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Week beginning 26th November

Even though the timetable for this week had been swapped and changed many times due to Christmas practises, the children have had a super week! They have all dealt so well with the changes, thrown themselves wholeheartedly into Christmas practises and knuckled down with the usual challenges in lessons!

We have this week introduced ancient Egyptian mummification - which the children have loved! We learned all about the process in our topic lessons through research, watching videos, and role play. Then we applied this knowledge through English lessons in writing our own non-fiction texts about the mummification process. Children selected and used key vocabulary such as natron and canopic jars, as well as adverbs and conjunctions!

In maths we have started looking at multiples of 4. The children have identified the multiples of 4, learnt a song to remember them well, and then applied this to answer multiplication and division calculations. Next week we will investigate further the link between multiplication and division by exploring fact families.  

 

Week beginning 19th November

What a busy week in Green 1 this week! We are well and truly in full flow practising for our Christmas performance! The children have loved practising our special Year 3 song Gold by Britt Nicole! We even have actions to help us to remember the lyrics! If you want to have a practise at home the link for the song is available on Class Dojo - Class Stories, as well as being available to search on YouTube.

In PE we have been practising our rock and roll style dance to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, as well as outdoor team games with Glen too on Wednesdays! Glen mentioned to the children and I that he thoroughly enjoyed his lesson this week due to brilliant behaviour - making for a particularly productive and enjoyable PE session! Well done Green 1!

You will hopefully have received your hand written letters of invitation from the children inviting you to our spectacular art gallery on Friday 7th December at 2:30pm in the school hall. The children are excited to share their artwork with you! We also are lucky enough to have a visitor to Year 3 on Monday next week, a photographer who will be working with the children to create amazing images using light! These will be showcased at the art gallery event too!

In maths we completed our Addition and Subtraction unit by learning how to check or work using the inverse operation! Children were checking their addition questions by reversing the question to create a subtraction calculation! It was tricky at first but once the rule was clear, the children were able to apply this to check their work! We also began our Multiplication and Division unit, where the children explored the 3 times tables. Next week we will go onto exploring the 4 times tables - how exiting!

In English the children have been super excited to find out interesting, weird and wonderful facts about ancient Egypt. They then have been using these facts, as well as their knowledge about the structure of non-fiction texts to create their very own non-fiction texts!

 

 

Week beginning 12th November

 

Another exciting week in Year 3!

In maths, the children have continued to develop their understanding of column addition and subtraction with 3 digit numbers. The progress in this area has been quite amazing due to the children's focus and perseverance! Well done Year 3!

 

The children continued to develop their understanding of non-fiction text features through reading comprehension activities and use of subheadings to accompany their own research. This week the non-fiction texts were all about the importance of colours in history, in preparation for the children moving on to find out about the Ancient Egyptians. On Friday as part of the Children in Need activities, Year 3 wrote superb informative captions to accompany images all about the important charity.

The week finished off with a rather fabulous Children in Need catwalk in the hall! Thank you to everyone who took part in Spotacular Friday and was able to donate money through non-uniform donations and the biscuit sale.

Look out for the Year 3 Art Gallery parent event details which are soon to be revealed. smiley

Week Beginning 5th November 2018

Well, the first week of Autumn Term 2 went brilliantly! We have absolutely aced the column method for addition, and next week will be looking further at this method for subtraction. We will also be using this method for adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers! 

 

We have also started to explore non-fiction texts this week. The children have been introduced to the features of non-fiction texts including a contents page, index, glossary, page numbers, headings and sub-headings, fact box, diagrams, illustrations and captions. We are aiming to write our own non-fiction texts for the reading corner!

 

In preparation for our art gallery, the children have made silhouette pictures resembling their lives/likes/interests. They made backgrounds using chalk and/or oil pastels, and then cut out shapes from black paper to create silhouettes. 

In P.E the children have begun to practise rock and roll style dancing in preparation for our part in the Christmas performance - they are loving it (as am I of course)! 

 

As well as the usual subjects, this week we have set aside time to learn about WW1, Remembrance Day and the Centenary. The children chose their mediums to produce beautiful poppies. Some chose shiny red fabric, others chose red felt, and some children used red napkins to create layered poppies. All of the children's poppies are now on our Centenary display in the hall - I will add a picture to the website asap! As well as this, we read a lovely text about WW1 which the children really enjoyed - Flo of the Somme by Hilary Robinson. 

