Welcome to Year 3 2017 / 18
Year 3 is taught by Mr Parkinson on a Monday and Tuesday and by Mrs Rainford on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They are supported in the classroom by Mrs Nelson and Mrs O'Sullivan.
Stars of the Week:
Booths Award Winner
A Game to Improve Rapid Recall of Number Facts
What we've been up to in ICT...
09.02.18 Homework: My Maths and Spellings (Please note, we are starting to go over some of the spellings for a second time so some of the words may have been home before.)
02.02.18 Homework: GPS Test 8 and Spellings
This term is flying by, we cannot believe it is only a week until half term - we still have so much learning to squeeze in. We have started to think of our own ideas ready for adding our very own chapters to our story, in the form of a play script and are looking forward to acting them out to one another. Looking at division in maths, we know how to share and group and we are getting much more confident when using a number line to help us. Our Yoga books are almost finished, now we have perfected some of the moves, ask your child to teach you the Turtle! Our contour maps of Scotland took a little bit of work but they look fabulous and Nessie knows exactly where the low lands and highlands are, as we continue to help her navigate her way home.
We are all looking forward to our Edinburgh visit, a copy of the letter can be found here. Edinburgh Letter
26.01.18 HOMEWORK UPDATE
There has been a little misunderstanding regarding homework through the transition from Mr Thwaites to myself and Mr Parkinson and we would like to apologise and clarify the situation.
From Friday 2nd February, (because the arithmetic books have already gone home) Children will bring GPS (English) homework one week and will complete My Maths the following week. We will continue to alternative between the two, week after week. Children will also have spellings each week and are encouraged to read books and learn their Times Tables continuously. The arithmetic books will be completed during school time and will therefore, no longer come home as homework. The children will continue to complete one piece of project work per term, linked to topics being covered in school.
We hope this clarifies the situation but if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Rainford and Mr Parkinson
26.01.18 Homework - Spellings and Arithmetic Test 4 Thank you.
18.01.18 Homework this week. Spellings, Arithmetic Test 4 and MyMaths. Please could the Arithmetic be in school for Thursday, Thank You.
We have had another busy week. We have looked at how we write dialogue and have started to summarise the main ideas within our story. We have had a challenging week looking at fractions and where they go on the number line but have all got it now! In our quest to get Nessie home, we have explored the similarities and differences between the UK, Great Britain and The British Isles. See picture below. We have started to create our Yoga instruction manuals using 'Book Creator' and have worked really hard to perfect some of our Yoga moves - especially the arrow!
Thank you for the positive replies to the Edinburgh Visit, we are hoping to get everything finalised early next week and will be sending more detailed information as we do this.
12.01.18 Homework this week. Spellings, GSP Test 7 and Arithmetic Test 3. Please could the Arithmetic be in school for Thursday. Thank you.
Firstly, we hope you've all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.
This week we've started our new English topic, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, which has been a huge hit with the children. The purpose of this is to eventually write our own chapter of the book in the form of a play script. We have been looking at lots of different mental addition and subtraction strategies in Maths, and are having a real push on learning our times tables. Please continue learning these when out and about or driving in the car. In Geography, we have been looking at the world around us, developing our geography skills by locating the different continents, oceans and European countries as part of a rescue mission to help 'Nessie' (Loch Ness Monster) find her way back home from outer space. (She has been swapped not for goldfish, but for aliens!). Children have started looking at different bridges found in Scotland and will be working towards engineering one of their own.
Please click here to see Spring Term Welcome Letter
15.12.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 6 and Test 2 from Maths book (Schofield and Simms)
A huge well done to KS1 for their nativity this week. The children of Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed it so thank you very much for entertaining us.
The build-up to Christmas has really gathered pace this week with the children practicing their nativity songs, eating a glorious Christmas dinner and wearing their festive jumpers today.
In English, we have continued with their Poetry unit of work creating their very own, 'Backward Senses,' poem. Over the last couple of days, the children have also created a number of wonderful poems using the poem, 'The Magic Box,' as a stimulus. They have used a range of imagery devices, for instance simile, metaphor and personification. The poems are truly spectacular and convey a number of 'magical' images. Hopefully, if the children manage to get them typed up in time, they will be able to bring a copy home to share with you at home.Below is a little taster of what to expect...
8.12.17 Homework this week - My Maths – 3D Shapes
First of all I’d like to apologise about the confusion at the end of the day last week. To ensure you all know when homework and spellings are due in please read the following:
Maths and GPS books were to be handed in this Friday, if you weren’t able to due to lack of time, please hand in on Monday next week.
Spellings – the children received new spellings on Wednesday and they will be tested on these next Friday.
The children have worked very hard this week to use a number of tricky skills to help them create imagery when writing poetry. It’s been great to see them being able to spot skill within poems, when other children are reading their own examples and spotting mistakes when skills have been used incorrectly. As a result, the children can now use metaphors, similes, personification, repetition and onomatopoeia with increasing levels of accuracy. A huge pat on the back is needed.
In Maths, we have been investigating the properties of 3D shapes. Using terminology like edges, vertices and faces. The children have been able to spot incorrect answers when sorting 2D and 3D shapes using both Caroll diagrams and Venn diagrams. Over the last couple of days, we have been learning about horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines with great success.
Finally, today has been a very exciting day as the children have been dressed in their Christmas finery as it’s the Christmas Fayre tonight from 4 - 6pm. I’m sure it will be a great evening so please come along and join in the Christmas festivities.
1.12.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 5 and Test 1 from Maths book (Schofield and Simms)
The Christmas preparations have started early in Year 3 this week. The children are busy creating two different craft ideas to sell at the Christmas Fayre on Friday 8th December - an angel to hang from your tree at home and a candle to give you that extra warmth over the Christmas period. They are looking pretty spectacular and a lot of effort has gone into making them so well done to all the children.
The children have now completed their non-chronological reports on the Stone Age and will be presenting these to Year 6 at the beginning of next week to inform them about the Stone Age period. It's been great to see the children really applying the skills they've been learning during this term in their writing so a huge round of applause goes to the children - keep it up!
