We hope you have had a great summer! Here in Year 3 we are looking forward to a year full of fun! Please have a look through our page on a regular basis to keep up to date with information about what will be happening and what has been happening in class.
Thank you to all parents who attended the ‘Meet the teacher’ meetings. Your support is much appreciated. If, for whatever reason, you were unable to attend, have a question or would like any information please feel free to message Ms Paca on the website or speak to any of the class teachers by arranging a meeting time with the office. Our doors are always open. Thank you once again for your ongoing support.
Our Christmas performance will be on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 2pm.
Could you please provide your child with clothing as listed below, the week before to allow time for dress rehearsals.
If you have any queries, questions or problems, please see your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to assist you.
Roxo- boys- any shirt and trousers- not jeans - girls - dress or leggings with any colour top (kings)
Violetinis- All white (angels)
Purple and Benguni (sheep) - white top and white or black bottoms.
Violet - Shepherds any dark colour clothing (costumes will be provided)
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK THEATRE INFORMATION
On Wednesday 5th December 2018 we will be taking the children to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Queens Theatre. We will have lunch (packed lunch) in classes first and leave at approximately 12:30.
The pantomime starts at 2pm and runs for 2hrs and 20 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).
Children are permitted to bring a small snack and drink, the same rules apply as to what is permitted in school.
NO nuts No Fizzy drinks No Chocolate spread.
We hope to return back to school by 5:15pm.
We will keep the school informed if we are running late/early – you will need to ensure you have school ping to ensure you receive this information.
Children are to wear their usual school uniform.
For our exit point from our English text 'The Twits', the children had the opportunity to make their own version of wormy spaghetti, just like Ms Twit made and fed to Mr Twit! Children used real sticky spaghetti and then created pictures of worms, tomato sauce, cheese and some spiders for added flavour! All children had great fun and got into the roles of the characters from this amazing Roald Dahl story.
This half term we will be completing our recipe writing for the Roald Dahl story “The Twits.” Children will make wormy spaghetti and then use this to help them write their recipe. This amazing text will be ended with a Twits dress up day on Friday 2nd November 2018.
Next we will then be looking at the non fiction Book ‘Surprising Sharks’ focusing on writing a fact file. Children will research information about different types of sharks and their features to enable them to produce a non chronological report.
Finally we will be reading the book ‘Tin Forest’. Children will have the opportunity to get into role as the main character through role play. We will then be writing a diary entry thinking about characters thoughts and feelings.
This half term in maths, children will be learning about multiplication and division. Children will be learning how to solve pictorial calculations using different kinds of manipulative resources. Shortly after they will be using our knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 timetable to multiply and divide. We will be using a range of methods to help children solve the calculations including manipulatives such as cubes and counters, arrays, repeated addition and the bar model.
Additionally to this, children will also be recapping over previous learning. They will be completing problem solving tasks that require creative thinking and reasoning. This learning will be based on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
International Primary Curriculum
The topic for IPC this half term is ‘There’s No Place Like Home’. Through this topic we will be looking at a variety of different settlements and why they develop in different locations. We will also compare land uses and use maps to identify links between settlements. During our final week the children will create a map of a settlement based on everything they have learned.
Computing: This half term we will be learning about the basic functions of an email account. We will learn how to send emails and attach documents for others to see. We will also be learning about e-safety and why it is important when we are speaking to others online.
Our science topic this term is Magnets and Forces. Children will carry out investigations to compare how objects move on different surfaces, investigate how magnetic forces can act at a distance and identify materials which are and are not magnetic.
Modern Foreign Language
Pupils will be continuing to have basic conversations in French, saying hello and asking simple questions. They will begin learning some adjectives including colours.
Our unit this half term is Celebrations: Waiting and Preparing. Children will have the opportunity to talk about their own experiences of celebration, as well as learning about the celebrations of different communities. The focus this half term will be on the Advent, a time of celebration for Christians. Children will find out why this celebration is important and will have the opportunity to design and create festive decorations. They will also learn all about the Nativity and and why this is an important celebration within the Christian community.
