Classes 2020-2021 -
Year 3 @ West Wick
Welcome to Year 3 @ West Wick
Class Teacher: Miss Bradley
LSA: Mrs Fox
Spellings –>Spellings Term 2 Weeks 8-14
Term 1 and 2 Knowledge Organiser–> Year 3 terms 1 and 2 Who Settled Here First KO
Our Year 3 Online Learning Offer – Remote learning offer for term 2 -Year 3 November.docx
Who settled here first?
This term the year 3 crew will be continuing to dive deeper into the Stone Age. We will be establishing the differences between the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and what it would have been like to settle during these time periods. As scientists, we will be learning that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement and require the right amount of nutrition to grow. Do you know how many bones are in the human skeleton? As geographers, we will be studying the formation of caves, comparing Skara Brae and Cheddar Gorge and debating where we would’ve rather settled if we could travel back in time. As designers, we will be developing our weaving skills and learning how to dye wool naturally.
In our English lessons, we will be continuing to develop our sentence structures by learning to use a range of conjunctions, fronted adverbials and how to use and punctuate direct speech. We will be learning to write an engaging setting description, write in role as Ug, perform a play script and how to write become news reporters reporting the discovery of Skara Brae.
During maths, we will be consolidating our understanding of addition and subtraction using standard written methods as well as developing our use of mental strategies. We will also begin our multiplication and division unit. We will be revising equal groups, how to use arrays and will be learning to recall our 3, 4 and 8 times table. Please continue to use times table rocks stars as much as possible.
Our topic this term is Incarnation and we will be exploring, ‘What is the Trinity?’ The children will be learning to understand more about God, his messages and his power. We will be discussing the difference between a ‘Gospel’ which tells the story of life and teaching of Jesus and a letter.
We will be recognising and celebrating similarities and differences. We will be learning to describe conflicts that might happen within families and friendship groups and how words can be used in hurtful and kind ways. We will be learning to recognise how conflicting situations make us feel and discussing strategies to help when these situations occur.
In PE this term, we will be developing our social skills whilst learning to praise and encourage others, organise roles and responsibilities and listen and support others. Our FUNs skills this term are jumping and landing and the seated balance. We will be practising these skills in our gymnastic lessons too.
What a terrific first week back we have had! Thank you to all of our St. Anne’s families for adapting to the new school routines this week – keeping our staff, children and families safe is out main priority during this challenging time.
To kick start Term 2 we have launched our WOW walk to school challenge. The year 3 crew are excited to earn their badges by walking, scooting or riding to school. Don’t forget you can park and stride too!
In English, this week we have been learning to use similes and fronted adverbials to make our writing more exciting and engaging for the reader. In reading, we have read Chapter 4 of the Iron Man. The children have learnt new words such as charred, monstrosity and valley and have developed their reasoning and predicting skills when discussing what might happen in chapter 5 as the Iron Man challenges the space-bad-angel dragon.
In maths, we’ve tacked the standard written method for subtraction whilst learning new mathematically vocabulary such as minuend, subtrahend and difference. We have consolidated our understanding of the bar model to help us when solving calculations too.
In history this week, we’ve been learning about why people chose to settle during the Neolithic era. We now know that people used to used a variety of different materials to create their homes such as wattle and daub. Do you know what daub is made out of? We have also learnt the difference between the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and how the different metals were discovered and used. Next week, our next enquiry is ‘what’s important about a load of old bones?’
Have a superb weekend!
Spellings –>Spellings Term 1 Weeks 1-7
And just like that we are at the end of term 1! Wow. What a rollercoaster of a term it has been year 3. We are so proud of how you have settled into the new year whilst adapting to our new school routines. You are more than ready for a well-deserved break.
This week, we have been foragers and gathers learning what it was like to be a hunter-gather during the Stone Age. We now know what they used to eat during the prehistoric era.
In writing, we have finished writing our instructions and now we can confidently use time connectives and adverbs to ensure our reader is able to follow our instructions easily. Fantastic effort year 3.
In maths, we are now confident at solving problems whilst applying our knowledge of addition. We are going to be moving on to subtraction next term.
Enjoy a fantastic break and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November.
Another superb week for us! It has also been lovely to speak to you all this week regarding your child’s learning and how they’ve settled into the new academic year. We are so proud of each and every one of them! Thank you for your time.
We’ve been learning to infer characters feelings whilst continuing to read the Iron Man. The children are totally hooked and are really enjoying the story. We can’t wait to read Chapter 4. To support children with their reading, don’t forget to use the questions on the back of their book marks. We LOVE reading in year 3!
In our writing sessions, we have started to look at and imitate our instructions on ‘how to look after a pet mammoth’. Next week, we will be learning to write our own set of instructions on how to look after a Stone Age pet of our own choice. Watch this space.
The children have shown great perseverance skills this week whilst learning to use the standard written method for addition. We can now confidently recognising when we need to exchange ten ones for a ten and ten tens for a hundred. Keep this up year 3!
During our enquiry sessions, we have been learning what it was like to live in the Stone Age. We’ve been learning new words such as domesticated and can distinguish the difference between domesticated and wild animals. We also now know that during the Neolithic period the farming revolution began! Next week, we will be learning how to forage and what it was like to be a hunter gatherer.
In RE, we have been discussing the importance of having a healthy relationship with God.
One week before half term – time really does fly!
Have a lovely weekend.
Despite the wet weather, we’ve had another good week filled with fantastic learning in year 3.
This week we launched our next mini enquiry ‘ What do we know about the Stone Age?’ We’ve been researching Cheddar man and learning about Stonehenge. Did you know Cheddar Man is the oldest whole skeleton to be found?