In Maths, the children have been taking on learning to tell the time using an analogue clock and 12/24 hour clocks. This has proved to be a tricky concept to grasp yet one that the children have really applied themselves to, resulting in them showing a much improved understanding of how to tell the time.
24.11.17 Homework this week - My Maths - dividing
Where has November gone? It's been an extremely busy week once again.
In English, the children have taken their notes, related to the Stone Age, and placed them into their own plan. Next week, they will be given the challenging task of producing a non-chronological report to inform Year 6 about the Stone Age. With the fantastic facts they have gathered, their new found ability to change notes into sentences and there enthusiasm for the topic, I'm sure they will produce a number of informative reports.
In Maths, the children have been developing their understanding of how to divide using a range of strategies. To help them with this further it would be great if they could practice their x2 and x3 facts at home as they are very useful when trying to divide. We have been learning them in class and have even learnt a song to help us remember them. I'm sure, if you ask the children, they'll happily sing it to you.
Have a lovely weekend and I'll hopefully see you at the Ansdell light switch on tonight.
17.11.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 4
What a great end to the week.
This morning we watched an Anti-bullying performance called the Power of One which delivered a very strong message about what bullying is and what we should do to prevent it from happening in our school. The children really engaged in the assembly and had a blast whilst also picking up some extremely important messages about bullying.
At break time, Year 6 held a Cake sale which proved very popular indeed with children queueing from one end of the school yard to the other. It was great to see so many children really engaged in their learning after break time however I’m not too sure whether it was my teaching or the fact the children had eaten so many delicious cakes!
In class, we have been focusing on turning notes into sentences and how to use conjunctions to create complex sentences – two very tricky skills! It’s been great to see so many children persevering with this task resulting in a number of fantastic informative paragraphs about the discovery of Scara Brae – linked to our Stone Age topic.
10.11.17 Homework this week - My Maths - multiplying by 2 and multiplying by 3
A great week has ended with the children work incredibly hard today. They have used the features of a non-chronological report to navigate their way through non-chronological reports based on animals to help them answer a number of tricky questions. It's been great to see their ability to recall the features of non-chronological reports develop alongside their confidence when answering questions related to them. With their new found skills, they will be looking to create their own report about the our new topic The Stone Age - of which Nate has brought in a spectacular model which you are more than welcome to come and view in class.
In Maths, the children have been learning their 2 and 3 times tables. To develop their knowledge of these they have learnt a new song to the tune of, 'Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire' and a new version of Naughts and Crosses. It would be great to if you could play the new game they have learnt with them and see if you can recite the song with them also. These tables are so important and we really need to see if we can retain them to help with their Maths.
Lastly we have started our Stone Age topic looking at the development of tools and how people may have lived during this period. As the term goes on, we will be developing our knowledge, to help create a non-chronological report.
26.10.17 Homework this week - to decorate a map of Africa with images which represent the different countries which make up the continent.
This week we have had Multi-cultural Week. The children have had such a great time they would like to share what they have done with you through sharing a few personal comments:
Emma - 'I loved the Maths we have done this week because we have learnt new methods.'
Bea - 'The workshop was brilliant because the lady read us some stories about different animals which live in Africa.'
Benjamin - 'I've enjoyed this week because I have learnt so much about Africa. I didn't know anything about Africa before this week.'
Lilah - ' What I liked about this week was standing up at the front and pretending to be a girl called Edinoah during our drama lesson.'
Oliver - 'I loved making the footballs out of newspaper, paper bags and string - they were great. Then you can make football tops out of a bag and you just need to cut the bottom of the bag, write your name on it and then you've got your t-shirt.'
Rory - 'I liked this week because we created instructions on how to make a Bag Garden.'
Below, you will find a number of pictures displaying the fantastic homework projects completed by year 3 this half term.
20.10.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 3
Another week has come and gone. But what a week we have had!
It started with a superb trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (pictures above) where the children literally didn't stop all day. The MOSI put on a number of wonderful workshops and interactive demonstrations including: Forces and Flight; a demonstration of how a steam engine works and how the revolution of Manchester changed the city forever. A wonderful day was had by all the children and the staff due to the superb behaviour and attitude shown by the children. A real credit to yourselves and the school.
In class, the children have been planning their newspaper reports related to the Space-bat-angel-dragon, which they will finish off writing up today. Having taken a quick glimpse, it is clear the children have started to understand how a newspaper should be written, which is great to see.
In Maths. the children have worked hard to learn and apply the expanded methods for both addition and subtraction. It's been great to see them seeking support when they need and then trying the methods independently. A great work ethic, which I'm sure will continue as the year progresses.
Just a quick update on the Andy Murray front, it's looking hopeful. Especially because now some of the children have started taking up tennis lessons due to enjoying the tennis we have been doing in P.E so much. It's great to see boys and girls, keep it up!
Please could all children ensure they complete their homework each week as it is a useful tool to assess whether the children have secured their understanding of what has been learnt that week. Also could you ensure your child has an outside P.E kit for next week and after half term as we will be going outside as long as it isn't raining and it's getting quite cold out there. Finally, please could you make sure all tracksuit tops, for P.E, do not have a hood. Due to Health and Safety regulations, children aren't allowed to wear them in P.E. as they could lead to serious injury.
13.10.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Mental Addition and Subtraction
Our Iron Man display is now up showcasing a number of fabulous and engaging pieces of writing so please feel free to pop in and have a read. Currently the children are trying to create a newspaper report based on the Iron Man using examples from myself. This will help them to understand the features of newspapers and the type of language and structure used. Please feel free, at home, to be looking at newspaper articles with your child/children to ensure they are immersed in the language used. Next week, the children will be writing their own newspaper article related to the coming of the Space-bat-angel-dragon from the book The Iron Man.
During Maths, the children have continued to work on improving their knowledge of strategies to add and subtract, focusing on partitioning then recombining when using the expanded method. It has been great to see the children starting to grasp these strategies and now start to apply them within word problems.
As mentioned in an earlier post, the children are really starting to show a great level of development in their tennis skills.They can now drop serve, use the forehand stroke and understand the importance of position on the court.
