Just a reminder that on Thursday, children are allowed to come dressed as a book character (virtually for those staying at home or in person for those key worker children). It doesn't have to anything expensive, it is surprising what you can do with an old dress (Boy in the Dress!). I know that a text went out a while ago but I know I have once had the unfortunate incident of not remembering own clothes day and my son still talks about it- ten years on! I have also updated the Webpage with the most recent newsletter.
A huge thank you from Mrs Freeman and I to those who have been engaging in the intervention. I can see that children are already making progress. However, we are happy to finally welcome your children back Monday and I am very excited! You have all done an amazing job becoming Year Three Melling teachers this half term, but I would like my children back! If your child feels unhappy or has any concerns about coming back- please contact me via the class email at email@example.com
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make our school safe and your children are with staff who love and care for them.
Also, as mentioned previously, take a look at our school twitter to keep an eye on anything your children or the school may be up to through the week.
I hope you and your families are well and a huge round of applause for the outstanding commitment from both you and your children for what I know has been a very difficult time.
Miss Wood x
What a start to the year! I would like to start this update with a huge congratulations to all our new Year Three Melling teachers! This is certainly a challenging time for us all, but I believe that we are doing an absolutely amazing job of keeping our children safe and educated remotely. I am under no illusion that this is a joint effort and would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support, lovely emails and engagement with the children's learning. We are now nearing the finish line- hopefully! Your children continue to impress me with their resilience, kindness and general dedication to their learning journey. I genuinely miss them all and I am anxiously awaiting news that they can return. They are my Melling children and I look forward to welcoming them back, when it is safe to do so.
No! I want all the children to spend this half-term away from screens as much as possible. We have all worked so hard and I think this should be rewarded with some rest, time with family and most importantly- some fun!
We are looking to engage as many parents as possible through our Twitter Feed. I understand social media and its complexities, yet I believe it is important to share all the beautiful and amazing things we are doing here at Melling Primary School. Ms Ainsworth-Brown and I have uploaded a lovely video message this morning to celebrate the end of a challenging half-term and welcome Ms Ainsworth-Brown back. We are delighted to have her back and will be forever grateful for Mrs Jones and Mrs Hargreaves for their support in leading the school during the last term.
A huge congratulations to ...... Izabella! Izabella has proved to be a truly amazing student over this past week and I am super proud of her outstanding attendance and dedicated attitude towards her online learning. Mrs Freeman has been singing your praises daily to Miss Wood!
Finally, I wish you all a fantastic half term break and look forward to more adventures in the up and coming term....
Take care and keep safe,
Miss Wood, Mrs Freeman and Miss Riley xx
Unfortunately, I had an unexpected family bereavement last week and appreciate your patience and support over the past couple of days. This is something that was extremely difficult and although I was still in school and there for your children, I needed time to grieve and be with my family. I am still grieving and in shock, but I know that seeing all my lovely Year Three children is what will cheer me up and help get me through this difficult time. I am always here for your children and will return to all live sessions and google teaching (technology permitting) moving forward. Thank you again.
We are going to start running live sessions for your children to support their reading and spellings. This will start from tomorrow. I will upload a schedule and I will ask for your children to log in at the allotted time. I know this is very hard, but this is an opportunity for teaching time with Mrs Freeman (once a week with me). I would ask that you try to manage timings as we are adhering to a schedule and must commence straight away at the given start times so that other children have equal access. This is for academic mentoring, so unlike the morning and afternoon sessions, I would appreciate children to be super focused (as they always are in school).
Each week, we will be asking and updating children's home reads. Spellings will be assessed each week. We will conduct the test and I ask that adults mark and I will leave a spelling document open to submit scores. Please ensure that children are practicing their spellings on Readiwriter each week.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend,
Miss Wood x
I hope you and all my lovely children are well. I understood some of you might be daydreaming of half-term by now. We are all certainly playing our part in this battle against this terrible virus. I am looking forward to the day that I will be able to welcome all the children back to our classroom-where they belong! I hope you are now becoming more accustomed to Google Classroom. My typing skills are certainly becoming more fluent!
This week's secret student is................................... LEXIE!
Fabulous Lexie! Lexie has worked super hard throughout this whole process, has shown excellent resilience and according to Mum- been a perfect secret student! I am very proud and I'm sure the rest of Year Three are too! Maybe an extra bike ride or treat meal is deserved!
Next week's secret student- you have a tough act to follow!
This week I have planned various activities, History, Art, Science and English and Mathematics. You may need to have some dark crayons and some large pieces of paper with sticky tape for history. I hope you all have a lovely week and remember by door is always open should you or your children need me.
Please remind your children to submit work as I won't be able to access every document to check if they have been completed.
Reminder: There will be no live sessions or check in on Tuesday afternoon. This is my planning and preparation time and I am also using this time to check in on my 'not so cooperative' student at home! Story time will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will be a pre recording. Unfortunately, I have started Matilda in school, so I am trying to accommodate the two requests.
Miss Wood xx
Just to clarify that story time will not be live until next week. I am waiting for the children to choose a book and then I will let you know the times and sessions for this story time. All other days I will be uploading a link to listen to or a video. I would also encourage children to log on to their Oxford Owl account and choose a book that matches their current level or any book of their choosing. All afternoon sessions after the initial check in registration are loaded online first thing in the morning. Any issues or queries- please contact me via the school email. :)
Miss Wood xx
Good evening! What a week! I feel like I am starting to feel the ground after such a manic and ever-changing week. I hope you and your children also finding a nice little routine of what works and adapting to 'our new normal'. Throughout my time at university, I never imagined I would be teaching my very first class like this, but I thank everyone for being so kind and understanding. We are very fortunate in Year Three that we have had experience of Google Classroom via homework for a number of weeks. I want to say a huge thank you for your dedication so far and can only ask that you continue in the same fashion for the remainder of this 'stay at home'.
