Our Year 3 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 3 class page. In Year 3 the children are new to the juniors, so they need to spend time adjusting to new routines and expectations. The children enjoy the opportunity to develop their skills further and generally settle in really quickly to Key Stage 2. They become confident working independently in groups and sharing their ideas, but especially enjoy Wednesdays because they get to go swimming!
Our Year 3 Class 2018-2019
Mrs Evans- Year 3 teacher
Mrs Kirkman- Part-time teacher
Mrs Cottrell- Teaching Assistant
Miss German- 1 to 1 Teaching Assistant
Things to remember
Please remember that homework is due in on WEDNESDAY each week.
P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon, the children must wear full kit.
Swimming is on Wednesdays so don't forget your kit!
Please remember to write your child's name on all of their uniform and sports kits to avoid confusion within class.
It is important that children read regularly at home, we appreciate that it may not always be possible but encourage you to do so.
This half term.... Spring 2 (February-April 2019)
We have no doubt that this half term will be as full as the last!
English - We begin by using our comprehension skills to understand the features of film trailers, and then, linked in with our Computing Unit of Presenting, we will film and narrate our own trailer on imovie for Theseus and the Minotaur. The children know this Greek Myth well from their English learnings last half term. We then move on to Poetry and Performance! During the poetry unit, the children learn how to read, understand and perform funny poems (look out on SeeSaw for that!). In groups we perform 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen, then we write our own version of 'The Sound Collector' and apply what we have learnt about expression to perform. Many children shy away from poetry as they tend to find it quite tricky to understand - but we love teaching it and hope to change their minds! Our class reader remains The Beasts of Olympus and we will continue to use this to help us focus on reading comprehension skills, pushing this towards inference and deduction as we head towards summer. We will also be continuing our SPaG learning introducing the present perfect form of verbs and moving quite quickly through the statutory spelling list.
Maths- Please continue to work on telling the time at home, both analogue and digital. We will be returning to this in summer to look at at 24 hour digital and comparing durations of events etc. For now, just keep practising! For Spring 2 we will spend the first 2 weeks on column addition and subtraction, focusing on ensuring the children understand carrying and the importance of place value, before moving onto those all important and tricky fractions. We will do lots of practical work with this to help understanding. This is a big unit of work which will continue through into Summer 1. We will also continue our mission to all reach Level 2 of the Learn It tests, learning x4 times table and introducing the x8. Keep working on those basic skills at home!!
Science - We begin by finishing our Nutrition topic with a visit from Curious Critters! This will be brilliant! We will meet some interesting creatures and, as well as getting to hold some, we will observe how they move to help us to understand how animals without skeletons move. We will be able to then sort the animals into those which has skeletons and those that don't, and those that have an exo skeleton! We will also make our pizza for a balanced meal, which we planned last half term. Towards the end of the term we will then look at rocks and fossils, using our observation and investigation skills to look carefully at how they are different and then think about how these differences are related to how they are made. We will look at how fossils are made, and demonstrate our knowledge through our Computing unit about Programming.
History - Our Greeks Unit has been carried over - the children are desperate to find out if Theseus and the Minotaur actually happened! We find out who they were, why they became so powerful and achieved so much in comparison to other societies, how we know about them (there is no writing!) and what kinds of ideas and beliefs they left us with that we still see today! The focus is on helping children to become history detectives, being able to question the opinions and beliefs they meet.
RE - Sadness and Joy at Easter - Children explore the Easter Story and the events of Palm Sunday and Holy Week by focusing upon the feelings evoked by the different events - is it a sad time or a happy time? They will ask whether Good Friday is the beginning or the end, and whether Easter Sunday was the end or the beginning? They will look at Church Services, and school worships and think about how these feelings are reflected in the services.
Computing - Our Network Engineers unit is ongoing through out the year, however, now we know about servers and how they are needed in a Network, we will next find out where some of the main servers are across the world. This will link into Geography as we will use atlases to find them. Later in the year, we send some requests and find out where in the world they have gone before our request comes back to out web page! This half term we also complete out Presenters and Programmers Units. Busy!!
Heart Smart - Don't rub it in, rub it out.
Challenges and shared work will be available throughout the half term on Seesaw. Homework may also be sent home through this app sometimes.
Dates for your Diary:
Curious Critters Visit- Tuesday 26th February
World Book Day: Friday 8th March
Red Nose Day: Friday 15th March
Easter Eggsplorers Workshop: Monday 25th March
Easter Service in Church: Friday 5th April
Swimming Lessons every Wednesday continue for those who received an invite letter ONLY.
