Events for this term
SPRING TERM 2019
Click on the link below for our plans for the spring term.
Year 3 went on a fabulous trip to the Catalyst Centre in Widnes on Wednesday which all the children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed. The day was packed full of informative scientific activities in exploration zones, a laboratory and theatre. The pictures below give an indication of just some of the activities the children joined in.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 21st March|
|We have started a new science topic in school about light and shadows and attended a workshop at the Catalyst Centre. 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.
We had great fun for Comic Relief with everyone (including the adults) having an energetic and exciting time on Commando Joe’s inflatable obstacle course.
In science we have been planning experiments to find out about friction and the strength of magnets.
|Homework – Thursday 14th March|
|Please have a go at the Fairtrade activity for your homework. You can either complete the work on the world map supplied or do it in a more imaginative way for additional team points.
Trip to Catalyst Centre
Next Wednesday we are going on a science trip to the Catalyst Centre. Please make sure you bring with you a full water bottle and a packed lunch which is easy to eat. Any unfinished items and rubbish will need to go back in your lunch box for you to carry home.
World Book Day was enjoyed by Year 3 and 4 sharing books and activities.
Swimming lessons are progressing well in Year 3 with most children loving it.
We have had lots of fun this week investigating magnets and learning about different forces. Our research has been practical, through books and by watching clips and playing activities on ‘Espresso’.
Our maths focus continued to be fractions, with us using bar models to help us to understand equivalent fractions.
|Homework – Thursday 7th 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.
As we finish our ‘Scotland’ topic we have focused this week on Scottish art. We learnt about different types of art, expressed preferences and even having a go at some textile art representing Scottish coastal scenes. The finished display is very effective.
In maths we have moved on to fractions, using bar modelling to help us to understand them clearly.
The KS2 embroidery club (which is all Yr3!) have continues to work hard.
|Homework – Thursday 28th February|
|This week we have been looking at different forms of Scottish art from a range of eras and using a variety of materials. For your homework I would like you to find out about a style of art from a different culture to ours. You can either copy it or print out a picture and then explain in writing whether you like it or not.|
We have been learning about how to be journalists this week by preparing, writing and editing a report about an exciting Ski Cross event. Impressive vocabulary and detailed descriptions have helped to make some work really captivating to read. Please come in and see all the writing on Tuesday after half term when books will be available for parents to see.
Our maths focus has been solving problems with numbers by working out missing numbers and symbols.
At Commando Joe on Monday everyone enjoyed the team building parachute games.
|Homework – Thursday 14th February|
|As we head into the half term holiday the only homework that has to be completed is reading, times tables and spellings. However we have done a little bit of work in school on BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words writing competition. If you would like to continue it at home and submit a story you can do so with your adult’s help and permission over the holiday. Additional team points will be awarded to anyone who submits a story on line.|
In literacy we have focussed on different types of sentences and how to punctuate correctly. These are skills which will help if you take part in Radio 2’s 500 words competition which we have dipped into at school. Everyone has taken home their planning sheet from the BBC interactive live lesson which we all enjoyed (including the adults!)
Our times tables knowledge seems to be gradually improving which is helping our mental maths skills significantly. Keep practising whenever and wherever you can.
We enjoyed a peaceful 1/2 hour on Wednesday afternoon when we took part in the school bird watch, spotting a variety of birds on the ground and in the sky.
On Thursday we took part in the whole school assembly for ‘Sign to Sing@’. The pictures show the concentration on the children’s faces. Please follow the link on the newsletter to donate to the Deaf mental health charity if you possibly can.
|Homework – Thursday 7th February|
|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?
This week the children have been learning about the Cairngorm mountains with its spectacular scenery, interesting animals and a ski area. They have been developing their views on whether tourism or conservation is most important. Many can express their views quite clearly and have done so in a campaign letter to the Scottish Parliament.
During our maths lessons over the last few months we have learnt new methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Over the next couple of weeks we are consolidation our learning by making sure we use the correct method for each operation.
|Homework – Thursday 31st January|
|As we continue to work on times tables in class we have another activity to complete for homework. Practising times tables in lots of ways including using ‘Rock Stars’ is the best way to become really fast and fluent with times and division facts.
Everyone who reads 3 times a week in Year 3, records it in their diary and hands their diary in on a Thursday gets a reading sticker. However some children are reading very small amounts so may I remind you that each reading session should include several pages and different styles of books should be read.
What a fabulous effort from everyone who came in as a ‘Rock Star’ on Friday. Evidence below!
Thank you for everyone who baked or sent in cake for our sale. Despite the freezing cold conditions our stall looked fabulous and raised over £98.
The times tables rock stars introduction was great fun. Everyone has their own password to use at home when allowed by their parents.
We started our Scotland topic by investigating Ordnance Survey maps before having a go at drawing our own Scottish island which we used to inspire our extended write for the week.
We are continuing to learn new ways to multiply and divide 2 digit numbers with our focus this week being division. Children are finding that they can only do this quickly if they really know their times tables which we are practising regularly in school. This ties in really well with the launch, next week, of Times Tables Rock Stars, an on line, incentivised times tables challenge, available for children to use in school and at home. Full details will be in a letter sent home next week.
