13/06/2021 at 22:11
11/06/2021 at 16:07
We have had a wonderful week in Year 3 made even better by the sunshine and our time on the adventure playground.
This week, we have been looking at list poems and having a go at writing our own. We started by making lists of strong and delicate things then chose our favourite list to develop into a poem. The children used some excellent vocabulary and even had a go at using similes.
In our guided reading sessions we have been reading a new text called Varjak Paw by S.F.Said. The tale follows a Mesopotamian Blue kitten on a journey of survival. So far, we have met several different characters and made profiles for our favourites. We have made some big predictions about what will happen throughout the story and we can’t wait to read on!
We have been continuing our work on shape this week by looking at parallel and perpendicular lines and angles. We went on a hunt around the classroom to find different examples of angles and lines and came across some interesting observations. The children really impressed us by using this knowledge later in the week to describe the properties of different 2D shapes.
Next week, we will be starting our work on time. There are some excellent games on the Topmarks website that you may find beneficial using prior to and during this unit of work to support your child’s learning.
Our history lesson this week focussed on a brave warrior that led the Iceni tribe to battle against the Romans. Can you guess who she is? That’s right, Boudicca! We took our learning outside and created a timeline of her life. We then had a debate about whether we agreed with her life changing decisions or not. The children came up with some excellent reasoning behind their answers!
On Friday 2nd July we will be having a ‘Roman Day’ full of different activities. Children are welcome to dress up as a person from the Roman era if they would like to. They could be a Roman soldier or even Boudicca!
The weather was finally in our favour for PE this week as we welcomed a new cricket coach to school. Each class took part in an hour long workshop to develop their throwing, catching and batting skills. The children were fantastic role models and put 100% effort into the session. Of course Miss Ellis joined in the competition and set the bar high for the number of runs in one of the activities! Who will be the fastest next week?
This weekend marks the start of The Farsley Farfield Great Mountain Challenge! We plan to get outside and complete lots of walking and running around the school grounds next week. We will post our totals on the class blog next Friday for you to add to your child’s record.
Enjoy a wonderful weekend in the sunshine,
Miss Ellis, Mrs Begum & The Year 3 Team
21/05/2021 at 15:28
We have been recapping division of 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers this week. We looked at exchanging and dividing with remainders using a variety of methods. In year 3, we don’t use formal methods for division, instead we use place value grids with counters to practically share out numbers and part-whole models that challenge children to partition numbers using their knowledge of multiples. Homework for this week recaps all of these methods and children should be able to do this independently.
This week, we have been looking at the features of non-chronological reports. After looking at a range of examples, we planned out our own reports based on The Romans using a range of subheadings. We then researched facts about each of these on the chromebooks and found out lots of interesting things! Did you know that instead of using toilet paper, the Romans would use a sponge on a stick?! We are looking forward to writing our own non-chronological reports next week for the Year 2 children to read.
We made use of the new outdoor area by the Woodlands room this week for our PE session as the playground had been taken over by the year 5 cyclists. The children took part in a range of activities with the favourite being the basketball shooting challenge. In the afternoon, we had our penultimate session with the dance coach and our routines are almost finished. The children have put an incredible amount of effort into learning lots of new, difficult steps. We can’t wait to film them next week and share them with you!
We came to the end of our plants topic in Science this week. The children were given the opportunity to share everything they had learnt over the last half term by answer questions sent in by other children on twitter. Here are some of the responses.
We sketched out our final design of our Roman shields this week. We had to ensure our designs were symmetrical, colourful and featured simple designs. Most children chose red for their shield as a symbol of Mars, the Roman God of war.
We will be making our Roman shields next week so if you could please bring in some materials for it we would be very grateful. Cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes and yoghurt pots would be great!
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Ellis & The Year 3 Team
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