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.

 

16/11/18

We first of all wanted to say thank you for the contributions to the Egyptian Day and for the amazing costumes – especially those that were home-made – they were fabulous. The children had a wonderful day and said they really enjoyed the storytelling and playing Ancient Egyptian games (which were really hard!)

This week we have been very cultural as the children have been learning about Romeo and Juliet. They have been ‘freeze framing’ scenes to learn the plot, looking at the language and acting out a part of the play.

This part of the play – a fight scene between two feuding families – links in with our other theme of this week which is Anti-Bullying. For this, the children have been learning about the roles involved in bullying and what they can do to help stop bullying. Please ask your child about this and have a discussion about the importance of becoming a ‘defender’ and helping someone if they are being bullied. To reflect this, the children have been helping with an Anti-Bullying display where we will say: Together we can stop bullying. We have also all pledged to become ‘defenders’ by signing with a finger print for the display. We have been very proud of the children’s attitudes and contributions for this important week.

In maths, the children have been learning to do column subtraction of up to three-digit numbers and have progressed to ‘regrouping’ a ten when they can’t subtract in the ones column (we used to call it taking or borrowing a ten).

Our learning next: 

Next week we will continue with learning about Romeo and Juliet, to include watching some of a live screened performance so the children get an idea of what the story looks like on stage. We may also watch Gnomeo and Juliet as a less tragic version of the story!

In maths we will continue with column subtraction and move onto regrouping a hundred if we can’t subtract in the tens column.  We will also be finishing our Ancient Egypt topic, ready to move onto rock and soils the following week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and their enthusiasm has been wonderful!

Home learning:

We are still hoping that you will read every day with your child and record this in their reading record – and please remember, it’s any reading they do so if they prefer to read a book from home, you can record this. We just want them to enjoy reading and read as often as possible as it makes such a difference to their learning. Please don’t forget to bring these in every day.

Other information:

As Mr Pierce is not in school for the next 3 weeks and therefore is unable to run Pokemon club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we would ask that all Pokemon cards be kept at home. Once Mr Pierce returns, Pokemon cards will only be allowed on Tuesday and Thursday lunch times.

Hazel Class will be getting song words and their script today for our assembly next Friday. Please could you help them to learn them by Monday to help make our rehearsals next week as productive as possible? These links will help for the songs (we are doing the Amazing Egyptians song without music, but the clip will help with the tune.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUyk4VNzUMc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWBw9oiZcGQ

If you could please remember to bring in PE kit, that would be great, as we still have a significant number of children in both classes forgetting their PE kit, particularly on Thursdays.

28/9/18

This week we all had a fantastic time on Wednesday afternoon for our European Day of Languages. The children learnt some German, sign language, shorthand and idioms from the UK and Europe. In maths we have worked on the column method for addition, including regrouping into other columns (we used to call it carrying!)

English has been wonderful, with the children writing beautiful stories from a picture prompt of a huge owl on a car!

Thank you so much to all of you who helped your children with research on Egyptian Gods – it was fabulous to use their information in our lessons.

In science the children have been drawing diagrams to explain friction using results from their exciting experiments.

Our learning next:

In maths will be continuing to use the column method for addition, with regrouping into other columns. We will also start to work on quick recall of addition of single digit numbers – for example 5 + 8 = 13. It would really help their maths if you could practise at home and really focus on speed of recall. Thank you!

In English the children will continue to write stories using all their strategies for writing amazing descriptions. This time they will have a video prompt to help inspire them.

In history we will be looking at what the Ancient Egyptians believed about death and the afterlife. Again, if your child would like to do some research at home that would be great.

Home learning:

Thank you to so many of you who are reading at home every day with your children and for sending in reading books and records every day.

All the children are now able to log onto Time Table Rock Stars and we’re really pleased with how many are taking part. We have already noticed an improvement with the speed of recall!

Other information:

Could we once again ask that all PE kits are in school for your child’s PE days? These are Monday and Thursday for Hazel Class and Tuesday and Thursday for Willow Class.

If your child does any writing, maths or research at home we would really love to see it! We don’t have a show and tell session, but we still love to see any effort made at home and it’s lovely to praise children for going above and beyond what is expected.

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?