6.10.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 2
A very busy week ended with a great Booths assembly where Yamsin was awarded her certificate and trophy. It was a difficult decision due to how well so many of the children have applied themselves over the first four weeks of term.
In class, we've been looking at using the expanded addition method to add 2 digit and 3 digit numbers, which has proved a tricky skill to master. Nevertheless the children have shown great perseverance and over the last couple of days have applied this method with great confidence.
During English, the children have started looking at the features of newspaper reports with the aim of creating their very own newspaper report for the coming of the Iron Man. They've looked at a number of newspaper reports and have started to deepen their understanding of the language and structural features that can be found. Also, the children have been introduced to a number of new conjunctions, which they've used to create complex sentences with great success!
29.9.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Crossing 10s and 100s
The children have worked extremely hard to complete their Iron Man stories and they are now ready for display. Hopefully we will have them on display by the end of the day on Monday so please feel free to come in after school to have a look.
In Maths, we've looked at reading and interpreting bar charts whilst also looking at finding the difference between numbers using a number line. It's been great to see the children taking on board the methods taught and applying them with increased levels of confidence. I'm sure, with the skills they have learnt this week, they will be able to access their My Maths homework independently.
During PE, the children have been taught how to use the forehand stroke in Tennis, with many of the children really showing good hand eye co-ordination. You never know we may have a new Andy Murray in the making
22.9.17 Homework this week - GPS - complete Section 1 Test 1
The children have really got into the swing of things this week. In English, they have been creating their own story using the story of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as a stimulus. It's been great to see their ideas come to life in their books through using adjectives, adverbs and even similes! They have learnt the importance of engaging the reader/audience and this has really shown in their stories.
In Maths, we have been looking at shape and adding/subtracting using partitioning, pictorial representations and number lines. Many of the children have really gained confidence in using these methods independently, which has been great to see.
During the wider curriculum, we've been looking at creating hinge joints in DT, to replicate body parts of the Iron Man, magnets in Science and Coding in ICT.
In the near future, we will have some wonderful pieces of work to display in the classroom. You are more than welcome to come in and have a look so keep up-to-date with the school website to see when the work will be ready for viewing.
The children should have their Schofield and Simms GPS books now. Please ensure they complete the homework task, which you can find in the scrolling bar at the top, bringing it back to school before next Friday.
15.9.17 Homework this week - My Maths - HTU Place Value
First of all we'd like to welcome you to the Year 3 blog. On this page you will find a number of useful items, resources and pieces of information to update you on what is and will be going on in Year 3. Above you'll notice a number of icons which are hyperlinks. If you click on these, you'll be able to access our Curriculum Overview and Curriculum Map plus the weekly spellings, just in case they don't make it home. Scrolling above this text box, you'll find your child's homework for the week. This week it is Maths and next week it will be English. This will continue to rotate on a cycle. The English will be related to Grammar and Punctuation. The children will be bringing their Grammar and Punctuation books home at the beginning of next week. Alongside their weekly homework tasks, the children have a topic related project to complete. You should find the details for this homework task in your Year 3 Welcome Pack which you received last Friday. If you weren't able to attend and therefore didn't receive your pack, please pop in and collect one from myself or Mrs Welch. If you can't pop in, not to worry, just let us know and we will place the pack in your child's book bag. Finally, your child should be bringing their reading book home every night to read with yourselves.
I'm sure you are eager to know how the first two weeks have gone. Well all I can say is they have been an absolute pleasure. They have tried their hardest in every activity and conducted themselves in a super manner.
In English, we have been finding about the story of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, discussing the characters, language used to create imagery and discussing the plot. The aim will be for the children to create their own story using The Iron Man as a stimulus. Hopefully, with the hard work the children have put in so far, we will end up with a number of really engaging stories.
In Maths, we've been focusing on place value. Ensuring the children understand the value of each digit within 2 and 3 digit numbers, progressing onto using a range of strategies to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. The children should be able to use the skills learnt this week to aid them in completing their homework task.
I'm fully aware a number of you would have liked to have met myself on Friday afternoon last week. Please feel free to come and see me at the end of the day when you pick your child up for a brief chat and to introduce yourselves.
14.7.17 Homework this week - to bring in a photo, with measurements, of their sunflower on Monday.
The children have had a very creative week.
In Design and Technology, we've used natural resources and chalks to create bar charts to show the different food types found in their lunchboxes - an activity which had Mr Royston worrying. Thankfully a strong wind managed to remove most of the debris from the children's play ground, which had been used to show their data.
Whilst in Science, they have carried out investigations to see who has the better balance, those who take part in sporting activities or those that do not. The children designed their own investigations, which resulted in some very interesting data. Today they were able to show this data by creating bar charts and orally presenting their results, explaining whether their prediction was correct/incorrect and why.
The children will be leaving school with their report today and a bag full of their work, which has been on display in the classroom. Please take time to share their report with them and to look through their truly fantastic work.
7.7.17 Homework this week - complete Section 2 Test 5
A very busy week has come to an end. The children have worked tirelessly both in and outside of the classroom. We've completed our discussion texts now and the children certainly have a very good understanding of how to discuss and use conjunctions to help them do this. Please take a look at the pictures below to see what we have been up to.
The children have now grasped how to find equivalent fractions and have been able to apply two different methods to be able to do this effectively. They have made great progress with this, which is a credit to them.
Sports Day was the highlight of the week and I'm sure you would agree, it was fantastic - we may have a few gold medalists within our class, you never know.
There will be no more spellings and this week's homework task will be the last. Thank you for all your support with this throughout the year.
Outdoor Learning Opportunity - thanks to the weather.
The children had a go at using their tables of information, about the different food types they found in their lunchboxes, to create bar charts. I'm sure you would agree that they have produced a number of very effective bar charts to show their information. Please have a look in the play ground before you go home today.
30.6.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Addition and Subtraction
An extremely busy week has come to an end - topped off with a fantastic Summer Fayre.
The children have been learning about how to hold discussions - using the topic of Healthy Eating. They have started to develop their understanding of how to use conjunctions to add and contrast while also using conjunctions to help explain their point of view. As the week progressed, the children showed themselves to be very capable when discussing and this has started to be replicated in their written work, which we will focus on in greater depth next week.
