SUMMER TERM 2018
Click on the link below for our plans for the summer term.
Click on the link below for the Barnstondale Residential that Year 3 children go on at the start of Year 4.
After half term,on Wednesday 6th June, Year 3 will be going on our only school trip of the year to the Roman Dewa Experience in Chester. Details can be found on the link below. Payment must be received by 9am on Monday 4th June via the Tucasi system.
Our maths focus this week is using money in a variety of number problems – a very important skill for everyone!
Although it is only May we are moving on to our final science topic of the year, about plants and how they grow. However, the nature of the topic is that it will take us quite a few weeks to plan and complete our science investigations.
However we had lots of fun on ‘Outdoor Lesson Day’ doing our daily run and then investigating all the different shapes of leaves we could find on our field.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 17th May|
|This week we have started our science topic on plants. For homework I would like you to write down everything you eat for 1 day and then, on a table, record whether it is from a plant or animal source. If it is from a plant I would then like you to write in another column which part of the plant you have eaten (ie. Root, stem, leaf, seed or fruit).
Remember tables are best drawn using rulers and if they are labelled correctly you can just mark with a neat tick rather than having to write in every box.
On Tuesday we attended an event, organised by Linghams when the author, Natasha Farrant spoke to the children about how she approaches writing stories. These skills are being used to help with our creative writing this week.
In maths we are using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a variety of problem solving and reasoning situations. ‘Buzz’ maths is always popular with the children. Copies of the work each child did can be found in the learning journeys on Pupil Tracker.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 10th May|
|We have been working hard in class to use the correct homophones in sentences. In your grey homework book there is a worksheet for you to select the correct word. There is also an exercise about using ‘are’ and ‘our’ correctly in your writing.
Make sure you remember to stop at the end of each page you read .Check that you have understood it by trying to say what you have read in your own words.
Beegu, a three eyed, long eared creature has been introduced to the class this week. His character ranged from a blood sucking alien to a kind hearted but cheeky rabbit according to the children. Having developed a character for Beegu the children are now planning his/her/its adventures.
Our maths focus has moved on to multiplication and division which links to this week’s homework.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 3rd May|
|In maths this week we have been recapping on multiplication and division. When doing word problems we often use bar modelling to understand what we are being asked to do. Show your grown up, as you complete each maths question, how this might help. You should also be able to use known times tables facts to work out the answer quickly.
Each time you read choose 3 words you don’t know. Look them up in the dictionary to find out their meaning.
We have continued learning about light using mirrors and torches to reflect beams of light around the classroom. Thank you to everyone who sent torches and mirrors into class to help with this.
With Mrs Williams the class learnt about the origin of St George’s Day. The information was then recorded by teams onto posters.
Our maths lessons have continued to concentrate on addition and subtraction with answers being checked by the inverse operation.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 26th April|
|Last term we learnt about keeping safe on the internet. As most internet access takes place at home, it is important that children and parents regularly discuss the problems and risks that are all around us. The worksheet in the grey homework book does not need to be completed fully but it is intended to be talked about with some comments being added to show that this important issue has been discussed.
Last week 8 children in class did not read at least 3 times. Could this be the week that everyone reads enough?
Well done if you are someone who reads every week.
Hopefully everyone has enjoyed their Easter break, even if the weather wasn’t great. Fortunately it is forecast to be a bit warmer and brighter which is good news as we need a bit of sun for our practical science lessons about light and shadows!
We got our sunny day on Thursday! Sundials made and lots learnt about shadows, movement of the earth and the origins of clocks. Our predictions also improved dramatically as the day progressed.
We have also found out what happens to shadows as objects move nearer to light sources.
In maths we are looking at choosing the best methods for addition and subtraction. These include rounding, finding the difference between and partitioning in addition to the conventional vertical methods we learnt earlier this year.
This week it was Year 3’s turn to help prepare meals for the homeless. Thank you to Sue, all the kitchen staff and Mrs Toal for organising this very worthwhile (and fun) activity.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 19th April|
|We have started a new science topic in school about light and shadows. Look at the ‘Silly Shadows’ picture in your homework book. Write a sentence for each shadow explaining why it is not real. Make sure all your sentences start with capital letters, are correctly punctuated and use a variety of suitable vocabulary.
