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week ending 21.09.18

This week we have begun our new focus in English on persuasive letter writing. Having looked at a range of examples, we went on to explore a letter written to Mary Agnes Chase, the botanist we have been looking at in science, which asked her to visit us. We uncovered the key features and went on to focus on the features of first person, conjunctions and persuasive techniques this week. We will be building up to writing our own letters over the next few weeks.

In maths our Singapore maths has continued looking at place value, and understanding the value of each digit in a three digit number. We have compared and ordered these numbers, closely looking at the value of each digit and how that affects the size of the number. The children looked at the hundreds as the highest value place and the ones as the lowest. This helped determine which numbers were smaller or greater.

We have also been exploring the artwork of Henri Rousseau, answering questions on our thoughts and opinions of his artwork and recreating the illustrations of Mary Agnes Chase in our sketch books.

In computing, we have started to create animations using Scratch Jr on the iPads. The children created a background, designed a sprite and then wrote an algorithm to animate the character. These were all themed to our topic!

Despite a very windy forest school session, the children loved exploring and playing outside again. The swing and low ropes course have been a huge hit, while others particularly enjoyed digging this week. We look forward to seeing those holes after all the rain this weekend!


We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 14.09.18

What a wonderfully busy second week it has been. In english we have explored the Tinga Tinga tales of ‘How Leopard Got His Spots’. The children retold the story, then went on to think about which rainforest animal they could write a similar story about. The children researched their chosen animal and then went on to plan their own version. They wrote their stories thinking carefully about what their chosen animal needed to become the animal we now know.

We have also begun our class guided reading, the text is ‘The Great Kapok Tree’, a beautiful book we will exploring slowly and carefully.

In maths we have begun our Singapore Maths. We are focusing currently on numbers to 1000 and understanding the value of each place within this.

In science we are now botanists and following the lead of Mary Agnes Chase, we have illustrated plants and labeled them, whilst thinking carefully about the jobs they do.

We have began learning about Animation in our Computing, and have evaluated a variety of different types of animated films; such as stop-motion, hand drawn and computer animated. We then had a go at editing an existing animation on Scratch by changing different variables.

It has been lovely for the children to start rediscovering Forest School. We have revised all the rules and routines they have remembered from when the children were in Year 1 and started thinking about projects to try while in Year 3.

We will explore more subjects and what we have been up to as the weeks go on, but we are certainly keeping busy.

Any questions at all please do come and speak to any of the year 3 team.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

Welcome to year 3 07.09.18


And welcome to the wonderful blog of year 3 - a place we aim to keep you up to date about what we have been doing on a weekly basis. Please do keep checking in as we do try and put some photos up occassionally and also reminders for what we have coming up.

We are so proud of the way the year has begun. The children have been beautifully behaved and have shown such lovely manners.

At the start of the week the children explored thier new topic 'rainforests' through discussing what they already knew and then discovering some new information through facts, photos, sounds and using magnifying glasses. This led them to ask questions about what they still wanted to know, hopefully something we can achieve by the end of the topic. They have designed what a good explorer of a rainforest should look like, thinking carefully about the weather, colours and equipment and then went on to design their own piece of exploring equipment. The class made these and then went down to our very own rainforest to see what discoveries could be made. Ask your child what they came across, it was defintiely scary in some places!

Home readers have already gone home, children can change these first thing every morning as and when they need to. Should you have questions, please come and see us about this though.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett.

week ending 20.07.18

What a wonderful final week it has been with our lovely year 3 class. We have certainly kept busy completing a little extra maths work, learning about the water cycle and creating our own little mini water worlds to see if we could see our own water cycle. We have also reflected on our half term value of justice.

The children had the opportunity to watch Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to help bring our topic to an end, and hopefully their little end of term present will give them a chocolaty treat for them to enjoy from us, after all the lovely treats we have enjoyed from them with their homework this year.

We have had a truly brilliant year and could not be more proud of the children and all the hard work they have put into their school lives.

We hope you have the most fantastic summer holidays and we look forward to seeing all the children in September, ready to set the example to school as our superb year 4s!

Mrs Horton, Mr Bennett and Mrs Feighoney.

week ending 13.07.18

This week we welcomed the lovely year 2 into their new classroom. We have done lots of getting to know each other activites, art and games.


We also participated in some hula hooping and orienteering. Have a look how we got on:  



The children really enjoyed heading back to Forest School on Thursday morning, and seemed to just pick up from where they left off from Year 1! As well as exploring the wood and playing, we played some circle time games as a class which was a great way to get to know each other better. In the afternoon, we sketched self potraits using shading to emphasise the darker areas. On Friday morning we watched the musical showcase. It was so inspiring to see so many young musicians across the school. The range of different instruments played was also very impressive. We finished our week with a game of quick cricket on the field. We put an emphasis on sportsmanship, and the children did themselves proud as they worked so well as a team and really supported each other.

