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21st January 2022

With today being our 'Break the Rules Day' we have had great excitement this week!  It has also been the first week of using our new Recognition Board and the children have all responded really well to it.  It has helped to focus them on the positive behaviours that we see so often in class, and have really helped us all to recognise when the children are showing a fantastic attitude towards their learning.

In English this week we have learned about a type of poem called a Haiku.  These poems are originally from Japan and have only 3 lines.  The lines are written in a special way and contain 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.  This has really helped us to focus on our 'WOW' words and choose vocabulary that has a high impact.  We have linked these Haikus to our topic of Oceans and will be putting these around the school and classroom next week.  Watch this space for photographs of these amazing poems!

In Maths we have continued working with money.  The children have really been getting to grips with handling coins and making different amounts.  They have added amounts together using physical coins, using number bonds and grouping to help them.  They have done incredibly well with it - keep using and counting money as much as possible at home.  It all helps!

In Science this week we looked at the human skeleton.  We found out the scientific names of some main bones of the body and the children have been full of additional facts that they have learned at home.  Next week we will be completing an experiment based on our bodies - look out for the photographs in next week's newsletter.

14th January 2022

It has been great to have our first full week back in school, and we have really got to grips with being back in the swing of learning.

We have been looking at the wordless story Out of The Blue this week.  The children have been able to use their own ideas to tell the story and have worked hard to include speech (punctuated correctly) and adjectives in their stories.  They have had some fantastic ideas and we have had great fun linking this to our topic work.

In maths this week we have been using money.  We have had to recognise coins, add them and subtract them.  We have worked with coins and notes and the children have found it incredibly tricky due to the fact we are handling coins and notes less in the past few years.  If you have any coins at home it would be really great to help the children by asking them to count how much there is or asking them to make different amounts.

Our topic this term is Oceans and Plastic Pollution.  We had a great lesson looking at atlases and globes this week to find the different oceans in the world - there are 5 of them.  We also found other places we were interested in, looked at the 7 continents and compared the maps to the globe!  The children found it incredibly interesting to use the atlases, and we will definitely be getting these out again!

We have started singing our songs for the Year 3 and 4 concert at the end of the term - keep ears and eyes open for information about this closer to Easter.

26th November 2021

This week we have had some assessments to do.  I am really proud of the way the children have worked throughout the week and the level of concentration they have shown - well done, you should all feel really proud of yourselves!

In English this week we have looked at possessive apostrophes.  These are apostrophes that show belonging and are often used after a person's name and with an 's' after it.  The children have enjoyed 'owning' things and have worked hard to extend their sentences too.

In Maths we have been looking at dividing by 2, 5 and 10.  We have done this by both sharing and grouping and have begun to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to find our answers.  We have used physical equipment and pictures to help us too.

In science this week we have looked at food labels.  We have found out the answers to some questions by investigating the links between different things on a food label. For example, All food that is high in fat is also high in salt.  We have hypothesised and then used information to find out the answer for ourselves.

19th November 2021

This week has been Anti-Bullying Week, where we focus on the important message of stamping out bullying.  We have talked about how it might make a person feel to be bullied and left out of things, as well as things that we can all do to help stop bullying if we see it.  These things include telling a trusted adult, both in school and at home.  We have also talked about the importance of being kind and using kind words.  We have written 'Caught you Being Kind' cards for people that we have remembered being kind to us.

In English we have continued our work on the story of Flat Stanley - the Original.  We have looked at describing the main character, Flat Stanley, and we have written letters to him inviting him to our house for the holidays!  This has been really exciting and the children have written fantastic letters!

In Maths this week we have started look at multiplication.  We have used an array to help us and have been revising counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.  We have started using TT Rockstars to help us with our times tables, which can also be done at home using the same log-in information as NumBots.  At the moment this should be limited to 2x, 5x and 10x, with additional tables being added later into the term.

We started our dance lessons in PE this week.  I was really impressed by the co-ordination and enthusiasm of all the class in this and I am really looking forward to collaboratively choreographing a dance at the end of term.

12th November 2021 

This week has been Maths Week in school.  We have had a great time in maths lessons doing problem solving and investigations applying all of the skills we have learned so far in school.  We have even taken part in our first Maths World Cup event, which involved lots of exercise along with maths problems to solve.

In English we have started reading Flat Stanley - The Original.  We have really enjoyed this books far and have really taken inspiration from it to help with our writing.  We have talked about what we think life would be like to be flat - a mixture of exciting and frustrating!