In Maths, we have been looking at adding and subtracting using various contexts and the children have really shown a good understanding of how to use previously taught strategies to do this.
During the afternoons, we have been continuing with our Healthy Eating topic. The children have had the opportunity to carry out investigations into their muscle strength and stamina, which proved very interesting and a highlight of the week.
23.6.17 Homework this week - complete Section 2 Test 4
What a scorcher! Under very difficult conditions, due to the extreme heat we've experienced this week, the children have worked very hard.
During Maths, they have been looking at place value and writing numbers as words and words as numbers, I've noticed some great improvement in this particular area. The children then used their improved knowledge, of place value, to answer word problems related to measures. Towards the end of the week, the children had to apply their place value knowledge to questions related to duration of time also.
The children's Usain Bolt biographies are now complete. They have produced a number of engaging and factually correct biographies, which they are going to use to create an i-Movie (narration over photos of Usain Bolt using an i-pad). Hopefully we will be able to get these onto the school blog in the coming weeks so you can see just how much hard work they have put in.
As Personal Trainers, the children have been finding out about the bones and muscles within the human body, carrying out investigations into how muscles strength is improved and maintained.
16.6.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Mental Addition and Subtraction
Assessment week has come to an end and you'll be happy to know the children have worked their socks off!
Hopefully the children have been talking to you about our new Science topic - Keeping Healthy. As a result of this topic, the children have taken on the role of Personal Trainers. Each group was given a client with a range of different targets - ranging from losing weight to recovering from injuries. They have then learnt about the importance of diet, nutrition and the human body to ensure they help their clients achieve their goals. It has been a very enlightening topic for the children, resulting in them becoming very opinionated on their client's diets - you never know it might rub off on their diet at home!
To help their clients with reaching their goals, each group designed an ideal meal. Below you will be able to see their different meals. Please talk through, with your child, why they included certain foods. They should be able to tell you why they were included and their benefits upon the human body.
9.6.17 Homework this week - complete Section 2 Test 3
This week was a very short week in terms of days however it was full of fantastic learning opportunities.
The children have all become started their Personal Training qualifications this week. Each group have been given a client to help develop the fitness of. As a result, this week, they have been researching diet and nutrition, brushing up on their knowledge of how much fruit a person should each day and the maximum amount of sugar they should consume. They've put this information into table and bar charts so that this information is easy to read and understand for their client. One or two had some real shocks when they realised just how much sugar their clients were consuming and how little fruit! Obviously, they will be using this new found information to modify their own diets - yeah right!
Alongside the topic of Keeping Healthy, we have began to look at biographies - what a biography is, how one is created and the different features you might find. As the topic is Keeping Healthy, we have been learning about Usain Bolt and will hopefully get the opportunity, in the coming weeks, to write our own biographies about him. Therefore, it would be great if the children could be finding their own information out about Lightning Bolt at home.
You may have noticed that the spellings this week seem a little different. This is because these are spellings which are commonly incorrect in the children's work. Therefore, I'd like the children to learn, not just how to spell them but to know when to use them within the correct context. Please could the children be given the spellings within a sentence so that they have to think about which spelling is the correct one to use.
26.5.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Introducing Money
Where has that half-term gone? I'm sure many of the children are asking themselves this question as they prepare for the half-term break. Thankfully, because of the fantastic learning opportunities we've had this half-term, it has been a blast and has flown by. This week has been no different.
Due to it being Outdoor Learning Week, many of the subjects studied have had an outdoor element, be it: searching for information by following an orienteering course; creating sculptures out of natural elements; having fun and learning 'a lot' about their ability to work as a team through team building exercises.
Maths has involved decimals and tenths and their relationship. The children have really grasped this new concept, one which is quite tricky, and been able to implement previously taught addition strategies to solve calculations and word problems involving money.
Today has been the 'Onesie' walk. Thankfully. due to the change in attire, the children were not too hot and managed to get around the circuit in one piece.
19.5.17 Homework this week - complete Section 2 Test 2
Another week has flown by. It's been great to see so many of the children really enjoying our new poetry unit, 'The Spider and The Fly.' The children have performed their own versions of classic nursery rhymes, in a variety of styles, ranging from rock to rap - a highly challenging yet amusing task. In addition, they have analysed the poem's language to derive meaning to better understand what happens in each verse.
Within Maths, they have been exploring 2D shape and lines (horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular) with great success. With confidence, they can now spot the different types of lines within shapes and also decide whether a shape is a polygon or not using a simple set of criteria.
Our topic, The Lake District, has yielded some great discussion about the advantages of National Parks - which the children have made extensive notes regarding. Hopefully, over the next week, we'll be able to turn these notes into a leaflet to add to our display in the classroom.
12.5.17 Homework this week - My Maths - Multiplication and Division Word Problems
Apologies for the belated blog post however we were experiencing problems with the school website last Friday - thankfully it was only a minor glitch.
Last week, was a very productive week. In English, the children were charged with the task of creating their very own adventure story set in the Lake District. Having marked the writing produced, I am really impressed with how engaging the stories have been. In Maths, the children were getting to grips with a new division method - vertical chunking - which they've started to show greater confidence with. The homework this week is related to division and multiplication, as we have already looked at the grid method - so hopefully the children should be able to use the two methods learnt last week to complete the set task.
We've been looking at sketching in Art and have really persevered with shading in particular - a task that many of the children found very difficult to begin with. Thankfully, due to their resilience, the children worked at this new skill and have been able to produce some wonderful artwork which is now on display in our classroom. Please feel free to come in and have a look, on Friday, at the end of the day.
5.5.17 Homework this week - complete Section 1 Proofreading task: Mick meets an alien and Section 2 Test 1
What a fantastic week!
The children have had a cracking week thanks to the weather primarily. Not only have their Science experiments started to come to life but also they've created a number of thoroughly engaging adventure stories, which they've now typed up ready for display.
The highlight of the week, not only for the children but the staff as well, has to be Brockhole. The children were a credit to themselves and the school throughout the day, which was great to see. I could reel off all the exciting things we got up to however I think the pictures explain exactly what happened one heck of a lot better than I ever could.