Every 2 weeks, Year 3 are super lucky to have a maths workshop come to us! During each session children learn about money- being a super saver or a super spender! Children have been given the opportunity to look at different jobs and how much they pay. Using this information, children have been given choices as to what they would like to do with their money as well as challenges they need to complete. During the first session, the children were challenged with making the shape of a £ with their own bodies and then to try again as a team. We had some interesting shapes:) Have a look through the photos to see some of the amazing learning children have been doing through the MyBnk workshops.
We are going to The Tower of London!
Very advance information at the request of parents.
We have booked a trip to The Tower of London on the 12th and 13th of June 2019 (2 classes on one day, 3 classes on the next). During this visit children will attend a workshop 'Crime and Punishment' which will link to our Creative Curriculum topic 'Divorced, Beheaded, died...'. The Trip will cost £8 per child after subsidy from the school. This trip will be added to parent pay next week if you wish to begin payments. Payments are not due until Friday 12th April 2019. More information will be issued closer to the time.
As part of our Invade and Defend Creative Curriculum topic based on the Vikings, we are delighted to have booked ‘Repeating History’ (www.repeating-history.com) to visit for the day on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th February 2019. The contribution towards this amazing experience is only £4. This will be added to Parent Pay next week.
They will provide a full day workshop in the school hall, helping the children explore the turbulent world of the Vikings in 10th Century AD. The authentically dressed Viking warrior will help examine what life was like; considering home life, religion, work, battle, trade and food in a fun and hands on way!
They bring with them a display of swords, shield, spears. helmets, axes, chain mail…. along with bowls, spoons, a cooking pot, a quern milling stone, strategy board games, drinking horns, jewellery, clothing, shoes, coins and lots more.
The children will learn to form a shield wall with spears and shields, learn battle calls, grind grain into flour, try on Viking clothing and jewellery, guess the real Viking foods, touch and feel replica weaponry and armour, pick a Viking name and job and learn to write in runes, plus test out what was learnt with the end of day quiz.
Children will have an opportunity to dress up as a Viking for the day if they wish.
DRESS UP GUIDE!
* A long sleeved, oversize plain T-shirt, any colour but muted ones are best.
* A thin belt, leather or fabric. A plain tie-belt from a dressing gown will do at a push.
* A pair of plain dark leggings or jogging bottoms
* Plain dark shoes or short boots
* A plain coloured long dress or top and skirt
* A plain long tabard-style apron (this can just be a rectangle of fabric with a hole cut in it for the head), or at a push, a plain kitchen apron.
* A thin belt
* A pair of round or oval badges or brooches, one to be worn on each side of the chest just below the collar bone
* A string of beads to hang between the two brooches
* Plain dark shoes or short boots. Hair plaited in a single plait at the back
At the end of our English text 'Jack and the Baked Beanstalk' children were able to create their own beanstalks! They followed instructions and planted their 'magic' bean in soil and used a stick with a design of a cloud and a castle at the top for the beanstalk to grow up. We have already seen some rapid growth since planting. Great fun was had by all!. Children will be bringing their beanstalks home on the last Friday of term.
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime trip
Please read the letter below for all information. If you have any questions please see a class teacher or Ms Paca who will be happy to help you.
During the first week back we spoke about friendships and dreams. We had some great discussion through circle time where the children proved to show how great they are at supporting each other. One child said:
" If I see someone who has no friends, I will go and ask them if they want to play with me because no one should ever be alone when there are so many people around."
We had fun and a few tears learning how to make friendship bracelets which the children then gave to a friend. Kind words were shared and everyone had a smile to hear something about themselves that others had noticed.
During a following session we spoke about our dreams for the future. Initially children viewed dreams as something you have when you go to sleep. We discussed what we would like to be able to do in the future and how we would achieve these dreams. Our children are full of very large dreams that we hope we can encourage and support them in achieving. To support this, children made dream catchers which they told their dreams to.
Our topic for this half term is Gateways to the World. In ICT we have looked on Google maps to see what it is like in other countries. Children were enthralled to walk around Egypt and see the pyramids and then the next minute pop over to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. Shouts of ' I'm in America' , 'I'm in Australia" told a story of how much fun the children were having finding out what other countries are like.
We have also looked at sculptures in airports around the globe and designed our own using clay. In following weeks children will be creating boarding passes, drawing an image of what it looks like from the window of a plane and competing to see whose paper aeroplane can fly the furthest as well as many other fun opportunities. Keep posted for pictures.