Through our Judaism topic we have covered the difficult story of Anne Frank. We have discussed tolerance, differences and what we can do to make sure we treat people fairly. It has linked to the PHSE topic of dealing with anxiety and worries.
|Homework – Thursday 17th 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.|
FRIDAY 18TH IS YEAR 3 CAKE SALE – EVERYONE IS ASKED TO BRING IN A FEW CAKES OR BISCUITS TO SELL AFTER SCHOOL. HOMEMADE CAKES WILL GET EXTRA TEAM POINTS!
January sees the start of our first RE topic for the year as we start to learn the traditions and customs of the Jewish religion. Our writing about Jewish festivals is based entirely on individual research and note taking.
In maths we are beginning to master the grid method for multiplication of 2 digit numbers.
|Homework – Thursday 10th 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.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all families
with thanks from all the staff for your kind wishes, cards and gifts.
We have used our knowledge of 2D shapes and how to measure accurately to make our Christmas card and tree decoration.
The class Christmas party was great fun and very noisy!
In French this term we have learnt greeting, colours and numbers to 12.
Our Christmas show was an extravaganza, enjoyed by all who took part or watched it. Well done to everyone who contributed in any way, either by performing, providing costumes or making stunning scenery. It really was a great team effort.
The week finished with a lovely Christmas dinner which was noisy, exciting and really tasty.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 13th 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.
Next Wednesday afternoon we will be having a class Christmas party. The adults in class will be providing the food and prizes as our present to the children. Party clothes can be brought into school to be changed into after lunch, but they must be clothes and shoes that you can run around in safely.
There will not be any homework set over Christmas as it is a time to relax and have fun with your family and friends.
Please check school bags as the tickets that have been ordered have been put into reading bags or rucksacks today.
The Christmas Fair was great fun with Year 3 running the craft stall.
In literacy we have been putting rock related topic words in alphabetical order before finding out their meanings in dictionaries.
Maths on Monday was fun with Mrs Williams when everyone made 3D shapes.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 6th December|
|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.
W/C 26th November
Whilst we don’t have a school trip this week we still have a number of exciting events including film night, our first whole KS2 rehearsal for the Christmas show and some class baking. The cooking was part of our science topic to learn more about the make up of conglomerate rocks, but we also practised our reading comprehension and teamwork.
Our maths focus has been division. The pictures below show the methods we have been using.
Ghost costumes are now required in school for rehearsals. They must be clearly named. Thank you.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 29th November|
|As we continue 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.
W/C 19th November
We had our second trip of the year this week, walking to Heswall Primary School to meet the author Steven Butler who entertained us with stories of his early childhood before teaching everyone how to draw one of the main characters in his book. The children again behaved impeccably.
In maths our focus has moved on to multiplication and in literacy we have been practising writing stories in paragraphs.
Everyone has been very interested to start our ‘Rocks and Soils’ topic. They have done observational drawings, following some expert tuition from Mrs Arnold who is a very talented artist. We also investigated different types of rocks by looking at their properties.
In PE, dance was linked to gymnastics resulting in some interesting routines.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 22nd November|
|Over the last 2 weeks, through the work of Charles Dickens and Steven Butler, we have been looking at what inspires authors to write. For your homework please write a few sentences about who your favourite author is and why you like them so much.
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 maths focus for this week has been multiplication. Please keep practising your times tables as you need to be able to recall facts quickly and out of order eg. 2×3, 4×5, 8×2 etc. Perhaps you can challenge other people in your house to see who is quickest.
W/C 12th November
Another busy week has combined creative writing about our dragon and using paragraphs correctly with learning about Charles Dickens prior to our cinema trip on Friday.
The finished dragon art work is on display in the school foyer and hall so parents should be able to admire our creativity over the next few weeks.
Our maths focus has been 2 and 3 digit vertical subtraction. We have tried hard to correct our common errors of subtracting in the wrong order and exchanging 10’s for 1’s incorrectly.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 15th November|
|To conclude our ‘Dragon’ topic the children have been writing a dragon story. We have tried to write in paragraphs and use our best handwriting. To further practise these skills you have a dragon story for homework. Please copy it out in your best handwriting, starting a new paragraph when there is a change in time, place or subject. Remember we show new paragraphs by leaving a blank line and indenting the first word.
Words for the songs for our Christmas production need to be learnt, not read. Please keep practising them. Everyone will also need a ghost costume which will be needed in school in a couple of weeks.
W/C 5th November
This week in literacy we have been writing more complex sentences to help us to describe the character of our dragon in an interesting way. Our 3D dragon models have helped with this.
We have also be working on using the correct spelling for homophones.
In maths we have moved on to exchanging tens for ones (units) when subtracting. We have done this practically with counters and pictorial representations before introducing more formal, vertical methods next week.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 8th November|
|This year Remembrance Day falls at the weekend. Therefore homework this week is a reading comprehension about the significance of this event.
Please remember to record in your reading diary what you are reading, when you read and how many pages. These diaries must be handed in on Thursday to earn your reading sticker.
