimsolls and trainers fit? Also, in Hazel Class we will be going outside for netball (weather permitting), so could the children have a warm top in their PE kit as well?

Many thanks for all your support with your child’s learning!

The Year 3 Team

8/3/19

It’s been a busy and varied week in Year 3 with more work on writing descriptive stories based on ‘What’s behind the door’, missing numbers and working out the inverse and problem solving in maths. In addition we have started learning about the timeline of British History ready to start our history topic of the Anglo-Saxons.

Our learning next:

In maths we will continue to work on missing number problems using multiplication and division. We will be learning more about the Anglo-Saxons, including the discoveries at Sutton Hoo and using this knowledge to write reports. 

Home learning:

Please carry on with reading at home, Times Table Rock Stars and practising spellings at home. Thanks again for all your support with this.

Other things:

Could children in Willow Class all bring in an empty box such as a cereal box for a science activity next week?

We have included the timetables for both classes so our children know what they will be learning each day. Please be aware, though, that we sometimes change the timetable as necessary. 

15/2/19

It’s been a great half-term and although the children have worked hard, we hope they’ve also enjoyed the fun things we’ve done.

Our learning this week:

The children have been writing and improving their poems about what is behind The Door and they are marvellously imaginative and descriptive. We’ve really enjoyed reading them and will let you know when the display is finished so you can come and have a look.

In maths we are working on the grid method for multiplication and the children have been flying with this! Ask them to explain how we’ve done it to you so they can consolidate their understanding.

In science we have been looking at why animals have skeletons and what they are used for.

Our learning next:

After half-term we will be continuing with the grid method for multiplication and extending their ability to multiply bigger 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number by using regrouping (carrying numbers as it used to be called).

In English we will be looking at interesting doors and writing stories about the lands and adventures behind them.

In science we will be looking at how muscles work and how to make them work well.

Home learning:

We’re not giving any formal homework over half-term, but if you could carry on with times tables, reading and practising spellings with your child that would be great. Just a few minutes a day will make such a difference. 

Other information:

We are starting an Awards Class Assembly on Thursdays. We would like to invite the children to bring in any awards, certificates, medals for this. We always welcome seeing work the children have done at home and any exceptional work can also be presented at this assembly. We hope it will be a real celebration of the efforts children make over and above what is expected of them!

8/2/19

It was lovely to see so many of you at parents’ evening this week and to share your child’s progress and successes. We are very proud of them all. It’s also been lovely hearing the children’s poems and it’s great that so many were happy to recite them in front of the class.

In English we have been looking at poems and the children have performed the Boneyard Rap which was great fun! In maths we have been looking at the 4 and 8 times tables as well as the 3 and 6 times tables and using doubling to work them out. In Science we have continued to look at healthy lifestyles and giving scientific names to human bones.

Our learning next week:

We will continue with poems and the children will write their Door poems ready for a new corridor display. In maths we will begin the grid method for multiplication – a method you will be familiar with! In science we will be looking at the functions of a skeleton.

Home learning:

As we talked about in parents’ evening discussions, if you could carry on reading every day with your child and asking questions about their reading, including summarising a section, that would be great. In addition, practising daily on Times Table Rock Stars and also looking at spellings – focusing on Key Stage 1 words before moving onto Year 3 words. We really appreciate your support with this essential practice at home.

Thank you so much for sending in Pokémon cards in named packets in Hazel Class this week. It has worked very well.

25/1/19

It’s been a busy week in Year 3 and the children are really enjoying our visitors from Premier Sport who are teaching them about healthy lifestyles including nutrition and exercise. Please could children bring in any empty packets from treats or cereal packets ready for Monday’s session?

Our learning next:

The children have been learning strategies for halving and doubling 2-digit numbers and it would be great if your child could show you how to do it as teaching is a brilliant way to learn. 

We have been reading Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg, which the children have enjoyed but they’ve decided they could write a better version, which is what they’re going to do next week. As part of this they have been writing descriptions of the characters, new setting descriptions and learning how to write speech.

