Wednesday, 21 December 2016

It's Christmas ...

Happy Christmas everyone. Thank you for a wonderful first term, we have all had great fun.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for all the fabulous gifts we received today. It is extremely kind of you all. We are all thrilled with our treats and vouchers, it is really appreciated.

We would like to finish the year with a few photos of the children dressed up and performing 'The Disgruntled Snowman'. (see below)

We hope you all have a magical Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 9th January 2017, all ready and raring to do some more learning.

                         The year 3 team

Sunday, 11 December 2016

It's show time!

Year 3 have been really busy this week and we are thrilled to say they have risen to the challenges despite being tired. This week we have performed our play- 'The Disgruntled Snowman' to the whole school and year 2 plus siblings. The show was brilliant and we were paid lots of lovely compliments by other children and staff. We are now looking forward to showing it off to family and friends on Monday afternoon and evening. Please see the Crabtree website for times of performances but please can children return back to school tomorrow night at 5.50pm, ready to start at 6pm. A huge thank you for all the efforts with wonderful costumes, the children all really looked the part.

Alongside rehearsing  the play we have squeezed in a Science assessment on rocks and soils, learning about Limericks and in Maths Mr Clifford's class were learning about fractions and Mrs Gaines and Mrs Mercer's set were handling data. A very busy week..

This week the homework we have set is a comprehension task from our year 3 book, it is a poem comprehension to practice what skills we have learnt in class. We also set spellings, which is a revision of past words on the statutory year 3 list.

We would like to say thank you for your continued support with homework, it is really appreciated.

Last week we set a homework on the website mymaths, it is an excellent website that is available to all Crabtree pupils. It is not only for homework that we set, the children can logon at anytime and play games or go through work they might be finding tricky. It has online tutorials that helps refresh their minds and games to consolidate their work. In addition to this, as a school, we also subscribe to DB Primary, which is an online learning platform. It has educational games and is a safe and fun way for the children to communicate with friends online. If you have any problems using either of these, please do not hesitate to ask us for help.

We hope to see many of you tomorrow afternoon or evening. We will endeavour to take some photos and short videos of the performance and hope to Blog some of them.

The year 3 team

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Our speed stacking stars!

A group of year 3 went to  Roundwood Park school on Thursday afternoon to represent Crabtree in a speed stacking competition. They all had a wonderful time and were thrilled to come 2nd in the competition. Here are some photos that capture the moment for you all to enjoy.

This week we have started looking at a new text type in English- instructional writing. We wrote about the steps needed to 'Trap a Troll'. Next week we are writing the instructions about how to make a plastic bag kite. We will be including all the grammar we have been taught- time connectives, adverbs, imperatives verbs and the use of a comma in a list. Why not ask your child what each of these mean and how they could include them in their writing?

In Maths Mr Clifford's class started to look at fractions and Mrs Gaines and Mrs Mercer's class continued to look at multiplication and division.

We also handed all the parts out for our plan entitled 'The disgruntled snowman', so we had to mention that word... Christmas, and it is still only November!

As the weather is changing, please can we remind parents and children to ensure they have warm clothes (skins and fleeces) for PE, as it continues to be taught outside whatever the weather.

If possible please can you send your child in with a plastic bag on Friday, or before, this is to hopefully use our well written, clear and comprehensive instructions to make a kite.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Blog, we hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend.

The year 3 team

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Assembly was wonderful

Great actions to the gift of the Nile song.

Fabulous costumes at the Pharoah's palace

Tributes to the King

More lively actions

We all had great fun performing it to the school and our parents.

This week we performed our assembly to the school and our parents. Everyone was brilliant. Lines were delivered clearly, songs sung beautifully and lyrics learnt well and the costumes were super too. Thank you for coming to support us.

In addition to a wonderful assembly we have also been very busy in the classroom. We have been looking at the test type of narration and enjoying a book called 'The Hodgeheg'. Within the fortnight we have read the book, thoughtfully discussed the vocabulary of King-Smith and learnt lots of new grammar skills. These skills include- inserting clauses to add detail, using a connective to join two simple sentences, being descriptive by using similies and adding in specch to develop our characters.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed it, here are some samples of some of the work written.

Max gazed up at the moon, it looked like a light bulb, then he slipped outside the gate. He listened to the vehicles on the road, the noise was like the world's noisiest party.

This time he went to see how most hedgehogs kept being hit by those noisy monsters. It was human rush hour so he kept close to the hedge. This was only the start of the adventure.

