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Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Hello!  Here we are at the end of the second week not at school.  How are you all doing?  Safe and well, we hope. Well done to the Year 3s who entered the art and craft challenge last week.  There were some lovely entries.  Have you done this week's?  We're looking forward to seeing them.

We've been working hard with Joe Wicks each morning.  When we go back to school, we have lots of ideas for our PE lesson warm ups. Did you dress up today?  He's dressing up again next Friday...  

It's weird to think it is the end of the Spring term today.  We hope you have some Easter fun in your home or garden over the next few weeks.  Remember there is lots of ideas for you to do on the school website.  We hope you are trying something new and keeping yourselves busy.

Please remember, we are always thinking of you all and missing your smiley faces.

Stay kind and thoughtful of others.

See you soon,

Year 3 Team  

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Hello parents and carers.  We normally write this blog for you.  However, today please could we write to the children. Before we do, we'd just like to say we hope you are all well during these difficult times and you are hopefully enjoying the sunny weather. Please remember, keeping the children safe and happy is the most important thing you are doing right now.

 

Children,

Hello. We hope you are all well and enjoying having time at home.  It is all very unusual isn't it? We are missing you and thinking about you all every day.  So, what have you been up to? We hope you're being really kind and helpful to your families.  Have you done any cooking yet? Have you made sandwiches for lunch for your family?  We hope you are tidying your rooms and toys at the end of each day.  Have you helped with the cleaning and washing at home? Are you trying something new? We are doing the Joe Wicks PE lesson every morning with you.  It can be quite a challenge when dogs want to join in, can't it!

How are you getting on with the Year 3 home learning? Remember to show whoever is helping you the respect we expect from you at school. You are all amazing, remember that.  We hope you are remembering to read or listen to a story every day.  Have you listened to David Walliams reading his books?  They are very funny!   

We're really excited to see your work for the art and craft challenge on the website.  Remember to ask someone at home to take a photo and send it in to school for the website.

Did you see the picture news question at the end of the website?  You may need a new response partner for now, but do discuss the question - would you like to be a tourist in space?  

We hope you have a lovely weekend, 

Sending you a virtual hug,

Year 3 Team

Something Different to Try!

This week in Year 3...(w/b 9.3.20)

 

What fun we all had yesterday afternoon being sporty for Sports Relief! The children enjoyed 2 different activities with their colour team friends and different teachers.  Thank you for helping us to support such a good cause.

In project time this week we have set up more investigations in science to find out about how water is transported in plants.  The 'how much space' investigation from last week has given us some very interesting results.  Ask your child! Hopefully your beans at home are growing well now. 

In DT lessons the children are learning about levers and have enjoyed making their own lever animals.  Next week we will be taking this further and creating a paper growing plant .

In English lessons the children have really enjoyed writing their giant stories.  We have been really pleased with the skills the children have independently used in their writing.

In maths the children have become more confident with fractions.  We are moving on to statistics and have started with tally charts and pictograms.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Yeam

This week in Year 3...(w/b 2.3.20)

 

It's been a very busy week.  The highlight was definitely, World Book Day.  The children really got into the spirit of the day and looked fantastic in their costumes.  We have some very imaginative families! The Year 3 team, conveniently has 7 members, so we were dressed as Snow White's dwarfs! Did you spot who was Snow White?  During the day the children enjoyed paired reading with children from other year groups, listening to teachers reading stories, making their own picture books and getting very revolting when (based on The Rascally Cake) creating their own recipes for a Wicked Wonderful World Book Day cake. It was lovely to see the children so excited about reading.  Thank you for your support.

 

During project time the children have been learning about the parts and functions of plants.  Next week we will be investigating water transportation within plants.  Hopefully the children's beans have started to grow.  Please encourage your child to do all the watering and caring for their bean. If they would like to record how the plant is growing that would be great.

 

In English lessons the children have started to rewrite the the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  They are really enjoying looking at things from a different point of view.

 

In maths the children have moved on to using fraction walls to find equivalent fractions.  

 

Next week we have class photos on Wednesday and an INSET day on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 3 Team

 

This week in Year 3...(w/b 24.2.20)

 

It has been an unusual start to this new term!  There was a UFO sighting on the school field over the half term holiday while we weren't there.  Then, we received an exciting message from an alien friend called Zinnia who would like to build a human hotel on her planet.  She has asked the children to find out which human foods she could grow and what are the best ways to grow healthy, strong plants.  The children have risen to the challenge and have started investigating into which plants we eat, which foods grow above or below ground and which foods we eat raw and which we cook. We have started setting up our own investigations into how much space plants need in the soil to be able to grow well.  Your child will have bought home their own pot and bean to start growing.  There is a Year 3 competition to see which bean grows the tallest, strongest and most leaves.  The children will have to decide how much water to give their plant, whether to put it in soil or just kitchen roll in the pot.  They will also need to think about the best place to put their plant.  We look forward to finding out their results.

 

In English lessons we have been looking at the story of Jack and the beanstalk but not through the eyes of Jack...but through the eyes of the giant! The children have had to rethink who the 'baddy' really was!

In maths the children are developing their understanding of fractions and are moving into tenths.

 

It was lovely to see you all at parents' evenings this week.  Hopefully you have a good view on how your child is getting on, celebrated their successes and know what they will be working on this term. If any of your questions were not answered, please do send a message in your child's home/school book or pop into school to see us.

Have an enjoyable weekend,

Year 3 Team

 

This week in Year 3...(w/b 10.2.20)

 

It was lovely to see so many of you at our vlogging session this afternoon.  The children really enjoyed having you in class watching their vlogs.  We're sure you'll agree, the children did a great job and really showed how much they have learnt throughout this project. Apologies for the sound issue in Van Gogh.  Mrs Bainbridge has now sorted the technical problem and if you would like to pop in to see and HEAR the vlogs from Van Gogh please speak to Mrs Bainbridge. 

Here we are at the end of our third half term.  We are now at the midpoint of Year 3!

We look forward to catching up with you all at our parents' evenings during the first week back. 

We will soon be starting a unit of work on telling the time.  It would be of great help to practice telling the time with your child over the half term holiday.

Thank you for your continued support and we'd like to wish you all a lovely break.

Year 3 Team

 

This week in Year 3...(w/b 3.2.20)

 

This week started with a fantastic fieldwork visit to the river Loddon in Eastrop Park.  The children really enjoyed sketching, measuring and exploring water safety at the river.  We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed bright sunshine all morning. As usual, the children's behaviour was exceptional and they were a real pleasure to take out of school.  It was wonderful hearing the children using their new vocabulary when discussing the features of the river.  Well done Year 3! Many thanks also to the parents who came and walked with us, without your support we would not be able to take the children on such valuable learning visits.

In English this week the children have been using teamwork to write their group vlogs.  We look forward to recording these next week, ready for your to come and watch them on Friday afternoon. In maths the children have been improving their multiplication methods for 2 digit numbers.  Next week we will be linking multiplication with division.  

Monday 10th February is the day the children's river homework is due in.  From what the children have been telling us, they have enjoyed carrying out and presenting their own research.  The children will be sharing what they have found out across all 3 classes and then learning from each other.  Thank you for supporting your child with their project homework.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

 

This week in Year 3...(w/b 27.1.20)

 

It was lovely to see so many of you on Wednesday afternoon.  The children really enjoyed sharing their stories with you and it gave their writing a real purpose. Thank you.

This week we have been immersing ourselves in vlogs.  Yes, vlogs - video blogs.  The children explored what they liked and disliked about the way they were presented. It turns out that the children have already watched many vlogs at home and have their favourite vloggers.  The children will be writing, performing and recording their own vlogs about rivers for you to come and watch on Friday 14th February.  Now the children know which features make a good one, they will be starting to write theirs next week.

In maths the children have been using diennes and place value discs to multiply 2 digit numbers.  Their times tables knowledge is really shining through so keep up the practice, it's working!

Next week will start with our walk to the river Loddon, on Monday.  There should be another note in your child's home/school book about this.  We are all looking forward to exploring the river by measuring it, drawing it and working out how we can keep safe near the water.  The children may be very tired on Monday night as it is a long walk.

Wishing you a great weekend

Year 3 Team

 

 

 

This week in Year 3...(w/B 20.1.20)

 

Another busy and exciting week in Year 3! This week the children have thoroughly enjoyed writing their own versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  It has been a pleasure watching the children completely absorbed in their creative writing.  They have done a great job and have worked hard to include the skills we have been focusing on: expanded noun phrases, sentence openers and punctuating speech. We look forward to sharing these with you on Wednesday at 3pm.

In maths this week, the children have been learning new addition techniques and have enjoyed problem solving using these skills.  Next week we will be moving into problem solving with multiplication.  Please continue to practise times tables with your child.  They should now be more confident with their 3 and 4 times tables.

In project time the children have been learning about keys and symbols in maps including OS symbols.  To finish the week the children  have been investigating atlases and locating and naming the main rivers of the UK.  

We hope you have a great weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 13.1.20)

 

During project work this week, the children have been using Google Earth to really look at the shape of the UK, the countries within the UK and  where we are in Europe in relation to other countries.  The children were fascinated when we zoomed in to Stonehenge and then our school.  They then explored how maps are made by using a bird's eye view to create plans of the classroom.   After cutting out photographs of key places in the school grounds, the children were able to add these to plans of the school.  Next week we will be looking closely at maps of Basingstoke, using OS symbols and identifying human and physical features on maps.

In maths this week the children have been introduced to column methods for addition using place value discs.  We will be carrying on with this next week.  In English lessons the children have planned their own versions of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and are looking forward to writing them next week.

A few dates for you...

1) Please could the children's project homework come into school on Monday 10th February.

2) On Wednesday 29th January at 3pm, we would like to invite you (parents/carers) to come into the classrooms and listen to your child reading their story to you.  

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 6.1.20)

 

Welcome back!  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. 

 

Our new project this half term is a geography based project called Go with the Flow.  Hopefully you will have received our project flyer on Thursday which contains the key questions we will be looking at during the project.  The project homework this half term is a research-based homework.  The children need to choose one of the European rivers we have suggested and find out out about it e.g where does it start, which sea does it flow into, which countries or towns it flows through, which creatures live in it or are there any interesting facts they can find out about it.  The children can present their work as they choose.  We look forward seeing what the children find out.

 

In school this week, the children started their project with a building challenge.  Which group can build the longest and strongest bridge in the classroom?  The children showed great teamwork skills and made some very interesting bridges.

In English lessons we are using the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff to plan and write our own stories based around a river.  In maths lessons the children are developing mental addition and subtraction strategies.

 

Our PE lesson times have changed for this half term so please make sure your child has their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school every day.  Thank you.

 

School clubs start next week, you should have had a letter about the clubs your child is taking part in.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 16.12.19)

 

Well, here we are at the end of the term.  We hope you all had a lovely time at our Christmas market yesterday.  The children really enjoyed making their Christmas crafts and seeing you all buying them. We are very proud of how well the children have coped with a very busy and long term.  They are a fantastic group of children.

Thank you for all of your support this term.

We would like to wish you all a great Christmas time and a happy, healthy New Year.

See you in 2020!

Year 3 Team

 

This week in Year 3...(w/b 9.12.19)

 

What a fantastic week!  Many thanks to all of you who came out on a very wet Tuesday afternoon to visit our class museums.  The children were very excited and proud to share their work with you.  We're sure you'll agree, the children have worked extremely hard this term and are now Stone Age to Bronze Age experts.

This week we have been discussing our interpretations of angels: what they look like, where we get our ideas from and what we think they do.  Next week we will be looking at the role the angels play in the Christmas story. 

In maths this week we have been learning about fractions of shapes.  Next week we will be learning how to work out fractions of amount using the bar model.

We have started our Christmas crafts ready for our Christmas market next Thursday morning.  We look forward to seeing as many of as possible.

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 3 Team 

This week in Year 3 (w/b 2/12/19)...

 

Our Stone Age museum is really coming together. The children have been working hard to produce their artifacts and writing labels to explain their learning. It was fantastic this morning watching the children proudly bringing into class their amazing home learning projects. Thank you for your support. If your child forgot theirs, please bring them in on Monday. We look forward to sharing our museums with you on Tuesday 10th December at 2.30pm.

 

In maths this week, the children have been developing their 2D and 3D shape knowledge. They have enjoyed drawing and playing games with shapes.

 

Next week we are getting started with our Christmas crafts ready for our Christmas Market. A message has come home tonight in home/school books about what we would like the children to bring in.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 25.11.19)

 

This week started with a blast!  'Drumz aloud' came to school and what a great time we all had!  Hopefully your children came home on Monday full of news about the fantastic session we had.  Each child had a sports ball drum and drumsticks which they had to beat following the instructor and carry out certain moves.  It was a mixture of a work out and a music lesson.  The children and staff really enjoyed it. 

During project time this week, the children have learnt about the Beaker People who arrived in Britain during the late Stone Age and introduced Britain to the use of clay to make pots. The children enjoyed making their own pots following the same techniques that the Stone Age people would have used. 

In English lessons the children have been learning about the skills needed to write a good set of instructions. They will be writing instructions for making clay pots that will be there for you all to see at our class museums on Tuesday 10th December. 

Please could we remind you that the children need a weather appropriate PE kit in school all week including trainers or plimsoles.  This week 12 children did not have PE kits in school. 

Next week our project learning will take us into the Bronze Age...

Have a lovely weekend

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 18.11.19)

 

The highlight of this week was our fantastic trip to Stonehenge.  Although it was a very chilly day, the children had a great time.  They visited the stones and enjoyed sketching what they saw, explored the neolithic houses and looked at clothing and weapons made as they would've done back in those times and discovered many interesting facts at the museum.  The panoramic screens that took us all back in time were brilliant and our guide really helped to bring it all to life for us. The children were beautifully behaved and a real credit to our school (as Miss Westaway pointed out in today's school assembly).  Our children are definitely becoming Stone Age experts.  
In English lessons this week the children have been learning how to write effective diaries. It was a real pleasure reading their work after our Stonehenge visit as they were all quite overwhelmed by the significance of Stonehenge.  'It was the best school trip ever!'

This morning we had a special visitor who explained and showed us how Stone Age people (when they became farmers) were able to take the fleece from a sheep and turn it into thread to make clothing.  The children will be using what they have learnt to have a go at creating their own weaving next week ready for our Stone Age museum.

It's been a very busy week. 

We wish you all a restful weekend.

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 11.11.19)

 

What an action packed week! The children have been finding out about life in the Stone Age through a great BBC animated series called The Story of Britain.  The children used this information to create their own fact file packed with information.  Next, we used our critical thinking skills to work out which part of the hunted animal would be the most useful to Stone Age man.  This afternoon, we started to think about Stonehenge; why was it built? How did they get the stones to Hampshire all the way from Wales?  How did they erect the stones with no modern-day equipment? Next week we are really looking forward to our visit to Stonehenge; hopefully we'll get the answers to some of our questions.  Let's hope the weather is kind to us!

The children looked fantastic today in their Children In Need non-uniform!  Thank you for the cakes and the money for the children to buy cakes.  It was great to be part of such a fantastic charity event. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 4.11.19)

 

Welcome back to another half term in Year 3!

This week started on the school field! The children went out on a drizzly morning and acted as if they were Stone Age people building shelters out of what they could find.  It was a great morning to hook the children into our new project, The Savvy Stone Age.  The children quickly realised that life was pretty tough without modern equipment and tools. 

