I cannot believe it is the last week of term 5! What a term it has been! I have really enjoyed speaking to you all again. Highlights of phone calls include many discussions about paddling pools, with some of you even talking to me from within your paddling pool! It made me very jealous and wishing that I could install one in my flat!
I have been very busy this week learning all about computing and planning some very exciting computing lessons for next year. I wonder how many of you have used scratch during your time at home. Did you know you can make music on it? Having spent many weeks baking, I decided to go for something more savoury this week and made a delicious shepherd’s pie!
The weather looks wonderful next week and I hope you all have the opportunity to spend some time outside with your lovely families. I look forward to hearing all about it when we speak again in term 6. Have a splendid half term!
This week in Year 3 we have been very busy moving on with our understanding of poetry. We have specifically focused on reading aloud poetry and how this can change our perspective and opinion of a poem. We have been reading them in small groups and performing them in front of the class. Furthermore, we have been identifying the various strategies poets use when creating their own poems.
In Maths, we continue to work through money. We have started to focus on the aspect of change with money working through column subtraction. It has been really beneficial for us to use coins and notes to be able to continue to develop our understanding. We would ask that if you would like to work through this with your children at home that you allow them to see the various notes and coins to cement their understanding.
In Art, we have been given the very exciting brief of designing our schools new multimedia centre. We have really enjoyed examining different types of architecture from around the world to inspire us with our own ideas.
In Science, we furthered our investigation skills in science this week to find out if the size of a magnet effects how strong it is. In our fast paced investigation, we picked up paperclips to see how many each magnet could hold. We moved on to creating a caterpillar line of paperclips to see how many the strongest magnet from test 1 could hold. Continuing the investigation, we tried to see if the magnet could move a paperclip through different magnets. Finally we noted the effects water has on the magnet and paper clip which was nothing. To top it off we created a bar chart to show some of our data from that lesson.
It’s been another busy week in Year 3 with a Rock and Pop assembly and then also a cooking show! We continue to look at poetry in English, starting to create our own poems about school. We are really enjoying learning about poetic techniques and starting to implement them within our own work.
In Maths, we are continuing to work with money and now looking at various methods for how to add and subtract money. We can either use column addition, subtraction or separating the pence and the pounds. It’s been really fun to also recognise the different values with each coin and note. Any help at home with this would be great!
We have also been really enjoying continuing to learn about the UK coastline and the impacts erosion is having on the south coast of England.
With a very bust start to Term 4 we have really enjoyed the first week back from half term. In English, we have started looking into poetry. We’ve been busy comparing different poems, looking at what makes them unique and identifying several different literary techniques that are found to be used in poetry.
In Maths, we are now moving onto looking at money. We have been starting to look at worded problems with two step challenges using both subtraction and addition.
In Geography, we have started investigating the UK coastline and looking into how the coast is constantly changing due to erosion.
Lastly, in PE, we have started this term with Football and Netball which we are really enjoying.
In this last week of term, we have finished our class text, ‘Pug’s of the Frozen North’. We have really enjoyed reading this exciting adventure story focusing on the Great Northern Race to the Snow father. The text has enabled us to create some fantastic newspaper reports this week, whereby we have been using both reported and direct speech.
In Geography, we have finished our investigation into volcanoes. We compared the two locations of Iceland and Yellowstone National Park looking at the various human and physical geographical features. We have really enjoyed learning about volcanoes this term and are equally as excited to start investigating our own coastlines next term in Geography.
In Science this week, we have completed our investigations into magnets. We focused specifically this week on understanding how strong different magnets can be. We also thoroughly enjoyed creating our own kites to test the strength of various magnets.
It has been another really lovely term in Year 3 and we wish you all a very restful half term. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back at the beginning of Term 4 fully rested and excited to start our new topics.
This week we have really enjoyed creating story boards for myths that we have loved reading as a class. We have also worked really hard to create our best retelling of some various myths.
In Maths, we are continuing to work on understanding volume and capacity. We have now moved onto worded reasoning problems. Although these have been challenging, we have really enjoyed working through them step by step.
