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Friday 20th April

It’s been a busy start to the summer term but the children are all keen to make the most of the last 12 weeks of year 3.

Our English topic is Aesop’s fables and we have been listening to fables on BBC school radio as well as reading them. We are exploring the morals at the end of each fable. Next week we will be writing our own fables. We will also be developing our use of speech in writing and continuing to learn about homophones and also exploring conjunctions.

In maths we are revisiting place value and next week we will be counting in multiples of 4,8,50 and 100. Finding 10 and 100 more and less than given numbers and also using our place value knowledge to solve problems. Each maths lesson ends with either tackling tables or tackling addition and subtraction. Next Friday our assessment will be tackling tables. It’s fantastic to be able to give so many dojos for personal improvement each time someone gets a new highest score.

We will be starting our combined science and topic unit next week called ‘what on earth?’ This will have an environmental focus. In Science we will be learning about plants and we look forward to planting a variety of different plants over the next few weeks. Thompson and Morgan – the seed people have kindly donated a range of seeds and if any parents or grandparents have any pots, planters or compost that they don’t need it would be very welcome.

This week we combined RE and art and the children produced some lovely water colour pictures linked to the Easter story. We will be finishing off our work on Easter over the next couple of weeks before moving onto our next topic.

Next week in circle time we will be exploring resilience and introducing the concept of the learning line.

Next week PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday we will be continuing our cricket coaching with Mr Sanderson. Even I managed to catch the ball and bowl somebody out this week – so we are all developing our skills.

Friday 23rd March

Next week in maths we will be finishing our unit on measurement. We will be reviewing all our learning on length, weight and capacity as well as adding and subtracting money and finishing our work on time.

We will also be tackling tables and addition and subtraction. Many children have been practising hard both at home and at school – It is great to see the scores improving. Each time a child gets a new highest score they are rewarded with dojos.

Our English focus will be prefixes and handwriting and this will also be the homework set for over Easter. Details to follow later in the week.

We will also be finishing our current science unit on forces. We will continue to explore magnets next week and find out what materials are magnetic and non-magnetic.

We will also be using Easter to inspire art and DT activities on Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday Morning we will be joining the rest of KS2 to celebrate the Eucharist for Easter.

The children have worked very hard this term and are ready for the Easter holidays. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday and come back ready for an exciting summer term of learning.

Friday 16th March

Our English focus next week will be SPAG and handwriting. We will be looking out and developing our knowledge of prefixes. I am delighted to see that lots of children have been trying really hard to develop and improve their joined up handwriting and we will continue to practise all the different letters.

In maths we are continuing our work on measurement. This is a challenging topic and next week our focus will be on weight and capacity. We will be learning how to read scales accurately. Comparing kilograms and grams, litres and millilitres and also add and subtracting weight and capacity before starting to learn about time at the end of the week. Please encourage your children to read measurements and tell the time at home.

In science we will be learning about magnets and exploring what items are magnetic and why.

In our RE work we will be recapping on the Easter story and then looking more closely at the events through the eyes of Mary.

We will be having our third session of cricket coaching. We are enjoying learning together and I was amazed at the children’s bowling skills this week.

Hopefully everyone has managed to Log onto Sumdog for the Peterborough competition. I look forward to seeing lots of names on the leader board during the next week.

Next week is also the last week for our class reading competition. Well done to those children who have already achieved bronze, silver or gold certificates. Remember all sheets must be handed in by FRIDAY 23rd March.

Friday 9th March

Next week in English we will continue with our work on writing letters. We will be looking at both formal and informal letters. We will continue to learn about prefixes in our spellings and developing our joined up handwriting skills.

In maths we are continuing with our unit on measurement and this week our focus is measuring length. So we are exploring mm, cm, m and km. We are also focusing on addition and subtraction for our mental maths.

In science we will be carrying out an experiment to explore the force needed to move an item across a range of different surfaces. On Wednesday we will have an opportunity to take part in a science workshop.

In our topic we are exploring the Mayans and the children will have an opportunity to put some of this information onto google slides as part of their ICT.

Over the next few weeks in RE we will be learning about Easter and exploring the importance of this festival for Christians.

Friday 2/3/18

Hopefully you have all enjoyed the unplanned snow days.

Next week in English we will continue with our letter writing. We will be writing more informal letters. In our SPAG work we are continuing to explore prefixes and also recapping on the common exception words.

