3M : 'We are stars watch us shine with the gifts God gave us!'
We would like to welcome the children back to school after what we hope has been a wonderful and relaxing Summer break; the children have been full of stories to tell.
The children have settled in remarkably well to KS2 and are already adjusting to the rules and routines of Year 3.
We are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible by remembering to bring their book bag (this is not optional) - with their reading book, a drink, a healthy snack that must not contain nuts and whatever else they may need for the day. Pencil cases and rucksacks are optional but do cause distraction and are yet another thing for the children to carry.
Please be mindful of the uniform policy and ensure that the correct PE kit is in school. All items that are sent into school must be clearly named.
In the first half of the Autumn term, we will be focusing on place value and recognising and representing numbers to 1000 in a number of ways. These will include the ’part-whole’ model, place value grids and using place value cards.
Our main focus in our other subjects will be based around revising a number of year 2 objectives whilst supporting the children with transition and the changes being in the Juniors can bring. We will be engaging in lots of cross-curricular learning; for any extra information please see the Curriculum Overview for Year 3, which is also on the website.
Year 3 is a very important time for the children, as we will be preparing them to receive two sacraments this year. First, they will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation - also known as First Confession - and the Sacrament of the Eucharist or First Holy Communion. There will be a number of meetings that will be taking place to provide you with the key information you will need and to prepare the children. Going to Mass weekly is a very important part of this preparation. Even if your child is not receiving the sacraments this year, we would like to invite them to be involved and to support their peers by coming along to the celebrations and to sing in the choir.
We are really excited about the year ahead and look forward to not only working with the children, but with all of you as parents to ensure our children have a happy and successful year.
Meet the teacher and workshop
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our first workshop, it was wonderful to see the children so happy to have the opportunity to work with their parents! Their belonging badges will be up in the classroom for all to see!
Maths Autumn 1
This half term, we will be exploring place value. We will be working on how to represent numbers up to 1000 using words, which need to spelt correctly and also in digits. We will also be partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones using place value grids and number sentences e.g. 243= 200 + 40 + 3. The maths homework we will send will be a good indication of what the children are expected to know, any additional help in this way would really benefit the children. Ordering numbers in ascending and descending sequences aswell as comparing numbers using the <, > and = symbols has also been a big focus for us. It shows the children understand the value of the numbers they are dealing with and can identify which quantity is more and which is less.
This is a place value grid.
The vocabulary we will focus on is:
We will be continuing to practise counting in different quantities from any given number not just from 0 and this needs to be forwards and backwards.
English Autumn 1
We have begun the year with a lovely book to study called 'The adventures of the Dish and the Spoon' the children have been really engaged and we even received a letter from the characters asking for help. We responded to this letter with wanted posters and news reports in the hope of catching some sharp and shady characters. Ask your child all about the story!
Alongside this, we will be revising expanded noun phrases from last year e.g. the dark, gloomy, miserable cave and will introduce how to use fronted adverbials. This will allow the children to start their sentences in more interesting ways and give the reader more information e.g. Early one morning, Ben went strolling through the long, wavy grass or Not far from the camp, the tribe were building fires and making clothes from animal skin. We have been emphasising the use of the comma after.
In our written work, we are really focussing on handwriting and presentation in the hope of achieving a pen license this year. Everyday we pick out a letter or sequence of letters that we find difficult to form and join. We will be sending some of this home also so you are also aware of how the children should be forming their letters. Another target for all of the children is finishing a task within the time given which all forms part of their stamina for writing.
Aswell as focussing on the spelling patterns, rules and common exception words for year 3 we are constantly looking at common mistakes with spelling that the children have. Currently, we have been focussing on adding the suffixes -ed, -ing and -er and how if there is a short vowel we must remember to double the consonant e.g. trip becomes tripping, tripped and tripper because the word has the short vowel i. Also how when adding these suffixes to a word ending in e we drop the e before adding the suffix so bake would become baking, baked and baker.
The children have already been fantastic at bringing in their reading book and whenever their diary has been signed they have received a stamp (that's for the parents too!)
Aswell as celebrating Mary's birthday, with some amazing art work and a reverent prayer service the children have been really keen to lead in prayers and share their intentions with the class. I have been asked to tecah them sign language for the Haily Mary and they are determined to learn 'the Angelus' which we have been saying every lunchtime.
It was so lovely to see so many parents attend our first workshop to start our first RE unit of 'Belonging'
They have identified groups that they belong to and what roles and responsibilities we have within these groups. There was lots of discussion as to why it is important to belong and how we can help others to feel that we belong too! Jesus always made people feel like they belonged no matter what they had done, what their job was and despite what other people thought. Many of his disciples were classed as sinners and he still chose them to follow him. We have looked closely at this story from scripture and have devised our own recipes for the qualities that we think a disciples of Jesus should have. It is through Baptism that we are welcomed into God's family and everyone in 3M is part of that family. We have been identifying the signs and symbols of baptism and discussing them through role play.
Our Class Saint
Our class Saint is St. Therese. We have a whole display dedicated to her with a picture we have painted, an altar dedicated to her and 'Faith Hero' books as to what made her so special and ways that we can try to be like her. Everyday during prayers we ask her to pray for us.
Prayers for year 3
Here are some of the prayers that the children will be learning this year. Please fell free to say them at different points throughout the day whilst your child is at home!