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Tell a grown up what you have read about, in your own words, after you have finished reading.
SPRING TERM 2018
As we head towards the Easter holidays we have been writing about what Christians believe happened to Jesus at the end of his life on earth. We have also made Hot Cross buns.
There isn’t any specific homework during the Easter holidays but children need to continue reading regularly and practising their Year 3 spellings. It would also be really useful if they could bring a bright torch into school on Tuesday 17th April for a science investigation.
Our Scottish topic has drawn to a close with us finding out about Scottish artists from the past and modern era. We looked at real pieces of art including watercolour, photography, ceramics, beadwork and batik, all inspired by the Scottish landscape and wildlife. The textile piece by Susan Woodcock was used to inspire our own pieces of landscape art, examples of which can be seen below. We sent some pictures of our work, by e mail to the artist and were thrilled when she replied the very same day saying that, “The pictures raised my spirits! I loved the way the children have overlaid the materials so that the sea looks like it is moving – just like the view of the sea from my window.”
With Mrs Williams the children applied their geographical knowledge of the UK and weather systems to write and present a weather forecast. In literacy children have compared different types of art, inspired by Scotland.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 22nd March|
|As we prepare for Easter your homework is to make a decorated egg. In addition to the usual team points there are prizes to be won! Please note this is a class competition, not a whole school event.
The only requirements are that you need to be able to tell me how you made it. Help is allowed so long as most of the work is your own.
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. It is really important that you continue to read over the Easter holidays as well ,as there will be no other extra homework next week.
Year 3 and 4 joined together for the Easter egg toss. Everyone enjoyed it, with scores ranging from 0 to 12. Sophie was the class winner. Some of the Easter eggs didn’t survive too well as illustrated by the photo below!
As we continue our work on fractions the children are getting more proficient at using bar modelling to work out exactly what fraction they are being asked for. There are some examples below.
In literacy we have been investigating Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland before having a go at drawing our own imaginary Scottish island.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 15th March|
|In literacy we have written some poetry and we will be exploring more types of poetry in guided reading in the next couple of weeks. For homework I would like you to find, in a book or on the internet, a short poem. Copy it down in your grey homework book and be ready to perform it in front of the class. It can be read but extra team points will be given to anyone who can recite their poem without reading it. It can be a 4 line little ditty, a 3 verse rhyming , serious, humorous …Anything you enjoy.|
Mother’s Day silk painted cards are ready. They look fabulous.
We applied our reasoning skills in maths, working with partners.
Our final preparation for Mother’s Day was to bake shortbread biscuits. The classroom smelt wonderful once they were baked. Thanks to Mrs Humphrey and the kitchen team for making sure they didn’t get burnt!
|Homework – Thursday 8th March|
|Our Maths focus for the last 2 weeks has been fractions and this will continue into next week. Please have a go at the fractions worksheet in your grey homework book.
When reading at home remember to check you understand what you have read at the end of each page before going any further. If you need help with the meaning of tricky words ask a grown up or look them up in a dictionary.
We are finishing learning about the Winter Olympics by writing a newspaper report about our favourite factual (or fictional) competitor.
In maths we will be focussing on fractions for the next few weeks.
Our silk painting art work is coming along really well, but you’ll have to wait another week to see it. We wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.
|Homework – Thursday 1st March|
|This week our literacy focus has been writing different types of sentences. The homework sheet asks you to show off these skills by writing statements, questions, exclamations and commands.
It would be wonderful to have a week when every child reads at least 3 times at home. Is this going to be the week?
Our literacy focus has been to improve our sentences by adding in adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions to link main and subordinate clauses. In numeracy work has been completed on types of angles and lines.