In maths we are learning about measurement. We will be adding and subtracting money and giving change. Then we will move onto measuring length and using rulers and metre sticks correctly.

We will keep practising our mental maths skills. We are playing tackling tables 2 days a week and tackling addition and subtraction 2 days. Then on a Friday we will be doing a tackling quiz. Next week it will be tackling tables.

We will be exploring the forces of push and pull in our science lesson.

Hopefully we will also have our first session of cricket coaching on Thursday.

23rd February 2018

In English we will continue our work on writing formal letters. We have been using a checklist and writing as fairy tale characters so far. Our spelling focus this half term is prefixes.

In maths we will be continuing to use tackling tables and tackling addition and subtraction. We will be doing the tackling tables quiz on Thursday this week. We will be starting our new unit on measurement. This encompasses a wide range of maths skills such as using money, telling the time, measuring length, weight and capacity and also problem solving in all these areas. – So a challenging time between now and Easter!

In Science we will be learning how to use Newton/force metres to measure force.

We will continue to learn about the Mayans in our topic work. We have used an Atlas to find Central America and where the Mayan’s lived.

On Thursday it is world book day. Everyone is welcome to dress up as a character from a book. Please bring in a book you no longer read and there will be time to swop it for something different.

On Friday we will be having our whole school RE day – the theme will be self-esteem and mindfulness. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities. – If you have any empty clear plastic bottles please send them in.

This is just a reminder that information about what your child's class is doing is updated weekly on this class page. Teachers will post what is coming up, how you can help your child and suggest things that you could do at home. This is because we feel it benefits children to look at the curriculum before they are taught it and helps you know what is happening in the class before it happens rather than after it has occurred.

In the same way homework is called 'preview homework' and will focus on what the children are going to be learning about. We feel it is helpful to your child if they complete preview homework suggestions or activities. However we know that families are busy, have activities out of school etc and that this is not always possible. Therefore preview homework is optional and your child should not be penalised for not completing it and you do not need to provide an explanation to the teacher as to why it has not been done. There may be rewards and incentives for those who do complete their preview homework, but no sanctions for those who do not.

Please remember to check this page for weekly forthcoming class information and copies of preview homework posted.

Friday 2nd February.

In English next week we will be finishing our unit of work based on Anthony Browne’s excellent book ‘The Tunnel’. We have written the untold part of the story this week and everyone has an opportunity to work individually with an adult to proof read and edit their writing. We will be planning and writing another adventure story towards the end of the week.

In maths we are continuing our work on shape. We will be looking again at symmetry and continuing to explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

We will be combining RE and art to start considering Jesus the teacher and create a class collage.

In Science we are going to finish our unit of work on animals including humans by learning about muscles.

I look forward to seeing everyone at parents next week. It’s lovely to have an opportunity to share all the children’s achievements and discuss the next steps to help develop their learning.

Friday 26th January

In English next week we will continue to explore the story of ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne. We will be finding out how the story ends and also exploring the character of Jack in more detail. This week we have enjoyed sharing the book ‘Gorilla’ also by Anthony Browne in our guided reading groups to help support our learning. In our SPAG lessons we will continue to learn about inverted commas and speech. We will also be finding out about prepositions and continuing to learn the year 3 spelling patterns.

In Maths we will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes for the next 2 weeks. We will also continue to develop our mental maths skills.

In Science we will be learning about skeletons, both human and animal. We will be exploring both internal and external skeletons.

Friday 19.1.18

Next week we will be doing a short maths unit on position and direction. This will help us to prepare for shape and measurement.

In English we will be starting to write adventure stories using ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne as our inspiration. We will be looking and vocabulary and trying to use the most exciting words that we can. So when you are hearing your child read please discuss the vocabulary with them and make sure they understand what words mean.

In Science we will be using our nutrition diaries to explore what our bodies need to be healthy.

In RE we will be thinking about people who inspire us. The children have all been asked to bring in a picture of someone who inspires them. It might be a family member, friend or someone famous.

We will continue to use ‘hit the button’ and other activities to help develop our knowledge of number bonds and multiplication facts.

The school has recently bought into tackling add and subtract to support our mental maths skills. Over the next few weeks the children will be supported and assessed to establish a baseline for each individual.

12th January

Next week in year 3 we will be continuing with our current Maths and English units.

