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Year 3 (The Pandas)

 

Week beginning 2.7.18
 

This week, we have enjoyed our learning based around sports. In Topic, we have been researching the countries that are still in the World Cup. We have used the computers and information books to find out facts about them including the language they speak, their famous landmarks and the population of each country. We have also been learning about Russia and the World Cup in our Guided Reading this week. In Maths, the children have enjoyed working in teams to solve clues to discover who stole the sacks for the sack race on sports day. In English, the children have planned and written some amazing stories based on a sports day dilemma. What a busy week of learning!

Week beginning 25.6.18 

This week, in RE we have been learning about plastic pollution in our oceans. We watched a message from David Attenborough about what we can do to make a difference. We thought about what small changes we can make, such as saying no to plastic straws. In English, we have been writing poems about topics that are important to us. We edited, improved them and published them using the computer. In Maths, we have been learning about capacity. We made the most of the sunshine by filling up different shapes with children on the playground. We have finally completed our sewing for DT and are so proud of what we have created.

Week beginning 18.6.18 

This week, we have been thinking a lot about the journey that refugees have to make. We have looked at a poem written by 9 year old Lamiya about what it is like to be a refugee. We have written our own poems based on our lives to compare with Lamiya’s. In Maths, we have continued to look at money and have been practising the important skill of knowing what change we should be given! We have enjoyed exploring the Scratch programme, learning how to code and debug. We have also been enjoying the lovely weather, reading our class book, The Famous Five in our outdoor classroom.

Week beginning 11.6.18 

We have had an amazing week building up to our trip to the National Space Centre. We have learned all about the first moon landing in 1969, writing our own newspaper reports as if we were watching it live. We have researched our own questions about space on the computers and made notes to share with the class. We have played a punctuation game where we were rockets zooming around the playground, stopping at planets to write a sentence using the punctuation belonging to that planet .  In maths, we have been learning about money and change. 

Week beginning 4.6.18 

As part of our ‘What a Wonderful World’ topic, we have introduced a new book called ‘My Name is Not Refugee’ by Kate Milner.  The children in Year Three have looked closely and the front cover and the blurb and have had discussions on what the life of a child refugee might be like.  We are looking forward to learning more about this as the term continues.  In English, we have been looking at what makes a sentence interesting.  We have been editors, improving simple sentences to be the best they can possibly be.  See if your child can remember what tricks they can use.  In maths, we have been investigating what exists between zero and one using numicon and multilink.  We have learned to count in tenths and what that looks like as a decimal. The children have also been impressing us with their sewing skills, making beautiful embroidered flowers as part of our Design and Technology curriculum. 

Week beginning 21.5.18 

We have had a very royal week in Year Three!  We looked at the royal wedding cake, drawing and evaluating it.  We then made our own cakes, with the help of Lewis’s Grandma.  We decorated them and sent them home to be enjoyed.  In RE, we have been looking at the work of WWF and all they do to help endangered animals.  Ask you child if they can remember some of the work that they do.  In English, we have been looking at formal letter writing and have written our letters to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  We have posted them and hope to get a reply!  In Maths, we have been looking at how word problems are constructed and the key words that give us clues as to which operation we should use.  Sophie brought in a skull that she found on the beach.  We have all been working hard to identify what it is. We would love to know your thoughts. Thank you to all of the parents and carers that came to our SPAG quiz on Wednesday.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as us!

Week beginning 14.5.18 

We have had a fun week in year 3.  In maths, we have been looking at shape and measure.  We have been reminding ourselves what words such as parallel and perpendicular mean.  We looked for the first time at perimeter and how it can be measured with different shapes.  You can see in the photo, the children estimating the perimeter, in meters, of the playground. In English, we have been writing our own stories based on the art work of Vincent Van Gogh.  The children have shown off their amazing story writing skills and their great imaginations! We have continued this theme in art with the children producing their own sunflower pictures inspired by Van Gogh.  In PE, the children have learned a great new game for practising their throwing and defending skills called ‘hula huts’.  Ask your child if they can remember the rules.

