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1st April 2021

We have really enjoyed the sunshine this week- especially playtimes! It was Year 3’s turn to have the Playpod and we have had so much fun!

In Science this week, we have enjoyed another experiment where we found out whether objects were transparent, opaque or translucent. We did this by using a torch to investigate whether they blocked the light to create a shadow.

In RE, we have been finding out about Ramadan and we made lanterns. Traditionally, Muslims used lanterns to wake people up ready to eat their last meal before Ramadan started. The last evening meal was called Suhoor. Lanterns were also used by women on their way to the mosque.

In English we have been busy writing our own recounts and in Maths we have started to add money. As always, lots to fit into a week but we’ve enjoyed using our learning powers to do our very best!

We wish you all a very happy Easter! Hopefully the sun will continue to shine. Enjoy the break and I am looking forward to seeing everyone in two weeks’ time.

Miss Harding and our Year 3 team

26th March 2021

We have worked so hard this week and our Maths has been fantastic! In our Maths lessons, we have started to look at division and we thought carefully about the answer when there was a remainder. To support us with our learning, we could use bead strings and this helped our understanding too.

English has been fun as we have focused on the text ‘Diary of a Killer Cat,’ to help us when writing recounts. We have been learning how to use subordinating conjunctions to improve the structure of our sentences. As part of our writing activities, we needed to think of naughty activities Tuffy the cat could get up to at home- we did this so well….

In RE lessons, we have been finding out how Muslims pray in Mosques and the importance of prayer for all Muslims. We have started to find out all about the tomb left by Fu Hao when studying the Shang Dynasty.

In Science, we have started to learn about the terms transparent, opaque and translucent and have grouped objects under these terms.

We have started up our ‘Regular Readers’ awards so please try and encourage children to read every day so they are in with a chance of winning a book!

It has been lovely talking to you all for our Parents Evening appointments but if there’s anything else I can do to help, please always let me know.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Harding

19th March 2021

Year 3 have had a busy week and we’ve all enjoyed getting stuck in with lots of new learning.

In English, we have started to use subordinating conjunctions to link clauses in our sentences. We have enjoyed using ‘The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’ and have worked hard this week to write a letter from Lucy to her parents.

In Maths, we have just started to work on division and learning what remainders are. Using bead strings have helped us to use the grouping method and we are beginning to show a great understanding.

Science this week has been particularly fun! Thank you, parents for bringing in the cardboard boxes for us – they have been used in an investigation where we have found out how we see! After putting some objects inside our boxes, we used torches and shone the light into holes. We know that dark is the absence of light and we began talking about how light travels in straight lines.

Please remember to bring your reading log into school every day.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Harding

12th March 2021

We’re all back together again and what a fantastic week we’ve had in Year 3!

We have been taking part in Science Week and the theme this year is ‘innovating for the future.’ Year 3 are learning from past inventions and we are looking at the 1950’s. The main invention we have been excited about is the NASA space rockets and their first operations into Space. One of the best experiments this week was our mini rockets we tested! We put half an alka seltzer tablet into a film canister which contained a small amount of water, turned it upside down and watched the blast off! Children then altered this experiment by changing one factor, e.g. a whole alka seltzer tablet, a different liquid, an addition of sugar to the container. After a thorough plan had been created, including a question and general set up of the investigation, children tested out their mini rockets! This was great fun!

Miss Harding also showed us her new ‘Stomp Rocket’ which launched foam rockets 100 feet into the air! We got to make our own rockets (using the toilet rolls you brought in) to test out the design features and whether our rockets will reach the same heights! We all loved stomping our rockets into the sky!

The Scientist we focused upon this week was Marie Curie and we found out about her innovations in Science and medicine. We all asked interesting questions and understand that she made a massive impact on the way cancer can be treated today. After reading up about her life, children summarised their key findings ready to go into our Science floor books.

On Friday afternoon, we will take part in a STEM activity by making our own ‘Pasta La Vista’ towers. Teams of children will work together to use jelly babies and spaghetti to make a suitable structure to hold the strength of a balloon. All learning powers will be needed for this activity and important team building skills will be developed!

What a wonderful first week back as a whole class! Have a relaxing weekend!

11th December 2020

An exciting week for us in Year 3: each morning, we have helped to spread Christmas cheer to all of our parents! It started on Monday when we sang our I sing Pop Christmas songs as parents arrived. On Tuesday, we gave out delicious mince pies to everyone. On Wednesday, parents were treated to candy canes and a Christmas poem. On Thursday, we gave out chocolate coins to all our parents and remembered to wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas!’
Finally, on Friday we performed the carols we sang for our Year 3 Christmas play. We hope we helped to make you feel festive!

