I have sent home some NSPCC sponsorship envelopes with the class. We had a special assembly on Tuesday with a volunteer from the NSPCC, called Emma, who gave the children lots of information on what they do and how they help. As part of her visit, she introduced a fundraising activity for the children to take part in, which raises money for the fantastic services the NSPCC provide. All the children have to do is go home, pull those puppy dog eyes and plead with relatives and friends to sponsor them and get their form filled in! The task the children will undertake for their sponsorship is a short maths quiz of ten questions, which we will conduct in school. This will happen next Tuesday. It is crucial that these envelopes, complete with sponsorship money, are returned to school on Thursday 31st January because that is when Emma from the NSPCC is coming back to collect them.
Our learning in English over this week and next week is going to focus on poetry and looking at the wide variety of different styles. This week we have been drawing comparison between different types, making judgments on a preferred style whilst also picking out specific linguistic features which appear. Next week we are going to be having a go at writing and improving some of our own poems. If your child has a favorite poem from home we would love to hear it.
In Maths we have been looking at some missing number problems and investigating patterns. We will be resuming our times-table practices next week focusing particularly on the 3 times table.
Hopefully you will have noticed that your child is coming home with a spelling sheet. Each child has been assigned with either Spider of Bee words to learn. The children will bring these home on a Friday and will be tested on the following Wednesday. They will be tested on the words they have been learning and also some other unseen words which follow the same spelling pattern. Please try to encourage your child to learn the words and complete one (or both) of the homework tasks at the bottom of the page. These should also be handed in by the Wednesday.
This week we have been doing a lot of working on subtraction. We started the week by exporing what we mean by subtraction and how it can be represented. As we progressed we started to look at the column method and why it works. We have been using practical equipment to really cement our understanding.
In English we have been looking at play-scripts and what they are. We had great fun writing our own and then performing them to the class.
Last we started our new English topic based around a short film. We have been focusing on how to group our work through writing in paragraphs and why paragraphs are important.
In Maths we have been continuing our work on methods of addition which we started before have term. In school we have started focusing on learning our 3 times table, and will be continuing with this over the next two weeks.
Next week we shall be having a focus on Remembrance, and why it is important. Each child shall be making a commemorative clay poppy to mark the significance of the 100 year anniversary.
Last week in Year 3, we were starting to look at properties of 2D shapes and how they can be described. We then ended the week by having a re-cap of what happens to numbers when you multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100. During English lessons we have been looking at the book 'I want my hat back' by John Klasson. It is a wonderfully illustrated book with lots of opportunities for the children to use their inference skills and develop their use of speech. We will be continuing this next week.
This week all children should have brought home their Mathletics passwords, which are stuck inside their reading record. If you have any problems logging in, please let me know. We all logged in on Friday, so all children know the layout of the site, however i will be reminding them of some of the other features next week.
For those children taking part in the Cross-Country next week, we will be training lots on Monday and Tuesday so please remember your trainers.
Our first trip to Ashdown Forest next week!
Have a lovely weekend.
Please find attached below the Year 3 Spelling Bee list. I have colour coded the words that we will be focusing on each week at school, however you may wish to focus on them in a different order/amount at home depending how quickly they are learnt.
Welcome back to a new term. I hope you all had a well rested break and are ready for the year ahead and your children are ready to embrace the challenges that will no doubt come their way.
I have really enjoyed getting to know the children over the last few days and many have already really impressed me with the desire to learn. We have been doing a range of getting to know each other actives and setting the groundwork for the year.
Please look out for the class letter, topic web and homelearning grid which will appear on this page in the coming days and will outline many of the routines and expectation of the year.
Children will need an old t- shirt or apron for messy art and craft lessons. They will also need to have their PE kit at school throughout the week. Please please ensure your child’s uniform and PE kits are named clearly! I have seen a fantastic range of pencil cases this year, however please be advised that as space is limited, they need to be of a sensible size. This year pencil cases should contain; a HB pencil, ruler , sharpener, pritt stick type glue and whiteboard (dry wipe) pen. Children do not need to bring in writing pens!
I will put an overview of the first term’s topics on this webpage, and our Year 3 and 4 coffee morning is September 20th at 9am. As always I can be contacted via email on the link at the bottom of this page. Please do arrange an appointment to see me via the school office with any concerns you may have.
If you would like to contact Mr Cook, please use the form below. Please note that the response time to this system of contact is three working days.