Happy New Year

05/01/2018 at 19:02

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Welcome back and a happy new year. We hope you have all had a great Christmas and have enjoyed the break.

It’s very good to see that all the children have come back to school keen and ready to continue their learning and, even though it’s been a short week, they have produced some great work already.

Over the next few weeks in Literacy, we are looking at play scripts and how they differ from stories. The children will have the chance to write and perform their own short play towards the end of the half term, hopefully showing off their great acting skills.

The History topic this term is ancient Egypt. We will be learning about what life was like for all Egyptians, from the Pharaohs to the slaves. We shall also discover how they treated their dead and how this relates to the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and Howard Carter. In art, the children will be recreating a death mask (although due to budget limits we will have to find an alternative to solid gold!). Towards the end of the half term, we will give the opportunity for the children to show some of the work they have done at a parents’ assembly – more details to follow.

At today’s Special Mention Assembly, Evie, Harriet and Nathan were selected for being great learners and Stan was chosen for being the best he can be.

Finally, just a reminder that homework was given today and the Maths is due back in next Wednesday (10th Jan) with the Learning Log back the following week (17th Jan). Please also remember that any learning at home should be recorded in the Reading Record books. The work can be any reading, writing or maths and every day counts towards the final percentage at the end of the week. At the moment, Year 3 are a little behind other year groups so please ensure your child gives you their book to sign.

Have a good weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Have a Merry Christmas

15/12/2017 at 15:39

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The last week of term has been very exciting in Year 3 but the children have still been busy in lessons.

In class this week, the children have been working hard to create a Christmas fact file. They have been shown how to safely use the internet on laptops and iPads to research information about Santa Claus, Santa’s reindeers, his elves and the history of Christmas trees. They then wrote about their findings and decorated their booklets, showing all their brilliant presentation skills. Below are photos of the children and their work.

During Maths, a challenge was set for the children to solve the mystery of which elf stole the Christmas pudding. They had to answer addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fraction problems, with the answers corresponding to either letters or words which then give them clues to the culprit. Happily, the offending elf was identified and caught.

It was so lovely to see so many Year 3 children taking part in the Christmas performance of The Snow Queen. All the children were a credit to themselves as they worked very hard to learn lines and remember their parts. Well done to Oliver, Lillie, Esha, Erin, Stan, Archie, Charlie, Harriet, Florrie, Hannah, Alex, Aaminah, Fatimah, Gursimran, Iman, Gabriella, Nuraniya, Khushi, Jacob, Olivia, Ashwin, Gracie, Alice, Phoebe, Isaac, Sophie, Nathan, Lucy and Abigail. I’m sure we have some future stars of stage and screen amongst us.

On Thursday afternoon the children had their Christmas party. There was some great dancing on display along with plenty of very sleepy lions. Many of the children showed how quickly they could eat chocolate with a knife and fork whilst wearing oven gloves, a woolly scarf and a Santa hat. They also showed how grateful they were for all the sandwiches, samosas, sausage rolls, crisps, biscuits, fruit and buns provided by eating as much as possible. Thank you for all the food provided, as we really appreciate the support you give us.

Finally, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The last week of term has been very exciting in Year 3 but the children have still been busy in lessons.

 

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Final Performance

08/12/2017 at 15:57

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This week year 3 have been continuing their poem performance module. Children have learnt how to use their tone of voice and add expression to make a poem come alive. We looked at the following two poems this term:

The King’s Breakfast

Walking With My Iguana

Below is the video link to 3B’s poem performance of Walking With My Iguana

Below is the video link to 3M’s poem performance of The King’s Breakfast

This week the homework that has been set for maths is to be done over the Christmas period and needs to be handed in on the 3rd January.

Well done to Amelie, Lillie, Abigail and Peter for receiving special mentions this week. These children have a super attitude towards their learning and are a pleasure to teach.