In Maths we are learning about statistics. This week we explored Tally charts and pictograms and next week we will be learning about tables and bar graphs.

 

In English we are learning about instructions. This week we have been mostly reading and following instructions. Next week we will be writing more instructions. To support this work in our SPAG sessions we will be learning about headings and subheadings and also finding out more about time conjunctions such as words like next, first and finally.

 

In Science our focus will remain on human nutrition. Learning about healthy eating.

We will be starting our RE unit which explores the question ‘Why is Jesus an inspirational leader for some people?’ The children will have an opportunity to think about who inspires them.

 

Please make sure that children have out door PE kit in school and if necessary spare socks.

5th January 2018

Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.

We have already made a start on our English and maths topics and will be starting many other exciting topics over the next couple of weeks.

In Maths over the next 2 weeks we will be learning about statistics. We will be creating tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. We will also be learning to extract the data and use it to answer questions and solve problems.

We will be continuing to learn our tables and linked division facts and also developing our knowledge of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, to help improve our addition and subtraction.

In English our focus will be reading, writing and using instructions. We will also be continuing to read regularly, and develop our knowledge and understanding of many aspects of SPAG.

Our Science topic this half term is about nutrition and the body both human and animals.

In our PSHE we will be using a book called ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ Which helps us to explore happiness and positive behaviour.

Friday 8th December

Next week in maths we will be finishing our fractions unit and continuing to improve our multiplication and division skills.

In English we will be learning about proof reading, editing and improving our writing. These are all vital skills that we need to learn and develop.

We will be finishing our topic ‘From stone to steel’ we have enjoyed learning about many aspects of prehistoric times. The children will also be bring home the pots they made at Flag Fen and we will also be dismantling our display that the children created for homework.

On Tuesday we will be icing all our Christmas cakes remember you need to bring in decorations, £2.00 and a box to bring your cake home in. The cakes will be coming home on Wednesday as they need to set for 24 hours before we move them.

Thank you very much to the kind parents who have volunteered to come and help on Tuesday – we can’t do it without you.

Friday 1st December

Wow I can’t believe its December already. Next week in English we will be finishing our poetry unit by choosing the poem we most enjoyed writing to make into a class book. We will also share our poems in reading circles. In our SPAG work we will be finishing our current work on apostrophes and then exploring homophones.

In maths we will continue to explore fractions.

In RE we are attempting to answer the question ‘why does Christmas matter to Christians?’ We will be thinking about thankfulness in relation to the Christmas story and showing gratitude at Christmas. We will also be learning about the Christingle service and of course sharing in our school Christingle service.

The children all have a role in our class presentation as part of the Christingle service if they are an angel it would be great if they could have some tinsel in their hair and if you have suitable head gear for wise men or shepherds please send it in with your child. But don’t worry if you don’t we will raid the costumes cupboard!

We will be finding out even more about the Bronze age and moving onto explore the Iron age over the next couple of weeks in our topic work.

Next week we will start to make our Christmas cakes the children will work in groups of 7 to prepare the cake mix which will then be cooked in 10cm cake tins and then wrapped ready for icing. We plan to ice and decorate our cakes on Tuesday 12th December if anyone is able to help that morning we would be very grateful – no experience needed.

On Friday afternoon the Children are looking forward to sharing what they have learnt this term during their violin sessions – we hope you are able to join us.

24/11/17

Next week we will be continuing our poetry unit and sharing a poem by David Orme called ‘The teacher’s day in bed’ (just wishful thinking on my part!) We will also be recapping on our common exception words and suffixes as well as continuing to develop our knowledge of apostrophes to contract.

In maths we will be starting our new unit on fractions. We will also continue to work on tackling tables. Many children are making fantastic progress and it’s great to be giving out lots of Dojos for improving scores. Hopefully everyone has had a chance to take part in the sumdog competition – remember to make sure it says Peterborough contest in the green box at the top of the page.

We will be finishing off our science topic on rocks, fossils and soil.

We will be starting a new RE topic and also preparing our class presentation for the Christingle service on Wednesday 6th December at 7.00 if your child is not able to take part please let me know.

Lots of people have handed in their slips regarding Christmas cakes if you have not and you would like your child to make a cake then please return the form to me by Wednesday so I can buy the ingredients.