Week beginning 7.5.18 

Although it has been a short week, Year Three have managed to pack in a lot of learning!  We have made some beautiful still art pictures of daffodils in Eco using water colours.  We were all really proud of the detail that we included in our paintings.  In RE we have been looking at endangered animals, the reasons why they are endangered and what we can do to help.  Ask your child for an interesting fact about the animal that they researched using the iPads.  In English we have been looking at a story called Katie and the Sunflower.  So far we have only read the first 4 pages and have then had to create our own exiting middles and endings to the story.  In maths, we have been looking at fractions fo a shape and a number.  We have also been looking at why some fractions are equivalent.

 

 

Week beginning 30.4.18 

Year three had an exciting trip this week to the polytunnel over at Skegness Academy.  We had an amazing time looking at all the plants growing and were able to identify garlic, spring onions, radishes and many other plants just by their leaves.  Thank you to the staff and students at the Academy as well as the PTFA volunteers who came with us.  In English ths week, we have been writing our own play scrips.  We have learned about using colons and brackets as well as the other features.  In Maths, we have all been looking at the refined column method, ensuring that we are all confident with both addition and subtraction.

We made thank you cards as part of our Design and Technology on Wednesday and concentrated on making slots, they looked amazing!

Week beginning 23.4.18 

Year three have enjoyed welcoming back the Eco Centre for our Friday afternoon sessions.  We are focusing on being guardians of the woodland.  We were able to identify snowdrops, blossom, catkin and also birds and insects too!  This has complimented our topic work on plants where we have made our own minion planter with herbs in it.  If you visit our classroom, please feel free to smell their lovely fragrance.  In English, we wrote our own instructions how to plant a sunflower.  We then had to follow our instructions when planting to ensure that they were detailed enough! We have also been learning about adverbs, adverbials and fronted adverbials and when best to use them in our writing.  You can ask your child to give you some examples!  In Maths, we have been contuing to practice our number skills and have been learning a quicker way to add, using the refined column method.

Week beginning 16.4.18 

We have had a lovely first week back of the Summer Term in Year Three! In English, we have been learning how to write a persuasive letter.  We are writing letters to local garden centres to see if they will donate any gardening equipment to our class.  In maths, we have been focusing on all four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The children have been using different methods to solve calculations.  You can see Jaylea demonstrating the expanded column method to our class in the photo.  We have started to practise cricket skills in PE and enjoyed a lovely sunny session with Mr Parker.  The children really enjoyed playing percussion instruments in their music lesson.  The composed their own four bar rhythms.

Week beginning 26.3.18 

This week, we have been focusing on our computer skills. We have all received our own individual computer accounts and have been able to log on to the computers independently.  We have spoken about internet safety and not sharing our passwords with others.  We have created our own healthy lifestyle posters with lots of information on them.  We have had to copy and paste, insert text boxes and many other skills to get them looking good! In English, we have been focusing on SPaG skills, including dialogue and apostrophies. In Maths, the children have been problem solving and impressing the grown-ups using Base 10.

 

Week beginning 19.3.18 

Earlier this week, Year Three found a den in the woodland area.  We have enjoyed being reporters and writing our own newspaper reports based on our findings.  We had to separate fact from opinion, making sure that our reports stayed factually accurate.  Was it Stig’s den? Was it an animal shelter set up by the eco-centre?  We will never know! In maths we have been looking at division using a number line.  See if your child can teach you this method.  We enjoyed our last hockey session with Mr Parker this week, showing off our skills in some fun games.  The children all had turns at scoring goals and defending too.

Week beginning 12.3.18 

We have had a fantastic week of learning in Year 3 this week!  We have been using the iPads to research a paraplegic adventurer called Karen Darke. It would be lovely if the children shared their knowledge with you.  In literacy we have been finishing our 500 word stories and are excited to see who the winners of our competition will be! In maths, we have been focusing on 3D shapes this week, using language such as faces, edges and vertices to describe them.  We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents that joined us on Thursday afternoon.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as us! The cave painting made from berries are pride of place in our classroom!  We also had a challenge for the grown-ups with a 3D shape ‘who am I?’ game.  The grown-ups gave a good fight, but the children won with 8 more points!

 

Week beginning 5.3.18 

After enjoying our surprise snow days last week, we have been working extra hard in Year 3! In English, we have been planning our own 500 word stories. We have learned to use our blue editing pens as we work to continuously improve our writing. We have had a focus on handwriting and presentation; we are so proud of the children’s progress and their books are looking beautiful!

