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For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:

Curriculum Newsletter Year 3

The staff in Year 3 are:

Mrs Maher- Teacher (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

Miss  Orchard – Teacher (Thursday and Friday)

Mrs  Walker – Teaching Assistant

Wednesday 14th October 

This week has flown by so quickly and we have been busy as ever here in Year 3!

In Maths we have been focusing on place value working with numbers to 1000. Keep practising this with your homework this week. Keep an eye out for any numbers while you are out shopping etc and see if you can identify the number and the place value of each digit!

In computing, we accessed the internet for the first time and collected pictures of Stone Age houses. We also discussed the importance of E-safety.

We have been practising the soft ‘c’  and the ‘wr’  in our spellings this week. The children will have a spelling test every Friday.

We are also trying to learn our 2 and 3 times tables. Children can practise this on Time Table Rockstars. I have handed out log ins this week so all children should be able to access this. Let me know if you are having problems.

Mrs Maher x

Monday 12th October 

Hi everyone, just a few reminders from Mrs Maher,

Reading books are given out on a Wednesday and are changed the following Wednesday in Year 3. Please record in your child’s reading record every time you hear them read. If you feel the book is too easy or hard for your child please record this in their reading record also. Once your child knows the book and has read it a few times ask them questions to check they understand what they have read as this is the focus in Year 3.

If your child has been identified for an intervention and you are happy for them to attend, interventions are starting tomorrow 13.10.20 and take place every Tuesday until 3.45pm (Maths) 3.55pm (Literacy). Please collect your child from the Year 3 door.

Your child is assigned homework every week on Education City, if you do not have a log in please ask and I will provide you with one. The homework is set on a Wednesday night and must be completed by the following Wednesday. 

Thank you for your support x

Friday 9th October

Year 3 have been working very hard this week. Well done to you all!

In maths they have been learning about capacity and the language assosicated with speaking about measuring.

In Literacy, we have been beginnning to learn about newspaper reports. We are going to write a report about the missing Stone Age Boy. We have been learning how to write catchy headlines to attract the attention of the reader.

Children are loving the topic of the Stone Age and know all about hunting, the clothes they wore and the lifestyle they led. Here are some photos of the childre making replicas  of cave paintings. We went into the Secret garden and gathered natural materials and made painting using mud, charcoal, leaves, berries and sticks for paintbrushes, just as they would have done in these times

As you can see, it was very messy, but great fun!

On Friday, we celebrated World Mental Health Day and thought about all the things that could help us stay mentally healthy.

Things to remember:

Children have been given  spellings to learn and will be tested every Friday alongside the multiplication tables test that they will get. Please help your child learn their x2 and x5 tables for next week. Children will have a Reading book which we would like you to  hear 3 times throughout the week. It would help if you could also ask your child questions to make sure they understand what they are reading.

From the Year 3 staff

Wednesday 30th September 

This week we have been learning about fractions in maths, can you please continue to practise this at home with your children for example while you are cooking tea how much of this pizza do you have?

In Literacy, we have been acting out the story of the Stone Age Boy to understand how the characters felt.

Today each child in the class was given a reading book and a reading record. This book is based on the recent reading assessment, if you feel the book is too hard or too easy for you child please record this in the reading record and I will change them. Could you please read with your child three times before returning the book. Books are to be returned next Wednesday.

Homework is set on Education City every week, you have until Wednesday to complete it. Homework can be completed on a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop or a computer.

Wednesday 23rd September

We have had a lovely week here in Year 3. 

In maths we have been learning to turn shapes and the language used. To help us we went outside and worked in pairs to describe a route. Our partner followed our instructions e.g. left and right. Please keep practising your left and right at home.

In our mental maths, we are learning our multiplication tables as there is a National Test which we will do in Year 4. 

This week, can you please help us to learn our x2 tables off by heart. 

Parents – could you please use language like this: 3 multiplied by 2 as well as 2 multiplied by 3, 3 times 2, how many 2’s in 18?

Children need to learn up to 12 x 2. Could you please help them to know the answer off by heart rather than counting up in 2s. We will be having a little test on the multiplication table of the week every Friday. 

This week we have been focusing on our wellbeing. As a class we completed some wellbeing activities. We practised breathing exercises to use to calm ourselves down, we pretended we were blowing bubbles breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. We also put our lockdown memories in a jar. On Friday, we got Colin the school rabbit out and let him hop around in the middle of our circle – he was so cute!

We know that coming back to school for some children was very worrying. We want everyone to know that we are always here to listen and support you.

In order to keep fresh air in our class, we have the windows open. On a cold day, it might get a bit chilly so can you please make sure that your child brings a jumper or cardigan into school.

We have been reading Stone Age Boy during our Literacy lessons and at the end of each day we have been reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The children are really enjoying both texts. 

 

Wednesday 16th September

Hi everyone, it is my last day in Year 3 until Monday now so I am just updating you all on what we have been up to this week.

We have been learning about time again in maths, we are now becoming more confident with telling the time to five minute intervals. We do still need to be practising every day at home! Maybe you could ask for a watch for Christmas!

 

In PE we have been playing team games and focusing on team work, listening skills and working together. The children are really enjoying our PE sessions as we get lots of fresh air and chance to run around while learning new skills.

We have also been practising our handwriting, we are trying really hard to join our letters in our new exercise books.

Please note- we do not have any access to cups at all in school so if your child does not bring their water bottle to school they cannot get a drink until lunch time.

Thank you, Mrs Maher x

Wednesday 9th September

Welcome back, what a lovely first week back we have had! This has been my first week back with the children and I must say after having so much time off they have settled back in so well and adapted to all the changes without any fuss. So well done!

This week we have been learning to tell the time, please keep practising at home. Parents you can help with this by asking the children what time it is, making reference to times throughout the day e.g. bedtime.

Homework  has been set on Education City and each child has their own password to get onto this site. Please let us know if  you do not have access to facilities for your child to complete their homework.