I am very conscious that the children in my class are only small. Therefore, I am trying to keep tasks simple and cover multiple areas of the curriculum. From what I have marked so far, they are doing amazing! Moreover, I want to keep the momentum going and have decided to continue our class incentive of 'secret student'. I have shared the news with everyone who was logged into our afternoon session. Instead of me being able to gauge their behaviour throughout the week, I will email the chosen child's adult on the Friday morning. I must stress that this is during school hours! Secret student must show lovely manners, excellent listening skills, a can do attitude and always giving things a go! It is much more about dedication rather than levels of learning. However, as I say, we must be fair and measure this during the hours you are teacher.
I have now set the children up with Oxford Owl reading accounts. Through this, they will have full access to the RWI reading scheme we have in school, as we are not sending out any school books at the moment.
The username is :mellingprimary3
You should be able to find the colour that matches your child's current level. If children read this, or books for pleasure, please add to their reading log as this will be counted towards rewards. I will be attempting to upload some nice videos for children to watch and listen during the week.
I have uploaded a vote for our next class read- purely for pleasure. Once I have the vote retuned I will purchase the book via Kindle so I can share on my screen whilst reading. I will let you know the book by the middle of the week and you may purchase this for your child if you wish. However, there is no pressure as I will be sharing it on screen. I am aiming to do this live for 15 minutes, three times a week from next week. For the time being, I will upload some videos for your children to enjoy at their own leisure.
These sessions are more of a check-in for children. I will complete our 'rainbow scale' check, see if your children need me for anything in particular and then go through their tasks. If your children could remain on mute until I speak to them directly, I would really appreciate it as it means everyone can hear me (apologies for you having to listen to my voice). It was lovely to see their faces today and I can honestly say I am really missing them. Please keep me updated with any special moments, occasions and anything the children want to share via the class email. I had some lovely pictures already of puppies, paintings and other special moments.
Enjoy your week ahead as a Melling Year Three teacher!
Miss Wood xx
Well... how things can change within a day! First of all, I hope you have all had a smooth day transitioning into home learning. The situation is ever-changing and I can totally appreciate that some of you may have concerns and confusion on how we can work together through this next period of home learning. I was really disappointed and sad to learn that I won't be able to see your lovely children every day, but we must play our part in slowing down the spread of this terrible virus. I am hopeful that with the arrival of a vaccine, we can now start to see the rainbow after the rain. This is hopefully a half term circuit breaker so we can soon get your children back where they belong, in school; moreover, more importantly back in the company of our loved ones. I am here for you and your families to support your children through these next few weeks. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to contact me. As a parent, I can honestly understand the difficulties of home learning; however; this could also be a time to reconnect with our family and engage in some exciting 'home' adventures. Please tell your children I miss them already and look forward to seeing them 'virtually' next week.
All work will be uploaded daily at various times throughout the day., I am conscious of the amount of screen time your child may be having and would rather the tasks be completed at different intervals so that children are given adequate breaks. I also understand that adults may have their own work responsibilities. This is my suggested routine for the following week, while I prepare a more concrete method with some live sessions next week. If you have issues accessing Google Classrooms- please let school know immediately so we can provide paper-based learning.
Although I will always make myself available to reply to any contact, it must be out of school hours as I am still teaching full time during each school day to children who are still attending school as key worker's children. I would also sincerely appreciate your patience with the marking and feedback as this may be late in the evening after I have finished teaching during the day. I will always aim to have this done the same evening to ensure your children can progress in their learning with feedback from their teacher. Your children are our priority here at Melling and we are 'being the best we can be' so that we can transition your families through this stay at home as easily as possible. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and please share your lovely children's achievements, messages or anything else they wish to send to their teacher.
Stay safe and I hope to see you all soon :)
Miss Wood xx
Welcome back! We have had a lovely day back in Year Three today. It was lovely to be back with our friends and share all our lovely news and stories from Christmas. I want to start with sharing my sincere appreciation for the lovely presents I received from you all at Christmas. I was completely overwhelmed and shocked at how generous you all were. Your children’s happiness is the best present I have been given this Christmas. However, I did enjoy many luxurious baths, teas, chocolates, gingerbread snacks, decorated my tree with baubles and much more! The whole of the Year Three team were well and truly spoilt this year- thank you very much! I have also been asked to say a huge thank you from Mrs Cliffe and Miss Riley.
We are sad to see Mrs Cliffe go but can do this with greater ease as she is staying as part of the Melling family. Mrs Cliffe is our new School Bursar and we wish her every success from her Year Three family! Additionally, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Freeman who will be our new learning support /teaching assistant and we will have her amazing support 4 days a week. Mrs Freeman has been at Melling for quite a while and will be a superb addition to Year Three. Welcome to the family Mrs Freeman!
I appreciate what a difficult and strange period Christmas may have been for some families. The situation is ever changing and when we have new information regarding school, this will be communicated via the school directly (not via social media or groups). For now we are in school, safe and happy. I know how important your children’s safety is and trust me as their teacher, that this is my first priority too. We are increasing hand washing, socially distancing when possible and protecting the integrity of bubbles at all times. As mentioned previously, communication will be sent directly from school if the advice changes about schools openings.
As I said before, I acknowledge that Christmas might have been a tad different this year. I also wanted to ensure that children were given endless opportunities to enjoy time with their families and cherish the joys of Christmas. Therefore, I did not set homework through the holidays. However, I am looking to pick this up now and spellings will resume with the words that were set the last week of term. Mathletics will be reset and children are encouraged to achieve 500 points on Readiwriter and Mathletics each per week. Google Classrooms homework will be set on Friday and every Friday afterwards. If you have issues accessing these platforms, please let me know so I can provide alternate methods of learning. I would be disappointed for a child to miss out on learning if it can be prevented. Google Classroom will be available to distribute work should your child have to isolate. Furthermore, if there are any issues and you cannot access this platform, please let me know. That’s all from me for now- happy 2021 and I look forward to seeing out the year with my lovely cherubs!
PS- Those children who received 100 attendance badges- can these be returned so I can put them on children’s reward caps. They were sent out in error. Apologies!
