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Friday 20th November

Maths

This week in Maths we have been drawing pictorial representations to help us add and subtract, particularly when crossing over the tens boundaries. We have also been using number lines to show clearly when the calculation requires us to cross over the nearest ten.

English

We have continued our work in English using the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit.  We have been exploring prepositions and adverbs in preparation for writing our own versions of the descriptions in the book next week.

Science

We continued to explore our Rocks and Soils topic this week by learning about the different layers of the earth. This tied into our previous learning about different types of rocks, and the fantastic research the children produced for their homework on this subject.

Geography

In Geography we have learnt about how tourism affects mountain regions and thought about the positive and negative effects.

History
The children learnt about the archaeologist Dorothy Garrod and her amazing discovery of a Neolithic sickle. The children had fun on our classroom 'dig' as they searched for the artefact in the sand!

R.E.

In R.E. we have explored the Creation story in the context of understanding the Trinity and the role of God the Father. The children were able to respond to the Bible story and reflect on some questions such as; I wonder why God was pleased with the things he created? I wonder why God created the night and the day? I wonder what you are most thankful for from creation? The children produced some lovely thoughtful responses.
Planet Patrol
Miss Rose led a worship this week on 'Planet Patrol' and she brought in her very own paddle board in order to tell us how she is involved with this organisation. She explained what we are going to be able to do to get involved. More information on this to follow.

Next Week
Next week we will be starting our Volcano topic in Geography. In History we will be looking at Farming in the Neolithic Age. In Science we will be testing rocks in order to put them into categories.
Reading
Please continue to read with your child regularly.
Homework
For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is also very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

 

We wish you a good weekend break,

The Year 3 Team

 

Friday 13th November

Maths

This week in Maths we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to ten and applied it when adding and subtracting one digit numbers to two and three digit numbers. We have been using a number line and part - part whole models to help us.

English

We have continued our work in English using the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit.  We have been using conjunctions to expand our ideas and write complex sentences.

P.E

This week we focused on improving our agility which is useful when playing a game like Hockey. We did relay races in our houses which involved running around cones and using a hula hoop before changing direction.

Geography

In Geography we have learnt about the difference between weather and climate. We have studied the weather of three locations in mountainous climates around the globe and considered whether this was typical for this time of year.

R.E.

In R.E. we have begun our topic on ‘Incarnation/God and the Trinity’. We have discussed what the Trinity is made up of and what this means to Christians.

Next Week

Next week we will be learning about the effect of tourism on mountainous climates in Geography. In Maths we will be continuing with addition and subtraction extending to adding and subtracting two digit numbers from two and three digit numbers.

Operation Christmas Child

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in boxes, they all looked wonderful! We really appreciate the time you have spent putting these together.

Remembrance Day

This year saw a different style of service on Wednesday. Both classes tuned into the live service being streamed from Beacon Academy as well as having a walk outside to see the amazing poppies that had been created by Year 6.

Reading

Please continue to read with your child regularly.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is also very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

 

We hope you have a relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

 

The Year 3 Team

Friday 6th November

Maths

In Maths this term the children are building on their previous Place Value learning and moving onto addition and subtraction. This week we were adding and subtracting 3 digit and I digit numbers using images.

English

In English we have engaged with our new text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. This story links to our Geography topic this term which is Volcanoes. Through an exciting video, the children were able to identify with the people of Pompeii’s possible experience of living through the eruption of Vesuvius. They wrote descriptive sentences and thought about how they could improve them.

P.E

This term we are playing Hockey. We started by learning how to hold the stick correctly and practising ball control skills. We continue to swim this term on Friday afternoons with each class swimming every other week:

3R- 6.11.20

3B -13.11.20

3R- 20.11.20

3B- 27.11.20

3R- 4.12.20

3B -11.12.20

History

Our Stone Age topic is drawing to a close before we move onto the ‘Neolithic Revolution’. This week the children learnt about Scara Brae.

R.E
Our topic in R.E. this term is ‘Incarnation/God and the Trinity’. We looked back at our previous learning about Abraham and Noah being the People of God and linked this to how we are now going to be thinking about what God is like. We came up with some interesting questions connected to this new topic.

