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14th January 2022

Children have come back into school this year with the most fantastic attitudes! Everyone’s behaviour has been excellent and the enthusiasm for learning has been wonderful to see – well done to everyone in Year 3!

In English, we have been writing our own kennings which are poems similar to riddles. We had lots of fun reading through the clues to guess who or what was being described. Children loved writing their own too! We have now moved onto this term’s core text, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.’ Children have loved reading about Edward (a 3-foot toy rabbit) who experiences the most extraordinary journey! This week, we have used our new target (using a range of nouns and pronouns) to write a character description for Edward Tulane. Children have been working exceptionally hard with their handwriting and this term, consistently neat, well presented handwriting will be rewarded with the use of a pen in all lessons!

In Science, we have moved onto our new unit: Forces and Magnets. Initially, we have collected our ideas on what we already know about magnets and how we think they work. We loved having a ‘play’ and exploring with the magnets children have brought in from home. Thank you, children for bringing these in! We can’t wait to find out how magnets are used in the Science involved. Some children just thought it was magic that made the magnets ‘stick’ together!

In PE this week, we have started to learn the skills involved in Hockey. We have worked well to hold the hockey stick correctly whilst improving our accuracy when passing the ball to our partner.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hayward

17th December 2021

We have had a lovely, festive week and we’re all so excited about Christmas! On Wednesday, we enjoyed a Christmas dinner and on Thursday, we all had fun at our Christmas party. Many thanks to the PTA for providing so many fun games for us to enjoy!

This week, we finished our DT project and made a box which our class elf ‘Elfie’ can use to transport biscuits to Father Christmas. We decided the box needed to be ‘strong, sturdy, safe and secure.’  On Friday morning, we all had such a lovely surprise as Elfie had placed candy canes, chocolate coins and chocolate lollies into all of our boxes! He thought they were all amazing and it was his way to say thank you for the boxes!

In Science, we dissected flowers and identified all the specific parts, e.g. anther, filament and stigma. Children really enjoyed this and it helped them to understand how a seed is formed and how fertilisation in a plant happens.

Children have worked very hard all term and I am extremely proud of everyone in Year 3! Have a VERY Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Mrs Hayward

10th December 2021

In Year 3, we are beginning to feel ‘Christmassy’ and thoroughly enjoyed singing our Christmas carols to all of our parents this week in our very first KS2 Carol Concert. I am so proud of how well all children performed and I’m sure you’ll agree the singing was fantastic!

We started our DT unit this week on ‘Shell Structures.’ To develop our understanding on different structures, we explored food packages and opened up several boxes to discover the nets. Thank you parents for bringing in the food packages from home to help us with this. We have also started to use a net to form a cube and have considered how scoring can help when constructing our own shell structure. Next week, we will begin to plan, design and evaluate our own shell structure which can be used by our class elf to send biscuits to Father Christmas!

In our writing lessons, we have continued to work on using a range of punctuation in our sentences. We applied this skill when writing our own character description of Edgar the Dragon. Towards the end of this week, we will start our ‘Big Write’ and children have all made such a lot of fantastic progress since the beginning of Year 3.

We still have lots to fit in during the last week of term and this will include a Christmas party. More details of this will be given to you by the end of this week.

Have a lovely, festive weekend.

Mrs Hayward

3rd December 2021

Well, this week has certainly been colder for us all at Clearwater but there has been a real buzz of energy and enthusiasm in Year 3 as we are fine tuning our Christmas Carols ready for the KS2 carol concert. We can’t wait for you to see it! Thank you, parents for your support when helping children to learn their lines.

In English this week, we have started to work towards our new target: T6- using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. We have enjoyed writing our own sentences related to the film clip ‘The Long Journey,’ which tells the story of a snowman experiencing a difficult expedition so that he could find the perfect present to give to the snow-lady! We’re all beginning to feel Christmassy in Year 3!