During Spring Term 1 we worked hard...where did the time go?!
We have tried to focus alot this half term on the basics; presentation of work, spelling words correctly that we know how to spell, handwriting, basic number facts. This will continue as it is HUGELY important!
In our reading and writing, we have spent time understanding various Greek Myths, including Perseus and The Gorgan and Pegasus and Bellerophontes. We have written some fabulous descriptions of settings and mythological beasts, with a focus on adverbial phrases and choosing vocabulary for a purpose. We thought carefully about HOW we could frighten our reader, for example. Some of us even used different length sentences. Brilliant! Using Cerberus and the Underworld as the beast and setting, we then invented our own hero and planned our own Myth, including a review of writing dialogue accurately. The children then put all the pieces together to write the plot of their myth!
We have spent time in Maths really getting to know our x3 x4 x8 tables. This will continue into Spring 2 as we begin to use written methods for multiplication and division. Further, we have seen our Reasoning and Problem Solving challenges increase in number, which will continue further into Spring 2. How to reason, both verbally and in a written way, is a skill the children need to be taught and practise. Sometimes it's frustrating but it's also very satisfying when we find a solution! Moreover, the children have been very excited since the launch of Times Table Rockstars. Keep up the hard work! We dipped in and out of telling the time also, thinking about things like how many minutes in an hour, seconds in a minute etc. This is all needed for later when the children will begin to compare durations of time. PLEASE KEEP PRACTISING AT HOME.
In our PE lessons, we learnt all about balances! We tried some counter balances and counter-tension balances, learnt how to forward roll properly and safely aswell as log roll with control, we balances on small and large body parts and learnt different positions such as pike, tuck and star. The children spent a lot of time working in partners or small groups during this unit and did a great job! We also finished our swimming lessons this half term. The children have worked very hard throughout their swimming time and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them progress. They were always a credit to the school on their journey to and from the pool and the teachers spoke highly of their effort and perseverance. It was a pleasure to take them - I will miss it and I am sure they will too!
Our Science work centred around understanding the different food groups, what foods are in each group and what they give to the body. We sorted some of our own meals into food groups, and thought what we could add to make it balanced if it wasn't. We also discussed how people with particular diets still get some of each food group. Alongside this, the children began their DT work, planning their own pizza, after conducting some basic research. The pizza had to be designed as part of a balanced meal. We will make these the first week of Spring 2 and then evaluate how successful we were (and whether they tasted nice!)
In RE this term, we looked at Rules for Living in other faiths. We spent a while understanding some of the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity before looking at some of their rules. We learnt about eating Kosher food and Shabbat, as well as finding an explanation for why some Jews wear Kippahs and have long braids. We then looked at the Five Pillars of Islam and asked some great questions of one of our own class members! The children were very interested in how a Muslim's religious life is different to a Christians and also found it quite difficult to grasp that a Muslim believes in a different God!
We also learnt about Computer Networks! We found out about the different hardware needed, and what equipment in school was on the school network. We understood the role of the Server and hunted around school for all the clues that show us the network is around us.
Finally, we took a trip to visit the Guide Dog Centre to understand more about where our money is going for our sponsorship of Fletcher. The children learnt a little of the history of the charity, before watching some dogs in training and understanding how important it is not to distract a working Guide Dog. They then had a turn at being guided by one of the trainers and met Doogle! After a tour of the outside area where they saw how the car park is part of the training, as well as areas where the dogs can have some 'down time', the children met Tracey and Tamzi. Tracey had lost her eye sight due to a condition and explained to the children how much of a difference Tamzi had made to her life. We had a great time!
Here's to another jam packed half term!
During Autumn 2 we carried on working our socks off! The children are now thoroughly settled into Year 3 life. As always the children worked VERY hard in November and had an exciting December beginning to celebrate Christmas. We have continued improving our narrative writing skills using The Girl with the Yellow Bag to introduce adverbs (the 'how' or the 'when') and prepositions (the 'where') to expand our sentences. We are always looking out for new vocabulary to wow readers with too and we certainly found some when we wrote instructions for How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth! Following some drama work, the children also wrote some wonderful poems for anti-bullying week based on the clip 'For the Birds'. We also completed a letter to the Man on the Moon, based on the John Lewis Christmas advert 2012. All the children should be proud of the writing they have produced this half term!