We have also been developing our understanding of Volcanoes, specifically focusing on the Icelandic eruption in March 2010. We are really starting to have a good understanding of the Earth’s formation and also how volcanoes are formed.
This week we continued reading ‘Pugs of the frozen north’ and have been creating our own dairy entries retelling the events of the Great Northern Race. We have focused specifically on excellent setting description and creating complex, exciting sentences.
In Art, we have continued to be inspired by Frank Stella. This week, we created group pieces of art and really enjoyed the task of working together to create a larger scale version.
In Geography, we are continuing to develop our understanding of volcanoes. We have been looking at what makes a volcano; extinct, dormant or active. We are really looking forward to creating a case study from the Iceland volcano in 2010.
We have enjoyed having a fire safety talk this week from a fire fighter. He reminded us about home safety and the importance of have a planned route of evacuation. It was very information and we now know to check our fire alarms once every week!
This week we have really enjoyed continuing to read our new term text, ‘Pugs of the Frozen North.’ We have been creating our own letters, writing in role as Grandpa, about the adventure and race to the North Pole. We have been working hard to vary our sentence starters, length and formation.
In Art, we are continuing to be inspired by Frank Stella and have been busy creating our own versions of his arc formations. We have really enjoyed working as groups and are excited to work as a whole class next week.
This week in PE, we have been developing our skills in gymnastics. We have specifically focused on the vault, and although this has been challenging, we have really enjoyed creating our own short routines to show the rest of our class.
In Geography, we have been busy developing our understanding of volcanoes, specifically focusing on Yellowstone national park. We investigated tectonic plate boundaries and researched how and why they cause natural disasters.
This week we have really enjoyed continuing to read our new term text ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’. We have been focusing on how the authors use of description enables us, as the reader, to form imagery of what life would be like in the frozen north for the pugs and for Shen. We have also really enjoyed writing a diary entry from the perspective of either Shen or Sika.
In Art, we have continued to produce work inspired by Frank Stella. We have started to introduce the use of compasses, which although was challenging to begin with, produced some fantastic pieces of work. We look forward to continuing with this into next week where we will then look at creating more detailed and complex pieces of Art.
This week in Science we investigated how different surfaces impact the movement of objects. We really enjoyed setting up our own experiment and making sure that it was a fair test.
In Geography, we are continuing to look into North America, specifically Yellowstone National Park. We compared the geographical features of the area to Southborough comparing both the similarities and the differences that were present. Further, we have begun to discuss volcanoes and have started looking into the causes of these. We can’t wait to find out more next week!
Firstly, on behalf of the year 3 team, we hope you had a lovely break and we wish you all a very happy new year. It has been a brilliant week and we are really looking forward to a busy term.
In Art, we have started to make textured paper in the style of Frank Stella where the children really enjoyed creating their own interpretations of his work.
In English, we have been busy starting our new book where we are learning about the struggles in the Artic. We have started to look at setting description and predicting what we think will happen in the following chapters. The children have enjoyed writing their own chapters in the book and we can’t wait to see if any of our predictions were correct.
In PE, we have started developing our skills within gymnastics and netball. We have loved working both, as a team and individually too. It has been great fun to then watch each other’s performances of our small routines.
Term 2, Week 7
What a busy week we have had in year 3! We really enjoyed our performances this week and hope you did too.
In English, we have had more shock revelations in the story and were amazed that Ruskin has finally tamed the beastly Krindlekrax. In DT, by some Christmas miracle, we have completed our own puppets ready to take home.
In Maths, we are persevering with long division and long multiplication. We have been enjoy the challenge and have now moved onto word problems.
We would like to take this time to thank all of our parents for their support this term in Year 3 and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you enjoy the winter break.
See you in 2020!
This Christmas season an extraordinary show is coming to Southborough Church of England Primary School. From the creative minds of the Year 3 and 4 teachers comes the nativity you’ve all been waiting for. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a nativity? Well now is your chance to find out how tense teachers can be and how happy they are when the performance goes off without a hitch. With musical numbers throughout featuring perfectly choreographed dances from each Year 3 and 4 class, let’s hope nobody forgets to smile.
