‘Twas the night before Christmas

11/12/2020 at 11:24

This week in English, we have been focussing on developing a range of comprehension skills from making predictions and inferences to discussing the language choices made by the writer. All of our work centred around the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ which showcases lots of high quality vocabulary and language techniques. The children will be looking at the use of similes used in the poem next week as they write their own descriptions of St Nicholas.

https://www.literacyshed.com/nightbeforechristmas.html

Maths

In Maths, we have been exploring the 8 times table and its links to the 2 and 4 times table. The children have had the opportunity to show off lots of their mathematical skills this week as they tackled some maths assessments. We were very impressed with what they have remembered and their resilience towards solving multistep problems. Homework this week is based upon the 8 times table. Hit the button is an excellent resource for building up confidence in times table recall. How many correct answers can you get this weekend?

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

PE

Miss Carter has been very impressed with the effort put into our SAQs sessions this half term. All of the children have worked on improving a range of skills including throwing and catching, controlling a ball with a hockey stick and running at speed. Our gymnasts performed some excellent symmetrical and asymmetrical balances with their partner on a variety of apparatus this week. Our netballers are becoming much more confident in the rules of the game, showing some great defence skills. In tchoukball, the children have shown great cooperation skills as they worked together to score lots of goals.

PSHE

Our focus for this half term has been on bullying and the impact this has on others. The children have shown great maturity in discussing a range of situations and what can be done to prevent bullying. This week’s MindMate lesson focussed on kindness. We had some excellent discussions around how unkind behaviours can impact others and how our feelings change when someone is unkind or kind to us.

Year 3 impressed us with their fantastic Makaton skills in our Christmas performance of ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’ this week. We can’t wait for you to be able to watch the film next week, particularly as we looked super festive in our Christmas jumpers!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Ellis

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What can you see?

29/11/2019 at 16:15

We have had lots of fun in science this week setting up our own investigations. As part of our topic on light, we tested out lots of different theories to see if we could prove them right/wrong. We explored whether different metal surfaces reflect things, if we could see our reflection in a piece of crumpled tin foil, whether light bounces off a mirror or comes through the back of it and how things change when you look in a mirror. We also had a go at following a maze using a mirror and were surprised at how such a simple task became so difficult – especially when we made up our own!

In English, we have written an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Giant’s point of view. We have really enjoyed sharing our creative ideas with each other and reading aloud our work. It has been a great opportunity to show off our skills and put everything we have learnt so far this year into context. Some children even had a go at writing in pen, having achieved their pen license. Keep up the brilliant work and beautiful handwriting!

In Maths, we have begun our work on multiplication and division by looking at equal groups and the 3 x table. We have created our own concept boards, showing a calculation in a range of ways. Maths homework this week focus on learning the 3 x table facts. Please also make use of Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button to improve recall speed.

Thank you to all of those children who are working so hard at home to complete their extreme learning. We have seen some very impressive scores in Year 3 and we would love to bring the trophy back to Year 3 next week! Please remember to bring your signed record with you every day.

If you are able to volunteer to support on our school trip to the pantomime on Thursday 12th December, please let us know.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Year 3 Team

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Welcome back!

08/11/2019 at 15:30

We have had a great start to the new half term and have already learnt so many new things. We cannot wait to get stuck into our new topics (and Christmas celebrations of course)!

In Maths, we have been exploring the different methods we could use when adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. We then had a go at using these methods to solve some tricky problems. Maths homework this week is a recap of 1, 10 and 100 more/less than a given number. Please try to complete this independently but do ask for help if you get stuck!

We have enjoyed reading a very unusual traditional tale in English – The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We were given the pictures from the story (with no words) to order. It was very tricky as the story seemed to differ greatly from the tale we were used to so we had to carefully infer from the clues that were there. We then read the story – we couldn’t believe that the wolf turned out to be friendly character with good intentions! We are looking forward to writing our own alternative traditional tales from a different point of view. We have also been looking at spellings that use the prefix ‘sub’. A spelling activity linking to this has also been set for homework.

We have begun our geography topic on Europe by recapping the world’s continents and oceans, using an atlas to remind ourselves of where each continent is located. We then looked at the different countries within Europe and had a competition to see how many we could name. We were so impressed that Fabio could also name the capital cities of each European country!

In Science, we have been discussing what light is and where it comes from. We shared our initial thoughts and discussed the questions we want to find out over the next 6 weeks. Here are our ideas…

Special mentions this week go to Patrick, Fabio, and Holly.

If you took part in the cross country this week, please return your running vest by Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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Rock detectives…

11/10/2019 at 15:42

We have been very busy carrying out experiments and observations in our science lessons this week. We have enjoyed looking at which rocks are permeable by putting them in water to test them and then recording our findings. It was very exciting to see some of the rock samples covered in bubbles! We enjoyed getting our hands dirty and looking at different types of soil as we found out what it was made of. Using the lego, we made models to show the many different layers of soil. We then used the Chromebooks to research which soil should be used for growing different plants.

We have started a new unit of work in English linking to our history topic. We have enjoyed reading Stone Age Boy – a tale about a young boy who goes back in time and meets Om and her Stone Age family. We made some excellent predictions about what would happen and even used our retrieval and inference skills to unpick the story. We can’t wait to go on our own adventure back in time next week on Thursday 17th October during our Stone Age Day. We have lots of crafty activities to get stuck into! Remember you can come to school dressed as someone from the Stone Age.

New learning logs have been sent home with a very exciting competition we will be entering (due Wednesday 23rd October). Maths homework this week is an addition challenge – who will find the biggest score? Remember to bring your reading records every day as we are now aiming for 100%!!

Special mentions this week go to Harry, Yahya, Arjun and Jenna. Well done!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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