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Year 3 (The Pandas)

Fortnight beginning 6th May 2019
 

 

Fortnight beginning 23rd April 2019 

Year 3 have been very busy over the last few weeks. We have had a big focus on our presentation and handwriting. The children have really impressed the adults with their improved presentation.

In English, we have been looking at the story of ‘Ug’. We have been focusing on the presentation of the text and have drawn our own text map of the story. As a class, we have also been looking at the different characters in the story and have taken part in ‘Hot Seating’. Ask us all about ‘Hot Seating, we would love to tell you!

In Maths, we have been solving calculations using all four operations. We have also been applying our skills to solve problems and trying very hard with our times tables.

In Topic, we have been researching and creating our own presentations all about the Stone Age. We have also completed some Stone Age writing in preparation for our trip to Flag Fen.

Fortnight beginning 25th March 2019 

Year 3 have had a very exciting and busy week. In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and division and we have been problem solving individually and in groups. We have also been writing our own problems for a learning partner to answer based on our learning. In Guided Reading, we have been continuing with our text Stig of the Dump and have been asking and answering questions to improve our understanding of the text. We have also impressed our adults with our inference and retrieval skills of the book.  In English, we have been writing our own setting description based on Stig of the Dump. We had to imagine we were in Stig’s den and use adjectives, similes and metaphors, along with ambitious vocabulary to describe what was around us. All the grown-ups in Year 3 were very impressed with the work the children produced.   In Topic, we have been looking at the Stone Age, and this week the children researched clothing that was worn at this time. The children then designed their own range of Stone Age clothing and will be selecting one piece to make themselves. In Science the children have been looking at Fossils, and how they are formed, and conducted their own Fossil experiment using bread, jelly sweets and raisins. The children found this very informative and great fun to do.

Fortnight beginning 11th March 2019 

Year 3 have had a very busy and exciting week. In Maths, we have been focusing on statistics and analysing data. We have impressed our adults by gathering and recording our own data based on our favourite desserts. We recorded our data using tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms.  

In English, we have been focusing on instruction writing and identifying the features of instructions. We have also written our own instructions based on the text ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. We made sure our instructions were clear, organised and included imperative verbs. In Guided Reading, we have been carrying on with our class text ‘Stig in The Dump’. We have been asking and answering questions to improve our retrieval skills. 

 

 

 

Fortnight beginning 4th February 2019
 

Year 3 have had a very fun and exciting week. In Maths, we have been focusing on problem solving and reasoning. We have used RUCSAC as a method to help us solve our very challenging problems. Ask us all about RUCSAC, we would love to show you!

In English, we have been focusing on our spelling, punctuation and grammar. We have also been identifying different sentence types, such as commands, statements and questions.

In Science, we have been investigating the strength of different sized magnets. We conducted our own investigation to find out whether the size of a magnet changed the strength of the magnetic field.

In DT, we made our own pizzas! We used a variety of skills including kneading, chopping and spreading. We hope you enjoyed them.


Fortnight beginning 21st January 2019 

Year 3 have had a very exciting time recently! Last week, we went to see Bob the Traction Engine at The Village Church Farm. We learnt all about the history of Bob and were able to look at several models of traction engines.

In English, we have been focusing on inverted commas and we conducted our own interviews with a learning partner all about Bob. We have also completed a piece of assessed writing about Bob in which we really impressed our adults.

In Maths, we have been focusing on completing calculations using all four operations, and checking our answers using the inverse. We have also been problem solving, including missing numbers and seeing things in different ways.

In Guided Reading, we have been focusing on our retrieval and decoding skills, by looking at leaflets from The Village Church Farm and retrieving the correct information.


Fortnight beginning 7th January 2019 

Year 3 have had a super time, learning about Space. Last week, we had a very exciting and unexpected visit. On our school field, we found that an object had crashed into the ground.  We think it could have been a UFO! We were all very excited and wrote a newspaper report to inform everyone about the mysterious news!

In Maths, we have been focusing on solving calculations using all four operations. We have also been problem solving and completing very challenging assessments. Our adults are very proud of our determination shown towards these challenges. 

In Topic, we have been looking at the history of transport and how it has changed over the years. We looked at how cars have developed over the years and also why transport has changed.

In Science, we have been looking at forces and magnets. We have participated in an experiment to look at the force of friction and how things move on different surfaces. We concluded that a toy car moved the quickest on a smooth surface compared to a rough surface.