Max scurried down the pavement as fast as his sturdy, little legs could carry him. He carelessly walked over the road but a gigantic lorry came thundering along and almost flattened Max underneath its massive, black tyres.

In Maths both classes are continuing to look at multiplication and division. Looking at how to use mental strategies to answer calculations and learning more formal written methods too. Next step fractions!

In Science we have enjoyed the hands on opportunity of our school field being used for a geography enquiry. Last week, a man bought a huge machine onto the field to test the soil. We saw, heard and watched him take samples from the field using a digger. He used a bore to dig a bore hole, about 6 metres deep, and then took the samples away to be tested. We were given a couple of samples to look at - one chalk and one clay. We were able to compare them both and noticed how different they were.
We are looking forward to seeing how the soil type affects what happens to our field.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Half term holidays

We have had a wonderful seven weeks in year 3. We have settled into new routines, had two dressing up days, learnt about the Egyptians, created play scripts, stories and newspapers, tested and experimented with rocks, been gymnasts, learnt new mathematical strategies like column addition and subtraction, created computer games using the program scratch and sung new songs in French, but most importantly we have made new friends and met our new teachers.

Well done year 3, you have all thoroughly immersed yourselves into the Junior School and we hope you are enjoying it.

Have a safe, fun-filled and rested half term break.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 31st October.

If you find yourself at a loose end, please click on the links to find some games you might enjoy.

We set one homework, it was to do the next comprehension in the book, please.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

PE Message form Mrs Tizzard

P.E lessons at Crabtree

Dear Parents

Please can I remind you that your child has an indoor lesson of gym and an outdoor lesson on the field each week this term. The weather has got a lot colder and your child will need a P.E fleece to wear during the out door session. The school shop sell a reversible fleece which is not only warm but shower proof and a great price so can I encourage you to get one of these. Please can joggers be navy or black and ensure your child has P.E socks to wear as often their socks will get wet and so to wear their school socks is not ideal. 

Children seem to be taking their kits/trainers/boots home which is fine but it must be brought back into school for their P.E lessons as there are too many children not having all the correct kit in school and then having to borrow kit. Finally I am still finding kit with no names in please can you ensure all kit is named. 

We have had an excellent start to the year and I look forward to working with your children throughout the year.

Mrs Tizard

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sedimentary sandwiches!

This week we had lots of fun in science learning about the three different rocks types. Why not ask you son or daughter if they can remember the names? Hopefully, they will   remember the one we tried to recreate in class, in the form of sandwiches! Messy but fun. Look at the photos below to see how they did it.

In both Maths groups we continue to look at number mainly addition and subtraction, both mental and more formal strategies. We will then move onto multiplication and division. In English we have been looking at the text type of Journalistic writing, which we linked with our creative currciulum of Egyptians. We heard all about Howard Carter and why he is remembered. Why not ask your son or daughter, what Carter did? Or perhaps you could ask them what the key features of a newspaper are?

Just in case anyone missed the year 3 email that was sent out yesterday, we have asked the children to bring in a smooth, potato sized pebble, a soil sample from the garden and a jam jar if possible please. A note about the comprehension, we tried to link this week's English task to newspapers and  asked the children to complete 'Robotic penguins' not the next comprehension in the book. This is obviously not a problem if the message didn't get home or post it note not in place.

The year 3's are all settling in and definitely getting into the routines of the Junior School. Thank you for your continued support with homework, routines and encouraging independence. It is really appreciated and very evident in the classroom. Thank you.

The year 3 teachers

Creating our layers!

Team work

Team work!

It was messy work but fun!

Messy play but lots of fun!

Can you spot the layers?

Team work!

Great fun enjoyed by all!


Friday, 23 September 2016

Let the pictures do the talking!

Year 3 Big bang - Egyptian day

Fabulous costumes

But how did the Egyptians move everything around?


Rebuilding the Pyramids

Charlie's demonstration of mummification!


Ancient surgery!

Caving Hieroglyphics

Investigating rocks and their properties

Creating paper woven crocodiles

Cedar on Dahl day

Year 3 have settled in brilliantly and they are all really enjoying the activities. Thank you for all your support, in particular two dressing up days and it is only week 3! No more dressing up for a while, well till assembly on November 11th. Please keep your Egyptian costume at hand ready for then!

Enjoy the photos and have a good weekend.

The year 3 teachers