Friday, 21 July 2017

What a fantastic finish!

We have had a very busy but fun filled end of term. Yesterday we had a fabulous day dressed up as Vikings and built our very own year 3 longboat. Today we have seen the end of year 6 leavers performance, which we all thoroughly enjoyed, and we say good bye to some lovely teacher. We are sad to see Mrs Gaines, Mr. Clifford and Mrs Burnham, who are all part of the year three team leave but excited for them, and wish them well, as they embark on new adventures. They will all be really missed as they have all been really integral in year 3 this year.

As parents, you have all been exceptionally generous with gifts today and we all want to say a massive thank you for all your kindness and support throughout the year. We have really appreciated it. A particular thank you for the way in which the children embraced dress up Viking day yesterday. We fully understand that kitting your children out on the penultimate day of term, doesn't just happen! So a huge thank you for yesterday and to show our thanks, some fabulous photos for you to see just how good year 3 looked yesterday.
















































Sunday, 9 July 2017

Another busy week!

Well done to all the children for a fabulous sports day, you all really impressed us.

This week in English we have been looking at Non chronological report writing. We have chosen to write them on the topic of the Vikings, for cross curriculum links. The children learnt about all the features required to make the text effective- sub headings, title, pictures or diagrams related to the text and topic sentences. We looked at lots of example of non chronological reports so they could spot the features for themselves. Then we moved onto the language features and what type of language was needed. Why not ask your children what generalisers are?

Next week, we are continuing with our reports and the children are going to choose their own Viking questions to research. Some children have already said they want to learn more about their longboats, fighting techniques in battle and more about their alphabet. We look forward to reading what the children come up with. Why not look out for it at open evening?

In Maths in Mrs Mercer's and Mrs Gaines set we have been looking at time. The children have been practising how to read both analogue and digit clocks, how to draw the hands accurately and we even made our own clocks to help us with number of minutes past. We have asked the children to practise looking at the clocks at home and reading the time at different times of the day. You could help your child by asking them to tell you the time or say things like- If we leave the house in 20 minutes for Brownies, what time will it be? If you started watching television at 3.50 and stopped at 4.30, how long were you watching television for? There are lots of interactive games which they could play on, see below for the links.
More telling time
Digital and 24 hour practise
Telling the time

In Mr Clifford's set they have been learning about measures


In Science we have learning about light and reflections. This week we discussed how we can be safe in the sun by wearing sun glasses and never look directly at the sun. We discussed how we should avoid midday sun and wear sun glasses with UV protection. The children then created poster to remind themselves how to be safe this summer, so let's hope this sunshine continues!

In PE the children continue to enjoy athletics and really enjoyed the sports they played in the morning of sports day. Please ensure your child's PE kit stays in school for the next two weeks.

This week for homework we set spellings as usual and we chose to set a mymaths online homework to practise some number skills. Please ensure that your child has completed it by Tuesday 11th July (this Tuesday)

We hope you have enjoyed some safe sunshine this weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday for open evening.

The year 3 team

Friday, 23 June 2017

Assessment week

Well done to all of year 3 for a fantastic week of work. Despite the hot weather, they have carried on showing resilience, perseverance and enthusiasm for the tests this week. All the teachers have really admired how they have simply got on with it with very little fuss, showing great maturity and clearly ready for year four.

This week we have tested the children with two maths papers- arithmetic and reasoning. The reasoning paper looked at all areas of maths from shape and space, missing numbers and handling data.  The arithmetic paper looked purely at the four rules of number and applying their knowledge to calculation.

The reasoning paper
E.g. 393 = ____ + 90 + ____
 or
Can you draw a hexagon with a ruler and a pencil on this squared paper?
or
Can you measure the longest side of this triangle?

The arithmetic paper
of   36    or      456 + 10     or     398 + 1    or      238 + 24
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In English we tested them on their comprehension, which is divided into three sections - poetry, non fiction and fiction. We chose to tackle the three text types on different days, which we felt was best for the children. We are very pleased with how they have all done, they have obviously been reading lots and have applied their knowledge.

We used this week to write up our stories entitled 'Alien landing' and we are really pleased with the outcomes. The children have paid attention to detail with their punctuation and have considered  their vocabulary choices. Well done year 3.

Lastly we tested them on SPAG, which is broken down into spelling, punctuation and grammar. The spelling was a test of 20 words that are frequently used and the grammar focused on word types like nouns, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, use of tenses and using punctuation correctly.

E.g. Can you put this sentence into the present tense?
Jack went to the shops on Saturday.
or
Can you underline the adverb?
Driving slowly, the car came around the corner.

We also fitted in a jigsaw lesson (social curriculum), circle time, music and PE.

As the children have worked so hard this week we are obviously not setting homework, as we think they deserve a week off from it!

Have a good weekend and thank you for your continued support.
The year 3 team


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Welcome back!

