Home learning

20/03/2020 at 12:44

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I have had the pleasure of teaching children in both Year 3 classes this week and, in a world full of chaos and uncertainty, it has been a joy to see their continued enthusiasm towards their learning. The children have worked exceptionally hard on some setting descriptions, using increasingly creative and ambitious vocabulary to paint a clear picture in the reader’s mind. In maths, they have demonstrated a good understanding of length and perimeter and had lots of fun experimenting with fraction walls. Well done and thank you!

As of next week, the children will be able to access daily maths and English lessons using Google Classroom. There will be a range of activities, some of which will need to be completed in their home learning book and some with online assignments that will need submitting for marking. The children have been shown how to access materials, complete work and respond to teacher feedback. Again, I have been so impressed with the maturity they have shown towards this situation and how quickly they have picked up new ICT skills. The children will need to use their school email address and the password they use for our chromebooks to get into their google account. If you are unsure of this information, please ask. Those children who have been in school at the end of this week have joined their google classrooms in preparation for lots of hard work (and fun). For those children who have not, the codes are as follows:

3E class – phzttna

3C class – zdc4f47

Year 3 English – s5wwelz

Year 3 maths zsvisl2

Please ensure you have joined the classroom for English, maths and your own class. Instructions of how to do this are below.

Please spend time completing assigned tasks on Mathletics, learning multiplication and division facts using the Hit the Button website, practising spelling targets on Spelling Shed, reading lots of books and having a go at the activities that were sent home in packs. I have also set up another competition between the two classes on TTRockstars – who will win this time?

Joe Wicks, the body coach, will be streaming daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel at 9am to help children stay active. The children really enjoyed taking part in his Children in Need work out earlier in the year so I am sure they will love these lessons! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any help.

Stay safe,

Miss Ellis and the Year 3 team

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An unbeleafably busy week!

13/03/2020 at 21:37

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This week the children explored the school grounds to collect a range of leaves. We then looked carefully at the textures, shapes and patterns of the leaves using magnifying glasses. We grouped the leaves into different categories and looked carefully for patterns within the different categories. The children showed some fantastic observational skills during this.

We have continued to work on length in Maths. The children looked at adding and subtracting lengths. They rose to the challenge of converting measurements well! We represented our calculations in a range of ways and discussed which might be the best method and why.

In English, we have continued working with the book “Leon and the place between”. The children discussed different types of adverbs and improved the boring sentence “The boy went into the tent.” The children had some fantastic ideas and we were impressed by the range of adverbs they generated!

Both classes had a fantastic Extreme Learning percentage this week (both classes had over 90%!). Keep up the hard work!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Chambers, Miss Ellis and the Year 3 team

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Share a story!

06/03/2020 at 12:11

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We have been sharing lots of stories this week to celebrate World Book Day. The aim of this year’s ‘share a million stories’ campaign is to make story-sharing a habit of a lifetime and create readers for life. In year 3, we love listening to stories that take us on a new adventure and allow our minds to visit places we have never before travelled to. This week, the children have inferred character thoughts and feelings by hot seating different characters and completing a role on the wall activity after listening to the story ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Brown. We have travelled to the enchanting place where magic lives in Angela McAllister’s tale ‘Leon and the Place Between’. We have collected ambitious vocabulary, discussed author choice, asked questions about plot and made predictions. 3E have had lots of fun reading ‘Krindlekrax’ by Philip Ridley and have created some excellent comic strips based on the different characters. We have also enjoyed reading and sharing stories with our reading buddies in Nursery this week! Reading for pleasure is beneficial for all children and adults alike, therefore we would appreciate your help in sharing engaging stories with your child at home.

A huge thank you and well done to all of the children who have sent in their shelfies and book reviews. Share a story reading star sheets (found on the back of the original WBD letter) must be handed in on Monday for our prize draw.

We had a fantastic day out at Leeds City Museum yesterday to conclude out topic on Ancient Egyptians. We explored the ancient worlds gallery looking at historical artefacts and reading interesting facts. We particularly enjoyed looking at the mummified body of Nessyamun and finding out all about him. The children were enthusiastic and were so sensible and well-behaved throughout the day. What an asset to Farfield!

This week’s homework is a recap of our learning on comparing lengths. This, alongside the learning log, is due on Wednesday 11th March.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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This week in Year 3

28/02/2020 at 22:14

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We have had a busy first week back in Year 3. The children have really impressed us with their focus this week ready for a fantastic half term.

In Literacy, we have written our own non-chronological reports about Ancient Egypt. The children needed to focus on their technical vocabulary and sentence structures. They have spent a long time researching and planning their report and we are excited to read the final pieces.

In Maths, the children have started a new topic of measurement. They really enjoyed measuring a range of objects around the classroom. They had to work particularly hard on their accuracy as they were measuring to the nearest mm!

We also started our new Science topic of “How does a plant grow from a seed?”. The children impressed us with what they already knew and had some fantastic questions that they would like to explore during our topic.

Our Ancient Egyptians history topic is drawing to a close. Learning Log this week is related to the Egyptian pyramids. We are very excited for our visit to Leeds City Museum next week where we will explore a range of historic artefacts. Please remember the children will need a pack lunch.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Chambers, Miss Ellis and the Year 3 team.

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Top secret!

07/02/2020 at 22:34

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Warning! This blog will self destruct in 24 hours! This week the children have been approached to take part in a secret mission to help James Bond. We received a letter explaining that Bond keeps slipping when trying to fight baddies. We needed to plan and conduct a fair test to decide the best surface for Bond to run on. The children worked well in teams using the Newton Meters to test different surfaces.

We have also been busy in History this week and became real embalmers and mummified a tomato! The children really enjoyed this even though it was a little messy! We then finished our English topic and wrote some instructions on how to mummify a tomato.

3C also recapped their learning on colours in French this week. Miss Chambers was impressed with how well the children had remembered the colours which we learnt at the start of the year. The children played a game of connect 4 using their French vocabulary. They worked particularly hard on correct punctuation.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Miss Chambers, Miss Ellis and the Year 3 team.

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The opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb

31/01/2020 at 08:34

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Yesterday, we went on an expedition to uncover the secrets inside Tutankhamun’s tomb, one of the most famous Pharaohs to have ruled in Ancient Egypt. We had to crawl through the narrow passageways and search for ancient artefacts that would help us build a clear picture of what his tomb was really like. Due to the poisonous, harmful gasses, we could only spend 20 seconds inside at a time and had to sketch what we could see. We then reported our findings back to our team of historians and compared our drawings to create a complete picture. After that, we found out what Howard Carter’s, the first man to enter the tomb for 3000 years, experience was like. We have come up with a list of questions that we would like to research next week as a result of our expedition.

This week we also received a letter from Q, asking for our help with James Bond’s recent dilemma. When chasing baddies, he keeps falling over and so the secret service want our help in finding out what surfaces James Bond should be avoiding. We decided to set up an experiment to test the force needed to a pull a shoe across different surfaces. We looked at newton meters to see how we could measure the pulling force. Next week, we will put different surfaces to the test such and record our findings. To ensure our test is fair we decided that we needed to keep the shoe the same but whose shoe will we use?

Please continue to work on your 500 word story entry – these are due in on Wednesday 12th February.

Have a lovely, long weekend!

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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