Well things really are starting to get back to normal, finally. We have been lucky enough to visit West Bromwich Library and Tipton Sports Academy this half term and it has been absolutely wonderful to visit new places and having the experience of learning outside of school. At the library, Yvonne was a lovely lady who read us some of her favourite stories and then gave us some time to look around and choose a book to bring back here to school. At Tipton we had a fantastic afternoon racing around the running track and having running, jumping and throwing competitions. We look forward to visiting new places in the summer term as well. I can‘t tell you where we’re going, it’s a surprise but I know you will love it and learn so much!
Back in the classroom we have been writing instructions for building a resilient and strong mindset and we are currently writing stories based on ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. Our writing skills continue to develop and we are concentrating on the key Year 3 targets of complex sentences and prepositions.
In maths we have been learning about length and perimeter and then recapping our Y2 fraction knowledge of halves and quarters before we move on to fractions of an amount and then later maybe even decimals. Please keep learning those times tables as we are finding they are so important in so many aspects of maths.
In reading, we are currently sharing a new class text ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ which is linked to our Science topic of ‘Plants’ and our PSHE this term is ‘Healthy Me’ which links brilliantly with the health related exercise skills we are learning in P.E.
This has been another term that is zooming by but before we go, we would like to say a special well done to our School Council Representatives who have been voted for by our class.
Well done Sion and Wendy! We are sure you are going to do a wonderful job.
Thank you, Year 3.
It's the spring term already and we are racing towards the halfway point of Year Three. It has been wonderful to see you all return to school safely after Christmas and New Year and get back to our learning. We are all working as hard as we can and making the most of each lesson, every day. Keep up the great work!
We have completed our first writing unit and I have been blown away by the improvements in your story writing, sentence stacking and vocabulary choices. You should be very proud of yourselves for the fantastic stories you have planned and written.
We have recently completed our multiplication and division units of work in Maths and we are now becoming more confident in using formal written methods in all of our number work. For the past fortnight we have been using and learning about money and we have shown that we are very confident in knowing how much money we have or should have.
It has been wonderful to see so many of you log in to your Bug Club and read online and congratulations to Zainab who has managed to read every single book on the system which is absolutely remarkable. Well done Zainab! I wonder who will be the next person to read all of our books? Come on everyone, keep logging on and catch that reading bug.
Even though it has been freezing recently, we have ventured outside to practise our tennis skills and congratulations to Gurjaap who is our current King of Tennis - he managed to hit the ball 59 times without it touching the floor! Great work Gurjaap.
Don't forget our focus for this term is 'Pride' and aiming to be the best that we can be in everything that we do and hopefully win one of Mr Reed's special challenges. Keep up the hard work everyone and I hope the rest of the Spring Term is as much fun and successful as our first few weeks have been.
Thank you, Year 3.
Wow! What a fantastic first term. It has really flown by which tells me we have been working ever so hard to make sure that we fulfil our potential and be as clever as we can be.
Thank you to Class 3 for all of your hard work so far. Your writing is improving every single day. I love the way you check your own writing now and try to put in as many clever lenses as possible to create effects for the reader. Well done for trying out the new Year 3 skills and trying to apply them independently.
Our comprehension skills are really improving as well. Remember, reading is probably the most important skill to practise because reading is in everything – Writing, Maths, Science and all of your non-core subjects like Geography, History and even Art. If you’re ever stuck for something to do, grab a book and lose yourself in a new world or read some fantastic information that will only make you cleverer. Your Bug Club is a fantastic resource that you can access at home or in school and it has hundreds of books just waiting to be read and enjoyed. If you ever lose your log in just send me a message on Class Dojo and I will send it straight to you.
Our times tables skills are getting faster and sharper as well and we can spot the links to repeated addition and division. Remember the key times table for Y3 are 3s, 4s and 8s so get practising on Times Table Rock Stars and we’ll see if we can catch up to Shaheem who has been amazing so far this term.
Finally, for our last couple of weeks of the Autumn Term let’s continue to work hard, show good manners and kindness to each other and remember our school values of ‘Pride, Courage, Ambition and Responsibility’.
Keep up the great work Class 3!
Wow! What an amazing half term. We can’t believe it has gone so fast.
A big thank you to all of the children for settling into Class 3 and getting back down to the business of being the best version of ourselves. If it’s reading, writing or maths you can be sure that we have been practising important skills every day to make sure we have the knowledge to achieve and aim higher and higher.