Following on from last week’s work linked to ‘Safer Internet Day’ the children have prepared posters showing how and why they need to keep safe when using computers linked to the internet. As parents it is really important that you talk to your child about these important life skills.
|Homework – Thursday 15th February|
|Thursday 1st March is World Book Day. At Pensby Primary school we want the focus to be on the enjoyment of reading and not the cost of fancy dress costumes so this year you are challenged, over half term, to do some extreme reading. This means reading a book in an unusual location. You can either write or draw a picture showing where you read or print out a photo.
Homework needs to be handed in on Tuesday 27th February but on Thursday 1st March you can bring in your favourite book to share with a child in another class.
This week we have been learning about the geography of Winter Olympic venues and some of the exciting and dangerous sports. Our extended write had us planning a journey to a Winter Olympics with a friend so that we could also practise writing speech correctly.
In maths we have been checking our own answers to calculations by doing the inverse operation.
The 500 word class story winners, Alia, Hayden, India, Isla, Ollie and Phoebe have had their stories entered into the national competition but everyone could enter their story. With parental permission you can go onto the BBC Radio 2 500 words page on the internet and enter your own story. It can either be typed in directly or hand written but then your grownup would need to type it in. Please note there are 2 save buttons. Both need to be clicked to save your story. Mrs Beggs didn’t know that (at her cost!)
|Homework – Thursday 8th February|
|The Winter Olympics begin in South Korea tomorrow. We have been learning about them this week. For homework please research and write about an athlete who has competed in the Winter Olympics. They can be someone recent or further back in history. Extra team points will be given out for unusual facts or lesser known competitors.
5 spellings are given out every week. Some children try really hard to learn them but others don’t. Make sure you are in the group who try their hardest to improve.
A couple of weeks ago you were also given a list of which spellings you know so far from the Year 3/4 list. Keep working on the ones you struggle with.
Our 500 word writing project is continuing. When we looked at the draft stories we found that many were not very exciting, but after working with a friend most have some more imaginative ideas. Now everyone will improve their plot before editing their word choice even further.
Having found out about push and pull forces using magnets last week, we are now investigating friction and the effect it has on moving objects. In order to plan the experiment we first had to use the resources we had been given so we could predict what our findings might be.
We have recapped on vertical addition and subtraction in maths.
|Homework – Thursday 1st February|
|This term we have been working on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Work out each ‘Magical Mathematical Marvels’ 3 times in your homework book before trying it out on others. There will be 5 additional team points given out to anyone who can write down an explanation of why it works.|
We have moved on to our first science topic of the year, learning about forces. Our investigations this week have been centred around how magnets attract and whether their strengths vary.
In maths we have been problem solving using our multiplication and division skills.
BBC Radio 2 500 words competition will be our literacy focus for the next couple of weeks. We watched the live lesson on our interactive whiteboard, joining in with thousands of other children around the country. Our aim now is to draft, edit, improve and produce an imaginative story, in less than 500 words that can be entered in to the competition.
|Homework – Thursday 25th January|
|We have been looking at forces this week, looking at how push and pull forces cause objects to start, stop or continue to move. This week’s homework looks at how we use these forces in our everyday life. Please identify the forces in the picture and write a sentence, in your grey homework book, describing which force is in action.|
Firstly thank you for everyone who found some paper to do last week’s homework on. I forgot to send the grey homework books home. Fortunately this week the grey books are not needed so there is nothing to remember!
Our literacy focus this week has been Anne Frank’s early life. This has lead to a PHSE discussion about how we deal with challenges in our own lives and how tolerance in society can enable everyone to be content.
In maths we have been learning how to divide 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using the ‘chunking’ method.
|Homework – Thursday 18th January|
|We are continuing to work on the speed of recall of our times tables in school. It is important that we know them out of sequence, rather than just being able to count in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s etc. This week’s game, ‘Flick it’ should be a fun way to improve these skills at home. Please write in your small homework book to show that the homework has been done.|
|When reading at home remember to ask an adult to explain the meaning of any new vocabulary you come across.|
Please see below a message from Mrs Toal
As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook https://www.neighbourly.com/wirralshomeless/feed.
Each month a different class of ‘Mini-Angels’ will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Tiny-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the classteacher when your child will be cooking. In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s classteacher.
