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Thursday 6th December

We have had a busy week this week as it has been assessment week. The children have worked really hard and I have been very pleased with how well they have all applied themselves. We are continuing with multiplication and have been practising quick recall of the multiplication facts for our 3 and 4 times tables.

 

In English we have been writing facts about the USA and Canada. We have been working on finishing off our topic books this week and the children have created some fantastic work all about the American flag and we have been researching what life is like in Canada. Mrs Leech would now like to live in Canada!

In science we have been exploring light and have experimented with how we need light to see objects.

 

On Friday we got to watch the KS1 nativity which was wonderful and along with the School Christmas Fair this week we are now well into the Christmas spirit. We have even got our own Christmas tree in the classroom. 

 

 

Thursday 29th November

In English this week the children have been writing and editing their own stories of the first Thanksgiving. We have then been developing our computer skills by word processing our stories. We have learnt how to open up a program on the laptops, save our work and then find it again! The children have worked very hard on their stories. We have also been looking at prepositions this week in grammar. We have been developing our reading fluency skills through paired reading sessions.

In Maths we have finished our work on addition and subtraction with some problem solving. We have now started our next unit on multiplication and division. The children have been making arrays to solve multiplications and have been working on rapid recall of multiplication facts for their 2's 5's and 10's timestables.

We were very excited to have a visit from Mrs Harrison this week. She very kindly talked to the children about her time living in the USA and the children were fascinated. The children had lots of questions and loved hearing about the different American cities. 

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22nd November Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We have had such a fun day today in Year 3 celebrating Thanksgiving. We learnt lots about American culture, looked at the history of thanksgiving, discussed what we are thankful for. We had a lovely thanksgiving lunch followed by pumpkin pie.

16th November

This week we have been exploring different American cities in Geography. The children have been researching different cities and filling in facts about each place in their passport book. They have looked at Houston, New York, Chicago, Detroit to name a few. We watched CBBC Newsround and discussed the wild fires in California.

In PE they have been exploring how to balance on different parts of the body and to put a sequence of balances together as a group to perform to the class.

We had our odd sock day on Thursday and the children have been talking about friendship during anti-bullying week.

In English we have reached the part in Charlotte's Web where Wilbur finds out the farmer is planning to kill him. This has lead us on to discuss should we eat meat. The children had lots of ideas and arguments for and against killing animals for meat. We talked about what makes a balanced argument and the children split into groups to write a persuasive speech. They all worked extremely hard on their speeches. We will be editing them next week and presenting our arguments to the class in a mini debate.

In maths we have continued with subtraction and are now applying both our addition and subtraction skills to solving problems. We used the IPads to practise our timestables and all the children have their own login to www.timestables.co.uk

 

Finally we had a fun afternoon on Friday watching the Pantomine! Oh no you didn't. OH YES WE DID!!!

Subtraction Online Games 

We have been using these games in class to practice quick recall of subtraction facts and sharpen up our mental maths skills.

8th November 

This week we have had a special visitor in class, Charlotte the spider! She is keeping a check on what we are up to and she was really impressed with our writing. 

We have been focusing on using adverbs in our writing this week. We have been identifying verbs and selecting adverbs to describe these verbs . We have also been learning to use a dictionary to check the meaning of words.

In maths we have been looking at how subtraction is the inverse of addition. We have been using a range of different strategies to subtract.

In topic work we have been learning about the USA and using our compass and map reading skills to investigate the different states of the USA. We have been using maps and atlases to research the names of the different oceans. Lots of map reading this week!

We have moved on to gymnastics in PE and our PE sessions have now changed to a Tuesday morning instead of a Friday morning. Please can you ensure your child has their indoor PE kit in school. 

In science the children have continued to learn about the human body - this week they were learning about how their muscles work and carried out some simple experiments to test out their muscles.

An exciting part of the week was selecting our school council representatives for this year. The children each gave a speech and came up with lots of ideas for what they wanted to do as a member of the school council. Nell and Oliver S were elected and have already undertaken their first task by meeting and helping to launch our Christmas Toy Appeal. 

Naming the states of the USA challenge

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25th October

Well what a long and busy term this has been! The children have settled into life in the juniors and are now fully part of KS2. We have been working hard this week polishing up our performance skills ready for our class assembly tomorrow. The children have worked very hard and are really excited about their performance tomorrow. Reception got a sneaky preview today.

 

This week we have been reading the next chapter of Charlotte's web and have been practising using expression in our reading. In maths we have been doing addition using number lines, bar models and the column method. The children completed an addition Lego card challenge today where they used their column addition skills to find the total of two Lego cards working with a partner. 

 

It has been an exciting week for challenges. The children have completed Mr Perrin's STEM challenge. Take a look at our STEM page for more information and photographs.

In science we have been learning about our skeleton and naming different bones / parts.