28.4.17 Homework this week - My Maths - 2 tasks - Pictograms and Bar Charts + Tables and Bar Charts
A 'quacking' week has been had by all.
The highlight has to be the appearance of two - six day old - ducklings in the classroom. It was sheer pandemonium. It took all the children's strength to be quiet as not to frighten them. However, they were successful and the ducklings were a real hit. Now all I need to do is persuade Mrs Thwaites to let me acquire a couple.
Our Swallows and Amazons unit for English has produced some really vibrant vocabulary choices leading to a number of really special story openings. The children have learnt and implemented a range of skills to make their story openings as engaging as possible - using imagery, in particular, with real flair. Next week, they'll be continuing their stories so please talk through their plans for their stories to help them.
Looking at Statistics, has been the order of the week in Maths. The children have worked hard to read and interpret a range of different ways of representing data and are beginning to really gain in confidence when answering related questions.
Our Science topic, as you have already probably heard, is plants. Therefore, we are going to set a challenge as homework for the Summer term. The challenge is for each child to grow the largest Sunflower possible. Mrs Russell, very kindly, is providing the children with a seed which your child will take home today. All the children need to do is: plant the seed; keep a diary of what they do to the plant to help it grow and keep a record of its weekly height measurement. The winner will be presented with a prize on the final week of term. To prove the height of the Sunflower, we would like you to take a picture of your child with their Sunflower and a recorded measurement.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and see you all next week.
21.4.17 Homework this week - complete Section 2 Writing task: Millie and the magic cooking pot
The children have made a great start to the Summer term. They've been very industrious and have shown a real drive to want to find out about our new topics.
Over the four days, the children have covered an awful lot, from creating imagery, using the poem, 'I Wandered Lonely' by William Wordsworth as a model to designing a Science experiment to see what plants need to grow healthy and strong. This afternoon we've managed to set-up our experiments whilst also create a range of tables to collect our data.
The highlight of the week has to be watching the catapult created by Ethan and William which provided a great deal of entertainment this afternoon; followed very closely by Sports 4 All who have started taking the children at lunchtimes for fun and games out on the field.
A few of us are forgetting our spelling books on a Friday, please could we remember to bring them in to keep our spellings safe.
31.3.17 Homework for over the Easter Break - complete My Maths - Multiplying x4 and Multiplying x8
What a show!
The children were absolutely fantastic today. It was great to see them perform with so much enthusiasm and passion. I hope you enjoyed watching as much as the children enjoyed performing. Afterwards, they came back into the classroom with beaming smiles because they were so proud of themselves, which was great to see. Thank you for taking the time out to come and watch, you were a great audience.
Hopefully the children should be well and truly shattered by now - might make the Easter break a little easier! They've worked tremendously hard both in Maths, where they have been looking at answering reasoning questions related to Fractions, and English where they've had the opportunity to write a diary entry as a Roman soldier. Having marked the majority of their writing, they have each produced something really special. If you scroll down, you'll spot a few pictures from their diary entry writing opportunity.
The Year 3 team hope you all have a wonderful Easter with plenty of sunshine and time to relax.
A few pictures from our, 'Roman Diary Entry,' writing task today. Whilst writing by candle light, the children certainly felt immersed with the fire and Gladiator soundtrack in the background.
24.3.17 Homework this week - complete My Maths - Adding in columns activity
A week full of preparation and hard work for our Showcase assembly, on Friday 31st March, has come to an end.
The children have worked tirelessly to learn their lines whilst also trying to remember their key roles within the assembly. The end product will be something special, if all goes to plan!
Diary entries have been the focus this week. The children have researched the role of Boudicca in the uprising against the Roman Empire to ensure that their diary entry plans have factually correct information. In addition, the children have planned their diaries as though they themselves were a Roman soldier; looking in particular at the feelings and emotions they would have experienced the night before battle. At the minute, their diaries are just at the planning stage but hopefully, by the end of next week, they will have produced some fantastic writing to really capture the worries and fears of war.
Within Maths, the children have been looking at column addition and subtraction ensuring that these methods are secure whilst also using them to answer word problems. The children also sat a couple of Lancashire tests: Arithmetic and Reasoning - which showed that they have really started to apply a lot of the methods we have been looking at in class.
To all the mums, have a lovely Mother's Day and to all the dads - I hope you get it right!
17.3.17 Homework this week - complete Test 12, Section 1 and return to school by Friday
Another jam-packed week has come to an end. It was great to see you all at Parents Evening and we hope you fully enjoyed the opportunity to find out about what we've been up to in class.
In Maths, the children have been improving their understanding of both the expanded and compact methods for addition and subtraction whilst also applying these to word problems. After an awful lot of hard work, the children have shown a deeper understanding of these methods, applying them successfully to word problems.
English has seen the introduction of a new genre of writing - diary entries. The children have analysed diary entries and have shown a greater understanding of the features to be found. Alongside this, they've researched the role of a Roman Legionnaire as, eventually, they'll be writing a diary entry as if they were a Roman Legionnaire. We've discussed the importance of showing their emotions and feelings and would appreciate it if you could talk the children through their ideas for their diary entries.
10.3.17 Homework this week - complete Test 11, Section 1, My Maths - Angles 1 and return to school by Friday
A busy week has ended with the children writing a range of excellent myths using the Roman Empire as a setting. They are thoroughly engaging and really show the children's development in being able to create an image in the reader's mind. Also, the children are halfway through designing and completing their own mosaic border to surround their writing. From what I've seen so far, the work is going to be pretty special. As requested, by a number of enthusiastic children, here is the website to allow the children to create their own mosaic http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/mosaic/mkmosaic.htm.
Within Maths, we have been trying to find right angles within shapes whilst also spotting sides which are perpendicular and parallel to one another. This, to start with, proved pretty tricky yet the children made sure they really applied themselves and have furthered their understanding in this area - a credit to them.
Preparations for the Year 3/4 showcase are starting to build-up pace so hopefully we will have a real treat for you when you come to visit.
I've set the children My Maths and English homework this week. Due to the hectic nature of Book Week last week,I didn't get an opportunity to post. Hopefully this is manageable. If not, please let me know.