With all the excitement of Christmas, we’ve still managed to work hard to complete our new Literacy target: using capital letters, full-stops, question marks and exclamation marks. We have written character descriptions of Edgar from ‘Edgar the Excitable.’ On Friday, we completed our ‘Big Write’ where we have written the story of ‘Edgar the Excitable’ in our own words.

In Maths, we have been busy subtracting numbers mentally and in Science, we have found out about the life cycle of a plant. In RE, we have learned about the ‘ten commandments’ and how they tell Jewish people the correct way to live.

This week, our Christmas play has been rehearsed, refined and filmed for you to see. Our narrators, singers, actors and poets have performed incredibly well and I am so proud of everyone. We hope you enjoy the performance!

Next week is our last week in our current school building and we will celebrate the last school week of 2020! We are all so excited about moving to our lovely new school building- we hope you are too!

Have a lovely, festive weekend.

Miss Harding

4th December 2020

Exciting news for Year 3… we have our very own elf! His name is Billy and he only comes out to see us when we’re all being very quiet and hard-working! Billy even sits on the quietest children’s tables but we know not to touch his hat or the magic may disappear. He has loved hearing us sing our Christmas songs and he thinks we’re almost ready to start filming!

Towards the end of last week, we carried out our Science biscuit investigations. Each group planned their own investigation and children remembered to start with the question they would like to investigate. Some groups decided to use milk as the dunking liquid and we were all very surprised to learn that rich tea fingers can be dunked more than 100 times in milk before breaking apart! When being dunked in water, this result was very different and the rich tea finger did not last long at all! We have now produced block graphs to represent our results and we’ve worked independently to draw our own conclusions.

In English this week, we have written our own letters from Tom which describe the days of the storm in ‘The Mousehole Cat.’ All children have worked hard to include expanded noun phrases. We are still focusing on adding in maths lessons and we can now add 99 to a 3-digit number by rounding and compensating.

In R.E. lessons, we have found out about the Jewish festival of Passover and we thought carefully about the Sedar meal and how each food represents the story of exodus and the importance this has on Jewish people. In Science, we have started thinking about seed dispersal and how seeds move from one place to another by wind, catching a lift, exploding from plants, travelling through water or passing through an animal’s digestive system.

Children – keep practising your lines for the Christmas play. We will be filming on Thursday and the film will be uploaded on Class Dojo by Friday.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend everyone!

Miss Harding

27th November 2020

20th November 2020

We’ve had a jam-packed week again in Year 3 and the children were particularly excited during our ‘Wheelie Day!’ The focus of our day was ‘safety on our roads.’ When riding on their bikes and scooters, the children learned the correct hand signals to use, which would indicate their direction to other road users. In class discussions, we watched a couple of videos about the dangers of speed and how we need to be aware of cars when out and about near the roads. We talked about ‘stopping distances’ and the effect travelling quickly has on the amount of time it takes for the car to stop. Back in the classroom, the children enjoyed making their ‘road safety’ posters.

In Science, we took part in a special ‘zoom’ session with Stem ambassadors who talked about their jobs and what they do for a living. Senior Research Technician Caragh Whitehead talked about the products of plants and how we use plants for medicine. Energy Researcher Alex Dickinson talked about geothermal energy and how it can be used to supply heat and hot water to homes. The children listened carefully to the presentations and enjoyed finding out how the Scientists learned from their mistakes and how they used all their learning powers to succeed.

In Maths, we have been learning our 8 times tables and could even answer division facts using our tables. Singing the times tables songs have helped and definitely made our Maths lessons much more fun! We’re now able to recap on our 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Try testing the children with three times tables questions every day – little and often helps them to stick!

In English, we have enjoyed reading, ‘The Mousehole Cat’. Our current target is to use apostrophes to show possession, e.g. ‘Tom’s pet cat was called Mowzer.’ In our reading sessions, we have loved finding out about ‘The BFG.’ Children have been retrieving information from the text to answer questions.

In History, we found out about Stone Age homes and how they are made. We investigated how people would use ‘wattle and daub’ to construct their houses. Children were disgusted to learn that people from the Stone age mixed manure, mud and water in this process and smeared it onto the walls of their homes! We have practised our ‘pointillism’ skills in Art and have written about ‘Rosh Hashanah’ in our R.E. lessons.

With all of that as well as our Montagu Sports session, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have packed in a huge amount of learning! Children can have a well-deserved rest this weekend do they’re ready for another busy week!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

13th November 2020

Children in Year 3 have worked hard this week to begin learning the 3 times table. We have enjoyed the challenge and started looking at related division facts too. 4 times tables are next on our list, followed by the 8’s. Keep practising at home children – remember little and often really helps!

In English this week, we’ve started looked at our new text, ‘The Mousehole Cat.’ We enjoyed finding out about Mowzer and worked hard to predict and then write our own endings of the story. Our focus target for the next few sessions is using apostrophes to show possession, e.g. Mowzer’s tummy rumbled and Tom’s hat blew away. We will begin to use the fantastic language from this story to write out own descriptions of a powerful storm next week.

When learning about the importance of Remembrance Day, children worked hard to read War poetry including, ‘In Flander’s Field.’ The children were filmed performing the poems and I will post the videos on Class Dojo by the end of the week. Children did this so well and I’m sure you will enjoy the videos.

In Science this week, we carefully considered ways to improve our last plants investigation. Our new investigation with viola plants has started and we will take care to make sure a fair test is being carried out. The children have thoughtfully decided that we need to water all plants with the same amount of water this time and to avoid ‘over-watering!’ We will check our plants throughout the term to see how well they are doing!

In other great news for Year 3…the winner of the bird table competition has been announced and a photo of the successful child with the winning design is included in the photographs. A huge well done!

Remember next Tuesday is our ‘Wheelie Day.’ Please make sure children that you have your bikes and scooters at school – and don’t forget your helmets!

Happy Friday and enjoy a relaxing weekend!

 

6th November 2020

It is great to see everyone back to school after the half term break and thank you parents for the children’s involvement with their Science home-learning tasks.  The photos and videos of the nature walks and Science experiments have been fantastic and we will share them with the class on Friday afternoon.

Using ‘mentimeter’ for the first time has been fun- thank you to all children for typing in what you found on your Autumn walk.  Here are the results:

 

It isn’t too late to add to this word cloud.  Use the link: https://www.menti.com/3qnaf9d5og to type in the name of the seeds you’ve found on your Autumn walk.

In English this week, we’ve been focusing on writing instructions for how to survive in the savage Stone Age.  Children tried to include all features of instruction writing and they thought carefully about the way ‘Stone Age’ people would have made weapons and hunted animals before cooking and eating the meat.  We had some great discussions and the children were excited about the thought of hunting woolly mammoths!

In Maths, we have identified the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.  We looked at new vocabulary related to shapes including the words, ‘quadrilateral’ and ‘polygon’.  The children enjoyed handling 3D shapes in class and counting how many faces, edges and vertices they had.

We have found out about ‘Remembrance’ this week and what we are remembering on Remembrance Sunday. In Art, children make their own soldier silhouette collages and they are beautiful! Some will be given to St James’ Church while a couple will be given to Tesco Quedgeley to display. We hope you enjoy looking at the photos of children’s remembrance art.

In Humanities, we are still learning about the Stone Age and we’ve researched the daily life of a person living in the ‘Stone Age.’ Children made some fantastic mind-maps which show facts they have learned. One example is shown in our photos this week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

23rd October 2020

We’ve been working hard again this week and the children definitely deserve their half term break! It has been lovely speaking to all parents/carers during our phone calls this week and the support from home has been fantastic – thank you!

In Maths, we have been identifying horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. We’ve had a go at drawing quadrilaterals which have perpendicular sides and some which do not. At the end of the week, we used a carroll diagram to sort quadrilaterals when considering whether they had parallel or perpendicular sides.

In English, we have worked on writing instructions. The children really enjoyed the book, ‘How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth,’ and we have written clear instructions of how to keep woolly mammoths clean!

We have been History detectives this week when trying to guess how people from the Stone Age used different artefacts. In Science, we looked at water transportation and conducted an experiment to find out how stems carry water to the flowers and leaves.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a visit from the developers at Kier who showed us what our new school looks like! All the children were so excited and asked thoughtful questions like, “Will we have a big football pitch?” and “How big are the classrooms?”  Not long now…..

Finally, we have all entered a competition to design a bird table.  Photos show some of Class 3’s entries. The winning design will be made into a real bird table by the builders and we will see this in our new school.

Have a lovely half term everyone and enjoy the rest! There is Science homework on Class Dojo to keep the children busy and I’m looking forward to hearing how you’ve all got on.

Miss Harding

16th October 2020

As a treat for meeting their class target, Year 3 have been rewarded with their very own netball hoop to use at playtimes. Children had to show how grown up they had become with their learning and to focus on using the learning powers in all lessons.  The photos only show a snippet of all the fun they’ve been having and playtimes are much more exciting now!

