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week ending 22.01.20

We have certainly kept busy in year 3 this week. In science we have continued our work on nutrition thinking about how animals have different nutritional needs than humans and why this is. The children designed plates of food to match the nutritional needs of a dog, cat, parrot and human to show their understanding. Hopefully the children have been talking about his at home. We have also begun looking at skeletons. The children in groups drew a life size skeleton and labeled the bones with both the common names and the scientific names. The scientific names were definitely harder to place, but the children really worked hard to match them to the correct bones.

In computing we have begun a new unit of work called ‘We are presenters’. We looked at the closing credits to a sports show, and thought carefully about all the jobs involved in getting sports on our televisions. We then looked at clips from different sporting events; snowboarding, tennis and swimming and thought about where we could see these jobs in action. The children will be undertaking some of these jobs; director, camera operator, editor, lighting, for example, over the coming weeks when they put together their own presentations.

Through D&T we have begun looking at mechanisms, children have looked at mechanisms in motion, and thought about how the movements take place. We have looked at different shaped cams and thought about how this would impact on the movement.

In maths we have begun ooking at dividing 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. We have thought about deconstructing the tens and ones, then dividing these separately before adding these answers back together. We have used base 10 to support our working out.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Horton

week ending 17.01.20

This week we have enjoyed finding out about nutrients in science. We looked at the difference between food groups and nutrients, and how many nutrients we should have on a daily basis. We also looked at the benefits of nutrients to help us live healthily.

In maths we have continued our work on multiplication, by multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit. The children have looked at deconstructing the 2 digit number, to allow multiplication of the ones, before the tens and then adding these together to come to the answer. Please keep working on the fluency of the multiplications at home, it really does make a difference to our work in school.

We have begun looking at our KIRF targets for Spring 1. The children have been enjoying battles by counting in fours and practicing their four times tables.

Last week the children were all amazing in their first swimming lesson. All the adults who attended commented on how exemplary their behavior was. We are all really proud of them.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mrs Horton

week ending 10.01.20

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful few weeks. The children have been very excited to tell us all about their adventures and stories from their time off.

We have begun the new year with a new topic ‘Tomb Raiders’ and over the coming weeks children will begin to uncover more about this.

In English we have started to look at historical settings and the key skills adverbs and paragraphs. Children have looked at using adverbs effectively, ensuring that the adverb is appropriate for the verb it is describing. They have also thought about how to use paragraphs when describing the same scene.

In maths we have started to look at multiplication of 2 digits and 1 digit. The children are finding this a challenge. Any extra work you can do at home on fluency of times table facts would be greatly appreciated as this then helps reduce the number of steps needed for the children to complete these calculations. We looked at Timestable Rockstars in class and handed out their passwords again to ensure children can access this great resource.

In science we have begun a new unit on ‘Animals including Humans’. This week we explored the children’s current knowledge on nutrition and skeletons. It was a fascinating lesson and we look forward to exploring this area of learning further.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton

week ending 20.12.19

What a wonderful final week of term it has been. We have been busy making surprises, learning about bar graphs in maths and finishing off our science work on plants.

We want to thank you all for your continued support in year 3, and your kind cards and gifts. They are really appreciated.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020!

Mrs Horton, Mr Bennett, Mrs Feighoney and Mrs Allmont

week ending 13.12.19

On Monday we had a show-stopping day with a sneak peak at the wonderful key stage 1 Christmas performance. We all really enjoyed the performance and thought all the children sang, danced and acted brilliantly. Well done everyone in Key Stage 1.

In the afternoon we watched a pantomime based on ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’. The children really were engaged with the humor and enjoyed joining in at every possible moment.

This week we have begun some secret Christmas crafts, which we know the children are excited about. These will come home next week.

On Thursday Year 3 and 4 presented their performance of The Innspectors to you all, and I’m sure you will agree they did a fantastic job! We are all really proud of the children’s achievements in doing this year’s Christmas play, with everyone working so hard to learn their lines, dances, and song words. Thank you to all parents for your continued support throughout the process.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 06.12.19

With our Christmas performance only a week away we have been working hard on learning the songs, knowing the cues for when to go onto the stage and saying our lines without our scripts. The children are really working hard and we cannot wait for you to see the performance. 

In maths we have continued our work with multiplication and division by looking at word problems. Children have thought carefully about the problem presented and whether it is a division or multiplication. They have used the methods learnt o help solve the problems.