Reminders-

Can all children have a water bottle  in school everyday as we do not have access to any cups.

Can all children come dressed in their PE kit on Tuesday, in clothes suitable for outdoors.

Children can be dropped off at the Year 3 door from 8.30am and are to be collected from the same door by 3.20pm

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Maher x

Hello Year 3,

Just to let you know – Colin will be returning to school soon! I know you are all dying to see him. He has been having a lovely time in my garden and has made lots of little nests for himself! Love from Miss Orchard x

 

Friday 4th September

Welcome back to the new school year! It was lovely to see the children again after such a long time. Although school is quite different in some ways to how children left it before the beginning of CV19, children have adapted well over the last 2 days and have settled in well.

We have been focusing on the changes to school and the wellbeing of children. Children have spent the mornings with Miss Orchard and then have had Mrs Owen in to teach them in the afternoons. This was to support in transition from their previous teacher to their new one.

We will be starting our normal school timetable next week.

Children have been voting for class representatives.

Well done to Holly and Joel who are our new School Council members and Phoebe and Joseph who are our on the Anti-Bullying Team. I know they will do a great job in representing the school.

Things you need to know

  •  PE is on Tuesday afternoon. Children are to come into school in their PE kits in the morning. They will be having PE  at the end of the day. We will try to have as many sessions as possible outside so children will need to wear outdoor clothing, such as jogging bottoms or leggings with a pair of shorts if they get warm, school jumper and trainers.
  • Homework will all be set online – you will receive further details next week.

Please ensure that children have a water bottle which they will bring into school every morning and take home at night. We would like children to bring in water rather than juice please.

Please label all items of clothing and lunch boxes.

If you have any reading or library books from school (however long you have had them!) we would be really grateful if you could return them so that they can be given to the next class.

Thank you for your co-operation when bringing and picking up you child from school. Unfortunately, we are not able to spend a lot of time talking to you in the morning but please do not hesitate to ring the school if you would like to speak to Miss Maher or Miss Orchard. We will return your call as soon as we can.

Miss Orchard, Mrs Maher and Mrs Walker

Thursday 16th July 

Teacher Reveal Y3

Plainsy challenge 14.4.20

Friday 3rd July 2020

I cannot believe it is July already, now into the 4th month of schools closing. I am missing you all terribly but have enjoyed seeing some of your faces in childcare at school. I hope you are all staying safe and having some fun at home.

This week, I have been over the moon to hear from Oliver, he has been busy with his home learning and has created this fab still life drawing of an object around the house… can you guess what it is?  He has also enjoyed using playdough to create his hedgehogs, they are amazing, I bet that hedgehog would be lovely and warm if we lit those candles!

Mrs Walker and I are enjoying ourselves in school with the nursery children and Miss Burnett and Mrs Maher. I’ve been taking Rocco to training on a weekly basis, thankfully he’s getting much better and we haven’t had to stand away from the others for being disruptive again! He’s been spoilt this week with a new cooling mat as he’s far too hot now his adult coat is coming through. He also go a snake – he loves it but sometimes I keep getting a fright thinking it’s a real snake haha!

We would like to record all our experiences of lockdown and gather them collectively into a book for Plains Farm pupils in the future – to become our very own small piece of history, but we need a little help from all of you.  We’d really love it, if each family could send in something to reflect their experiences, e.g. a photo, quote, work or anything that would sum up your lockdown experience as a family.  It might be something you are proud of or a new skill you have learned.  Lots of you have already sent in lots of photos, so you could select one of those and send it in again with a small message – grown ups can also send in their own memories and messages about lockdown.

Our work for this week is below. I hope you are all enjoying it and giving it a good go, remember if you are struggling with anything please email me and I will try my best to explain things. For the maths, this is a fab website for supporting you to do your work. It has all of our concrete resources we would use in class, counters, base 10, place value counters etc. https://mathsbot.com/#Manipulatives

Monday 6th July 2020

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Wednesday 7th July 2020

Thursday 8th July 2020

Friday 10th July 2020

(Apologies about the dates on the documents, apparently I cannot count properly! Follow the day order rather than the date itself.)

** There is an error on the guided reading sheet for Thursday 2nd July which says “after reading the hedgehog text, answer these questions,” the questions are then about the Queen. I think I was meant to type “after reading the text about the queen, answer these questions.” I obviously haven’t checked that, so I must apologise. The text you are answering questions about is the queen.

We cannot wait to see you all again.

Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 26th June 2020 

Only 3 more weeks until the summer holidays! We have been super lucky with the weather this week. I have loved being in school with the nursery children, we have had a fab week with lots of laughter, fun and water fights. On Wednesday, I celebrated my birthday with Mrs Maher, Mrs Walker and Miss Burnett and all of the nursery children. Rocco has decided he doesn’t like pigeons, so enjoys chasing them off the fence.

This week, I received an email from Gracie who also enjoyed her birthday this week! Happy Birthday for this week Gracie.

I have also heard from Aaron this week who has been extremely busy with some school work, baking, playing darts and enjoying lots of family time. Mrs Walker and I MUST try those cookies when we are back. It’s also Aaron’s 8th birthday this Sunday so massive Happy Birthday to you Aaron!

I hope to hear from some more of you this week. Here is the work for next week, don’t forget to send your photos to Mrs Walker and I at plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Monday 29th June 2020

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

We look forward to seeing you,

Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 19th June 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely week. On Monday, some of your parents collected some work from school, some of you I hope have accessed through the blog. I hope you are all enjoying the work. There were quite a few packs of work not collected, so please contact the office if you would still like a pack.

This weeks work (keep using the text ‘The Hodgeheg’ for English lessons.

Monday 22nd June 2020

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Thursday 26th June 2020

This week, I have been in school enjoying time with the nursery children. At home, on Monday, I took Rocco to his first dog training class, he was more interested in seeing the other dogs and playing with them so he was asked to stand back for a short while – I wasn’t  too impressed but he had a great time!

