Thursday, 14 February 2019

WB 11.02.19

It hardly seems possible that half term is just around the corner. Year 3 have had a busy but enjoyable start to the year. 

Last Friday was our French day and the children looked great in their red, white and blue. They all made a real effort to speak as much french as they could which was wonderful to see. A real highlight was going to 'Le Marche' in the hall and thinking about what real french markets are like. The children tasted crepes, different types of cheese, croissants, french biscuits and fruit juices. Délicieux! 

In DT the children have been exploring celtic weaving and this week have produced some wonderful baskets. This definitely required a lot of perseverance and patience (from both pupils and teachers!)but they look super and will be on display during parents evening after half term.

In English we have been exploring how to write non-chronological texts, linked to theme of pirates. We have been identifying some of the features used in this style of writing and the children will then be plan and produce their own non-chronological report about pirates after half term.

In Maths we have looking at multiplication and division. We have seen a real improvement in the frequency that children are accessing Times Table Rockstars so thank you for encouraging them in this. Regular practise of times tables makes such a difference to how well the children learn them so please keep this going as much as possible.

We will be sending PE kits home over the half term break. Please make sure they are returned, washed and labelled. A reminder that children need both indoor and outdoor school PE kit - they are not allowed to wear kit that is not school uniform. Only plain black tracksuit trousers, jumpers or shorts please.

We hope you all have a lovely half term and the children have a well-deserved rest. :)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! 
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and would like to wish every a very happy new year! All of the staff in Year 3 would like to say a very big thank you for all the cards and gifts we received at the end of last term - it is very much appreciated, thank you.

Even though we have only been back a couple of weeks a lot has been happening already! In English the class have been looking at poetry and how word play is used to create a variety of different styles of poem. They have been performing these as well as writing their own.

In Maths we have been exploring 2D shapes and looking at the  different types of angles and lines within them. We have then looked at what makes a shape a polygon and explored translating, reflecting and rotating congruent shapes using tracing paper. 

We have started our Bronze Age topic in history and already produced some lovely celtic weaving in art. In Science the children have been looking at different forces, particularly magnetism and have already investigated different sorts of magnets. They will be conducting different investigations over the coming weeks, exploring how magnets behave.

The children have enjoyed the start to their swimming lessons on Monday morning - thank you for making sure they have everything they need and for all the parent helpers who have given up their time to help walk the children to and from school. 

Have a lovely weekend! :)

Friday, 21 December 2018

We have finally reached the end of a very long, action-packed term. This week alone we have enjoyed the Santa Fun run, Strictly X Factor, a brass and orchestra concert, the KS2 dance off, a delicious Christmas lunch and of course, our Christmas party! It has been lots of fun but I think everyone is now in need of a well-earned rest!

We would like to thank every single one of the children for all their hard work this term - they should be really proud of their achievements so far. We would also like to thank all the parents for their support throughout the term, particularly the PTA reps and anyone who came in to help during the sandwich making afternoon.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break with your families and look forward to seeing everyone in the  New Year!

Finally, a final very big thank you for all the wonderful cards and presents we have received this week - we are incredibly grateful, thank you so much.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

The Year 3 Team

Friday, 7 December 2018

What a busy but fun week!

We were so impressed with the behaviour and reflective practice the class showed during their first reconciliation service at school. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Meehan for giving up her time to play the piano at the service. It really added a special touch.

The children have worked hard on understanding the 3 categories of rock this week. They have also set up an investigation to test the hardness of various rocks. In art we have made fossils, using clay and mod-roc. 

In English we held a debate on living in the Stone Age versus the modern day. It was very interesting and we certainly have a few politicians amongst us. I was amazed at how many children prefer the Stone Age!

In maths we have been looking at statistics and bar charts. Next we are starting on column subtraction, with exchanging. We all know this method so please practise with your child as much as you can.

We enjoyed watching the KS1 nativity dress rehearsal yesterday and it has really got us feeling festive. In RE we have been focusing on the nativity story and this week the children have started to write newspaper articles, as if they are in Bethlehem reporting on the events taking place in the stable. 

There are lots of Christmas events coming up during the last couple of weeks. Next week we have the auditions for Strictly X Factor, which takes place in the final week of term. If your child would like to enter please make sure they are prepared for the auditions which are on Wednesday next week.

A final reminder that all uniform must be clearly labelled. We are finding lots of jumpers and cardigans that are not named so we are unable to return them to the correct owner. Thank you

Thursday, 22 November 2018

On Wednesday the children in year 3 went on a paleontologist adventure. In the morning the children investigated informative displays and wonderful scale models of the world in various stages of evolution. These included dinosaur models and genuine fossil specimens. In the afternoon the children learned about the Earth’s spectacular fossil treasures and learned about how to excavate fossils. The children also got a visit from 'Mary Anning' who gave them an insight into her life as a paleontologist and fossil collector. 

Here are some pictures from the day: