Year 3

The Cheerful Chipmunks   2018-2019

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Thank you for taking the time to read the Year 3 class web page.

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.

Many thanks,

Miss Glyde.

 

 In Literacy, the genres we will be covering are:

Year 3

Narrative

Poetry

Non-fiction

Stories with familiar settings

Fables

Adventure stories

Stage playscripts

Author study

Descriptive writing – real and imaginary settings

 

 

Written Poetry – Poems using similes

 

Instructions

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

Rhyming Couplets

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 Maths we will be covering the objectives for year 3

These can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 http://www.mathschase.com/

Thrive

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

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

Spr 1 HOMEWORK

Spr 2 HOMEWORK

Sum1 HOMEWORK

Sum2 HOMEWORK

 

Homework Email:

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: k.glyde@smat.org.uk

 

Reading:

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.

Year 3 common exception words, prefixes and suffixes homework books

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.

Spelling:

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.

Year 3 Spelling Rules 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.

 

Gaming.

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.

 

Medical Information

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.

25/11/18

27/10/18

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!

14/10/18

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

 

13/10/18

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

 

 

30/9/18

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

 

21/9/18

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.

 

20/9/18

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.

14/9/18

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%!

 

7/9/18

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.

 

Archived 2017 – 2018   :  The Amazing Astronauts

Follow our twitter feed to keep up to date with all that is happening in class.

twitter.com/ASALeavers21

Summer Term

Summer 2

In literacy we will be looking at poems using similes, play scripts and fables.

In maths we will be looking at fractions, 2d and 3d shapes.

The first topic to be cover this half term is light. The children will be looking at sources of light,materials which reflect light and shadows. As part of the light topic the children will also conduct their very own light science experiment.

The second topic covered will be e-safety. The children will look at how they can keep themselves safe whilst online.

The third topic cover will be Europe. The children will look at the geographical landscapes of some European countries, famous landmarks, traditional cuisine and dress. Children will also research different countries using books and the internet to produce information, that they will then present to the rest of the class.

Homework

Summer 2 homework

Spellings

Summer 2 common exception words

 

Summer 1

In literacy we will be looking at setting descriptions and informal letters.

 

In maths we will be looking at capacity, mass, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

 

One of our none-core topics will cover the French artist Claude Monet. The children will be asked to produce an information booklet about the artist, recreate some of his most famous pieces of artwork and then produce their very own Monet-inspired work of art.

The second topic covered in summer 1 is called no sat nav required. This is a geography based orienteering topic in which the children will look at local area maps, use an eight point compass, grid referencing and produce their very own treasure trail for other children to follow.

Homework

Summer 1 homework pdf

 

Spring Term

Spring 1

The theme is Animal Antics

Literacy links: We will link the animal topic to our literacy and concentrate on developing our descriptive writing skills. We will practice writing in the first person.We will also look at writing adventure stories describing characters and settings.

We will develop our research skills by gathering recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help us answer questions.

We will report back to the class with our findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

The animal topic will help us to :

Learn to classify animals based on characteristics.

Classify animals whether vertebrates or invertebrates.

Observe and compare how different animals (with and without skeletons) move.

Identify that animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement

Animal nutrition and different foods/diets compare and contrast for different animals.

Identify that animals need the right types and amount of nutrition and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.

 

Possible homework ideas could include:

Researching their favourite animal.

Make an animal booklet.

Write an animal poem

Make a model animal.

Draw and label an animal diagram

Describe an animal.

Devise an animal quiz

 

Don’t forget our weekly spellings and reading your reading book 3x a week. Remember to get your parents of guardian to sign  each time you read.

Maths  : Areas of study will include

Place value

Addition and subtraction- in columns

Measuring in cms and ms

Problem solving

 

We have a class weekly THRIVE session and half termly PREVENT sessions.

 

 

Spring 2

This half term should prove to be very exciting and busy.

We will be starting to investigate our themes of recycling, forces and magnetism. We will be looking at designing and making a model of a recycling machine. Hopefully this topic will generate lots of questions, finding out and experiments. We will be looking at fair tests and developing our scientific knowledge and vocabulary.

We will be linking this to some other literacy aspects including writing instructions and persuasive posters and leaflets.

Maths will be closely linked to these topics as they particularly lend themselves to measurement and data collection. Besides these we will continue to develop our multiplication and division skills. Looking at multiplication as arrays, repeated addition and moving onto columns sums.

Possible homework ideas could include:

Design and make a recycling poster.

Find out how we can look after our planet.

Watch David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’ about sea pollution. What should we do about it? How do you feel about it?