Mrs Walker has been with me in school with the nursery children. She’s also been spending time with her family and baking – she baked a corned beef and potato pie for us!

Don’t forget to email me some pictures as I’d love to hear from you! plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Speak to you all soon!

Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 12th June 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely week. I cannot believe we are half was through June already! It seems like such a long time ago that I saw you all, I miss you so much. I enjoyed speaking to your parents and some of you on the phone. This week, I took Rocco for a nice long walk where he met some new friends. For being so well behaved he received some nice treats – he’s chewed them all already unfortunately ha ha!

Mrs Walker has been in school this week working with the key worker children. She has enjoyed seeing some children but misses you all terribly!

I spoke to your parents on Monday to discuss the new work for you. There are daily activities of guided reading, english, maths and topic. The tasks are in the same format of how we run our lessons. Please try and follow them in daily order as the lessons follow on from each other. For English, we will be reading and using ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith, please find attached a PDF copy of the text but try not to read it all at once, each day I have given specific sections to read.

The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith.152457089

Monday 15th June 2020

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Thursday 18th June 2020

Friday 19th June 2020

I hope you enjoy the tasks I have sent. If you have any questions, please email plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Don’t forget to send us any photos of you doing work or what you have been up to!

We hope to see you all soon!

Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 5th June 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a relaxing break.

I am going to start this week with a huge WELL DONE to Alicia, who has started dancing again. After a break away from it she’s came back on fire. She raised £125 for a Mental Health charity on Saturday called MiND. In order for her to raise this money she had to dance for 7 full hours and she did it. What an amazing thing to do Alicia, I am so proud of you!

This week, I have been back at school providing childcare. I was so happy to see some children, as well as seeing Miss Cassidy, Mrs Owen and Mrs Cowley. Whilst I was working, Rocco went to his grandparent‘s house. I think they’ve been spoiling him…

Throughout the week, I spent lots of time in the garden and going for plenty of walks. I even went to the beach with Rocco and he had fun on the sand and in the water.

Mrs Walker has been spending lots of time with her family. I’m sure you’re missing her just as much as we are.

Please remember the work that has been set for you online, I can see there are still many children who have not accessed any of it.

Don’t forget you can always email me at plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

We can’t wait to see you!

Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 22nd May 2020

Another week has past. Mrs Walker and I miss you all.

I’m going to start off with a special mention for Miss Alicia. She has been emailing in photos of all of her activities and they seem to have been lost in cyber land. Alicia has been busy with some school work, as well as finding time for springtime art and making a nature loom. Amazing Alicia well done! 

Whilst I was searching for Alicia’s missing emails, I came across this from Myla. I’m sorry I didn’t post it last week, I’ve just found it. Looks like a fantastic effort for VE Day, I hope you all enjoyed it.

On Wednesday, Mrs Walker and I were thrilled to hear from Aaron who wishes us a “Happy National Teachers Day,” thank you Aaron! Once again he has been busy learning times tables, reading tonnes of books, doing lots of work at home as well as plenty arts and crafts and baking and playing games. He was also making a special birthday card for his Mam’s birthday, which is today, happy birthday! Aaron has also been super brave and had a ride on his step dad’s motorbike – you are definitely braver than me Aaron, well done!

Oliver has been trying out his own science experiment this week. How colourful and amazing are the results?! Well done Ollie!

Brandon and his sister have been busy again, this week they have been enjoying plenty of outdoor activities like swing ball, gardening, camping and playing on their trampoline. They’ve also been doing a spot of baking – looks lovely, make sure you save me a slice Brandon 😁

Next week it is half term, therefore, I would like you all to have a break from the hard work you have been doing at home. Spend time with your family, go for a nice walk with your adults, learn to bake something (with adult support). You may have seen in the news that last week was adult mental health week. Next week, we are going to have our own mental health and wellbeing week and the theme is Kindness.

 Your challenge is to as many kind things as possible.

Here is a list of some of the things that you could do:

• Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while (always ask an adult’s permission first)

• Post a card or a letter to someone.

• Tell everyone in your family how much you love and appreciate them.

• Wash and dry the dishes (without complaining!)

• Make your bed and somebody else’s without even being asked

• Feed the birds

• Make a thank you sign for the dustbin men and the person who delivers the post.

• Read a book to a younger brother or sister.

• Spend some time with nature, which is good for your mental health.

• Decorate some stones and leave them in the park.

• Leave lots of thank you notes hidden around the house.

• Help make dinner

• Complain less (or not at all!)

• Send someone you love or miss a hug voucher that can be used when you can see them again. These are just a few ideas.

We would love to see some of the things that you did. Please send them to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and we will put them on your class Blog.

For your adults:

If would like some ideas on how to keep yourselves mentally healthy and to be kind to yourself, there are some nice ideas on this fact sheet.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

This week, Mrs Walker has been enjoying the sunshine with Caden and has a daily game of Nurf Wars (she keeps getting beat).

Once again, I have had the company of Rocco. Because he’s getting abit older I’ve been taking him on some slightly longer walks to tire him out. As a treat, I ordered him some bones, but didn’t realise how big they’d be. CHALLENGE – can you guess how heavy one of these is? Email me your guess and the closest guess with receive a special prize when we’re back!

Remember, stay safe, take care and look after yourselves.

We can’t wait to see you!

Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x


Friday 15th May 2020

Well it has been 8 weeks since school shut and I am missing you all terribly! I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well.

I was delighted to receive photos of so many of you celebrating VE Day. Well done Oliver, Aaron, Amelia and Niall.

Today Rocco is 6 months old exactly so we enjoyed a nice walk and a play with his ball, which he loves!

Mrs Walker has been enjoying time with her family and going on plenty of bike rides too. She will be cycling into school everyday in no time!

Also this week I have enjoyed doing some school work and have been highly impressed by those of you that have completed work set on education city. Remember to keep checking as I’m adding work each week. Also, remember to keep checking the blogs to find some exciting activities.

Here are some exciting forest school and coastal school activities set by Mrs Watson this week. Have a go and don’t forget to email your pictures to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Here is another little art activity I have found if any of you would like to have a go. You could collect different pieces of nature when on walks and put them together to create your own rainbow piece.

If your child has special educational needs here are some helpful websites you could try out.

Key Stage 2

Phonics Play

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm                                                               (Username: march20 Password: home) Click on parents and then interactive resources to access phonics games for all phases. This is quite fun – children have to read the word and decide if it is a real or fake word (we call them ‘alien’ words in phonics lessons)

Phonics Bloom                                                                 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-3https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-4 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-5https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-6

Monster phonics                                                                                                 www.monsterphonics.com

(Username: login   Password: homelearning)

Oxford Owl                                                                                                                                       Just type this into Google and sign in using the log-in and passwords below – really good for reading and phonics.                                                                                                              Year2pfa                                                                                                                               Password: 1234

Here is a website for you to try David Walliams puts a story a day on his website for you to listen to: Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Maths                                                                                           https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

 

Range of subjects

Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. These are online video lessons across a range of subjects and for children of all different abilities. (from Reception to Year 6)

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/subjects/#subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Here is a website for you to try David Walliams puts a story a day on his website for you to listen to:      Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Choose a year group that you think is suitable for your child. If you are unsure what to start at or if you would like further ideas on how to support your child at home, please contact Miss Orchard on Plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk She will contact you asap

Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID19 https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Mrs Walker and I canny wait to see you all and hear all of your stories when we are back. Remember to stay safe!
Love Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Friday 8th May 2020

Happy Friday and Happy VE Day! This is such an important day for British history so I hope you can all celebrate somehow, whether it be 2 minutes silence or a social distancing tea party.

Victory in Europe Day is also known as VE Day. On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe with street parties.

 The following link has video clips and other VE Day information for you to look at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ve-day-teaching-resources/znvy382/  

Today marks 75 years since this joyous occasion. Due to the social restrictions that are in place at the moment, most VE Day 75 events and street parties have sadly had to be cancelled or postponed. 

However, you may still want to be able to mark the occasion in by having a picnic in your garden, sharing your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2. You can make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home. 

Follow the link below to see all the instructions you need to get started using any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint you have or whatever you can find. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4TrqYDyf4PMdLypxzyTwGDg/great-british-bunting

Mrs Walker have been thrilled this week to receive emails from Oliver and Aaron who have both been busy with their nature looms and VE Day celebrations.

Oliver and his Mam have been enjoying some long walks, they collected some nature objects and created their own bug hotel – an amazing piece, I’m sure those critters will love it! Later in the week they have created some VE Day bunting and decorations and are enjoying a picky tea. Ollie’s even enjoyed his new pool in this nice weather!!

Aaron has been working with his brother to create this fab VE Day for their home window. He has also created a nature picture using bits and bobs from his front and back garden.

I have spent lots of time in my garden this week. I have walked Rocco lots and am still trying to train him, I must say he’s getting a lot better! For VE Day, me and Rocco made some photos and had a photo shoot, he wasn’t too impressed by the end!

Mrs Walker has been loving spending time with her family and going on bike rides. For VE Day she is having a tea party with Caden, Bones and Mr Walker in the garden. Bones is hoping for a nice cup of tea the wash down his dog biscuits.

Once again, we hope you are all staying safe and having fun in the sun! We look forward to seeing you all again. Don’t forget to email us on plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Love from Miss Davison and Mrs Walker xx

Friday 1st May 2020

I cannot believe it is blog time again, which means another week has past and we are a week closer to being back together again!
I wanted to start off by saying a huge well done to those of you who took part in ‘Uniform Day’ to say thanks to our Key Workers. It was heartwarming to see all of your smiley faces!

I received a lovely email from Brandon, who has been busy with his sister Lily making some posters for NHS staff and key workers. An amazing piece Brandon and Lily, well done!

This week, I have joined in the rainbow decorations and decided to decorate the gates of my house. Rocco’s teeth are falling out everyday, I have collected 9 so far. I might make a necklace out of them, what do you think? This week, Rocco also discovered the dishwasher – I think he wanted to give his ball a clean. Would you believe Rocco is also a huge Moana fan? We watched it last night and he loved it!

Mrs Walker has also been decorating her house with rainbows with her son Caden – what a fab job! She has also been walking her dog bones, who’s been a cheeky chap but trying to say sorry to Mrs Walker with lots of kisses.

Now I have some really cool activities for you to have a go at! First, I have some fun art activities you could do linked to spring. Don’t forget to email your artwork to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Also, next week is National Wildflower Week. During your daily exercise you can make a ‘nature loom’ (pictures/ideas attached).

And if you’re feeling up for it, I have seen this cool science experiment which is easy and fun to do at home!


Once again, I’d love to hear from you so please email me at plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk it brightens up my day hearing from you!

We hope you are staying safe and keeping well and can’t wait to be reunited soon!

Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x 

Friday 24th April 2020 

Hi everyone! I cannot believe it has been 5 weeks since school were shut. Looking back through the photos on our blog makes me miss you even more!

This week, Ollie has been busy with some English, maths and reading activities at home with the help of his mam. He is enjoying reading some long chapter books – keep it up Oliver! He has also managed to squeeze in time with his family and keep himself safe.

I have been enjoying this fabulous weather doing some school work in the garden. I’ve found some activities/ websites for you to use which are linked to all subjects, that I have posted below. Rocco is over 5 months old now, which is about 3 years old in dog years so he is very mischievous and cannot be left alone!

Mrs Walker has been working (getting into mischief) at Farringdon this week keeping their children – and staff entertained.