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe in the snow. Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite

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Poetry Week

01/12/2017 at 12:34

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Year 3 children started the week in literacy by practising reading tongue twisters such as:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Swan swam over the pond,
Swim swan swim!
Swan swam back again –
Well swum swan!

They then spent the rest of the time learning about AA Milne and looking at one of his poems, The King’s Breakfast. The classes studied the character’s personalities by reading and listening to recordings of the poem so that they could determine how they would add expression to their voices when reciting it themselves. Although not evident from the whole class recording, there were some very good examples of how the king, queen, dairymaid and cow might speak.

 

This week in science both classes have been exploring the topic of light and dark. We have conducted a number of experiments involving the following:

  • What we need to be able to see objects in the dark.
  • What materials can be easily seen in the darkness.
  • How shadows are formed.
  • How different properties of an object can affect a shadow.

The children have had lots of fun in our science lessons! We created our own tent in the classroom and formed our own shadows.

Wednesday was deadline day for handing in Learning Logs, and the challenge set the children was to create their own acrostic poem based on the theme of Autumn. To say that we were amazed by the results is an understatement. We have included a selection of the best work in the gallery below.

We would like to say a massive well done to Sophie, Joven, Tom & Florence for their special mentions this week! All children have a super attitude towards their work, which is lovely to see.

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Our trip to the synagogue

24/11/2017 at 15:57

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It has been a very busy few days in Year 3. Both classes enjoyed their visit to the synagogue at the start of the week, bringing first hand experiences to their RE learning. All the children were very active in answering and asking questions and their behaviour was a credit to themselves and the school.

The daily run has become part of the normal school day, and several children are well on their way to reaching the magic marathon distance of 26.2 miles or 42.2km. Zak in 3M and Peter and Sonny in 3B have completed at least 30km and should hopefully complete their first marathon in the next week. However, all the children in the year group are making a massive effort to participate and achieve as much as they are able. Well done and keep going!

We would like to remind children that at this time of year the school grounds become rather wet, muddy and slippy and this week has seen some very soggy accidents. Whilst we do allow play on the fields most of the time, there are occasions when the only option is to keep to the tarmacked areas. If children do go on the grass, they will need to wear wellies and also take responsibility for keeping clean. All children must change into indoor shoes when they come into school so that the carpets stay clean.

Next week in Literacy, we will be looking at and learning some poems. If you would like to share your favourite poem in class, then please bring in a copy for your friends to hear. Hopefully we have lots of children ready to read them out as this will show their performance skills.

Well done to those children who received a special mention today in assembly for their fantastic attitude in school.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite

 

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Children in Need

17/11/2017 at 16:08

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This week has been very busy in Year 3.

Friday was Children in Need day and so everyone came to school in their best Pudsey Bear themed clothes. The children had the chance to give a donation and to win a massive jar of sweets by guessing how many were in it. After using her great estimation skills, Gracie pipped the whole school by picking the correct number. 3B also learned about the history of the charity event during their guided reading lesson. 3M looked at Logan’s story and created a mood board to represent his feelings before and after he was helped by Children in Need.

This week has been Anti-bullying Week and the children have been working on the theme All Different, All Equal. 3B made posters showing something that they liked to do and then had great fun presenting them in a video. Remarkably, this only took two attempts!

In Literacy, the children have started to complete their own story in the style of a traditional tale. There are some epic adventures involving fierce dragons, beautiful princesses and brave knights and the teachers are looking forward to reading the finished work.

On Friday afternoon, both classes presented their latest learning log work. It is brilliant to see the effort that the children make at home and the help they get is very much appreciated.

Well done to those children who had a special mention. Olivia and Faran were chosen for being great learners, especially in Maths. Aarav and Erin were chosen for being healthy and a good citizen respectively. Aarav was also Mathlete of the Week.

 

Please remember that the trips to the synagogue are on Monday (3B) and Tuesday (3M). Children should cover their heads either with a hat, cap or scarf.

 

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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