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Week ending 06.11.20

We have had a brilliant first week back after half term this week.

In maths this week we have been adding ones, tens and then a 3 digit number to another 3 digit number with renaming. It’s really lovely to see the children’s confidence in this now compared to year 2 when we found it tricky!

In English we have spent time identifying a new text type which is a narrative. We discussed the features which included characters, settings, plot, paragraphs, direct speech and conjunctions among others. We then spent time identifying paragraphs by finding the theme of a group of sentences.

In Science we began to identify the parts of a flower by dissecting some. In History we interpreted secondary sources for evidence about prehistoric homes and debated which one we would rather live in and why.

I have uploaded a homework sheet to Class Dojo with folders for work to be uploaded into. Team points will be awarded accordingly. We are assessing book bands and monitoring reading. Please try and read with your child every night for at least 5 minutes. Up to 6 teams points will be awarded for this. We have been amazed with the enthusiasm for reading in school so well done everyone!

Congratulations to our Gold and Platinum children and to all those who have received their Bronze awards for team points!

We are very lucky to have two PGCE students from the University of Worcester join us for this half term. Here is a message from them:

Hello, we are two students from the University of Worcester, Mr Thomas and Mr McKirdy, and we have had the pleasure to join the year 3 class with Miss Cooke. For our first week, we were blown away with their behaviour and how friendly they have been towards us. We both are super happy to be a part of this class up until Christmas time.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone. Stay safe and see you on Monday!

Week ending 16.10.20

Another excellent week with year 3!

In guided reading we love our book talk sessions discussing the characters, settings, predictions and much much more using evidence form the text. We have also started ‘non-fiction’ Friday as an opportunity to retrieve information. In maths we have worked hard adding ones, tens and then hundreds to a 3 digit number without renaming. We finished the week by adding two 3 digit numbers together using column addition. In English we gathered more information about the Stone Age and the children have decided their headings for their new instructional writing. We have spent time gathering vocabulary to then plan our sentences at the end of the week.

In Science we learnt about the roles of each part of a flowering plant using scientific language and then sorted and classified plants that we get food from. In topic work we investigated photos of primary sources and learnt what that meant. In PE we did a baseline assessment testing our balance, strength, coordination and agility which the children were brilliant at!

Well done everyone for a brilliant week.

Congratulations to our gold and platinum children and those who brought in certificates from outside of school. We are so proud of you all.

Enjoy our harvest song which has now been uploaded on class dojo for you!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Week ending 09.10.2020

Well done for another fantastic week in year three.

In maths this week we have been focusing of recapping year 2 KIRFS such as number bonds to 10, 20 and our 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We have also done lots of revision of addition including renaming too. We finally moved onto identifying a family of facts from one addition number sentence.
For example 15 + 12 = 27 so 12 + 15 = 27, 27 – 12 = 15 and 27 – 15 = 12.

In English we have continued our work with instructional writing by writing numbered steps with time connectives, specific verbs and adverbs. The children had great fun instructing me on how to wash my bear toy and thought I was very silly putting the whole bottle of bubble bath in when they told me to ‘put in the bubble bath’! We then reverse planned instructions and wrote up our final work.

In science we had an afternoon exploring and recalling everything we know about plants. In history we were historians sorting through information about the different time periods of prehistory and then found similarities and differences. In art we attempted roller printing!

I had a lovely afternoon updating many of you on how the children have settled back in and look forward to more appointments next week.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Week ending 02.10.20

We have had another fantastic week in year 3!

In maths this week we have counted in fifties, found 10 more or 10 less than a 3 digit number, 100 more or 100 less than a number and counted in fours and eights. The children are really impressing me with their colourful brains! In English we identified our new text type which is instructions. We identified its features which included headings, rhetorical questions, a list of things you need and numbered steps with time connectives and verbs and adverbs. We are using the book ‘How to wash a wholly mammoth’ as inspiration and have learnt about other prehistoric animals we can write instructions about. In science we have finished our living things and habitats by investigating why some animals are adapted to living in their habitat and learnt about food chains.

We started our new topic this week called ‘Bones to Stones’ which is all about prehistory. We created a toilet roll timeline to understand chronology and the different eras of the Stone Age. It almost went around the whole of our classroom! In art we talked about cave paintings and the natural materials used. We improved our mastery of chalk pastel techniques before recreating the ‘Cave of hands’.

We have had such a brilliant week and I can’t wait for Monday already.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Week ending 25.09.20

We have had another fantastic week in year 3. We are so proud of how hard they are working and their brilliant attitude to learning.

We have started guided reading this week in our groups and have had some great discussions about our fiction books exploring setting, characters, tricky words and predictions. During writing this week we have used colour once again for our inspiration to plan and write free verse colour poems. We worked on including imaginative description with fantastic results. In maths we have moved onto our year 3 singapour maths books focusing on place value. We have counted in hundreds, understood the place value of 3 digit numbers and ordered and compared them. They have all been amazing with this! Well done year 3!

