Welcome to the Year 3 page 2018-2019.
We hope you are ready for all the exciting learning ahead!
Staffing team for Year 3
Mrs Bernal (Turner Class)
Miss Moore (Constable Class)
Mrs Parker - HLTA (Learning Lodge 1)
Mr Taylor - Teaching Assistant/HLTA
Important days for Year 3
Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, jogging bottoms, shorts and a jumper (with no hood or zips), as well as appropriate trainers at school every day. Please note: if girls are wearing tights, please bring socks.
Constable class go swimming every Monday. Please ensure girls have a swimming hat if they have long hair, a one piece costume, a towel, and goggles are optional. Boys should have a swimming hat if they have long hair, swimming trunks above the knee, towel, and goggles are optional. No deodorant, shampoo and skin products allowed. All jewellery must be removed. (Please be aware that all earrings are to be taken out before school on Monday). Please make sure swimming kit is in a separate bag.
During this Spring term our Topic focus is Active Planet where children will learn about Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis. In Science during the first half term children will learn about Light and Shadow, in the second half term learning will switch to Rocks, Fossils and Soil. In English we start with a Take 1 Book unit about Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit, our learning will then turn to poetry and explanation writing. In Maths we will cover a range of skills, calculating using the 4 operations, measurement, shape, fractions, and place value.
Firstly we would like to thank all the parents who attended our open mornings on Thursday and Friday. The children loved the opportunity to showcase their learning and were excited to have you there. This week the children have started to write their own non-chronological reports and continued to develop their art skills in our topic learning. The children used both hot and cold colours to create their own volcano paintings have a look at our creations below.
The children loved their Science learning this week. Both classes became paleontologists for the day and explored the process of excavation. Each child used their tools to gently excavate dinosaur bones and we spent time looking at fossils the children discovered.
The children have had a fun-filled week with lots of energised learning. On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and the children looked fantastic! Thank you to all of the effort that was put into making the children look fabulous. Our classrooms were filled with Matildas, Harry Potters and many more characters. In the afternoon, we shared the story The Giving Tree and discussed all the different things we could give to someone else. All of our ideas were written on leaves and we worked with Year Four to create our own giving tree in the school.
What an amazing first week back the children have had; they have returned to school energised and ready to learn. This week the children started their new topic Rocks and Soils. The children loved learning about all the different types of rocks, and some children said they would like to become geologists when they are older. They cannot wait for our forthcoming lesson on fossils!
Busy final week of a very successful half term. Thank you to all the parents who attended Parents Evening this week, it was wonderful to discuss the children's recent achievements and update you with targets. We have set some home learning to engage children with our new Science topic - Rocks and Soils (link below, for a copy of the learning), the project is optional, due in by Friday 22nd March. We hope you all have a great half term week.
What a wonderful first couple of weeks. All the children have returned with super learning attitudes and are displaying some excellent learning behaviours. Our Take 1 Book - Escape from Pompeii has inspired some fantastic writing and truly launched us into our topic learning about volcanoes.
On Thursday this week we took time to learn about Remembrance Day. In year 3 we focused on the lives of children a hundred years ago and what they did to support the war effort. Children applied research skills and then presented their findings to the class. Our learning culminated in writing a thank you. All round a very positive learning experience.
English learning in Turner class and Learning Lodge 1 has been poetry this week. Children have been focusing on the Poems This is the City and Out in the City by Kathy Henderson. Towards the end of the week we went on a walk of our local area and next week the children will be writing, and eventually performing, their own poems This is Great Ashby or Out in the Park, etc.
In Maths children have been learning about lines, angles and turns. They have done fantastically, getting to grips with challenging vocabulary and concepts such as 'parallel and perpendicular lines' and 'right angle turns'.
Heading in to the last week of a very full on half term - keep going everyone, we've nearly made it!
It has been a fabulous first couple of weeks in Year 3. All teachers are very impressed with how the children are settling in and adjusting to Key Stage 2 expectations.
All home learning is now up and running: children will have weekly spellings and times table practice in addition to learning set on My Maths and Bug Club.
