Wow - what a tricky week for all in school this week, assessment week now though is out of the way and the children were brilliant! It may not be the most fun week for the children, but it has really shown what they are all capable of, and I cannot wait to share their achievements with you at Parents' Evening in a couple of weeks!
My favourite, as I'm sure the children will agree, has to be their independent write in their 'posh books' as we call them. The children showed off using ambitious vocabulary to create a setting, character and plot based on Stig of the Dump, our class text. I've never read such interesting, capturing pieces of writing with descriptions that create a real image in the reader's mind, written by Year 3 children! Feel free to have a look at Parents' Evening.
We were also lucky to have a cricket training session from an external provider on Tuesday, which the children loved. The lady taught the children key skills required to be a great cricket player, focusing on hand-eye coordination and ball control.
As well as assessments, the children completed some usual English and maths lessons, in which we focused on word classes (adverbs, verbs, adjectives, nouns etc.) and ambitious vocabulary choices for English. Then in maths we have been looking at fractions of shapes, and equivalent fractions using shaded shapes.
In history, the children have looked at the changes in homes from the Old Stone Age, through to the Iron Age. We then compared this to a previous lesson showing changes in food, and concluded that as people realised that they could raise and farm animals, and grow their own crops, this is when they started to build more solid homes. We also looked at the benefits of settling near a water source, and settling on a hill.
We look forward to a more 'normal' timetable next week in school, where we begin to look at measuring lengths in maths, uses of rock in science, and using inverted commas to punctuate direct speech in English!
Since this week was Science Week, we have been facing tasks slightly differently. We have been working like scientists, asking questions, observing, classifying items, analysing data and making predictions and conclusions.
Our topic in Year 3 has been Water Around the World; we completed a reading comprehension activity in order to gather information about access to water across the world, which was then accompanied by some informative video content. The children then used their newly acquired knowledge to create informative posters about access to water around the world.
We looked at the importance of punctuation in posters to persuade people to save water, not waste it! The children learnt about the uses of rhetorical questions and exclamation sentences to grab the reader's attention and make them think.
In maths we have been collecting, analysing and interpretting data about water usage. The children were particularly amazed by the amount of water used in daily activities such as baths, showers, toilet flushing and brushing your teeth. We interpretted data from a table and used this to create a clear bar chart to show how much water was used in each activity.
We were lucky to have a visitor who came in to teach the children all about water and your health during science week. The children completed a huge selection of scientific activities in the style of jigsaws, test tube activities, sorting activities, quizzes and target throwing question and answer activities.
In English this week we have looked into how to show not tell when it comes to descriptive writing. The children have read and analysed the descriptive writing of Clive King, the author of our class text Stig of the Dump. They went on to improve tell sentences like: 'The dump was a mess' into show sentences, like: 'The creepers hung like mossy, green curtains over the dump, hiding the fact that woodlice and earwigs were dropping from the roof.'.
In maths we have begun our unit on Statistics, where the children learn how to collect, analyse and interpret data. They learn how to present it in a variety of ways including tables, bar charts and pictograms. We collected data this week in the form of a tally chart, recording the votes for children's favourite book genre across the school, as well as favourite pancake toppings. This data was then analysed in order to create a pictogram. We could then interpret the data to answer questions such as what was the most/least favourite?
World Book Day was a huge success, we cannot wait to share some photos with you. The children especially loved sharing books with others, such as the Year 6's who joined us in the afternoon, and the parents who joined us in the morning (thank you!).
This week in English we have introduced our new text, Stig of the Dump - Clive King. The children have met the two main characters and they have also been introduced to the setting of the dump. Using information retrieved from the text, the children wrote interesting descriptive sentences to create the setting of the dump. We first drew a picture of what we envisaged the dump would look like, labeling the key parts using vocabulary from the text. After that we used this to write our descriptive sentence about the dump, aiming to start our sentences using a variety of openers, such as: adverbs, verbs and adjectives.
In maths we have been exploring money; identifying different coins, adding and subtracting amounts of money, and solving problems including money. The children have whizzed through this, it seems we have some money experts in Green 1! They have particularly loved the problem solving element of this unit!
We were very lucky to have a visitor in our class on Thursday too. The visitor, who was from The Schools Waste Action Club (SWAC), came to investigate compost with the children. They took samples from our school compost bin and analysed the quality of our compost. The children came away with lots of useful information about what makes the best compost, and how it is helpful for the environment.
Wow- I would just like to start by saying how impressed we are in Green 1 by the hard work that children are putting in to their homework recently. Since we have set the menu homework challenge, where children are able to choose their homework tasks between now and 28th February, we have seen so much enthusiasm, motivation and pride in their homework. I cannot wait to see what other work is produced in support of our Stone Age topic, Rocks and Soils topic, or our Multiplication and Division maths unit.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding the homework menu, and of course we run a homework club after school on Tuesdays where children and parents have the opportunity to use resources in the classroom (including us teachers!) to help with their homework.
In maths this week we have introduced division, where children have learned to partition both 2 and 3-digit numbers to tackle division questions. They have been dividing numbers by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 mainly, as these are our focus times tables for year 3. The children began this method by using place value counters, so that they could physically partition numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We then moved on to recording this pictorially in our books.
In English, children wrote their final Stone Age diary entry, and we were impressed by the number of children who used ambitious vocabulary, conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions in their work. We would also like to congratulate all children as we see an improvement in their spellings, we know you work hard at home as well as in school, and thank you parents for your continued support.
In Science this week the children have looked in more detail at how fossils are formed. They learned that fossils are formed inside sedimentary rocks, and they worked independently to order and record the fossilisation process.
