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Week Beginning 14th January 2019

 

We would like to say a big well done to the children for the excellent effort they displayed when applying their learning to our assessments this week. They maturely rose to the challenge and didn’t give up!

 

On Monday afternoon, we started a new carousal of PE activities. The children enjoyed developing their catching skills in netball and persevered brilliantly when working on some tricky racquet skills in tennis. Also, inside the warm of the hall, the children had enormous fun preparing and performing a group balance in gymnastics. We have reminded the children to make sure they have a warm PE kit (and trainers) in school each Monday, to enable them to participate fully, particularly in this chilly weather.

 

In our learning theme lesson this week, the children created a timeline from the Stone Age to Iron Age Britain. There was great discussion about what they thought life was like in the Stone Age and how different life would have been. If the children have completed any additional homework tasks linked to our new learning theme, please send them in as we’d really like to share them in class. There have been some fantastic and creative projects so far – thank you!

 

Week Beginning 7th January 2019

 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! The children have had a busy first week back at school and have been really engaged with our new learning theme: Prehistoric Britain. Inspired by a virtual tour of the Lascaux Caves in France, they have created some fantastic cave painting artwork for their topic book covers, exploring negative space. See below for some photos!

 

We enjoyed watching an animation in English lessons called 'Egg Hunt' and the children have produced a number of pieces of writing linked to it throughout the week, including a monologue and a dialogue between the two main characters. They have been trying really hard to get their speech marks in the right place and to include the other necessary punctuation. We have also started reading the fantastic 'Stig of the Dump' and the children will be using it to help develop their comprehension and inference skills throughout the half term.

 

In Maths, we have been recapping written methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication and have been using our times table knowledge to help with division. It would really help if the children could continue to practise their times table fluency at home. 

 

The children also enjoyed learning the correct scientific names for the bones in their bodies and were surprised to find out that an adult human has a total of 206 bones!

 

Next week we will be learning more about life in the Stone Age and starting our new Computing unit in which the children will improve their coding skills.  

Cave Painting Artwork

Week beginning 10th December

 

It has been a fun and festive week in Year 3!

 

We would like to say an enormous thank you for joining us at our Christmas Extravaganza this week – we hope you enjoyed their wonderful singing and superb dances! Also, thank you for providing your child with a costume as it really helped them get into the spirit of the occasion.

 

After the show, the excitement continued as we headed to Myton School to take part in a firework workshop. The children really enjoyed their trip to the Science labs and seeing the Bunsen burners in action!

 

Our trip to the Panto on Friday was a brilliant end to the week, where the children were able to laugh and have an entertaining time together with their friends.

 

In English, we have completed our stories, which are fantastic! We are incredibly proud of the effort the children have put into writing at length and for including such descriptive sentences. Their writing reflects the hard work they have put into improving their punctuation and use of language. We will continue to build on these important skills in our next learning theme.

 

In Maths, the children have risen to the challenge of using the formal written method for subtraction brilliantly! We have reminded the children to keep working on their mental arithmetic skills at home to help them improve their fluency and accuracy.

 

A couple of reminders for next week…

Next Monday (17th December), we will be having our Christmas party! The children have been invited to bring their party clothes (in a named bag) so they can change after lunch. We have also asked for a voluntary contribution of 50p to cover the cost of snacks and prizes. A massive thank you to those that have contributed so far!

Children may post Christmas cards to each other in school using the large post box outside the office. Please do make sure they write the child’s first name and surname and their class when labelling envelopes. The post boxes will be emptied daily until Wednesday 19th December.

This year’s Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for UNICEF will be on Wednesday 19th December, which will also be our Christmas Lunch day. There is no need to purchase a jumper specially for this – a festively decorated jumper or sweatshirt will be warmly welcomed too.

 

Have a super weekend!

The Year 3 Team

Week beginning 3rd December

 

This week, we have started to write our very own stories based on the Firework Maker’s Daughter. It has been wonderful to observe such fabulous creativity and the use of adventurous vocabulary to describe characters and settings.

 

In Maths, we have continued to develop our addition skills and have been developing our use of the formal written method. We have been really impressed!

 

Since we were unlucky with the weather this week and without the sunshine to create shadows, we investigated how light is reflected off different surfaces instead in Science. We had great fun carrying out a practical investigation and also thought about when reflective materials are used in real life and why they are important, e.g. road signs and clothing at night.

