Welcome to the Year 3 page 2019-2020.
We hope you are ready for all the exciting learning ahead!
Staffing team for Year 3
Mr Brooke (Turner Class)
Miss Moore (Constable Class)
Mrs Parker - HLTA (Learning Lodge 1)
Mrs Faulkner - Teaching Assistant/HLTA
Important days for Year 3
Our PE day is Tuesday. 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.
Next January Turner class will be going 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 jewelery 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.
In year 3, Constable and Turner have been learning about the Roman in their cross-curricular at the start of this week. Learning involved recognising Roman Numerals in Maths, investigating how Romans filtered water in the Aqueducts and Writing a wanted poster for their allocated Roman God. Each class had been given a Roman God, Constable were given Minerva and Turner were given Diana as their Gods. We had Katy who was a visitor from Stevenage Museum came with a variety of artefacts from Ancient Rome where they were able to make observation on how Romans would use them.
It has been a jam packed week for year 3 this week. On Tuesday children had Roxy the cave girl come and show us her adventure as she traveled back in time to the stone age and met many different prehistoric creatures. It has been a wonderful to see year 3 get involved demonstrating all their knowledge about their scavengers and settlers topic. Then, on Wednesday Parents and Carers were given the opportunity to learn along side their children. Turner and Constable class had been learning about different parts of a skeleton and with their parents children created an X-ray version of a skeleton or a hand, they did this by touching the parts of their own hand to get an understanding of their own skeletal structure. Miss Moore and Mr Brooke would like to say a huge thank you to Parents and Carers who came to participate in the children's learning, It was a pleasure to have to come and join in.
This week the children have come back from half term energised and ready to learn! In class we have finished writing our recounts and continued to consolidate our knowledge of multiplication and division. The children loved our new Science topic the human body and were keen to share all their prior knowledge.
Tuesday the 12th is our topic day; the children are excited for the production of Cave Girl and we will all participate in a workshop afterwards. As stated on the letter children can dress up if they want to.
We also look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our open afternoon on Wednesday the 13th.
The children should be very proud of the progress they have made this term. They have all settled in really well and are now familiar with the year three routines. This week the children have continued to identify the features of a recount and in maths have developed their knowledge of time and multiplication. We finished our Friday by creating our own amazing Rangoli patterns and some of the children were keen to share their knowledge of Diwali and how they were celebrating this weekend. Mr Brooke and I hope you all have a lovely half term.
The children have completed some brilliant learning this week. In English we have started to look at recounts and we have explored the features of a variety of different texts. In math the children have continued to develop their understanding of telling the time and have used their problem solving skills to solve time word problems. In Science the children participated in a brilliant experiment and used their predicting skills to predict what would happen next. Some of the children were incredibly keen to replicate this experiment at home (with your permission of course).
Mr Brooke and I are incredibly proud of the children for their Harvest assembly. They performed with confidence and energy and the speaking and acting was amazing! Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend.
This week the children have finished writing their instructions and it is lovely to see them using all the skills we learnt last week. In maths Mr Brooke's group have explored money and Miss Moore's group have learnt all about area and perimeter (including compound shapes).
This week you should have received a letter for forthcoming visit. There will be a performance in school linked to our topic and then an exciting workshop afterwards. Please let us know if you have any problems.
In year 3 it has been a great week, children have practicing subtraction by using a number line to find the answer, as well as using money in math's to calculate an amount and working the change of an amount. In English, children have been practicing their skills in instruction and information writing. In Science, children have been learning about non-magnetic and magnetic materials, furthermore, children have learnt not all metals magnetic and have investigated around the classroom searching for other magnetic objects such as the chair legs and white boards.
This week has been a fantastic week in year three. The children have topped off the week taking on the role of the Hunter Gatherer and have tried a whole variety of fruits and vegetables that would have been scavenged at the time. As well as the above the children have also continued to develop their understanding of instructions and, in maths, have been consolidating their knowledge of subtraction and addition.
Some children have been given lines for our Harvest Festival, thank you for your ongoing support with helping them to learn them.