In PE this week, children had their first game of bench ball. We were blown away by the amount of great team work, sportsmanship and determination shown by all children. All children worked as a team to analyse the situation, apply techniques learnt in other sports, and communicate in order to get their whole team onto their bench. Well done Green 1!
Week Beginning 28th January
It's been another busy week of learning in Year 3! We have been continuing to nurture, develop and grow our multiplication skills. Many of use are now feeling much more confident with formal multiplication for larger numbers beyond the multiplication tables. We ended our week of maths learning with our first taste of Times Tables Rockstars! All children now have their log on details and so can begin practising at home too.
In English we have been introducing more ambitious vocabulary into our diary entries, based on The Stone Age Boy. Some of our favourites from this week include, dank, foraging, lopsided, hastily, vegetation, useful and flickering. We enjoyed summarising books we'd read and trying to convince others to read them too in reading this week - thanks to those who bought books in from home to share.
PE with Miss Denis was the most challenging and high energy lesson so far. Luckily we were inside the hall, we all agree it was pretty nippy outside! There were lots of new skills to master as we played tag rugby. Year 3 should all be clued up just in time for cheering on teams in the the Six Nations starting this weekend.
It was also an exciting start to the week when we received a delivery of fossils. Ammonites,'devils toe nails', fossilised coral, clams shells, scallop shells, tree bark and a fish skeleton, were all part of our mini fossil collection to investigate. We had the chance to hold, carefully observe, identify and sketch them as part of our rocks and soils science topic. Later in the week we investigated how trace fossils were formed, we made replicas by creating imprints in clay with shells and other natural objects. Do pop in and see our creations if you are near Green 1.
In English this week the children have written another diary entry, this time based on all of the jobs people do around camp in the Stone Age, including: making and using tools, making fire, preparing and cooking food, and preparing and using animal skins. The children have been great at including technical vocabulary from our topic lessons such as hide, knapping, flint, hunter-gatherer and prehistoric.
In Science the children have explored rocks in more detail, looking at how the 3 different types of rocks are formed, and how they are used in roads, buildings and other structural features today. We sketched different rocks such as chalk, marble, granite, slate and pumice, and the children investigated whether they were durable, permeable, dense and sorted them into the 3 rock types (sedimentary/metamorphic/igneous.
In maths this week we have been using the expanded column method to solve 2-digit x 1-digit, and 3-digit x 1-digit questions. Although this is a tricky method with many steps, the children have taken to it like a duck to water, due to their prior love for the column method in addition and subtraction! This has been clear through how the children have set them out in their books, and how they feel more confident in adding the final two products to reach their total answer.
In PE the children were introduced to bocce and curling, both of which they thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see the children developing their own methods and techniques to get the ball closest to the jack, or the curling stones on the greatest target! I overheard lots of great team work, advice and compliments whizzing around the room - what a lovely atmosphere it was!
We are lucky to have Miss Dennis with us now on a Thursday morning who will be introducing the children to less common sports in their PE lessons. So far she has taught them all about dodge ball, as well as volley ball! The children are loving it so far and it is great to see them working so well as a team!
In English the children have continued to look at historical diary entries, and have written one entry from the perspective of the Stone Age Boy, based on our class text. The story so far has been about a modern day boy who trips and falls down a hole, landing in a cave. When he wanders out in to the open he finds himself lost, in the Stone Age!
In topic this week the children have become experts in the tools, food and use of animal skins in the Stone Age. We found great and gruesome facts out about these subjects and the children have created some super informative leaflets! As well as this, the children have produced some beautifully presented timelines based on knowledge from the previous week about the chronology of events in the Stone Age. Feel free to have a glance up at them on our topic display board!
In science children have learned about the layers of the earth, based on the book 'The Street Beneath My Feet'. As well as this, they have looked into how the 3 different types of rock are formed.
In maths, we have introduced the grid method to solve 2-digit x 1-digit number problems. The children have been splitting the 2-digit number into tens and ones, and then multiplying each part by the 1-digit number. For example: 23 x 4 = 20 x 4, and 3 x 4. Then we add both answers together to get to our final answer!
Week ending December 7th
What an exciting couple of weeks! It all started when Year 3 had a photography workshop in school with Mr Fuller, learning how to 'paint' with light. The fabulous drawing with lights and the eye catching rainbow around us images, produced from the workshop, formed part of the Year 3 art gallery parent last Friday.
Also on display in the gallery was the Arcimbaldo inspired fruit and vegetables portraits, based on the colours of harvest. The centre piece of the gallery was the creative dot tree based on concentric circle art by Kandinsky and inspired by the reading of the book, The Dot. Each dot represented a child in the year group. At the back of the gallery were the majestic Egyptian style headdresses, created to wear in the story telling lessons next week. Following the learning in science on light, the sun and shadows, silhouette art was created with pastel sunset backgrounds and silhouette shapes cut out for the foreground. Photographs, collage, painting, oil pastel sketching and finally printing. The children explored creating images using cool and warm shades from the colour wheel, using circular objects for printing.
Thank you so much to all of the visitors to the gallery. Don't worry if you missed it, you can enjoy some of the art in the photos below.
There were lots of other visitors to school last week. On Monday the school welcomed over 300 grandparents for a fabulous afternoon of arts and crafts. The Year 3 children and grandparents spent the afternoon busy creating baubles, wreaths and rocking santas and snowmen.
Thursday was also an exciting afternoon with many visitors to the School Christmas fair. Yet again it was a huge success in raising money for the school fund. A big well done and thanks to the parent hub!
The Christmas fun continued as Year 3 have been busy rehearsing lines, actions and lyrics ready for the upcoming KS2 Christmas productions - if you've got tickets you are in for a festive treat.
Please ensure Christmas costumes are in class by Friday 13th December, ready for the Monday morning dress rehearsal. The Christmas count down is on!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!