A good week to be in Year 3

29/06/2019 at 07:57

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There has been plenty of notable performances and successes this week involving Year 3 children.

On Wednesday morning Emily in 3B represented the school at the Pudsey Spelling Bee. She worked as part of a team to answer questions based on the Year 3-4 words. Their score was then added to the Year 2 and Year 5-6 scores to determine the winners.  A very excited Emily then returned to show her well-deserved silver medal for second place.

On Wednesday afternoon, Todd and Erin attended the Pudsey Mini Olympics held at the John Charles Centre for Sport along with 28 other children. As they competed in the Year 3-4 category, most of their opponents were older but they were not outdone by their rivals. They finished either 1st or 2nd in their three events and, even though the team finished out of the top three, can be very proud of their efforts.

On Friday morning the whole school watched the S Factor finals. Our representatives, Joshua and Noah, performed their experiments first and both gave very confident deliveries. After a wide range of science was demonstrated, 3B were delighted to hear that Joshua had been voted the winner of the junior competition. His experiment and explanation showing refraction of a laser light was even better than the class heats and he was a well-deserved winner.

Due to the extended S Factor in the morning, there was no Special Mention Assembly.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the camp over if you are attending.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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Slogans, Shapes, Sewing and Science.

21/06/2019 at 19:16

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In English his week, the children have been imagining and designing their own chocolate bar. This is so that next week they can create logos, write slogans and hopefully persuade their friends that their bar is worth buying. Who knows? They may even convince their class teacher that their bar is worth making in school!

In Maths, we have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties. The children predicted which net would create a cube and then they modelled several other shapes using playdough. We also explored the school grounds to find examples of 2D and 3D shapes. The netball hoops and court gave us circles, semi-circles and cylinders. There were plenty of cuboids making walls and rectangles as doorways and windows. We even spotted a pentagon in the tree house.

Our S Factor auditions this week have been very well received. Both classes had brilliant experiments on show. The winning entrant in 3M was Noah with his floating CD. Honourable mentions also go to Milo for his balloon lung and Ayla with her water cyclone. In 3B the judging was very difficult but Joshua’s laser light refraction demonstration won through. His technical explanation also showed he had researched the topic well. His winning entry was closely followed by Matilda’s layered drink, L.J.’s lava lamp, and Zahra’s floating spiders. We all had a great time watching and learning, and wish our finalists all the best of luck next Friday morning.

Our pencils cases are starting to near completion. Joe’s squid shaped case looks great and several other children have started to add decorations and details.

Special mentions this week go to Jack, Milo, Billy and Florence.

Have a great weekend, especially if you are attending the Farsley Festival.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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Sewing

14/06/2019 at 19:09

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This week, the children have started to construct their pencil cases. The outlines were transferred on to felt before the holidays and have all now been cut out. We are using an overcast stitch to join the two side of the case together and then we will decorate the outside and finally add a fastening. Some of the children have needed plenty of Farfield perseverance to keep going as we have had plenty of knots, tangles and unthreaded needles. However, the results are encouraging and we are all enjoying the experience.

 

This week, the children have started to construct their pencil cases. The outlines were transferred on to felt before the holidays and have all now been cut out. We are using an overcast stitch to join the two side of the case together and then we will decorate the outside and finally add a fastening. Some of the children have needed plenty of Farfield perseverance to keep going as we have had plenty of knots, tangles and unthreaded needles. However, the results are encouraging and we are all enjoying the learning.

In English, we have started to look at persuasive writing and have been analysing adverts to understand how people are attracted to products. We also had a fun logo quiz to see how aware we are of products and companies. Click on the link below to try it yourself.

Logo Quiz 2

3B have seen the first of their sunflowers in bloom. The poorer weather this year has meant that they aren’t as tall as last and have flowered earlier. The bonus is that we will have longer to enjoy the display they create.

Special mentions this week go to Jameela, Haris, Hibah and Alfie. Well done!

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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Year 3 news

08/06/2019 at 09:23

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Summer has arrived and so has our final half term.