Design and make a model of a recycling machine.

Write some instructions for how to do something like cleaning your teeth.

Write a book review.

Research recycling .machines, robots.

Find out how things like telephones, televisions, satnavs etc work.

Pretend you are an inventor…invent something new. What is it for?

 

Remember to practice our weekly spellings. Keep going back over the spellings we have done before to make sure you don’t forget them! Don’t forget to read your book at least 3 times a week and get your parents or carers to sign.

Have fun

Mrs Parker

Autumn 1

This term our topic will be The Ancient Egyptians and how  Howard Carter discovered an ancient tomb!

In RE we will also be looking at the Harvest Festival and ideas of sharing and charity.

Useful Egyptians website can be found below:

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/egypt/general.htm

http://discoveringegypt.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zg87xnb/resources/1

Homework

Please remember to read with your child at least three times a week so they can earn stars on their bookmarks. Please ensure your child fetches their home reader to school every.

Here are the spellings for Autumn 1:

Spellings for Autumn 1

Words with the suffix-ly

And also the following circle, build, arrive, guide, fruit, special, therefore ,quarter, Earth,February

year-3-curriculum-objectives

The elements we will be covering are:

http://www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/year3

You can help your child by:

Discussing what they have been learning at school as well as helping them to apply their learning to their own lives. This may be through researching information or proving theories that we have been learning about in Science.

In Literacy the genres we will be covering are:

Adventure stories and stories with familiar settings

Descriptive writing focusing on real and imaginary settings

Fables

Poems to perform

Poems using similes

Shape poems

Instructions

Persuasive adverts

Information texts

Informal recounts – letters or emails

You can help your child by:

Other important information:

The children will have PE on a Tuesday and swimming on Friday. PE Kits should be brought into school on a Monday and taken home to be washed on a Friday.

Due to Health and Safety, please make sure that no ear rings or jewellery are worn for PE and swimming.

Home reading books will be changed on a Friday and children should aim to read at least 3 times a week.

Medical Information

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.

The Persevering Penguins

Summer one

Homework – Homework

Spellings – ou Spelling sheet

Our topics in the Summer term will be:

  • Nature Week
  • The Eurovision Song Contest
  • Light
  • Idioms
  • A.L.E.X
  • E-safety

Click on the link below for more information:

Summer Curriculum objectives

Wednesday 12th July 2017

As the children enjoyed learning about different animals, I organised a school trip to Wigfield Farm. The children were able to feed, touch and look at the different animals. The children enjoyed sharing their facts and information about the different types of animals to the staff at the farm. Some children overcame their fears and touched a snake!!!

 

 

 

3rd July 2017 – This week’s fantastic creative homework!

Edward has prepared and cooked a Greek delicacy, lamb kebabs.

 

Here is Grace’s descriptive story! Well done Grace! You have used some great vocabulary!

On Thursday 22nd June, Year 3 took part in a KS2 music festival at Elescar Heritage Centre. They have worked extremely hard during their treble recorder lessons.

This week, we have started our new Science topic. We are looking at how shadows are formed and different light sources.  The children carried out an experiment to investigate how shadows are formed.

 

Last week, Year 3 were invited to help the Darfield tidy team and plant some bedding plants around the Cenotaph. The children worked extremely hard and made the war memorial look fantastic! Please have a look in the Barnsley Chronicle on Friday 23rd June.

On Thursday 22nd June 2017, Year 3 will be taking part in a Key Stage 2 music festival! Please click on the attachment below for more details:

ks2 fest 2017 poster THURS PM

Monday 15th May 2017

This half term, we are looking at different countries in Europe.  We are researching the human and physical features as well as learning about the different cultures. We have had a French and Italian themed afternoon. We have baked a French delicacy and pizzas. The children have research traditional French clothing and made a Leaning Tower of Pisa using modroc.

Thursday 4th May 2017

Today, we visited our local garden centre. We loved looking around the different kind of flowers at Strawbridges and we even had the chance to enjoy a glass of juice and play in the play area! While we were there we created a plant fact file and researched the different environments plants like to live in. We looked at the different times of the year that it is best to plant certain plants. When we had investigated the plants, we planted some cress seeds to take home.

Wednesday 26th April 2017

We are investigating the role of the stem by carrying out an experiment. We placed a piece of celery in food colouring and observed whether the leaves would turn blue or die. The children enjoyed looking at the stem and they have used the Ipads to create an IMovie to demonstrate how a plant grows and what it needs to survive.

