Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Settling in!

Take a look at the photos below, I am sure that if you look closely, you will see steam coming from the children's brains as they completed their first problem solving task!  It involved using logic and reasoning and with a bit of help, here and there, the children rose to the challenge and completed the task.  As always we had 3 levels of challenge so that all of the children could stretch themselves.  

Our Egyptian topic is well underway and over the next few weeks we will look at the role of scribes and hieroglyphics, burial rituals and the flooding of the River Nile. The children are part way through choreographing a dance about Ancient Egypt and their ideas are fantastic.   Soon the children will begin work on their Egyptian burial masks during Art and don't forget our Egyptian Day on Tuesday 4th October.  Have you started to organise your costume? It doesn't have to be too complicated, you can come as an explorer or an Ancient Egyptian slave.

In our English lessons we are continuing to compose and rehearse sentences orally, building a rich vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.  Our new spelling scheme is underway and we are endeavouring to develop the children's vocabulary with our new word of each day.

In Maths we are starting to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes and solve number and practical problems using place value to add and subtract numbers and money.

We will soon be coming to the end of our first RE topic on HOMES and then we will begin our new topic on PROMISES where we look at the promises that we made at our baptism.

Our classroom is a busy place, the children are working so hard and we are so pleased with them. 

Keep up the good work 3W.

Saturday, 10 September 2016


Welcome to the year 3 blog! 

We have had a great start to the term and the children have settled into the routine and expectations of year 3 brilliantly. Thank you to all parents who attended the meeting on Tuesday, it was lovely to see so many of you. Please don't worry if you were not able to make the meeting - I have paper copies of the Powerpoint with all the information so if you would like one pop in to myself or Mrs. Ward-Tsang and we can give you one or write a note in your child's reading record and we will pop one in their book bag.

This week we started our topic on Ancient Egypt and went whizzing through time in a time machine where we began to start to look at what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians. In maths we have been recapping adding and subtracting 1-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers and how we can use our 'number facts' to help. We have kick-started our science topic by sharing lots of topic books together in small groups and brainstorming what the children already know about forces and magnets. The children have also been voting for this year's eco-team, school council and liturgy team class reps and these will be announced next week!

Over the next couple of weeks we will be learning about autobiographies in English. In maths the children will be comparing and ordering 2 and 3-digit numbers along with adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers.We will also begin to look at multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 4 and 3 times tables. In science we will be conducting different investigations looking at what factors affect forces and will also start to explore magnetism. In art the children will research why Egyptian death masks were so important to the Ancient Egyptians and will begin to design their own. In computing they will start to understand what coding is and will use the iPads to work through simple coding programs.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and the children have a well-deserved rest after such a busy first week back!