New websites and Activities:

Blog

Science –

KS2:  

Oxford Owl https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/science-for-fun-six-super-science-activities-to-try-at-home/

Marvin and Milo cartoon style experiments to do at home http://www.physics.org/marvinandmilo.asp

Maths –

KS2:

https://www.boddlelearning.com/ (Interactive maths games)

https://whiterosemaths.com/ (Free home learning packs available)

http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/

(Maths lessons every day at 9am for KS2 and some daily games and challenges for KS1)

Computing

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub (Coding projects)

https://www.j2e.com/j2data/ (Data handling)

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland  (Online safety game)

Reading –

KS2:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1–ks2-bringing-books-to-life/zvg4xyc

 Celebrity presenters share what they love about their favourite books.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ – games, printable lists, practice tests available. No log in required. You could choose a spelling rule to focus on each week and have your own spelling test each Friday.

Writing –

KS2:

https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/17/free-reading-realm-home-learning-pack-3-creative-writing-prompts

(excellent writing prompts to create your own amazing stories!)

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

https://authorfy.com/join/

(Free to sign up and has an amazing wealth of activities. There are 60+ creative writing masterclasses with children’s authors including: Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo and Emma Carroll)

https://www.writinglegends.com/

(Comprehensive writing program free until July)

RE –

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7hs34j

 

Year 3 and 4 in summer 1 are focusing on Sikhism

Activity for ks2- to write a letter to say what they are thankful for during this time.

Geography and history –

Geography for this week has been:

 ‘ Introduction to maps’ and for History ‘How can I be a historian?’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zmyxxyc/year-3-lessons/1

Art –

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids  (activities, games, quizzes)

 

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob (A children’s illustrator has put together a collection of tutorials).

Art Activities –

LKS2 – MAKE A COLLAGE – https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/cut-paste/make-collage

I hope you can have a go of some of these activities, don’t forget, I’d love to see/hear fro myou, email the school email and it will be forwarded to myself and Mrs Walker: plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Stay safe,

Miss Davison and Mrs Walker x

Monday 20th April 2020

Good morning,

The Oak National Academy launched today, Monday 20 April. This has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

Use the hyperlink below to access year 3 lessons:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/#subjects

Further ways to support your child/ children:

Year 3 to 6 children

The best way to help children aged 7 to 11 learn is to:

give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too
include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods
try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
take frequent breaks
praise or reward them when they do well

To check if they are learning try to:

ask them questions as they go
talk about things they learned
 
Talking
Ask children to talk through what they have learned during the day and find time to talk with them more generally.

Reading

Talk to your child about what they are reading. This will help them understand what they have read and encourage them to read for fun.

Ask your child questions about what they are reading. For example:

ask questions that make them think about the story, such as how a character is feeling
ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

Libraries are currently closed, however, you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.

Writing

Try to help children practise their writing. Work from school may be sent digitally, but using pen and paper will help children be ready for when they go back to school.

Friday 17th April 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter – probably very different I know but hopefully still special.
This week I have been at Farringdon Primary looking after the boys and girls there, along with Miss Hodgson and Mrs Owen. On Wednesday, we created a mini assault course on the field which I think you would all love so I’ll be sure to set this up for you when we’re back.

Over the Easter weekend, Rocco and I spent lots of time walking for our daily exercise and sleeping off all of the chocolate we ate! For Easter, Rocco got a new toy bone and found out he loves ice cubes – check out his smile!

This week I have been delighted to receive emails from Oliver and Aaron.
Oliver has enjoyed spending time with his family in the lovely sunshine we have been having – he’s been cutting the grass and washing cars – super work Ollie! He’s also been learning to play a game called stop the bus – why not ask your grown ups to look up how to play it and you can learn how to play it with them.
Aaron has been having an amazing time staying safe at home. He’s been baking, crafting and keeping active. As well as doing lots of reading and school work. Aaron also made his Mam a rainbow for her window at work, which I’m sure you’ll agree is absolutely lovely! Like many of you, he has also created some rainbows for his own house too. I absolutely love the Elmer’s you have created from milk cartons Aaron well done!

Some of you have completed the next pieces of work I have set, so big well done. I have not added anymore at the minute as I would still like you to enjoy this Easter break, however, I will be adding some further work onto education city on Monday.

For your own mental health and well-being, I would like you to focus on the area ‘Take Notice.’ This is all about being aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Savour the moment, whether you are walking for daily exercise, eating lunch or talking to friends or family. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you. You could draw/paint some lovely pictures of the environment around you (your garden/ room) whatever may interest you.

Have any of you completed the portrait challenge for us teachers yet? If not, it’s not too late to send in your entries. All you have to do is: Choose a teacher, draw or paint them, email them in. If we receive 50 replies the teachers may have a surprise in store for you. Come on year 3, there’s plenty of us in the class to almost reach that 50 if you have a go! You can email them to myself or our school email address.
Remember you can contact me anytime and ask me any questions or update me on what you have been up to, my email address is:

plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Stay Safe and see you all soon!

Love from,
Miss Davison x

Friday 10th April 2020

Good afternoon to you all and Happy Easter! I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing break with your families. We are another week down of home learning which means we are another week closer to being reunited.

This week, it has been heart warming to get emails from some of you as I have loved reading what you have been up to and seeing your faces. I wanted to share these with you…

Erin has been busy with her family making this amazing rainbow to go in their window at home. Well done Erin – it is fabulous!

Oliver has been enjoying some walks with his mam to feed the ducks. They are getting so used to seeing Oliver everyday that they are coming closer towards him! Oliver has also been enjoying some reading – well done! Later on in the week, he had some new company his garden, in the form of a butterfly! First, it jumped onto his shoulder, then he had a little hold. During his days, he has also had to contend with wanting to do school work, but entertain Daisy the dog at the same time!



Steven has been super busy at home with his family also. As part of his home learning, Steven and his sister Maddie have been joining in with Joe Wicks on a morning. In between completing school work, he has also been baking with his sister – I’ll have to try some of your baking when we’re back to school Steven! Thankfully, this lovely weather we have been getting allowed Steven and Maddie to head out into the garden and camp!


