Category Archives: Year 3

Our second week in Year 3

The children are all beginning to settle in to their new routines in Year 3 and they’re doing a great job!

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Parent Meeting.  It was great to see you all and we hope you found it helpful.

We have continued our work on The Firework Maker’s Daughter in Literacy this week and have been learning our visual story map off by heart.  Today, we improved the text by adding adjectives to make noun phrases.

In maths, we have continued to consolidate our understanding of number and place value.  Next week, we will be having really practical lessons on how to represent maths using resources.  Hopefully, this will help to develop their independence in the subject and help the children if they get stuck! Finding new ways of approaching a question is a great way to develop a Growth Mindset.

Our volcanoes are made and ready to erupt next week so look out for photos in our gallery!

Well done to all the children (and supportive parents) as the children brought in their first piece of homework this week.  They did really well.  Spelling scores will be recorded in the back of the homework books and returned on Monday.  We had a talk this afternoon about how it will take a little while to find the right level for spelling and children can switch their spelling group if they need something easier or harder.  Today we gave them a choice of level to learn for next week.

We hope you all have a great weekend.

Miss Shay and Mrs Lemarie

 

Welcome to Year 3

Welcome back to Year 3! The children have made a fantastic start this week and have impressed us both very much with their hard work and enthusiasm. Our topic for this half term is ‘What makes the Earth angry?’ which focuses on natural disasters including earthquakes and volcanoes. This week we began making our own volcanoes from papier mache which we will finish and then ‘erupt’ next week (Please see our class gallery for photos).

In Literacy we have begun reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ which will be our focus text for the first few weeks. Next week we will start to create story maps and adapt parts of the story. In Maths we are working on number and place value and next week will be ordering and comparing numbers to 1000.

Just a reminder that our class meeting is on Thursday at 2.45pm in the Year 3 classroom – We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay

Outdoor Learning Day

Year 3 took part in our whole school Outdoor Learning Day this Thursday.  We used the KS2 playground area for our whole class maths investigation into foreign currency and then went out onto the field to perform scenes from the play script of The Twits (our current literacy focus is on writing and performing play scripts).  During the afternoon, the children painted watercolours and helped to dig over our garden area. We then planted spring onions and are looking forward to watching them grow!

Next week we are looking forward to our Mediterranean Day on Wednesday as well as writing our own play scripts towards the end of the week.

For this final week before half term, we will be practising our 4 and 8 times tables.

Mrs Hunter

How fast can you run in 12 seconds?

‘How fast can you run in 12 seconds?’ was the focus of our Maths lessons this week!  The children estimated how far they thought they could run and then put their running skills to the test.  Using trundle wheels, they measured their distances and compared their results to their estimates.  In Science, the children investigated light and dark and the relationship between the sun and moon.  And in French, the children are continuing to learn a wider range of verbs.  This coming week we will be learning to measure weight in maths and writing a tourist leaflet in literacy to put our persuasive writing skills into practice.  Our times table focus is the 8 times table.

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

Summer term begins!

It was lovely to welcome the children back for the Summer term.  We are already well over a week into the new term and we have launched our two new topics.  We will be looking at the Mediterranean region in Geography and investigating Light in Science.  Our literacy focus is on persuasive texts.

We started off looking at a text advertising the Harry Potter Studios.  The children are now writing a persuasive text about Two Waters School – they are full of ideas of the advantages of the school, with the new Nursery and Reception outdoor area featuring heavily!  In Maths, the children are learning about measurement and have looked at measuring length and capacity (great fun was had on Friday, when the children designed and made their own Mocktails, measuring in millilitres to perfect their recipes!)

Last week the children revisited their 3 and 4 times tables.  This coming week we will be revising the 5 times table.  New spellings have been sent home, as have the homework packs (also available on the website).