We have also started our science topic of Animals including Humans.  In this we started by looking at different food groups and healthy food choices.  This links really well to pour DT food topic for this term.

5th November 2021

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a fantastic half-term holiday.

This week in school we had two important things going on.  The first was that we celebrated Black History Week.  We did this in Year 3 by looking at what happened to Ruby Bridges.  Ruby was a 5-year-old girl that was ordered by a judge to attend a white school.  As a result of this, lots of parents refused to send their children to school as they did not want them mixing with Ruby, and she ended up being taught on her own for her first year.  We discussed and read Ruby Bridge's story and completed some English work around it, including writing letters to her.

The second important part of our week was that Thursday was an 'Outdoor Learning' day.  We had an active maths lesson continuing to work on our column subtraction methods and we spent the afternoon making an Iron Age roundhouse.  We went outside to collect different materials to use in our houses, then used clay to help hold everything together.  It was great fun (if a little cold) and we learned a lot, including that we need to have a doorway for a house to allow people entry!

22nd October 2021

We started the week with our amazing 'Be Bright, Be Seen' day on Monday and the children and adults all made a fantastic effort to wear bright clothing to school.  With the clocks changing over half term, this is such an important message for us all as we will all be travelling in darker conditions.

In English this week we have been focussing on elements of grammar and punctuation.  We have looked at sentence structures and organising our work into paragraphs.  Both these things are extremely important in our writing and we will continue to help the children perfect these in the weeks and months to come.

In Maths this week we have been using our knowledge of place value when adding and subtracting to try and use the column method.  This has been tricky when we have had to exchange a ten for ten ones, but we will continue practising and persevering with this.

This week saw us come to the end of some our topics. We will be starting new PE units and a new science topic after half term.  The children have all been enthusiastic in the learning we have completed this half term and we are looking forward to this continuing with exciting new topics.

It was lovely to meet everyone during parents evenings this week, albeit virtually.  Have a lovely half term break and I hope we all get a chance to re-charge our batteries!

15th October 2021

This week in English we have focussed on writing instructions.  We have written our own instructions about how to was a woolly mammoth and have worked really hard to use interesting imperative verbs and numbered steps.  The children will be using their handwriting sessions to write this into neat and this will then be on display in school.

In Maths we have continued with adding and subtracting.  We have looked at adding two lots of 2-digit numbers together and have had to use exchanging when we have 10 or more ones, or 10 or more tens.  This has been a little tricky for some but we have used equipment and pictures to help us when we need to.  We have also begun looking at the column method for adding and subtracting to extend ourselves.

We have made amazing strides in our Djembe drumming this week!  We are all extremely proud of ourselves as we have managed to play in two different parts!  Our drumming is sounding rhythmic and like a professional Djembe band - well done to all!

In science we started learning about a famous fossil hunter called Mary Anning.  We did some research about her in iPads and found out about one of her amazing discoveries and how she sold it for only £28.  This was enough money though, to keep her and her mother living in comfort for the rest of their lives.  Next week we will be making a fact sheet about Mary Anning, using the information we have found this week.

8th October 2021

We have been reading 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' this week.  We have looked at imperative verbs and have washed a dinosaur toy to help us think about how best to use the imperative verbs in a sentence.  We have completed some fantastic independent writing to retell the story.  The children have all worked incredibly hard on their writing and are making good progress on it.

In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction and have been going over the 10s barrier and the 100s barrier.  This means that the addition or subtraction has crossed over to the next (or previous) 10 and we have had to use exchanging to complete the problems.  We have used number lines, place value counters and base-10 resources to help us with this,

In science this week we discovered how fossils are made.  We used Plasticine and shells to make our own fossil impressions and then became archaeologists ourselves!  We had to use a cocktail stick to carefully remove a chocolate chip from a cookie!  it was harder than some of us thought it would be too.


1st October 2021

This week on English we have continued our work if Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.  We have retold this story on Seesaw and have used it to help plan and write our own stories based in the Stone Age.  I have been really impressed with the ideas that the children have had and they have all worked incredibly hard to write their stories.  We will try to use our handwriting sessions to write these in neat during the next week.

In maths this week we have moved on to addition.  We have been revising some of the work we completed in Year 2 and have added 1-digit numbers to 2-digit and 3-digit numbers and have started crossing ten.  We have tried to use our knowledge of number bonds to ten to help us with these.  