We explored micro-habitats during forest school and recorded our data on tally charts and pictograms as well as researched living things in a number of different habitats. In art we explored colour mixing by adding white, grey and black to make tints, tones and shades.

Congratulations to our gold and platinum children.

I hope you have a brilliant weekend!

Week ending 11.09.20

What a fantastic first full week back we have had in year 3.

All of the children have settled in really well now and are becoming more used to our new routines. Myself and Mrs Bridgwater are extremely proud of them.

We are working on a colour topic at the moment using books such as 'The Colour Monster' and 'The Day the Crayons Quit' as inspiration. This week the children have recapped key place value knowledge, started to plan a letter back to crayons living in their trays, made abstract art, explored habitats in forest school and became colour photographers in computing. The growth mind set and positive learning attitude has been fantastic with everything!

Well done year 3 for a lovely week and please have a safe weekend.

Week ending 04.09.2020

What a brilliant three days we have had back at Tardebigge.
It was so brilliant to see all of the children arrive back at school on Wednesday so ready and keen to get back. They all came in brilliantly.

We have spent the week settling in and finding our feet. The children have picked up our new school rules and routines really well and are becoming quicker every time. We have enjoyed taking time to talk to each other and find out what we have been up to in the holidays. We’ve completed lots of lovely art activities and some reading, writing, maths and PE which have all been enjoyable.

Well done for a lovely first couple of days year 3 and I can’t wait to see you on Monday!

20.03.20

We just wanted to say how amazing you have been this week, Year 3 and that we are very proud of how hard you have continued to work. From now on, we will keep in touch over Class Dojo. Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the opportunity to read lots of books, go for long walks, start jigsaw puzzles and play board games plus all of the fun ideas of things for you to do below.

British Science Week ending 13.03.20

What a week it has been participating in British Science Week. This week we have had a science focus each day to help us celebrate this wonderful week.

On Monday we focused on theme of the week ‘Our Diverse Planet’. We thought about what makes our planet diverse, it can be as simple as colour in nature or something more complex like habitats. Ask your children what they think makes our planet diverse.

On Tuesday we welcomed chemists Ruth, Lucy and Amanda from the University of Birmingham. They explored chemistry with us through looking at self-cleaning materials. The children explored how effectively water on paper, kitchen foil and plastic removed dirt, before repeating their experiment with a lotus leaf. We were all amazed with how the lotus leaf reacted with the water. Ask your child to explain what made us all gasp with awe and wonder.

On Wednesday we had a whole school physics day. Class 3 worked in every class across the school exploring a range of physics based activities. The children looked at friction, gravity, water resistance, static electricity and other forces through the activities. The children absolutely loved working in other classrooms and seeing science brought to life through a range of exciting investigations.

Thank you to the parents who popped in on the evening so the children could their learning from the day with them. We loved seeing you get just as excited as the children.

On Thursday, the children found out about hormones in their bodies and discussed their body clocks. We found out about how cortisol, melatonin, ghrelin and leptin affect us and created individual body clocks. In Maths, we completed very challenging problems involving length, which required us to use the bar model to represent the problem. We have been enjoying reading the book 'Niteracy Hour' in English and the children used their senses to think about what a head louse in the Ancient Egyptian times would have seen, smelt, heard and been able to feel. There were lots of gruesome repsonses! 

Today, the children presented what they have discovered about Science this week back to the class and completed a reflection. The children described this week as exciting and entertaining, which we would definitely agree with! 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mrs Stevens

week ending 06.03.20

Thank you to everyone who attended parents afternoon/evening, it was great to talk with you all and share such lovely things about your children.

We had a wonderful day yesterday for World Book Day. We started the day with a catwalk to showcase everyone's brilliant outfits and we heard many different adults read some of their favourite books. The focus on comics was such good fun and the children really enjoyed sharing copies of the 'Beano' and 'The Dandy'. We completed comprehension based on a comic and then the children sketched Gnasher and Dennis in their sketch books. Many children did another copy that they took home with them yesterday. I am sure you will have been very impressed! 

This week we have continued our work in maths on length with word problems. We have been converting length whilst solving addition, multiplication and division problems. It has helped us to recap methods learnt earlier in the year too.

In English we have started work on first person narratives, focusing on the skills of using inverted commas for speech and conjunctions. After reading a section of a very funny book, 'Niteracy Hour' which is written from a head louse's point of view, the children composed their narrative written from a spider's view point, which really made us all think about how we treat spiders! 

In RE this half term we are learning about what makes Jesus inspiring. The children have been thinking about their inspirations and the qualities of these people. We will be looking at stories from the Bible and how these qualities can be seen in Jesus. 

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mrs Stevens.

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