In English lessons, children have enjoyed writing their own version of ‘The Blue Umbrella’ story.  We have had some amazing writing as children have worked hard to include interesting descriptions as well as using conjunctions in their sentences.

In Maths, children have been busy recognising tenths as fractions and decimals.  We have worked hard to count up and down in tenths and to plot tenths on a number line.  Children really enjoy the challenges in each lesson and more children are now able to extend their learning by answering our ‘Solve It’ problems.

In RE this week, children have enjoyed listening to the story of Adam and Eve called, ‘The Fall.’ In Science, we considered which parts of the plant we eat. The photos show children grouping each food to show whether we eat the seeds, fruit, stem, flower, root or leaf.  We didn’t realise that when eating peas, we are eating the seeds of the plant and when eating carrots, we are eating the roots!

Another week packed full of interesting learning! Next week, I’ll be able to ring you all for our parents’ evening appointments.  Looking forward to talking to you all then. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend.

Miss Harding

9th October 2020

Class 3 have worked so hard this week and the children’s focus and attitude in lessons have never been better!  Since I’ve been so pleased with how well all children have risen to the challenge of being juniors, I decided our class could attend an afternoon tea with Mrs Moss!  Everyone was so excited to enjoy a cake or two; many asked to show Mrs Moss their work. It is lovely to see the children becoming so proud of the work they are producing in lessons.

In Maths this week, we have been busy comparing and ordering numbers.  In English, we have moved onto our new writing target which is to include co-ordinating conjunctions in our writing. We have been enjoying ‘The Stone Age Boy’ in our reading lessons and answered questions to improve our inference skills.

In Art this week, we have made our own Stone Age cave paintings and we considered telling a story – just like they did in the Stone Age!  Our Science experiment has now started and children have worked in groups to investigate what a plant needs to grow.  Each group have a different variable to change: water, soil, light and air.  We will let you know how we get on with our investigations.  Finally, in History lessons we have been learning what BC and AD mean on a timeline and we enjoyed making our own timelines.

I think it’s safe to say there has been LOTS of learning again this week and everyone deserves a long, relaxing rest at the weekend!

2nd October 2020

This week, I have been very impressed with the progress being made in Class 3 – particularly during our Maths lessons.  We have been storming onto the trickier challenges now and are becoming much more confident when finding 10 more or 10 less than a 2 or 3 digit number. The children have used place value counters in lessons to help their understanding of what is happening to the numbers and it has worked a treat!

In our English lessons, we have been writing letters from Leon (Leon and the Place Between) to his Mum which explains about his unusual trip to the circus. The children’s presentation and handwriting is beginning to come on beautifully now and I am proud with how the children are taking care of their books. We have been rehearsing and understanding the content of poems in our reading sessions and the children loved performing, ‘Be Glad Your Nose Is On Your Face!’ Who knew laughter would be rolling out of the classroom when participating in an English lesson?!

In Art this week, we have started designing our own cave paintings and we will brave the paint next week! We used basketballs in our Montagu Sports lessons and in RE, we have worked hard to learn our lines when practising for our Harvest Festival performance. The finished video will be shared on Class Dojo next Monday! Another jam packed week of learning!

Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Harding

25th September 2020

We’ve had a busy week again in Year 3 with lots of new learning!  Our KS2 ‘Learning Powers’ characters have been shared with the class recently and children have been working on improving their Growth Mindset. Children were excited to see their favourite ‘SING’ characters representing each power and they have been aiming to show off their learning powers to secure the prize of a special trophy which stays on their table all day! Take a look at our new characters below.

We loved watching a clip of Meena Elephant demonstrating the ‘Have a Go!’ power and one member of our class was the first child to earn the ‘Have a Go’ trophy! Check this week’s class photos to see which pupil is our ‘Have a Go’ champion!

In English, our new target has been to write commas in a list and we have written some amazing character descriptions of ‘Abdul Kazam’ from ‘Leon and the Place Between.’ This week’s reading sessions have focussed on ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and we’ve enjoyed finding out more about the characters, ‘Bunce, Boggis and Bean!’ Our vocabulary is expanding all the time thanks to our ‘word of the day!’ Ask your child about the new words they have learned this week. One of the words we delved into was ‘beastly.’ I was delighted to welcome a ‘star pupil’ into school this morning to tell me how beastly the weather was! I hope the new words are being shared at home too!

In Maths, we have been counting in 50’s and 100’s and also counting on and back in tens. Lots of practise is definitely paying off and the children may be counting to tens in their sleep!

In our History lessons, we have started finding out about timelines. Children loved making their own timelines and it was very interesting to find out about the special moments in their lives! We will begin looking at a range of historical periods of time on a timeline next week and a special sticker will be given to the first pupil to tell me what BC and AD stands for on Monday!

