Sunday, 11 December 2016

Santa's on his way

Well we are getting close to the end of term and we are enjoying some lovely Christmas activities.  The children were in for a fantastic treat, watching the KS1 Nativity play "Straw and Order."  It was amazing and a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit.
The children are practising for Strictly X-factor, auditions took place this week.  We hope Simon Cowell will turn up to see the final!  I witnessed some lovely singing and dancing in the Year 3 classroom as rehearsals took place.

The children made lovely Christmas decorations for the school tree in the Hall.  This year the theme was "sparkle"  and ours definitely sparkled! ( I have been removing glitter from my clothes for days!)

The children's decorations have also gone to create a snowman display on the top corridor so if you get the chance, please pop up to see it.

We have a wonderful Jesse Tree in our classroom, the decorations that the children made for homework look wonderful on the tree and the initiative shown in the designs was brilliant.  We had ornaments to represent Adam and Eve, Daniel, Noah, Mary, John the Baptist and many more.

This week we will be singing a whole host of carols in RE, debugging programs in Computing, studying why Cape Kennedy is used to launch rockets and doing some interactive games and problem solving in Maths.  This week has lots of fun packed into it, culminating with Christmas dinner and Christmas parties on Friday.

All that's left to say is Ho, Ho,Ho!!!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Advent

This week we celebrated the beginning of advent. We can't quite believe it is December already and the term really has flown by. Thank you to all those who came to see our class assembly last week. The children all performed and sang brilliantly and all the staff in year 3 were unbelievably proud of them (as i'm sure you all were too!).

Over the last 2 weeks the children have been busy making fossils in science. They have also been making decorations for the Christmas tree, which is now up in the hall. They have been recapping the strategies and methods we have covered in maths and it has really shown how much the children have learned and taken on board this term - they have all worked so hard! In English the children have been doing some fantastic extended writing linked to our English text 'Storm'. In D&T the children have been designing and making 'moving posters' linked to our Geography unit, 'The Sunshine State', producing posters advertising the everglades or the Magic Kingdom.

Next Tuesday year 3 will join year 4 for their reconciliation service which should be a lovely afternoon. We also look forward to lots of festive activities and events over the next few weeks.

We hope you all have a wonderful time at the Christmas fair tomorrow! 🎅

Friday, 18 November 2016

Autumn Leaves

We are quickly approaching December and all that it brings but November has been busy with lots of interesting things happening.  3W have created a lovely display in the hall with some beautiful artwork.  They took an autumn leaf and by drawing lines across it they created wonderful patterns. Using different mediums they were able to show the fantastic colours that autumn brings.

This week is anti-bullying week and we were fortunate to watch a wonderful play which really got the message across.  The play was about texting and using mobile phones inappropriately.  It was a powerful message and we could clearly see that we should never send unkind texts to each other.  The children listened attentively and were able to discuss this issue with great maturity.

We are presently practising our assembly and we look forward to seeing you next week-you had better bring tissues as the children sing so beautifully that there won't be a dry eye in the room.

We continue in Maths to look at subtraction by counting along a number line and in English we are reading and discussing the book Storm.  Despite winter approaching, our geography topic is about The Sunshine State-California and the children are really enjoying learning about the USA.  In Science we are investigating rocks whilst in RE we are soon to begin our new Advent topic "Visitors."

See you next Friday for our assembly!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

31.10.16

I hope you all had a lovely half term. The children have come back full of energy and ready for action!

We have begun our new Geography topic on the 'Sunshine State' this week, as well as our new science topic studying 'rocks and soils'. Some children have already brought in special rocks or topic books they have at home, so if other children have show and tell related to either topic then please encourage them to bring them in.

This half term the children will be looking at mechanical systems in DT and will be designing their own 'moving poster'. We will be looking at pop-up books next week and the different moving elements that they may choose to use. If anyone has any pop-up books at home that they would be willing to send in as examples this would be great - we will covering this next Friday (11th November).

Over the next couple of weeks we will also begin to practise our class assembly, which will take place on 25th November at 9.15. We hope to see lots of you there.

Finally, just to let you know that homework will now be sent home on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday.

Have a wonderful weekend and bonfire night!

Friday, 21 October 2016

21.10.16

It has been a very busy but productive half term and the children in 3W have already had many special and fun activities to remember - our Egyptian day and Zulu day in particular. Thank you to all those who came to parent's evening this week. It was lovely to get the opportunity to talk about how well your children are doing and what a delight they all are to teach!

When we come back from half term we will be moving into our new topics. In Geography, we will be looking at South America and comparing life there, to here in Britain. In science, we will be moving into our Rocks and Soils topic, initially looking at how different types of rock and soil are formed. In English, we will be studying a unit on performance poetry. The children will discuss poetic features, the poems' structure and the poet's language choices and then have an opportunity to write their own poems. In maths, we will be using money to add and record using the correct notation and place value.