Next Week

Next week we will begin our new Science learning on ‘Rocks and Soils’. In English we will continue to engage with our new text and learn about subordinate clauses.

Operation Christmas Child

Just a reminder that if you are putting together a box of presents to send to needy children around the world in time for Christmas, then they need to be handed in by next Friday 13th.

And Finally…
Thank you for the really lovely gifts which you sent in for the FOFS Christmas Hampers. We had an array of green items which looked lovely when arranged together. The children really enjoyed their ‘bedtime story’ with Mrs Strand while wearing their Pajamas!
The children created really beautiful book marks as part of the school’s special Remembrance Day Art Initiative where Artwork from our school will to be sent to Beacon for a special virtual live Remembrance event to be held via Microsoft Teams from 10.45-11.05 on Wednesday 11 November. The Art will be shown during the 2 minute silence and parents are invited to attend. Please contact Beacon if you are interested in acquiring the link for this event.  

Reading
Please continue to read with your child regularly.
Homework
For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is also very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

 

We hope you have a relaxing weekend and keep safe if you are planning some Bonfire Night fireworks in your garden! 

 

The Year 3 Team

 

Friday 23rd October

Maths
This week we have been revisiting learning we found particularly challenging.

English

In English we have been honing our grammar knowledge and thinking about effective verb choices. The children were able to improve a piece of writing from the Stone Age Boy text and write expanded noun phrases. They enjoyed engaging with the story through role play.

P.E

The children finished activities from the interschool athletics competition, focusing this week in the speed bounce.

History

This week we learnt what the term ‘pre-historic’ means and were able to mark on a timeline when written history began.

Geography

We learnt about how different mountains are formed in Geography. The children were able to match the picture with the description of a Fold Mountain, Volcanic Mountain, Plateau Mountain and Block Mountain. We learnt about the movements the tectonic plates make in order to create the different mountains.

R.E
This term in R.E. we have been looking at the People of God and the stories of Noah and Abraham in the Old Testament. This week we thought about how Christians today obey God and learnt about the work of the Salvation Army.

Half Term Holiday

Next week is our half term holiday! Please take time to relax as a family, enjoy some books together and snatch some moments to practice your times tables, 3R will be working on 2’s, 5’s & 10’s and 3B have suggested tables written in their Contact Books. Please note, only once your child achieves 100% in a test can they progress to the next tables. Please read the information about Operation Christmas Child sent to you via email and the whole school Newsletter. It would be lovely to gather as many boxes as possible to send to children in need around the world. The deadline for this is Friday 13th November.

 

We hope you have a good holiday.

The Year 3 Team

Friday 16th October

Maths
This week we have been comparing objects and numbers and ordering numbers to 1000. The children have been counting in 50’s and linking this to the 5 times table.

 English

In English we have been exploring the main character in our story ‘Stone Age Boy’. The children have had great fun role playing the character in order to write from his point of view. They learnt what empathising with a character means, and put their thoughts and ideas into an informal letter as if they were the Stone Age boy writing to his parents from the Stone Age tribe.

P.E

The children engaged in some activities from the interschool athletics competition. This week they did the long jump and the shuttle run.

History

Our Stone Age theme saw our children exploring virtual artefacts from the Museum of London. They learnt about flint knapping and the different shapes and sizes of stones that would have been needed for various weapons. They learnt why the Stone Age is given this name.
     

Geography

We travelled across the continents this week in Geography as we explored the different tectonic plates and how they move to create mountains. It was fascinating to learn that Mount Everest is growing by 1cm each year due to the plates continuing to move towards each other.

R.E
This term in R.E. we have been looking at the People of God and the stories of Noah and Abraham in the Old Testament. The children have learnt about what Covenant means and thought about some of the characteristics of these two men of God and how their stories influence Christians today.

 Next Week

Next week is the final week of this first term and the children will be finishing their Place Value learning in Maths. In English we will be looking more closely at grammar in the context of the Stone Age Boy story. In Science we will be exploring our muscles and how they work.