The weeks that were: 23rd September and 30th September
Recently, in English, the children have been continuing to read 'The Sheep Pig' by Dick King Smith. They have been enjoying talking about the opening chapters and being introduced to new characters. While reading this book, we have been discussing the importance of friendship and supporting others. We have also been focusing upon our new books 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' and 'I am Henry Finch'. While looking at these books, we have been focusing upon the grammatical skills used within writing. We are beginning to reflect upon our reading and discuss the importance of vocabulary choices. Reading in class and reading at home is a great opportunity to share and discuss books with others.
We have begun learning our new language this year, German! The children have been interested in the linguistic diversity in their class and that German is spoken in Germany, as well as elsewhere. We have started learning greetings in German such as "Hallo" or "Guten Tag" (Hello and good day) and "Auf Wiedersehen" (goodbye). We have also been asking and responding to questions like "How are you?"
In our science lessons, we have been comparing and categorizing different types of rocks. We have had the opportunity to get hands on in their learning and will be carrying out experiments to test and extend their knowledge in science. We know what erosion and permeability means.... do you?
On Thursday, Year 3 had a wonderful outdoor day, where thankfully the sun shone for us. We explored the school and learnt how to use a compass when we are out and about. In preparation for our upcoming trip to Woodgate Valley, we revised our measuring skills and the importance of being accurate. We also looked at how to do a field sketch focusing upon the wonderful world around us that God created. In the afternoon, we had great fun building shelters, even if we did get a bit muddy! While building our shelters, we learnt about the importance of helping others and moving around safely.
Next week is National Poetry week and we will be learning about the importance of the language used in poetry and sharing our favourite poems. Children are encouraged to bring in and share a poem they like. By performing their poetry for others the Year 3 will grow in confidence through the support they receive from their peers.
School Councillors have been voted for this week after the candidates have all presented their manifestos to the class.
We can’t wait to find out who our new representatives will be. Watch this space!
We have started our indoor and outdoor P.E lessons with gymnastics and ball skills. Outdoor P.E is on a Monday afternoon and indoor P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon. PE kits should always be in school as we do occasionally have the opportunity for extra sessions with external coaches. For outdoor P.E sessions, the children can bring plain tracksuit bottoms to wear with their white crew neck shirt with the school logo instead of their P.E shorts.
Woodgate Valley River Study
The children were very excited about the prospect of our trip to Woodgate Valley to explore rivers. In the run up to the trip the children learned about GIS and different flood defence system, river terminology and the water cycle. After the trip the children will have to look at the data collected and decide which site had the fastest and slowest current and produce a graph to show this.
The children enjoyed spending the first part of the trip getting in and out of the river splashing around, but then it was down to business! The children had to get their equipment and take the measurements for the site they were working at and then time the speed of flow by dropping an orange. It was amazing to see the children's confidence grow from entering the river quite tentatively to walking through some deep sections and then emptying their wellies. Some secondary school staff and pupils walked past us and asked were we doing GCSE geography; they were very impressed.
All adults and children had an amazing time!
In Maths, we have moved onto addition and subtraction but will continually revisit place value through our fluency sessions.
We have started by looking at adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and ones and tens and pointing out the pattern. We then repeat this for three digit numbers adding hundreds, then tens and then ones. The children will still be able to use all of the representations they have used in place value in this unit of work too.
We will spend quite some time on column method, from setting it out correctly ensuring the correct digits are lined up to actually completing the calculation. The children have shown that they fully understand the concept of regrouping and renaming but at times forget to show this on their abstract calculation. Any support you can offer at home with this method would really benefit them.
In money, the children have shown a good recognition of coins and making different amounts. We have been setting them the challenge of finding as many ways as they can to make the same amount. We also give the children an amount of money and they have to work out what they can purchase from select items using that amount. The children then have to find change.
Any experience of using money and paying for things in shops to give the unit purpose would be great!
This half term has seen the launch of 'Times Tables Rockstars' which has proved very popular with the children already. All children will have received their log ins and should have a go at playing for a short period of time daily; this will really support them with the standardised times tables test they have to undertake in year 4.
This half term we have really embraced the cross curricular approach with out 'Stone Age Boy' text and our Stone Age topic in History. The children have enjoyed retelling the story and then writing for different purposes using the text as a focus. They have written in role in a diary as the boy, a leter to the boys parents about his experiences and a setting description. We have looked at co-ordinating conjunctions using FANBOYS to help us remember as well as focussing on writing in the first and third person throughout a continuous piece.
Handwriting and presentation are still a priority for us as well as pace and stamina for writing.
Our class reader has been the 'Stone Age Tablet' to keep exposing us to facts about life in this period of time.
We have now moved onto our prayer unit, the children have become very aware of the purpose of prayer and the different reasons people pray. We have looked at the story of Jesus going to the hills to be with his Father and the children identified their favourite place to pray and the reasons for this. The children have been particularly interested in the different actions that they use in pray and mass and now understand the reasons for these actions.
We have been looking at Pointillism in art but particularly the work of George Seurat. We have expressed our thoughts, opinions and preferences on different pieces of artwork as well as experimenting with the different techniques used. We have used pencils, pasta, cotton buds, paint brushes and felt tips to see which tool we prefer. Ask us to teach you all about it!
Look at our art gallery!
In contrast to the sunshine on our last outdoor day this time we were met with torrential rain! We fully embraced it; splashing in puddles, digging muddy worms and attempting to follow maps to find clues. We did have to take some additional breaks to warm up and dry out! The reviews about the weather were slightly mixed!