This week, the children have really enjoyed creating their own Krindlekrax hand puppet in felt. Although the sewing has been challenging, we have seen some brilliant pieces of work being produced.
In English, we have worked hard to understand the appropriate use of apostrophes within our writing. We have also uncovered a shock revelation in our class book! We know can’t wait to find out what will happen to Ruskin next!
In Maths, we are continuing to work on multiplication specifically focusing on x4 and x8. We have also been starting to look at more complex multiplication equations and identifying the patterns that we may notice.
In RE, we learnt the symbols within Sikhism and discussed the importance of them within their religion. We also looked at The Mool Mantar and talked about the main ethos’ of Sikhism.
This week in English we have been writing a letter so that we can help Elvis Cave’s behaviour as it has got out of control in our termly book Krindlekrax. We have really enjoyed using persuasive language to ask people to come and help us try and save him!
In Maths, we are now focusing on multiples of 4 and 8. Although we have found this challenging, we have been enjoying creating our own worded problems using multiplication and division too.
In DT, we have been busy preparing our felt to start sewing next week. In PE, we have continued to enjoying playing handball, even having a game!
We have been really busy with our rehearsals for the play and creating some props too! We can’t wait for you to come and see it in a few weeks.
This week, in DT, we have started to create our own patters ready for our hand puppets. We have really enjoyed creating our own versions of Krindlekrax. In English, we created our own newspaper reports about the scandal unfolding in our class book. Who is Krindlekrax?
In Science, we have been investigating the sources of light and now looking at how shadows are created. Finally in History, we have been comparing the Celtic religion to Christianity.
This week we have been really enjoying reading Krindlekrax. In English, we have been writing letters to Ruskin to offer him support during his hard time. In Maths, we have now moved onto looking at multiplying threes. We have been looking at the patterns in multiplication and creating our own challenges too.
In DT, we have been developing our understanding of different stiches. Although this was tricky, we persevered and have learnt two variations of stiches this week. In History, we have started to learn about roundhouses and created our own stories about what life would have been like.
Finally, in PE we have been continuing to enjoy Hockey this term. We have been practising using sticks and how to dribble.
After a lovely half term break, we have really enjoyed getting started on our new book this term, Krindlekrax. Whilst reading the opening chapters, we have been learning about character description and even creating our very own character poems where we have focused and similes and metaphors. In Maths, we have started to learn about the bar model and have been really enjoying the challenges in creating our own as well. In DT, we have been discussing and designing the puppets that we will be making over the next few weeks. In RE, we are now learning about Sikhism. This week we have focused on the origins of Sikhism and have enjoyed class based discussions about what we already know about the religion. Finally in History, we have started our journey into the Bronze Age where we have been investigating about what life was like in that time period.
We have enjoyed finishing off our topic of the Stone Age this week. In English, we came up with our own conclusions to our class book – Ug. We tried to be as inventive as the boy himself, by using a variety of sentence openers, direct speech and a variation of twists and turns to keep our readers engaged, and we definitely succeeded! At the end of the week, we read the conclusion of the actual book and looked at whether our predictions were similar. It turns out we were a lot more optimistic about the ending than the actual author! In maths, we have been learning about subtraction using regrouping in the tens and hundreds columns. We have shown lots of perseverance with this new idea and are looking forward to continuing this after half term.
We have discovered so much about the Stone Age and completed our history topic by deciding if we felt the Stone Age was the best time to be alive, or not, and why. In DT, we finished our petrifying moving models. We look forward to having a restful half term, so we are ready to begin learning our mysterious, new topics next term. We can’t wait to discover more unfamiliar and exciting things!
This week in year 3, we have had lots of fun travelling back in time and beginning to create fearsome Stone Age creatures.