In science the children will continue to learn about healthy lifestyles and about the body, starting with types of skeletons.

Home learning:

For homework this week we are asking the children to write a conversation they have heard at home using correctly punctuated speech. We will send home a sheet with the steps to remember.

It would be great if you could encourage your child to practice on Times Table Rock Stars every day and read with them every day. Just a few minutes on both would really help their learning.

Reminders:

Willow Class PE days: Thursday and Friday

Hazel Class PE days: Monday and Thursday

Please check your bookshelves at home for any books from the reading libraries at school and bring them back.

14/12/18

You are certainly in for a treat if you’re coming to the Christmas Nativity Concert on Tuesday as the children’s singing and playing is wonderful!

Please can your child to bring in a Christmas jumper or a bright jumper to wear for the performance? They will wear this over their uniform. They won’t need one if they are part of the Nativity scene as they will have a costume.

One Tuesday evening, the children will need to be back in school between 5.30pm and 5.45pm to be ready for a 6pm start.

We’ve been continuing with our Christmas theme in English where the children have been writing about Sprout Boy’s feelings and their writing is very emotional. In maths they have been working on subtraction using a number line and deciding when this is the best method. They’ve also been correcting Yohan’s work and playing the part of the teacher which they really enjoy.

The children are enjoying our new topic of Rocks and Soils and are learning about erosion and how different types of rocks are formed.

Our learning next:

Next week the children will be using film clips to inspire their writing – again on a Christmas theme – with a focus on using subordinate conjunctions and different ways of starting sentences.

In maths we will be reviewing addition and subtraction as well as number bonds to 100.

With play rehearsals and performances as well as Christmas art activities, it will be a busy but fun end to the term.  

Home learning:

Thank you to so many of you for bringing in Reading Records on Monday and for recording your child’s reading in it so regularly – it would be great if they could come in every day.

We will be asking the children to take home two books for the holidays so their reading continues – and hopefully Santa will be bringing some too! Also, we’re offering a book amnesty for books in the class libraries – if you have any at home that your child has read, please send them back before the end of term.

We have send home our ‘knowledge organiser’ for Rocks and Soils which contains all the essential information they need for this topic. If you could read it and discuss it with your child that would be great. If they would like to do some research or investigations we would love to see their work!

Next week we will be doing our quick times table assessment to see how many they can calculate in one minute! If you could keep working on fast recall of times tables that would be great. Start with the 2s, 5s and 10s and then move onto 3s, 4s and 6s. It’s ideal if they get to the stage where they don’t have to count each time to get the answer. You could use the Times Table Rock Stars and also Hit the Button as well as chanting times tables and quick fire questions whenever you get the chance.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a good rest over the holidays! Thank you for all your support this term.

7/12/18

It’s certainly beginning to feel like Christmas at school as the children continue to rehearse for the Christmas assembly on the last Tuesday of term. Their voices are beautiful! In addition, the children have written a Christmas poem about the things that are important to them at Christmas and they are wonderfully descriptive.

We have launched our Play Leaders scheme this week, where Year 5 children are teaching playground games. Many Year 3 children have been joining in and having a great time!

In maths, the children have been continuing to work on column subtraction and checking their answers with bar models and by using the inverse. They have also been doing mastery activities.

We have started our new science topic of Rocks and Soils by looking at and describing different rocks and working out if they wear away easily or not.

Our learning next:

Next week the children will be looking at the Sainsbury’s Spout Boy advert and considering it from an Anti-Bullying point of view. They will then write about the poor sprout’s feelings before he is helped by a ‘defender’ and the bullying stops.

In maths we will continue with more mastery activities for column subtraction including marking and correcting Yohan the Yeti’s work, word problems and more work on the inverse.

In science we will be doing an experiment to decide if various rocks are permeable or impermeable and beginning to look at how fossils are formed. If children want to bring in rocks or fossils to show the class we’d be delighted to see them.

Home learning:

Please could all reading books and reading journals be brought into school on Monday? Many thanks!