 

Monday 24th April 2017

Today, we have started our new science topic, Nature Week. We have been investigating the different parts of a plant and their functions. The children have prepared an experiment to investigate whether a bean can grow in a bag without soil. We will keep a daily diary of the bean and predict whether it will grow or not.

 

 

Spring two

Homework – Homework Spring 2

Spellings – Spelling Spring 2

This week’s super homework!

Monday 3rd April 2017

Today, the children have started preparing the buns, plants and crafts for our Easter fair. They have enjoyed finding out the cost of each product and calculating the price by using their maths skills. We researched existing products and  designed different ideas using a design criteria.

We hope you can come along and enjoy our Easter fair on Wednesday 5th April at 2.30pm.

 

Wednesday 8th March 2017

The children discussed their designs as a group and started to plan their ideas. The children used junk modelling to create their recycling machines. They worked brilliantly in small groups and collaborated ideas. Here are some pictures of the children building their machines!

Monday 27th February 2017

Today, I introduced the children to our new topic, The Great exhibition. The children investigated different materials and used magnets to investigate which materials the magnets attract and repel. The children carried out an experiment to test the strength of different magnets.

Spring One

Thursday 16th February 2017

As the children have been working extremely hard on their sketches, I invited parents to come along and look at their fantastic landscapes. We set the hall up as an art exhibition and the children enjoyed showing their work to the parents.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Today, we had a part-time artist visit our school. We looked at a different impressionist painter, Paul Cezanne, and used different shading techniques and skills to create our own sketch of a still life.

The children enjoyed blending the different colours and using their sketching techniques to create shades on the fruit.

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Over the last few weeks, the children have been learning about human and physical features through map work and orienteering. We researched different physical features in the United Kingdom and used different techniques to create a Monet effect. The children used sponges and potatoes to create an impression of Lake Windermere, Cannon Hall and Snowdonia.

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Monday 6th February 2017

We started our new topic, Monet. We looked at different Monet paintings and discussed the techniques he uses in his drawings. We went into the playground and sketched trees using the skills we had discussed in class.

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Friday 27th January 2017

Over the last few weeks, the children have been working extremely hard to achieve their swimming badges!

They received their badges in praise assembly on Friday.

Swimming certificates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday January 2017

Today, we used Google maps to complete an orienteering course. We had to mark the position of the numbered cones on our maps.

Tuesday 17th January 2017

In Literacy, we have been writing poems to perform. The children have used their body movements and instruments to add effect to their poems. The children gathered a range of adjectives to describe the animals in their poems.

Monday 16th January 2017

Today, Year 3 started their new topic called No SAT NAV required. We had to complete a treasure hunt to recognise different symbols on a map. The children used their map reading skills to help solve the problem.

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Today, Year 3 has had a special visitor.

It is a reptile.

It can swim.

It lives in a tank. Can you guess what animal it is?

Spring 1 – homework and spellings

spring 1 spellings

Our PE days are now Tuesdays and Fridays.

Spring 1 Homework – homework-template

This week, the children have started thinking about our new topic, Animal Antics. The children have started researching and identifying different animals. We have classified the animals in different ways by looking at what they eat, where they live and how they reproduce.

Here are some of the questions the children would like to find out during our topic:

Here are some pictures of the children researching different types of animals:

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Autumn Two

Autumn 2 homework is attached below:

autumn-two-homework

Homework Email:

Lot’s 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: j.bedford@smat.org.uk

Autumn 2 spellings are attached below:

spellings-wk-1-au-2

Your child needs to continue practicing the year 3 common exception words throughout the year.

A copy is attached below:

common-exception-words

Here are some of the children’s homework:

12th December 2016 – Enterprise Christmas Fayre

30th November 2016 – Enterprise project

The children have started out Enterprise project! We have researched a range of Christmas decorations and used a design criteria to design and create our own decorations. We are hoping to sell our Christmas decorations at our Christmas fayre on Monday 12th December. Please come along and see our products.

Here are some pictures of the children decorating their products:

21st November 2016 – The Complete Athlete

The children have been learning the names of the different muscles in the human body and also which exercises you can do if you want to stay  healthy and strong. The children used labels to identify their partner’s muscles.

How many muscles are there in the human body?

How many muscles are there in the human body?

As part of our Science topic, we have carried out an experiment by testing chicken bones in vinegar! The children have predicted what they think will happen to the bones after 1 week.

Science experiment!

errr…. bones in vinegar?

The children have been thinking about different athletes and recognising the fitness and eating regimes athletes need to stay healthy.