Many thanks for your support
Happy New Year to everyone and thank you for all the good wishes, cards and gifts received at the end of term.
We have got straight back in to hard work as we start a new term. This half term we are joined by Miss Tobin who is visiting the class as an associate teacher for 6 weeks.
Our maths focus is multiplication of 2 digit numbers using the grid method.
Having learnt about the Christian celebration of Christmas we are now finding out how Jews worship and what their special celebrations are.
|Homework – Thursday 11th January|
|This week, in guided reading, we are finding out that we can get quite confused when trying to put words into alphabetical order, so this week’s homework is all about putting words in alphabetical order. It is up to you whether you write the list out or you cut it up and stick it into your homework book in order.
In maths we are starting to use grid method to do multiplication. Whilst most of you understand the method, your knowledge of times tables can sometimes let you down. Please keep practising them by saying or singing them regularly.
The highlight of Christmas week was the class party with traditional games and refreshments being enjoyed by all. We wish everyone a very happy Christmas.
Friday was a fabulous day. It started with each team helping to man our craft stall. We were aiming to double our £20 investment so we were thrilled when we made £68 profit!
We then visited Father Christmas in Stanley school’s grotto. A magical experience.
Our measuring skills were used to help us to make our Christmas angel tree decorations and our patience is being tested with our embroidered cards!
The Christmas concert was lovely with all the children who had speaking parts using clear, loud voices. Singing ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’ in French is a huge achievement and Jessica sang the solo beautifully. The Year 3 staff were very proud.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 14th December|
|In the homework book is a Christmas quiz to complete. Please try really hard to do all the reading yourself before asking a grown up for help. If you don’t know how to spell any of the answers you could check your spelling using a dictionary.
There will not be any homework set over Christmas as it is a time to relax and have fun with your family and friends.
|Year 3 will be having a class party on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th December. The class staff are providing the food and prizes as their Christmas present to the children so there is no need for you to bring in any contributions. You are however welcome to bring in ‘party clothes’ to change into after lunch, but make sure it is something you can run in! School uniform must be worn until after lunch.|
As preparation continues for our Christmas concert the children have been learning about seasonal traditions in France. These will be incorporated into our performance with items made in school. No additional costume items are needed from home. Everyone does however need to keep practising their song words at home to ensure they are word perfect!
|Homework Activity – Thursday 7th December|
|As the concert is next week we need to be really sure of our carol words. You were given a copy of the carol last week. For homework please make sure you know all the words for your verses without reading them. We are singing it to the traditional tune if your grown-ups want to find the music for you to sing along to at home.|
The art exhibition looked fabulous as the pictures below illustrate.
On Wednesday we did our first baking of the year. Everyone really enjoyed it and behaved very well. We made conglomerate rock cakes, learning how each component represents different particles that can be found in this type of rock.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 30th November|
|Our maths focus for the week has been doubling and halving. The maths homework sheet is designed to reinforce this skill. In class we have been partitioning 2 digit numbers to help with doubling and halving before recombining. For example to find double 24, split 24 into 20 and 4, double each number and then recombine to get 48. Use the same method in reverse to half.|
Just a reminder that spellings need to be learnt at home every week. We have used different techniques for practising spellings in school including ‘pyramid writing’ and ‘read, cover, write, check’. Try to use these at home too.
We played doubles and halves dominoes which was quite a challenge with dominoes having to be placed to complete the loop.
To complete our dragon topic we listened to a wide variety of poems about dragons, chose our individual favourites and then had a go at writing a dragon poem.
We are now moving on to our second science subject which is rocks, fossils and soils. This has initially involved more art as children used different pencils, charcoals and pastels to represent a rock sample before describing the texture and appearance of each. This was expertly demonstrated, under the visualiser lamp, by Mrs Arnold.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 23rd November|
|As we move on to our topic about rocks I would like you to investigate your house and write about 5 things inside your home which are made from rocks. This should include things which come from rocks like metals and glass. To challenge yourself further you could explain what has been done to the rock to make the items you found.