We cannot wait until next year!

Mr Bennett and Mrs Horton

week ending 06.07.18


Wow! What an amazing week we have had! Please look through our gallery to see some of the amazing sports/activities we have tried this week.

  • Zumba
  • Archery
  • Caving
  • Bollywood dancing
  • Horse ridng

Will we miss year 3 next week but know they will have a wonderful time in year 4!

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 29.06.18

The sun has truly shone this week, but thankfully in class it has been pretty cool to help us get on with some fantastic learning.

In English the children have edited and re-drafted their narratives based on an image. As they were redrafting them we were talking about the progress that they have made this year and how proud they should be of themselves. The stories were really inventive and demonstrated some excellent literary features, including paragraphs, inverted commas and expanded noun phrases. Well done year 3!

In maths we have continued our work on multiplying two-digit number by one digit and how we can use the column method to support this. We have started moving from the expanded column method to the standard method, which we will continue with next week.

In computing the children had the opportunity to answer each others polls that they created online. They then went through the data to analysis what they found. Ask them what chocolate facts they have uncovered about year 3.

 In our topic work the children have completed their tourist information leaflets for visiting the Maya, and have experimented with printing Aztec inspired designs. They have done this by first researching and exploring different designs, then sketching their own, before building a printing template from card and string. They then painted the string  and pressed it onto the paper to create the print effect, using repeated patterns which look very Aztec!

We hope the weather holds out over the weekend so you can all enjoy it some more!

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett

week ending 22.06.18

What an exciting week we have had! On Monday we had a lovely morning at the Worcester Arena with year 4 and Mrs Atkinson at The Big Sing. The children all looked wonderful and sang their hearts out to the songs we had we been learning and new songs we were introduced to. One of their favourite new songs was definitely “Bungalow’.

On Tuesday we were shown a wonderful performance of the Wizard of Oz by four talented actors, playing an incredible 18 roles between them! After the performance year 3 and 4 were treated to a workshop, where the actors took us behind the scenes and explained how they pulled off such an amazing performance. They explained lighting and sound, costume changes, scene changes and some children even had an opportunity to have a go. We look forward to welcoming the company back next year for a new show!


In maths this week the children have looked at the 8 times table and arrays, continuing their work from last week with the 3 and 4 times table. The children will be continuing next week with their work on 2 digit numbers multiplied by 1 digit numbers.

In English the children have written up their narratives based on the image they saw last week, ready to edit and redraft them next week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Mrs Horton

week ending 15.06.18

This week we have certainly have been kept busy, in what has been the last ‘normal’ week this term. As from next week, every week we have an additional exciting activity planned in, starting with The Big Sing on Monday morning.

With the learning this week, the children in English were presented with an image, and were able to ask and then answer any questions they had. They could factually answer them with the ipads to support research, or creatively answer them with their imagination. The children then when onto plan a narrative based on their own ideas.

In maths we have continued to delve into two digit multiplication by one digit. The biggest stumbling block has been the children’s knowledge of their 1 -12 times tables, so we have also learnt about the 3 and 4 times table this week to support their learning in Singapore maths. Any support you can give at home with the times tables would be realty appreciated.

The biggest news this week has of course been the arrival of Mr Bennett’s beautiful baby girl. All of the class are thrilled for the family and look forward to meeting her soon.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Horton

week ending 08.06.18

Welcome back, we hope the children (and you) enjoyed the half term and are feeling refreshed for the final few weeks. This week we have welcomed two new children to the class and the class have made an excellent effort to welcome them to Tardebigge.

In English this week we have looked at recounts, the children wrote one on Monday about an event from their half terms, then we studied the features on Tuesday and edited them on Wednesday to redraft them on Thursday, to make them even better.

In maths, we learned different approaches and completed a few more problems on length, before moving on to further multiplication and division. We have began by multiplying multiples of ten by a single digit number, such as 4 x 50. We did this with a range of methods, but have been reninforced that we can simplify the calculation (4 x 5), then make it ten times greater at the end.

In our topic work, lots of children have continued completing their print template inspired by Mayan designs and a tourist information book for anyone wishing to travel back in time to meet the Maya!

On Wednesday afternoon we were invited to Birchensale Middle School for an afternoon of outdoor education. The children at the middle school had planned a range of exciting and interesting team building activities, which the children really enjoyed. We were really impressed with the manners and behaviour of the children from school.

We hope you have all had the letters for The Big Sing on Monday 18th June. We are all really looking forward to the event. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Finally, Mr Bennett would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who have put together to make the very generous basket of baby goodies! It has been overwhelming to receive so many lovely gifts and wishes, and Baby Bennett will certainly be a very spoilt little lady when she arrives!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Horton and Mr Bennett.

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