This will be my final addition to the 3E page for this academic year. I can't put into words how much I have loved teaching your wonderful children. Each are totally unique and brilliant in their own right and I am proud and privileged to have been able to teach them all twice. I feel truly blessed to have been able to watch them grow and mature over the past year and I wish them all the success for their fabulous futures.
Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for the wonderful gifts and cards and for being such wonderful and supportive parents.
Have a fantastic summer, they all deserve this break so don’t make them do too much work – no work is the best policy over summer – Mrs Edwards’ orders!
Thank you again and enjoy the break!
Week Ending: 7th July 2017
In English we have continued our work on ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and have written a recount of when the Mayor met the Pied Piper. We then had a debate about whether the Mayor should have paid him or not. Finally we designed and made a sculpture based on a scene from the poem.
In Maths we have looked at fractions and have specifically looked at tenths. We have counted up and down in tenths and learned what tenths mean – that it is a shape or number that is divisible by 10. We have compared them, identifying which tenth is bigger and played a fun game outside with this.
In History, we have carried on looking at the stone age and have written a newspaper report on the findings of Skara Brae. We have then started looking at the bronze age and completed some research on this.
In Jigsaw (PSHE) we have looked at the physical changes of puberty and that a baby is made when the sperm meets the egg! Be prepared that the children might ask some questions when they get home!
Creative Arts Week
Today was a sad day for two reasons. First it was our last day in our fantastic creative arts week and secondly, it was Miss Howse's last day. She has been a wonderful addition to the year 3 team and we are very sad to see her go but we wish her lots of luck in her future teaching career.
Today we had fortune cookies and had great fun interpreting them. Strangely Angel's fortune was 'you have the voice of an angel.' We all thought this was very funny!
Well done to all the children for a fantastic dance festival. See the main page for the video.
Creative Arts Week
Today they have made Chinese picture frames with a penny for prosperity on it and have learned how to count to 10 in Chinese!
Creative Arts Week
Today we cooked Chinese food. The children really enjoyed chopping all of the foods and they felt so proud that they had cooked the two dishes. They cooked spring rolls and a stir fry.
In the afternoon, they made their own Chinese dragons. They are fabulous!
Creative Arts Week
Today we made Chinese lanterns and we had a chopstick competition to see who could pick up the most smarties! We narrowed it down to the final two! The children had so much fun!
Creative Arts Week
Today we had a story teller in and he was fantastic! He helped bring the children's imagiation alive! We made up a song using the animals from the chinese zodiac
Week Ending: 9th June 2017
Despite it only being a short week, we have done a lot!
In English, our main focus was looking at verb inflections. The homework is based on this and you can find the powerpoint we used below just in case you need a little lesson yourself!
In maths we have learned about converting measurements from mm, to cm to m. That was a fun lesson! Unsurprisingly, the children found this challenging! We also learned about perimeter of shapes which is what the homework is about. I have put the powerpoint I used below in case you need it.
In the afternoons, we started our new topic called 'Scavengers and Settlers' which is all about the iron age, stone age and bronze age. We made some shelters and did some scavenging. The children are really excited about this topic and hopefully we be even more excited about it after our trip on Friday. (See photos of this on the main year 3 page)
We have also practised our dance for the dance festival. Don't forget that they need to bring in a red top, trousers (preferably black) and shoes for the week commencing: 19th June 2017. Thank you for those of you who have returned the allergy slips. Remember if we don't hear from you, we will assume it is okay for them to have those foods.
The children also completed the Race for Life on Wednesday. Thank you to those of you who came and supported your children and I hope your muscles are not aching as much as mine were! Please make sure you bring in your sponsor money and forms by 16th June 2017. See the photos of this event on the main year 3 page. Here are a couple of just our class.
Week Ending: 26th May 2017
In English we have started our new topic on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which is a drama based unit of work. We have looked at the difference between today’s era and the Medieval era which was when the poem was set. We did a drama exercise where we thought about what it would be like to have rats everywhere. The photos below show their scared faces! Their English homework is based on adding ‘ed’ and ‘er’ to a word. Please note the rules of doing this at the top of each page.
In maths, we have looked at money, specifically adding totals and finding the change. The children have found this quite challenging. Miss Howse, as part of her uni degree, has been asked to set homework for you to complete. She has made a game and sent it home for you to play. Please play it with your child and provide feedback on how they did. Miss Howse will really appreciate your support with this.
In music we have been writing our own 4 part beats on music notation sheets. They have done this really well!
There was a lot of letters and bits of paper handed out this week. Just to clarify, you should have had:-
Please also remember that it is our school trip on the Friday. I will send a reminder about this after half term!
Have a great week!