What a brilliant week we have had in Year Three. The children have continued to develop their knowledge of place value and have looked at a variety of methods in addition. In English the children wrote their own version of The Stone Age Boy, they used amazing adjectives and even included some similes! In our Science learning this week the children explored a range of magnets which they then used to create their own magnetic game. We hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
The children have had a fantastic first week of learning! They are becoming familiar with the new routines and are confidently taking on the new challenges. This week we have started sharing the text The Stone Age Boy, which the children have really enjoyed. Next week they will use their writing skills to write their own. Also we have explored place value in a variety of different ways and topped off the week with out fabulous cave paintings. Well done Year Three, have a great weekend.
The children have settled into Year Three brilliantly and have been a pleasure to teach. We started off the week getting to know each other with lots of fun activities including Lego self-portraits, treasure hunts and talking about our worries whilst making our own worry dolls. This week the children have been given a set of spellings that will be tested next Friday and have also been given their new reading books. Well done Year Three what a fab week!
During this Summer term our Topic focus is Scavengers and Settlers where children will learn about life during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. In Science during the first half term children will learn about Plants, in the second half term learning will switch to Healthy Eating and Healthy Bodies. In English we will be focusing on Adventure Stories. In Maths we will cover a range of skills, calculating using the 4 operations, measurement, shape, fractions, and place value.
Unbelievable to think that we have just completed the final full week of Year 3! What a speedy year it has been! This week has been great fun: the children all competed fantastically in Sports Day, then there was a very successful trip where we were very proud of how the children behaved and participated in activities, and finally we had our music festival. An excellent week was had by all.
We have had such a varied and exciting week!
The sleepover last Friday was a great success and enjoyed by all. Then we started this week with 2 interesting Cross-Curricular learning days which focused on People Who Help. And finally we ended the week watching the Year 6 dress rehearsal of Mamma Mia which was absolutely fantastic!
See photos below of the sleepover and cross-curricular days.
What a wonderfully creative week we have had! Mrs Bernal's English group loved exploring the story of The Tempest and have had a lot of fun experimenting with Shakespearean words and phrases. See the video clips below.
In topic we ended the week creating some fantastic clay pots in the style of 'grooved wear' which was the typical clay work used during Stone Age times.
We are now a week away from our Year 3 sleepover and excitement is rising. A letter was sent home with all children today with full details regarding the procedure for the event. Any further questions, please catch class teachers at the end of the day or contact the office. We are also suggesting that children bring in their water bottles for the night. It should all be a lot of fun!
Home learning set today - a fun project connected to our Bodies and Healthy Eating Science topic. We are looking forward to seeing what the children bring in.
The children have had a fantastic week this week. Miss Moore's maths group have been learning all about Roman Numerals; ask them to impress you with their song! All of the children have also started their new English topic Persuasive texts, of which they have looked at the features and used their own persuasive skills in class. Please enjoy some pictures of the children's art below.
What an outstanding half term this has been. The children have achieved so much in such a short space of time and should be very proud of themselves. This week the children have completed the final chapter of their adventure stories and topped off the week with some lovely stonehenge art. We would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a lovely half term and hope you enjoy spending time together.
This week in our topic lesson the children took on the role of a hunter gatherer as we explored a range of food that would have been consumed during the Stone Age. Some of the children were incredibly adventurous and tried foods they have never eaten before. Well done Year Three what a lovely end to a week! Please enjoy some of the children's photos below.
This week the children have produced some fantastic writing. They have written their opening for the story The Journey and have included lots of high level description, pathetic fallacy and suspense! We can not wait to read the rest. As well as the above the children have continued to observe the seeds we have grown in classand topped of the week with an exploration into the timeline of The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
This week the children have done some fantastic learning and have showed enthusiasm for our new topic Scavengers and Settlers. The children topped off the week by creating their own cave painting, which are proudly displayed in our classrooms. As well as the above some of the children have consolidated their knowledge of time whilst others have explored fractions. What a busy week! We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their cross curricular days this week; it was lovely to see the children collaborating and showing enthusiasm for their learning. They loved watching the performance of The Railway Children in school and were a brilliant audience. When they returned to class the children wrote their own diary entry as if they were Bobbie. They included exciting language and emotion to describe the moment when she stopped the train. Also they explored train travel, designed their own eco-friendly train that used renewable energy and designed their own costume for one of the children in the story. Well done Year Three.
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