 

Week Beginning 22nd October 2018

The final week is done, now for a well earned break for Green 1! 
We ended the week with a book review in English, where the children were able to choose a book that we have read this half term and review it. This allowed children to apply their knowledge of sub-headings and paragraphs to help them to present their knowledge and understanding of the texts.

 

In maths we introduced the column method for addition and subtraction, the children (and I), have absolutely loved this method! We will continue to look at this when we return from our break, focusing on carrying (addition) and exchanging (subtraction) numbers. 

 

In Science we have continued our exploration of light, this time looking into how we see colours, and how light is split into the colours known as a spectrum. The children foundt his fascinating and were all able to explain how they could see items of a certain colour, e.g. 'I can see the chair is blue because the object is absorbing all the other colours in light apart from blue, which is reflected back into our eyes.' This was very impressive!

 

Enjoy your break, we are looking forward to investigating more about light and colour when we return after half term. I am especially looking forward to our focus topic of Ancient Egypt and the colours through history! Stay safe, have fun, and see you all on Tuesday 6th November!

Week Beginning 15th October 2018

 

It has been another creative week in Year 3! The children have created two pieces of independent writing, a story based on an image of a fantasy setting and a letter based on our class text, 'The Day the Crayons Quit'.

 

In science, the children used their developing knowledge of the benefits and risks of the sun to create posters. Excitingly next week, we will choose which of these posters is emailed across to remind children in Omihi School, North Canterbury New Zealand, about sun safety.

 

In maths we have explored different methods to add and subtract hundreds, tens or ones from a 3-digit number. We started by looking at number lines, which the children found really effective. After this we looked at partitioning, a more difficult method to learn, but once you understand it, really effective! We looked at why for example 370 + 60 would be split into 370 + 30, then 400 + 30. Finally, a practical method was also applied, and transformed into a written/pictorial method in our books! With this method, children are used to using place value grids (Hundreds, Tens and Ones) with counters, so we drew these out in our books to help us answer some addition and subtraction questions. Next week we will focus on learning a new method, the column method.

 

School reports were sent home on Friday with the children, please do let us know if you require a duplicate copy or a copy sent via email for any reason. If you would like to discuss how your child has settled into Year 3 then please do sign up for a parents' evening meeting, appointments are still available for both Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October. 

Week beginning 8th October 

 

This week the children's Christmas card designs were reveled and sent home this week - be sure to get your orders back to school with the correct cash if you'd like to order some personalised goodies, in time for Christmas!

 

In English, we have been practising using commas in lists as part of our ongoing letter writing topic. The children were able to come up with many imaginative lists detailing to how Duncan (our book's main character) could use his crayons to stop them from quitting. 

 

In Maths we have been looking at 3 digit numbers and addition and subtraction of ones and tens, using informal methods such as counting on and back on number lines. Next week we will concentrate on adding and subtracting crossing hundreds (e.g. 299 + 30, or 304 - 50 etc.), as well as adding hundreds to a 3-digit number, and spotting patterns withing addition and subtraction.

 

In science, we were fascinated by the video clips and facts we were able to find out about the sun. These were used to create mini sun fact files. We will go on to think about the benefits and dangers associated with the sun. As well as how and why the pupils of our eyes react to light. 

 

In PE this week we have continued our gymnastics unit by looking at different types of jumps. This leads on from our focus of balances as children can now perform a balance, move between balances and jump from a bench safely and aesthetically!

 

Art takes a different focus next week with Mr Honey. As part of a whole school project, the children will create endangered sea creatures, mammals or seabirds, using plastic waste. This is part of a national competition to raise awareness of the problems of palstic waste in our seas and oceans.

PLEASE SEND ANY CLEAN PLASTIC WASTE INTO SCHOOL, NEXT FRIDAY, TO BE USED IN THIS ART LESSON.  Thank you in advance, and thank you for your continuous support!

Week beginning 1st October

 

Well done to all of the children in Green 1 for showing such determination, perseverance and positivity this week, when completing their first Year 3 assessments! 

 

On Wednesday Green 1 embraced a new approach to learning by taking part in 'No Pens Wednesday'. The children developed their speaking and listening skills in English, through role play and interviewing of characters in the current class text 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. Whilst in maths, counting on and back and ordering 3 digit numbers using number lines was the focus. In the afternoon, Year 3 continued creating works of art ready to exhibit at the Year 3 gallery (date to be confirmed shortly for next half term). This week's art focus was based on the works of Arcimboldo.

