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2019 – 2020
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Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3, we have Mrs Halawin on a Monday and Tuesday and Miss Bedford on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Smith is supporting everyday in our class.
Our aim is to make sure every child is happy and achieves to their full potential. You can support your child by reading as much as possible at home and practising their spellings on a weekly basis.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.
Each half term, we will send a homework list for your child to choose a different activity for each week. These activities will be creative and hands on!
Spellings will be handed out every Friday and tested the following Friday.
Over the Autumn half term, we will be focusing on these texts in guided reading:
This half term, we are focusing on Science and Art. We are going to become scientists and investigate magnets and the source of light. During art and design, we are going to learn a range of sketching skills and use modelling materials to create our own iron man!
On the 3oth September we were class of the week on Dearne FM!
The Cheerful Chipmunks 2018-2019
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My aim as year 3 teacher is to ensure that your child is happy and ready to learn in class. Your support is vital for your child’s development and therefore if you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to see me.
In Literacy, the genres we will be covering are:
Stories with familiar settings
Descriptive writing – real and imaginary settings
Written Poetry – Poems using similes
Information texts – books and information leaflets
Recount – Retell or chronological report of a day /event in 1st person
Letter recount (informal letters / emails to pupils at other schools)
Persuasive – Poster advertisements and brochures
Y3 Reading – I recognise some different forms of poetry e.g. acrostic, haiku, cinquains, shape poems.
Y3 Reading – I prepare poems to read aloud, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume.
Y3 Reading – I discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks (both those that are read to me and those that I can read for myself).
Y3 Spoken Language – Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication (e.g. Perform poems)
You can help your child by:
Encouraging them to re-read their work to check that it makes sense and that there are no words missing.
Reading at home with your child and encouraging them to talk about the text they have read
Practicing their spellings or phonics and encouraging them to apply the words from their rule in any writing that they do.
In topic we are studying:
In Maths we will be covering the objectives for year 3
These can be found at:
You can help your child by:
It is a year 3 expectation to know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Please encourage your child to practice these regularly.
A fantastic FREE online resource is www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Encouraging them to apply their mental skills through calculating totals and change whilst out shopping.
You can also encourage your children to read the time on an analogue clock and digital clock.
- We have purchased a subscription to Times Tables Rockstars – please use it at home to support the learning of multiplication facts.
- Another Times Table game can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Throughout the year, we will be delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. An overview of the topics can be found here.
thrive-homework The significance of shared fun, enjoyment, excitement and enthusiasm cannot be over-stated. Shared moments of pleasure and shared games and laughter release a delicious mix of ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain that develop the pathways to curiosity, motivation, focused attention, enjoyment, general trust and happiness. Activities for you to share with your children.
A few parents have asked about the Thrive brain so I thought I would share with you the introductory lesson I taught the children. If a child is displaying distressing behaviours, a simple “Which brain are you in?” will help the child. Of course you will contain, calm and soothe the child and lend them your thinking brain.
The Thrive Approach has been fully embraced at All Saints Academy. Mental health is just as important as our physical health.
Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time. It teaches children how to regulate themselves and provides coping strategies which can be used later in life.
Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.
An over active stress system and the inability to regulate can lead to physical diseases, destruction to bone and muscle, poor cell regeneration, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addiction, behaviours such as violence. It can literally kill brain cells.
At All Saints, we are proactive in providing children positive experiences that build and strengthen brain connections . Activities are suggested that stimulate areas of the brain, giving us a chance to release feel good chemicals, allow us to be creative, and gives us a chance to discuss how to deal with strong emotions in our body without dysregulating.
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will need to be returned to school the following Wednesday for marking.
Homework will be linked to the worked we are doing in class that week.
Autumn 1 homework – AUT 1 HOMEWORK
Autumn 2 homework – AUT 2 HOMEWORK
Lots of creative homework is happening and we want to provide you with an easy way to share it.
Have you just finished making a model? Is your homework a creative project like a science experiment?
Any homework that is not in homework books can now be evidenced with a few snaps and emailed to your class teacher!
Be as creative as possible and evidence your homework the easy way.
Year 3 Homework Email: email@example.com
Reading is an important life skill for everyone! The more your child reads, the more reading rewards they can earn, both as a school and in class.
It is a Year 3 expectation to be able to read common exception words, prefixes and suffixes. Please practice these twice a week.
Your child should read their school reading book (or a book from home) at least three times a week and recorded in their reading records which are checked every Friday.
The children are expected to change their own reading book when they have finished one.
Spellings for the year are located in the homework book.
Children are required to practice these spellings for their weekly test.
Below is a document which informs you of the spelling rules over the year and common exception words.
Other important information:
The children will have PE/Swimming on a Thursday.
Due to Health and Safety, please make sure that no ear rings or jewellery are worn for PE and swimming.
Children are spending more and more time in front of the computer screen in their free time and gaming has been a dominant form of modern entertainment.
Parents understandably worry when video games become the number one priority in a child’s life. They may neglect hobbies, sports, friends, argue frequently with family members who try to limit gaming, and put little or no effort into schoolwork.
Some addiction experts have suggested that playing games is more addictive to the gaming addict than illegal substances. This makes a lot of sense when you consider the reward mechanism attached to addiction.
