Happy Half Term Class 3!
I hope you are enjoying the break and this good weather while it lasts.
I have not set any formal homework this week but there is the option to make the fake lung if you would like to.
Of course I hope you are reading a lot and please continue to practise your times tables on TT Rockstars (focus on the 2x, 5x and 3x tables).
If you would like to check how many of the high frequency words you can spell from the first list (on these pages) then that is an option too.
Next half term our topic is 'Let there be Light'. Our science learning is about Light and Shadow and we will be making shadow puppet theatres - please can you bring in a large cereal box or an adult shoe box (with lid) to school when we come back next week so we can begin to make them. Thank you!
Week commencing 12th October
It was lovely to see so many parents for our parent/teacher meetings using Teams. I appreciated the chance to let you know how your fantastic children are getting on at school and to explain a bit about their teaching and learning.😊
As you know, reading is a vital part of the curriculum. It is part of our learning every day and reading at least 5 times a week, is an important part of homework. In Y3 we have whole class reading sessions which is where the children read a text and we focus on different comprehension skills and learn new vocabulary. The children are also taught how to decode words in spelling lessons and we look at sentence structure, context and vocabulary in grammar lessons. The children need to bring their reading books and reading records to school every day as they often have opportunities for independent reading and so we can hear them read too. When your child has finished their book, they take an Accelerated Reader quiz on the computer and then get their new book. Their quiz scores give me an idea of their understanding of the text and whether the book is at the right level for them.
I have put some word lists on the class pages. The first 100 high frequency words are from KS1 and these are words that all children should spell correctly now. The common exception words are words that are trickier to spell, some of which are also high frequency words.
Some highlights of this week's learning have been painting designs on our clay pots, investigating lung capacity and fitness and finding out all about the Ancient Olympic Games.
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!
Week commencing 5th October
We are continuing our topic on Ancient Greece. We are in the middle of writing our own myths based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We really loved designing our own creatures and heroes. We are creating our own books and will be illustrating them soon too.
In art we have made clay coil pots and have painted them terracotta, ready to paint on our Greek designs next week.
We now know all about the Greek gods and goddesses and what special symbols or items they have to make them recognisable and we learned about how the Athenians defeated the huge Persian army at the battle of Marathon in 490BC.
We finished making a healthy meal for our clients and learned about the human skeleton and made skeleton puppets. This week we found out about how muscles work in tandem to help us move. We investigated whether muscles are stronger the more you use them too.
In RE we have been comparing Christianity to the Jewish and Islamic faiths and in PSHE we have learned about the importance of sleep.
Week commencing 21st September
Hello Class 3,
So this week we had such fun on our English 'Experience Day' re-creating Theseus's adventure into the Labyrinth to defeat the Minotaur. We also carefully planned stage fights between Theseus and the Minotaur and showed everyone once we had rehearsed them.
We have continued our learning about healthy balanced diets and have started making models of a nutritious meal for our clients. We have learned about and included the correct proportions of the 5 food groups - carbohydrates, fruit/vegetables, proteins, dairy products and fats/sugars.
In history we learned all about one of the most successful military commanders of all time - Alexander the Great - and looked at sources such as statues, paintings and coins which show just how famous he is throughout history.
We finished off our sketches of Greek pot designs ready to start making our clay pots next week.
Hopefully you will all have been able to access Teams and find your homework for this week which you can complete in your homework books as usual and hand in by Wednesday please.
I hope this weekend has not been a complete washout with the wind and the rain!
Week commencing 14th September
Class 3 have had a lovely week.
In History we learned about the ancient city states of Athens and Sparta and decided which state we would have rather lived in and why - see if your child can remember their argument!
We became personal trainers in Science. We have clients who need our help to change their diet and lifestyle. We began by seeing how many portions of fruit and vegetables they ate in a week and recorded the data as a bar chart.
We looked at different ancient Greek pots and found out how useful the images on them are for historians to find out about the past. We sketched some of the images in Art.
Enjoy some of the photos of your children enjoying learning inside the classroom and having fun outside in PE.
Your child will have come home with homework today. Next week the homework will be put on Teams.
Have a lovely weekend!
So Y3 have had a great start to the week! They have settled down well to new routines and have been happy and excited to be back with all their friends.
Together we have decided on our class rules -
1. Be kind
2. Try your best
3. Keep everyone safe
4.Concentrate and challenge yourself.
5. Listen carefully to everyone
6. Put your hand up to speak.
We talked about challenge and having a growth mindset and the children all set themselves a challenge for the coming year.
We have made our safeguarding hands so we always know who we can talk to if we have any worries or problems.
In maths we have been busy learning about 100's in place value and we have been time travellers to Ancient Greece where we looked at Greece on a map and have made a timeline of important events.
Reading Books - we are hearing individual readers and next week will be assessing children using the Accelerated Reading scheme. Once we have made all our assessments, your child will come home with their reading book to practise their reading.
Spellings - Spellings will be checked on Fridays and we will be using the No Nonsense Spelling approach.
Homework will start next week too.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!