Your focus this week is to ask about or use a dictionary to find out the meaning of new words.
All artwork is now framed ready for next week’s art exhibition and it really does look fabulous. At only £6 for a framed original and £5 for a framed print this could solve many of your Christmas present problems for Nan, Grandad etc. So please try to come along to see the exhibition from 3.30 -6pm on Thursday 23rd (next week)
Our maths focus for the next few weeks will be multiplication and division. We have used arrays (grids of dots) and number lines to represent times and division sentences reinforcing the link between 3×4=12 being the same number family as 12 divided by 4 is 3.
The children have enjoyed writing the story of a day in the life of their dragon using adjectives, adverbs and prepositions to improve their sentence composition.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 16th November|
|This week we have started working on multiplication and division. Please complete the worksheet in your homework book. The dice activities at the bottom are a good way to continue practising your times tables.
Look, as you read, at the different ways authors start sentences to keep the book interesting. You could use some of these ideas in your writing at school.
Our dragon topic continues to progress with some fabulous effort being put into our art work and the creative writing to go with it. All will be on display at the art exhibition after school on Thursday 23rd November, so do please try to keep that evening free as the children are very keen to show off their work.
3D Dragon Models
Watercolour dragon pictures
In maths we have been working on applying our addition and subtraction skills to money problems – definitely a useful skill for later life!
|Homework Activity – Thursday 9th November|
|The school has been asked to make a time capsule to go in the grounds of the new Pensby care home. For homework this week please complete the worksheet about Pensby. Each one will then be copied to go into the capsule, due to be opened in 2078.
After you have read a page tell someone else in your family, in your own words, what it was about, before going on to the next page.
|Most children still need to get much quicker at recalling their times tables. Try asking each other mixed times tables questions (e.g. 3×4, 8×2) next time you are in the car together.|
We have started using money in number problems, doing practical reasoning problems in pairs and on computers. In literacy we are using adjectives to describe our dragon designs which will be exhibited at the school art exhibition later in the month.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 2nd November|
|This week we have started our ‘Dragon’ topic. We have been busy drawing and describing the features of our own dragon. For homework choose one of the dragon pictures. Please write 3 sentences about how the dragon looks and 2 sentences about its characteristics (eg. its behaviour or special powers.) Remember each sentence should include a variety of adjectives and connectives.
In maths Mrs Williams is starting work on telling the time. Please try to use the different clocks in your house to tell the time throughout the day.
When you are reading try to spot nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Can you think of alternative words which could have been used?
|Everyone is gradually moving up the ‘Times Table Tree’. Remember, when you are practising your next times table at home, that you must say the full times table, don’t just count in 2’s, 3’s, 4’s etc. A good time to say them is each time you go upstairs.|
To conclude our Ancient Egyptian topic we are each writing an information page about this period of history choosing suitable subheadings, illustrations, maps and diagrams together with informative writing. The display and some examples of the work are below.
In maths we are moving on to subtraction using the formal column method.
The first half of the autumn term concluded with a day of computer programming led by Mr Davies.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 19th October|
|There is no written homework over the half term break but there are spelling to practise and times tables to learn so please try to fit those in whilst having fun and enjoying time with your family.
Each week at least 20 children get stickers for reading 3 times a week. Well done if you always get a sticker, but if you are not in this group perhaps you could try extra hard over half term to read at least 3 times.
Having spent a couple of weeks on addition we are moving on to subtraction in maths, starting with practical exchanging of I group of 10s into 10 units before recording formally using vertical subtraction.
Through independent research we will be finding out about the lives of ordinary people in ancient Egyptian times. Once information has been gathered we will be writing a presentation to give in front of the rest of our team. Our grammar focus has been choosing suitable adjectives to describe nouns.
Our Egyptian style burial masks are continuing to develop.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 12th October|
|Everyone seemed to really enjoy last week’s homework so I would like you to have a go at another Egyptian tool this week – A shaduf. You might not have exactly the right materials at home but other things could be used like twigs from the woods or drinking straws. Please write in your book about what you used and how well it worked. You could even count how many times you need to fill it to collect 50ml or 100ml of water. You are welcome to bring your model into school, but you don’t have to.|
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Try to make sure that someone in your house asks you questions about each couple of pages after you have finished reading.