Miss Wood xx
Well.... we would like to dedicate this part of the class page to say a huge Merry Christmas to all our lovely adults from Year Three. There are a few technical issues (mainly sound) and I am extremely disappointed that a few children's lines cannot be heard. Please be assured that children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, impressed Mrs Ainsworth-Brown and brought tears to their proud teacher's eyes. Head onto google classrooms now to watch the full clip. I will also share the link to anyone who personally emails me. Obviously due to privacy issues, I have only uploaded the videos onto GC for now but will happily share the link with parents who request this. The children were truly magnificent and it is so rare for children at such a young age, with so little time, to pull off such a fantastic performance. Thank you very much for providing costumes, practising lines, songs and all your general support with this.
The Year Three Team x
Good evening and I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. In Year Three, we had a particularly busy week last week with Christmas preparations underway and various activities going on. On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to enjoy a 'socially distanced' panto performance and we were able to spend the afternoon making special paintings! The remainder of the week was spent tackling fronted adverbials, column subtraction and then finished off with a big write about our London Landmarks. We were extremely busy and this was alongside our Christmas crafts! We were hoping to film our school play Friday but we agreed that we could do with an extra weekend to practice our songs and lines, so that we can deliver a truly magnificent performance and make our adults in Year Three super proud. This is why additional GC homework has not been set. Readiwriter and Mathletics is still being set. I have had a few emails regarding costumes, and we have tried to accommodate those children who have told us that they have not quite managed to come across costumes but please let me know by tomorrow afternoon if you are still struggling. Performance is all set for Tuesday, so fingers crossed we are ready!
Christmas performance to be performed. Please bring in costumes tomorrow for dress rehearsal. PE kits still to be worn on Tuesday, children will perform in the morning and have PE in the afternoon as normal.
Christmas Parties in class. Own clothes to be worn and children are encouraged to bring in their own 'party snack' bag. You know your children and their preferences best!
Christmas movie day- although I will be providing popcorn and cordial, children are again permitted to bring in a small snack to enjoy the film. Children will not be having PE this day as our usual timetabled slot is Friday PM. Therefore, there is no requirement to wear PE kits.
I look forward to seeing your lovely cherubs this week and STEPPING INTO CHRISTMAS!!!
Any queries, please contact me via the class email.
Miss Wood x
I apologise about the miscommunication yesterday evening. It had come to my attention late last night that the hall would be out of use for most of our proposed PE slot. I attempted to get a quick message out but I understand that this has lead to confusion and apologise for this. Moving forward, all communication will come directly through the class page as it always has previously.
We are going to start with our Christmas crafts next week. Could children please bring in a used, A5 book with plenty of writing in please. Please be mindful of the sensitive eyes in Y3 as they are very keen investigators in my class! I am aware that children have donated quite a few books to our class library but they are too valuable to go towards card making. I will attempt to purchase a few myself from various charity shops if children are not able to find any unused books. Thankyou xx
Here in Year Three, we have had a really busy week with plenty of different things going on. We started off the week with assessments and those have all been updated and marked. I am pleased with the progress the children have made and I am astonished at the effort from all of the children. It hasn't been easy to be off for so long and then transition into the juniors, but the children have been so resilient and have really shown that they are being 'the best that they can be'. Now.... your children might have you pestered with songs 'three wise men..123..' and I hope it makes it easier to know that these songs are circulating around Miss Wood's brain constantly! Everyone in my house is as equally fed up! I will publish the costume list on this class page. Please do not feel pressured to buy expensive costumes. If you cannot find a costume, please contact me via the class email.
I thought I would spice up Secret Student this week and choose two children. The two children were.......... Tilly and Geva!!!!
Both of these girls have really stood out lately. Both for their kind, caring natures and their dedication to their work. It is so rewarding for a teacher to see children work so hard with no visual incentive other than to make progress. Well done girls and enjoy your coupons!
Bella- Beautiful singing during rehearsals
Zac- Excellent effort in Maths
Zechariah- Dedication to work
I am hoping to be ready by next Friday to publish our school play. The children are really excited and nervous, as am I! This is my first school nativity so it is very nerve wracking! No homework or reading please (obviously reading books for pleasure can continue) as we need to practice the songs and rehearse lines.
Enjoy your first weekend out of lockdown with the children and please let me know if you have any questions surrounding costumes, lines or songs! School scripts and songs to come in every day next week please.
Miss Wood and the Y3 Team xx
This delightful little man brought the Cullen cup home to Year 3 this week. What an incredible young student this child is! Miss Wood immediately feels happy as soon as she notices this student enter the room, thinking about the excellent discussions she will have with this young man. Additionally, there has never been one single occasion when this child hasn't had their hand up to answer a question. His resilience is outstanding and he applies every single objective to his work. His contributions in class are both valuable and impressive. He has such a vivid imagination that Miss Wood will often leave his writing until bedtime to mark, as it makes an excellent bedtime read! There could honestly be so many other beautiful things written but it would take up the entire class page. High standards of learning would be a huge understatement as Miss Wood believes it is more like awe-inspiring standards of learning. Miss Wood is so proud of this child and considers it a privilege to be part of his journey to success. The whole of the Year 3 team are in absolute agreement that he truly is a superstar!
p.s. When this was read out in school, every student looked at this child- so clearly all the children realise what a superhero learner this child is!
What a week! I am absolutely delighted and proud to now confirm that I will be your children's teacher until the end of the school year. The thought of being able to continue our journey until the end of Year 3 is something I consider to be a privilege and a joy. I know I've written this before, but their happiness is everything to me and everyday I aim to 'be the best that I can be' because those children deserve it. They are an absolute dream class for my NQT year and although we have so much fun, we are making so much progress in our learning. Once again, I would like to say a huge thank you for the support you have all given me and continue to give me. I can now finally commit to all the future planning for your lovely cherubs for the remainder of the year. I am genuinely thrilled and excited for the year ahead! Now enough about me.....