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Stone Age and Iron Age Adventures

Year 3 had a fantastic day on Wednesday!  As you know, we visited Chiltern Open Air Museum and couldn’t have asked for better weather.  The children took part in a wide range of Stone Age activities including foraging for food, putting a roof on a mesolithic structure, painting their faces ready for hunting, making straw bracelets with deer bone beads and creating fire.  After a brief break for lunch, the children entered the Iron Age and made butter and flat breads and ground wheat into flour.  Finally, they made clay pots.  I was extremely proud of all the children who were fully engaged in their learning and behaved beautifully at the museum.  I’d like to say a huge thank you to the mums who came on the school trip with it and helped make it so successful!  Photos will be on the website next week.

This coming week, we are writing newspaper articles about our trip to the Museum and will then be moving on to poetry.  In maths, we are continuing to explore formal subtraction.  Our times table focus is 3, 6 and 7 times tables.  New spellings were sent home on Friday.

Wishing you all a restful weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Eco Day!

We have had yet another great week in Year 3, the highlight of which was obviously Eco Day!  The children got straight into their wellington boots at 9am and we completed a seasonal walk around our school grounds to appreciate our environment.  The children looked for signs of spring, animal habitats, completed a leaf hunt and recorded the weather.  Later in the morning, the children contributed to our School Litter Pick looking very official in their ‘hi-vis’ jackets!  The afternoon saw us planting seeds to attract butterflies and designing posters explaining the importance of looking after our environment.

New spellings have been issued today and our times table focus for this coming week will be the six and seven times tables.

Next week, we obviously have our School Trip on Wednesday.  The children are very excited (as am I!).  Please remember that the children will be outside all day so will need warm clothes and a waterproof coat.  Arms and legs must be covered (no shorts).

Enjoy your weekends!

Fantastic World Book Day

We have had a very busy two weeks back at school!  We are continuing with our topics of Stone Age to Iron Age (currently focused on the Bronze Age) and Magnets (we will be looking more closely at how magnets behave and making our own compass).  In Maths we have been investigating fractions before moving on to formal written subtraction.  In literacy we are looking at recounts and will be writing our own newspaper articles.

World Book Day was great fun!  Based around our class book of Fantastic Mr Fox, the children wrote Twitter stories (a complete story in under 140 characters!) and designed and made puppet theatres and puppets based on a Roald Dahl book.  They then performed a short play to the class.

New spellings were sent home on Friday and our times table focus will be the seven times table.

I hope you all have a great week!
Mrs Hunter

Happy Half Term!

I can hardly believe it is half term already.  The children have really impressed me this week with their poetry writing – planning and improving invented poems about ‘My World’.  They have explored similes, alliteration and personification and had fun playing with language.  In maths, they have been calculating perimeters of shapes and areas and practising converting between cm and mm.  It was lovely to welcome year 3 parents on Tuesday for our Internet Safety Day and the children took part in a range of activities designed to help them stay safe when online.  It was great to see most of you for Parents Evenings this week too.

I hope you all have happy and restful half terms and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 21st February.

Mrs Hunter

Number Day in Year 3

We have had yet another exciting week which finished with the NSPCC’s Number Day on Friday.  The children spent some time earlier in the week designing robots that would be able to ‘fling’ a brussels sprout!  On Friday morning, in their Houses, they built the robots and after break, joined up with the rest of Key Stage 2 for our Robot Competition.  All four designs were fantastic – and brilliantly decorated with numbers, calculators, clocks and slogans celebrating ‘Maths is Fun’!  In the afternoon, the children put their maths skills into practice with a carousel of games and activities from number colouring (based on times tables) to Monopoly, Snakes & Ladders, Connect 4, Ludo, Top Trumps and various card games.

Due to Numbers Day, we didn’t do our usual spelling and times table test this week.  Therefore next Friday we will do a ‘bumper’ spelling test looking at last week’s spellings and our current spellings (sent home today).  We’ll also be testing the six times table.

Coming up this week, we have ‘Safer Internet Day’ on Tuesday, with the theme ‘Be the Change – Unite for a better Internet’.  Celebrated globally and co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the campaign sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues.

I am also looking forward to seeing many of you at the Parents Evenings on Tuesday and Thursday.

Enjoy your weekends!
Mrs Hunter