Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations. The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.
This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths. We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular. The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.
We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed. When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters. A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words. The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!
The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!
During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’ We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’ The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story. They came up with many interesting ideas!
This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value. We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column. Our homework this week reflects this work. We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit. In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.
Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!
We have enjoyed a number of different activities over the past two weeks. Our Enterprise project on sports day was an enormous success, raising an amazing £164.00. The children had fun cooking and decorating shortbread biscuits as well as making fruit kebabs. The whole year group took part in advertising our products during the Infant Sports Day, resulting in a complete sell out. We would like to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who helped us achieve such a brilliant result.
Other English activities have be led by our class book, The Abominables. We have read on to find the Yetis travelling to England and have taken the opportunity to link their adventures to written work on newspaper reports, as the journey of five Yetis inevitably brings adventure!
In maths the children have been busy revising the written methods we have learnt this year and have been completing our end of year assessments. It has been interesting to look back through their books to see the journey they have made through the year, and the different methods they now feel confident to use when solving problems.
Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks.
We’ve been busy looking at our new book study ‘The Abominables’ in English and revising our number and place value work in maths.
However, the Year 3 Pirate Camp has to be one of the highlights, with the children taking part in a range of pirate tasks. The evening activities included flag designing, boat floating, clay coin making and treasure collecting. Mrs Woodman and Mrs Smith kindly led us through a campfire singing session, with some very catchy tunes that the children are still singing in class today! After the children had some sleep, they cleared out their tents and enjoyed a sausage sandwich or three for breakfast.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and then pack down all of the tents, meaning the year 3’s could carry on with more pirate activities in the morning.
If a pirate sleepover wasn’t enough excitement, we were very lucky to have Mr Watson join us the following Friday morning for a special science experiment. Take a look at this video to see the end result:
Lolly stick explosion!
If you have some lollypop sticks and a lot of patience, then do try it at home!
We have enjoyed reading about Sir Francis Drake and considering his role as a pirate. This has led on to other research about exploration and life on board sailing ships in these times. The children have started to write their own adventure stories, with a focus on using paragraphs correctly to provide a good structure. Our revision of synonyms and the use of fronted adverbials have brought our descriptions to life, and the openers used aim to capture the interest of our readers.
Our work in maths has been based around measures, starting with estimating and measuring the capacity of different containers, and then moving on to explore and solve different word problems. We have now returned to the topic of time, using AM and PM correctly, as well as learning how the 24 hour clock is used on train and bus timetables. We are moving on to calculating intervals of time, with a focus on showing our working out.
We hope that you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine and hope that it continues for our pirate camp later this week! Arrr!
It has been a busy end to the term in Year 3!
Last Friday we travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt for our Egyptian day. The children took part in a range of activities including making canopic jars out of clay, designing their own cartouche by writing their name in hieroglyphics, and baking then tasting bread and other traditional Egyptian snacks.
The children were then able to show off some if their Ancient Egyptian knowledge by setting up a museum for our Open Afternoon on Wednesday. The museum was full of artefacts that the children had carefully researched and written information labels for.
This term the children have really enjoyed learning to play the keyboards with Mrs Cook from Hampshire’s Listen2Me. On Wednesday, the children performed a keyboard concert where they played seven different songs that they had learnt, some of which included singing and playing at the same time!
In maths this past week, we have been looking at interpreting data from tally charts and bar graphs. This was a useful skill to learn leading into Charity Day as some children were then able to create a bar graph from the results of our sponsored welly throw! There were some impressive distances thrown and hopefully a lot of money will be raised for this year’s three chosen charities.
We wish Year 3 a good rest over the Easter break and look forward to an exciting Summer term!
Over the last week the children have been putting the finishing touches to their travel guides to Egypt, using their note taking skills to find then present information for travellers on topics such as The Pyramids, River Nile and clues to everyday life in ancient times.
Following our visit to Hartford Stream we have also explored river poetry, with a focus on language, structure and presentation. We are very pleased with our final drafts.
Our recent work has been revising written methods for addition and subtraction, especially expanded column forms. The children have used practical apparatus to support their learning, exploring different problems, including those with exchange.
We have reached the end of our study of legends. The children have been writing their own versions of ‘George and the Dragon’ and have worked very hard at proof-reading, editing and improving their stories. We then turned part of our legend into a playscript. We look forward to performing these with our legend character puppets!
In maths we have been very busy! We have explored the 100 square to see what patterns occur. We then were comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 and placing them on a number line. We have also been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100, using our knowledge of place value to help. These activities have helped us to deepen and apply our knowledge of 3-digit numbers.
As the build up to Christmas continued we all enjoyed sharing special memories from previous years through letters, poetry and posters. We thought of Santa planning his big night, and came up with some amazing additions and alterations for his sleigh – we hope he likes them!
We have explored the properties of 3D shape, using straws to construct carefully measured skeleton shapes alongside practical and written activities. The children have also completed Christmas themed problem solving, ranging from plotting co-ordinates to number crosswords and gift surveys.
It has been a fantastic term and we would like to thank everyone for their help and support with our varied activities. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
The Year 3 Team.