The children have enjoyed learning about time in Maths and they have gained confidence telling the time with both analogue and digital clocks. Your child can impress you with their time knowledge at  http://tpet.co.uk/mrwolf/playfree.html

We have had some great discussions around temptation during RE. The children linked their experiences to that of Jesus in the desert.  You can ask them about what tempts them - we would love to hear what they tell you!

Week beginning 26.2.18 

This week we enjoyed 2 days of learning.  We looked at what makes a good story and focused on story language. In maths, we looked at the skills we use when calculating in our heads.  This included skills such as taking away ten and adding one to quickly take away nine from a number.

 

Week beginning 19.2.18 

We have had a great start to the new term in the Panda Class.  We have started reading our new class text, Stig of the Dump and have created our very own cave like Stig’s in our reading area. We have been looking closely at the clues at the beginning of the text and speculating what Stig might be. We have also created our own six word poetry describing him and these are now proudly displayed in our classroom.

In Maths, we have been looking at statistics and the children have been producing their own tally charts and bar graphs.

Our focus for RE this week was friendship, based around the story of the Paralysed Man.  The children really impressed us with their thoughts on the values and qualities that a good friend needs.

Week beginning 5.2.18 

In English this week we have been focusing on different elements of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation). We have been identifying the importance of adverbs and using them to improve our writing.

In Maths, we have been continuing to solve division calculations and have been applying our division skills to solve problems.

In Science, we have been investigating what soil is made from. We have also been looking at the importance of having a compost bin and how we can make our own soil.

In Topic, we have been writing all about the Stone Age and how life has changed since then. We have been comparing how houses were built in the Stone Age and how transport has changed.

Week beginning 29.1.18 

In English, we have been looking at the features of instructions. We have written our own instructions on how to make Stone Age jewellery. We have made sure we include a list of equipment followed by a step by step instruction guide.

In Maths, we have been solving multiplication calculations using the grid method. We have also been impressing Mrs Foxwell with our times tables!

In P.E, we have been improving our tennis skills. Mr Parker was very impressed with our determination and resilience on Wednesday. We have also been investigating what happens to our body when we exercise and what muscles we use.

In Science, we have participated in a fossil experiment. We used bread and jelly sweets! Ask us all about it, we would love to tell you.

Week beginning 22.1.18 

In English, we have been editing and improving our diary entries based on the story Stone Age Boy. We have also been impressing Mrs Foxwell and Mrs Dawber in our writing assessment this week. We have even made sure we have used our Year 3 Narrative Writing Checklist.

In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and solving multiplication calculations using the grid method. We have also been problem solving and we have even had a game of maths bingo!

In Science, we have been investigating the process of fossilisation. We have been looking at how a fossil is formed and how a fossil changes over many years. Next week we are going to participate in our own fossil experiment.

Week beginning 15.1.18 

In English, we have been looking at the features of a diary. We have looked at a diary entry from Jack and the Beanstalk and have improved it! We are now planning our own diary entry based on the story Stone Age Boy. We have been using our Year 3 writing checklist to ensure our writing is fantastic.

In Maths, we have been solving subtraction calculations using the expanded column method. We have also completed some Stone Age problems using our addition and subtraction skills.

In P.E, we have been improving our tennis skills. We have also been investigating what happens to our body when we exercise and what muscles we use.

In Science, we have been investigating permeable and impermeable rocks. We have also been impressing our adults with our knowledge about fossils and how they are formed.

Week beginning 8.1.18 

In English, we have been looking at the story The Stone Age Boy. We have drawn our own text maps and have started to plan our version of the story using DADWAVERS.

In Maths, we have been solving addition calculations using the expanded column method. We have  also been problem solving and impressing Mrs Foxwell and Mrs Dawber with our resilient attitude.

In Topic, we have been completing a research map all about the Stone Age. We will use our research map next week to complete an independent piece of writing all about the Stone Age.

In Science, we have started our new unit all about rocks. We have investigated different types of rocks including sedimentary and igneous. Mrs Foxwell has taught us a song to help us remember how different rocks are formed.

We would love to teach you too so please ask us!

