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Curriculum Newsletter Year 3

The staff in Year 3 are:

Miss C Davison – Teacher

Mr R Thompson – Teaching Assistant

Friday 15th November 2019

It has been another busy week in Year 3. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! 5 weeks to go! The children were over the moon as they all finally met Colin-Gucci on Friday – I think it’s fair to say they are in love!

We have had a very colourful week! We began our week on Monday by remembering the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. We teamed up with year 4 and formed a poppy, from here we then had 2 minutes silence.


On Thursday, the children came into school dressed as their favourite pop/rock star to celebrate maths week, along with some parents – thank you! We have focused on shape, space and measure. We have also got familiar with Times Table Rockstars and the children are loving it! Any chance the children can have to have a go at home would be much appreciated and beneficial for them (logins were sent home on 13.11.19 and 15.11.19).


On Friday, we have taken part in a non-uniform day to raise money for children in need. We have enjoyed some discussions around charities and learning about how lucky we are! On Monday, we even had a visit from Pudsey Bear! Thank you for all of your donations.


This week, it has also been anti-bullying week. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed ‘odd socks day’. Throughout the week, we have taken part in various activities linked to anti-bullying and what we can do to help. On Friday, we focused on physical bullying and discussed as a whole class what we could do to stop or prevent it. The children were then given some scenarios and with the help of their classmates, came up with a way to resolve them.


In English, we have continued with our text ‘Journey to the River Sea,’ we have looked at some SPaG needed in our writing this week such as, fronted adverbials, direct speech, placing the apostrophe to show possessive plurals.
During guided reading sessions, some of the boys have enjoyed some reading for pleasure in our revamped shared reading area.


In maths, we have enjoyed some times table work of multiplying and dividing, we even enjoyed a lesson using the iPads for Times Table Rockstars. Homework this week is online. The children have been give their education city logins and should complete the tasks set by Wednesday 20th November.


In art, we have enjoyed looking at our new artist Ben Giles, he is a modern artist who specialises in collage – which us our focus this half term in art. We were amazed by the vibrancy and uniqueness of his artwork and it left us with lots of questions and many of us scratching our heads trying to understand some images.

We have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active. We have worked out that this week our class walked 736,928 steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total. You could take part too. It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards. You can join by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com

Friday 8th November 2019

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely relaxing week off. We have been busy, busy, busy this week.

On Monday morning, some of us noticed a strange chair in the middle of the hall. Everyday it has been moved all over the school. Some photos appeared of a peculiar treehouse and a strange old man. On Friday, we decided to write a spine poem linked to the image of the treehouse. We began by picking out the nouns, then used a thesaurus to find some interesting words. We then put it together to make our own poem. Have a look at some of our poems!

   
In English, we have started our genre of narrative. This half term our class novel is ‘Journey to the River Sea,’ which links in with our new topic ‘Living Planet.’ We have made predictions and used a thesaurus to describe the main character Maia. We had a go at summarising by reading some paragraphs and condensing them down to reveal the main facts – we will continue to practice this throughout the year as a lot of children found this tricky.


In maths, we have been focusing on our 3 and 4 times tables to multiply and divide. The children will be given a ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ login, which I would love for your to have a go on at home. As you will be aware next Thursday (14.11.19) is our maths family learning 9am – 10:15 am and the children can come to school dressed as a rock star.

In science, we are now learning about living things ad their habitats. On Monday, we chose our own method of sorting animals into 2 or 3 groups. On Thursday, we then looked at ‘variation’ and had a go at sorting animals into: mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds.

Plainsy Platinum Pass: Amelia B for always trying her best in school.

Reminders: Children should try and read at least one page per night. It is advised they then bring the book into school with them everyday as we may get a chance to hear them read a few pages in school. Reading books should be changed at least once a week. If a home reading books is misplaced, the cost of a new one is £5. 

P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes, no earrings)
•Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
•Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 25th October 2019

The first half term is finally here! The children have worked super hard and adjusted to life in the juniors very well. This week, the children have enjoyed lots of activities linked to their Stone Age topic, as well as the school disco and family learning.