We are going forward next week with some papers so I can assess what areas of the curriculum need to be addressed moving forward, but more importantly, I cannot wait to see how much progress the children have made since September. This week's homework will be set on google classroom but it needs to be completed on paper as it is that beautiful classic- column addition! Finally, an approach that we were taught within school! You can either upload the pictures of work or you can send the paper copies in school. On an additional side note, I am super impressed with how the students have coped with this new topic and I look forward to the children impressing their adults with their newly acquired skills!
This weeks secret student is........ Levi! Levi is a lovely little boy who is a kind soul and can always make Miss Wood giggle. He has a really resilient nature and always takes feedback onboard.
This weeks leaf winners were as follows;
Izabella- a real can do attitude in some challenging maths work
Aurora- An excellent teacher helper
Sebastian- excellent reasoning in maths (Sebastian will often complete worded questions that will take Miss Wood a while to solve).
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to decorating our tree next week (Miss Wood will have to keep her presentation pest ways under control).
Miss Wood and the Y3 team x
I'd like to start with a thank you to all the adults in year three. My first parents' evening was such a lovely experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss all the amazing accomplishments your children have made so far this year. They are an absolute credit to you and every day I come into work excited for the day ahead. It is an absolute privilege to teach them. Mrs Jones and Mrs Hargreaves visited our class this week and echo the same sentiments as me. They were impressed and overwhelmed at the high levels of behaviour and were pleased with the huge progress the children have made.
We have returned to our topic of London for our writing focus. We are accelerating towards our big write which will be focused on an information leaflet about London. The children are absolutely loving this Literacy topic and we have discovered so much about the beautiful, bustling city that is London. Thank you to parents who have sent in pictures as I will be adding those to our working wall.
I will be sending out paper-based homework for the next couple of weeks. The reason for this is because I need to assess children's writing and as you adults will know, google classroom is not the best mode of learning for this as it will auto correct grammar and spellings. The due date is next Friday and please let me know if there are any issues. Spellings will go out Monday if you have requested this. I also understand that family time is important at weekends so don't want to infringe on that with more screen time that will require one to one support. Spellings are on readiwriter on a Saturday and children are tested the following Friday. The minimum points expected is 500 per week and I run the reports from the Monday to the Sunday each week. Likewise, Mathletics points is 500 per week and is monitored from Monday to the following Sunday.
We had a lovely treat today when we were joined by Mrs Hughes, Miss Harriet and Benjamin via zoom. The children were so pleased to talk to their old "Miss" and Mrs Hughes couldn't believe how much they had grown! They certainly enjoyed seeing baby Benjamin and lovely Harriet. We look forward to seeing Mrs Hughes back in school soon.
That's all from me this week. Once again, I can't thank you enough for the support you have all shown me since I officially started at Melling. I hope you and the children have a lovely weekend and maybe a cheeky 'maccie ds' or extra treat for parents evenings is due.
Miss Wood and the team at Y3 xx
PE Kits W/C 16.11.20
For the next two weeks, children will have their additional PE lesson on a Monday instead of the Friday. Therefore, could children please come into school wearing PE kits and suitable bottoms (during these colder months) on Monday and Tuesday. This is for the next two weeks only. I’m aware that some adults may not access this class page so if you could pass the message to other parents or guardians, I would appreciate that.
We have had such an amazing, lovely week in year 3! One of my areas of specialism is diversity and it has been an amazing treat to have a whole week focus on this topic. It is sometimes difficult to plan lessons within this topic, but I had no issues in my mind as I have such a lovely bunch of cherubs. We started the week having amazing discussions and debates regarding Kamala Harris. We discussed how inspiring Kamala Harris will be to all little girls watching; the first female vice president! We have also written some lovely speeches (inspired by the work of Dr Martin Luther King). Through science and DT, we have made shadow puppets that narrate the story of Diwali. Additionally, we have looked at Miss Wood's Dad's war medals and pictures from his 20 years in the marines. The children have written some beautiful letters to our war heros! Words do not to justice to the tremendous contributions your children have made this week; so much so that I am in the process of making a video that will show the powerful message we have learnt- always choose kindness and celebrate our difference.
Miss Wood is going to be in serious trouble with Mrs Cliffe! Books have not been sent out as they were behind the painting area for Pudsey bear! I apologise profusely and assure you that I will be thoroughly told off by Mrs Cliffe! Mrs Grainger has kindly offered to deliver some books to neighbours . I will take the remaining books home and if you require the book, I can deliver those books personally. Just drop me an email.
The children have been focusing a lot on google classrooms and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your fantastic joint effort with this platform. There is a few gaps in times tables at the moment, so I am giving children a Google classroom free week and asking that they focus on times tables- 5s, 10s, 2s, 4s, 3s. Test at random as this will give a greater fluency.
Fantastic Bella! Bella is such a lovely child and is the perfect example of not needing a loud voice to be heard! This pick was actually Sebastain’s and he completely honoured the code of conduct of not revealing the secret! Bella is both a lovely friend and a serious hard worker. It’s a pleasure to teach this little lady and I hope she enjoys her night celebrating with her family!
I would also like to take the time to thankyou for your amazing support this half term already. Children are continually bringing in additional work, topic books and extra pictures for Miss Wood! Your children are doing an amazing job and I look forward to feeding this back next week. Enjoy your weekend and give those lovely angels a big hug off me! Christmas is coming........
I know a few children are having issues with readiwriter. I had edited and added the word sweetly as it wasn’t on the software and it seems to have caused some issues. I have now taken the word off . If children could practice this word using pencil and paper, and this will hopefully ensure the software is running smoothly for the other words! Points will not be counted this week for this platform in the spirit of fairness! Children are given a paper copy of these spellings in school and are also given their spellings as handwriting practice so that they are given lots of platforms to access these words.
Miss Wood x
Well... we’ve had a lovely week back in school. The children seem to mature and grow every week and I have really noticed a huge improvement in their independence. We always seem to be able to have lots of laughter but get through so much learning.