This is a very long half-term and we know the children (and adults!) are getting very tired but could you continue to read at home every day with them as it does make such a difference. Many thanks again for all your effort with reading at home.

In the last week of term we will also be doing another times table assessment. If you could work on fast recall of times tables that would be great. Start with the 2s, 5s and 10s and then move onto 3s, 4s and 6s. It’s ideal if they get to the stage where they don’t have to count each time to get the answer. You could use the Times Table Rock Stars and also Hit the Button as well as chanting times tables and quick fire questions whenever you get the chance.

30/11/18

This week we have been looking at the features and layout of non-fiction books, using our knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians to help us read and write these texts. The children have continued to work on subtraction skills, including reasoning and problem-solving. They have also enjoyed starting preparations for the Christmas concert on December 18th.

Our learning next week:

In English, we will be using Christmas as a theme for poetry work, and in maths we will be finishing our unit on subtraction. As we draw towards the end of our computer programming lessons using Scratch, we will be setting a seasonal challenge! Our new science topic is rocks and soils, so you can expect your children to be coming home full of questions and information about everything from volcanoes to dinosaur fossils.

Home learning:

Thank you to all who supported their children with last week’s spelling homework. Lots of them seemed to really enjoy it. We have put a new spelling activity in their learning logs today.

You will also find a ‘knowledge organiser’ for the unit we have been doing on forces and magnets; this is the essential knowledge which the children should have gained, and we would really appreciate it if you could read it through with your child and get them to tell you about everything they have learned. They will be having a science test next week to assess their understanding.

Your continued support with home reading and practising times tables, whether using Times Table Rockstars or another way, is also much appreciated.

And finally:

There are still a small number of children who do not have their PE kit in school on the required days (Hazel class Monday and Thursday; Willow class Tuesday and Thursday), so please could you check with your child.

 

23/11/18

Hazel Class are preparing to perform in their class assembly this afternoon – thank you all for helping them to learn their lines and song words – and for the wonderful costumes again. They look like amazing Egyptians!

 

The children have really enjoyed learning and writing about Romeo and Juliet this week, looking at the behaviour and feelings of the characters as well as the everyday life in Verona at that time. Some of the wonderful work was shared in a special assembly this morning.

 

In maths we are practising column subtraction with regrouping a ten and the children have also practiced subtracting a single digit number from a teens number (eg 17 – 8 = ). If you could practice this with them at home that would be great as we do need faster and more accurate calculating to ensure they are successful mathematicians.

 

Our learning next:

Next week the children will be looking at the features of non-fiction texts and using what they know about Egypt to write their own, with titles, sub-headings, bullet points, pictures, picture captions and diagrams.

 

In maths we will continue with column subtraction and encouraging the children to notice when they need to regroup and then to use the inverse to check their answers. We will have one more week with our Egypt topic so they can write their non-fiction texts, before moving on to Rocks and Soils.

 

Home learning:

We decided this year to reduce the amount of formal homework given to the children so you could concentrate on reading and times table practice every day. Many thanks to all the parents and children who are doing this regularly. It really will make a difference to their learning!

 

We have also send out spelling homework in their Learning Logs today – focusing on a sound they will have learnt in Key Stage 1 which features in their Year 3 words. There is also a sheet with ideas to help make learning spelling more fun.

16/11/18

This week..

We have started our work on Romeo and Juliet this week.  The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of short drama activities where they have used various techniques – they have walked the streets of Verona, created ‘freeze-frame’ tableaus showing the Montague an Capulet families.  This work will continue into next week with a special visit from Romeo and Juliet!

The children have designed a mask for a ‘masked ball’ and will be making their creations in art next week.

In maths we have been exploring number problems as well as working with the subtraction of two 2 digit numbers.  This work will also continue into next week.

Other Information

We have a lot of children bringing toys into school for ‘show and tell,’ but unfortunately we don’t have a lot of time in our busy school day to be able to do this! We, of course, are happy for the children to share anything with the class that is relevant to our current learning and will always make time to do so.