Thursday, 5 October 2017

WB 2.10.2017

Today the children conducted a number of investigations involving magnets. One of the experiments was making a 'floating compass' and the children learned how the earth behaves like a giant magnet. Over the last couple of weeks the children have also discovered which materials are magnetic, how magnets behave when they are placed in different directions, how magnets do not need to touch something in order to act upon a magnetic object, and that a 'floating magnet' will always point north. To conclude our topic, next week the children will be creating 'magnetic games' that could be used at a science fair.

We have now come to the end of our English unit looking at fables. The children have been focusing on how to punctuate direct speech, as well as using time adverbs and conjunctions to make their writing more interesting. They have concluded the unit by writing their own fable. Next week we will be looking at shape poems. 

This week in maths we have been revising telling the time and looking at both analogue and digital clocks. This is an area where children sometimes struggle, and it makes such a difference if the children can practice telling the time at home. This does not have to take a long time - just a couple of questions regularly can make a big difference. Next week we will be looking at the properties of 3D shapes.

Next week is also Local Democracy Week and we will spend some time in class thinking about what it means to live in democracy.

Finally, a big thank you to all those who have sent in items for our harvest collection. The food will go on to make a big difference to many families, thank you!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Busy, Busy , Busy

Our new term is well underway and the children have started their new topics across the curriculum.  In Geography we are gaining lots of knowledge about countries and continents and we are using maps to locate new places.  Florida has been in the news recently so we have talked about Hurricane Irma and plotted the route that she travelled.

In Science we are learning about Forces and Magnets and we are beginning to understand why magnets can repel and attract.  Our first RE topic about Homes is well underway and the children have talked about St Paul and the advice that he gives us to live our lives in greater harmony with each other.  They have shown great interest and written some lovely "Family Recipes" for happiness:some of these are displayed in the library.

In English we have looked at fables and their morals, we have particularly enjoyed studying a modern fable called "War and Peas."   The children were very astute at ascertaining the moral.

We are impressed with the homework but please don't let the children spend more than 20 minutes on a task.  We want homework to be positive (or as positive as homework can be!)  It does help to consolidate our classroom teaching.  We thank you for your help and support.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Welcome Back!

A very big welcome back to everyone after a lovely summer break! The children have had a great first week in Year 3 and have settled into the new routines incredibly well. It has been a long first week and the children coped remarkably well, although i'm sure they will be looking forward to a weekend off!

Thank you to all those who were able to make the parent meeting this week. If you were not able to make it, please just pop in and we can get the information that was shared to you. The children came home with their homework folders yesterday and these should be back in on Wednesday. The children have also been given a day that their books will be changed, although the children should have their reading records in school everyday.

Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to start and explore our topics for this half term, including 'the sunshine state' in geography, magnets and forces in science, as well as making 'moving posters' in DT. We will also be looking at fables in English. 
We are looking forward to an exciting half term!

Have a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Cuffley Outdoor Activity Trip

On Monday 3W went to Cuffley Outdoor Activity Camp for a full day of activities.  We started our day with circus skills and the children had lots of opportunities to try out different circus skills. Juggling, walking on stilts, balancing eggs on heads, to name but a few of them, were tried by all. The children are not quite ready to run off to join the circus yet but a great time was had by all.  Next there was fire building and each group managed to make a lovely camp was just what we needed in the 30 degree heatwave!

After a well earned lunch we tried orienteering and an assault course.  Every child participated fully and really got the most out of the day.  Being under the trees for several activities was great respite from the sun and we got back to school safely in a wonderful, air conditioned bus....BLISS!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Half Term

Everybody has come back in good spirits and we are rehearsing for our school production of Let Loose.  The singing is fantastic and the last minute tweaks are being done to the performance.  We look forward to you joining us on Wednesday or Thursday evening to watch the show.  A tremendous amount of work goes into productions so a massive thanks to all the teachers and teaching assistants who have helped to get the children ready.

Next week we are off to Cuffley for our outdoor education field trip.  It should be great fun.  Don't forget a disposable packed lunch,water bottle,sun cream and a raincoat- we can never guarantee the weather!

Sports Day is also next week.  Get the children running and practising their skipping and hurdles in the garden please!

As always, school is busy but there are lots of nice events happening.

We look forward to seeing you at the First Holy Communion Thanksgiving Mass on June 29th.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

First Holy Communion

Over the last few weeks it has been wonderful to see the children in 3W making their First Holy Communion.  They have received two sacraments this year: the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  These are two special milestones in their Faith journey.

Swimming lessons are well underway and I am extremely impressed with the standard of swimming. What a talented bunch 3W are!!!  I look forward to see some future Olympians!  Not only are the children very talented but their behaviour to and from the pool is commendable.

Half term is nearly upon us, where has the year gone?  It seems to be rushing by.  We have just completed some assessments in class and the children really tried their best to recall all their new learning from this year.  When we return after half term we have the Year3/4 production to look forward to as well as Art week and Sports Day.

We are coming to the end of our topic on the Romans.  This week we will look at the Celts and how their lives were changed by the arrival of the Romans.  After the holiday we will begin our new Geography topic on  Earthquakes and we will look at Pompeii, the Roman town that was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted.

We wish you a restful holiday to recharge your batteries, in preparation for our busy, last half term in 3W.