Secret student this week is...... Sebastian! It was a not so secret student this week as Miss Wood slipped up and said his name! However, this was an easy fault as he is such an adorable child who presented such high standards of learning, manners and friendship! Congratulation Sebastian!
Also, we have a new big brother in our class- Ryan! Congratulation to your family from all the Y3 team. She is beautiful! I know that Ryan will make the best big brother!
We have now finished our recovery curriculum for Maths and will only revisit the year 2 curriculum at the start of each topic. Column addition and subtraction is coming your way!
We are working on creating an information leaflet about London. It ties very nicely with our last focus of Paddington bear and we are quite lucky to have had so many children who have visited London. Additionally, it has really benefited the class to have that living eye witness to ask questions . Having worked in primary school in London myself, I have told the children it is a totally different environment to that of Liverpool. I am hoping to arrange a zoom call with my contacts in the school and the children will be able to speak to children their own age to collect more details. I have asked the children to bring in pictures of their times in London or preferably send pictures to the class email so I can add those to our map on the working wall.
Also, we had lovely discussions this week about Guy Fawkes and the controversies that exist around celebrating his arrest. This would be challenging in some year three classes but the children managed brilliantly.
Just a general reminder that work is now going through this platform. Please tell me if you are having issues or if the children are not able to access this platform. My door is always open and I would be disappointed if children are missing out on learning due to technical issues that are out of the adults’ control. I acknowledge that the circumstances are not easy at the moment and this may seem like another thing that is now added to your busy days, but this is going to get your child accustomed to a digital way of learning that is much more efficient and effective. If there is no way for us to resolve the issue, I will always make time to go through the homework with the children and it will be submitted within school time.
Children in need
Newsletter is attached at the top of the class page.
That’s all from me now! Once again, I want to reiterate what amazing children you all have. I genuinely missed them over half term and we have had a superb opening week to this half term. I hope you have a lovely weekend and especially Ryan with his new job as big brother!
Miss Wood and the Y3 team xx
Just a quick update regarding spellings. I will assess children on a random selection of the spellings we have already learnt during the first half term. All these spellings are available on Readiwriter from previous weeks. Therefore, children should continue to practice previous weeks spellings.
As a school, we are taking part in a numeracy challenge using Mathletics! It is time for year three to do what we do best and SHINE! I know the majority of children are using this platform well. However, we really need to boost these points and win it for Melling! I will set numerous tasks based on what we have learnt and this will continue for the next half term.
Y3 Team x
Well! We have had a fabulous day in year 3! I apologise in advance for your chocolate overloaded children.... we managed to make chocolate apples and have a fun party! This time of the year is especially hard for children as I know they always look forward to family gatherings, trick or treating and dressing up. A few of the children have told me they are having their own little stay at home parties with their own adults at home and I hope you have a lovely time. I know I always say this, but the children have been wonderful this half term. Coming back has been really hard for some children and equally staying at home was also difficult. I feel confident that the children have coped really well with this transition and my door is always open if you have any concerns. The class email is email@example.com and managed by me personally. I will contact you at the earliest opportunity. Obviously, I always aim for a phone call as this is the best form of communication and when I have access to your details in the school system. The health and wellbeing of the children in my class is my main concern, after their learning. A happy child makes a happy teacher! I look forward to moving forward with our curriculum in the next half term and I am super excited to celebrate Christmas with my very first class, as this is my FAVOURITE time of the year!
This weekend- have fun! Next week- work will be available on Readiwriter, Mathletics, times table rockstars and Google Classrooms.
Black History Month
I know there is a quite a lot of focus during October for black history. I acknowledge the importance of this but believe it needs be embedded further into our curriculum than just a 'tokenship' month. I will aim to introduce as much cultural diversity as possible within my classroom- at all times throughout the year. This week we focused on Rosa Parks and the children handled this topic with both sensitivity and extreme maturity. Another example of how beautiful the children are in my class. Thank you for helping your children collect these facts. We have also looked at the book "We are all born free" and created our own rights for children- special video will follow shortly. I know this may seem alarming to some, perhaps too big of an issue for children to handle, but I can assure you these topics are delivered with sensitivity and respect to all children within my class. I have the belief that ignorance breeds in an environment that does not deliver the facts about the world- both what is happening today or in the past.
Secret student this week is........ Ryan! A patient and kind young gentleman who always brings a smile to the staff's faces in Year 3!
Leaf winners this week were Robyn, Sophia and Shae! All for various things. Congratulations and enjoy your coupons! I have also give some coupons out for birthdays.
I will upload some pictures of your mucky pups with their chocolate faces! I'm gutted as some haven''t turned out on the IPAD. Again, enjoy the half-term break and give those gorgeous children some cuddles from me.
Miss Wood xx
Apter Cup Winner
This child embodies every single attribute of friendship. Not only is she an excellent friend, she motivates everyone around her to do their best. It is hard for Miss Wood, Mrs Cliffe and Miss Riley to think of a day when this child hasn’t borrowed a helping hand to those around her. Returning to school has been difficult for some children. However, this child has been a lovely friend for those who needed it. It shows a real strength of character when a child is able to elevate other people around them and ensure that everyone feels important and cared for in class. I am sure that this child has a future in teaching or nursing as she is a marvellous leader, always ensuring that all children are part of their team! Miss Wood wants this child to realise that she does notice all the hard work she does daily, not only in her learning, but guiding those around her and showing what a truly beautiful friend is. I hope you get to celebrate your cup win at home with your baby sister and Mum and Dad.
Halloween Party! Thursday 22nd October
I understand that a lot of the children will be disappointed not to celebrate Halloween traditionally this year. Therefore, in year three I have promised the children a fun afternoon making chocolate apples and special ‘witch potions’. It is also a special treat to celebrate all the fantastic behaviour and hard work we have showed this term! One little boy made me chuckle today when he said “my mum doesn’t believe it if it is not on the class page” so I thought it would be best to post it. If the children could bring in a bar of their preferred chocolate (I know some can be be very fussy with the whole Cadbury/ Galaxy/ Choceur debate) and we will be able to have a fun afternoon! Thank you.
