Classes 2019-2020 -
Year 3@Hewish 2019-20
- Welcome to Year 3 @ Hewish
Teachers: Mrs. Cockram (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs. Manning (Thursday and Friday)
LSAs: Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Hookham
Welcome to our Year 3 Crew. We are fantastic, determined and happy Crew who love to learn!
Google Classroom information – Google Classroom Guide for Pupils and Parents PDF
Keeping up with your learning Summer Challenge!
You have blown us away with your enthusiasm and engagement throughout school closure whilst continuing your learning online. We are so proud of you. Thank you for all of your support. To keep you busy over the summer period, we have listed a few exciting activities which you may enjoy in preparation for Year 4. Please see the link below for more information;
Calling all budding singers – Looking to the rainbow challenge!
Don’t forget to read the help me guide and see the resources attached to get involved in this challenge!
As a Church school we spend time every day in the act of Worship where the whole school comes together as a community in a time to reflect, pray and sing. As a school, we LOVE singing and the children are always enthusiastic about new songs.
I am sure you will have seen many videos being made of choirs singing in isolation in various forms on the news or social media. Each one is wonderful and so we have decided to create a St. Anne’s whole school singing video with a beautiful song which links nicely to the Christian value of HOPE.
The song we have for you to perform is called Looking to the Rainbow. It has been written especially for schools to perform during the Covid-19 lock down by Nick & Becky Drake (Worship for Schools Organisation).
Spellings –> Spellings Term 5 Weeks 27-32
Term 3 and 4 Knowledge Organiser –> Can things grow in a desert Knowledge Organiser
As we start Term 5 very differently to how we would have liked, remember to keep smiling, stay safe and continue to share your wonderful learning with us via our communication platforms. We really hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter break and spent some time making wonderful memories with your loved ones. We are missing you very much and hope we can return to some form of normality very soon.
Today, we have sent out a link via email and text asking you for your permission to create a google classroom account for your child/children. To enable us to provide our children with an online learning platform, we need gather this information as quickly as possible before sending out instructions, guidance and logins to support you with using this if you are a family who is self-isolating or in the event of the possibility of a school closure. If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Hardy-Smith.
TERM 3 & 4
Reading – please read, read, read at home! 50 Recommended Reads Year 3
‘Could You Live Without Electricity? ‘ – Could you live without electricity Knowledge Organiser
Spellings – Spellings Term 3 Weeks 15-20 Spellings Term 3 Weeks 15-20
Spellings Term 4 Weeks 21 – 26 Spellings Term 4 Weeks 21-26
Spellings Term 5 Weeks 27 – 32 Spellings Term 5 Weeks 27-32
Spellings Term 6 Weeks 33 -38 Spelling Term 6 Weeks 33-38
Term 4 Week 4
What a busy week we have had! The children loved our Science morning at West Wick learning about the different sound and light waves. A great learning experience to finish our enquiry ‘What Does Silence Sound Like?’ It was so lovely to meet up with our other Year 3’s as well. Please see my twitter account for photos.
In English, this week we have started to look at the features of persuasion. The children enjoyed reading a fictional letter to Mrs Hardy-Smith asking her to let us go on a trip to Smyth’s Toy Shop to research battery powered light toys.
This links with our new DT enquiry about making and designing a battery powered gadget with lights. Enthusiasm and excitement levels were high as you can imagine. We started by exploring the children’s own toys and gadgets before creating success criteria for battery operated light and generating our design ideas.
We are very excited about creating our lights when we return to school!
RE – Salvation
This week we explored the Christian celebration of Easter. We looked at the symbolism of ‘The Last Supper’.
Term 4 Week 3
We have started our ‘Fractions’ unit with superb focus and enthusiasm. Here is some of the vocabulary we are using: whole, part, numerator, denominator, unit fraction, non-unit fraction. As a Crew, we are working extremely hard to improve our presentation which is also helping with our accuracy when calculating.
We have finished writing our amazing story endings to ‘Leon and the Place Between’. We are so proud of our descriptive writing and have published them to a high standard. Do pop in and take a peek at our ‘Alternative Endings’ class book.
Reading and Art
This week we have learnt about the Pop Artist ‘Andy Warhol’. After completing an ‘Information Hunt’ to find out about the man himself, we reflected on questions we would have liked to ask him and shared our most interesting facts. As part of our art, we analysed some of his famous artwork, explored the effect of using warm and cool colours and practised mixing a paint palette to express our feelings . Finally we created some vibrant Pop Art of our own inspired by our Learning Theme about electricity.