Week Beginning 11/12/17 

 

Week Beginning 4/12/17 

What an exciting week we have had! In English, we have been impressing Mrs Foxwell with our writing skills. We have completed many writing assessments and we have even written our own Kenning poem about Christmas.

In Topic, we have written the Christmas Story using our Year 3 Writing Checklist. We have made sure we include, powerful adjectives, conjunctions and adverbs.

In Maths this week, we have taken part in a 3D shape hunt and have been recognising regular and irregular shapes. We are now shape experts.

In SPAG, we have focused on changing adjectives into adverbs by adding the ‘ly suffix. We have been learning all about suffixes and prefixes.

 

Week Beginning 27/11/17 

In English, we have been looking at the book ‘Coming Home’. We have looked at how language, structure and presentation contribute to the meaning of the text. We have also drawn our own text map of the story and have started to plan our own version of Coming Home.

In Maths, we have been focusing on money. We have looked at the value of money, solved calculations and solved money problems.

In Science, as part of our unit of light, we have looked at the importance of keeping safe in the sun. We have spoken about wearing protective clothing including, sun glasses and sun cream.

In Guided Reading, we have been looking at Reading Eggs and exploring all of the exciting things we can buy with our eggs. Please remember to log on to Reading Eggs at home!

 

Week Beginning 20/11/17 

In English, we have been using our letter writing skills and have written a letter to Santa. We had a very exciting visit too this week, Santa came and left us a lovely letter! He even left a mince pie behind!

In Maths, we have been continuing to use our measuring skills. We have been reading weighing scales accurately. We have even used our measuring skills to make some gingerbread - they smelt and tasted amazing!

In R.E, we have been looking at the creation story and have completed an assessed piece of writing all about The Garden of Eden.

In Art, we have been continuing our study on Monet and have completed paintings in the style of Monet. Mrs Dawber was very impressed with us.

We have also had some lovely visitors from Butlins who told us lots of information all about Butlins and how it has changed over years. It was great to welcome these visitors into school and we really appreciate the support and information that we received.

 

Week Beginning 13/11/17 

In English, we have been identifying the features of letter writing. We have planned our own and have written some fantastic formal letters using some very persuasive language.

In Maths, we have been working on measuring skills. We have been measuring different amounts of liquid in ml and litres. We have been using our estimating and measuring skills to make sure we are very accurate.

In Topic, we have drawn our own timeline all about Billy Butlin’s life. We have spoken about the importance of key events in history and what makes an event important. We have also spoken about how Butlins in Skegness has changed over the years.

In PSHE (Jigsaw), we have been discussing the importance of being a fantastic friend and have identified qualities of a good friend. Mrs Foxwell has been looking for children being super role models and showing their kindness to each other.

 

Week Beginning 6/11/17 

In English, we have identified the key features of a newspaper article and we have started to write our own. The children were given the opportunity to write their own report all about Butlins. We have also started to look at homophones and include them in our writing.

In Maths, we have been solving fraction problems and we have been adding and subtracting fractions.

In Topic, we have been focusing on Christianity. We have been looking at the bible story Feeding The 5,000. We have discussed what the story is about, how was Jesus able to feed 5,000 people and whether there is a moral to the story?

In PE with Mr Parker, we have moved onto gymnastics looking at levels, balancing and controlled movements. Everyone is really enjoying  these sessions.

As a class, we have started to write our class assembly as part of a team to improve our script writing. We are looking forward to seeing you next week.

 

Week Beginning 30/10/17 

We have had a busy first week back. In English, we have been identifying features of a newspaper report. We have also started to plan our own newspaper reports all about Butlins. Mrs Foxwell has been calling us ‘mini journalists’ this week!

In Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have been identifying fractions of quantities and working out equivalent fractions. We have also been solving problems and counting in multiples of 6’s and 7’s.

In Science, we have started our new unit all about light. We have been investigating how shadows are formed and how reflections are created.

In Art, we have been creating pieces of art in the style of Monet. Mrs Dawber has been very         impressed by our artistic skills and creativity.

 

Week Beginning 16/10/17 

In Maths, we have been solving problems and using our ‘Problem Solving Checklist’ to help us solve some very tricky problems. We have also been impressing Mrs Foxwell by completing lots of assessments and we have been practicing counting in multiples of 6 and 11.

In English, we have written our own poems inspired by the poem Imagine by Pie Corbett. We have used our imagination to create some very inspiring and creative poetry!