W/C 29th October
Outdoor drama with the retelling of the story of St. George.
Active Maths Outside – Our winners were William and Faie, followed closely by Lauren and Joseph.
Our first topic of the new half term is ‘Dragons’. Through this we will be improving our descriptive writing, extending sentences and letting our imagination run wild using words, drawings and 3 dimensional modelling.
Having spent a lot of time last term looking at how numbers can be represented in different ways we are now moving on to using more formal methods, starting with vertical (column) addition this week.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 1st 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 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.|
W/C 15th October
It was lovely to see those parents who took the opportunity to come in and look at their children’s books on Tuesday. The children showed off their work with obvious pride and many parents commented on the range and quantity of work.
This week our maths focus has been to apply reasoning techniques and verbal explanation to addition and subtraction questions.
We have also been very busy preparing information pages about the Egyptians and finishing off our paper mache Egyptian burial masks.
On Thursday we had our first programming lesson of the year in our new computer suite which was very exciting.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 18th 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.
Year 3 will be ghosts in the Christmas show. Costumes are not to be brought in to school for many weeks yet but if you do not want to make your own with a sheet or white clothing then you might find something in the shops around Halloween!
W/C 8th October
Please see above for Neon disco information.
We hope as many parents as possible will come into school between 3.30pm and 6pmon Tuesday to see all our work from this half term.
Year 3 will be ghosts in the Christmas show. The children will need to have a ghost costume, white clothes or an adapted white sheet. These are not to be brought into school yet but they may be easier to find around Halloween than in December
Our literacy focus this week has been to independently research facts about ordinary ancient Egyptian people, using the information we collected to write a presentation which we read to our team. The ones with the most interesting and well grouped information were voted team winners. Research was completed using books and the internet.
Maths has continue to focus on using our place value knowledge to add and subtract 1s, 10s and 100s.
We have started our first art project of the year, Egyptian style burial masks. So far we have completed the initial 3 dimensional construction and drawn our designs on paper. The mess part is to follow!
|Homework Activity – Thursday 11th October|
|Wednesday was World Mindfulness Day. To help promote mental wellbeing this week there are a number of relaxation activities that you can do either on your own or with your family. To show you have done your homework please write a short sentence in your blue homework book saying which of the activities you tried and enjoyed.|
Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Try to make sure that you tell someone in your house about what you have read after every couple of pages.
W/C 1st October
This week the children have started to learn about the treasures found in Ancient Egyptian pyramids. They are using their knowledge of adjectives to describe them in interesting ways. We have also started to learn how to write in paragraphs, remembering to leave a line between each one and indent the first word of each new paragraph.
The time line has helped children understand just how long ago the Ancient Egyptians were achieving amazing things.
In maths we are applying our knowledge of partitioning to help with addition. The children have used physical resources to help with this process.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 4th 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.
W/C 24th September
It was lovely to meet with many parents earlier on in the week and find out that the children have really enjoyed our human body science topic. The children seemed equally engaged when we started finding out about Ancient Egypt on Wednesday. Through this topic we will learn how to write and answer questions, write in paragraphs and use capital letters correctly but we will also be enjoying some great Egyptian inspired art.
Maths has continued to concentrate on place value which is the focus of this week’s homework.
Our reading focus has been comprehension and alphabetical order, using up to 3 letters to put words in order.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 27th September|
|Our maths focus since the beginning of term has been place value and partitioning (which means split numbers into hundreds, tens and units). 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.
W/C 17th September
As we continued our science topic we carried out an experiment to find out who had the largest lung capacity in class. The children were surprised to find that it wasn’t the tallest or heaviest child but instead it was Niamh. We discussed that this might be because she is very fit but also possibly due to her being competitive and able to maintain a good seal on the bag she was blowing into.
In maths we did our first ‘Buzz’ maths reasoning activity, applying our knowledge of place value, which the children enjoyed.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 20th 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.
W/C 10th September
Our first full week back in school has been very hectic. We have been learning about our bodies in science, thinking about place value in maths and improving our sentence structures in literacy. It has also been a very successful week with 30 out of 33 children getting their reading stickers and the class winning the KS2 attendance award. Keep it up Year 3!
Details of the homework is below. Spellings will start next week and we are currently recapping on our 2 times tables including related division facts.
|Homework Activity – Thursday 13th 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.
W/C 5th September
We’ve had a busy but fun start to our new term. The children should all now have their new reading books and reading / homework log. Their job this week is to make sure they read at least 3 times and record what they have read on the left hand page of their homework book (Labelled Mon / Tues /Wed) keeping the facing page for homework instructions and spellings. There is no other specific homework this week although research about keeping healthy and how bodies work will help in lessons.
Active maths and science have all been enjoyed in our school atrium this week.
The staff team, Mrs Beggs, Mrs Williams, Mrs Arnold and Mrs Somerville look forward to welcoming the new ‘Year 3’ on Wednesday September 5th. Mrs Williams teaches Year 3 each Monday, supported by Mrs Arnold. Mrs Beggs teaches the class for the rest of the week supported by either Mrs Arnold or Mrs Somerville.