Exciting events this week:
Monday – Teachers share a favourite book
Tuesday – KS1 story evening plus siblings
Wednesday – Book swap
Thursday – World Book Day – Dress up as your favourite book character and bring in your favourite book
Friday – Drop and read
Check out these super websites if you need some fresh ideas for reading:
We need your help!
Please could you being into school any washed unwanted recyclable materials we could use for making musical instruments? Any pasta, rice or lentils you have spare would also be appreciated.
Please could you bring it in by Monday 9th March? Thank you for your continued support. 👍 👍👍👍👍
This term we have been converting millimetres to centimetres and centimetres to metres.
We loved using our school environment to practise measuring in metres. The length of our school playground was 30metres and the width was 24.5metres. We found out how important it is to measure accurately.
Term 4 Week 1
This term in English, we have been using the new text ‘Leon and the place between’ by Grahame Baker-Smith. We explored book talk to imagine what might happen next. Let the magic begin…
In PE, we are continuing to explore and develop different types of rolls and turns. Some are really tricky to perfect but the Year 3 Crew are persevering.
Side roll with wolf split
‘What does silence sound like?’ – our new enquiry.
We explored what sound might mean to us.
We explored sound waves through vibration.
Next, we learnt about sound waves and unpicked the meaning of scientific vocabulary such as energy, wave, vibrations and frequency. Through focused reading we are really developing our scientific expertise.
We launched our new unit ‘Healthy Me‘ in PSHE. We discussed our favourite sports and learnt why exercise is so important to keeping healthy. We loved watching videos about how the heart and lungs work, and were keen to share the importance of exercising. Did you know that children should be active for at lease one hour a day?
Linked with our PSHE, we have set ourselves a personal best challenge as part of our REAL PE lessons to improve three key skills: wall throw, juggling pairs and group pass. Keep an eye out for our progress over the next few weeks!
Term 3 Week 6
Exciting events this week:
E-Safety Week 2020
Our focus was learning how to keep our personal information safe online. We watched the ‘Three CyberPigs’ and found it fascinating to see how quickly personal information can be shared online. These are our Top Tips for staying safe online:
Wednesday 12th February – African Drum Workshop linked to our new science learning on ‘Sound’.
What an amazing afternoon enjoying exploring with sound using African instruments.
In English, we will be writing our final outcome of a non-chronological report linked to our scientific learning on light and electricity. Look out for our reports on Twitter and on our class page.
Wow, look at the amazing scientific knowledge gained through writing their reports.
We finished reading ‘Ice Palace‘ and all agreed it was absolutely AMAZING – so much so we wished there was more! We reflected on how Starjik changed before creating mind-maps of the books main themes.
This week in RE, the children learn and compared parables in the Bible. They were able to talk about the morals of each one and what they might mean. We looked at the parables of ‘The Lost Sheep, The Lost Son and the Good Samaritan’.
Term 3 Week 5
Exciting events this week:
Tuesday 4th February – Science Day. Our day will be full of fantastic Science learning about ‘Light’.
Friday 7th February – NSPCC Number Day. Remember to come dressed in a number themed top and enjoy plenty of time on TT Rockstars this week!
Today in science, we learnt about shadows. We experimented to see if the length between the light source and the object changed the size of the shadow.
“When you move the torch further away, the shadow gets smaller.” Sophia.
“I’ve had the best day learning about light.” Sam
”It’s amazing using torches in the dark. I wasn’t scared!” Aaron
In Maths, we have converted pounds into pence and pence into pounds. 567p = £5.67 or £5 and 67p. We are now learning to add values to make totals using a variety of written methods.
On Friday we enjoyed celebrating the NSPCC Number Day with a number of activities which included dice challenges, addition and subtraction with money and creating colourful posters titled ‘Maths About Me’. The best part was creating questions for others to solve before finding out the answers on our posters.
This week in English, we have started to learn about the features on a non-chronological report so that we can write our own reports based on our scientific knowledge learnt about electricity and light.
We are almost at the end of reading ‘Ice Palace’ and are on tenterhooks to find out what happens. This week we have explored the characters of Old Woman and Strajik, and had lengthy discussions about the bravery of young Ivan. We have worked really hard on improving the quality of our written answers to ‘deeper thinking questions’. We are learning how to answer and prove our point by looking for evidence in the text.
