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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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