14/05/2021 at 16:48
This week in English we have been looking at newspaper reports and the features within them. Following on from our work on Pompeii, we planned newspaper reports about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We answered key questions such as who? what? when? where? and how? We used the chromebooks to type up our writing and format them to look just like newspapers. Mr Harris is very impressed with them and we hope you are too!
We have now gone back to the multiplication objectives that were covered during lockdown. This week we focussed on multiplying two digit numbers by 1-digit using a range of methods including column method, place value counters and the grid method. After securing this knowledge, some children moved on to a range of very challenging problems including missing digit multiplication questions! Homework for this weekend focuses on recapping the column method – remember to show your exchanges!
These methods show the calculation 25 x 4
Myself and Mrs Begum became seeds this week in our Science lesson. We were very stubborn and didn’t want to leave our parent plant! Fortunately, the children were able to teach us all about the importance of seed dispersal! The children in 3E then spent the rest of the science lesson potting trees, ready for them to be planted out later in the year.
Photos taken by Mikael…
Here come the Romans…
The Romans finally arrived in Britain!! We had to quickly learn about the different armour the soldiers wore and then went on to design some of our own shields. We look forward to making them over the next few weeks.
Thank you to all of the children for their brilliant work this week!
Eid Mubarak to those who have been at home – we cannot wait to hear about your celebrations next week!
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Ellis & The Year 3 Team
07/05/2021 at 15:58
The children have put incredible amounts of effort into their writing this week. After unpicking the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and looking into the vocabulary used throughout the text, the children had a go at writing their own version. They were challenged to create their own characters, build up setting descriptions, add suspense, come up with a resolution then choose an ending of their own. We were very impressed with their use of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, conjunctions and use of direct speech. Five pages of writing later, the children were very proud of their stories!
We have finished our work on fractions this week by looking at addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominators. The children picked this up very quickly and were able to apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems. Homework for this week is a set of Mathletics assignments that conclude our work on fractions. Next week, we will be revisiting the multiplication and division objectives that were taught over google meets during lockdown. Please encourage your child to make use of Times Table Rockstars in order to improve their fluency.
We have been keeping careful watch this week as news arrived in Year 3 that the Romans were planning to invade! Many of the basket makers, weavers and spinners were in favour of surrendering to the soldiers as they felt their jobs may be improved by what the Romans had to offer. The blacksmiths however, were all for putting up a fight. The claimed they could increase their production of weapons for us to take to battle. Luckily, the Romans haven’t made it past Gaul yet so we at least have time to make some shields next week for protection. Hopefully, we might even have time to rehearse our battle formations!
Although we are still unable to sing in school, we are certainly still able to have lots of fun in our music lessons. Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley. Today, the children took to the glockenspiels to play along and even managed to put two different parts together in a harmony!
The children turned themselves into flowers and bees this week during our lesson on pollination. They acted out the process in their groups before creating a comic strip of the day in the life of a bee. Our sunflowers are almost 1m tall and our tomato plants are ready to be moved into the polytunnel next week.
Letters about our RSE lessons went home this week with details of the parent meeting which will be held on Monday 10th May at 5pm.
Well done to all our children who received a special mention this week!
Wising you a wonderful weekend,
Miss Ellis and the Year 3 Team
23/04/2021 at 15:39
We have had a wonderful first week back in school and it has been particularly lovely to welcome back Mr Beevers. The children have worked incredibly hard on all of our new topics and have produced some excellent pieces of work.
In English, we have been reading our new text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. The story follows two young children, Tranio and Livia, as they escape from their home during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We have been focussing on developing our range of vocabulary then using this correctly in our writing. Here are some examples of our descriptive sentences…
In the distance, you could see smoke billowing from the mountain. – Tallulah
You could hear the roar of mighty Mount Vesuvius. – Hasan
Destructive streams of molten liquid ran down the sides of the volcano and completely obliterated Pompeii. – Kieran
The sound of the perilous and wild lightning filled the citizens’ ears. – Kiran
The sea bolted to the shore and balls of flames shot out of nowhere. – Annie.P
Lightning flashed and thunder roared as silver ash rose to the heavens. – Shailen
We have been continuing our work on fractions, focussing on unit and non-unit fractions. We have spent time finding fractions of amounts and shapes practically then applied this learning to solving different problems. Recent assessments highlighted the four operations as an area of weakness in Year 3. Consequently, we have been working on improving our mental maths skills and discussing the different strategies we could use to answer addition and subtraction classes including mental partitioning of the numbers where no exchange is needed and a formal column method when the calculation includes an exchange. Please encourage your child to make use of Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars at home to support the recall of key facts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our new modules in PE this week. In athletics, we looked at improving our running technique and had some excellent short distance races alongside a longer cross country run. Our skills were really put to the test when we met our new dance coach! Each class will spend the half term learning and choreographing a street dance routine. The focus for our PSHE lesson this week was around the value of money. The children were able to give some excellent reasons for and against which new pair of trainers they would/wouldn’t buy, explaining whether they thought they were good value for money.
Homework for this weekend follows on from our work on unit and non-unit fractions. A weekly spelling list with verbs ending in the suffix -ed has also been sent home for learning.
I hope you all manage to enjoy the spring sunshine over the weekend.
