Plenty of maths during World Maths Day

09/03/2018 at 18:31


Wednesday was World Maths Day and the children had a great time playing a variety of games which were aimed to improve their calculation skills.  Some of the activities they took part in were:

Pontoon – adding cards up to 21 and using probability skills to determine if they should stick or twist.

Darts (with child safe darts that have no sharp points) – multiplying doubles and trebles then adding the three darts thrown and subtracting this total from 301.

Dice games – throw two dice then decide which operation to perform on them so that the numbers from 1 to 10 can be eliminated.

Games such as these can be played at home, without your child even realising they are learning.

Later, the children all went online to show their skills by playing Live Mathletics against children across the world. The children had been given instructions of what to do in a special assembly earlier in the day. During that assembly they discovered that 3M were ranked 3rd for the most Mathletics points gained in total in the school. It came as a great surprise to find out the 3B are currently leading the table and as a result they were awarded a trophy. Four of the top ten individual score in the school were also in 3B. These children are Amba, Sonny, Nathan and, currently the highest scorer, Gracie. Well done!

At the start of the morning, 3B were also given a challenge to find out how 12 donuts could be equally divided between 32 people. As an incentive, if they could discover the answer then 12 real donuts would be shared amongst the class (and adults). Luckily, the answer was calculated just in time and 3/8 of a donut was given to each of the children instead of being donated to the staffroom.

Special mentions this week go to Sehjevir, Rovind, Adam and Alice.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite


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S’now fun in the cold without a hat.

02/03/2018 at 18:43


It has been a fun but stop-start week in Year 3 for obvious reasons. The week started normally with plenty of work on fractions in Maths and investigations into mysteries in Literacy. However, even the best laid plans may change at the last minute. Thursday was particularly disrupted by the weather so the children spent the first part of the morning improving their mental maths skills in preparation for World Maths Day. After a very cold but fun playtime (where only brave or foolish teachers ventured onto the snowballing field) we held a fictional character competition. The children had to show their knowledge of book characters beginning with all the letters of the alphabet. It was superb to discover and share the range of books that our children read. In the afternoon, we planned and started to write a 500-word story using Chris Evans’ Radio 2 competition as a guide. Even though the official competition has finished, we will judge all entries presented to us by Wednesday 14th March, with winners receiving a prize and a mention on the blog. Even if your child could not attend school during the snow  we would love them to enter a story.

Special mentions this week go to Gabriella and Joven for being great learners and Amba and Charlie for being happy (and great snowballers).

Have a great and safe weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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New Topics

23/02/2018 at 19:27


It has been a busy week in Year 3, as always, but the children are raring to go after their break.

In Maths, the area this term we are focusing on is fractions. We have been looking at dividing shapes into segments, identifying the fractions and how these compare to other known fractions, such as halves and quarters. Next week, we will continue exploring this area practically to solve important problems such as; How can you split a donut into 8 equal parts by cutting it just 3 times. (Why would you though?)

The topic in Literacy for the next few weeks is Mystery Stories. This week we have looked at what makes a good mystery story by reading and watching some examples. Next week the children will start to plan their story, thinking about the characters, settings and plot. If the weather is too cold to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, then it may be a good time to dig out films such as The Great Mouse Detective, Young Sherlock Holmes or some classic Scooby-Doos for inspiration.

The learning logs were in this week. Finding out about climates in different places was the topic and once again we had some outstanding examples of research and plenty of beautiful pictures. All of the work produced was shared with the rest of the classes, with some notable examples being done by Sophie, Ashwin and Olivia.

Saint David, Wales and Welsh culture is the broad theme for the next learning log and we look forward to seeing the children’s work. Encourage your child to research an area that interests them and to be as creative as possible with their presentation.

Special mentions this week go to Sophie, Alex, Alexis and Madison which, are as always, richly deserved.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

P.S. We have been asked about the mummified fish by several parents. Photos will be available soon.

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Parachutes and Air Resistance

22/02/2018 at 15:45


Over the last 6 weeks in science, 3M have been learning all about different forces. They have learnt that a force applies either a push or a pull to an object. The children have also learnt about gravity and friction.

Whilst doing work on friction, the children learnt about a type of friction called air resistance which is the force that slows us down in the air. This week, the children were challenged to create a device that would safely allow an egg to be dropped from the top of the tree house without cracking…


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Egyptian Day

09/02/2018 at 16:28


Year 3 had a fantastic Egyptian Day this week! So many pupils made such an effort with their costumes so thank you to parents and carers that helped with that!

We started the day making our Tutankhamun inspired paper mache death masks. It was fair to say that the year 3 classrooms were very messy that morning!

Whilst children were making their death masks, groups of 15 children went with Mr Beevers and Mrs Sloan to cook up Cleopatra’s favourite sweet treat! Children mixed flour, water and fruit to make the dough. Then, sweet honey was drizzled over them after they had been baked.

In the afternoon, we learnt some great Egyptian facts. Did you know King Tutankhamun was only 10 years old when he became the ruler of Egypt!

To finish our day off, we learnt about Ancient Egyptian dance and discussed how they moved and why they liked to dance. Finally, the children had some fun and danced to ‘Walk like An Egyptian’ by the Bangles. After some pleading and begging, we also danced to Madness and Cotton Eyed Joe.

The children had such a fun day and so did the teachers!

We would also like to say a massive well done to Khushi, Isaac, Jacob and Gracie for their special mentions today in assembly. You all should be very proud of yourselves!

We hope everyone has a lovely week off and see you on Monday 19th February!

Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite.


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African drumming in Year 3

08/02/2018 at 20:07


Year 3 have been learning how to play the African drums. We have created our own pieces, rehearsed and then recorded them. It takes a lot of concentration to play all together in a group: we tried to smile and play at the same time when recording our music – this was tricky. Lots of smiles, however, when we play our drumming games. Well done Year 3 – you have learned how to play the drums and read crotchets and quavers as well as improving your listening and cooperation skills.

Ms Howells

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