On Monday, the children were surprised by the return of the fabulous Mr Thompson. He will be working with us in year 3 from now on. Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson showed and supported the children to make some Stone Age stew. When it was ready, the children then had a chance to try it – however, I don’t think it will be making the shelves of Sainsbury’s anytime soon! The children then wrote some fantastic instructions for how to make it.

In English, the children have finished off their non-fiction writing by completing their diary entries. I am so impressed with the outcomes and I have thoroughly enjoyed looking back at some improvements made since September. He is just one example – Well done Oliver!

In maths, we have continued with addition and subtraction using formal written method. This week we focused on exchanging or ‘borrowing’. This is a really tricky concept in itself but the children enjoyed the idea of ‘going to the bank’ to exchange 1 ten for 10 little ones.

In art, the children were ecstatic, as Mr Thompson took them to the Secret Garden to practice some Stone Age cave paintings using a mix of materials. Somehow, lots of the children and even the teachers ended up with paint on their face!

I hope you have a lovely half term and a well deserved rest! See you all on Monday 4th November 2019.

Attendance: 95.6%

Mins Late: mins

Friday 18th October 2019
We have had such an interesting week in year 3 this week. On Tuesday, we were fortunate to take part in ICECATS training. The class thoroughly enjoyed learning how to keep themselves safe.


In English, we used all of our skills from the past 2 weeks to bring it together to write our newspaper reports. On Monday, we planned them. Then, on Tuesday, we used those plans to write our final piece. I think we have some future journalists in here because they were excellent! On Thursday, something strange happened, someone stole Miss Davison’s diary. To find it, we had to look at various diary entries to learn what a diary was and some of the features, so that we knew what we were looking for. Luckily, on Friday, Mrs Quill found the diary and we were able to hear Miss Davison’s diary entry for our Stone Age experience Day. We used this to identify the features in the diary entry.


In maths, we have continued with addition and subtraction. This week we have looked at formal written methods to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. Homework is linked to this and does have a small explanation on how to support your child, if you have any queries please let me know.

In history, we became hunter-gatherers. There was food hidden around our practical area and we had to find it, the decide whether it was hunted or gathered. We thoroughly enjoyed this lesson.


In R.E we looked at Christian churches and some of their features eg. Pews, altar, pulpit, lectern etc. We then looked at the purposes of these and why they are important.

Our head boy George, has come up with a fantastic idea to raise money for the Year 6 trip to London in May. He asked staff to donate Halloween goodies in order to make up a hamper. Raffle tickets will be sold next week in school at £1 a strip. The raffle will be drawn next Friday. Here is what you could win:
Sweets and chocolate
Lollies
Cakes
Popcorn
Juice
Halloween books
£25 cinema voucher

Attendance: 90.6%

Minutes Late: 9mins

Writer of the week: Oliver for huge improvements and effort in writing.

Reader of the week: Scarlett for good effort in guided reading sessions.

Mathematician of the week: Taylor for excellent mental addition and subtraction calculations.

Reminders:
•P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes, no earrings)
•Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
•Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 11th October 2019

Year 3 had an amazing start to the week. We had our Stone Age Experience Day, it was an amazing opportunity to find out what life was like in the Stone Age. The children enjoyed many activities such as: fire starting, looking at artefacts, baking bread and building shelters. They learnt so much and had a lot of fun – despite the cold weather!


In English this week, we have focused on some of the SPAG needed to write our newspaper reports. On Tuesday, we looked at prepositions to describe time, place and cause. On Wednesday, we recapped our previous knowledge of fronted adverbials. On Thursday, we had so much fun learning about inverted commas to show direct speech. The children found it hilarious that some of their photos were in the books! On Friday, we had a great lesson learning about paragraphs to group our information together. First, we decided on 4 main events from our Stone Age Day: fire starting, artefacts, cooking and shelters. Then we worked as a group to write down what we remembered from the day. Then, we each stuck them into the correct category. This really helped us when we came to do some writing in paragraphs in our books.


In maths, it was quite tricky as it was all related to mental addition and subtraction. However, the children were amazing! They thoroughly enjoyed adding hundreds, tens and ones to a 3-digit number – Harley said he wishes we could do this every day!

