Friday, 11 May 2018

Summer is here!

We are all thoroughly enjoying the sunshine and being allowed on the field for breaks and lunchtimes. Long may it last!

Royal Wedding Celebrations

The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle

On Friday 18th May we will be linking with the Infant school to celebrate the royal wedding.  We would like all the children to wear red, white and blue (a non-uniform day) in the spirit of the occasion! 

During the morning there will be a range of cross-curricular royal activities. There will also be a charity run –  to raise money for the NSPCC. Please don't forget to sponsor your children!

The infants will be collecting money to go towards funds being raised for Jossie’s life saving treatment. If you would like to contribute to that collection as well, do please send in some money and we will add it to the collection in the infants.

In the afternoon, weather permitting, there will be a 'street party' outside.
The children will need to bring in a small, disposable plate of food to eat at the street party (please note that we are unable to store in the fridge).  They will not need a lot of food as they will have had lunch an hour earlier.  As there are some children in school with a severe nut allergy, we politely remind you to ensure that your child's party food is nut-free.

Whilst in the classroom, despite the heat, we have been working hard as always. In English, we have started a new text type called 'Warning stories' which is a five part story with a warning. The modelled example we have chosen to use is called the Caravan, a short extract is written below to give you a flavour of it. The children will hopefully be creating their own warning story using ideas and vocabulary from the Caravan but from their chosen setting. Why not talk yo your child about what setting they may have chosen?

In Maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes, recognising them and talking about their properties. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary like - dimension, vertex, parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, edge, faces, prism, cylinder and sphere. Why not ask your child if they can explain what these words mean?
On Thursday afternoon we had a real treat in Cedar and on Friday for Rowan, where we made the 3d shapes out of clicksy, art straws, nets and tried to draw them which was exceptionally hard.

Creative Curriculum
n the creative curriculum we continue to enjoy our topic on the Vikings, which came alive more last week when we dedicated a whole day of learning to it. We are learning about where the Vikings travelled from and to, what they did when they arrived and why and about their daily lives. 
Use the link below to consolidate and extend your learning.

Optional homework
Lastly, there is an optional homework, which is to enter the school book competition.
The competition is to design an advertising poster encouraging everyone to read.
There are 5 prizes of £5 vouchers to spend at the fair
The closing date is Tuesday 15th of May so they don't have long.
The book fair is on May the 16th and 17th.
It would be lovely to see some entries from year 3.

Have a wonderful weekend, let's hope there continues to be sunshine.

The Year 3 Team

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Viking day photos

We wouldn't normally Blog so quickly again but we have decided that these photo will remind you of all the activities you did.  reports.

Please find the homework instructions below, as a few children left their homework behind on their desks!

Year 3 homework week beginning 30.4.18
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have our Viking day. We had a wonderful time  learning lots of interesting facts. We would like the children to combine their skills of English and History and create a chronological report of their day. We have covered these skills in English, last term, and we have listed the success criteria below and the children have a Viking template worksheet, which is optional. We are more than happy for this report to be typed (to practicing word processing skills) and for a picture to be drawn.
Opening that introduces the reader to the subject.
Chunks of information, organised with subheadings
Ending – amazing point relating to your favourite part of the day.
Language features
To use generalisers effectively such as ‘most, many, some, a few and the majority’
Connectives to add information-furthermore, also, moreover additionally
Subject specific and technical vocabulary
Past tense
First person
Detailed description
Different sentence types

Friday, 27 April 2018

Welcome back to the summer term

We've been back at school for a fortnight now and everyone has settled into the swing of things. We have started a new maths topic of Geometry, where we are learning about turns, angles, 2d and 3d properties of shape. Encourage your child to have a go on the game below if they want to have a practise at recognising sizes of angles and their names.

Types of angles

In English we have started a text type called Persuasive writing. The children started the unit off by looking at leaflets and identifying the language that made them want to visit the places. The children now know this is called 'emotive' language, like magnificent or fabulous. Why not ask your children if they can give you another example? We wrote a persuasive leaflet for a place called Hawk Ridge Park Farm. It had lots to do there including seeing the brilliant bat's cave and amazing amusements. The children started to notice other features of this text type like alliteration, rhetorical questions and personal pronouns. They then created their own fun place to visit and had to persuade people to come. You may notice they have been practising persuasion when they next want to stay up late or buy a new toy, some of them were very convincing!

In Science we have started our new unit of Forces and magnets, which they are all really enjoying. It is a really practical unit and on Tuesday this week we were testing how cars moved on different surfaces. Why not ask them which material created the most and least friction? Maybe try this BBC science game below to have some fun reinforcing what we did?

Forces in action

The highlight of this week has to be the Grandparents tea party. It was brilliant to see your children so delighted to perform to their Grandparents and equally as lovely to see the response from their audience. Despite the technology letting us down, the children performed with great enthusiasm and showed patience and resilience when it wasn't quite going as practised. Well done Year 3, you made us really proud.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter Everyone

What a treat Eisteddfod was!

We have had a wonderful fortnight at Crabtree. We have been treated by year 5 and 6 to a magical gym display that can only have inspired everyone, it was truly incredible. If that wasn't enough, this week we have been fortunate enough to see even more talent in the form of Eisteddfod.

Children from year 3 created paintings; baked cakes; created original art pieces; performed dances on stage; played the recorder in groups and so much more. See the photos below to give you an idea of the wonderful creative bunch we have in year 3.

Thank you to all of you who took part. It is a huge achievement for any pupil to participate, but particularly year 3 as you didn't really know what it entailed. WELL DONE.

And Marcus has only been playing a year! Amazing, well done.