Miss Ellis & The Year 3 Team
01/04/2021 at 15:35
It has been a wonderful end to the term with the added bonus of some lovely sunshine. The children have worked incredibly hard and have completed some excellent pieces of work.
This week, we wrote our diary entries from the perspective of Ernest Shackleton. It was great to see lots of children using a range of language features in their writing such as fronted adverbials and subordinating conjunctions. We then ended our work on Ice Trap by writing a book review that included a detailed synopsis.
In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions by looking at finding quarters of amounts. We have also been working on improving our times table recall for the 3 and 5 times table. Although we are confident in answering the multiplication questions, we often stumble on our division facts. Please make use of Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button during the holidays to improve these skills. Mathletics is also a great resource for consolidating the learning we have done in class.
We had very high hopes for our science experiment this week resulting in huge disappointment when the results weren’t as expected. As we had been learning about the function of stems, we decided to explore this by putting flowers into jars of coloured water. We were hoping that as the stems took up the water, the flowers would begin to change colour but unfortunately this was not the result. After much discussion, we came to the conclusion that the experiment could be improved by using stronger food colouring, changing the place of the flowers to somewhere warmer and trying a range of different flowers.
We had great fun in our PE lesson this week as we raced around the school grounds in search of eggs!
After the holidays
Next half term, we will be looking at ‘Escape from Pompeii’ within our English lesson which links to our new topic on the Romans. In maths, we will be continuing to work on fractions alongside developing our mental maths fluency. We will also be delivering the SRE element of our PSHE curriculum next half term. A parent meeting about the content of these lessons will be held on Tuesday 4th May at 5pm.
Have a wonderful break,
The Year 3 Team
26/03/2021 at 11:43
We have had another fantastic week back in school with the added bonus of some spring sunshine! The children have shown great independence and resilience over the week as they completed several assessments. The results of these have been interesting and have allowed us to clearly see the topics that need revisiting now the children are back in school.
In our English and guided reading lessons, we have continued our work on Shackleton’s expedition. We have focussed on developing our summarising skills, breaking the text down into key events. We couldn’t believe the danger they faced on their journey to find help. We will be finishing our work on this with a final diary entry from Shackleton’s perspective next week.
We got our hands dirty in our science lesson this week! Our lesson focus was all about the roots of a plant and their function. We looked at the roots of our sunflowers and carried out some observational drawings of these. We were blown away by the roots of the rainbow chard growing in the tower garden as not only were they impressively long, they were multicoloured! We planted our sunflowers into bigger pots and some hard working helpers started clearing the bed outside Year 3 ready for when the sunflowers are big enough to go outside.
In our geography session this week we looked at the different fauna and flora found in the UK and how this differs to that in other climates. We also discussed different ways in which we can help protect our wildlife – recycling and donating to charities were a couple of the fantastic suggestions we had. Today, our in PSHE lesson, we have been looking at celebrating differences. We learnt all about a young boy living with Cystic Fibrosis and the challenges he faces during his day to day life. We were very surprised to find out that we had lots of things in common with him such as being in year 3, liking pizza and playing sports.
We have been focussing on improving our mental maths and basic calculation skills since coming back to school. Homework for this weekend is a recap of the work we have done with column addition. Spellings for this week are a recap of some of our homophones. Remember to use a range of strategies when practising your spellings such as pyramid writing, drawing a picture, putting the word into a sentence, drawing around the word and look, cover, write, check. A reminder that homework is due in on Wednesday and reading records should be signed on a daily basis.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 3 Team
19/03/2021 at 12:08
It has been amazing to have the children back in school and working incredibly hard. Everyone is settled into new routines – it is as though we have never been away!
The children have loved learning about Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica over the last few weeks. We have embraced lots of opportunities to write from the perspective of a crew member as we voyaged to a bleak land at the bottom of the world. We have had a big focus on right choice words and improving our vocabulary. Our new favourite word is in perilous! Maybe you could ask us what it means?
We ended our length unit of work by measuring and calculating the perimeter of different shapes. We had lots of fun measuring giant shapes in the hall and were then able to apply our knowledge to lots of problem solving questions. Next week, we will be starting our work on fractions. How many ways can you show one half at home? Can you cut your toast in half? Can you pour half a glass of water?
As part of our new topic ‘How does a seed become a plant?’ we went on a long walk around our schools grounds collecting a range of different leaves. We then discussed the similarities and differences between the leaves and categorised them accordingly. We are looking forward to taking over one of the beds in the poly tunnel so that we can plant a range of seeds and watch them grow!
In geography this week, we have been learning about the hottest, wettest places in the world. The climate here was very different to the desert climates we looked at last week. We discussed the positive and negative implications of living in a place hit by monsoons and decided the recent rainy days here weren’t too bad. Our French session made our tummies rumble as we were learning the names of different fruits and foods. The most popular fruit in 3E was les pommes.
Children have been given a new list of spellings to learn over the weekend. Maths homework this week links to our work on calculating perimeter. Please remember to bring your homework in on a Wednesday. Reading records should be signed on a daily basis as part of our extreme learning. These should then be brought into school on a Friday in order for us to reveal our score in special mention assembly.
Please remember to return your library book on Monday if you have not done so already.
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Year 3 Team