Friday 2nd October 2020
Firstly, attached is the timetable for P.E. Kit requirements, hopefully this will help solve those “Do I need my kit today?” questions.
Secondly, you won’t believe the week we’ve had in Year 3! We began Monday as Stone Age hunter/gatherers, tasked with finding as much food to feed our ‘families’ as possible. Once we had ‘gathered’ together as many plants, berries and nuts as possible – trying to avoid those things that weren’t edible! We tried our hand at ‘hunting’ for Woolly Mammoth and Rhinos, alongside Glyptodon and Andrewsarchus and the fearsome Sabre-Toothed Cat. Thankfully, some of us managed to secure a good meal, others were not so lucky.
Fast forward onto today, where we were able to make our Stone Age artefacts; coil pots, necklaces and push pots. We need to allow time for these to dry before they can be displayed in our classrooms before bringing home at the end of the term.
Unfortunately, I was so excited watching the children on Monday, I completely forgot to take any photographs! However, I was able to take a couple of images this afternoon of the hard-working, concentration that was taking place whilst creating our clay work.
I hope that you all have a great weekend – looks like it will be a fantastic opportunity to tick off “Get muddy and jump in puddles” from Year 3 Project Conquer Booklet! Have fun.
Thursday 24th September 2020 – IMPORTANT P.E. NEWS
As I’m sure your children will have already told you, I had to make the decision to not do P.E. outside today. This was because the activity planned involved running around on the grass and into the wild area at the back of the field. I felt, because of the torrential rain and hail that had just fallen that this would have been both too dangerous but also too dirty for them. Therefore, I am planning to do this missed session on Monday. Can you please send your child to school in P.E. kit on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week as there will be P.E. on all three days.
To help with the different weeks where we alternate P.E. and Science, I plan to put a calendar on here to advise which weeks will require P.E. on Wednesday and which will not. Hopefully, this will clear up any confusion.
Friday 18th September 2020
Our Year 3’s are having a great start to the year! I’m so proud of how they are all working and adapting to changes during the day and the week. Routines are slightly different and constantly evolving as we tweak systems to ensure everyone is as safe as possible. They have taken it all n their stride – what a credit they are to you all.
We had another visitor this week. this time it was Coach Billy from Freestyle, giving us all a taster of dodgeball. I know that some of the children were very keen to sign up to the club.
I know that some of you are a little concerned regarding the Speed Spell system. We were due to trial this in March but that obviously was cut short. Therefore, we have restarted this trial. Essentially, your child will be given ten spellings each week, along with a rule/pattern that they follow. We will practise these daily with your child and in great depth on a Friday when the new words are given. Each week we will also practise the accumulated words (each week already given). Our aim is, rather than your child practise for a single test on a Friday, that they will become more comfortable with the words and rules and retain this information more long term. They will be tested at the end of each term (first one at the end of October) but will still only receive a ten word test. I have also given the children the incentive to use the words within their everyday writing by promising (if used correctly) they will receive a house point for any spelling word used (from any of the weeks already learned).
Please do not hesitate to speak to me on the playground if this remains a concern for you. As I said, this is a trial to see its effectiveness and could be reviewed if found not to work as hoped.
Friday 11th September 2020
A wonderful start to Year 3! Below are a couple of photos from our visit from Mark at Hotshots Basketball. Some of you were lucky enough to be chosen to join the club tonight, I hope you have the best of fun!
We were also lucky enough to be visited by Darcy, a sculptor and inventor. He showed us some of his amazing inventions that he designed to help make his work as a sculptor easier. We then were given the chance to make a show, using wire and sticky silver tape. These are linked to our Project Conquer. Your child will have brought their booklet home tonight, so you can make a start on the Year 3 challenges as soon as you would like to. As you achieve, please provide some evidence (could be a photo, letter or certificate) to show that they have achieved. This will then be signed off by myself.
Friday 4th September 2020
A great first couple of days! We’ve already had a visit from Mark at Hotshots Basketball. Your child should have come home with a letter yesterday. If you would like your child to take part, the letter MUST be back in first thing Monday morning. Just to confirm, our first P.E. session will be Thursday 10th September. Your child will need to come to school in their kit. Please make sure you bring a sweatshirt or hoodie in case it is a bit chilly.
Your child has completed a times tables test today. Everyone starts on their two times table. I don’t tell them their score, just whether they need to keep practicing their 2’s or whether they can move on to practice their 5’s. This has been written in their reading diary in the corner of this week’s spellings. If you cannot see this, please let me know and I’ll tell you which times table they need to practice. The next test will be next Friday (11th September). This will continue each week, unless I write a note in reading diary to say otherwise.
Your child has also been given the first week’s spellings. these will not be tested until the final week of the half term (Friday 23rd October). They will still only receive ten spellings within the test but could be from any of the previous weeks. We practice these a lot during the week but any extra practice at home will only help them. Please discuss the rule with them as well as this will form an important part of them understanding the spelling and may well be mentioned within the test.
Any questions, please try to catch me on the playground on Monday.
Thank you, have a lovely weekend
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Eeek! Just one more sleep to go! I’m so excited, I hope that you are too? You will not need your P.E. kit for the first couple of days. Just bring yourself, your lunch if you need to bring one, your water bottle and your book bag. If you have any books at home that belong to school, then please bring those with you as well. You do not need to bring back your old reading record as you will be issued a new one.
The first time we will do P.E. will be next Thursday (10th September) so you will need to come to school in your kit that day.
See you at 9:00 am tomorrow morning – with a smile!
Welcome to Year 3!
Attached are a variety of documents that will enable you to navigate your way through Year 3 a little easier. As always, if you have any questions, please meet me in the playground before school, or if it will require a significant amount of time, please make an appointment with the school office.
Looking forward to seeing you all in September!
Autumn Term 1 – timetable
Year 3 4 Word list – as directed from the government, these are words children should be able to read, spell and use confidently by the end of Year 4.