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The children created their very own fruit and vegetable heads.

 

a and an determiners, as well as commas in a list have been our class focuses for the week in English as we continue our letters topic. In handwriting it has been wonderful to see more children becoming confident to use letters joins in their writing, beyond handwriting practise sessions.Whilst in maths we have moved onto addition and subtraction using 3 digit numbers. Science has been hands on again this week with torches. The children investigated the reflection of light and the properties that make a material reflective.

 

For those visiting the Goose Fair - stay safe and have fun!

 

Miss Brown

Week beginning 24th September

This week the children have applied their letter writing knowledge during computing by typing up a letter on Microsoft Word. The children were practising opening Word, starting a blank document, typing and changing font e.g. size, type and colour, as well as saving and closing documents.

 

We also began one of my favourite books: The Day the Crayons Quit! We predicted what the story would be about, read the story and then identified nouns and adjectives in the story. The children then used the nouns that they had identified in their work when developing use of 'a' or 'an' as a determiner. The children learned that 'an' is usually used only when the noun starts with a vowel, otherwise 'a' is used.

 

In maths we completed our 'Place Value' unit by looking at ordering and comparing numbers. We then consolidated our learning by looking back over all the things we have learned so far, including: hundreds, the value of each digit in a 3-digit number (hundreds, tens and ones), finding 1, 10 and 100 more or less than a number, writing numbers in words and digits and counting in 50's from 0. Next week we look forward to moving on to our 'Addition and Subtraction' unit.
 

Week beginning 17th September

Happy Friday! 

Well, what a super second full week in Year 3! The children are now experts at letter writing and have written a letter to our main character Hassan persuading him that the UK is a colourful place! To go with this, the children chose a feature of the UK in the atlas, e.g. population or climate, and created their own colourful map to show the colours of the UK! The children used keys to show what each colour showed and some children even managed to label capital cities too! 

In maths we have been learning how to find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than numbers up to 1000. We have also then compared numbers up to 1000 using different representations; pictures, counters, number cards, place value arrow cards, base 10 equipment and digits were all compared! 

We look forward to another busy week next week, and I hope you are all ready for harvest celebrations on Monday!

See you next week! 

Week beginning 10th September
What a super first full week in Year 3!

The children have all settled in well with new routines, and have dealt well with lots of new changes in class and around school!

In English we have become experts on letter writing, we all know the features of a letter off by heart I am sure! After reading letters, annotating them, ordering them and answering questions about them, the children were ready to write their own! We wrote a letter from the point of view of Hassan, the main character from our current text, The Colour of Home. I am amazed to see how many children write with beautiful, joined up handwriting!

In maths we have become masters of hundreds, tens and ones! We can identify numbers up to 1000 represented in many different ways! We are continuing to practise being able to identify the value of digits in a 3 digit number. For example, what is the value of the 3 in 534? 30 of course!

In Science we investigated light, and how dark is the absence of light! The children decided on 7 questions that they would like to know the answer to by the end of this unit, and we will do the best we can to answer all of these during lesson time! In our first lesson we used objects hidden in cardboard boxes, holes and torches, to explore whether we can see objects without light, with small amounts of light, and with full light exposure!

In topic we looked at maps of the UK using an atlas, the children found many uses of colour in an atlas, such as to show climate, population and land use. We then compared these findings to maps of Somalia to show the difference between the two countries, since Somalia is the setting of our class text.

Finally, the children started gymnastics, and we practised balances on 1 point, 2 points, 3 points and 4 points! Children were especially good at 3 point balances!

 

Hello and welcome to Year 3!

 

We have had a brilliant start so far, the children have come in confidently and with great enthusiasm!

 

Our first topic is The Colours of Life, which we are excited to explore! The first two texts we will be looking at are The Colour of Home and The Day the Crayons Quit!

 

In English we will look at letter writing, picking apart the features of a letter, and look at the order, to then apply this knowledge to write a series of our own letters.

 

In maths we will begin by looking at Place Value, where the children will explore the value of each digit in a 3 digit number, up to 1000. This includes investigating hundreds, tens and ones (or units), as well as comparing numbers and ordering them on a number line!

 

In topic lessons we will be investigating all of the uses of colour in an atlas, for example to show population, climate or land use. We will then use this knowledge to create our own map to show how colourful the UK is, in an aim to persuade a character from the book to want to stay in the UK!

 

In science we will be starting our Light unit, exploring where light comes from, what objects are light sources, and how shadows are formed! 

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