14th November 2016 – The Complete Athlete

This week we have started our Science topic called Complete Athlete.  We have started to look at the human skeleton and understanding how the skeleton supports our body and protects our organs. We worked in pairs and labelled the bones in our bodies.

 

1st November 2016 – Game Lab

Our next topic for this half term is Game Lab! It allows the children to design and create their own interactive programme. The children need to edit and review their programme using a range of computing skills.

Next week, parents will be invited to come into school and play the children’s I pad games.

 

17th October 2016 – Egyptian day!

As our Egyptian topic is coming to an end, I arranged an Egyptian day for the children! They looked great! Thank you to all parents for helping your children with an outfit.

The children loved the day, especially the Egyptian bread!

In the morning, we had to read the recipe and ingredients in hieroglyphics!

Then we could begin to make the Egyptian bread. We had to leave the bread under a towel for 2 hours!

After play, we solved Egyptian math problems using our column methods. In the afternoon, we did some Egyptian dancing and performed for Year 2 and Mr Walls. Before home time, we created and decorated some neck collars using different colours and sequins.

Before we went home, we tasted our Egyptian bread. It was delicious! We dipped it in olive oil so it gave it a sweet taste.

 

 

6th October 2016 – Maths and Literacy

Over the last two weeks, we have been using a column method to solve addition and subtraction calculations. Here are some pictures of the children using hundreds, tens and ones coins to represent the numbers.

In literacy, we have been learning how to use inverted commas for direct speech. Here are some pictures of the children organising themselves so the inverted commas are in the correct place within a sentence.

 

4th October 2016 – Egyptian masks

Today, the children have started making their Egyptian death masks! They have used ModRoc to begin building the structure of their masks.

Here are some pictures of the children making their masks:

 

23rd September 2016

The children loved our Roald Dahl day and dressing up as characters from his books. They did lots of activities throughout the day to support reading, had a scrumdiddlyumptious dinner and loved welcoming their parents into class at the end of the day.

September 2016 – Mummification

When we returned to school at the beginning of September, we discovered an Ancient Egyptian tomb!

We crept inside the tomb and found four canopic jars and some Ancient Egyptian artefacts. When we went back to class, we used the I pads to research the Ancient Egyptians and found out who originally discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb! It was Howard Carter in 1922.

As part of out Ancient Egyptians topic, we have looked at the society in Ancient Egypt, when and how Howard Carter discovered the tomb and also researched mummification. We had the opportunity to mummify teddy bears but first we needed to remember to remove the organs! We placed the organs in the canopic jars and stitched the teddy’s stomach before using Natron ( flour and water) to begin the mummification process.

We used linen to wrap around the teddy and then added Natron (flour and water) to secure the bandages on the body.

The children loved mummifying the teddies! Here are some pictures of the children following the different stages of the mummification process.

Useful Egyptians website can be found below:

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/egypt/general.htm

http://discoveringegypt.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zg87xnb/resources/1

In literacy, we have been reading different Roald Dahl stories and looking at his style of writing. The children are enjoying listening to James and The Giant Peach as our class novel.

Roald Dahl

Homework star of the week!

This is a Year 3 pupil’s amazing mummified teddy and Egyptian death mask, completed as part of his creative homework!

Here is the homework list for Autumn 1:

Homework list Autumn 1

Here are the spellings for Autumn 1:

Autumn 1 spellings

Here are the common exception words for Year 3 and 4:

common exception words

Our topics covered this year will be:

year-3-curriculum-objectives

The elements we will be covering are:

http://www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/year3

You can help your child by:

Discussing what they have been learning at school as well as helping them to apply their learning to their own lives. This may be through researching information or proving theories that we have been learning about in Science.

In Literacy the genres we will be covering are:

Adventure stories and stories with familiar settings

Descriptive writing focusing on real and imaginary settings

Fables

Poems to perform

Poems using similes

Shape poems

Instructions

Persuasive adverts

Information texts

Informal recounts – letters or emails

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 e.g.

Why did the character do that?

What type of text is this?

What will happen next?

Practicing their spellings or phonics and encouraging them to apply the words from their rule in any writing that they do.

In Maths we will be covering the objectives for year  3

These can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

You can help your child by:

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.

Times tables play a large part in a lot of mathematical lessons therefore helping your child to learn their 3,4 and 8 times tables would benefit them greatly

 

Other important information:

The children will have PE on a Tuesday and Friday. PE Kits should be brought into school on a Monday and taken home to be washed on a Friday.

Due to Health and Safety, please make sure that no ear rings or jewellery are worn for PE and swimming.

Home reading books will be changed on a Friday and children should aim to read at least 3 times a week.

Medical Information

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.