On Tuesday, we all got to travel back in time to help Merlin and King Arthur. “We went on an important adventure.” Hugo B, C3. “When we saw Morgan Le Fey, we had to freeze like a tree.” Frank R, C3. “Before we went on our adventure, we had to create a potion to travel back in time.” Bella C, C3. “After we went back in time we got into groups and created pictures about King Arthur and how he pulled the sword out of the stone.” Florence K, O3. “I enjoyed making the potion as we added toxic waste to make it work.” Louis B, C3. “I enjoyed being a statue because when Morgan Le Fey left we had to be still and when she left we moved so she was confused why we were in different spots. Lily D, C3. “I liked pulling the sword form the stone.” Lewis L, W3.
After that was all over, we began making our Stone Age moving model creatures using split pins. It is tricky and there is a lot to it but we are preserving. In our science, we even began to investigate different types of soil to see which were absorbent and which weren’t.
Our history continued our adventures in the Stone Age but we began to look at Bronze Age tools. We made comparisons been stone and bronze tools and we decided that bronze was much better and stronger than stone for making tools.
In maths, we have moved onto subtraction and are now subtraction form a 3-digit number. Following all of our steps to success we are bound to be successful every lesson.
We have been continuing to learn about the Stone Age. We have loved re-telling the story of Ug to each other, creating our own versions working hard to include speech in our stories. Looking further into the Stone Age, we have been learning about the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. We have been looking at what life was like during the Stone Age and getting to know their living conditions too. We have also began to create our moving models developing our understanding of mechanisms.
In Maths, we have been working on our understanding of place value and renaming.
Finally, we are really enjoying learning French! We are having fun developing our understanding of greeting phrases.
This week, we have been continuing our journey through the Stone Age! We have been outside foraging for our own food and discovering how difficult it is. We are more than happy we don’t live in the Stone Age! In science, Ug asked us if rocks were once alive and we used this question to investigate different kinds of rocks. We spent time looking at how fossils are made and even examining lots of real life ones! Our maths learning saw us starting work on addition and using various methods to find our answers to ensure that we are correct.
In English, we are continuing to learn through our class book, Ug. We have been time travelling back to various periods in history and using this experience to write a letter from our time in the Stone Age. We have also really enjoyed learning through song this week, including a Stone Age version of We Will Rock You. We can’t wait to learn more next week!
This week we have been continuing our journey through the Stone Age. We have been investigating different varieties of rocks and understanding their permeability.
We have continued to read Ug and are developing our ideas of what each character is like. We have spent time focusing on creating our own instructions of how to survive in the Stone Age this week, leading to the children creating their own ‘how to’ guide.
Our maths learning saw us look at multiples of 4 and 8. We have looking to identify patterns with numbers and the children have really enjoyed beginning to learn their 4 and 8 timetables.
In our art we have created our own Stone Age creations from wood and stones. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the materials that they had available to them in the Stone Age and we are looking forward to continuing our learning next week!
This week we have begun our journey to the Stone Age. Some items were dug up from our nature trail that we believe are from the Stone Age itself. Perhaps Ug and his family visited there and left some artefacts thousands of years ago.
We have read the first three pages of Ug and already have some idea what each character is like. Ug's mum, Dugs is not very nice and clearly doesn't like change. While Ug's dad, Dug is a bit nicer to Ug but still is unsure of all his crazy ideas and vocabulary.
Our maths learning saw us look at numbers up to 1,000. We have used dienes to help us with place value and even got to look at a dienes cube that is worth 1,000 and not 10 hundred, even though they are the same amount really.
In our art we crept into our caves and created our own cave paintings, we had a lot of fun.
Hello and welcome back, Warwickshire!
I am excited to see you all after our summer holidays and cannot wait to start the new school year with you.
Space: the final frontier! These are the voyages of the starship: Warwickshire. It's continuing mission: to learn and develop in all aspects of life. To seek out new opportunities and new adventures. To boldly go where no one has gone before.
We will be focussing on how astronauts journey into space using a cross-curricular approach to learning.
Are you reading for take off?
5... 4... 3... 2...1... LIFTOFF!