 

In PSHE, as part of the Taking Care project, the children were taught to identify people in their network. We talked about the qualities the children should look for in a network person and they were reminded that network people should be adults who can help them with problems they might face. Also, we discussed the importance of friends and being able to talk to their friends about things that worry them.

 

It was a special week for Computing - there was a real buzz of excitement completing an ‘HOUR OF CODE’ using the Lego WeDo equipment! Using the WeDo app, the children followed the instructions to create projects, such as ‘Milo the Science Rover’.

 

Finally, our preparations for our Christmas Extravaganza are going very well and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to see our performance on Thursday 13th December at 9.05am. Please enter the USH via the Year 3 door. Thank you very much for supporting your child with learning their words and for providing them with a costume. (Please hand in the costume on Monday 10th December in preparation for our dress rehearsal.)

 

Wishing you a good weekend!

The Year 3 Team.

Week beginning 26th November 

The Christmas feeling has landed in Year 3! We have started preparing for our Y3 Christmas Show, which we look forward to sharing with you on Thursday 13th December. Rehearsals of the festive tunes and dance routines are underway and we are encouraging the children to sing and dance along to them at home too! We have put the music and the lyrics on the homework page to help. Thank you very much for your support in advance! More details of our Christmas extravaganza will follow soon!

 

On Monday afternoon, we had a fun and energetic time in PE! It was great to see the children warm in their tracksuits and enthusiastic about their learning. The children are really developing their fitness in circuits and many are able to dribble a ball, keeping close control, in hockey with greater skill.

 

In Science, the children began to plan an investigation: ‘How do shadows change size throughout the day?’ They discussed their ideas about how they could test their predictions and wrote a methodical plan to carry out next week. We now have our fingers crossed for a sunny day!

 

As part of the Taking Care project this week, the children have been taught that their bodies belong to them and they have the right to decide what kind of physical contact is appropriate/makes them feel safe. We discussed what to do if they feel unsafe about the physical contact they receive and how to make sure they are not breaking anyone else’s rules for their body too. We also began to talk about the difference between safe and unsafe secrets and gave examples of each.

 

Linked to our shared text, The Firework Maker’s Daughter, we had an exciting extended session of Art where the children drew elephants using different media. They produced some excellent pieces of creative work!

Week beginning 19th November 

 

It has been another busy week in Year 3! It was lovely to welcome so many parents, carers and other family members to our Come and Learn session, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to join us. We hope you enjoyed having a glimpse of the learning that takes place in school and took away some ideas of how to support your child in reading at home. The suggested reading list is saved on our Year 3 page and might give Father Christmas a couple of ideas. 

 

This week, the children have been developing their use of persuasive language and worked collaboratively to create a radio advert for Rambashis Jungle Grill restaurant. We have also been focusing on developing carefully written sentences, which make sense and are correctly punctuated. Our homework this week will allow the children to continue to practise this essential skill.

 

As part of our Geography work, the children have been developing their atlas skills to identify continents and mountain ranges. They enjoyed finding out about the difference between a volcano and a mountain too.

 

In PSHE, the children have been continuing to learn that we all have the right to feel safe all the time. The children discussed safe and unsafe feelings and identified their ‘early warning signs’. Afterwards, the children generated ideas and strategies that would help them if they felt unsafe.

 

Continuing with the theme of staying safe, the children have been learning about using email responsibly. They have learnt what to do if they receive an email from someone they do not know or if they receive an unpleasant email. The idea that each of us has a ‘digital footprint’ that cannot be erased was also discussed. In this week’s newsletter, Miss Cooper has helpfully included some really good advice for both children and parents about keeping children safe online, as well as some fun festive apps to try out.

 

Next week, we will continue to teach a carousal of PE lessons on Monday afternoon. Many children were very enthusiastic in their approach to the lessons this week, but there were a few that felt the cold. We would be very grateful if the children could bring a warm tracksuit (they can wear a hat and gloves too if they’d like) and a pair of trainers to enable them to participate, and enjoy, the activities fully.

 

Lastly, a reminder to return the consent form for your child’s flu vaccination taking place on 4th December if you haven't already done so. The form must be returned to your child’s class teacher by Monday 26th November. School Health request that you return the form whether you consent or not. 

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

 

The Year 3 Team.

 

Week beginning 12th November 

 

It has been a fun and action packed week in Year 3! It all began on Monday, wearing our odd socks to help raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week. Thank you very much for your generous donations!

 

The children participated in a special Anti-Bullying assembly and continued to think about this year’s theme, ‘Choose Respect’, in class. There were some fantastic discussions about what ‘respect’ is, showing a brilliant understanding that respect is a choice that can be taken by the individual.

