Another fabulous week Class 10. We have been writing letters to parents about a forthcoming Gallery visit, we will let you know more soon. We have been practising using prepositions to explain where things are (above, in, on, under ) We have been practising finding information in the Index of a book.
In Maths, we have all been adding in different ways: column addition, partitioning, number facts to 10 and 100 and using near multiples of 10 (19 and 11).
In Science, we had a revision session about Light, the children did really well.
In PE, we did Dance and Football. In Music, we started learning a new song about Clowns and then we did some artwork to go with it.
We have also started talking about Children in Need, more to come next week.
The children loved a session we had on the church and who attends, what is in a church and what happens there: baptism, Christmas, marriage and funerals. We will write this up next week as a Factfile.
Week beginning 31st October
Wow - what a busy but brilliant week! The highlight of the week has got to be the news reports! All children worked in their teams to plan and act out their very own Newsround! They were so engaged and presented their knowledge on the light unit so well - I was very impressed! They used so many scientific words such as: reflections, retro-reflective and knowing that dark is the absence of light.
In English the children have been learning about how to use adverbs in instructions, such as 'carefully, gently, quickly and slowly'. As well as this, we have looked at how to set out instructions using headings and sub-headings.
In maths, there has been a lot of mental arithmetic going on! We have practiced how to add 1 digit numbers to 3 digit numbers, how to add multiples of 10 to 3 digit numbers, and how to use partitioning to help us with bigger sums! Hopefully the abacus homework will consolidate the learning that has taken place this week!
In topic we are now focusing on Ancient China, and we will be looking at Chinese brush strokes for painting, we have already painted some super back grounds for these, using our knowledge of colour mixing! We have also started to learn the Ancient Chinese dance, I have choreographed the first part of the song, the rest will be left to the children to choreograph their own routines! If you want to have a listen to the song on YouTube, it is 'Mido Mountain by YoYo Ma', and it is quite a funky Chinese style piece of music!
Hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to hearing about it on Monday!
Week beginning 16th October
A huge well done to all of you on the assessments we have been doing this week, we know how hard you have worked and will be keen to share the successes with your parents during Parents Evening on the 1st November.
It has been a busy week even with just four days, we completed our work on the Day the Crayons Quit and also read the Day the Crayons Came Home today, which both classes loved.
In the afternoons, we have been completing some Art activities which have been kept safely in our Gallery box until next half term.
We had a great basketball match and then talked about the Diwali festival which is being celebrated today.
We decided not to send any homework home as you all deserve a rest. A great first half term everyone, enjoy the break.
Week beginning 9th October
Well done Class 10 for making it through a tricky week of maths! We were learning how to add near multiples of 10, such as 9, 11, 21, 29 and so on. The children are already brilliant at partitioning (e.g. adding 20 then 9 if they need to add 29), so we tried something new. So, if children wanted to add 29, they would add 30, then take one away. This is a tricky skill but everyone showed great perseverance!
In English the children have planned, written and edited their own letter in the style of 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We have been using capital letters to show emotion and rhetorical questions to get the reader thinking.
We also began to look at what growth mindset looks like. We discussed the need to challenge your brain to make you more clever! And that it does get tricky and sometimes we want to give up, but there are many ways to get through this! We decided on the 6 B's, Brain, Buddy, Board, Bits, Book and Boss.
Brain = have you tried all the methods you know? Can you think of a different thing to try?
Buddy= Could you ask a friend for help/advise?
Board= Can you see anything on the board that might help you/ on displays?
Bits= Is there any resources in the classroom to help you?
Book= Have we covered this before in your books somewhere?
Boss= If all else fails - you can always ask an adult!
The aim is that now we are Year 3, we show more independence and responsibility for our learning, we can do it!
Week beginning 2nd October
Another brilliant week in Class 10 - lots of class dojos were given out!
In maths we looked at comparing numbers and estimating. We worked with both horizontal and vertical number lines (e.g. rulers or measuring jugs), and children estimated where certain numbers would be on the number line. They also then challenged themselves to find 10 and 100 more or less than the number. Children have been so excited about maths recently, asking for challenges and buzzing from their achievements!
In English, we have begun to plan our own books in the style of 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. The children have been working in 3's to come up with an area of focus (e.g. bathroom), then the items they will write about (e.g. toothbrush), and then they have thought about what these items may feel like, what they enjoy about their job, and what they hate! It has been fun to hear all of the imaginative ideas from the children when they put themselves in the shoes of these items!
We have re-allocated job roles within the classroom, so that other children can have a turn at being responsible for part of the classroom. So please bare with us whilst these children get used to their roles, e.g. fetching lunch box trolley, handing out reading diaries and so on. So far though, they have done a great job!
Week beginning 25th September
Wow - what a brilliant week it has been in Class 10! We have continued with our focus text, 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which is still a great hit with the children! All children have planned, drafted, and written up in their best handwriting, a letter of their own based around the way the author structures their writing! Each child chose a crayon to be, and they had to argue that their crayon was the true colour of the sky! We even got to write these letters in the crayon we chose! We had some super rhetorical questions, use of '...' for suspense, and great use of capital letters for effect (e.g. for shouting and showing emotion, like 'I NEED you to tell blue crayon that I am the TRUE colour of the sky!' Great work Class 10, your writing has made for a beautiful display at the back of our classroom!