In Science, I brought in a few dead plants from my garden and children worked collaboratively when discussing what may have happened to the plants. We then wrote out a list of reasons as to why plants may die. This important learning will help with our plant investigation.

Thank you parents for helping out with the spellings this week! The results were much higher than the week before and it was clear to see that children had put in a lot of practise at home – well done, children! The home learning on Class Dojo is now available and this weekend, homework can be accessed using the website or app. I will still send out spellings as it good for children to keep a paper copy and to practise their handwriting at the same time.

I hope the information on what we have been doing helps as I know from experience that children don’t always tell you what they’ve done at school! Any questions, please ask.

Miss Harding

18th September 2020

What another exciting week to be at school with all of our friends! Class 3 have been very lucky to have so many sunny playtimes and the children have loved sharing the play equipment together.

In our English lessons, we have been writing diary entries and witness statements when focusing on the characters in, ‘Leon and the Place Between.’ We have moved onto our new target and will be working on writing commas in a list.

In Maths, we have worked hard to consolidate and improve our understanding of place value. We placed 3 digit numbers on number lines and practised reading and writing 3 digit numbers in numerals and words.

During RE, we have been thinking about the creation story and the wonderful world God made. We designed our own fantastic posters to highlight the problems facing our planet today, such as pollution and deforestation.

Our Science topic is plants and we have labelled plants while identifying the function of each part. We enjoyed using the iPads to research the different parts of a plant and we will look forward to starting our first investigations very soon!

A few reminders for Class 3:

  • Remember PE kits please as we have PE lessons every Tuesday and Friday
  • Please practise spellings the children bring home as we have our spelling tests every Wednesday.
  • Reading at home with your child is invaluable and helps in all areas of the curriculum. Please read as regularly as possible (5 times a week is expected) and write a short note in the Reading Diary

 

11th September 2020

Class 3 have had such a busy week and all children have worked well to get into a good school routine. Following our class rules and remembering our values has been a big focus this week and we have had many reflective discussions surrounding ‘compassion’ and how to show kindness to others. Hopefully children can show lots of kindness at home this weekend!

In English, our target has been to use ‘a’ and ‘an’ correctly before a noun, e.g. ‘a ballerina,’ ‘an ocean.’ We have linked this target into our writing and worked well to complete descriptive paragraphs based on the story, ‘Leon and the Place Between.’

In Maths, we have worked our socks off to further develop our understanding of place value. We can now write 3 digit numbers in numerals and words while also being able partition three digit numbers in different ways.

Our Stone Age History topic started this week and we have focused on asking questions we would like to research. We had a few questions about Stone Age houses and we’re all looking forward to finding out more about people from the Stone Age and how they lived.

PE caused lots of excitement and we were delighted to start our weekly sessions with Montagu Academy!

Homework has also started this week and children should have brought this home to you with a note on the front cover explaining the expectations.  Please work hard to learn your new spellings as we have our first spelling test on Wednesday.

Learning to behave like a junior is hard work and I have been delighted to see children already improving their level of independence in lessons. The photos included show some of the wonderful work completed in class this week!

Miss Harding

4th September 2020

What a wonderful first week back for Class 3 who are now officially juniors!  All of the children have enjoyed settling into our brand new classroom and the reading corner has already been a BIG hit! I’m so pleased that children love reading already and we’re going to enjoy lots of stories together this year!

It has been fun getting to know each pupil and we’ve been busy making a class ‘All About Me’ book. I have found out lots of interesting facts about the children already! Some pupils have requested that myself, Miss Whitelock and Miss Noble also make our own poster to add to the book. I think they’re looking forward to getting to know us better too!

In the first couple of days, children also worked well with their partners to consider our new class rules. Parents- you’d be so proud of their responses as they all agreed to show kindness towards one another. One rule children decided upon was treating others in the same way as they would like to be treated themselves! What a grown up response!

This week, we’ve thought carefully about developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ and how our positive attitude will help us with our learning this year. We discussed how JK Rowling made many errors but thankfully didn’t give up- great news for us as without her resilience, we wouldn’t know anything about Harry Potter! We also found out about all of Michael Jordan’s failures and how his many set-backs in life and ability to get up and try again, helped him to become one of the most successful sportsmen in the world! We are currently in the process of inventing our own Key Stage Two Growth Mindset characters – watch this space!

It has been a lovely first week for me since joining the Clearwater family! I have been made to feel very welcome thanks to all the children’s helpful requests. We are going to have a great year!

Miss Harding