Friday 15th June 2018
On Friday , it was Eid in the Islam religion. To celebrate, one member of Constable brought in special sweets. We all tried them and enjoyed them.
13th June 2018
Year 3 Sleepover!
We are very excited to announce that we are going to be holding a Year 3 Sleepover on Friday 6th July 2018. This has been a great event in the past and will be a lovely evening to have!
Children to arrive at School at 5:30pm on Friday 6th July 2018
Children should bring:
-sleeping bad/small duvet
-something to sleep on
-cuddly toy to sleep with
-Spare change of clothes
Please pick children up at 9am on the Saturday.
Any queries please speak to Miss Ruprai or Miss Williams
Week Commencing 30th April
In Constable English, we have been learning about adventure stories. We have been exploring the book called 'Journey'.
This is a strange picture book as it has no words and has really motivated us with our learning. Below are some pictures of our English learning.
Monday 19th March
Cross Curricular Art and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
As part of our Cross Curricular Days we have completed an imaginative paintings in the style of Kandinsky, Monet and Edvard Munch.
Wednesday 15th March 2018
In Science, we looked at the different parts in a flower. We dissected a flower and decided where each part goes.
We have been carrying out experiments as part of our Science Unit about plants.
How much water do plants need to grow well?
We planted sunflower seeds to find out. We observed them over two weeks and found the seeds that were watered twice a week with 30ml did not grow and the ones that were watered once a week did grow. This showed us that watering plants too much does not help them to grow.
Thursday 8th March 2018
In Maths, we have been learning about positions and turns. We took our maths learning outdoors and followed Miss Williams' instructions which we had to copy. Here are some pictures of our maths learning:
Wednesday 7th March 2018
In Science, we have been learning all about plants. We have planted sunflower seeds so we can learn and understand what we need to do
in order for them to grow. Here are some pictures of our plants:
School Values Afternoon - Year 3 & Year 6 (06.03.18)
Year 3 and Year 6 joined forces to complete their School Values tasks.
They completed poems about how they are either:
Monday 28th February 2018
In Constable Maths, we went on a 3-D shape hunt to look for 3-D shapes in the classroom.
We had a great discussion about the 3-D properties and the key vocabulary used to describe 3-D shapes.
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Cross Curricular Day
On Wednesday and Thursday, we all took part in a cross curricular day! We got told them someone had stolen the round diamond and it was our jobs to find out who stole it! We took part in lots of different learning. As part of our English learning, we visited the crime scene to help us write a crime report. Have a look at some of our pictures of us at the crime scene!
Thursday 16th November 2017
Turner - Topic Lesson
For the past couple of weeks in Turner we have been considering the Environmental Impacts of air travel on the environment.
We discussed what a new runway at Heathrow would mean to surrounding communities and areas.
We designed placards, wrote on a chant and staged a protest against the airport expansion.
Wednesday 14th November 2017
Year 3 Open Afternoon
Turner and Constable hosted a fantastic open afternoon.
We showed our parents our great recorder playing. Thank you for all the parents who came.
Monday 13th November 2017
Our current RE topic is learning all about Islam. We we so fortunate enough that three members of Constable Class brought in traditional Islam dress, a prayer mat and the Quran. Thank you to those children, it really helped us with our learning!
Here is a picture below of the children showing their pieces from home.
Monday 6th November 2017
LI: To conduct an experiment
In Constable class, we have been conducting an experiment . We were finding out the question: 'What shoe has the best grip?'
We used a ramp and a newton meter to measure how much grip each shoe has. Here are some pictures of our experiment:
2nd October 2017
In Constable, we have been learning all about Islam. Today, we were learning all about Mosques. We used playdough to make Mosques, incorporating all of the features Mosques have.
First week back
All children have had a successful first week in Year 3 getting used to new things and catching up with their friends.
Over the coming week we are going to continue to investigate place value and ordering of numbers in Maths.
In English, we are going to study a book in great detail for the next two week, it's a big favourite in my house so I'm sure the children will enjoy it.
In both Topic and Science now we know what the children already understand we are going to start the learning properly.
So we are in for another busy week.