In reading this week, we developed our interpreting skills carefully considering how each character felt about Hogarth trapping the Iron Man. We were so impressed with the thoughts and explanations the children came up with. We are also mastering retrieval whilst ensuring we directly find our answers in the text. The children are excited to find out what happens to the Iron Man next…. In writing, the children have learnt to innovate this week! WOW – you’ve blown us away. We have been so impressed with how the children have learnt to ‘hug’ the text to improve the cohesion of their writing. They have written fantastic endings to the Stone Age Boy.
During our maths lessons, we have started our addition and subtraction unit; focusing on addition and the standard written method. We have been learning to present our learning neatly whilst using the standard written method to add up to two digit and three digit numbers. We now confidently know how and when to exchange ten ones for a ten. Next week, we will learning to exchange ten tens for one hundred.
This week a letter went home – please find it attached here if needed;
Have a fabulous weekend 🙂
What a great week! The year 3 crew have blown us away this week with their ready to learn attitude.
During RE this week, we referred back to the Story of Noah and the promises both God and Noah made to make the world a better place. We then discussed things we could do to make the world a better place and wrote our own promises.
In maths, we have been consolidating our understanding of place value by adding 1, 10 and 100 more or less, writing numbers in numerals and in words and practising our times table and number bonds.
Whilst continuing to read the Stone Age Boy, we have introduced the year 3 crew to subordinating conjunctions to add additional informative information to their writing. We have been so impressed with the handwriting this week – everyone is trying really to ensure their letters are formed correctly and on the line. We’ve also read to the end of Chapter 2 of the Iron Man in our reading sessions. The children enthusiastically discussed why they thought the trap didn’t work and what they thought was going to happen to the Iron Man next.
As historians, we have been learning the difference between AD and BC, primary and secondary sources and different time periods of the Stone Age; Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We now know how we find out about the past!
Have a great weekend!
This week we launched our first enquiry – who settled here first? We have asking ourselves ‘How do we find out about the past and is it true?’ As historians, we discussed new vocabulary such as chronology, archaeology and era, the difference between BC and AD and created our own chronological timelines.
We then looked at and organised a British history timeline and discovered the Stone Age was approximately 2. 6 million years ago. We also had a great discussion around the corona virus and how the pandemic will remain part of British and national history.
As archaeologists, we learnt to examine and observe historical artefacts. We thought carefully about how each artefact might have been used during the Stone Age and how life has changed.
In our reading sessions this week, we have been continuing to read the Iron Man learning how to explain the meaning of new vocabulary such as peering and stumbled as well as continuing to develop our retrieval skills. We are becoming experts at retrieving information from a text. In our writing lessons, we have read the Stone Age Boy and learned to use expanded noun phrases identifying nouns and powerful adjectives.
Lots of practical maths this week, learning to order and compare three digit numbers. We have been using comparative language such as more than, greater than, less than and equal too. We have been so impressed with the children’s three digit number recognition. Well done year 3.
In PE, we are developing our personal skills. We have been focusing on trying several times and challenging ourselves further. Our FUNs skills this term is footwork. It has been fantastic to see so many children trying to master the backwards hopscotch with alternating hopping. The determination amongst our crew is incredible.
What a fantastic week.
Enjoy the sunshine.
The year 3 crew have really impressed us this week. We have been embedding our school rules ensure we respect ourselves, each other and our environment whilst keeping each other safe. The year 3 crew have also shown great determination and preservation this week whilst practising their cursive handwriting and presentation.
In our writing lessons, we have continued to imitate our lost words poem, explored more vocabulary such as devilish, malicious and majestic and written our own version of Magpie. We have learnt to use onomatopoeia and alliteration to engage our reader too!
During our reading lessons, we have launched our first anchor text – The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. To begin with, we explored the front cover and made exciting predictions and today, we’ve read chapter 1 and practised retrieval key information from the text. We love the way Ted Hughes has used a range of powerful adjectives.
In Maths, we have been exploring hundreds, tens and one whilst learning to recognise the value of a digit, partition and draw accurate pictorial representations. Don’t forget to practice your times tables using TTRS.
As artists, we have been continuing to develop our use of tone and shade whilst sketching twigs and creating our own missing magpie sketch. I’ve been so impressed with the children’s concentration, accuracy and the care they’ve taken with their drawings. Well done year 3.
Have a superb weekend!
It is great to be back! We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the new year 3 crew back into school this week and are so proud of how they’ve adapted to our new normal. We have talked about our expectations and have drawn up our new class charter together whilst recognising how we can keep ourselves and others safe during PSHE. It has been so lovely for us to start to get to know each member of our crew over the past three days- you’re children are amazing.
During our first two weeks, we will be continuing to reconnect through our recovery curriculum. We launched our first text ‘the Lost Words’ and have been imitating the Magpie. The year 3 crew have enjoyed tackling challenging vocabulary during our English lessons and developing their shading skills through art.
We have been so impressed with the amount of determination, perseverance and enthusiasm among the year 3 crew – you’ve blown us away.
Tonight your child will have brought home a levelled reading book and a reading record book. Reading books can be changed on a Monday or Friday. Inside the cover of the reading record, each child has a login for Bug Club to access online reading books. The school code is wmhc. I have assigned the correct level of reading books for each child. We have looked at the choice of books available on Bug Club today in class and the children are very excited to read them all! Also within the reading record book there is a sticker that gives your child’s login details for Times Tables Rock Stars and Spelling Shed. Please keep practising the two, five and ten times tables at home. The spellings for Spelling Shed will be uploaded each week. We will be practising the spellings in class but it would be useful if your child gets a little support with their spellings at home too.
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