Reading
Please continue to read with your child regularly.
 Homework
For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is also very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 3 Team

Friday 5th October

Maths
We have continued learning about place value and applying our knowledge of numbers to 1000 by placing 2 digit and 3 digit numbers on a number line. We have also revised finding 1 and 10 more or less than a number, extending to finding 100 more or less than a given number.

English

We have been using our grammar knowledge to describe settings. We have thought about our five senses and tried to use a variety of interesting adjectives and adverbs.

P.E

This week 3B have had their first swimming lesson in the pool. 3R will be swimming next week and we will be alternating weekly.

History

Our Stone Age theme saw our children imagine they were hunter gatherers looking for various food to feed the tribe. We discussed which season they would be harvested in and also learnt the names of some poisonous berries and mushrooms.

Geography

Continuing with our topic on mountains we have been thinking about how a mountain is formed. We have learnt about the different features of a mountain and discussed how some are not just by themselves and may in fact be part of several making a mountain range.

Ashdown Forest

The children had a truly wonderful day at the Ashdown forest experiencing what life would have been like in the Stone Age. We learnt that Stone Age man actually settled in this area as we have since discovered lots of evidence of their presence such flint spear heads. We learnt how to hunt deer using stealth and the ability to hide well, make arrows using sticks and sharpening them on a rock, make clay pots and build dens.

Next Week

Next week in Maths, we will complete our Place Value topic. In English we will continue looking at grammar including tenses. We will also be developing our reading skills, in particular inference.

Reading

Every child should now have a school reading book and a Reading Record and we very much encourage you to read regularly with them.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should still have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 3 Team

Friday 2nd October

Maths
We have continued learning about place value and applying our knowledge to making 3 digit numbers to 1000 using base 10 and pictures. We have also learnt about the expanded form as well as placing numbers on a number line.

English

This week we have begun our new text ‘Stone Age Boy’ and made predictions based on the front cover. We have retold the story using time connectives and key vocabulary from the text. Then we have looked at these different word types: adjective, noun, adverb and verbs creating our own expanded noun phrases about a cave and a forest.

P.E

In PE we have begun practising for our interschool Pentathlon. The children tried to see how high they could jump, how many times they could jump back and forth over a line and practised their relays. We look forward to submitting our results next week!

History

Our Stone Age learning has continued this week with learning about Doggerland. The children were fascinated to learn about this lost underwater world just on our doorstep!

Geography

This week we began our Marvellous Mountains topic by looking at the four tallest mountains in the UK. We ordered them by height and took part in a quiz about what they had learnt.

 

Next Week

We will be going on our trip to the Ashdown forest. Please remember to wear own clothes but those that are appropriate for the weather and environment as we will be outside regardless of the weather. It might be a good idea to pack a few layers as well as a waterproof and sturdy walking shoes or wellies. They will also need a packed lunch and water.

Reading

Every child should now have a school reading book and a Reading Record and we very much encourage you to read regularly with them.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practising times tables. You should still have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

Thank you for continuing to be so prompt at dropping off and picking up your children, this is greatly appreciated.

We hope you have a relaxing weekend.

The Year 3 Team

UG Dialogue

Still image for this video

Friday 25th September

Exciting News! As part of our Stone Age topic we can now confirm that we are taking the children to Ashdown Forest on Wednesday 7th October. You will have received an email outlining all of the details, including how to consent and make the modest payment to cover the coach fare through Parent Pay.

Maths
We have continued learning about place value and looking at part, part whole models, counting in 100s and making numbers to 1000 using base 10.

English

This week we have continued reading the book ‘Ug – Boy Genius of the Stone Age’. We have used hot seating and puppets to further explore the characters from the narrative. After that we created our own comic strip.

P.E

Continuing to take advantage of the good weather, we have enjoyed more PE on the field. This time taking part in relays, hoola hoop and other fun races in our houses.

History

Our history topic on The Stone Age began with a lesson travelling back in time. We pretended we were Stone Age people and had a go at trying to communicate a message from one group to another such as go hunting, build (a pretend) fire. In the classroom, we turned our tables on their side and had a go at our very own cave drawings!

Next Week

As part of our Worship we will be bringing in non-perishable food items such as

Pasta & rice, tinned fruit and vegetables. Please bring these in next week between Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th September and place them in the box outside our Year group door in the mornings.