Keep looking back to see some of the fantastic learning we have been doing and helpful resources.
The Year 3's had an enjoyable time at the sleep over this year. They really enjoyed the Pizza and chips as well as their surprise - a Bouncy Castle!
After dinner they snuggled down to watch 'Sing' before going to sleep. Thank you to all the children for their fantastic behaviour and all the staff who helped either preparing the event or who slept at school over night.
Thank you to all the parents and family who attended the Year 3 open afternoon this week. We were very impressed and greatful for the fantastic support. We hope you enjoyed the activities and that you went away feeling like you have learnt something yourselves! The children really do enjoy sharing their learning with you on these occasions.
Here are Tomi and Aubrey planning their adventure story using Post-it note planning. Post-it note planning allows the children to be flexible with their ideas and move them around until the fit the sequence. It frees the children to work outwards from a key idea/plot point to create a well structured story.
When they are happy, they commit their ideas to the planning frame.
"I like Post-it note planning because it is fun. If I don't like idea I can get rid of the post-it note and start again." Amy M
"You can write all of your ideas down and see if it makes sense. If it does you can write it on the paper!" Aubrey M
"If you think the build-up is actually a problem you can move it to get it in the right place!" Parv G
"If you want you can start from any point of the story and then you can work your way out from there." Alannis T
In English this week, the children have been responding to letters that were posted to them from some children in Vietnam. The children have been very excited to receive the letters and they have completed their responses. The letter will be posted back to the School in Vietnam where the children are eagerly awaiting their replies.
This week we have been celebrating British Science Week. On Wednesday afternoon, years 3 and 4 had a special Science afternoon where the children got to try 4 different Science investigations. They looked at changing states, light and Shadows, chemical reactions and solids, liquids and gasses.
The children had lots of fun exploring the different science areas. All the investigations linked to areas in the Science curriculum. There is also a competition running this week for the children who need to create an invention that will change the world for the better. Keep an eye out for our winners!
As part of our on going poetry learning, Mr Paice's English group were investigating the features of a Tanka.
We discovered a Tanka has 5 line, it has a syllabic structure of 5,7,5,7,7 and is about nature.
We have also been looking at Haikus and next we we will be exploring Kenning's poems.
This week, Year 3 have been sharing their fantastic home learning. We were really impressed with the variety of projects we have seen. We can tell that much care and attention to detail has been taken in producing the projects. We hope you enjoyed the family learning experience.
Take a look at this helpful times table resource recommended by Miss Jewitt.
We are very excited to welcome you all back after the Summer break. We have lots of exciting learning planned and look forward to hearing all about your summer holidays.
Key things to remember:
- Both classes will have P.E on a THURSDAY.
- Recorders will also be a Thursday, you can purchase your recorder from the office.
- Snack will need to be provided, this should be healthy option such as fruit or a cereal bar.
- Constable class will be swimming until February half term. This will happen on a Monday.
If you have any questions or wish to speak to us we will be happy to make an appointment to discuss this with you further.
Following on from our learning about the EU referendum, Constable class took a trip to see what a Polling station was like. They had the chance to see the voting booths and ask questions to the people who manned the Polling stations.
Here is what they had to say:
"I liked the fact it showed you what to do."
"I liked seeing the booths. It helped me understand how you vote without others seeing."
"I thought the visit was really interesting - I didn't know you put your vote into a box!"
"I found it interesting how they crossed your name off the list when you vote."
Over the coming weeks we will be focusing our English learning around the EU referendum. Please take time to talk to your children about this historic vote. As we will be using the referendum as a stimulus for persuasive writing please try to watch some of the T.V debates with your children over the next week.
This week year 3 presented some news reports about the discovery of Scara Brea, a Stone Age village in Scotland. We also look at a reading comprehension about the site.
This half term we will be writing adventure stories in English. To begin this unit of writing we are reading the "HodgeHeg" by Dick King-Smith. Why not ask your child about what has happened in the story so far?
In topic we are looking at the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. So far we have been stranded in the Stone age and have had to learn how to survive!
Miss Millard and Mr Paice