In DT this week, we painted our Stone Age weapons. We were all so excited to see the finished product.


We were lucky enough to have Miss Hodgson and Mrs Cowley for music this week. We had so much fun practicing warming up our faces and learning our new song!


We are loving our P.E lessons. We are focusing on hockey and learning the skills. I must say the children are fab at it – although we do need to practice the rules for when it goes out of play.


On Thursday, it was World Mental Health Day. We talked about mental health and did an activity in the hall where we had to try and give everyone in the class a compliment – there were some super smiley children after those!


Writer of the week: Kiara for great research on the Stone Age
Reader of the week: Taylor for trying really hard in reading
Mathematician of the week: Charlie for excellent data collection
Plainsy Platinum Pass: Erin for being fabulous
Reminders:
•P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes)
•Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
•Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 4th October 2019

Our 4th full week in Year 3 has passed and we are just 3 weeks away from another break!

In English, we have changed genres from narrative to a newspaper report. We are still linking it all together with our Stone Age topic. This week, we were supposed to have our Stone Age Experience Day, however this has been changed to Monday 7th October. This will be the main source of information for the children to complete their reports. So far this week, we have looked at the features of newspapers, features of just introductions and had a laugh at creating our own headlines. We have also continued to develop our skills of using a dictionary to find the meaning of word linked to our topic and on Friday we wrote some questions we could ask our visitor on Monday.

In maths, we have focused on statistics this week. We started off the week looking at pictograms: interpreting them, completing them and creating our own. We then moved onto bar charts, we even had a go at drawing our own! On Wednesday we looked at tables and tally charts – we found this tricky as it involved comparing prices, so we will recap this. On Thursday, it was super fun as we went into nursery to record and collect our own data. The children behaved very well – you were great!

On Monday, we designed our own Stone Age weapons, then made them on Tuesday. We used newspaper and paper mache. I am amazed at some of the creations and can’t wait to get them painted next week!


We had a lovely treat from Li this week, he brought in 5 bags of prawn crackers which we enjoyed at break time – thanks Li!


In history this week, we used a range of media to research the Stone Age. We used iPads and books to look at facts about different areas. Some of the things we were out were excellent!


On Friday, in our R.E lesson we were introduced to the Lord’s Prayer as part of our Christianity topic. We worked in pairs to practice it, then had a go at performing it.

Writer of the week: Leighton for an amazing Stone Age narrative
Reader of the week: Oliver for excellent effort in reading
Mathematician of the week: Li for amazing bar chart work
Plainsy Platinum Pass: Jackson for amazing effort this week

Attendance: 99.4%

Mins Late: 0 – Amazing keep it up Year 3!
Reminders:
• Stone Age experience Day is Monday 7th October – please send children into school in clothes you don’t mind them getting dirty!
• P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes)
• Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
• Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 27th September 2019

The children have continued to work hard this week. The children had so much fun baking cakes for the MacMillan cake sale. We hope you enjoyed it!


During wellbeing Friday the children enjoyed activities such as unpicking what makes them an amazing person, writing wellbeing recipes, French and creating their personal emoji’s for our new classroom display “Wellbeing check in”. The display will be on the Year 3 door and the children will ‘check in’ everyday to show how they’re feeling. This is a great opportunity as it allows children to not only explain their feelings and seek support but it allows us as staff to identify children who may need a chat but may not feel confident to ask.


In English, the children have completed lots of writing. We started off the week by retelling our story ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. I was blown away with some of the detail and content the children included. We wrote it from the perspective of Stone Age Boy and had to pretend we were him. However, On Wednesday, we received a letter from Stone Age Boy who wasn’t happy at all that we had been pretending to be him. We then had to go back through our writing and change it to the third person. On Thursday, we then transformed our writing to the third person which made Stone Age Boy a lot happier!

In maths, the children have been getting to grips with perimeter. We started off the week with some adding and subtracting lengths, then moved on to measuring perimeter, then calculating the perimeter of simple 2D shapes. We were challenged by shapes that had more than 4 sides so we are going to continue to practice this throughout the year.