Reading

Every child should now have a school reading book and a Reading Record and we very much encourage you to read regularly with them.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practicing times tables. You should still have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is very useful for times table games. The weekly spelling list can be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There is also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

Thank you for continuing to be so prompt at dropping off and picking up your children, this is greatly appreciated.

 

We hope you have a relaxing weekend.

The Year 3 Team

 

Friday 18th September

Maths
We have been learning about Place Value and partitioning numbers using the part part whole method. We have been exploring number bonds to 20 and using apparatus to help us with our sense of number.

English

The children have been introduced to our History topic for this term through the book ‘Ug – Boy Genius of the Stone Age’. They have been discussing how to describe a character using adjectives and creating complex sentences using a variety of conjunctions.

P.E

This week we soaked up the beautiful weather on the field playing a competitive inter-class rounders match.

Science

In Science we have begun learning about the human skeleton sharing what we already know and what we would like to find out.

Next Week

Coming up next week we will be starting our History and Geography topics where we will be learning about The Stone Age and Mountains.

Reading

Every child should have brought home a school reading book and a Reading Record this weekend and we very much encourage you to read regularly with them. Those children who have not yet been read with will be heard next week in order to properly assess their ability.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practicing times tables. You should still have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is very useful for times table games. There will be weekly spelling lists which will be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There will also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

Thank you for being so prompt at dropping off and picking up your children, this is greatly appreciated.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 3 Team

Friday 11th September

Settling In

The children have settled very well into school life again and we are very proud of the way that they have been so receptive to the different routines. We are making sure that they are washing their hands regularly to keep everyone safe.

This Week

The children enjoyed listening to and making a comic strip of the West African story about Anansi and the Yam Hills. In keeping with this theme we made spider webs from sticks and wool and Jitter Bugs which actually moved! Well some moved, others were a little reluctant to due to technical problems! However, the children learnt about electrical circuits and had much fun through this creative activity.

Growth Mind-Set

Having a Growth Mind-Set is our school theme for September and one child certainly showed this when his Jitter Bug refused to move by saying ‘Well, it doesn’t matter because we can still look at them’. I’m sure you will all agree they do look fantastic.

Reading

Every child should have brought home a school reading book and a Reading Record this weekend and we very much encourage you to read regularly with them. Those children who have not yet been read with will be heard next week in order to properly assess their ability.

Homework

For Homework we will ask that you make a priority of reading with your child and practicing times tables. You should still have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars and the website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  is very useful for times table games. There will be weekly spelling lists which will be found in the homework folder on this part of the website. There will also be another topic based activity. The homework will be uploaded by Monday evening for that week and spellings will be tested on the following Monday morning.

Thank you for being so prompt at dropping off and picking up your children, this is greatly appreciated.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 3 Team

Friday 4th September

We were so happy to meet your beautiful children today and want to say a big thank you for sending them in looking so smart. We so enjoyed getting to know them and we hope that the children enjoyed the activities we had prepared for them to do. We are getting used to washing our hands and sanitising regularly and the new timings for lunch. We are sure that these new routines will become second nature very soon.

Just a few points to mention:

  • Please make sure that you provide your child with a healthy snack for break time as the school does not provide any fruit in Key Stage 2.
  • Contrary to an earlier email, we do not want children to bring in their own pencil cases, we are providing the children with named pencils and pens and other stationary equipment is also provided and being cleaned when necessary.
  • Please don’t put too much in your child’s lunch box. The children have a limited time in which to eat their lunches and some were finding it difficult to get through everything in their box!
  • Please could we ask you to make sure that your child’s hands are washed before you leave the house in the morning and that their hands are washed immediately on entering the house after being picked up from school at the end of the day.
  • Please also just check if all of your child’s personal items of clothing, including shoes and P.E. Kit are named clearly. A permanent marker pen is sufficient for this purpose.
  • We have sent home a Contact Book for your child. Please use it to communicate any messages and please look out for any messages which we may have written regarding your child.

We would like to wish you a very relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing the children again on Monday.

 

Best wishes,

The Year 3 Team

 

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