This week we are pretending to be archaeologists, discovering and exploring a previously undiscovered pyramid in Egypt. Our findings will be recorded as a diary entry, using paragraphs to separate out different times and places during the day.
In maths we are moving on to vertical addition for 3 digit numbers.
We have started our first art project, an Egyptian burial mask but it will be a couple of weeks before they are finished.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 5th October|
|This week we have been continuing our topic about Ancient Egypt. For homework please have a go at measuring time by making a water clock. If you haven’t got any plastercine (or blutac) at home please tell me and I can give you enough to do your homework. Please write in your homework diary how well your water clock works.|
Please ask a grown up to ask you a question after every page you read. This will help you to read more carefully and improve your understanding of your book.
We have now finished our first science subject and are moving onto a history topic about Ancient Egypt. In our first lesson we looked at our fantastic time line in the atrium to see just how far back in time we are learning about. To help us to find out more about this time, our literacy focus has been to write and answer questions.
In maths we have started to use our knowledge of place value to add together 3 digit numbers. This has been done very practically this week but will lead to more formal, vertical addition methods next week.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 28th September|
|Our maths focus since the beginning of term has been place value and partitioning (which means split numbers into hundreds, tens and units). This is now helping us with our addition. Please have a go at the maths sheets in your grey homework book.|
|Reading & Spellings
In addition to the homework above you need to read at least 3 times a week and have a go at learning the spellings in your homework book. Both these will be checked on a Thursday.
Our science focus this week is on maintaining a healthy body through the correct diet, exercise, sleep and having fun. This has led to some structured writing using subtitles.
We have also carried out a science experiment to find out our lung capacity. The class staff joined in as well.
In maths we are continuing to learn about place value and different ways of representing numbers with hundreds, tens and units.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 21st September|
|This week we have been learning about nutrition and how it is important to eat the right proportion of each food type. In your homework book is a ‘Balance of Good Health Plate’. Choose 1 day and record everything you eat in the correct place on the plate. Does it show you are eating a healthy diet or should you eat more (or less) of one food group?|
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Ask a grown up to ask you some questions after each few pages to check you have understood what you have read.
This week we have learnt more about the skeleton, muscles and organs in the human body. Our literacy focus has been alphabetical order with some children starting to use a dictionary correctly to find out the meaning of words.
In maths we have applied our partitioning skills to addition and started to use reasoning skills to solve problems using our ‘Buzz’ maths resources.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 14th September|
|This week we have been learning about our skeletons. Have a go at Task 9 about broken bones. All written work should be completed, in pencil, in your grey homework book. Completing the ‘Extra Challenge’ will earn you extra points for your team.|
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. It is important that you read to another person or ask an adult to help you with any words you can’t read or don’t understand.
It has been lovely to welcome everyone back into school this week and find out about the best day everyone had in the summer holidays. We have done active maths, started Year 3 phonics, chose a new reading book and begun our ‘Moving and Growing’ science topic. Our maths focus has been partitioning of 2 and 3 digit numbers into units, tens and hundreds. Whilst there is no written homework this week everyone is expected to read 3 times before next Thursday and record this in their new homework diary. Parents are invited into school at 9.10 or 3pm next Wednesday (13th) to find out more about Year 3.
The staff team, Mrs Beggs, Mrs Williams, Mrs Arnold and Mrs Somerville look forward to welcoming the new ‘Year 3’ on Wednesday September 6th. Looking at our web page below will give you an insight into some of the fun activities we do in Year 3.
There is no specific homework for the summer holidays but keep reading regularly. You could do the Pensby library reading and writing challenge. For maths keep working on your times tables. Remember to say your tables, don’t just count up in 2, 3 or 4.
Summer Term 2017
Find out what we have planned for Summer Term 2017 by clicking on the link below.
We have finished our ‘Being British’ topic with a very traditional afternoon tea.