Week Ending: 19th July 2017
In English we have written a sequel to Fantastic Mr Fox. The children have had to write their first draft, edit it and copy it up in neat. In phonics we have looked at the prefix: re and de and this is what the homework is based on.
In maths, we have been looking at statistics. The children have created their own pictogram based on how many different colour cars there were in a car park. They have then made up their own question, collected the data and presented it in a bar chart, choosing an appropriate scale. This is what their homework is based on and there are two sides to it.
In music, we have looked at the different musical notes and talked about how to read music. They then played jingle bells. An odd choice in May but it is very easy to play!
You may be aware that I have a teaching student in my classroom. Her name is Miss Howse and she is lovely. Next week she will be coming out with me in the mornings as she has to be able to communicate with parents which is a daunting task! I have assured her that you are all lovely! I would appreciate you talking to her if there are any problems and I will be there to support her.
Week Ending: 10th May 2017
It has been very nice to have a full week of learning this week! This is what we have been doing.
In English we have continued our work on Roald Dahl and have started our final book: Fantastic Mr Fox. We have been learning about the difference between reported speech and direct speech which is what the homework is based on this week. I have attached the powerpoint we used to teach it if you are unsure what it means as well as some posters. In basic terms, direct speech is what is being said by the character and reported speech is what is reported to have been said. When changing reported to direct speech and vice versa, we often have to change the tense and the pronouns aswell as sometimes needing to add words. See example below
Direct speech: " I want to go to the park," said Sam.
Reported speech: Bethany said that she wanted to go to the park. <-- notice no inverted commas either.
Reported speech: Jane didn't want to have toast for breakfast.
Direct speech: "I don't want to have toast for breakfast," said Jane.
In maths we have been learning about how to add and subtract fractions. Again I have put the powerpoint below as this is what the homework is based on. Just remember to emphasise that it is the numerator we add or subtract NOT the denominator. We have also looked again at 3D shapes and their properties as they struggled with this last time.
In computing, we have started looking at what a flow chart is and the symbols used. In the coming weeks, we will be creating flowcharts on the computers.
In art we have looked at the painting 'The Snail' by Henry Matisse. The children had to recreate this on the computer. Here are three of them. They all did amazingly well as it was a very difficult task!
Week Ending: 28th April 2017
Welcome back to the summer term!
I am trying to encourage the children to become more independent this term so that they will be able to cope with year 4 and believe it or not, become secondary ready! Therefore, if they do not hand in their homework on the correct date (Wednesday), unfortunately there will be a consequence in the form of putting their name down. This is not a decision I have made lightly, but there are always 6-7 children who do not hand it in. They have got to learn to take responsibility for it. I have told them that it is their job to make sure it is done, and their job to make sure it is in their bag. However, if you could give them some gentle reminders, like I do on a Tuesday, I would appreciate it! On the other side of the coin, the children who do hand it in, completed on time, get a house point! I hope you can support me in this decision. If there is a good reason for them not doing it, for example, they were ill for the whole week or their was a family emergency, please come and tell me so that I can let them off for that week!
In English, we have continued our topic on Roald Dahl. We have completed some grammar work this week, looking at inverted commas and where to use them and subordinating conjunctions. I have uploaded the powerpoint in subordinating conjunctions in case you do not know what they are! In basic terms it is using when, because, if and that. This is what the homework is based on this week.
In Maths, we have been looking at fractions. We have focussed on the numerator and denominator and what they both mean. The bottom number is the denominator and tells you how many parts there are and the numerator tells you how many parts you are focussing on. An example of this would be: ¼ of 24 = 6. 24 is split into 4 parts and there are 6 in one part. 2/4 of 24 would be 12 as 24 is split into 4 parts and there are 12 in 2 parts. The homework is based on this. It is double sided so please do both.
In the afternoon, we have started our new topic on ‘Paintings, Portraits and Photography’
In History, we researched the Mona Lisa painting and wrote a report on it. We looked at historical sources and what information we can gather from a painting.
In Art, we have looked and landscape photos and talked about how they can be classed as art. They took a photo outside and then edited it to make it fantastic! We were also given 1 puzzle piece and we had to paint that and then hope that when we put it together, it looked like the painting. I am pleased to say that it did!
In French, we have continued our topic on animals.
In PSHE, we have started our new topic on relationships and have looked at gender stereotypes and discussed if the jobs deemed to be men’s jobs and those that are women’s jobs are really their jobs or everyone’s! This isn’t just the concept of mechanics being a man’s job and hairdressing being a woman’s job, it is also looking at jobs in the home i.e. putting bins out, cooking etc!
Well done to Jahaan who got his white and yellow ribbons in kickboxing! A fantastic achievement!
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