Friday 30th November
Not just another week this time, but a whole month! This week has been just as busy. We have been consolidating our understanding of patterns in numbers. In Literacy we are beginning to write our own version of our class story. This afternoon we made notes as Mrs Murphy made a working model of the water cycle, in preparation of building one ourselves on Monday – fingers crossed that it will work! (And Mrs Murphy has promised to remember to take photos of this, as she always forgets).
A special note – Can I please ask that you make sure your child has a warm PE kit (joggers, sweatshirt etc) as we will continue to do PE outside whenever the weather allows. This means that we all need to wrap up warm, as only torrential rain or ice on the ground will stop us – we’re a tough lot in Year 3.
Friday 23rd November
Another week gone, they are just flying by! Thank you again to all the parents who attended our Book and Biscuit on Wednesday, it is so well supported and the children love you being there, so thank you. Just a note to say that this week coming (Wednesday 28th November) there will not be a Book and Biscuit as some of Year 3 (including myself and Mrs Nairn) will be leaving early to go cross country running!
We also had a visit from the Rock Steady musician, who was giving a taster session to encourage children to take part in the activity. We had lots of fun, which can be seen in the photos below.
Friday 9th November
This week has seen us carrying out our normal end of term 1 assessments. During this time, the children showed great determination and tried their hardest to show off all the skills they have learned so far.
We enjoyed our visit from lots of parents during our open morning on Wednesday to observe a Book Talk session. We all enjoyed your company and I felt that you were able to see the children really thinking carefully about their reading.
Following this, we observed a wonderful assembly given by two of our pupils (one from Year 3) about Diwali – The Festival of Lights, observed by Hindu’s, Sikh, and Jains around the world. The girls performed the traditional story via the medium of a puppet show, which was both professionally delivered and clearly enjoyed by all the staff and children in the audience. As a class, we tried to create the symbol of a lotus flower (a symbol of good luck, prosperity and purity), using origami – some were more successful than others, but those whose worked well, should float – I’ll wait to hear if they do!
Today, as a school, we observed the two minutes silence for remembrance, being the closest school day. During the afternoon I introduced the children to William, my great-grandfather, and told them a little of his war journey (he survived, came home and went on to have a daughter, my grandmother – a happy ending). The discussion held following this was one of great maturity, inquisitiveness and compassion. I showed them his medals which were inspected in great detail and with extreme care. You should all be so proud of your children, I was.
Friday 2nd November
So, the first week back has followed the speed of the weeks before half term, it’s gone in a blur. I hope that you all had a great half term break and are recharged and ready to keep going all the way to Christmas.
This week we have launched our new story – Grolt – A cautionary tale about greed. We shall be learning the actions and story over the next few days and I’m sure the children will show you if you ask them. In Maths we are continuing with the skills required to add and subtract.
In Music the children are composing their own piece that reminds them of water, using predominately their own bodies as percussion instruments, working as an ensemble.
In Topic we shall move more into the theme of water, following our introduction to comparing England with Poland as linked with our last story in English.
Friday 19th October
We made it! This always seems like a very long term for all concerned. Everyone settling into a new class, new teacher and new rules. All of this is exhausting. Year 3 have had more than their fair share of coughs and colds, so hopefully, we’ll be back up to full attendance in the new term (fingers crossed). As with every other week, the list of activities has not let up. This week was our Week to Wow! We have learned a lot about The Great Hammerhead Shark. Our Maths and English were also focussed on this as well. We have even made a soundscape to a video clip. However, our greatest achievement, has to be the creation of (what began to feel like a life-size model) of The Great Hammerhead. It ran as a military operation with children all disersed around the room sticking various bits of recycling together. As you can see from the photo below it was an epic achievement!
In Science they were able to dissect a flower head, which was a highlight of the week.
Have a great half term everyone, don’t forget to practice your timestables – using the new Rock Stars website. You can also continue to use Mathletics and, of course, please keep reading, it will make such as difference if the routine is kept up. Above all, have fun!
Friday 12th October
Another busy week in Year 3!
We have spent lots of time practising our Harvet Poem and Song. When we arrived in the church, after a blustery walk down, we listened to a story first about sharing. We were the first to perform, and although there was a little stage fright, I was very proud of their determination to keep going – even without music! We were definitely the bravest class. Although, I did not get any photos of them singing (I was hiding in the corner, prompting when necessary), I have a lovely photo of them showing respect to the other classes by sitting attentively during their performances.