To make them we needed to design, measure and saw.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 13th July|
|As another year in school draws to an end there are a couple of jobs to do for homework:
· Bring your reading log book and both homework books into school.
· Make sure you return any school reading books you have at home.
The fun part of homework is to help to prepare for our traditional British afternoon tea to celebrate the end of our last topic in Year 3. If your adults (or grandparents) have hidden at home any cups and saucers, cake stands and side plates it would be fabulous if we could borrow them for Wednesday afternoon. We will do our very best to look after everything at this very civilised event BUT PLEASE DO NOT BRING IN ANYTHING WHICH IS REALLY PRECIOUS TO YOUR GROWNUPS.
The dress code for the afternoon is smart for the boys and pretty for the girls so bring clothes to change into. Come into school in your uniform as we will be baking in the morning and we may get messy!
|Homework Activity – Thursday 6th July|
|Next week we will commence our final topic of the year which is all about what it means to be British. As part of this topic each child will be building a model of an iconic British building. For homework I would like you to decide which British building you would like to try to build. Please either print off a picture or draw the building in as much detail as possible and then write a sentence describing why you have chosen this building.|
Sports week has been very busy and great fun, with active maths as well as inter-house competitions in dodgeball, netball, football and rounders.
We’ve also learnt and written about how to keep our bodies healthy.
The page Mischa wrote below has lots of important information for adults and children!
We also did a maths challenge to find out who had stolen the sports day trophy.
Our mosaics are now finished and on display in the entrance and hall. Please come and have a look at them when you come to the school fair on Saturday.
We had a great day at Heswall Primary School, meeting the author of ‘How To Train a Dragon’, Cressida Cowell. Her ideas and methods have inspired our fictional writing this week.
In maths we have enjoyed the challenge of addition and subtraction using roman numerals.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 29th June|
|Next week is sports week in school. For homework I would like you to write about a sport, explaining the aims, details and rules of the sport. It can be a sport you or someone in your family plays or a really unusual sport from somewhere else in the world that you have researched for your homework.
As always the most interesting reports will get extra team points and will be shared with the rest of the class.
The week finished with the school talent contest. Our representatives are below and we were thrilled that the overall winner was our very own ‘Billy Elliot’.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 22nd June|
|This week we have made clocks in school using Roman numerals. For homework please complete the Roman time worksheet. For each clock face draw on a time and then next to it write the time in words and digitally. Ask a grown up in your house to help you to work out each time if you need to. Extra team points will be given if you remember the difference between the length of the two hands and if you choose different, challenging times for each clock.|
At the beginning of the week children worked on money problems and applied their skills practically, buying and selling items and giving the correct change.
In French it was quite staggering how many pets this class has in total!
The rest of the week has had an art focus, inspired by our Roman topic.
Items have been made ready for a costume parade in assembly on Friday.
Mosaics have been designed and started.
All the photos below show the highlight of our week. A great day enjoyed by children and adults alike.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 15th June|
|Yesterday we went on our school trip to find out all about the Romans in Chester. It was a fantastic day with lots of fun activities and the whole class were impeccably behaved throughout. Thank you.
Lots of pictures from the day are on our page on the school website.
For homework please write down, in full sentences, at least 5 things that you learned from this trip.
Next week is ‘Roman Art’ week. If possible could you bring into school an empty toilet roll, plastic ‘takeaway’ type containers and , if you have any, some jewels or sequins. Please don’t go out and buy these things but if you can spare them from home they would be very useful.
This week we have started our Roman topic with lots of map work, plotting the position of the Roman Empire on a map of Europe and drawing Roman towns and roads on a map of the UK. We found out that the water between southern Europe and Africa is not the Mersey (!) but the Mediterranean and that everyone has been to the Wirral (some thought they hadn’t!)
Our challenge in maths has been to estimate, not just quantity of objects but also length, weight and capacity which everyone really enjoyed.
Next Wednesday is our class trip to Chester. Please remember a rain coat, full water bottle and a packed lunch which is easy and quick to eat. All rubbish must be brought home in your lunch box so you might be best not bringing yoghurts or anything too messy to eat.
