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week ending 18.07.19

What a wonderful year it has been! We can't thank the children enough for their wonderful perseverance and hard work.

Thank you for your kind cards and gifts.


We hope you all have the most amazing summer!

Mrs Horton, Mr Bennett and Mrs Feighoney.

Transition Week into Year 4

I have really enjoyed getting to know my new class. I hope everybody is just as excited as I am for September now!

The children very much enjoyed reading my previous classes ‘Survival Guides’ at the beginning of the week and finding out a little more about the expectations at the top of the school. The children also read a ‘Mrs Stevens’ and a ‘Mrs Clarkson’ information text to find out more about us and we tried to spot some of the Year 4 skills highlighted. The children used this as a text map for their own information text; I have learned so much about all of the children as a result!

As I’m sure you may have heard, we found some dragon eggs on the field this week! The children designed ‘protectors’ for the eggs and we tested them this afternoon using testers and dropping them from a height on the adventure playground. All of the excitement about dragons fed into our art work this week and we sketched dragon eyes, which looked extremely effective! We have enjoyed lots of times table practice on times table rock stars and have enjoyed the Chris Moyle’s Maths quizzes.

I hope you have a good weekend. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Activity Week 2019

What an amazing week it has been. The children have really shown what fantastic sports people they are. 

AIP provided the children with a wonderful smoothie making workshop, with every child having on a go on the bike to help mix the smoothie. There was an interesting range of ingredients included, and hopefully it has inspired them to want to make their own home.

Sports Day was such a fabulous day. The children worked so hard for themselves and for their teammates. Watching them cheer each other on and support each other really does show what mature and caring children they are, and how they are now ready for year 4! The children from Birchensale School were wonderful in supporting the activities. A huge well done to all of Bredon on their triumph this year.

On Wednesday children from Ridgeway School led a session with the class, ready for our visit on Monday. They also completed a Forest School session. The class loved being back in the Forest School site and took part in the den building competition, and built some fantastic dens.

On Thursday, the fun run was a huge success, with many children having an extra go at the end of the day too! We finished the day off with some zumba and pilates, which was a very different type of activity many children in the class are used to!

Finally on Friday, we had a fantastic time horse riding, learning some skipping tricks and having a fun session at swimming. It has been such a wonderful week, and I'm sure the children will sleep well over the weekend! From Tuesday next week, we will begin transition week, so the class will get a taste of Year 4 ready for next year. 

Well done year 3 for shining so brightly this week.

Have wonderful weekends!

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 26.06.19

This week in maths we have continued our work on fractions. We looked at comparing fractions, and if they are greater than > or less than <. Children have looked at representations of fractions, for example: drawn in equal size bars, to support this understanding, especially when looking at fractions with different denominators. We have also started learning about angles, and that an angle is made when two straight lines meet.

In English the children have planned and written their information texts on British Wildlife. The children have thought carefully about the focus features of using headings and sub-headings and possessive apostrophes, particularly for plurals. 

On Wednesday children had the opportunity to perform their talents, for our classroom version of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, it was wonderful array of music, dance, origami, martial arts, comedy and history. It was an absolute pleasure to watch the skills they work so hard on at home brought to life in the classroom. Well done year 3!

We had a brilliant trip on Thursday to Bewdley museum. The evacuees were well turned out on the morning, along with the adults, and we all learned a lot about what life was like for people during the Second World War. One of the highlights was going into a real air raid shelter; it was quite scary but must have been terrifying for the people who used it int he past. The fantastic weather made the trip all the more brilliant, and we all enjoyed having a picnic in the sunshine too.

Next week is activity week! Here is some useful information to help you for the week!

- Children are to come to school wearing PE sportwear.

- On Thursday afterschool there will be an opportunity for your children to have another go on the inflatable fun run on the field. We will be running this as a school fundraiser activity and therefore asking for a small payment per go (bring your change!)

- On Friday the children will be given the opportunity to buy a skipping rope after their Jump rope session. Details of cost will be on the newsletter.

Timetable for the week:

- Monday: Tardebigge Trek in the PM. Parents/carers are invited to join us at 1.15pm.

- Tuesday: Sports Day. In the morning the children will be engaging in house activities. There will be a picnic lunch on the field at 11.30 and the track events will be in the afternoon. Children to wear a t-shirt of their house colour.

- Bredon- blue
- Clent- green
- Lickey- yellow
- Malvern- red

Parents/grandparents are welcome to join us for part/all of the day.

- Wednesday: Forest School session (bring waterproofs!)
- Thursday: Inflatable fun run on the field
- Friday: Horse riding and Jump rope session

If you have any queries regarding Activity week then please just ask!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 21.06.19

This week we have continued our work in maths on fractions and looking at equivalent fractions. The children have been using paper, and folding and colouring it in to support the understanding of equivalent means equal. They have also explored how multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same number will give them an equivalent fraction.

In English the children have begun to research British Wildlife, ready to write their own information text next week.

On Tuesday the children enjoyed a wonderful performance of ‘The Jungle Book’ and then were treated to a workshop afterwards, where they could look at the production behind the scenes. The children all enjoyed it.

In science we have explored skeletons this week, and what skeletons different animals have. Ask your children to explain the difference between an exoskeleton and endoskeleton.

