Welcome Back and a Happy New Year to all of the Y3 children and families! We hope you each had a lovely Christmas and we hope that you are all ready for another busy term ahead! We would like to say a HUGE Thank you for all of the kind and thoughtful gifts received - it really is very much appreciated!
Updated Homework Expectations Year 3
Homework is statutory and vital for children's progress. Please see below for the expectations regarding homework in Year 3.
Reading: Home reading remains vital even when children are fluent and able to read independently. All children should still be reading at the very least, 3 times a week - daily is ideal where possible. If children are fluent, focus should be on comprehension. Our class target is the skill of inference, which means asking questions where children have to read between the lines to figure out the answer. Please see the link for examples of questions you can ask. Focus on the page titled AF3.
Spellings: Children will be given new spellings every Friday, for a test on the following Friday. Spelling sheets do not have to be returned, they are simply for the children to use if they want to. Children must achieve 500 points on Readiwriter each week. This allows them to practise their spellings in a variety of ways, including putting them into sentences and breaking down the syllables. There are many different strategies you can use to practise spellings. See the link below for some ideas.
Maths: Children will receive paper maths homework on Fridays which must be completed and returned by the following Friday. Please also send in their folder at the same time. All children are expected to log onto TT Rockstars at least three times a week, preferably for 10 minutes daily.
Other: Children will occasionally receive another piece of paper homework on a Friday from a different subject (e.g. English). This should also be completed and returned by the following Friday.
Usernames and passwords remain the same and are attached to the front of your child's reading record. If you have any problems logging on, please let one of us know via the class email address and we will endeavour to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Home Reading Champions!
Congratulations to Ewan, Yvie and Rocco who had the most home reads in Year 3 this half-term. They were delighted with their Horrid Henry prizes, which were well-deserved. Keep up the hard work!
Champions Leader board 6th December
The results for this week's homework leader board are as follows:
Readiwriter: First place - Ewan, second place - Jack E and third place - Rocco. There isn't a fourth or fifth place as nobody else scored above 500 points!
TT Rockstars: First place - Jack E, second place - Archer, third place - Ewan, fourth place - Emma and fifth place - Rocco.
Well done to all those children who also returned their maths homework on time. Keep it up!
Champions Leader board 26th November 2021
Can I remind everyone that maths homework is due back in on Fridays please and if red folders could be sent back in on that day as well it would be really helpful. We've got some good results on the leader board this week and a lot more children have logged on to TT Rockstars which is great to see, keep it up!
The top five on each leader board this week are as follows:
Readiwriter: First place - Ewan, second place - Max, third place - Nancie, fourth place - Jack E and fifth place - Yvie
TT Rockstars (awarded by average time spent): First place - Ewan, second place - Jack E, third place - Archer, fourth place - Emma and fifth place - Nancie
Well done also to all those children who returned their maths homework on time.
Christmas play 2021
Below are the songs for our Christmas play, 'What Christmas Means to Me'. Try to practise them at home if you can.
Autumn week ending 15th October
Well, what a great week we have had in Year 3! Our children's behaviour has been absolutely fantastic! We have been calm, more settled and ready to learn. Look how many children got their name in lights this week!
Also, on Thursday we had a special geography/art day with Ms Ainsworth-Brown, where we started to learn about climate zones. In keeping with that, we did some art work using hot and cold colours. The outcome was absolutely fantastic as you can see from the slideshow below. When Miss Hopewell came in on Friday she thought Year 5 had painted the pictures rather than Year 3, because the standard was so high! Well done everyone!
Harvest Festival 2021
On Friday, we celebrated Harvest Festival with a special assembly. Unfortunately we weren't able to have parents at this particular assembly, but it was lovely to have the whole school together celebrating this time of year and how lucky we are to have so much food available to us. Thank you to all the families for your generous food donations. Well done to Harry and Emma who read an acrostic poem to the whole school and read it beautifully!
We had a fantastic time in our sublime science workshop today! The scientist set his hand on fire using water to take away the heat from his body - just like the water took away the heat from the balloon skin in our experiment yesterday (not to be attempted at home!!!). We had magic tricks, rockets and some children got very wet today! It was so much fun!