 

In English lessons we have been exploring a fantastic picture book called The Stone Age Boy where a young boy suddenly finds himself back in the Stone Age.  The children have used expanded noun phrases and prepositional openers to write setting descriptions of the settlements in the story.  We are looking forward to finding out what happens to him next in his adventures.

 

In maths the children are developing multiplication skills using first arrays and now number lines. Hopefully your child has been able to access our Times Tables Rockstars app and is enjoying collecting points and challenging themselves to new games. 

 

This afternoon the children have been learning about some of the amazing Stone Age cave paintings that have been found all over the world. They then used oil pastels to create some of their own.

 

Please could we remind you to make sure your child has a named, weather appropriate PE kit in school every day. This week 11 children across the Year group had no PE kit at all.  Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 3 Team.

This week in Year 3...(w/b 21.10.19)

 

Well, here we are at the end of our first half term!  We are extremely pleased with how the children have settled in and are enjoying life in the Juniors. It definitely feels longer than 7 weeks since the summer holidays, doesn't it? The children have been working very hard and now fully deserve a good break. 

 

It was great to catch up with you all over the last 2 parents' evenings.  Thank you for your encouraging comments about how happy your children are in school, it's was lovely to hear. 

 

We hope you all have a good rest and we look forward to starting our new term on Monday 4th November.  The children came home today with a message in their home/school book about our new project; The Savvy Stone Age. 

 

Finally there has been a few changes with PE days.  Please send warm PE kits in with your child on that first Monday.

 

Many thanks for all your support over the last term,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3 ... (w/b 14.10.19)

 

There have been a few highlights this week; on Thursday we had a visiting author in school.  She told the children all about her series of books, they sound like a very lively and funny read.  She explained what life is like as an author and gave the children some great ideas about how to write and illustrate their own stories.  On Friday we all went into the hall to watch Year 5's Harvest assembly which was a great performance.  Year  5 have asked us to help them by making donations to the Basingstoke Food Bank. The donations need to be in by this Friday.  The children know what they can and can not bring in.  Thank you, in advance. Also on Friday, the children went over to the Infant school to share their 'animal that is afraid of...' stories with the Year 2 children. It was a pleasure watching how kind, caring and well-behaved they were when working with the younger children. 

 

In the classroom this week, the children have been developing their use of the number line for subtraction in maths.  In English the children have been practising the skills they will need next week to write their own animal reports. In art, the children looked at 6 different animal pictures by famous artists; next they had to decide on their favourite. They then had a go at recreating the picture.  The children must have enjoyed this as you could've heard a pin drop in the classrooms as they were sketching. Finally in project time the children have been learning about the human digestive system. Another busy week!  

 

On Tuesday and Thursday we look forward to meeting you all at our parents' evenings. The time has really flown as next week is our last week before the half term break.

Have a lovely weekend, 

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 7.10.19)

 

At the start of the week the children went on another adventure, this time to QMC Science Centre.  While there, the children learnt all about skeletons.  The 4 different activities explored the purpose of a skeleton, the bones of the skeleton, how the muscles pull on the skeleton to make it move and the 3 different types of skeletons - endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydro skeletons. As promised, it was an action packed visit.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were extremely well-behaved. 

 

In English lessons the children are exploring non-chronological reports and spotting the skills they will need to know to write their own effective reports.  This week the children have been learning how to use commas in a list and how to use conjunctions to write compound sentences.  Next week they will be learning how to use the present tense correctly.  Then the following week they will be applying these skills when writing their own reports.

 

In maths the children have been using number lines to add and developing a new strategy to be able to double any 2 digit numbers.  Next week the children will be focusing on subtraction and learning how to use number lines to subtract.

 

On Thursday next week we are looking forward to meeting a visiting author who will be reading some of her books to the children and answering their questions. Also, on Thursday we have our first school disco of the year...it's going to be a busy day!

 

We wish you all a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 30.9.19)

 

It's been a very busy week in Year 3!  On Tuesday, we all walked to All Saints church as part of our learning about the concept 'sacred'. Although it was a very rainy morning the children enjoyed finding out about the important features within the church.  