Have a wonderful (hopefully sunny) weekend,

Mrs Horton

week ending 14.06.19

This week we have begun work on fractions in maths. The children have looked at adding to make 1 whole, and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. We then moved on to equivalent fractions, and the children worked really hard to spot fractions that had an equivalent value.

In English we are continuing our work on information texts. We have revisited the skill of possessive apostrophes for plurals to help the children further understand it. We then designed our very animal, after thinking about different key features different animals have. We then practised using the skills we have been learning by writing an information text on the newly designed animals. There were some very interesting creations indeed!

In science we have begun a unit on animals and humans, through looking at nutrition. The children have looked at food groups and nutrients and what the purposes of these nutrients are. The children went on to predict the amount of each nutrient that humans need and then compared these to the answers, the children were really surprised! 

In History, the children looked at more sources evidence from World War Two. The artefacts were all objects that would affect children who lived in this era, and the class had to work out what they were used for. The objects included an air raid shelter, a wireless, a gas mask and a ration book. The thought of sweets being rationed was very shocking for many of the children! In swimming, all groups had a go at swimming lengths instead of widths. This was great for building stamina and tired everyone out at the end of another busy week! 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

Week ending 7.6.19

It’s officially the final half term of the year, and for the class, the final half term of Year 3! 

In English this week, we have started learning about information texts. We have studied a variety of non-fiction texts and looked at the features in preparation to write our own, which will be about British Wildlife!

In Maths, we have learned about picture graphs and bar charts. The children have had a go at drawing their own, as well as learning to interpret the data shown on both types of graph.

As part of our topic this week, we thought about ‘What makes Tardebigge great?’ and discussed all the special places around school. We then used iPads to photograph many of the different sites. As we have been learning about different techniques with pastels, we then created a pastel picture from the photographs taken earlier. The results were very effective!

On Friday, we celebrated our readathon. Thank you to all the family members who could make it on Friday morning, and for all parents and carers who have supported the children’s reading throughout the year! The class really enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas too, despite a few confused looks at swimming later in the afternoon!

Next week, we will be back to normal routine with Mrs Horton teaching Monday to Wednesday. 

Thank you for a great week Year 3, have a good weekend!

Mr Bennett

week ending 17.05.19

In maths this week we have finished our work on money, by solving multi-step word problems. The children have shown real perseverance understanding and representing the problems with bar models. We have now started working on time, beginning with telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. Please keep practising this skill at home!

Our work on diaries has continued this week, through using our focus features of past tense and descriptive writing in a piece about a happy memory. We then went on to think about how our class diary example might have looked in a plan. We are ready to plan and write our own entries next week.

In computing we have used the programme iMovie to edit our short film clips we filmed before Easter. The children used the program brilliantly, they successfully cut, transitioned and added text and music to their pieces.

In History this week, the children have ordered eras of British history chronologically from prehistoric Britain, up to present day.

The class are really enjoying swimming sessions and everyone will be working really hard this week to earn the fun session in our final session of the half term!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 10.05.19

In English this week the children finished redrafting their letters to the people who they think make Britain great and these have been put in the post. We will wait to see what responses we receive. We have also begun a looking at a diary entry, written by Lucy one of the characters from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ our guided reading text. We have thought about the features needed to write a good diary entry and begun exploring two of these. We have looked at examples, practised using description and applied past tense verbs. The children will be writing their diary entries from the point of view of an evacuee, so this week the children have learned a little about evacuation and why children were evacuated during world war two. They found this fascinating, and hard to believe that so many young children had to leave their families. If you have any family stories regarding evacuation, and wouldn't mind sharing these with our class, I'm sure the rest of the class would love to hear them.

In maths we have continued our work on money looking at renaming in subtraction. The children have really persevered using column method to support this, whilst thinking carefully about the pounds and pence. Some children have used number lines and bar models to help support finding change. Any real life examples of recieving change that you come across would be really beneficial to share with your children at this time.

In Geography, we have explored physical maps of the UK, and the class then created their own physical maps using different materials. The maps showed coastline, mountains, rivers and lowland areas.

Spelling Shed has now been fully updated with new lists for the children to explore. Times Table Rockstars has been very well received by the children so please keep encouraging them to practise this too.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 03.05.19

What a wonderful start to the summer term we have had. The children have come back refreshed, eager to learn and full of stories about their Easter adventures.

We have continued our work in maths on money, looking at addition and subtraction. Children are using coins to support their calculations and we are revisiting column methods and renaming which we taught at the beginning of the year. Please keep talking to your children about money and involving them where possible in using it in real life contexts.

In English this week we are revisiting the features of letters, by writing a letter to someone who we thing makes Britain great, and asking them what they think makes Britain great. We looked at the homework the children brought in to inspire us and looked again at the skills of first person and present tense, to support their letter writing.

We have begun to look at the techniques of chalk pastels in art, as we are beginning to look at the illustrations of Christian Birmingham, who has illustrated our new guided reading text The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Christian Birmingham works with chalk pastels and pencils and we will be looking closely at his techniques, and other artists who have used them over the next few weeks.

In Geography, we have continued developing map skills by locating landmarks of Britain on a map. The children used iPads to study satelite maps, then plotted the points onto their own maps. We discussed the difference between physical features and human features, and the children then colour coded the landmarks on their maps to indicate which was which!

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

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