In English, the children have edited their diary entries they have written from the point of view of Toothless, and have began redrafting them; including all their edits and writing neatly in handwriting pens.

This week the children have been given a number of letters, but many have been left on tables at the end of the day! If you think you haven't received a letter about milk, fruit or anything else, please ask your child to pick up a spare from the classroom.

Please remember to bring all costumes in by Monday if they are not already in.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 29.11.19

This week we have continued with our rehearsals for the Christmas play. Thank you for your support at home in helping learn any lines. We are working hard at school to learn new songs and bring the play together.

In English we have been writing diary entries from the point of view of the character Toothless from ‘How to train Your Dragon’. The children have been carefully applying the skills of using a range of conjunctions and synonyms for emotions. They have written 3 diary entries, using the clips from the film as inspiration, and have thought carefully about how Toothless would be feeing in each scene.

In maths we have begun looking at dividing with 3, thinking about how to use our three times table to support this. Children used counters where needed to support this, and pictures to help with grouping. We used these skills to start dividing by 4 as well, and the children are really starting the see the relationship between multiplication and division.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 22.11.19

This week we have began our Christmas play rehearsals. We began on Monday with a staff read through of the play, so the children could hear the story (something we love to do too), and then we invited children to audition for the roles they would like. We gave them the opportunity to choose between a singing, dancing and acting role. On Wednesday we introduced them to their roles and had our first read through. Next week we will continue to work on the performance. We can’t wait for you to see them in their fantastic roles.

In maths we have continued with our work on multiplication, looking closely at the 4 and 8 times tables. We have thought about how knowing some facts will support us in working out others, and also the relationship between the 4 and 8 times table.

In our English we have continued our diary work through exploring the character Toothless from the film ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ on certain days. The children watched small video clips, and then used freeze framing to explore the emotions in the scene. The children used these pictures to explore possible synonyms for these emotions, ready to include in their writing.

In Computing, we have been learning about algorithms and debugging by fixing and improving a range of animations on Scratch. The children have read the blocks of code then adapted them to make their improvements. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 15.11.19

We’ve had a lovely week in Year 3, despite the wet weather!

In our maths we have continued with addition and subtraction word problems, representing them through bar models and thinking carefully about the calculation we need to do. It has helped the children apply their written methods, including renaming when needed. We have began learning about multiplication by practising the 3 and 4 times tables. These are 2 of our focus times tables for Year 3, so any extra practise at home would be wonderful!

In English we have thought about synonyms and how they can mean similar things but have a different impact in a sentence. We have used a thesaurus to explore synonyms for the words happy, sad and worried. We will continue to use thesaurus’ in our current English work as we build towards writing a diary entry.

In science we have explored how seeds disperse. We looked at seven different ways, with the children making models and presenting each of these to the rest of the class. Ask your child how may ways they can remember.

On Wednesday morning we went to Trinity High School to take part in the invasion games tournament. The children were spilt into three groups and either competed in handball, hockey or football. The children certainly made us proud, they tried their hardest, showed great teamwork and were great ambassadors for Tardebigge.

In Computing, we have started learning about algorithms again. Our mantra is "An algorithm is a set of instructions to achieve an outcome". This week we looked at debugging two different programs, which needed small changes to be made to the code to improve. Some children even managed to adapt and change the rest of the algorithm to make them more interesting!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 08.11.19

Welcome back, we hope you all had wonderful half term breaks. The children have clearly had a great rest and have come back eager to learn.

In English we will be using our class guided reading text ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ to inspire some diary writing. The key skills will be focusing on will be synonyms for feelings and conjunctions. 

In Maths we finished our work on renaming in subtraction. The children were taking a range of numbers away from whole hundreds. It was really impressive to see the perseverance and determination from everyone! We have began Bar Modelling, which is a way of visiually representing problems and calculations to better understand them. It can be tricky, but the children have had a really good go and it will continue to come naturally with practise.

In Music this week, we began listening to 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley, and will focus on Reggae music throughout the term. If you would like to support your child in their Music learning, feel free to play them as much Reggae as you like!

We have had a lovely autumnal Forest School session; the leaves have fallen down and the puddle levels have gone up! We will continue morning sessions for the rest of the term.

Next Wednesday morning we will be visiting Trinity High School for an invasion game tournament (weather permitting). So please can you ensure children have suitable footwear in school and warm coats. We will provide the children with tracksuits. Any questions please come and see us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett.

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