On Thursday it was National Poetry Day and in school we had a Poetry Jam! The children worked hard to learn an animal poem which they then performed as a class in front of the whole school.  We were amazingly proud of them all; they did a brilliant job.

Next week we are going to the QMC science centre to carry out experiments and learn about skeletons and muscles of both humans and animals.  Your child should have a message in their home/school book tonight about this. There is no payment needed for this event.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 23.9.19)

 

There was a buzz of excitement down in Year 3 today as we welcomed some very fascinating creatures to our classrooms!  Zoolab came with animals that the children were able to touch and hold.  Some were friendlier than others!  The children made us very proud as they were able to share their knowledge and understanding of food chains and the new vocabulary they have learnt.  The lady who brought the animals said that the children were a pleasure and asked some very interesting questions.  Well done, children.

 

In English lessons this week the children have been extremely creative and have written their own versions of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. We have birds afraid of flying, rabbits afraid of carrots, otters afraid of water...and many more.  The children will be publishing and illustrating these stories next week before they share them with our Year 2s.  Watch out for these coming home soon.  

 

Next week we will be learning about 'Sacred Places' as part of our RE learning.  The children will be visiting a church on Tuesday morning. Let's hope the sun shines on us.

 

We wish you all a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week In Year 3...(w/b 16.9.19)

 

Food has been the main theme this week in our project time.  The children have learnt key vocabulary and explored the meanings of carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.  This led on to work about food chains.  Using given information about an animal, the children enjoyed searching the classroom for classmates who were in the same food chain as them! Again key vocabulary was discussed; producer, consumer, prey and predator.

During English lessons the children have continued to use The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark as inspiration for sentence level work on prepositions.  The children have now chosen the animal they will be writing their stories about.  By the end of the week the children were writing their own animal descriptions ready for story writing next week.

In maths the children have been developing their understanding of place value and 3 digit numbers.  They have enjoyed playing maths games to consolidate this learning.  Next week we will be looking at addition methods.

Hopefully you will have received your child's home learning book (orange book) on Wednesday.  This includes a weekly spelling list and a maths practice sheet. We will be testing the children on their weekly spelling tests on Tuesdays at the back of their home learning books. Also, project homework was sent home this week. This is a research sheet about their chosen animal and is not due back until Wednesday 2nd October.  The children will be using this information to write reports in school.  If you have any questions about home learning, please do pop in and ask or write a message in your child's home/school book.

Finally, this week we have retested the children's reading ages this week so look out in your child's home reading book, they may have changed colour bands.

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 3 Team

This week in Year 3...(w/b 9.9.19)

 

Hello and welcome to the Year 3 Blog.  This is updated weekly with key information about our Year group.  We hope you find it useful.  If you have any ideas about how we could improve it, please do pop in and let us know.

It has been fantastic welcoming our new Year 3s; they are a lovely group of children.  We have been really impressed with how well they have coped with moving schools, meeting us and making friends within their new classes.  They are looking very smart in their new school uniforms.  Please could we remind you to name all of the children's jumpers or cardigans as in this nice, warm weather the children are taking them off.  At the end of the day it is so much easier to give back named jumpers.  

Also, the children need their named PE kit in school every day.  Please make sure your child has shorts, coloured T shirts (look in your child's home/school book for a message about which colour), plimsoles or trainers and warm tracksuits for the cooler days.  Quite a few children did not have PE plimsoles or trainers this week, please could we ask you to make sure the children have these packed in their bags for next week. 

You should have received a project flyer this week which explains our learning this half term; All Creatures Great and Small. 

 This week the children have been exploring place value in maths.  In English, the children have started reading 'The Owl who is Afraid of the Dark'.  Using this text we have been learning about expanded noun phrases and similes.  On Friday the children worked independently to write a character description of Plop.  We were very impressed with the vocabulary choices the children made.  During project time the children have learnt how scientists classify animals.  In art we have been looking at pencil techniques and colour mixing with paint.  It has been a busy, busy week!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and that the children aren't too tired.

Year 3 Team

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