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Week commencing 14th October 2019

Dear Parents and carers,

 

This week in maths we have been learning how to round and adjust tricky numbers such as 8 and 9 to help us with our mental addition and subtraction.  The children were learning how to round up the number to the nearest multiple of ten, carry out the calculation and then use addition or subtraction to adjust the number.  Why not see if they can do this for you at home.

 

                                 33 + 9 = 42                                                          33 - 9 = 24

Step 1 - round          9 + 1 = 10                           Step 1 - round         9 + 1 = 10

Step 2 - calculate     33 + 10 = 43                       Step 2 - calculate     33 - 10 = 23

Step 3 - adjust         43 - 1 = 42                           Step 3 - adjust         23 + 1 = 24

 

In English, we are writing our own Egyptian myth, we have used a story mountain to plan our myth and have been writing a character description for our main character Ka.

 

Homework this week is English, children are to complete pages 3 and 4 and return to school no later than Wednesday 23rd October.

 

In science, we carried out an investigation to see which materials are magnetic and whether we could find a common theme.  The children had lots of fun testing as many materials in the classroom as they could find.

Week commencing 7th October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We had a great start to our week with our Michael Morpurgo dress up day.  the children looked fantastic in their outfits.

 

This week in maths the children have been focusing on problem solving.  We had an external company come in and work with the children to use their knowledge to a variety of problems.  The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

 

Our writing this week has been focused around our trip to the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to see 'I Believe in Unicorns' which was absolutely magical.  The children really enjoyed the performance and were amazed at the different things the Unicorn Lady was able to pull from a book.  The children have been writing and punctuating dialogue between Tomas (the main character) and his mother.  

 

This week has been space week, so our science focused on the International Space Station and the differences of life on Earth and in space.  The children designed and built their own space stations using art straws.  They were very inventive.

 

Homework this week is Maths, Pages 5 and 6 are to be completed and returned to school no later than Wednesday 16th October.

Week commencing 30 September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week in maths the children have been using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols < > = to compare and order a range of numbers.  They have been using capacity and volume to support their understanding.

 

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In English, the children have been writing their own dialogue for our myth 'The Unruly Children' in which they have used role play to help them create powerful speech.  The children's enjoyment in this myth has been evident in their short story review in which they were able to describe their characters and quote their dialogue from the text.
In science this week, the children have been learning about magnetic force.  They learnt that a magnet has a South and a North pole and that magnetic forces can't be seen.  They conducted an experiment to see what would happen if they placed like poles and opposite poles together.  The children found that like poles repelled the magnets whilst opposite poles attracted them.
Homework this week is English, children are to complete pages 3 and 4 and return to school no later than Wednesday 9th October.

Week Commencing 23 September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week in maths the children have been introduced to Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) which is an online programme that helps children to practise their multiplication tables whilst earning coins to spend on their avatar.  The children have been given their logins which have been stuck into the back of their reading diaries.  We have a subscription to the website not the app therefore, please use the link below to access TTRS.  The children are encouraged to practise their multiplication tables as often as possible as this will aid all aspects of their maths.  Please also see the parent guide.

 

In guided reading we have started our whole class reading book, 'There's a Pharaoh in our bath'.  We played ‘conscience alley’ to help us make a decision as to whether to open the coffin containing the pharaoh or not.  Sophie played Grimstone, one of the characters and she listened to the children’s reasons before deciding that she would open the coffin as she would become rich once she'd found the map and treasures.  See our pictures below.

 

Homework this week is maths.  Children are to complete pages 3 and 4 and return to school no later than Wednesday 2nd October.

 

 

Conscience Alley - do we open the coffin with the pharaoh inside?

Conscience Alley - do we open the coffin with the pharaoh inside? 1
Conscience Alley - do we open the coffin with the pharaoh inside? 2
Conscience Alley - do we open the coffin with the pharaoh inside? 3
Conscience Alley - do we open the coffin with the pharaoh inside? 4

Week commencing 16 Sept 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week in maths the children have been continuing with their work on 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.  With the help of the equipment and different strategies, such as counting on, the children have been more confident with finding 10 or 100 more or less.

 

In English, the children have written their version of the Egyptian Cinderella.  The children are getting used to writing for longer periods of time and have produced some fantastic retells.

 

In our topic, we have been learning about how Egyptian society was organised from the Pharaohs right down to the slaves.  Ask the children to tell you which member of Egyptian society they would have preferred to have been.  We have also been designing our own cartouches which are oval shields that bear the name of an important Egyptian person.

 

For homework this week the children have been asked to practise their spelling and conduct some research on an Egyptian God of their choosing.

Week commencing 9th September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The children have been settling into their new classroom and routines very well.  Our topic this term is the Ancient Egyptians, please see the topic web below to find out what the children will be learning over the coming term.  Each week I will provide a summary of what we have been up to in the classroom so that you can discuss this with your child, this will include what homework is to be completed.

 

Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me through the Front Office.

 

This week in maths we have been learning strategies to help us count 10 more or less than a given number.  This week's homework 'Unit 1 - All about numbers' will help to consolidate their learning.  The link below is a fun way for children to practise this skill.

 

In English we have learning about Myths and Legends, in particular the story of the Egyptian Cinderella.  The children worked in groups to use role-play and act out scenes from the story.

 

In geography, the children have been learning to locate Egypt on a map.  Additionally they have been learning about its key features such as its continent and surrounding countries and seas.  That Cairo is the capital city and the Nile is main river.  They have enjoyed using their knowledge to paint a map of Ancient Egypt.

Children using role-play to act out the Egyptian Cinderella

Learning about the geographical features of Egypt through paint

Learning about the geographical features of Egypt through paint 1
Learning about the geographical features of Egypt through paint 2
Learning about the geographical features of Egypt through paint 3

Activity Days

Monday: Swimming

Wednesday: Homework due in

Thursday: Book change

Friday: Library

Friday: Homework distributed check webpage for homework page numbers.

 

Our Year 3 curriculum comprises the following themed areas:

 

 Autumn Term
 
 Spring Term
 
 Summer Term
 
 Ancient Egypt
 
 My Place in the World
 
The Stone Age
 
 

 

 

 

British Values

 

The children have been learning about our British Values and the importance of rules.  To that end we created a set of class rules to help us remain safe and happy whilst we learn.  We have all signed the rules  and agreed to abide by them.

Walk Like an Egyptian

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With thanks to Sue Bleazzard and The Bangles.

Maths Practise

Children can click on the following links to play games that will help them with their maths practise.

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