This week the children have started a new maths topic of geometry and we have been looking at lines. We have become familiar with the terms horizontal, vertical, diagonal, parallel and perpendicular. We then discovered that lines that are perpendicular form right angles. We have found out what a right angle is, what we can use to check if an angle is a right angle and what angles greater and less than right angles look like. Finally, we used the terms quarter, half, three quarters and full and drew upon our knowledge of time to add clockwise and anti-clockwise when describing turns. Once the new words had been learned, the children spent some time directing their friend around hoops placed on the playground. Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be learning about coordinates, drawing accurate 2D shapes and creating 3D shapes out of different materials.

Our science topic this half term is Amazing Bodies. The children have started to look at what humans need to survive and also the makeup of a healthy diet. Part of the module involves looking at bones and 3B had a great start in this area when L.J. brought in a sheep’s skull he had found. The class were intrigued by it and he gave us a very interesting talk, explaining how he found it. Thanks L.J.  Mrs Daniels collected numerous bones over the years and we will all be examining them in more detail later.

Special mentions this week go to Alfie, Amreece, Vaughn and Erin. Well done!

Finally, Farsley Farfield is a centre for girls’ football run by the SSE Wildcats and several girls from Year 3 attend the training sessions. This weekend, the Women’s World Cup starts and we are all looking forward to the matches, especially those involving England. Their first match is against the Auld Enemy, Scotland on Sunday at 5pm. Come on Lionesses.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Varjak stories

24/05/2019 at 19:44

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The warm sunny weather this week has been ideal for tennis and the PE group going to Rawdon Tennis Club made sure that their last session was the best of the half term. Over the past few weeks, the children have learned the basic skills and rules needed to play the game. They started by bouncing a ball to one another, replicating a rally. This progressed to using a net between the two players, developing it into a competition. Racquet skills were also practised, such as balancing of the ball, hitting the ball into the air and hitting over a net. The children have improved tremendously and have all enjoyed the experience.

 

The children spent the final afternoon of the half term sharing and enjoying learning log films of Varjak Paw adventures, plus a small treat of popcorn. Some of the videos involved the story being read out, some had actions with narration and some were acted out. All the films were a delight to watch and were greeted with applause. We had many other wonderful stories and these will be read or acted out after half term.

 

It was pure darkness in the alley and the bins were cracked and leaking out water. Varjak was soaked after the heavy rain and the drain pipe was clogged and overflowing. Varjak’s whiskers twitched. He felt a warm breeze or was it a breath? Varjak’s spine tingled with fear.

Kaleb

 

When the figure came into view, Varjak recognised its stripy, pattered coat somewhere but he couldn’t remember where. He was positive that he’d seen it before, but still, it didn’t come to him. Varjak asked himself, “Should I run?”

Matilda

 

There is no learning log work set over the holiday but a book review will be the next task so your child may want to start reading a book that is of interest to them so that they can complete the task.

Special mentions this week go to Junior, Isaac, Noah, Lucas and Joshua. Well done boys!

Have a great holiday.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield

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Q. Who knows a time lord?

17/05/2019 at 19:42

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The children have been getting to grips with telling the time this week in Maths. We started by converting the time on an analogue clock into digital time, building on Year 2 work, where the children expressed the time as past and to the hour. This has been confusing for some as the hour hand is looked at first as opposed to the minute hand. We have seen plenty of 20:6, 4:6, 6:4 and 30:20 instead of 6:20 but everyone’s hard work is paying off. Surprisingly, once the children have mastered the new concept, telling the time on a clock that has roman numerals has proved no trickier. Next week, we will be calculating time intervals and also looking at 24 hour time.

To help their learning, all children have been allocated work on telling the time on Mathletics. They have been given the opportunity to complete it in class but if they are able to access the app at home it will benefit them tremedously.

The classes are at slightly different places with the English task. The children are using all the techniques and tips they have practiced over the past couple of weeks to write another chapter for the middle of the Varjak Paw story. In the adventure, Varjak senses and faces danger and then has to somehow escape. 3M are in the planning stage, while 3B are editing their work. All stories will be completed by the end of next week and passages from some of them will be on blog.

Our DT project to design and make a pencil case is ongoing. Final designs and patterns will be completed next week, ready for construction after half term. There are some very imaginative creations such as cats, footballs and even a banana!

In next week’s blog, we will give out information about our final trip of the year. We will require parental support but the dates and details are still being finalised.

Finally, special mentions this week go to Alfie, Luke, Haseeb and Joel. All four have had a great week. Well done.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Mr Winfield.

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