Term 3 Week 4
We finished off our learning using the text ‘The Dark’ this week by planning and writing stories titled a ‘Tale of Fear’.
Reading: ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells
As we continue reading ‘Ice Palace’, we continue to be amazed at Ivan’s determination and bravery. We are working incredibly hard at improving our retrieval skills with close reading of the text to find the answers. It’s amazing how easy it is to think you know the answer without checking back in the book.
After reading the part where Ivan believes he is a village full of happiness and love, we discussed how it was so different to anything he had experienced before and how he must have felt. Here are some fabulous drawings which show how well the children picked up on all the detail:
Theme Learning Enquiry Question: How Do We Make a Bulb Brighter?
As scientists the children made circuits and learnt how to us a switch to make a motor, light and buzzer work. The smiles on their faces as they were learning were immense and we carefully recorded our scientific theories.
We completed our first Enquiry Question by investigating “Which Bulb is the Brightest?” In pairs we tested changing a different variable – the number of batteries, number of bulbs or conductor material and learnt about the process of recording a scientific investigation. We had fun persevering with the equipment and trying to make links with our scientific knowledge and results.
Term 3 Week 3
In Maths, we have tackled division and the standard written method. It hasn’t always been easy but we have made a great start to understanding this concept and new method. Times tables play an importance role so please continue to use TT Rockstars and share your weekly times tables challenge sheets at home so you can practice.
We have continued with our exciting new book, ‘Ice Palace‘, and developed the reading skills of sequencing, explaining word meaning and interpreting character feelings. We are all desperate to find out what happens next to Ivan, but in the meantime can you challenge the grown-ups at home to explain some of our exciting new vocabulary: echoed, salivating, ice-lacquered and plumes?
In writing, the children have focused on developing their descriptive writing through setting descriptions. They enjoyed using powerful adjective and conjunctions to describe using their senses.
Our Learning Theme has been powered by electricity this week as we have learnt how to create and draw simple circuits, and test different materials for being electrical conductors and insulators. We are becoming more patient when setting up and carrying out experiments, and taking great care when working scientifically to record our results accurately. Thank you to all the crew members who helped others once they had mastered making a circuit.
Click here to watch the videos we used in class to help with our learning.
In PSHE, we have created a beautiful display with our thoughts and ideas about kindness and respect. Next week we will be thinking about our personal dreams and goals for the future – do have a chat with someone at home over the weekend about what you would like to achieve or experience as you grow up.
In RE, the children have been looking and comparing the Christian and Muslim faiths. They learnt how each of the special books are cared for and how they are the same and different.
Term 3 Week 2
There has been a fantastic atmosphere in Year 3 this week and it’s clear that everyone is striving to ‘be the best they can be‘.
In maths we have all had to persevere as we mastered the standard written method for multiplication. We all realise the importance of knowing our times tables really, really well and how these also allow us to multiply numbers by 10 e.g. 30 x 5 = ?
Presentation has been key as we have developed our layout skills to ensure we line up our numbers correctly. Congratulations to Melissa and Sophia who were our Learning Champions for demonstrating such determination throughout the week in maths. Next week – division!
With great excitement, our next reading text has been revealed – it is the ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. We already have so many questions about this book and the quality of learning has been superb. We are magpies of new vocabulary, have improved our retrieval skills and learnt how to ask questions about what we have read. Looking forward to reading more…
In Theme, the children have been learning about the different electrical equipment we use in our homes and how to keep safe.
In PE, we have continued with our dynamic balance skills and have all enjoyed the challenges of balancing on a line whilst walking forwards, backwards, with a beanbag on our head and with our eyes closed. The team work and support for each other has been spot on.
Finally, as a crew in PSHE we have spent time reflecting on how unique we are and how our differences make us all so interesting. We have discussed discrimination and what this might look like in school, and shared our ideas of how we can ‘grow respect’ in our classroom and community. We are excited to publish our final ideas next week ready to display in our Year 3 cloakroom.
Term 3 Week 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR and WELCOME BACK!
Our second enquiry this year is ‘Could you live without electricity?’ The children have been discussing and thinking hard. It’s a tricky question they said! We love hearing the children’s ideas and thoughts.
This week we have researched famous scientist who have made a great impact on life with regards to electricity, sound and light. We have also started to find out the different types of power and where they come from.
Multiplication and Division
We are continuing to learn and practise our times tables. This week we have partitioned 2-digit number to multiply with 1-digits numbers using the repeated addition method. Next week we will be learning how to use the standard written method to multiply.