I have been so impressed with the maths work this week from all children in Class 10. We have been learning the rules for finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number, up to 1000. And no matter how hard I tried I could not catch the children out! They are so brilliant at this! We even tried it with larger numbers, and solved problems by applying our knowledge!
In science we have made foil people, and used them to show how the position of the light source effect the shape, size and position of the shadow! Why not try this at home! You can make shadows anywhere, and the children are amazing at knowing what things are light sources!
This week we were lucky to have a visitor from the Nottinghamshire County Council to tell us all about the importance of recycling. The children were so engaged, working in teams to sort rubbish into the correct bins!
Finally, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support at home. I am overwhelmed with the amount of superb quality homework that the children are bringing in! The effort, presentation and content of all are brilliant! Also, I know it is difficult to find time to read at home and practise spellings, so I would like to thank you for your engagement at home in this area too!
The book of focus this week has been a huge hit with Class 10! We have been reading, and basing our work around the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which the children have loved! We are working towards writing our own letters in the style of the letters written in this book. The children have been encouraged to use ambitions vocabulary, especially for emotions, (e.g. instead of saying happy - children have been using words such as cheerful, pleasant and joyful).
In maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000, using the greater than and less than signs ( > or < ), putting numbers on a number line, and looking at the hundreds, tens and ones in each number. Some children have even challenged themselves to work with 4 digit numbers! We have also been practising our 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables, with some children having a go at 8 times tables! Lots of children have been practising their times tables at home too - how fantastic!
In computing the children have been learning how to edit and manipulate images, for example edit brightness, colour, contrast, size and position. It's great to see the children unleash their creative side on the laptops!
I am super impressed with the quality of the homework Class 10 have been handing in. I have never before seen such beautifully presented work from home, it is clear that the children take real pride in their work. Again, we thank you for your continued support in this area as well as other aspects of your child's education!
Week beginning 11th September
This week we have continued to focus on the story The Colour of Home, and children have each used the structure of this story to plan and write about their journey from Year 2 to Year 3. Class 10 were brilliant at finding synonyms for emotions, for example instead of writing 'sad' or 'happy', we used a thesaurus to find more ambitious words such as 'upset, heartbroken, worried' and 'joyful, ecstatic, cheerful'. Many children used ambitious vocabulary in their writing too!
In maths we have focused on place value, and have done lots of work on hundreds, tens and ones. The children have been super at partitioning numbers into hundreds + tens + ones, e.g. 645 = 600 + 40 + 5. Lots of children managed to challenge themselves by using 4 digit numbers - how fantastic!
Class 10 have been super in P.E. with our basketball and tag rugby lessons. They really work well as a team, and have great throwing and catching skills! Next week we can move on to more tricky passes and techniques, as well as putting these to use in team games!
The artwork created by the children in Class 10 has been superb! Lots of this can be seen on displays in the classroom and corridor. We have based our artwork on The Colour of Home, focusing specifically on the use of colours to show emotions, and investigating which colours mix together to make a new colour!
There have been lots of new routines and practices to get used to as we move into full swing of Year 3 now. All children have dealt with these changes extremely well. This class is full of helpful, kind and caring children, therefore many children have been allocated a job role, and those who haven't this week, will have a turn another week! Since all children in class 10 are super kind and helpful, we are never short of a helping hand, and I would like to say a big thank you to the children for this.
I look forward to next week, thank you for your continued support.
Welcome to Class 10
Welcome to Class 10 parents/carers and children.
Class 10 have made a really positive start to year 3 already. We have spent the last 3 days exploring the story The Colour of Home and creating some fabulous artwork for the classroom and corridor.
The children are already very settled and many have been reading at home already. There is a green box in the classroom for the children to put their home/school diaries and reading books in each morning. They will earn Class Dojo points if they read at home. Please make sure you record it in their diaries. They can also record that they have read independently too.
The timetable will begin week beginning Monday 11th September, and the children will be bringing home a spelling folder (yellow) so please practise their spellings with them. They will be tested weekly.
PE will be on a Monday and Thursday, please ensure your child has their kit in school. If your child wears earrings, please try and take them out on these days. Thanks.
Thank you for your continued support.
Times tables - Who wants to be a times tables whizz?
Across school, children will be taking part in 'What wants to be a times tables whizz?' This involves children choosing a times table that they aren't yet confident with (from those that they are expected to know in their current year group), then learning this times table in school and at home in order to earn rewards.
Bronze Award: children are able to say the times table in steps (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...)
Silver Award: children are able to recite the times table form 1x to 12x (e.g. 1x2 is 2, 2x2 is 4, 3x2)
Gold Award: children can answer multiplication and division facts linked to their times tables (e.g. what is four lots of two? How many twos make twenty four?)
Children must achieve all three awards in their chosen times table before moving on to a new times table.
Reminders and Notices
P.E. days are Monday and Thursday.
Mr Smith teaches the children on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning.
Getting in Contact
The class email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to send any photos / attachments or use it as a way of communicating with me if you can't catch me at the door. Please be aware that I do only check it once a week.
Just a reminder that all homework is attached at the top of the page and there is an expectation that the homework be completed and returned into school by Thursday.
Red Group 1 : Tested and given new spellings on Mondays
Yellow Group: Tested and given new spellings on Tuesdays
Orange Group: Tested and given new spellings on Wednesdays
Green Group: Tested and given new spellings on Thursdays
Every half term we test the children on the 50 statutory National Curriculum words for Year 3. Feel free to begin to learn these words if you want to be ahead of the game!