24.2.17 Homework this week - complete Test 10, Section 1 and return to school by Friday
We've started the Spring term superbly. The children have really knuckled down and shown a real passion for finding out about the Romans and Roman myths.
In English, the children have analysed Roman myths looking for their purpose and features. In addition, the children have read and performed the myth Romulus and Remus - one or two have been spectacular! The children have really enjoyed this new topic, hopefully this will continue.
In Maths, the children have looked at the relationship between multiplication and division. They have shown themselves to be very accomplished at this even answering word problems related to division and multiplication.
Next week is Book Week - focusing on mythical creatures. Therefore, on Monday, the children will be watching Hercules. For the rest of the week, they will be doing work related to this 'hook'. Friday will be a dressing up day with the theme being mythical creatures.
Nationally there is a big push on promoting bedtime reading as figures show less and less children are being read to. Therefore we'd like to show how our children at Ansdell are read to at bedtime. On Wednesday, as a school, we will be promoting bedtime reading so would really like it if you could send in some photos of you and your children reading at bedtime. Please send them to my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully we will receive some great photos that we can post on the school website.
Below, you'll find a couple of examples showing staff at Ansdell taking part in bedtime reading.
10.2.17 Homework this week is My Maths - Statistics
It has been a 'cracking' week in class.
The children have designed and explained how their own 'Cracking Contraption' for Wallace and Gromit works, ensuring that they achieve a self generated success criteria. They've produced some really marvelous contraptions which, if they had the backing to go into production, could prove a real hit I'm sure.
The children have had the opportunity to further their understanding of weight and measure carrying out investigations into how many fruits, of varying weight, could fit into a 1kg bag. To finish with, the children have created bar charts, creating their own scale, to represent given data related to weight.
During the afternoons, the children have thoroughly enjoyed investigating how shadows are created and how the size of a shadow can change depending on the distance between the object and the light source.
Hopefully the children will have a 'cracking' half term with you and be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the start of next half-term. Have a lovely holiday and see you all soon.
3.2.17 Homework this week - complete Test 9, Section 1 and return to school by Friday
The children have had a very industrious week from finding fractions of amounts to exploring the importance of the sun.
The children received a letter, earlier in the week, from Wallace and Gromit asking them to create a new blue print each for a Cracking Contraption. They have risen to this challenge, creating some very interesting and unique contraptions. Hopefully, on Monday, Wallace will have decided whether the children have produced a blue print worthy of belonging in the Wallace and Gromit collection. Next week, the children will be asked to explain how their machines work so please ask them to talk this through with you over the weekend.
Finding fractions of numbers has proved a challenge however it is a challenge the children have mastered. Today the children managed to even apply their new methods for finding fractions to word problems.
In Science, the children have explored how light travels using mirrors and torches. In addition, they've discovered how the sun can cause a positive and a negative impact upon us as humans, listing the advantages and disadvantages independently.
27.1.17 Homework this week is My Maths - Fractions
Another week has passed by so quickly. The children have worked incredibly hard to edit and improve their play scripts resulting in a number of plays which Shakespeare himself would be proud of. It has been great to see their writing improve so markedly especially the lay out of their play scripts. Hopefully, during parents evening or after school some time, you'll be able to take a few minutes to enjoy the children's hard work.
Fractions have been a tricky skill to master yet the children have manged to order them, find fractions of amounts and shade objects using a given fraction. The children have showed great resilience and really made sure that they've helped one another to explain both their methods and answers.
During the afternoons, we have been finding out about light and dark. The children have really enjoyed this especially when trying to draw objects without light being present - a particularly tricky task!
20.1.17 Homework this week - complete Test 8, Section 1 and return to school by Friday
This week, we've been improving our ability to add and subtract mentally using partitioning and rounding. The children have really applied themselves well to this tricky objective. One or two even mastered this skill so much, they had the opportunity to teach the class!
During English, the children have planned their own resolution to resolve the problem from The BFG - resulting in some excellent play scripts. Furthermore, the children have started planning their own short play, as a sequel, to The BFG. Hopefully - once the children have completed their play scripts - they'll have something special to show during the Year 3 showcase.
The highlight of the week was when we had a visitor in to talk about fossils.The children were extremely lucky and had the opportunity to not only look at but hold T-Rex fossils. As you can see from the pictures below, they were a huge hit!
13.1.17 Homework this week is My Maths - 3D Shape
Firstly, we hope you've all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.
This week we've started our new English topic The BFG, which has been a huge hit with the children. The purpose of this is to eventually turn a chapter, of The BFG, into a play script! As a result, they've read the beginning as a class and created, 'Role on the Wall' diagrams for both Sophie and the BFG to find out how their characters change through the story. In addition, they've looked at the features of play scripts and even turned a short piece of narrative, called The Marvellous Ears, into a play! I know what you're thinking - all this in the first week back! Yes. And they've worked marvelously.
The children have also been looking at 3D shape in Maths, finding the properties of various shapes plus creating our own 'skeleton shapes' using straws and clay, which are on display in the classroom. The homework for this week is My Maths and is related to the shape work the children have covered this week.
In the afternoons, the children have been developing their geography skills by locating the different continents and oceans on a map of the world. Whilst also exploring how England is split into regions and how each region is made up of counties. It would be great to see if they've retained this information so please ask them which counties are in the North West of England - I'm sure they know one of them in particular!
16.12.16 Homework this week is My Maths - Correspondence Problems - relating to division and multiplication.
It has been an exciting week this week, especially on Thursday afternoon when we watched Ansdell's Got Talent!
The children have been learning how to divide using a number line, progressing to using the chunking method on a number line. Some children even managed to use the formal chunking method! It has been a week of great progress in Maths so well done to everyone.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed performing different types of poetry to each other. They've been able to: assess their classmates work using a class success criteria; use constructive advice to improve their performances and even write their own poem,The Magic Box, which we will be learning to perform next week.
During our afternoon sessions, we've been looking at the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic, bringing in a range of fantastic rocks from home and producing very informative non-chronological reports.