 

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18th October

Well what an exciting week, we went on our class trip to Reaseheath College to learn about where our food comes, please look at our trip page to see what we got up to.

We are writing a recount of our trip in English and are practicing our lines of our class assembly using loud voices and expression. In maths we have moved on to addition using mental strategies and our knowledge of place value to add small amounts to a 3 digit number. We have also been completing a times table challenge. In science we have been designing a nutritious and balanced meal. Art we have been creating artwork linked to harvest. 

We have started to practice for our class assembly and the children have all been given their lines to practice at home for homework. We look forward to sharing all our hard work with you next Friday.

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11th October 2018

This week we have started to plan for our class assembly. We have been learning about why we celebrate harvest. We have looked at what the word harvest means and have written our own harvest / autumn poems. We are continuing to learn about food in science and have been collecting data about the amount of sugar in foods. We are looking forward to sharing our work in our harvest assembly.

 

In English we have been focusing on using adjectives to write character descriptions. We used the Ipads to record our descriptions. In Maths we have moved on to addition and subtraction. We have been exploring different ways to make 100 using knowledge of our number bonds. We have been adding and subtracting hundreds and have been revising odd and even numbers.

 

During topic we have been recording and presenting what we have learnt about Mexico for our topic books. The children enjoyed tasting some Mexican food, they tried salsa, guacamole and a spicy Mexcian rice.I was very impressed with all the children having a go and trying something new!

Learning to Line Dance in PE

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4th October

 

This week we have started to study the book Charlotte's Web. We have focused on the first two chapters and have had a debate about why Fern should save the piglet. The children have made predictions about the story and we have used dictionaries to look up new vocabulary - for example runt and injustice. 

We have been looking at extending our sentences using a range of conjunctions.

 

Maths - we have been counting in steps of 4, 8, 50 and 100, placing numbers on a number line and applying our place value knowledge to problem solving. We have been using the Ipads in maths to practice our number skills. The websites we have been using are linked below.

 

Topic - we have continued to find out facts about Mexico, we have been focusing on their culture and festivals. We have been started to learn about the Day of the Dead festival. In french we have learnt the days of the week and continuing our counting skills. We have been discussing how to keep our bodies healthy in science. In music we are learning songs for our harvest assembly. 

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27th September 2018

 

This week we have been continuing to look at place value in maths - focusing on comparing numbers, identifying which number is greater than or less than. Ordering sets of numbers using our knowledge of place value and applying these skills to reasoning problems.

In English we have finished our book 'After the Fall'. The children have been sequencing and retelling the story. Making predictions and exploring different points of view. They have produced some wonderful descriptive writing. We have also been revising our spellings of common homophones (their, there, they're etc) and using these correctly in our writing.

 

During topic work we have finished our artwork inspired by Georgia O'keeffe. The children have completed some amazing pieces of work, please see our photo gallery on our class home page to view some of the artwork. The children combined watercolour paints with pastels, working on different layers of their artwork and adding detail. 

We have been learning more facts about life in Mexico and continuing to discuss healthy eating and where our food comes from. 

In PE we are practising indoor athletics and learning to line dance - the children are really enjoying their dance sessions!

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20th September 2018

This week we have been continuing with our place value work in Maths. We have been writing numerals in words (please practice spelling the numbers as words at home), we have been finding 1, 10 and 100 more or less of a number and using these skills to problem solve.

 

In English we took part in some drama sessions working on our persuasive arguments for why Humpty Dumpty should or should not get back up on the wall - the children really enjoyed this and came up with some excellent arguments for both sides. We have also been focusing on using an apostrophe for contractions and using these in our writing.

 

We have continued with our work on Georgia O'Keeffe - the children are creating their own pieces of artwork in her style and have been experimenting with water colour pencils and paints.

In our topic work we have started to learn facts about Mexico and we had a length discussion about Hurricane Florence. In music we have started to learn songs for our class assembly.

 

Some children have been interested in entering a cross country event in October, letters went home today with those children who were interested. Please return the slip to school if your child would like to take part.

 

 

It has been another jam packed week and the children have really settled into life in the juniors. I am very pleased with how they have all adapted.

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12th September 2018

We have had a very busy first week back and have been welcoming our new friends into our class.

In maths we are focusing on place value and looking at what value each digit represents in a 3 digit number. In English we have started to explore the book 'After the Fall' discussing why Humpty Dumpty was up on the wall and what happened after he fell. In grammar we are recapping the past tense suffix -ed.

 

We have started our topic on Exploring North America. We have used the IPads to research the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. In science we have looked at different food types. We have started to learn some moves for our line dancing in PE.

 

The children have made an excellent transition into Year 3, they are being much more independent and I am really proud of how hard they are all working!

 

The children have been using the following website to research the artist Georgia O'Keeffe

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-georgia-okeeffe

Thank you to all those who attended our meet the teacher meetings. For those who could not make it, the power point presentation from the meeting is below:

 

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