This week, once again I’ve been busy with some school work and again trying to entertain Rocco, who has taken to eating/digging the grass and has left me with some patches :(. On Thursday’s at 8pm we have been going into our garden to clap for all key workers. Rocco has started barking to give the neighbours a reminder to come outside, which they all do (I think he feels like it is his job). With it being hot this week, I put some food in Rocco’s favourite toy and put it in the freezer… he enjoyed a dog food ice cream – should I bring some into school for you to try?!

Once again, stay at home and stay safe. I’ll write again next week but please email me with updates of what you have been up to- don’t forget to ask a grown up first! I’d love to hear from you all and will email back as soon as possible:

plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Stay Safe,

Love from
Miss Davison x

Friday 3rd April 2020

Good afternoon everyone! It still seems strange not seeing all of your faces and hearing your daily stories. I am missing everyone of you! And yes Dominic I miss your voice everyday! I hope you are all well, looking after yourselves and your family and STAYING AT HOME!

Once again I have been checking education city and timestable rocks to see which of you have been busy – massive shout out to Niall and Courtney who have completed all of the tasks I have set on Education City – as a reward I have added some extra work to keep you all busy :). As a real treat, I’ve even added in a section for French as know how much you all love that – je vous en prie (you’re welcome). This week, it’s a focus on colours which we have covered in class so it should be a nice recap.

Have any of you tried this little experiment or something similar?

I would love to see some of the work you have been up to – please email me so I can see your hard work and lovely faces and you could appear on next week’s blog!

If you are finding yourself looking for something to do, you could keep a diary and write down what you have done/ how you have felt each day – it is the perfect way of sharing this strange experience with others. You never know- you may end up reading it back to your children in many years to come.

Speaking of reading- I hope this is something you have all had a chance to do at home, why not share some of the books you have read so far and write a mini book review – don’t forget to add some pictures and make it colourful!

I mentioned last week some maths activities from white rose maths hub- have any of you had a go? Here is the link if not. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

I’ve been busy with some school work at home myself and of course looking after Rocco, who is a cheeky monkey at the minute and growing everyday. This week, he saw his first ever bee so spent some time chasing that around the garden- luckily he didn’t get stung!

I would love to hear from you and if you have any questions please feel free to email me or Mr Thompson:

plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Some extra activities to help your mental health and well being: For this week you could focus on the area of Be Active – You  could put your favourite song on and dance about – and I know we have some excellent dancers in our class!

Don’t forget, every Thursday at 8pm, everyone can clap to show their thanks and respect to all key workers involved in helping us and keeping us safe during this time.

Stay Safe everyone – I can’t wait to see you again soon.

Miss Davison x

Friday 27th March 2020

I wanted to take this chance to say a massive well done to the children for their excellent behaviour and positive attitudes during this uncertain time. They have shown maturity and understanding and have kept each other, including me upbeat!
I hope you are all well and keeping safe. I know this might be a confusing time and you may feel like you have been grounded by Boris Johnson – but I have too. It is essential we are all staying at home and keeping ourselves safe, so please follow these rules.
I have been checking the online work for timestable rockstars and education city and I am thrilled to see how many of you have tried some work. If you haven’t, please try to do some of this as it will help you.
Some extra tasks you make want to try:

P.E with Joe Wicks at 9am every morning (parents – you may need a lie down afterwards)

Create a rainbow and put it in a window in your home. When you’re out for your daily exercise, see how many you can count!

Listen to some authors reading stories.

Cosmic Yoga on YouTube.

White Rose Maths Hub are offering daily maths lessons/activities- click on this link http://ow.ly/PgCP50yVjKl

When you have finished all of your tasks for the day – if you have Virgin Media – kids channels have been added free of charge, so enjoy – but only after your work is done!

I hope you are all behaving yourselves and I can’t wait to see you all again soon and hear about the new things you have learnt during this time.

Stay home and Stay Safe.

Miss Davison x

Friday 13th March 2020

It has been another fab week with some super hard work in year 3.

In English, we began on Monday by learning to use dialogue to move an action in a story forward. On Tuesday, we then put all of our skills together to create our final inspired writes retelling the story of ‘Escape from Pompeii.’ On Wednesday, we looked at how we could improve our writing by using a thesaurus to choose some exciting verbs. On Thursday, we then applied those skills to transform our previous writing.

In maths, we have looked at line: horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular. We enjoyed learning these new words and finding examples of them around the class. We then moved onto 2d and 3d shapes, naming them then describing the properties. We played some games where we had to describe the shapes by using only the properties to our partners.

As this week has been ‘British Science Week,’ we began our science topic of plants, on Monday we labelled the different parts and explained the jobs of each part. On Friday, we focused on famous female scientist, in year 3 week looked at the lady Rachel Caron who was a world famous marine biologist. We used iPads to collect our research and loved sharing the facts we found out!

In geography, we looked further at volcanoes and had a go at creating an argument for or against living near a volcano. Many children we for it because they believed your feet would be nice and warm – thankfully we live nowhere near a volcano!

We had so much fun making our volcanoes from plastic bottles, newspaper and mod rock, we can’t wait ti paint them next week.

We also managed to squeeze in some R.E looking at some famous miracles Christians believe Jesus did.

Friday 6th March 2020

I cannot believe we are into March already! The months are flying by and we are continuing to work hard in year 3.

This week has been incredible with so many super activities.

On Wednesday, it was ‘World Maths Day,’ we celebrated with a game of ‘Mathopoly’ working in groups.

On Thursday, we took part in ‘World Book Day.’ We were lucky enough to be visited by author Antony Wootten, whose book ‘Season of the mammoth’ we are reading in class. He started off with some question and answer time. It was extremely interesting finding out about his life, what inspires him to write and how he feels being an author. He then told us how he sees writing as “daydreaming on paper” which is an idea we all loved. We then listened to 3 poems from his book and found them hilarious! After that, we discussed what it meant to use our imagination and daydream, then put those skills to the test by writing our own daydream on paper. Antony was so impressed when he looked back through them.