Thursday afternoon was extra special as we were treated to a range of intriguing performances from Year 6. After the show, the children in Year 3 were extremely excited about the prospect of performing when they are in Year 6. All that's left to say is...get rehearsing!
.English homework this week - please complete Section 1, Test 7, and return to school by Friday.
What a week! We have had an extremely busy week yet have risen to the challenge. The children have been furthering their understanding of The Stone Age through a range of exciting activities. One of the activities, building a replica Stonehenge, proved to be extremely popular - pictures to follow.
In English, they have been looking at taking notes and turning them into sentences which has proved quite tricky. Nevertheless, they are starting to get to grips with this skill and it is beginning to show in their writing. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, the children will try just as hard when we look at Performance Poetry.
During Maths, the children have been solving word problems involving multiplication and have been refining their formal written methods for multiplying. They've made great improvements with using these strategies, which is reflected in their books. Fingers crossed, next week, they will be just as keen to learn how to use formal written methods for division!
We hope you are enjoying your Festive Candles and wish you all a wonderful weekend.
2.12.16 Homework this week is My Maths - multiplication
First of all, we'd like to thank you all for bringing in so many jars for The Young Enterprise project. The Scented Candles proved to be a real hit at The Christmas Fair.
The children have had a different week however have managed to adapt to the changes in routine very well - especially on Friday when we carried out a range of activities to ensure we were ready in time for the fair. Over the week, the children have been improving their knowledge of the 3 and 4 times tables whilst also using, 'The Grid Method,' to multiply two digit numbers by single digit numbers. The children have certainly developed their confidence in this area and now need to begin to apply this method within a range of contexts.
In English, the children have been attempting to turn notes, on The Stone Age, into paragraphs for their non-chronological reports. This is a very tricky skill and one which the children are trying really hard to master. Hopefully, over the next week, we will have completed our reports and have them ready for display.
Finally, the children had the opportunity to trial their magnet games with Year One this week and they proved to be a huge success. The children thoroughly enjoyed the games and so did the adults!
English homework this week - please complete Section 1, Test 6, and return to school by Friday.
We have had another industrious week! The children have had the opportunity to begin researching our new topic - The Stone Age. They have also been presented with the challenge of creating a non-chronological report related to the topic - which they've certainly tried hard to achieve. Hopefully, by the end of next week, we will have some fantastic reports to showcase to you all.
The highlight of the week has to have been Science as the children have thoroughly enjoyed investigating forces - particularly when experimenting with magnets. I'm sure they have been telling you about the wonderful experiments they've carried out from: trying to make a paper clip rise without touching it to creating their very own compass to find treasure hidden around the playground! I also think you'd be very interested to know their new method for remembering which pole of a magnet is the North Pole.
Next week, we will be making our Young Enterprise Christmas craft creation. Therefore, we would like the children to each bring in a jam jar (or a jar which could fit a small church candle in) on Monday so we can get cracking. Thank you for your support.
18.11.16 Homework this week is My Maths - column subtraction
First of all, I would like to say a big thank you for making me feel so welcome at Ansdell Primary; especially the children as they've been absolutely fantastic all week!
Since Monday, it has been all change in Year 3 however the hard work has continued. We've been looking at: using the column method to subtract;the features of non-chronological reports and the different forces which can act upon objects.
In the mornings, we've analyzed different reports, identified the features of non-chronological reports and tried to develop our Guided Reading skills through looking for answers to questions within reports. Furthermore, in Maths, we have developed our understanding of how to exchange and use the column method for subtraction, which will be the homework for this week.
If that wasn't hard enough, we've also been learning about forces and how they can cause objects to move and stop. Through a range of investigations, using toy cars, we've been able to develop both our understanding of how forces act upon objects and our knowledge of technical vocabulary - using and understanding words like push, pull, gravity, mass and friction.
11.11.16 English homework this week - please complete Test 5 and return to school by next Friday
It has been a busy first week back. We have made our own games based on the Iron Man, completed our own Iron Man stories, made music to go with the Iron Giant film trailer and have started to add numbers together using columns. We want to say thank you to Year 6 for a fabulous Remembrance Assembly and we had fun playing Dodgeball with Carl.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the parents and the children for their kind thoughts, wishes and gifts as I embark upon a new chapter in my life. I am going to miss each and every one of you but know you are all in safe hands with Mr Thwaites. He is fantastic and I know you are going to provide him with the same support you have given me.
Many thanks, Kellie Rainford
28.10.16 No homework this week - Just the spellings from last week.
Well done to the children who chose to complete their homework this half term - a fantastic array of Iron Men, pop-up cards and homemade magnets.
Creative Arts Week 24th- 28th October
What a busy week we have had! We started off the week with Lazy Monday's, a band who certainly woke us up. We have enjoyed completing lots of art activities, including sketching still life, finger painting and finding out about Kandinsky. We used music as a stimulus to create some art work and then did it the other way around, using Garage Band to create the music. Blue Moose dance group came to see us and we learned some dance moves related to the natural world. We have helped to create a whole school mini beast sculpture with Mrs Woodhouse and we have had a competition across KS2 to recreate our school logo using natural materials. Winners will be announced after the holidays. Please see the gallery below for pictures of our week. Apologies for the upside down learners!
21.10.16 English Homework this week. Please complete Test 4 and return to school by next Friday. Please note, there will be no spelling test next week. Children will need to learn their words for the 11th November.
We have enjoyed learning about Harvest this week and had a visit this morning from Reverend Bye from St. Paul's Church. We brought lots of things in for our Harvest collection and want to say thank you to our parents for helping us with this. In other news, we have continued writing our stories and hope to have some finished ready to publish next week. Learning about angles has been a little tricky but most of us can find a right angle in and around the classroom. Our Iron Man moving picture posters are coming on nicely too.
14.10.16 Homework this week is My Maths
What a busy week we have had. We have been learning how to draw 2D shapes and how to find the perimeter of them. We have started writing our own section of the Iron Man and you can see a couple of examples of our opening paragraphs here. We designed our own movie posters with a moving part which we will make next week and we have selected our favourite parts of the movie trailer, ready to add our own sound effects.