Fortnight beginning 3rd December 2018 

We have had a very busy and exciting time in Year 3. In English, we have been focusing on narrative writing. We have also been editing and improving our writing to make it the best we can.

In Maths, we have been problem solving and using our good mathematical language to explain our answers.

In Guided Reading, we have been focusing on our retrieval and inference skills. We have impressed our adults with our independent reading.

In Art, we have been practising our sketching skills. We tried very hard to improve our drawing.

Mr Parker challenged us during our P.E lesson to perfect our jumps, turns and balances.

                    

 

Fortnight beginning 19th November 2018 

We have had a very busy two weeks in Year 3. We have been challenging ourselves in Maths and have been solving multiplication and division calculations.

In English, we have been writing character descriptions about the Jolly Fisherman and learning all about his history. We have also looked at the features of instructions and have written our own for our friends to follow so they can make their own poppy.

In Topic, we have completed a survey looking at tourist attractions in the local community. To complete our survey, we had a lovely walk on Thursday to the Storehouse and collected our information about local attractions. We then used our findings to complete a piece of information text, and a recount of our outing.

                          

 

Fortnight beginning 5th November 2018 

In Year Three, we have had a great first week back, learning about Guy Fawkes as part of our ‘This is Me’ topic. We looked at the story from Guy Fawkes’ perspective and used our imaginations to travel down under the Houses of Parliament. We thought of questions that we would like to ask, and hot-seated some children to answer them as Guy Fawkes would have. In Maths, we have had a big focus on multiplication, learning ways to multiply with large numbers. As part of PSHE, we have been looking closely at what makes us unique. The children loved playing a game of guess who to demonstrate our differences.                                           

Fortnight beginning 15th October 2018
 

As part of our topic for the past two weeks, we have been learning about Steve Irwin and comparing Australia to England. We watched some exciting clips of him catching snakes and crocodiles. We used these for adventure story writing in English and as a stimulus for our guided reading. Last week, we started looking at the history of Butlins. We had visitors in from Butlins to tell us all about how it is now and some interesting facts about how Butlins has changed over the years. We have also had an exciting science afternoon, where we made boats out of different materials to see which would be the best. Ask your child to see if they can remember the results.

                           

 

Fortnight beginning 1st October 2018
 

We have had an exciting week looking at Zayn Malik as part of our ‘This is Me’ topic work this week. We have been looking closely at Islam and how Muslims worship. We have also sung One Direction songs as part of our guided reading work, practising our speed reading and fluency. In Maths, we have been looking at different ways that we can subtract and have been challenging ourselves using new methods and larger numbers. We have made a class poem about our Pandas, Peggy and Pete, during English this week and have been discussing what makes a great poem. 

 

                                     

Week beginning 24th September 2018
 

This week, we have continued looking in detail at Matilda. In English, we had a debate about whether or not the Chokey should be allowed in school. We then looked at persuasive letters and wrote our own to Miss Trunchbull. In Maths, we have moved on to subtraction and have been applying these skills whilst problem solving. During our afternoons, we have enjoyed finding out more information about Quentin Blake, learning a song from The Lion King with Mrs Taylor and learning some new exercises with Mr Parker. What a busy week we have had!

 

 

                     

Week beginning 17th September 2018
 

This week, we have continued looking in detail at Matilda. In English, we had a debate about whether or not the Chokey should be allowed in school. We then looked at persuasive letters and wrote our own to Miss Trunchbull. In Maths, we have moved on to subtraction and have been applying these skills whilst problem solving. During our afternoons, we have enjoyed finding out more information about Quentin Blake, learning a song from The Lion King with Mrs Taylor and learning some new exercises with Mr Parker. What a busy week we have had!

 

Week beginning 10th September 2018 

We have had a great week of learning in Year 3. In English, we have been reading Matilda and have based our writing for the week on the first two chapters of the book. We have looked closely at what makes a good character and setting description, and then we have written our own Matilda adventures. In Maths, we have been using our partitioning skills to add two and three digit numbers. In Topic, we have been researching Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. We took part in a live Roald Dahl workshop online to celebrate his birthday.

 

 

Week beginning 4th September 2018 

What a fantastic first week we have had in Year 3! In English, we have looked at instructions, having to write our own instructions on how to put your school uniform on.  The adults were also really impressed with the children’s descriptive writing about their favourite places. In Maths, we have focused on place value and how to partition numbers. The children worked in groups with lots of resources to show their number in as many different ways as they could. We have also had lots of fun in the afternoons, with our first PE and Music sessions.