In Science, we have followed up our learning of the ‘life-cycle of a plant’ by researching seed dispersal. Children thought carefully about different seeds, e.g. acorns and coconuts and decided whether they would be transported by the wind, animals, water or another method. We loved finding out about exploding plants which shoot seeds out into the wild! There were plenty of giggles to be heard when we discussed how birds digesting seeds and then going to the toilet can actually create a new plant! After children made their own predictions, they used internet to check and we discussed how the adaptation of the seed suited each method of dispersal.

In PE, we braved the chilly weather and enjoyed practising our netball skills. Running around in the MUGA definitely helped us to warm up and we worked well in our teams to improve our throwing and catching skills.

In RE, we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover. Children were intrigued to find out about the story of Exodus and the ten deadly plagues which God sent in a bid to free the Jews from slavery. Children thought carefully about what the Jews were celebrating during Passover and how they celebrated together with their families.

We still need food packaging please for next Monday’s DT project. Please bring in any empty food packages which resemble 3D shapes, e.g. cereal box (cuboid) and Pringles tube (cylinder).

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayward

26th November 2021

We’ve had a busy week in Year 3 and it has been lovely for all of us to start practising our Christmas carols.  Next week, we will begin putting together our KS2 carols along with the readings and we’re looking forward to assembling a fantastic performance ready for all of our parents.

In Science this week, we have been learning about the life cycle of a plant and children have worked well to use a range of new vocabulary, e.g. pollination, germination and fertilization. We have enjoyed finding out about seed dispersal and how an animal’s droppings can be the cause of a new plant growing!

In Art, we have used paint to finish our ‘pointillism’ designs and everyone is very pleased with their results! Painting in the style of George Seurat has required lots of patience and concentration but the results show that the hard work has definitely paid off!

In RE, we have found out about the Jewish festival of Passover and the story of Exodus. We used drama techniques to consider the viewpoints of Moses and the Pharaoh.

Children have spellings to learn this week and they have also been given their words for the KS2 carol concert to practise over the weekend. Please support children to learn these without looking at them and to focus on projecting their voice- ready for our performance.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayward

19th November 2021

This week we have been focussing on ‘anti-bullying week’ and how we can show kindness to others.  The theme this year involved children having the courage to say one kind word to another child or adult. We talked about the power of small changes and the big impact this can have on another child’s happiness. Kind words and compliments have been given out in abundance and I am so proud to observe many kind actions and behaviours. Well done Year 3!

In English this week, we have moved onto our new target which is to use expanded noun phrases to add detail to our descriptions. We have used the storm setting in the Mousehole Cat as inspiration for our writing. Children have been describing the sights and sounds of a storm at sea using excellent vocabulary within an expanded noun phrase.

In Art, we have been learning about the artist George Seurat and how he used the technique, ‘pointillism.’ This week, children used paint to carefully add colour to a picture when using this technique. Cotton wool buds dipped into paints helped children to apply this effect and they had great fun creating their own bird paintings in this style.

In Maths we have been using different mental methods to add using three –digit numbers. We considered using number lines, number facts and jottings to help us to develop these mental skills. Some children this week had the opportunity to become a ‘teacher’ and use the whiteboard to explain this method to the rest of the class. They did this brilliantly and worked well to articulate their learning!

In Science this week, we have been finding out about the effects of photosynthesis. We found out that leaves are vital for photosynthesis to take place and we started a whole-class experiment using two plants. One of the plants had all of its leaves but we cut the leaves away from the other plant. Many children predicted that the plant which was stripped of its leaves would not grow as well due to the fact that it would no longer be able to make its own food.

Mrs Hayward

12th November 2021

This week, we have considered the role of a School Councillor in our PSHE lessons and children had the opportunity to apply for this exciting role. All children voted and we now have 2 new School Council members in Year 3! This week, our newest members of the school council participated in their first event which involved taking part in a Remembrance Service held in Tesco. Our previous school council representatives had the opportunity to visit St James Church for another Remembrance Service where they laid a poppy wreath to show their respect.