In Maths we began to review telling the time. This is an ongoing learning strand and should also be practiced at home. Children need to be able to tell the time accurately to the minute on an analogue and digital clock. We will return to this regularly in class but the more you can do at home, the better! We have worked on fluency with addition and subtraction, looking at patterns for adding or subtracting 10 or 100. We worked out which questions were trickier ones, when other columns change. The children were also introduced to the written methods for both addition and subtraction. These are drawn as base 10 to allow the children to understand exchange ready for Year 4. The children also met Roman Numerals for the first time in preparation for telling the time from a Roman Numeral clock. They loved it!
As always, the children have enjoyed Science this half term with a focus on magnets and forces. In Year 3 we like to teach Science in a very practical way and this certainly seems to help the children's understanding. They have been very enthusiastic when it comes to investigating magnets and understanding their force. We conducted a test based around friction, encouraging the children to plan and carry this out themselves in groups. They also had to record results themselves in tables which all supported their working scientifically skills.
Mrs Baines was very impressed with the amount of effort the children have put into their French projects this term. The children have worked really hard and found out a lot of information about living in France and the French way of life. During this term, we will be having a celebration afternoon to reward the children's effort. Tres Bien tout le monde!
During our Geography work, the children learnt about some of the counties of the UK using interactive maps. They also discovered where some cities were, building on their knowledge of capital cities. We used the 8 compass points to explain where cities were in relation to each other. Trickier than you might think!!
At swimming, all the children have really worked hard to become little fishes! They haven't got many weeks left and I hope that all the children continue to swim, but especially those children who were brand new swimmers. We still have many who can not yet swim 25m and so we would encourage home, if possible, to continue their lessons in this hugely important skill. That said, I am amazed by the amount of progress that they have all made in such a small amount of time and the amount of courage they have shown. I suspect their highlight this half term was parents and family members coming to watch! Personally, mine was the whole class singing Jingle Bells all the way to the Sports Village! During P.E. we have focused on social skills and have shown our skills whilst working as a team, also practicing attacking and defending as well as agility!
Our R.E. journey has led us to think about why we have rules and how they help us. We have considered which People of God were important in helping God pass his rules to us, and how The Fall of Man shows us who didn't follow them! We read the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and discussed had quite an in-depth discussion about which one is hardest to follow! Towards Christmas we discussed the Christmas story and how this helps us to feel God is with Us. This centers around the Incarnation and the understanding that Jesus was God's way of being on Earth with us. This is quite a difficult concept for the children to grasp but they made some perceptive and thoughtful comments during the lessons. We read the story of Papa Panov to show how, by helping others, we are helping God too. When discussing how we might help others, the class decided to sponsor a Guide Dog. This fitted well with the school value of Generosity and with their RE unit, and so we welcomed Fletcher to the class! The end of term carol concert was fantastic and a very fitting end to the term.
During the first half of Autumn term........
We were very busy settling in, and we did a great job too! We are all now used to the Key Stage 2 routines and have really tried to bring our behaviour up to the same expectations and of course earn those all important Dojo points! The children have made good head way into more independent decision making and organisation. Moving into Year 3 has been a huge step and I look forward to watching the children grow even more during the coming weeks.
In our learning, we have become very knowledgeable on the Stone Age, and particularly enjoyed furthering this learning with our History Alive visitor. The children were very engaged with the artefacts and costumes and asked some amazing questions! The children also learned about the topic through the book Stone Age Boy. This is a wonderful story, with lovely illustrations and really brings to life the idea of how alien the Stone Age would be to the children now. The class have worked hard on 3 digit numbers, trying hard to secure their place value knowledge. We have also worked on our recall of basic facts and have definitely improved, but got some way to go too! We have learnt about how different countries celebrate Harvest, as well as thinking about why and how we celebrate it. PE has seen us practising our hopscotching backwards as well as side stepping with a pivot! This has proved trickier than the children expected but are good fundamental co-ordination skills to master! And of course, we've been swimming!! We are all amazed by how quickly the children have grown in confidence. They proud smiles really do fill up our days! I think it is our favourite time of the week (hopefully, as we get used to it we will stop being so sleepy on a Wednesday afternoon, too!). At the end of term, we thought really carefully about diversity and people who inspire us and were introduced to Erik. Erik is a blind adventurer who has conquered all of the world's highest summits, as well as sky diving and extreme kayaking. We had some truly thought provoking conversations about celebrating people's differences and having a 'no barriers' attitude to our learning and the children should some real maturity and acceptance in this.
The class has genuinely made me smile this half term, in so many different ways. It is a pleasure to see them become Juniors!
We can't wait to get cracking next half term - it's a busy one and always has a lovely feel as we move towards Christmas!