In reading we have been revising and practising our important VIPERS skills – every day we read new texts, listen to our shared story ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and talk about the information we need to find.
In writing we have studied the story of ‘The Happy Prince’ and used very tricky writing skills like complex sentences, alliteration and dialogue to write our own versions. We are currently writing a version of the well-known picture book story ‘Flood’ by Alvaro F Villa.
In maths we have been revising our place value – all those hundreds, tens and ones! We are currently learning about addition and subtraction with even larger numbers to 1000 using place value grids and base ten materials.
Well done to everyone who has accessed the Bug Club reading materials online – it is great to see you practising your reading at home and please don’t forget your times table practice on Times Table Rockstars.
Thank you to my Hindu Superstars! Every Friday we learn about Hinduism and you help me to explain the important rituals and festivals that you celebrate. I could not have done it without your expertise J You have done a great job!
Finally, a big well done and special mention for the super girls who have set fantastic standards of behaviour, listening and kindness. They really are a credit to our class and it makes me so happy to see the fantastic examples they set every day.
Have a lovely half term everybody!
In Year 3, we have been covering the essentials to enable long term progress throughout the Maths curriculum. This includes place value, addition, subtraction and multiplication- we have been applying these skills to reasoning and problem-solving activities. In English, we have been preparing to write a story using a range of writing devices. In Reading, we have been improving our Reading skills across the VIPERS, which includes improving our skills of retrieving information and inferring.
In Science, we are studying the topic 'Forces and Magnets'. So far, we have identified forces acting on objects, learnt about friction and investigated which surfaces produce a greater amount of friction when an object travels over them. In Design and Technology, we have been looking at levers and linkages in order to work towards creating a moving poster. In History, we have been looking at buildings in our local area and looking into what makes a building worthy of being preserved. In Computing, we have been developing our programming skills using Turtle Logo. In PE, we have been practising our throwing and catching skills in handball and our running, jumping and throwing skills in athletics.
Mr Dearing, May 2021
In Year 3, we have had another fantastic half term!
In Maths, we have further developed our understanding of addition and subtraction involving numbers up to 1000. We have also been working on multiplication and division and understanding how these two operations are related.
In English, we wrote our version of the story 'The Happy Prince' and have begun to work toward our next piece of writing- a persuasive holiday brochure. We have continued to develop our reading skills, including retrieval and inference skills as well as the skill of sequencing events and understanding unfamiliar vocabulary in a text.
In Science, we have been studying rocks, including our understanding of the different types of rocks and how they are formed. We have tested different rocks to determine their properties, such as which rocks are permeable and which are impermeable. In addition to this, we have also studied the process leading to fossils being formed and developed an understanding of the different types of fossils.
In Geography, we have been studying climate and biomes. This has involved identifying the location of the different climate zones on the globe and identifying key features of the different climate zones, including the coldest places, the hottest/wettest places and the hottest/driest places on Earth.
In RE, we have been studying Sikhism, including the key beliefs in the Sikh religion and how these beliefs are carried into the way that Sikhs live their lives.
In Art, our unit has been based on the season of Autumn- we have drawn leaves to include key details and artistic techniques (such as manipulating tone and colour for effect), we have also printed leaves and created paper leaves.
In PE, we have been improving our hockey skills, including our dribbling and passing skills. We have also been improving our gymnastic kills, including our balancing skills.
In Computing, we have been developing our word processing skills to allow us to present text in a particular way on a word document.
We are looking forward to taking part in lots of exciting activities over the final few weeks of this term!
In Class 3, we have had a fantastic start to the brand new school year!
We have been working hard on developing our core skills, including reading where we have been working largely on retrieving information from a text and drawing inferences from pictures and passages of text. We have also developed our writing skills in English, including our use of adjectives, verbs and similes. We will be using these writing skills to write our own version of the story ‘The Happy Prince’.
In Maths, we have developed our understanding of place value, working with numbers up to 1000. We have learnt about the Stone Age in History, and the changes that took place between the old and New Stone Age. In Science, we have learnt about animals including humans, this has included the types of nutrients that we need, the food that provides us with this and why we need these nutrients.
We have learnt a great deal in each subject area, including online safety in Computing, football and dance skills in PE, design and structuring skills in D&T, being a good friend in PSHE and greetings in Spanish.
We can’t wait for another half term filled with learning, excitement and progress!