Year 3 have been working hard to learn multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables this week. Some catchy songs may have helped along the way! We will continue to practise these times tables throughout the year. Please help children to practise these tables at home.

In Geography, we have been finding out about the United Kingdom and the capital cities of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  Children have started to become familiar with an atlas and can use them to help with map work.

In our writing lessons, we have continued to focus on using apostrophes to show possession. We used this skill when writing a character description on Mowzer. Children worked well to write an interesting description of the intelligent cat and they have loved exploring our core text in more detail.

In RE, we have considered Judaism and have found out about some of the festivals: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In Science, we are looking at the process of photosynthesis in more detail. During our Art lessons, we have started to create our own representations of the technique pointillism.

Another week crammed to the brim with exciting learning opportunities!

Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Hayward

5th November 2021

We have loved finding out lots of new interesting facts already this term and children in Year 3 are becoming more and more excited about their learning!

In Collective Worship this week, we have been finding out about COP 26 and how we can show responsibility for the beautiful planet we live on.  Children have also enjoyed learning about Greta Thunberg during our ‘Whole Class Reading’ sessions. There has been fantastic discussions and interesting ideas shared on what we can all do to make a small difference which can lead to a positive change!

In English lessons, we have started to enjoy our new core text ‘The Mousehole Cat.’  Children have been focussing on using apostrophes to show possession and they have practised this skill when writing their own ending for our new story.  There have been lots of creative ideas but luckily all children decided on their own ‘happily ever afters’ for Mowzer the cat and Old Fisherman Tom.

In Maths, we have started to build the 3 and 4 times tables.  Children have loved challenging themselves to learn the multiplication and related division facts. Remember, we still have ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ to help you to practise at home children. I’ll give out the usernames and passwords again in case anyone has lost theirs but they will be the same as last years.

We loved practising our dribbling skills in PE and children have enjoyed working in team games to refine their basketball skills. Some children aren’t so sure about the colour of our basketballs but they have realised that bright pink basketballs will be easy to spot on a dark winter afternoon!

In Geography, we are learning about our local area and the county of Gloucestershire. Children worked well in pairs to ask their own Geographical questions and this has sparked lots of interest! We loved looking at Google Earth and finding out that you can zoom in so closely!

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fireworks.

Mrs Hayward

22nd October 2021

What a busy week we’ve had in Year 3!

In English lessons this week, we have been working very hard to produce our ‘Big Write.’  We are writing instructions on how to make a cave painting and our focus is on using all of the class targets we have been working since starting Year 3.

Before writing these instructions, we made our own cave paintings during Art lesson.  Children practised drawing their designs first and the sketched them onto tea-bag stained paper to make it look very old! There were some fantastic designs and children only used the same colours as they would during the Stone Age.

We have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the Stone Age and in History this week, we researched Skara Brae which is one of Britain’s most fascinating prehistoric villages.  We used the internet and watched a video clip to find out more about this stone-built Neolithic settlement in Scotland. On Friday, we will use our English targets to write a non-fiction text about Skara Brae.

In Science, we have been investigating water transportation. Year 3 thought carefully about asking a Scientific question and decided to ask, ‘What do we think will happen to the carnations if we change the temperature they are in but keep the amount of water and food colouring the same?’ In our experiment, we placed some carnation into a jug of water with blue and red food colouring. We wanted to find out whether the xylem (tiny tubes inside the stem) could suck up the coloured water and transport it to the flowers and leaves.  We found out that in a warmer temperature, water transportation could happen quickly because it helped the xylem to become more active. Children loved observing the flowers and leaves turn bright blue!

Have a lovely half-term everyone and we will look forward to seeing you in November!