A person who is addicted enjoys a certain amount of pleasure every time he or she plays. That pleasure is a direct result of reward centres in the brain being activated. What is different with gaming is that the rewards are more frequent and tangible.
The gamer enjoys the adrenaline rush of completing certain tasks; he or she is challenged to move to the next level; the gamer is rewarded for beating opponents or defeating enemies. With gaming addiction, the rewards just keep piling up with every level completed. There is literally no end in sight.
It is recommended that parents limit the screen time to one hour an evening.
Please let the school office and the class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. An additional form will have to be completed if medication is to be administered during the school day. This can be collected from the school office.
If you would like to discuss any of these aspects further feel free to make an appointment.
We have absolutely loved learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. Here are some pictures of our death mask designs and creative homework.
We also enjoyed having the Mighty Zulu Nation in school. Have a look on twitter to see live videos!
Can children please bring in their art t-shirts next week. We are going to begin designing and making our own death masks out of mod roc! #timetogetmessy
Another busy week at All Saints! Thank you to those who attended our parent meetings and the lovely feedback you have given on your questionnaires.
We celebrated World Mental Health day in our class Thrive sessions this week. We recapped the Thrive brain and which brain controls our survival, playfulness and thinking skills. The children then wrote their names on a piece of paper and were asked to go around and give positive comments to their peers. When they returned to their own piece, it was a joy to see their reactions. We explained that sometimes the world can seem negative however there are many positives that outweigh the negatives. After, we then made a card to the people we feel are special in our world and who we appreciate – to say a little thank you.
We have also discussed the emotion ‘anger’ and how to deal with it in a positive way. Anger is a normal emotion which can be seen as a negative one. We drew how anger felt in our bodies and looked at strategies which can help expel our anger in a positive way.
Last week we learned all out mummification! It was great to see the practical side of it and the children even had a go! For our shiny write we wrote a set of instructions to mummify a body and as you can imagine, their writing was brilliant!
In R.E, we began our new topic of Creation. We heard the song ‘What a wonderful world’ and we discussed what we thought was wonderful about our world. We then looked at the Creation Story and went outside to see what was wonderful about our world.
In our Thrive session, we looked at how relationships are formed (between parents, teachers and friends) and why they are so important throughout life. We spoke about the importance of eye contract and facial expressions. We completed some activities where the child would tell a story and the children would make eye contact, smile and really engage and respond with them. The second group was to keep a still face whilst the children were telling them a story. We spoke about how it felt on both occasions and it was really interesting to hear the children’s thoughts. We then got some musical instruments and told them to have a musical conversation without talking. This really strengthened the notion of eye contact.
The children loved this lesson and I even got a round of applause! ;’D
It was lovely to see so many parents join us for Roald Dahl day and complete some reading activities with their children! Thank you for making the effort! Parents evening is on the 8th and 9th and slots are filling up quickly so please send your reply slips and we will try and fit you in.
We have also been preparing a Harvest Surprise for our Harvest Festival on the 3rd October – Let It Grow
A massive well done to those children who have read this week! A whopping 80% of children read 3x or more. What a fantastic start to year 3! They are definitely using their growth mindset. The picture below shows how significant reading is. Not only for test result, but for life!
Today we were introduced to the concept of mindfulness and even had a go at guided meditation! We spoke about what triggers our crocodile brain and what strategies help us relax and return to our thinking brain. A year 5 student also came in and spoke eloquently about how Thrive has helped her anxieties, how she is a much happier person and using strategies outside of school.
We will be having a Dahlicious day on Friday 28th September where staff and children alike will be bringing £1 and dressing up as Dahl characters.
The children will take part in lots of fizzbobbling activities throughout the day to help support their reading and parents will be welcome to join us in the afternoon from 2:45pm.
Not only will we have lots of reading fun throughout the day and have a specially themed lunch but half of the money raised will go towards the Roald Dahl charity for seriously ill children and the remaining half will be used for school funds to support high quality learning opportunities for our children.
This week, the Fire and Rescue Team from South Yorkshire came in to tell us all about the different kinds of fire and what to do if we experience a fire. They also left us lots of goodies and a risk assessment to complete in our homes.
The value of experiential learning should not be under estimated. We spent a full day meeting Howard Carter, decoding hieroglyphics and digging for ancient artefacts. We then became “Howard Carter” who was questioned by our reporters to find out how he found Tutankhamen. The children were so immersed in their learning and thoroughly enjoyed the day. We finished the day with a quiz, with the children scoring a whopping 90%!
Our first week back has absolutely flown and it has been a busy one!
We recapped our rules and expectations in year 3, learned all about our Thrive brain (crocodile, monkey and thinking), made something special for our partner and told them why they are special to us, learned all about growth mindset and how it affects people and finally learned about discrimination – in particular racism. We were shocked at how people used to be treated in the past, especially because of their skin colour. We also discussed racism in today’s society and how we have laws to protect us, our human rights and how significant it is to educate people about racism. The children were then given an option of how to educate people about racism. Some children chose to produce a poster, others made an educational video about racism and we even had a “stop racism” rap!
We have also taken part in simple democratic processes whereby we voted for our school council representatives and worship council representatives. We spoke about how our votes are important and how every vote counts.
Swimming lessons begin next Thursday 13th September. Please ensure your child comes in their PE kits and brings their swimming kit to change into.