Talent auditions will take place next week, so anything you need must be brought in by Tuesday 13th June.
We have finished our plant experiments, with some surprising results.
In maths we have filling in missing symbols to make number sentences make sense and continuing number sequences.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 25th May|
|As we are heading towards a holiday there is no specific homework but instead advanced warning of the homework which will need to be ready for Tuesday 12th June. As you will have seen in the school newsletter, we are to have a school talent contest with each class putting forward 1 act. For homework please decide what your talent is. (Everyone has a talent!) We have talked in class that this may be a performance activity like singing, dancing or reading poetry but it may alternatively be a sport, craft or other interest. If you want to perform in the class audition you need to bring everything you need (music / costumes / props) into school by 12th June. For any other talent you need to prepare a very short presentation or bring in an example or photo of your talent.|
Our maths focus has been fractions which we have been representing as bar models to help us to understand them better.
In literacy we have started to watch the animated film ‘Eleanor’s Secret’. It is not a film any of the children are familiar with, so we have been able to use it as an introduction which we will then write our own ending to.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 18th May|
|This week we have been watching a film and predicting what will happen next in the story. Next week our literacy focus will be to review the film. In preparation for this I would like you to review your favourite fictional film or TV programme using the review sheet in your grey homework book.
Remember to keep practising your times tables as some children are not quite as quick at recalling them as they were a few weeks ago. Challenge yourself to know related division facts at speed as well.
We are continuing to monitor our plant experiments with some interesting results so far. In maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, recapping on types of lines (perpendicular, parallel and intersecting) and drawing pictures with acute, obtuse and right angles.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 11th May|
|We are continuing to work on mixed calculations and times tables in our daily mental maths lesson. Have a go at the dice challenge which you do in daily maths. Remember that some of the totals are easier using your times tables. The numbers rolled with the dice cannot be used more times than they have been rolled. If you roll a number more than twice, roll again to get a different number.
Eg. Numbers rolled 4,4,3,2,1
18 can be made by 4×4 + 2
23 can be made by 4+2=6, 6×4= 24, 24-1=23
If you haven’t got a dice at home, roll the numbers in school and write them down.
A very strange character ‘landed’ in our classroom this week. His/her/its name is Beegu and everyone has very different opinions about who he/she/it is and what his/ her/its story is!
Our homework reinforces the work we have done this week using mixed up operations and remembering what each one means.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 4th May|
|This week in maths we have been doing lots of work on making sure we read questions carefully and carry out the correct operation (+ – x — ). For homework have a go at the questions on your sheet, checking each time exactly what you are being asked to do. You have been given some squared paper to do your homework on so that you can set your work out like you do in school.|
We have started our 2nd experiment to see how well plants do when some of their leaves are removed.
These are petunias. After a couple of weeks hopefully we will start to see how they are getting on. The plants will be kept in the same place and given the same amount of water to make sure it is a ‘fair test’.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 27th April|
|We have been finding out about how plants grow and how to keep them healthy. For homework I would like you to finding out about an unusual plant. It might be one that grows in a distant country or it might just be a plant in your house or garden which has an odd feature!
You can either draw or photograph your plant and then write about why you think it is unusual.
Additional team points will be awarded for the most unusual plants with the strangest of features.
The new term has started with an introduction to our plant topic. We had a very interesting discussion on what a plant actually is! The experiment illustrating capillary action was less than conclusive but we were able to see some food colouring showing on a few white petals. (The experiment was more conclusive by Tuesday 25th. – See below)
In maths we have been choosing the best methods to complete addition and subtraction calculations.
During French this week we started to learn the names of different fruits through the French version of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 20th April|
|This week we have started our science topic on plants. For homework I would like you to write down everything you eat for 1 day and then, on a table, record whether it is from a plant or animal source. If it is from a plant I would then like you to write in another column which part of the plant you have eaten (ie. Root, stem, leaf, seed or fruit).
Remember tables are best drawn using rulers and if they are labelled correctly you can just mark with a neat tick rather than having to write in every box, like the example you were shown in class.