Miss Wood x
The weeks seem to be flying by now as we head towards half term! In year three we have had a fabulous week and have had plenty of laughter and fun in the process of learning!
I often forget that the children are just entering juniors as they are becoming so independent. They are truly a gorgeous class and I would just like to send a general message to all parents to communicate this. I feel it is so important to celebrate the high standards of behaviour, manners and learning within my classroom and it is becoming so challenging to imagine not seeing their faces for a whole week!
We continue to explore the adventures of the well-known and loved bear Paddington. We are planning our own comic strip version which will be accompanied by our new focus "speech marks"- remember 66 and 99 speech mark sandwiches children! I have sent plans home as homework; the children requested this so they could complete it with more detail and have time to create a good story. A copy of the plan has been put on google classroom- just incase some go missing or end up looking a bit messy with all their creative ideas! This is a plan, so please ask the children to not be too concerned about the presentation. The example we went through as a class is also there if children require any support or ideas. I don't usually request children do homework at the weekend but if this could be done by Monday - I would really appreciate it!
This week's secret student winner is....... Molly! Molly is a very determined little lady and is always the first to offer to help. So much so, that she is becoming Miss Wood's unofficial secretary. I hope you have a lovely weekend Molly!
This week's leaf winners were Geva (gorgeous managers) and Shae (an excellent HR manager). Well deserved and a reminder that all personal attributes are celebrated within Melling.
As mentioned before, I can imagine this is a difficult time for everyone and understand the difficulty of not being able to spend time with loves ones. If there is anything I can do to support your family -as your children's teacher -please let me know. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I am hopeful we can come out of this together soon and get back to our family and friends.
Miss Wood x
Friday 9th October
I cannot believe another week has gone by! In year 3 we are making excellent progress within all our subjects. Also, we had a special visit this week from Mrs Jones to let us know what a magnificent class we are, based on the time Mrs Jones spent in our classroom last week. Mrs Jones was so impressed with the behaviour and attitude towards learning in year three. It is lovely to hear such positive feedback and realise that I am rightly proud and boastful about the impressive children in my class. We have also had a lovely time this week, becoming both scientists and geographers. We are experimenting with materials to check suitability for a reflective school coat design, and looking at climate zones in geography. We were also able to uncover our secret student too!
I have decided to spice up our star of the week and replace this incentive with a 'secret student'. At the start of the week, I will choose a student. No-one, including the secret student, knows who this individual is. Myself and Mrs Cliffe are constantly looking and acknowledging signs of 'role model' behaviour from this student. If they are able to demonstrate these values, all week, they will be given the weekly award of 'secret student'. Additionally, I have explained to children that if they do not demonstrate positive behaviour, they will not be given an award at all and they will fail to identify the secret student.
Secret Student Friday 9th October
This week's 'secret student' award goes to ....... Aurora. This was a difficult one to keep a secret as most children guessed! It was hard not to acknowledge the perfect behaviour that is always present in Aurora and the children soon realised who it was!
Last week's star of the week
We delayed giving out this award until Monday as we wanted to celebrate with Mrs Cliffe. Last week's star of the week was Mason. He has impeccable manners and is always a loyal friend. He rightly stands up for what is right, making him always trustworthy and kind.
I have pinched this idea off Mr Cleaver (I'm sure he will not mind). At various times during the week, I am blessed with excellent examples of learning, kindness and determination, that house points do not do justice. These examples will lead to children being awarded a leaf and a housepoint! These leaves are added to a class display that is our tree of growth. Once a week, I will enter all leaves into a raffle and the winner will win a class coupon. Children are loving this at the moment! This weeks winner was Alex. He received his leaf for outstanding work in his times tables.
I am very pleased with the response to homework using this platform. A reminder that in the unfortunate event that your child is forced to isolate, work will be set using this platform. A huge thank you to parents who have utilised this mode of learning, when having to stay at home. Children will return to school without any disadvantage of missed learning.
I hope my lovely children have a lovely weekend, and I also hope their adults get some much needed rest! I look forward to seeing a few lovely faces back next week.
Miss Wood xx
As soon as we found out in Year three, we were being given this cup to award this week, there was no doubt in my mind who would be receiving it. This boy brings an instant smile to Miss Wood and Mrs Cliffe’s face as soon as he enters the room in the morning. Since September, the effort and determination in this little man to succeed has been both incredible and inspiring to other children. He is an excellent friend and can always be relied on to give a helping hand. In melling, we pride ourselves on our excellent manners, making it really hard to decide on just one child. However, Miss Wood cannot think of one occasion when this child has not had perfect manners. Sometimes in a busy day in the classroom, it is the little things that get forgotten, like when you are given work from a teacher and you say thank you or holding a door open for an adult. These are the things that make us adults and other children feel happy. The teachers in year three want to let this boy know that we are always watching and he is an excellent role model and friend to the other children in the class. You have had an amazing start to Year 3 and although your family cannot be here, we know that they are very PROUD of you right now! Miss Wood did hear you saying to your partner in crime the other day ‘come on-we can do this’ and you certainly can!
I understand this is a strange and worrying time for us all. Here at school, we have been very fortunate in Y3 to be able to continue our learning within the classroom. Please be aware that we are doing everything we can as a school to ensure this remains the case. Children are regularly washing their hands, keeping their distance and remaining in their class bubble at all times. We have been enjoying eating our lunches together and I am certain I never had such exciting lunches like the children have in my class!
We have begun our huge focus on "a bear called Paddington" in literacy. We are rediscovering this well-loved bear and the children are already chuckling away at Paddington's antics! Homework this week will be to finish reading chapter one of this book- either with an adult or independently- and complete a short simple task on Googleclassrooms.