This week was a four day so a nice, slow start to the beginning of the second half of the summer term. We saw some sunshine so enjoyed a couple of playtimes on the field in contrast to a couple of wet plays too!
In English we have started a new unit. We are now looking at adventure narrative and the children enjoyed hearing the story of Alien landing. The children are learning to practise following a 5 part story. Why not ask your children if they can tell you what parts there are in a 5 part story? You could also ask them to recite a basic synopsis of the story 'Alien landing' to see if they can recall the main points? On Friday the children wrote their first paragraph to this story trying to include the main points of the story, whilst thinking about the exciting vocabulary they could use, vary their openers and by using a variety of sentence types. Next week we will continue drafting our ideas for the other four parts alongside learning more grammar technique to include to up-level our writing. In addition to this, the children are frequently being encouraged to edit their work as they go along, trying to identify spelling errors, improve punctuation and alter language or structure to make it more of an exciting read.
In Maths in Mrs Mercer's and Mrs Gaines set we have been looking at division, which we will continue this week. We have been practising dividing multiples by 10 and 100.
For example 450 ÷ 10 = 45  or 4500 ÷ 100 = 45.
We then moved onto dividing numbers by one digit, which involved using our tables knowledge.
For example  450 ÷ 9 = 5     We know this because we know that 9 x 5 = 45  or 5 x 9 = 45.
In Mr Clifford's set they have been working on shapes and revising facts about 3d shapes.

In Music we have been practising our songs for this Wednesday. We hope to see many of you there, you are in for a real treat, the year 3's have worked exceptionally hard on their songs.

During our creative curriculum lesson we had a wonderful lesson where the children made lots of discoveries for themselves using books and the Internet to research how the Anglo-Saxons used to live. We discovered facts about what they ate, their clothing and their pastimes. Many of the children were able to recall facts they had learnt from our Big bang visit to St. Albans Abbey, which impressed us all.

This week you could help you child at home by ensuring they know the words for the Music festival on Wednesday, continue to practise their tables as it is sneaking in Maths everyday and to help them learn their spellings.

Next week is assessment week so we would encourage an early night on Sunday and throughout the week to avoid tiredness and to ensure they are all fired up and ready to do their best.

We thank you again for your continued support. A particular thank you to our swimming rota parents this half term, it is really appreciated.

The year 3 team



Friday, 26 May 2017

What a magical week!


Dear parents
This week has been brilliant. We have all thoroughly enjoyed Eisteddfod and multi-cultural week. Please see photos below for a flavour of just some of the activities that show the children of year 3 being really creative. Please also find the song words attached for year 3 to learn in preparation for the musical night in June.

Have an enjoyable half term and thank you for your continued support.

The year 3 team



























We are the Young

We are the young, the children of the world
We hold tomorrow in our hands
We are the young, the promise of a brighter day
The future waits at our command.

Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.

We are the young, and so we look to you
To show us how the world should be
We are the young: we trust in your experience
To help us shape our destiny.

 Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.

That day is dawning when we will be grown
We will inherit this world for our own

We are the young, the children of the world
We hold tomorrow in our hands
We are the young, the promise of a brighter day
The future waits at our command.

Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.
We are the young
We are the young.


 Sleep-walking
Last week I wandered into town and
met a funny little clown.
He smiled at me and gave me three big
chocolate muffins for my tea.
He asked me if I knew the time,
I said, “of course, it’s not a crime
To wander round this lovely town at
four o’clock in the morning”!

Then I realized what had happened
Yes of course, this is a pattern!
Every Friday night’s the same ‘cos I
go to bed late, what a shame!

It’s sleep walking, that’s the problem!
Sleep walking, what’s the solution!
Listen to my mum and go to bed on time,
Don’t listen to my Dad who always says it’s fine!

The problem is my guilty crime
With all the time I spend online
I stare at screens the whole night long
This song is telling you it’s wrong
I’m texting, messaging, posting, boasting
Not in bed curled up with ted
This bloomin’ tablet, yet another gadget
Why don’t I just chuck it out the window?

At last when I fall fast asleep
My legs they feel they want to creep
Outside and down the moonlit street
To meet my friend with his chocolate treat.

It’s sleep walking, that’s the problem!
Sleep walking, what’s the solution!
Listen to my mum and go to bed on time,
Don’t listen to my Dad who always says it’s fine

Then I had a great idea
Make my friend the clown appear!
Tell him that my mum would like
Three chocolate muffins in the night.
Then she’ll know I’ve not been fibbin’
When I tell her I’ve been nibblin’
Muffins from my friend the clown
Who seems to like my dressing gown!

After that I slept all night
My clowning friend kept out of sight
But mum, oh dear! was cross I sense
The chocolate stains as evidence!

It’s sleep walking, that’s the problem!
Sleep walking, what’s the solution!
A hot milky drink and a bowl of cornflakes
Turn off the Wi-Fi for goodness sakes!


El cumbanchero

A cumba, cumba, cumba, cumbanchero,
A bongo, bongo, bongo, bongo sero.
When in Cuba you can do the cumbanchero, bongo sero
que seva
Bongo sero que seva

Hear all Havana bongos drum,
Bum bum ba.
See all Havana guitars strum,
Tum tum ta.


A cumba, cumba, cumba, cumbanchero,
A bongo, bongo, bongo, bongo sero.
When in Cuba you can do the cumbanchero, bongo sero
que seva
Bongo sero que seva
Cumba!

Do-Re-Me
Let’s start at the very beginning!
A very good place to start,
When you read you begin with A, B, C,
When you sing you begin with Do-re-me
Do-re-me?
Do-re-me.
The first three notes just happen to be
Do-re-me!
Do-re-me.
Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti

All right, I’ll make it easier. Listen:

Doe a deer, a female deer,
Ray a drop of golden sun
Me a name I call myself,
Far a long, long way to run
Sew a needle pulling thread,
La a note to follow sew,
Tea a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to (do-oh-oh-oh!)

[Middle section – small choir]
So do la fa me do re
So do la ti do re do
When you know the notes to sing
You can sing most anything.

Do me me, me so so
Re fa fa, la ti ti
 ENDING: Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do!

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