15th October 2021

In Year 3, we had an exciting start to our week when we delivered presentations to Mr Richard Graham who is the MP for Gloucester. Children worked in pairs or small groups to present information about our school values and they all did brilliantly! Our school governors and Mrs Moss came along to watch the presentations too and everyone was impressed with how well the children could articulate their understanding of the school values – well done everyone!

On Monday afternoon, we enjoyed a visit from Mrs Stennett, who we will now work alongside since becoming involved with the GSSN (Gloucester Schools Sport Network). She delivered an energetic and fast paced session on the fundamentals of PE which focuses on the core skills we need to utilise in all sports. Children showed enthusiasm in this session and they definitely enjoyed a thorough work out!

In Science, we worked together to classify vegetables into the parts of the plants we eat. Who knew that sweetcorn and peas are seeds of a plant? We enjoyed picking out a vegetable and deciding whether it comes from a seed, roots, leaf, stem, flower or fruit. Our plants investigation is still ongoing and children enjoy being selected to water our plants every day!

We are beginning to write instructions in English and children are currently writing out a set of instructions for ‘How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth.’ After listening to a story demonstrating the steps needed to wash a Woolly Mammoth, children then considered writing their own version into a set of clear, detailed instructions.

We have been so busy this week but children are really enthusiastic and motivated to learn! I am looking forward to speaking to all parents next week during our parents evening appointments.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hayward

8th October 2021

We hope you enjoyed our poem ‘It’s Harvest Time,’ which we performed at the Church for our Harvest Festival.  Well done all children for working hard to practise the words and remember all of the actions!

This week we have enjoyed working on our new writing target: using a range of co-ordinating conjunctions to link the ideas in our sentences.  We applied this target when writing a diary entry from Om, who is a character from our class text, ‘The Stone Age Boy.’

In Science, we have set up our new ‘plants’ experiment and will carefully monitor the results.  Watch this space!  Next week, we will look at different fruits and vegetables whilst considering the parts of a plant we eat. For next Monday, please bring in a fruit or vegetable for children to use for a sorting activity.

In RE, we have started to look at the story of Adam and Eve which is called, ‘The Fall.’ Children have thought carefully about retelling the story in the form of a story board.  We will begin to consider what this story means for Christians and how we understand how to say sorry to God and ask for forgiveness.

In History, we have been studying different Stone Age Homes.  We found out how wattle and daub was used to construct the walls and we couldn’t believe this consisted of animal manure!

This week, we have also started to prepare a presentation on the school values.  Our MP, Mr Richard Graham, will visit Clearwater on Monday and we will share our presentations with him. I’m so impressed with how well children know all of our school values: respect, responsibility, joy, community, courage and compassion.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayward

1st October 2021

Well, it’s definitely starting to look like Autumn now with rainy lunchtimes and colder playtimes.  Luckily, we haven’t let the miserable weather dampen our moods in Year 3 and we’re continuing to enjoy our lessons and all the new learning involved!

This week, children have enjoyed finding out more about the Stone Age. In English lessons, we have focussed on the text ‘Stone Age Boy,’ which has helped to give us an insight into what life was like in the Stone Age.  Children have used their senses to write a description of a ‘Stone Age’ setting while remembering to include our second writing target- using commas in a list.

In Art lessons, children have been refining their drawing skills when carefully sketching a woolly mammoth.  We completed 2 different drawings: one initial sketch looking at a picture and then a second drawing using a step-by-step video guide.  Children were very proud of their attempts and we discussed the differences in both approaches.

In Science this week, we focused on planning our plants investigation.  We are working in our own ‘teams’ to investigate the effects of water, air, light and soil on the growth of a plant.  Our Science vocabulary is being extended all the time and some children have successfully used the words ‘photosynthesis’ and ‘germination.’

In PSHE, we have been considering what risks are and the difference between positive risks and negative risks.  Children thought of their own real-life examples of risks they’ve had to take and the pressure they can feel when making a difficult decision!

We are working hard to rehearse and perform our Harvest poem ready for the Harvest Festival at Quedgeley Church next Friday.  It would be great if you could help children go back over these words so they know them all off by heart ready for the Harvest Festival.  Thank you for your support with this.