We have continued our work on fractions but have now looked at fractions amounts which is a lot harder than simple fraction work! The children have done a marvellous job! We are now going forward with a year 3 Maths curriculum. We will approach this by starting each topic within maths at a year 2 entry level and then accelerating forward with year 3 objectives when we are ready. I have made this decision as I feel safe and secure that the children are ready for this. You and your children's work over stay at home has been successful! If you happen to have a pizza this weekend- ask your children what fraction of pizza they have eaten!
Science and Topic
We have modelled light rays in science and looked at the principles of Dharma and Brahman in RE- learning both from religion and about religion! We love this topic of work. In our Friday Pe session, we have engaged in some dancing (watch out Britains got talent) and some none contact relay.
Homework expectations have been updated below- please read for clarification.
I hope all the amazing, brilliant children in Y3 have a lovely and relaxing weekend. Hopefully, we will soon be back with our extended families and friends.
Miss Wood xx
I realise there has been some confusion over homework expectations so I will clarify this. I have had to adjust some of the timings so that I can correctly assess children's interaction.
Spellings will be published on a Friday using this platform. This is a much more efficient mode of learning and puts words into context and looks at higher levels of learning (word classes etc.) Obviously we are trying to reduce the reliance of paper-based work during the 'new normal' at Melling. Children will be assessed on these spellings on a Friday. Additionally, children also receive an input from their class teacher regarding new spellings.
Children are set a variety of tasks using this platform. The minimum requirement is 500 points each week. This was previously set on a Friday but this causes confusion in assessing points. This will now be assessed from a Monday to the following Monday. There is no pressure to complete all the activities assigned, I just know how competitive my Year 3s are and they like to hold the record amount of points. This really helps children extend their learning beyond the classroom and consolidates some of their mathematical skills.
One task will be set each week (usually topic/literacy based) which is compulsory. If your child follows the class stream, this will indicate which task is compulsory. I will indicate if it is homework and this will usually be set on a Friday or Saturday. I really do have a class of eager beavers so I sometimes set more than one for additional learning. This will also consolidate and extend their skills within their current focus of learning. Here is a short video which will be beneficial for help and guidance for adults-
In the unfortunate event that your child is off, work will be set on Google classrooms. As you can appreciate, sometimes I will not know that children are absent until morning register. Therefore, I would really appreciate your patience and I will set the work we are doing in class on Google classroom, as soon as possible.
Most children are really engaging with this platform and it keeps an open line of communication between your child and their teacher whilst they are absent.
Thanks again for your understanding and support. I am a parent myself and can understand the pressure of home life but I am already impressed at how well children are engaging with online learning. This really does benefit your child and is much more engaging and interactive than paper based homework.
Please contact me if there are any issues.
Miss Wood x
Our Cullen Cup Winner!!!!!
What an amazing start to the year this child has had. Her quiet, gentle and infectious smile brighten Miss Wood’s day. Not only does she try her best in everything that she does, she is both calm and resilient when faced with challenges in her learning journey. This pupil is a valuable asset in any lesson and always participates. She has a warm and engaging personality towards her lessons, that is contagious to other children who she works with. We often know this child is trying very hard or thinking something through when she peers at Miss Wood over her glasses and gives her the ‘I wonder’ stare! This pupil’s confidence and ability to speak out loud during oracy since year 3 has been astonishing and this is a huge achievement for this child- who was a lot shyer and quieter in year 2. Her letters to her crayons was both magnificent and an enjoyable read! I do believe we may have a future author in year 3! Her love for adventure and all things Disney jumped out of the pages and she worked very hard on this piece of writing. She should be very proud and continue her journey in year 3 with the same love and excitement she has for her learning so far! With a can-do attitude and such a passion for learning- this girl will go far! I’m very sorry that Mum and Dad and her siblings couldn’t be here to watch her shine and receive the award she deserves. However, I know that they will be super proud and already know the superstar powers that this Disney princess possesses! There is not a member of staff in year 3 or Melling who would disagree that this girl deserves this cup today. Miss Wood is very proud of what you have achieved so far and is really excited to watch you grow this term! I’m sure one day I will be reading one of your future books and will remember what a superstar writer you were in my class!
Another fabulous week in Y3!
We've had another week in Y3, making excellent progress in our work and making sure we have fun and laughter every day! I know this is going to sound repetitive but I am so lucky to have this class. The children work super hard and really are a fantastic bunch! This week we have been focusing on fantastic fractions and designing posters for the poor, lonely puppy from the short film 'the present'. They have also become explorers and truth seekers throughout core and topic work for light (science) and climate zones (geography). A few children have kindly borrowed Miss Wood some fantastic resources for their core and topic work. We are also continuing our work on Hinduism and looking at the journey of this religion- from its roots and through to where and how it is celebrated today. We really have been busy! I hope my hardworking and impressive class and adults have a fantastic weekend.
Children will be set new work on Mathletics and Readiwriter on a Friday evening. Please make sure your children are collecting at least 500 points as this is having a huge impact on their learning. Well done to our 'bedazzling Bella' who achieved over 6000 points on Mathletics alone!!! Spellings will be on Readiwriter as they will help children with short and simple tasks to aid word understanding. Times tables rockstars has also been set and is being monitored continually.
Children have been set work on googleclassrooms and I would appreciate if this was completed by next Friday. The tasks are only short and snappy and will jut allow us to accelerate forward in our recovery curriculum. Your child should have received a log in during stay at home. Please contact me if you are having issues so that I am aware of this. I have reminded the children that it is not the job of our busy adults to remember to do homework! Izabella and Mila- accounts have been created and I will sit with the girls Monday and go through this with them.
Star of the Week
A fantastic job Mila as you are our star of the week! Mila has been working extra hard on her fraction and word classes work this week.
A cardigan has gone missing in class this week. I’ve waited a few days for it to be returned to our bubble but it doesn’t seem to be in school. I’m sure you are very busy at the moment but I would really appreciate it if you could check your children’s cardigans and check for Harriet’s name- just to make sure a child hasn’t took it home by mistake.