In the afternoon, we designed our own book covers, then we put our ideas and decided our favourite text was ‘The day the crayons quit,’ so we decorated our classroom door to ‘The Day Year 3 Quit.’ We are extremely lucky to have the book fair in school all of next week. The children will receive a £1 voucher which they can spend at the fair and will be given time to visit and see what books take their fancy.

On Friday, we had a visit from science guru ‘Professor Onesmith’ and took part in some fab experiments. We looked at the equipment needed to make slime and we had our own. We then looked at how carbon dioxide made certain materials disappear!

During all of this fun, we have also worked super hard in our core subjects. In English, we started off the week by creating our own story map for our text ‘Escape from Pompeii.’ On Tuesday, we had a go at writing our own setting descriptions using exciting words with the help from a thesaurus. We also practiced using fronted adverbials and using similes and metaphors to describe a scene.

In maths, we moved onto turns and angles. Although turns is something we must continue to practice, eg. ¼, 1/2,, ¾ turns, we really enjoyed our first lessons on angles.

In topic, we began looking at volcanoes. We started off by learning the layers of Earth – we were blown away that under our feet is not use mud and concrete! We labelled the 5 layers and enjoyed looking at how they are different. We also loved looking at videos of volcanoes erupting and used these to support our understanding of how volcanoes are formed.

Friday 28th February 2020

Welcome back! It was so nice to see all of the children again after the holidays.

Our topic this half term is ‘Angry Earth’ and will be heavily focused on volcanoes. In English, we are reading the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’. On Tuesday, we began by making some predictions on the text based on what we had read so far. On Wednesday, we looked at what a dilemma is. We used Alica and Dominic who played the characters Livia and Tranio, we then had to convince them on what they should do when the volcano erupts. They chose to go back and save their family which we later found out was the opposite to what Tranio and Livia did. On Thursday, we sequenced the story into 5 parts then some of us reached the challenge of beginning to rewrite it.

In maths, we have finished (for now) looking at multiplication and division. This week we looked at it using money and length. We used the long multiplication method to multiply 2 digits by 1 digit (2, 3, 4, 5, 8 only). Some of use are really getting the hang of this although it is something which we would all benefit from practicing at home.

We finished off the week with wellbeing Friday, we looked at emojis and how different emojis can be used instead of words to represent feelings. We then designed our own emojis for different feelings. Then, we all had a turn at stroking/ feeding Colin Gucci, who put a smile on everyone’s face.

Plains Platinum Pass: Steven

Mins Late: 134mins

Attendance: 91.8%

Friday 7th February 2020

What an amazing week we have had! On Thursday, we raised money for the NSPCC by holding our own ‘Bonkers Bingo’ in the hall. Each class had an amazing time with lots of laughs and plenty of dancing!

On Friday, we took part in NSPCC number day, we all came dressed as a number and enjoyed plenty of fun activities linked to numbers. In the afternoon, we took part in the NSPCC ‘Who wants to be a mathionnaire?’ competition. We all answered the questions, then the fastest person to answer the final question became the contestant. It was Li, and he won £1,000,000 – and a pack of haribos! Well done Li!

In English, we have focused on some SPaG needed for our non-chronological reports. In particular, we have looked at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, apostrophes for contraction and writing in the present tense.

In maths, we have focused on multiplication and using the column method to calculate our answers. Some of the class enjoyed multiplying and dividing numbers using concrete resources.

In science, we looked at how shadows change and conducted our investigation on how shadows changed depending on the distance of the light source from an object. We thoroughly enjoyed this.

In P.E, we practiced some balancing skills using apparatus – I was super impressed with the balances this children practiced and how brave they were!

Friday 31st January 2020

January is finally over and what a long month it seems to have been! The children have worked super hard again this week!

In English, we began our non-fiction text and are focusing on the genre of non-chronological reports. Linking in with our topic of ‘Curious Climate,’ our non-chronologcial report is centered on the weather and climate around the world. We started off by looking at some different non-chronological reports and their features. We then used dictionaries to check the meanings of words. Towards the end of the week, we focused on subheadings and paragraphs. On Thursday, we sorted sentences into the correct subheading. Then, on Friday, we used the iPads and class texts to research our own information we could put into paragraphs.

In maths, we have focused on measurement of: length and height, mass and capacity. We have enjoyed doing some of our own measuring and comparing around the class.

In science, we have continued with our topic of light. We have conducted some more investigations. On Monday, we looked at materials that block light and designed some new curtains.

In P.E we continued with gymnastics and became even more adventurous, this week, we created our own balances in pairs, then in groups.

On Friday, we finished off the week with our wellbeing Friday. A massive well done and thank you for all of the donations for Sunderland Food bank. On Friday afternoon, we focused on ‘bravery’. We began by telling our worry monster ‘Wilson’ some of our worries. Then, we read the story ‘The Making of Milton’. This lovely story focuses on Milton who needs to find some courage. We then discussed who we think is brave and why.

Friday 24th January 2020

Once again the children have had a very busy week!
In English, the children have put all of their skills together to create their final written pieces of our narrative ‘After the Storm’. We have really tried to focus on speech and using inverted commas accurately. Next, we are moving onto our non-fiction genre and looking at non-chronological reports.

In maths, we continued to focus on fractions. In particular we have done lots of work on equivalent fractions. We were mind blown by the concept that the higher the denominator, the smaller the fraction!

This week, we have hit the ground running with our science topic ‘light’. This topic has been heavily rooted by investigations which the children are thoroughly enjoying! So far, we have investigated reflections, sunlight and the effects of light rays.

In P.E we are continuing our work with the coach Rebecca on gymnastics. We have been learning to use our bodies to stretch. This week, we moved to make different shapes and letters with our bodies.

Friday 17th January 2020

We have reached the end of week 2 and are back into the full swing of school life.
This week, we have continued with our Art, History and Geography enrichment afternoons. We have absolutely loved researching Claude Monet, we created our final pieces, then evaluated them on how we could improve. After, we turned our classroom into a mini art gallery. We put all of our work out on show and each went around to observe each other’s work to give feedback. We created our own fact files of information on Claude Monet, then create a timeline of events for his life. We then thoroughly enjoyed looking at the country France in geography. In particular, the children were amazed by the famous French landmarks.