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Hayward

24th September 2021

We have enjoyed lots of new learning this week and it has been wonderful to see the class using the school values every day. In particular, we have focused on the value of ‘Respect’ and children considered ways to show respect at home and at school. I would love to hear whether children have been showing the value of respect with you at home – please let us know!

In English this week, we are practising our punctuation and our new target is to use commas in a list.  Children have been writing a character description of Abdul Kazam (the magician from ‘Leon and the Place Between’) and they are remembering to use commas when listing everything he was wearing and even everything he had tucked up his sleeve!

In Maths, we are counting up and down in steps of 10 and steps of 100.  Children have been working so hard to use the Mathematical vocabulary when describing what happens to the digits in each number. Many learning power trophies have been awarded, especially the ‘work as a team’ trophy for fantastic partner work.

In the afternoons, we have enjoyed participating in a range of interesting lessons.  In RE, we are finding out about God’s wonderful creations- particularly trees and how important they are.  In History, we have been putting dates into order when making our own timelines!  Our French lessons and always exciting and Year 3 can now count to 10 in French! Tres bien!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayward

17th September 2021

Our second week in Year 3 and we’re just getting into the swing of life in the juniors!

We have loved exploring Leon and the Place Between in Literacy and we enjoyed retelling the story from one of the character’s perspectives. Everyone is working hard to meet out first writing target and we will soon move onto a new focus to keep everyone on their toes!

In our Maths lessons, we have been learning how to read and write three digit numbers. We discussed how 0 can be used as a place holder and enjoyed explaining ‘Colin the Caribous’ mistakes! He does need things explaining to him quite a lot!

This week in Science, we have thought carefully about the functions of each part of a plant and we used the iPads to research this information. In RE, we discussed the importance of God’s world and how we can look after the planet.

This Friday, we will look forward to a visit from the ‘Dogs Trust’ and we will find out about ways to be safe around dogs. This should be an interesting afternoon and it will definitely help any children who find dogs scary when they are out and about.

It was so lovely to welcome many of you into the school this week for our ‘Meet the Teacher’ session. I hope you enjoyed the tour and now you’ll be able to visualise everything the children have been trying to explain to you about our wonderful classrooms and school environment.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayward

10th September 2021

A very warm welcome to all pupils and parents to Year 3 and life in the juniors!

It has been so lovely to see all the children back to school and enjoying playing together in the beautiful sunshine! On Thursday, it was our day to enjoy our new ‘trim trail’ and everyone agreed that it definitely was worth the wait!

There has also been such a lot of learning this week already and I have been very impressed with the fantastic attitudes and learning behaviours of all children.  I can’t wait to see your achievements this year!

In our writing sessions, we have started to use ‘a’ or ‘an’ correctly; we have been using our core text which is called Leon and the Place Between.  Children have been writing their own descriptions of carousels and whether there was a monkey or an monkey! Hopefully, the children will be able to tell you!

In Maths, we have been focussing on Place Value and discovering how to partition 3-digit numbers. In Science, we are finding out more about plants and how they grow.  We have also started our new History topic on the Stone Age. This week, we worked in groups to find out information about the Stone Age and we asked relevant questions to support us with our learning. We created a group poster to display this information and children enjoyed working in their teams!

In Year 3, our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week. Also, can all children please bring in a drinks bottle which is clearly labelled.  As we are a Healthy School, children are encouraged to bring in fruit for snack time if they would like to.

If you haven’t seen already, we have a ‘Meet the Teacher’ gathering next Thursday at 3.15 if you can make it.  It would be lovely to see you and I’m looking forward to giving you all a tour of the school too!

If you have any questions at all, please come and find me either before or after school.  Alternatively, you can send me a message of Class Dojo.

Looking forward to working with you all to support your child’s learning in Year 3.  Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hayward