We wish you all a happy half term and hope the children have a well-earned rest!



Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ancient Egyptian Day

 What an amazing day!   On Tuesday Year 3 were transported back to Ancient Egypt.  What an amazing sight to see all of the children in costume, dressed as either Egyptian citizens or explorers.  Our day started with a workshop about Egypt and the River Nile then we had the chance to learn an Egyptian dance.  In the afternoon we had an amazing maths lesson, measuring people and objects using Royal Cubits and fingers .  This measuring system was used across Ancient Egypt.  Finally we watched and participated in a show which recreated the death of the Pharaoh and his mummification! The children were engrossed in all of the gory details and I am sure the children will remember this very special learning experience for years to come.

Also this week we had great fun in Science making simple magnets.  Our experiments worked and we were able to work out which way was north.  The children showed great interest and knowledge of magnets and did some excellent work.

Next week the Zulus are coming to visit so that should be fun.  We will also be beginning our new English unit which explores the facts regarding Tutankhamun's death.  In maths we will be continuing to work on place value and partitioning numbers.





















Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Settling in!



Take a look at the photos below, I am sure that if you look closely, you will see steam coming from the children's brains as they completed their first problem solving task!  It involved using logic and reasoning and with a bit of help, here and there, the children rose to the challenge and completed the task.  As always we had 3 levels of challenge so that all of the children could stretch themselves.  

Our Egyptian topic is well underway and over the next few weeks we will look at the role of scribes and hieroglyphics, burial rituals and the flooding of the River Nile. The children are part way through choreographing a dance about Ancient Egypt and their ideas are fantastic.   Soon the children will begin work on their Egyptian burial masks during Art and don't forget our Egyptian Day on Tuesday 4th October.  Have you started to organise your costume? It doesn't have to be too complicated, you can come as an explorer or an Ancient Egyptian slave.

In our English lessons we are continuing to compose and rehearse sentences orally, building a rich vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.  Our new spelling scheme is underway and we are endeavouring to develop the children's vocabulary with our new word of each day.

In Maths we are starting to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes and solve number and practical problems using place value to add and subtract numbers and money.

We will soon be coming to the end of our first RE topic on HOMES and then we will begin our new topic on PROMISES where we look at the promises that we made at our baptism.

Our classroom is a busy place, the children are working so hard and we are so pleased with them. 

Keep up the good work 3W.










Saturday, 10 September 2016

Welcome!

Welcome to the year 3 blog! 

We have had a great start to the term and the children have settled into the routine and expectations of year 3 brilliantly. Thank you to all parents who attended the meeting on Tuesday, it was lovely to see so many of you. Please don't worry if you were not able to make the meeting - I have paper copies of the Powerpoint with all the information so if you would like one pop in to myself or Mrs. Ward-Tsang and we can give you one or write a note in your child's reading record and we will pop one in their book bag.

This week we started our topic on Ancient Egypt and went whizzing through time in a time machine where we began to start to look at what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians. In maths we have been recapping adding and subtracting 1-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers and how we can use our 'number facts' to help. We have kick-started our science topic by sharing lots of topic books together in small groups and brainstorming what the children already know about forces and magnets. The children have also been voting for this year's eco-team, school council and liturgy team class reps and these will be announced next week!

Over the next couple of weeks we will be learning about autobiographies in English. In maths the children will be comparing and ordering 2 and 3-digit numbers along with adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers.We will also begin to look at multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 4 and 3 times tables. In science we will be conducting different investigations looking at what factors affect forces and will also start to explore magnetism. In art the children will research why Egyptian death masks were so important to the Ancient Egyptians and will begin to design their own. In computing they will start to understand what coding is and will use the iPads to work through simple coding programs.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and the children have a well-deserved rest after such a busy first week back!





Sunday, 17 July 2016

What a wonderful way to conclude the final full week of the year! Thankfully, the weather was kind to us and we all had a fantastic day learning new skills, enjoying the outdoors and having lots of fun together. Everyone was exhausted by the end of the day, but hopefully the children all came home smiling with lots to tell about their final trip in year 3!



We began the day learning some circus skills: plate spinning, juggling, stilt walking and 'stick dancing', to name just a few...






























We then moved into the woods to attempt the assault course...








and had a go at fire building...










and finally concluded the afternoon running about and using maps to find different 'stamps' in the orienteering course!





Just a few days left before the summer holidays but we still have some lovely events to look forward to, such as the KS2 Spelling Bee, the Leavers Mass and an afternoon of Olympic activities on Monday afternoon.