Miss Wood xx
This week in year 3 the children have been working super hard on their 'papers' for Maths, English and Spellings. I have highlighted the word 'papers' as I have fostered Mrs Hughes's approach of not incorporating the word 'tests' into my philosophy towards assessments. The papers will give me, as their teacher, a greater perception into what gaps may have appeared during stay at home and what areas of the curriculum still need to be given a greater focus before we move on to our Year three objectives. I know I am biased, but I have to say all the hard work you parents have made with your children during the spring and summer really shows and it is amazing to see how far children have developed during this time.
However, it hasn't been all about papers this week and we have managed to explore our focus in R.E that is Hinduism and started exploring our work on Chrome books! The children are really loving R.E right now, and as one of my specialism areas, this is so rewarding to see! The children might have told you we struggled to connect to Wifi so we are going to continue this lesson next week! Children were given a sign in and password during stay at home for google classrooms. If your child is willing, you could log into google classrooms and start to become accustomed to this mode of learning. I have set some simple tasks, that are not too strenuous. We have also looked at some practical maths, particularly three digit partitioning (pictures to follow). The children are doing amazing with this topic of work!
All children have been given log ins for both Mathletics and Readiwriter. They are now live and children have been set work on both platforms. Spellings lists will no longer be sent home paper-based. These are available on readiwriter. Should you have any issues, please send me an email to Y3.firstname.lastname@example.org (inbound only).
Star of the Week
Well done to our star of the week- Zac! Zac has had an extremely focused and can-do attitude recently in Maths and his hard work is not going unnoticed! I will give Zac his class coupon next week.
That is all from me! I hope Y3 and their adults have a lovely weekend and they certainly deserve some special treats this week for all their hard work!
Miss Wood x
Wow! Just like that- another week at Melling is complete for our hardworking, fantastic Y3 children!
We have had another amazing week in our classroom, with children working hard in all lessons. We also had some fun making masks, which children were able to take home. I know I have mentioned this a few times, but I am really impressed at how well-mannered and hardworking the children are in our classroom. The situation is ever-changing and I appreciate this is a hard time for us all, but the support from our parents and guardians is brilliant. Additionally, we have had another lovely addition to our year 3 family- Mila! Both girls have settled in really well and we could not imagine our class without them.
Just a few reminders....
Thank you very much for your patience. As I am new to Melling I have now been given access to all the online platforms that are used in KS2 at Melling. Children will receive log in details this week. Spellings have been sent home paper-based for this week. Moving forward, these will be published through the class page and will be available on Readiwriter. Children will receive log in details for the following; Readiwriter, Mathletics and Google classrooms. I will be working hard with the children to ensure they are accustomed to these platforms and are not relying on our busy adults.
Thank-you again for your future cooperation and support. I promise future updates will not be so long! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and I look forward to another fantastic week with my lovely Y3 children!
Miss Wood x
The week ahead.......
Firstly, I hope all the lovely children in Y3 have had a lovely and well-deserved rest this weekend! We have had a fantastic start to the year last week and I am very excited for the year ahead. I would also like to thank our children's parents and guardians for all your patience during this initial transition back into school, as you can imagine this is a new situation for us all and we are ensuring we are doing everything we can to keep our school safe.
As previously mentioned, P.E will resume this week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Just a reminder that children need to wear P.E kits on those days (tracksuit bottoms or joggers are permitted during the winter months and during colder weather).
Reading books have gone home this week. Please do not be alarmed if your child has already read the book they have taken home. We are having an initial assessment to ensure we cover any gaps that may have appeared during lockdown. Please return the books only when they need changing - they will need to be quarantined before going back into the reading scheme. No need to send reading books into school for children to use in the day, they will be heard read in school using school copies of books. Reading records do need to be sent in on a daily basis so that we can keep count of home reads and record children's reading in school. Please remember, children need to be reading at the very least 3 times a week - daily is ideal if possible. I know the children in Y3 love reading so this shouldn't be too much of a burden for the children!
I have set a small task over the weekend to pinpoint our cultural demographic differences in the classroom- no pressure to dig deep but thought it would be a lovely way to celebrate the ancestral diversity in Y3. Moving forward, we are looking at evolving our homework system and will be investigating more productive ways to set homework in the coming week- further details to follow. Children are still able to access the online platforms they have used during lockdown.
Children are permitted to bring their own pencil cases but please do not feel pressured to go out and buy one. I have ensured that all children have individual packs with everything they may need. However, it is essential that children bring their own reusable water bottle into school and pack of tissues.
Thanks again for your help and support and I look forward to working with you and your children in the year ahead....
Miss Wood x
Our first day back!
Wow! To say I am impressed at how well the children have managed getting back to our 'new normal' at Melling is an understatement! I would like to take this time to say a huge thank you to all our Y3 parents from the Y3 staff, for all your patience and understanding during these times. The children looked lovely in all their fresh uniforms and I cannot believe how much they've grown over the spring and summer! It was lovely to see all the children. I would also like to say a huge welcome to our new member of Y3- Izabella!
Quick update regarding P.E!
P.E lessons will start again next week. I understand there has been some confusion so don't worry if children arrive in their kits tomorrow. If you are able to read this message and pass it on to other parents, children are not expected to arrive in P.E kits until next week, on the days we have P.E (Tuesday and Friday).
I look forward to having more fun and exciting lessons with all the children tomorrow!
Miss Wood x
Miss Wood, Mrs Cliffe and Miss Riley would like to welcome our new and fantastic Y3. The classroom is all set for tomorrow and all that we need now is our lovely, smiling children. Don't worry if you have left some items in year 2 (P.E kits, pencil cases etc), Miss Wood has fetched those and they will be in your new classroom.
Start time: 9:00am Finish time: 3:20pm
Drop off is by the playgroup gate and pick up at the same place. Miss Wood will be there to greet you on your first day.
P.E. days: Tuesday and Friday
Please come to school in your outdoor P.E. kit and a pair of trainers on those days. If the weather is cold and during winter months, tracksuit pants or joggers is permitted.