Where’s the week gone? It’s behind you.

05/12/2018 at 13:49

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The week had a brilliant start with our trip to see the pantomime Cinderella at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal. The children loved the atmosphere of a live performance. The lighting was mesmerising, the singing was both entertaining and moving and the ugly sisters made everyone laugh. At first, some of the children were a little unsure about the audience participation aspect but they soon joined in with the traditional lines and singing. Overall, it was a great way to finish our traditional tales topic and will hopefully become a regular event in the Year 3 calendar. Special thanks go to those parents who offered their help at the last minute and to Yaseen’s mum who ably assisted with all aspects of the trip, not least directing the bus convoy through horrible traffic and weather so that we arrived on time.

 

This week in Maths, we have been working very hard to master division number lines and jumping in chunks of  the number we are dividing by instead of singular jumps of the number. Below is an example of a division number line using the chunking method so that, if your child is stuck with their homework, you are able to explain the process.

In PE, the dance group, led by Miss Micklethwaite and Sally from the Northern Arts Factory have continued to learn and practise their routine and will be performing it for the rest of the children next week.

The gymnastics groups, at Gym Magic and at school, are continuing to work on positions, jumps and rolls. The group led by Mr Beevers have been showing off their rhythmic gymnastics skills using ribbons, along with practising their balancing skills on a narrow beam.

Just a reminder that on Wednesday next week, the children can come to school in their Christmas jumpers for the Christmas Fair.

Special mentions this week go to Arish, Oliver, Joel and Josh. Well done for a great week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Traditional Tales

30/11/2018 at 18:52

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This week the children have been writing and editing their own story in the style of a traditional tale. The topic has really engaged all the children and they have let their imagination fly. There have been some wonderful stories with modern twists but also plenty of princesses, goblins and knights in shining armour.

“Oh no there hasn’t,” I hear you cry.

“Oh yes there has!”

An important skill that is learned in Year 3 is that the first draft of any writing is not the finished article. Therefore, towards the end of the week the children have used a green pen to alter and improve their sentences and paragraphs. Realising that mistakes have been made and understanding how to correct them is important in all subjects. Some times, if a child isn’t happy with their work we have to say, “Move on, it’s behind you,” or “Well, we’ll have to do it again then won’t we. Woo.”

In Maths, the children have been practising multiplication using the grid method. This is also the focus of this week’s homework. Generally, the children are progressing well at learning their times tables. TTRockstars.com is a very popular addition to our computing lessons although we still encourage the children to use Mathletics to improve their all round skills. In addition, earning a Mathletics gold is always recognised in our Special Mention Assemblies.

The video below is a fun way to learn the four times table (and improve dancing skills).

 

 

Out of lessons, all of the juniors have been learning the songs to the musical Oliver. Several Year 3 children have parts in the show and are looking forwards to performing in front of an audience.

Just a reminder that, on Monday, the children will be visiting the Theatre Royal in Wakefield to see the pantomime Cinderella. A packed lunch will be required, which the children will eat on their return.

There was a very happy ending to the week for Emily, Haseeb, Luke and Abigail as they received special mentions in our Friday assembly.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Light and Dark

23/11/2018 at 16:48

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This week in Year 3, we have been planning our very own traditional tale. Everyone has created their own good and bad character to write a story about. We have lots of princesses, witches, dragons, kings, unicorns, pirates and interestingly a heroic hedgehog called Hedgey. We can’t wait to find out what all these characters get up to next week when Year 3 write their stories!

In maths this week we are carrying on with multiplication and division. Year 3 are learning how to represent word problems differently. Whether that be a picture representation, a bar model or repeated addition. We do this to help the children visualise the word problem so they can then choose the correct operation to calculate correctly.

Year 3 are enjoying learning their 3 and 4 times tables through song and dance on the Super Movers BBC website. Cyril the Swan and Professor Pipette help us dance our way to become a times table hero. Copy and Paste the link below to join in with the fun!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/supermovers/42612499

When we are all danced out, we also like to sing along to our 3 times table song below:

In science this week 3M enjoyed conducting an experiment to find out what we need to be able to see things. Children had a great time during this science lesson looking at the effect of light and dark on our sight. Children were provided with a box with a peep-hole in the side and a lid. Working in small groups, they took it in turns to choose an item and place it in the box whilst one child in the group closed their eyes and turned away. The child who had their eyes closed then looked through the peep-hole to try and find out which object had been placed in there. Children also had time in a black-out tent to see the importance of light.

Special mentions go to Noah, Hibah, Billy and Isabelle this week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite

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Rock and Roll

13/11/2018 at 16:45

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It was brilliant to see all the children in their Rock and Roll outfits today to celebrate Children in Need! Our theme this year linked to Times Table Rock Stars so we had real fun today playing games that improved our multiplication skills.

The children did an amazing job at performing our song ‘Bringing us Together’ today. Year 3 felt the song that we had been learning in our music lessons this term didn’t have that fun, rock vibe so we spent some afternoons this week learning a brand new song. The children did so well to learn all the lyrics and dance moves in such a short space of time!

Keeping the dance theme going…

This half term in PE, some children in Year 3 are learning a dance to the Lion King’s ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’. The children have loved working with Sally (their dance coach) so far and have done well to remember all the moves they have learnt already!

Here’s a sneak peek of the routine the children have been practising.

Special mentions this week go to Hira, Zayn, L.J. and Kaleb.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Poppies and pirates

09/11/2018 at 15:53

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As this Sunday is Remembrance Day, Year 3 children have focused on some of the events of the First World War and the significance of the 11th November.

3B followed their learning about the war by thinking about the fallen soldiers whilst they coloured poppies for a display. During the short period that they did this, it was very peaceful and reflective in class as the children understood the meaning behind the symbol.

As a result of the the discussions we had, Isabelle found out and told the class about family members who had been involved in World War 2. Her talk, and pictures we found of a ship involved, helped the children to understand the personal nature of war.

 

3M spent time learning a song called ‘Wave Goodbye’ that remembers the wars and the soldiers who died during them. We spoke about the lyrics as a class and discussed how the men felt when waving goodbye to their loved ones before they went to war. A video will be uploaded showing the class’ performance of the song next week.

In English, our work has been based on the book, Pirate Cruncher. The children all created their own pirate character, describing his or her appearance and the job that they do on board their pirate ship. They then wrote a short pirate themed poem, making sure it rhymed. There were plenty of wooden legs, eye patches and parrots around plus the odd pirate joke. (Why are pirates called pirates? Because they aaaaaarrrrrrrrr.)

Special mentions this week go to Isabel and Ibraheem for great work, attitude and effort. Well done!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite.

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Final week of this half term.

26/10/2018 at 21:14

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Its the end of the half-term and the classes are busy completing work. We have come to the end of our stone age topic and the children have been looking at animals that may have been hunted by pre-historic people. We discovered that a sabre-toothed cat would have been so big as to filled our classroom, while an indricotherium weighed as much as  all the children and teachers in the junior building put together.

In music, we have been looking at the song Let your Spirit Fly by Joanna Mangona. 3B used a keyboard app on the laptops to play along to the pulse of the song. We also clapped and sung to the rhythm of this classic R&B song.

We were so impressed with the learning log work presented this week. The children made a massive effort when describing stone age life and showed how much they have earning about the period.

Special mentions go to Matilda, Zahrah, Simran and Daniel.

Have a relaxing break.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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