This week we will be writing shape poems on electricity. We have studied calligrams, explored powerful adjectives and been introduced to alliteration to help the children write creatively. The children are looking forward to publishing their creative poems in a variety of shapes.
Next we start our new text ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket. We will be exploring this narrative to write in role, debate and explore settings.
TERMS 1 & 2
- Our first enquiry of the year is ‘Who Settled Here First?’ which will focus on the Stone Age.
- This year we want the Year 3 crew to practise their spellings and times tables as much as possible using Spelling Shed and Times Table Rock Stars. Check your home-school partnership diaries for your log-on details and get playing!
Mrs Manning and Mrs Cockram
Spellings –> Spellings Term 1 Weeks 1-7
Yet another fantastic week in Year 3! The Crew have been busy writing reports and reviewing their learning from term one – there is so much to celebrate, and we are super proud of what the children have achieved so far.
Over the holiday, please continue to use TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed. The effort on TT Rockstars has been phenomenal over the past few weeks so your targets have been changed and are even more challenging now! There will be a Spelling Shed challenge set over the holiday linked to our rule this week – ‘the prefix -re’ – so make sure you have a go at the games!
We are over half way through our class text, ‘The Iron Man’ which we are all really enjoying. Share at home your favourite moments so far, and your prediction for what will happen next.
Do keep reading over the holiday – books, magazines, recipes….they all matter! Below are a few suggestions:
Mrs Manning will be reading: ‘The Green Giant’ by Katie Cottle
A beautifully illustrated love letter to the natural world. The story carries a subtle warning about our increasing obsession with digital gadgets and resulting disconnect from the world around us, with a gentle, encouraging message for readers to take care of their environment.
LoveReading4Kids is the biggest and best recommendation site for children’s books.
Times Tables Superstars!
We have started a weekly ‘Times Tables Olympics Challenge‘ in Year 3. Every Friday we are each set the challenge of answering 20 multiplication and division questions within 5 minutes, and we need to get them all correct before moving onto the next level of times table. The sheets will be sent home every week so you can celebrate success and keep on practising.
Do logon and play TT Rockstars as much as possible – this is expected for your homework every week and will only help you get even better with your times tables and division….and hopefully we can close the tournament gap with the Year 3 Crew @ West Wick!!!
This week we have been writing stories using our class text as a prompt. Come into school and have a look at our amazing writing. We are all so proud of it.
In maths this week we have started revising our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We have moved on to adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. Mrs Cockram and Mrs Manning have been really impressed with how the whole class have remembered how to use the column method efficiently to help us solve our number problems.
Who settled first?
The children have been following instructions to make Mesolithic stew and fruit stew just like they might have done in the time of the Stone Age. We learnt how to cut our fruit and vegetables safely and enjoyed tasting it all once it was cooked.
This week we have been exploring place value in maths. The children have been delving deeper knowing securely hundreds, tens and ones. We have been comparing numbers using the symbols greater than, less than and equal to. Ask your child to explain using the correct vocabulary.
In English we have been continuing to learn through our class text ‘The Stone Age Boy’. We have written details descriptions of the characters and the setting. We continue to use adjectives to describe and a variety of conjunctions to make our sentences more interesting.
Just to remind you all that swimming starts this week – Monday 16th September 2019 at 1pm.
Swimming hats for girls/long hair
Trip to Cheddar Caves
What a fantastic experience it was to visit Cheddar Caves and Gorge! Excitement, learning and fun was had by all during the day. Our learning enquiry this term is ‘Who settled here first?’ we have been learning about the Stone Age and finding out about earliest man. During our trip to Cheddar Caves we go to see ‘Cheddar Man’. He was one of the earliest skeletons found at the caves. We found out that he is a decedent of many of the people who still live in Cheddar today.
We met a man who was dressed as a cave man. He taught us how stones were used to make tools and weapons to kill and hunt animals for food.
The caves were spectacular! It was very dark and cold in the caves but we couldn’t believe the spectacular sights that the water and limestone has created over thousands of years.
We found out the Stalactites – hang tight from the ceiling and that Stalagmites – stand tall with all their might!
We then walked up ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ all 274 steps to the top and then up to the top of the observational tower. Some children faced their fears impressing all those around them. Amazing courage well done Year 3!
Our class reading text this term is Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Our class writing text is Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.
Enquiry – Who settled here first?