In our Science lesson this week we have made rocks!  We used different types of chocolate to create and show the different layers that are present in different types of rocks.  We made sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and watched a demonstration of an igneous rock.  We used grated chocolate in our experiment and we were able to take them home to taste them.

In our Topic lesson we have learned about a Stone Age settlement called Skara Brae.  This is found in the Orkney Isles in Scotland and is incredibly well-preserved.  The children all managed to find this on a map of the UK and labelled the four countries that make up the UK.

Finally, we have learned some new playground games in PE.  This will give us more games that we can play together during playtime and lunchtime.  We will continue to think of different games we can play and are looking forward to hearing suggestions from the children too.

24th September 2021

We have started working on a new story this week in English: Stone Age Boy.  This story is about a boy who wakes up in the Stone Age.  He meets a girl who helps him and takes him back to her settlement.  He doesn't understand what the Stone Age people are saying, but he is able to use other ways of communicating with them.  He learns lots of their different skills while he is there.  When he eventually wakes up back in the Modern Age, his family say he has only been gone a few hours, and he must have dreamt it... or has he?  We have enjoyed exploring this story; we have used it to make some fantastic sentences this week, exploring the use of adjectives, using a thesaurus, and writing sentences with adverbial phrases in them.  Next week we will develop our own stories of a Stone Age character.

In maths this week we have been comparing and ordering numbers.  We have looked at the meanings of the < and > symbols (less than, greater than) and trying to use these in our calculations to compare numbers.  On Thursday we even managed to count to 1000 in steps of 50!  We looked at how counting in 50s related to counting in 5s to help us with this.

On Friday we have enjoyed an Olympic themed dance workshop.  We have chosen Africa as our continent and have completed a whole day of Africa-themed activities - it has been great fun.  Keep an eye out for the photographs of our day which will soon be making an appearance on the 'Photo' section of our class page.

17th September 2021

We have continued with our fantastic learning this week and have even enjoyed a tennis training session from Premier Sports.  The children really enjoyed learning and developing new skills, and we will now be able to put these into our PE tennis lessons!

In English this week we have continued our learning about Ug.  We have thought about all the fantastic inventions that Ug would like to make but can't quite get right.  We have written Ug a letter to offer him some help and ideas of our own about how he can help improve life in the Stone Age.  We have then invented something for him to make his life easier - these have been incredible and have included new trousers, houses, a TV, games and even a way of collecting water from the stream without having to walk down to it!  We have also written some instructions about how to use these amazing inventions. 

In maths this week we have been continuing our focus on number and place value.  We have been looking at numbers up to 1000 and used various methods to represent and understand the hundreds, tens and ones that make up these numbers.  We have also used number lines to locate these numbers, and blank number lines to reason where numbers would be, which we found tricky.

We have started our science topic of Rocks, Soils and Fossils this week by using our observational skills to look carefully at different types of rocks.  Already we have found lots of ways that different rocks are similar or different and have used some great vocabulary to describe these.  We created some careful observational drawings os our rocks and added labels to show the features and properties.







10th September 2021

This week has been our first full week in school, and we have started lots of new topics.  I am incredibly proud of how well the children have settled in to the new class and how quickly they have got used to the new routines in school.  Please can the children have their reading record books in school on Monday so that these can be checked.  It is incredibly important that the children are heard reading at home as often as possible, and we ask for this to be a minimum of three days a week using their school reading book.  Other days can include books you have at home.

In English this week we have been using the story of 'Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age'.  We have enjoyed looking at the differences between Ug's lifestyle and ours and have used the comic-style of this story to write speech, first using speech bubbles and then introducing how to use speech marks.  It has been difficult for some of us to remember to use capital letters and full stops in our writing this week after such a long break over the summer.  Please keep reinforcing these essentials when doing any writing at home.

In Maths this week we have been revisiting place value and numbers up to 1000.  We have used different methods to show numbers up to 1000 using practical equipment and diagrams.  We have begun to use these to add numbers together.

We have begun our topic work of The Stone Age this week.  We have looked at where the Stone Age happened and the different periods within this.  We have also started to look at Stone Age art when trying to make our own paint!

We have also started Djembe drumming this week.  This has been great fun.  This week we learned how to sit correctly and hold the drums and how to make two different tones on the drums.  We worked well together to hold a steady beat and even managed to do this with a steady rhythm using the different tones!  I am looking forward to seeing this progress throughout the term.