Friday, 26 September 2014

What is a shaduf?

Next week

Please bring in a small yoghurt pot on Monday so that we can make 3D shaduf pictures.

Please bring in a 3D shaped item that you can find around the house. It could be a cube, cuboid, pyramid etc.

Stars of the Week - Adam Brooks in Rowan. William Belcher - Cedar. Well done to you both.

Parent 'settling in' consultation - Tuesday 29th September. 3.30 - 7.30. Please be aware that we will try very hard to stick to the 5 minutes slots allocated and that the purpose of the evening is to let your parents know how well you are settling in to life in the juniors and for them to give us any insight as to how you are finding Year 3.

Another busy week has gone by in Year 3. In English we have been writing recounts and putting ourselves in the 1st person as Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Here is a flavour of our diary entries;

23 November 1922

Lord Carnavon arrived with his daughter Evelyn. I told him we were ready. As we were getting down the step I told him there might be tomb robbers. Then we carried on going. 

Soon we met a wall. I made a hole in the wall. He asked me if I could see anything at all. I told him yes 'wonderful things'. I made the hole bigger so we could get in. 

As we went in all was silent. We were all amazed. There was a load of gold and furniture. We all wanted to go on. 


Next week we will be having a go at writing a news report on the discovery.

In maths, we will be learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and some telling of the time. Please have a practise at home.

In Science we have continued investigating the properties of rocks. What can you remember about which rock fizzed when vinegar was placed on it?
Here is the link to the rocks and soils virtual investigation we also looked at. Have a go at the quiz too.

Thursday was also very exciting for the whole school as we had the opportunity to vote just like our parents do, in proper voting booths! We were voting for our school council reps and head boy and head girl.

Thanks to Mrs Clements for organising the booths. It made it feel very special.

Finally, some of you are very well organised already with a whiteboard pen, pencil, rubber, glue stick and red pen for responding. It does make lessons run more smoothly if you can make sure you have these things in a named pencil case at the start of each lesson. Mrs Wright and I will be looking out for children who come well prepared for lessons and there maybe house points awarded so check your personal kit this weekend!

Have a great weekend

The Year 3 team.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Rock on!

Next Week –

Homework  due in: Monday 22ndEnglish and Maths. Spelling Test.

Stars of the Week – As we were out of school on Friday, the Year 3 Stars of the week will be announced during an assembly next week. Watch this space!

Friday 26th – European Day of Languages 2014. This year we will be focusing on a country where French is an official language. The chosen country for each class is yet to be revealed! We will spend the afternoon learning about the country and speaking some French, of course!

A HUGE well done to everyone in Year 3 for the fantastic musical instruments! We are very impressed with your creativity and the effort you have put in to making them. We are so proud to have some great examples on display in the main hall. We just wish there was room for all of them!

Our trip to the Barking Outdoor Learning Centre on Friday was certainly a success! Thank you to all of the Year 3 children for your sensible behaviour and enthusiasm throughout the day. Also, a big thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied us on the trip, your help was very much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed it. And weren’t we lucky with the unexpected blast of sunshine!

The day consisted of a rock hunt, analysing different types of soil and some very messy artwork! Here are some photos from the day:

Year 3 – can you remember all the rock names and types that we found on the rock hunt? We’ll be looking at rocks much more over the coming weeks so any knowledge you have gained will come in very useful!

On another note, in English next week, we will be starting our new unit looking at ‘recounts’ (newspaper reports, diary entries etc.) Please spend some time having a look at newspaper reports at home so you get an idea of how they are written and how they are presented. Are they written in the present or past tense? In maths, we will be working on addition and subtraction. If you fancy a practice at home, have a go at adding numbers together in your head without writing anything down!

See you all on Monday.

Mrs Wright and Mrs Meredith 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Big Bang!

Next Week - 

Big Bang - start to our topic. Some fun activities planned for this week's Creative curriculum lesson. Nothing required from home. No costume.

Friday 19th - Rocks and Soils Workshop - Barking - Come in long sleeves/trousers (non-uniform) and wellies. Bring a packed lunch.

Star of the Week - Amy - Rowan. Gautham - Cedar. Congratulations to you both. enjoy sitting on your special gold cushion!!

P.E - Please remember those shin pads and football socks. Don't forget to practise tying your laces over the weekend!

Everyone is very impressed with the new Year 3! There have been many teachers working with you this week, including Miss Thomas, Mrs Moxham and Madam Bailkie who have all commented on your excellent behaviour and attitude to your learning. Fantastic job Year 3.

In English we will be continuing our theme of Fables next week and having a go at writing our own. In maths we will be working on addition and subtraction. Have a practise this weekend and make sure you are super fast at number bonds to 20 and beyond.

Hope you have a great weekend.

We look forward to seeing your musical instruments on Monday!

Mrs Meredith and Mrs Wright

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Well done to all the children in Year 3 for such a fantastic start to the new school year and a new school.

The children have to take on board a lot of new information in these three short days and to their credit they are all settling in brilliantly.

We have already begun introducing the children to our first English topic of  Fables this week and will continue with this theme for the next two weeks. If the children would like to bring in any books of their own related to fables, we would be very pleased to allow them to share with the rest of the class.

In Mathematics we will be moving in to our new streamed groups as of Monday. The intial topic for both groups will be place value.

More detailed information about life in Year 3 will be given at our Meet the Teacher meeting on Thursday. We hope many of you will be able to make it. However, we will be placing slides on the site if you are unable to attend.

The Year 3 team