Some children have expressed concern over the clown incidents reported in the news this week, we have watched a little Newsround video clip about it and if you would like to watch it again you can find it here.
We also learned a fantastic joke about mountains - just ask one of us and we even designed our own Christmas Cards!
07.10.16 Homework this week is English - Please complete 'Test 3' and return to school before next Friday. Thank you.
Hola! We had Spanish this week with Miss Martin and she gave us all a new Spanish name such as Rosa and Jose. We also learned how to ask 'What is your name?'
30.09.16 Homework this week is My Maths
Another busy week comes to an end. We have started to make different pop-up mechanisms in class and have enjoyed watching 'The Iron Giant' as part of our English work. We have listened to different parts of 'The Iron Man' soundtrack and have picked our favourite ones ready for making a class chart about it.
We are having Sportz4all take us onto the field on a Friday lunchtime for an extra little bit of exercise and therefore would ask that children have trainers in school on a Friday.
23.09.16 Homework this week is English -Page 5 - books will we brought home tonight and need to be back by next Friday.
This week we elected our Eco Council and School Council members. Our Class members are:
School Council: Mylah and Sam
Eco Council: Daisy and Esme
16.09.16 Homework this week is My Maths and the spelling list has been updated too!
We have had another fun packed week at school; reading the Iron Man and asking him questions, making up our own super hero team names and playing basketball with Mark to name just a few.
Year 3 2016-2017
We would like to offer a lovely warm welcome to all our new Year Three parents and hope you have all had a fantastic summer. We have had a great first week back and it has been a pleasure starting to get to know your children properly. They have all come back positive and eager to learn and have spent time finishing a class song all about the type of learners they want to be this year - make sure they sing it to you! Thank you to the parents who were able to make the 'Meet the Teacher' session, we hope you found it helpful. All children have brought home a welcome pack containing the information from this meeting but if there are any questions, please don't hesitate to pop in. A copy of the pack can be found here. There are a couple of forms at the back of the pack that do need returning to school as soon as possible please.
Thank you all and we look forward to a great year.
Today we celebrated Queen Elizabeth's birthday. Click here to see some of the things we have learned.
Meet our safety robots! Throughout the week we will focus on e-safety and how to stay safe online. Today Year 3 embarked on creating a play in a day. First of all we had an introductory assembly which involved some funky tunes and groovy moves. Afterwards it was time to split up into year groups and learn our script. This involved us using scarves to show how computers can do wonderful things such as swapping information and saying hello or how sometimes a computer can cause problems and even be dangerous. We all then became 'meanies' (check out our headbands), who live off energy and problems from nastiness. This was to portray people behind the computer screen who we may not know. Our king meany was Robert! Eventually we turned into safety robots where we learned that we should ignore messages from people who we do not know and not to give away personal details over the internet. This was a fantastic workshop with lots of creative and fun ways to learn about staying safe on the internet.
Year 3 can't get enough of our science topic this half term! In Year 3 we have been lucky enough to use microscopes to look at different rocks more closely. Miss Bradley placed these in our science challenge area so we were able to see for ourselves independently what rocks might look like underneath a microscopic lens. We have also been comparing and grouping rocks and can now describe the features of sedimentary and igneous rocks. Gosh aren't we brainy?
This half term our new topic is 'Rock and Roll' and you are probably all thinking what on earth is a 'dirt pudding'? Well the children in Year 3 have been learning all about the different layers of rocks underneath the earths surface. To help the children remember all the different layers they each made a 'dirt pudding' which consisted of a multitude of chocolatey treats, who knew learning science could be so much fun?!
Year 3 had a fantastic educational visit to London! It was a quick and safe journey down on the train with no stoppages along the way. The Tower of London was the first stop of the day where the children could go and see the crown jewels. The children were able to walk straight through and view the crowns, cloaks, scepters and swords without any queuing which was a bonus! Each carefully crafted object were covered with diamonds and gems worth fortunes. Year 3 were mesmerized! Afterwards it was time for lunch, so the children perched themselves on some nearby benches. You could definitely tell they were hungry, after such a busy morning. Soon it was time to move again so we hopped on the tube to Westminster where we saw Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. We didn't know which way to look as their was so much to see. We were very excited as it was time to board The River Cruise. The cruise took us all the way along the River Thames, it was a real highlight of the day. The tour guide pointed out spectacular London landmarks such as The Shard, Canary Wharf and St Paul’s Cathedral along the way. This was a brilliant experience and a significant talking point of the day as we were able to really understand how important the River Thames was and still is today. Finally it was time to head back so we boarded the tube from a busy Waterloo Station in time for our Burger King at Euston. This was a real treat and rounded the day off perfectly! Thank you for all the support given towards this trip it was a tremendous day had by all!
Year 3 had a brilliant week packed full of MATHS! By the end of it they were still asking for more. At the beginning of the week Year 3 brought in maths games they play at home and explored these with their friends in class. By the afternoon it was time to relax with some music and investigate maths in art. They learned how to tessellate shapes and paint them using water colours. Who knew maths could be this much fun? Throughout the week they were invited to years four, five and six to learn about maths and history, maths and science and finally maths and sport. Each afternoon was jam-packed full of creative opportunities to learn maths in new and different ways and once more it was a lot of fun too! Throughout the rest of the week the mornings consisted of designing and creating their very own maths games Year 3 were enthralled by this, buzzing with lots of ideas and working together to create some fantastic maths games. Friday marked the end of a marvellous week of maths and the opportunity to play with the finished designs (see below).
CHANGES TO READING - As of next week children will be heard read on Tuesdays and Fridays. Once children have finished their reading book they can change it at any point during the week. Thank you.
Hello and welcome to Year 3. This week Year 3 have been introduced to the story The Iron Man. They have really begun to get to grips with the text and have enjoyed the learning log challenges that have been set out for them. As you are aware from the welcome pack children are required to complete a half termly project related to their topic. To kick things off I thought the children would enjoy a creative project so I have asked them to create a junk model of an Iron Man. This can be of any shape or size and must be brought in for them to present to the rest of the class on the last week of term. I look forward to seeing your amazing junk model creations in class. Thank you Miss Bradley