In English, we have continued our focus on the text ‘After the Storm.’ This week, we have been introduced to similes and metaphors. The children came up with some amazing comparisons.

In maths, we have begun looking at fractions. We started the week by looking at unit and non-unit fractions. We then had some fun making fraction walls to begin our journey into understanding equivalent fractions. Towards the end of the week we then tried some work on equivalent fractions – this is a tricky concept so it is definitely something we will be continuing next week.

Attendance: 96.9%

Mins Late: 225mins – a shocking amount of lost learning!
Reminders:
Home is online on education city. Those children that wish to complete it on paper have been given paper copies. These must be completed by the following Wednesday when they are given out.

P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please provide your child with a change of clothes. Also, if your child wears earrings, they must be removed for P.E.

Friday 10th January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and had some time to relax. It has been wonderful hearing the stories from the children.

This half term, our topic is ‘Curious Climate,’ where we are focusing on the weather around the World. We have begun our English by focusing on the genre of narrative. We are reading the story of ‘After the Storm’ by Nick Butterworth from Percy and the Park Keeper collection. On Monday, we read the blurb then made predictions for what we thought the text would be about. On Tuesday, we drew our own Talk for Writing maps to support us with retelling the story. We then sequenced the story into 5 parts. On Thursday, we enjoyed using drama to act out the story using the stick puppets we made. On Friday, we reinforced using accurate punctuation.

In maths this week, we have been looking at place value. We have looked at 3-digit numbers and what the value of each number would be. We have also enjoyed ordering and comparing numbers up to 1000.

Across school this week and next, it is art, history and geography enrichment week. Each class has been given an artist to study. In year 3, we are exploring the work of Claude Monet. We began the week by discussing some of his work and how he uses different colours to show different weather. We then looked at primary colours and had a go at mixing them to make secondary colours. We then had a go at using different brush sizes and different strokes to create different effects in the style of Monet. On Thursday, our minds were blown when we experimented with adding white to paint to create tints and black to create tones.

In P.E, with Rebecca from Premiere league stars, the children have started their gymnastics focus. On Thursday, we recapped our throwing and catching skills with a game of bench ball- I must say there are some fantastic defenders in this class.

Attendance: 97.5%

Minutes Late: 72 minutes

Reminder:

P.E is on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please provide your child with a change of clothes. Also, if your child wears earrings, they must be removed for P.E.

Friday 13th December 2019

We have had a fulfilled week in Year 3! A huge well done to all of the children who took part in our nativity this year, I think it’s safe to say the hard work paid off. It was a showstopping performance given by all!

The children have enjoyed finishing off their week by joining in with National Christmas Jumper Day. Alongside that, it was our Christmas dinner day. The children loved it – Amy tried her first ever brussel sprout – you can decide her opinion on them!

We have finished off our English genre of explanation texts by writing our own explanation text of how a flowering plant grows. Have a read of some fantastic information texts. I must say a huge well done to Olivia for an astounding improvement in handwriting this half term, well done!

We have enjoyed some time on times table rockstars and have figured out how to ‘battle’ our classmates in tournaments so some of the children are thoroughly enjoying this.

On Monday 16th December it is our Christmas party – children can come into school dressed in their party clothes or bring them in a bag if they prefer.

This week, we have worked out that this week our class walked 809,504 steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total.

Attendance: 94.1%

Mins Late: 101 mins – we must improve this year 3!

Friday 6th December 2019

December is upon us and the children are well and truly in the Christmas spirit! We decorated our classroom this week.

This week, the children have enjoyed baking gingerbread men for the Christmas fair, a carol service at the church, the Christmas fair and plenty of nativity practice.

In English, we have continued to focus on explanation texts. We have used dictionaries to find the meaning of some technical vocabulary we could use in our pieces. We have also practiced some reading then summarising the key information.

In maths, we have been focusing on. The children have been introduced to roman numerals and are thoroughly enjoying it. We have also focused on telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and nearest minute.

In PE, we are still enjoying sessions with Rebecca from Premier League Primary Stars. This half term we have been practicing throwing and catching skills. We have enjoyed games such as basketball, dodgeball and bench ball.

This week, we have worked out that this week our class walked XXXX 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

Reminders: Earrings must be removed from P.E.

Attendance: 93.4%

Minutes Late: 20

Friday 29th November 2019

Another amazing week has passed by! Another week closer to Christmas!

In English, we have began by looking at our new genre explanation texts. We started by comparing different types of texts identifying the key features needed.

In maths, we continued to focus on multiplication and using the column method for this. We used a range of resources to help us with this.

In art, we practiced our cutting skills by using different materials to cut different shapes and sizes precisely. We still focused on the artwork of Ben Giles to recreate his image.

On Thursday, we made Christingles and looked at the key elements and why they are added.

We also made Christmas decorations for our tree. Take a look, they are fab!

Plainsy Platinum Pass: Olivia for a huge effort in all school work.

Attendance: 93.1%

Mins Late: 144mins – we must improve on this year 3!

Friday 22nd November 2019

We have had a fabulous week in Year 3!

Our class reading corner has had a revamp this week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed creating it! The children have loved taking some time to read in it. On Wednesday, we also designed our ‘story telling’ chair, we each chose our favourite book and glued it to the chair. We have also created our own books covers and written some book reviews.

In English, we have put our skills together from the past 3 weeks to create our end outcomes of inspired writing for our class novel, ‘Journey to the River Sea’. We then practiced transforming the writing to a letter in the 1st person from the perspective of Maia.

In maths, we have focused on multiplication and using formal written method for this. This is something we will continue to work on as it is a tricky concept.

In art, we used a range of materials to experiment with using the skills of ripping and overlapping.

Attendance: 90.9%

Mins Late: 15mins

Plainsy Platinum Pass: Kiara for excellent behaviour and being a great role model

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!

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