And, so, next week, our final week of the term. I’m so very proud of how everyone has settled in and is getting to used to the pace and intensity of the work in Year 3. As previously stated, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to me at either end of the day.
Thank you for your continued support.
Thursday 4th October
Is it just me, or are we hurtling towards the end of term at break-neck speed?
We had more visitors in to see us this week. We began the week with a visit from Tim, who explained what a ‘Growth Mindset’ was. It’s about having the right attitude towards learning. We won’t always find every lesson easy but if we want to learn then we will. We listenened to him explaining the direct link between the amount of effort you put in and how this is related to the results you achieve. These results may not come quickly, but they will come.
In Year 3, we have a phrase, where we don’t say ‘I can’t do it’, we say ‘I can’t do it…yet!’ This certainly applied to a cool trick with a pencil, which some of us mastered quicker than others, and as for juggling! Well, that really did take effort.
Wednesday’s ‘Book and a Biscuit’ was very well attended, so again, thank you so much to those adults that were able to make time to join us. I’ve now read the same three pages of a Horrid Henry book to three different groups…I’m dying to know what happens next!
And as if all that wasn’t enough, we spent Wednesday afternoon creating a mosaic based upon the theme ‘School Life’. As a class we helped create the new school motto ‘Inspire, Aspire, Achieve’ whichwill soon be mounted outside for all to see. In class we made our own mosaic representing how we, as Class 3, learn. I hope that you like.
Thursday 27th September
What a crazy week we’ve had inYear 3! We were out on Monday to compete in a tennis tournament and although everyone had lts of fun and definitely improved as the morning went on, as always there can only be one winner, one silver place and one bronze-placed person. In this case there was one of each for the boys and the girls.
On Tuesday, Mrs Lymn appeared to bring her packed lunch into Class 3 inthe afternoon! However, it turned out we were just investigating which parts of plants we actually eat. Did you know we can eat some flowers?
And finally, on Wednesday, in preparation for learning how to write speech into a story, we use drama to explore the different ways the King, Princes, Princesses and the Cobbler would have spoken. We listened to The Queen speaking and someone ho does not come from royalty to see if there was a difference. It turned not only was their speech different but it had an impact on our body language as well.
Enjoy your training day! I’ll see you all next week.
Friday 21st September
Wow! We’ve all survived another week in Class 3. It’s been another busy week, we’ve been continuing to learn our story of Smok the Dragon and Krak the Cobbler in Literacy. In Maths, our place value knowledge is improving ready to move onto addition very shortly.
We also had a visit from Mark from Hotshots Basketball for a taster session. I was as surprised as the rest of the class to discover that we have a world champion basketball spinning pupil in our class! A photo is below of her in action!
I’m very excited to attend the scarecrow festival on Saturday 22nd September 12-4. It will be my first scarecrow event so am not sure what to expect, but I’m sure it will be fun! – Hope to see you there.
Incredibly, we’re almost at the end of our first full week back to school – doesn’t time fly when we’re having fun!
This week, we have been learning about place value in Maths. This shows us what value each digit represents within a number. In Literacy we have been learning a story, where a monster is defeated! I have had my drawing skills tested by all the children when drawing the story map.
I was very impressed when they learned how to breathe like a rabbit and then a lion. Finally we tried a pose with our pair, which, was quite tricky to do.
Just a quick reminder, if you were unable to attend the parents evening and would like the welcome pack, please do not hesitate to speak with me and I will organise this for you. The slides shown during that evening can be seen if you scroll down the page.
Topic this afternoon was a ‘Stunning Start’ to our World of Water topic. We investigated large ice-cubes, noticing what happened to them if salt or colour was added. We also put some celery into coloured water, but will have to wait until next week to see what happens there! And finally, we watched how water ‘walked’ from one cup to another through paper towels making the colours blend together to make new ones.
(Children – I have left one set of walking water to investigate next week as well!)
It was lovely to see so many parents last night. I appreciate that not everyone could attend, therefore, the link below is for the slides I talked through. I also made a pack of useful information. If you would to like to collect a pack, please see me either in the morning or at the end of the day
We have had a great start to the 2018/2019 year. On the first day we took part in some taster sessions for new sports clubs
As you can see, they all had a fantastic time. The photograph I am most proud of, as their new teacher, is the one that shows them all sitting, listening to instructions and showing our visitor respect, which is the school value for this term.