In Topic, we have continued our investigation about Lincolnshire and have even tried some Lincolnshire sausages. As part of our Science work, we have investigated what is the healthiest way to cook sausages. As a class, we decided to cook the sausages in the oven and then we used our maths skills to work out what time they would be ready! They tasted delicious.

We have worked very hard this term and all of the adults in Year 3 are very proud of us.

 

 

Week Beginning 9/10/17 

In Maths, we have been learning about time, focusing on O’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to; some children have progressed their learning and can tell the time to the nearest five minutes.

In English, we have continued our poem learning and have looked at Pie Corbett’s famous poem ‘When I heard the music’. We have even started to write our own version using our imagination, memories and thoughts.

In Science, we conducted an investigation to see which crisps had the highest salt and fat intake. We tried Prawn Cocktail Pringles, Salt and Vinegar Walkers, BBQ Sunbites and Quavers. After a mixed reaction to the taste of the chosen crisps, we found from our investigation that salt and vinegar Walkers had the highest fat intake and Pringles were highest in salt.

In topic, we have finished our famous landmark information guide and have started to look at what we could do next term that fits into our chosen learning areas, some suggestions included trips to Disney land, cake baking and chocolate testing!

 

 

Week Beginning 2/10/17 

In English, we have been identifying the features of a Kenning poem. We have also written our own Kennings based on our topic work, all about famous landmarks in the UK. We have written about Stonehenge, York Minster and Angel of the North.

In Maths, we have been focusing on division and solving division calculations using a variety of methods. We have also been solving division problems by using our own ‘problem solving checklist’.

In Topic, we have been designing our own information guide all about famous landmarks in the UK. Ask us all about it!

In P.E, we have been improving our football skills and putting them into practice during break times. Mr Parker is very impressed with us and we hope to play a match next week.

 

Week Beginning 25/9/2017 

In Maths, we have been solving multiplication calculations using a number line and the grid method. We have also been challenging ourselves by continuing to count forwards and backwards in 4’s and 8’s.

In English, we have been working hard to edit and improve our work independently. Mrs Foxwell has really enjoyed reading our own versions of Jim and the Beanstalk.  We have also been performing different poems and have developed our own success criteria of how we think poems should be performed.

In Topic, we have been identifying famous landmarks in the UK including, York Minster, Stonehenge and The Angel of the North. We have really enjoyed learning about all three landmarks.

 

Week Beginning 18/9/17 

We have had such a busy week in Year 3 and have worked very hard.

In English, we have been looking at Jack and the Beanstalk and Jim and the beanstalk. We have been comparing both stories and have started writing our own version of Jim and the beanstalk. We have taken part in lots of exciting activities to help us compare the two stories including, ‘hot seating’, a thought tunnel and we have completed our own story mountain. Ask us all about it!

In Maths, we have been solving subtraction calculations and continuing to count in 4’s, 8’s and 6’s. We have also been improving our problem solving skills. Mrs Foxwell has been very impressed.

In Science, we have been investigating our plants and how humans obtain their food. We were fascinated to find out that plants are able to make their own food.

 

Week Beginning 11/9/17 

We have had such an exciting and fun week in Year 3.

In English, we have been planning our own version of the Three Little Pigs. We have tried very hard to include powerful adjectives, conjunctions and paragraphs. We have blown Mrs Foxwell away with our writing this week.

In Maths, we have been focusing on solving addition calculations using the Expanded Column Method. We have also been impressing our adults with our problem solving skills.

We celebrated Roald Dahl Day this week and were able to watch a live stream to celebrate the amazing work of Roald Dahl. We also completed a fantastic piece of writing all about the life of Roald Dahl.

 

Week Beginning 4/9/17 

We have had a super start to the new term. In English, we have been focusing on The Little Pigs and The Three little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We have been comparing the two stories and have drawn our own text map. Mrs Foxwell and Mrs Dawber are very impressed.

In Maths, we have been focusing on place value and counting in our 3’s and 4’s. We have also been partitioning numbers and using lots of practical resources to help us.

In Science, we have been investigating how to have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. We have also completed our own Food Pyramid and have identified the different food groups.

We are very proud of all the children this week! They have had such a fantastic week.