17th November 2017

Next week in year 3 we are continuing our work on poetry. We have enjoyed sharing 2 poems by Allan Ahlberg this week and will be looking at a poem by Michael Rosen. We are also sharing poems in our guided reading and book talk sessions.

We will also be learning about apostrophes and speech punctuation in our SPAG sessions over the next 2 weeks.

In maths we will be finishing our unit on multiplication and division so keep learning those tables.

We will be sharing our homework on the Bronze Age and judging by the fantastic work already brought in it will be a very interesting and enjoyable gallery of work.

We will be continuing our science work on rocks and soil.

We will be finishing our RE work on light and dark by writing acrostic poems.

Hope you enjoy looking at the recent additions to our photos on the website. The pots were made on our visit to Flag Fen and the dance pictures were taken at the year 3 gym and dance festival at AMVC were we enjoyed sharing our dance with other local schools and being inspired by some amazing dancing by AMVC students.

10th November 2017

Next Wednesday we will be taking part in a gym and dance festival at AMVC. Children need to come to school in their PE kits (I’ll send them home on Monday) and bring a water bottle and packed lunch. Please make sure you have warm clothes to walk to AMVC in. We will be eating our packed lunches on our return to school. We will attempt to take photos during our dance but it is tricky when the children are moving!!

In English we will be starting a unit on Poetry, both reading and writing a range of poems.

Our maths continues to be linked to multiplication and division. Many children are continuing to work hard to improve their scores in tackling tables and will be doing our tackling tables quiz each week during this unit of maths.

We have now painted our salt dough models of Stonehenge and will be moving on to explore the Bronze Age in our topic work following a fantastic day out at Flag Fen where the children showed considerable interest and knowledge, listening carefully and taking part in all the activities with enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to spend the day in their company.

Friday 3rd Nov

We are all looking forward to our trip to Flag Fen on Monday. We will be leaving school about 9.30 and returning by 3.00. Please remember your packed lunch and make sure you have warm waterproof clothes plus sensible shoes or boots.

We finished exploring the Stone Age this week and started to learn about the Bronze Age. We have been learning about Stonehenge as this spans both periods of time. (Apologies for the state of some of the children on Tuesday, however we did enjoy recreating Stonehenge out of salt dough.)

In Maths we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction and we will start our next unit on multiplication and division on Tuesday. So we will be doing extra sessions of tackling tables over the next few weeks.

In English next week we will be planning and writing recounts of our trip to Flag Fen. The children will have an opportunity to include photos in their work and we will also put photos on the website during the week.

In science we will be starting to learn about soil and will be carrying out experiments on a range of soil samples over the next few weeks.

We will also be continuing to practise our dance for the dance festival at AMVC on the 15th November. The children are already better than the teacher after just one session!

In RE we will be exploring the symbol of light for Christians and looking at William Holman Hunt’s painting ‘Light of the world’.

20th October 2017

We have ended the half term with yet another busy week of learning. It was lovely to meet so many parents at parents evening and share your children’s achievements.

Hopefully everyone will have a rest next week and come back ready for an exciting half term.

In maths we will be finishing off our unit on addition and subtraction. We will be continuing to learn about number lines and also looking at column addition and subtraction.

On Monday 30th October we will be reviewing all our spellings from this half term with a 15 word test. We will also be taking part in dictation activities linked to the common exception words and our spellings.

On Tuesday we will be working in 4 groups to share the stories that are written over half term (See homework 18/10). I’m looking forward to being entertained with a variety of exciting stories.

In our topic and English work we will be exploring Stonehenge and creating group models and individual information sheets or leaflets.

We will also be starting to learn and practise a dance that we will be sharing with other local primary schools at a dance festival at AMVC in November.

6th October 2017

Today we finished our maths unit on place value so on Monday we will start developing our addition and subtraction skills. We will be covering adding up and taking away until half term. It would be great if you could practise quick mental questions at home. We will also be improving our knowledge of number bonds to 20 and then 100.

In English we have been writing descriptions of story settings and then editing and improving our writing. We are trying to add lots of adjectives into our writing to make it more interesting. Next week we will be finishing our setting descriptions and then moving onto writing descriptions of characters. This is to help us when we are writing stories.

We are going to do another experiment in Science next week and continue to explore the permeability of rocks.

In our topic work this week we have been thinking about how to survive as a Stone Age person and looking at the development of tools such as the bow and arrow. We will continue to explore life in the Stone Age.