 

In Science, the children worked in small groups to create a shadow puppet scene from The Fire Maker’s Daughter and began to use it to investigate how shadows change when the light is moved closer/further from the object which blocks the light.

 

In Computing, we have continued to learn how to send and reply to emails. Next week, we will continue to focus on the importance of internet safety and learn ways to help us make safe choices.

 

However, the most exciting day of the week was our whole-school theme day to commemorate the WWI centenary on Thursday 15th November. Each class was paired with another class in school and participated in a range of fabulous activities, spearheaded by our very own Mrs Chenault! Everyone agreed that it was an excellent day, which was not only tremendous fun, but also very reflective and enabled some very thoughtful discussions.

Week beginning 5th November 

 

Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful holiday and are now ready for the second half of the Autumn term.

It was lovely to see the children happy to back in class and enthusiastic about our new learning theme The Fire Maker’s Daughter.

In English, we began reading our exciting new book and began to use the ideas in the text as inspiration for our writing.

The 4x tables and the 8x tables were the focus of our Mathematics lessons. We have been learning to recall the multiplication and division facts and to use them in reasoning questions.

In Science, the children learnt to recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.

Also this week, we started the Taking Care project in PSHE, which is designed to help the children learn how to keep physically and emotionally safe. We started to discuss what it means to feel safe and the difference between rights and responsibilities.

 

A couple of reminders…

This half term, on a Monday afternoon, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a carousal of PE lessons (circuits, hockey and dance). As the weather is beginning to get a little chillier, we would be very grateful if the children could bring a warm tracksuit to wear. Please could they also bring a pair of trainers on a Monday to enable them to take part in the circuits and hockey sessions outside as PE plimsolls aren’t suitable.

 

Please remind your child to bring in their reading book every day, as they will have opportunities to read it independently in class. We are encouraging the children to choose a book and to complete it, before starting a new one. The children have the opportunity to change their books in the morning and can use the Year 3 collection or select one from the main library.

 

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Have a great weekend!

The Year 3 Team

Week Beginning 1st October

 

This week Year 3 have been learning all about how fossils are made. The children have researched all about what happens in this fascinating process. 

We have also enjoyed our Harvest Festival. They all sang and read beautifully and we are grateful for all the donations of food the school has received. 

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend, 

The Year 3 team. 

 

Week Beginning 24th September

 

This week Year 3 have had their amazing paleontology day. The day began with the discovery of dinosaur eggs in the school ground. The children then searched high and low for clues as to where the egg came from and what dinosaur may have laid it. Then they exercised their brains in a quiz all about dinosaurs and fossils - what an incredible amount of knowledge our Year 3s have. We finished with some close up drawings of dinosaur eyes and scales. The children developed their oil pastel skills and explored the different techniques they could use for adding detail and texture to their artwork. 

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend, 

The Year 3 team. 

 

Week Beginning 17th September

 

In English lessons this week, Year 3 have been looking at poetry and ways they can make their poems more descriptive with similes and metaphors. In Maths we have been practising our mental addition and subtractions skills and applied them to bigger and more complex numbers. 

In PE, 3CW and 3JL have been developing their throwing and catching skills while 3AM have been looking at gymnastics. There is a real buzz of energy around Year 3 and it is clear how well the children are settling into life in Key Stage 2. 

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend, 

The Year 3 team. 

 

Week Beginning 4th September

 

Another year begins and what an amazing start the Year 3s have all made. They have settled brilliantly into life in Key Stage Two and are already producing some incredible work.

We have been developing our understanding of place value in Maths; using Julia Donaldson's book "Tyrannosaurus Drip" as inspiration for writing in English; exploring the layers of the Earth in Science; having our first French lessons with Mrs Allison; creating fossil pictures with wax crayons and paint and even learning about the importance of having secure passwords when working online.

 

All this and we've only been back for three days...phew!

 

A couple of key messages for you all:

 

  • PE will be on Monday afternoons for the first half of this year. Please ensure children have both indoor and outdoor kit on Mondays as they will work both in the hall and outside on the playground during the afternoon. Long hair must be tied up and any stud earrings should either be removed for the lesson or covered with plasters or micropore tape.
  • Homework was distributed today. All homework is due in on Monday.
  • Spellings will be distributed on Monday. The children will then have their spelling test the following Monday.

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend.

The Year 3 Team  

Introduction Evening - July 2018


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