What an interesting start we have had to Science Week. We tested what happens to a balloon when lowered over a flame and compared that to what happened when the balloon had some water and air in. The balloons with only air in popped because of the heat from the candle melting the outside of the balloon until it was so weak that it couldn't contain the pressure of the air inside of it.
The water made a difference because the puddle of water inside the balloon pulled the heat away from the surface. This is called conduction. So, instead of the balloon skin getting so hot it melts, the heat is spread (or 'dissipated') into the water that's inside the balloon. The water slowly starts to get warmer but the balloon doesn't pop.
Fun things to try at home
* Try adding different amounts of water to the balloon, does it make a difference?
* How about if you blow the balloon up really full of air?
Hello from me, Miss Hopewell! I am so excited to be here in Year 3 and I have had a lovely first two days. The children have made me feel so welcome, thank you!
An important note about spelling homework... I am now sending home paper copies of spelling homework on Fridays. Please note, it is not compulsory for these sheets to be completed and they do not need to be returned to school. I am only sending them home in case you would like to practise the spellings in this way. Spellings will also continue to be put on Readiwriter, so please continue to practise on there as well.
IMPORTANT - Please send the empty folders back in on Fridays so that I can put the new week's spellings in them. Children will continue to be tested on their spellings every Friday so please try and do lots of practise.
Thank you so much for your support. Have a great weekend!
Our first full week completed, I bet they will all sleep tonight.
It has been lovely teaching the children, all be it it was brief this time round but I know I will see them around school from time to time.
Homework: This has now gone live electronically, so please ensure your child is completing this daily. Mathletics and Readiwriter use the same log in, if you do have any issues accessing it please email the class email I'm sure Mrs Maddock or Miss Hopewell will be more than happy to help.
TT Rockstars should be something the children access daily as this will boost their times tables knowledge as the quick recall facts are crucial to their learning.
From time to time Purple Mash may get used too so please let your child still access this as there are lots of activities they can complete on this at home and it will benefit them for when they do their computing lessons in class.
Newsletter: This will be going live today so keep an eye out for that. It will tell you what to expect in the up and coming term.
Have a lovely weekend everyone
Just like that the first week back to school is over. Those 2 days have gone by so quickly! The children have settled in really well and no doubt they will be right back into their normal routine by next week.
They all looked so smart when they came in, we hope you enjoy the photos of them all.
Just a little update about PE as I know some of the children and parents have been asking. Mrs Maddock has said for now that PE will only take place on a Monday with Mr Millington and she will schedule it in next term. (Please make sure that the children's PE kits are as required in the school uniform policy (no named clothing items i.e. Nike); navy shorts or joggers, pale blue PE t-shirt, school jumper and pumps or trainers.)
With the schools returning to some form of normality we are able to teach and use the equipment we have not really been able to use since before last year. So the children's afternoons will be very busy with a huge range of topic work and activities. All of this will be explained in more detail in the Year 3 Newsletter next week - so keep your eyes peeled for it.
All the children's reading books have been sent home now, the way we are doing it has changed. You will notice a label on your child's reading record, this is for the day they bring it in to be updated and changed if needed.
One read per day will be counted so if your child reads more than once it will not be counted. We ask for a minimum of 3 reads each week and this will be checked by Miss Riley on their day to return them.
If your child does finish their book they can read a book from home and document it in their records.
Please bare with us while we are still settling in to our new routines as well as the children. There have been lots of lovely updates and we are making sure we have everything in place and ready to go, so we apologise if you email and we do not get back to you immediately.
Mrs Maddock will be in the driving seat Monday-Wednesday, I will be in Thursday and Friday and we have the wonderful Miss Riley with us every morning.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week
Hi everyone, we cannot wait to welcome you all back on Thursday. We are going to have a lovely time settling back in and all getting to know how being in the juniors operates. It is a little different from the infants but we know you will take it in your strides and settle in so quickly!
This page will be updated on Friday with everything you will need to know and what to expect in the Autumn term.
Rest up! Lots in store for tomorrow and Friday.
Cannot wait to hear what you have all been up too!