In science, we have continued our topic of rocks. This week, we have learnt about Mary Anning, who is known for being the most famous fossil hunter ever! We wrote diary entries from the perspective of Mary Anning to tell everyone about her life.

We had great fun in PSCHE this week, we worked in teams to solve a crime. We were each given a clue and had to work together to solve it. The main aim of the game was to ensure we were taking turns and listening to eachother. We found out someone stole Miss Cassidy’s laptop from school and had to find out who it was. The children were horrified to find out it was….ME! Some children even wanted to phone the police (thankfully no one did).


Writer of the week: Harley for excellent presentation.
Reader of the week: Amelia Ca for good effort in reading
Mathematician of the week: Blake for excellent maths work
Plainsy Platinum Pass: Niall for excellent effort in all work

Attendance: 97.4%

Lateness: 60 minutes

Reminders:

• P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes)
• Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
• Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 20th September 2019

It has been another busy week in Year 3. We have been extremely lucky as this week, we have taken part in a maths and reading escape room. The maths escape room focused on problem solving, shape, space and measure and place value. The reading escape room allowed children to look for clues in text as well as support their skimming and scanning skills. The children had an amazing time and worked very well in a team with members of Year 4.


In English, we have continued to focus on our text Stone Age boy. This week, we have focused more on S.P.A.G that we could include, such as a range of punctuation, subordinating/coordinating conjunctions, fronted adverbials and planning our stories ready for our inspired write next week.


In maths, we have focused on our place value skills and recognizing numbers to 1000. We are becoming a lot more confident as partitioning 3 and 4 digit numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Many of us are also improving on our reasoning and problem solving.


In history, we looked at the different types of homes in the Stone Age period. We then had a go at drawing our own. We discussed and compared the difference in appearance/materials used from the Neolithic, Mesolithic, Paleolithic and Skara Brae periods.

In science, we are focusing on rocks. We looked at different rocks to begin with and determined whether they were natural or human-man. We then looked at the process of how bones turn to fossils. Lots of the children were fascinated with dinosaur fossils are convinced they have seen them down Roker beach!

We are absolutely loving our P.E sessions with Rebecca from Premier League Primary Stars. This week we continued on multi skills games. Please note – if your child received a letter regarding earrings, could you please return it A.S.A.P please.

Writer of the week: Amelia B for great use of expanded noun phrases to describe a setting.
Reader of the week: Steven for returning his home reader everyday this week.
Plainsy Platinum Pass: Leighton for a brilliant attitude for learning in all subjects.
Reminders:

• P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes)
• Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
• Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Friday 13th September 2019

Welcome to our Year 3 blog.

First of all, I want to say a huge hello and welcome! Most importantly, a massive well done to the children on their first 7 days in Year 3. Mrs Cowley and I have loved getting to know everyone and hearing all about their stories from the school holidays.

Xanax is usually well tolerated as is described at ” xanaxbest.com“. I have never had side effects except for the fact that it is hard to get up in the morning. It helps me very well, because I have to go to bed at night. I don’t wake up at night and sleep fine. I am not nervous

Our topic this term is ‘The Stone Age’, so many of our subjects are linked to that. In English, we are reading the story ‘Stone Age Boy’. The children have been fascinated to hear what life was like over 4000 years ago. We have sequenced the story, used a dictionary to find the definition of some new words and began o retell the story, making sure sentences are punctuated correctly.

In maths, we have recapped some place value and partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. We have been using concrete equipment such as, base 10 and place value counters to support this. We have also been trying hard to reason and problem solve to deepen our understanding.


In history, we created a mind map showing what we already knew about The Stone Age, then updated it with some knew facts we had found out throughout the lesson. We also created a timeline of events from the Stone Age across the world.

In PSCHE, we have been focusing on friendships and transitions into our new year.

In P.E, we worked with Premier League Primary Stars, taking part in some multi sports activities which focused on working as a team.

Reminders:

• P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday, please provide a P.E kit (change of clothes)
• Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.
• Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Attendance: 97.8%

Mins Late: 145 – we must improve this!