We are also continuing with our spelling theme of suffixes in both our weekly spellings and some of our SPAG lessons. This week all of the children have read individually and next week we will be working in groups to develop our comprehension and understanding of texts.

29th September 2017

We have enjoyed sharing a number of fairy tales in our English sessions this week. I especially enjoyed seeing all the fantastic fairy tale homework. Lots of children had clearly worked really hard retelling fairy tales in imaginative ways. Next week in English we will be learning about describing settings. This will help us in the future when we are writing stories. Describing the setting helps the reader to picture where the story is taking place.

We even managed to explore fairy tale word problems in our maths lesson today. Next week we will be finishing off our unit on place value. It is also great to see that lots of children are making progress with tackling tables and Dojos will be given out next week to everyone who has shown improvement from the previous quiz.

We created Harvest art this week and some of the pictures have been put up in Church and more will displayed in school next week. We have started practising our poem for Harvest Festival in Church on Tuesday. On Monday we will writing prayers and one will be read out during our Harvest festival. We will also be continuing our RE unit on light and dark.

We will be exploring the permeability of rocks with an experiment in science this week. There is a Dojo for the first person who can tell me what permeability means!

In topic we will continue to explore the Stone Age learning more about the lives of people in this time.

I am looking forward to another amazing week in year 3.

22nd September 2017

We are all looking forward to Fairy tale week. On Monday we will be joining with years 1 and 2 for a magical morning. Our English lessons will be spent exploring a range of Fairy tales. On Friday we will be dressing up as fairy tale characters.

In maths we will continue learning about place value and developing our knowledge of numbers.

On Tuesday afternoon we will be doing harvest art so if anyone has any useful resources or spare corn please bring it in!

We will also be joining with year 4 to learn a harvest poem to present during our harvest festival in Church on Tuesday 3rd October.

Today the children enjoyed their first string session and over the next term they will be spending every Friday afternoon learning how to play the violin or cello. I’m sure we have some budding musicians in our class. Hopefully there will be an opportunity for a concert towards the end of term.

15th September 2017

Yet another busy week in year 3 and the children have been working very hard.

In English we are enjoying the ‘Littlenose’ stories and have been creating character descriptions of Littlenose and Two-eyes. We have used our senses to describe the cave where Littlenose lives and next week we will be writing our own adventure stories.

We will be starting our spellings next week and learning about suffixes. We will also finish our work on using commas in lists.

In Maths we have been recapping our number bonds knowledge and also starting our tackling tables journey. Congratulations to the 4 children who got 100 questions correct on just the 2nd attempt- a fantastic achievement. Next week we will be exploring place value which is the foundation for many other areas of maths. The children will be exploring 2 and 3 digit numbers, ordering and comparing numbers. They will also be using place value and number facts to solve problems.

We have started our science topic on rocks and soil. Next week will be carrying out an experiment to explore the varying hardness of rocks.

In RE we have started to think about light and dark. We would like to create collages next week so please send in magazines and catalogues on Monday.

In topic we created a timeline of British history the Stone Age to the modern age. Next week will be creating a more specific timeline of the period of the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

It was lovely to meet lots of families at open evening and I’m looking forward to getting to know all your children really well as we embark on an exciting and busy year of learning together.

8th September 2017

Welcome to year 3.

We have had a very busy first week back and the children have worked hard completing a range of mini assessment activities. We have also been using the ‘Mr Benn’ stories to inspire our adventure story writing and I know some children have enjoyed watching further episodes at home. I’m sure older family members have enjoyed reminiscing as well!

Next week we will be continuing to write adventure stories using the ‘Little nose’ stories by John Grant. These stories are about the adventures of a cave boy and his pet mammoth. This links to our topic about the Stone Age. We have already used charcoal and chalk to create our own cave paintings and on Monday we will be creating a whole class cave painting.

We will be starting our science topic – Rocks and soils next week. We will also begin our RE topic exploring light and dark and asking what do these symbols mean.

In maths we will continue our tackling tables and also develop our number bonds knowledge and speed of recall.

All the children have read to an adult in school and been given a new reading book and reading record. Some families have already managed to hear children read and talk about the book.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of parents at open evening next week and I’m sure the children will be keen to show you their new classroom. If you can’t make it let me know and I’ll make sure you have a copy of the key information.

year3@peakirk.peterborough.sch.uk

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