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Year 3

November 30th Spellings - adding suffixes -er/-est to adjectives

This is following the rule of dropping the 'y' and adding an i' when the word ends in a 'y' and has more than 1 syllable:

happy/happier/happiest

funny/funnier/funniest

smelly/smellier/smelliest

grand/grander/grandest

fresh/fresher/freshest

 

Thank you to those able to bring in torches today. We had a great time investigating shadows:)

Friday, 27th November 2020

 

The Autumn term seems to be flying by! Next week we shall begin our Advent preparations and Christmas countdown! We have an Advent candle to light each day and an online and classroom Advent calendar, and we are very much looking forward to Decorating Day on Thursday. Please do check out St Mary's Church online Advent calendar as some of our Year 3 pictures feature:)

 

This week we have completed our unit on column subtraction. I have attached a Maths sheet that might help you to understand how we explain the process we follow as well as the language that is used: exchanging and regrouping. This might help with this week's Homework too! We have also been learning how: to write speech dialogue, count to 10 in Spanish, make a pop-up spring mechanism in DT and use a mirror to show reflections in Science.

 

Next week we are starting a 2 week writing unit looking at explanation texts, revising and extending knowledge of 2D and 3D shape, investigating shadows as well as learning about earthquakes in Geography. Year 3 have a Music lesson and extra PE slot on Tuesday afternoon (specially for an intra-school Year 3 sports tournament where they will be collecting points for their House) so PE will be on 3 days next week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Please could the children bring in a torch, if possible, for Monday's Science lesson.

 

Homework:

Comprehension - Bill's New Frock p.8-9

Maths - Written Subtraction p. 21

Please keep reading and signing!

 

Thank you to all of you who have kindly donated boxes of tissues. We are very grateful. We have enough for the time being:)

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

 

Monday, 23rd November 2020

 

Spellings for this week: adding suffixes - ing, -ed (part 2)

The rule is: with a short vowel next to the end consonant, double the consonant before you add the suffix

skip - skipping - skipped

pin - pinning - pinned

shop - shopping - shopped

grab - grabbing - grabbed

load - loading - loaded

Friday, 20th November 2020

 

Good afternoon! We have spent time this week thinking about our friendships and how to unite against bullying as part of our Anti-Bullying and Friendship Week.  We have thoroughly enjoyed singing along with Andy and the Odd Socks band and wearing our odd socks with pride and excitement today! 

 

Below are photographs of our Design and Technology project - making different pop-up book mechanisms. The children have had great fun with this unit:) This week Year 3 have also enjoyed outdoor adventure activities in PE, learning about branching databases in Computing, writing our own version of The Tunnel in English, understanding where and why volcanoes are located in Geography, and recording our song for the Christmas CD!

 

Next week we will be investigating reflection and mirrors in Science and learning about Hanukkah in RE. In English we will be focusing on writing dialogue and direct speech in English, and in Maths we will be continuing to learn how to subtract larger numbers in a column method.

 

Homework:

SPAG p.72-73 Section 12, Suffixes adding -ing, -ed

Maths Workout 6 Autumn term p.12-13

Homework must be in on a Friday please as well as Reading Records signed.

 

Apologies for not putting up the spellings on Monday as usual. The children always take home a paper copy list with them each Monday and it also contains the 3 CEW for their particular group.

(Pattern is adding -ing and -ed with a focus on the rules of dropping the 'e' and and dropping the 'y' sometimes to add an 'i'.)

arrive/arrived/arriving

slice/sliced/slicing

hurry/hurried/hurrying

copy/copied/copying

laugh/laughed/laughing

 

Looking forward to a great week next week! Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Pop-up mechanisms

Friday, 13th November 2020

 

We have had a very busy week in Year 3: Children in Need daily workouts along with Joe Wicks, Christmas song rehearsals (ready for our school CD), and Forest School on top of all our usual learning! We had a special time of Remembrance on Wednesday as a school, then walked up the road to add our commemorative stones to the memorial area. This has now been moved to our school Prayer Garden.

 

Homework:

Maths - p. 20 of the larger book (Written Addition). We have spent time this week learning how to set out addition as column addition. 

English - SPAG p, 26-27 Present Tense and Past Tense

Please keep reading and learning spellings too!

 

Next week we will be completing our adventure story, learning how to set out column subtraction and starting our new RE topic 'Festivals of Light'. On Monday morning we will be recording our songs for the school CD - please remember to place your orders:)! As next week is 'Anti-Bullying and Friendship week' children will be encouraged to wear odd socks on Friday.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday, 9th November 2020

 

Thank you so much for all the boxes, torches and pop-up books (as well as wellies) that arrived in school today:) They were all greatly appreciated!

 

Spellings for this week: 

plurals and understanding that nouns/verbs ending in 'y' change to 'ies'/ 'f' changes to 'ves':

fly - flies 

reply - replies

baby - babies

thief - thieves

life - lives

Friday, 6th November 2020

 

We have had a good week back and have particularly enjoyed starting our new Geography, DT and PE topics: We made a mini cross-section of our planet on Tuesday and set off a volcano on Wednesday! Yesterday the class really enjoyed our new PE unit - outdoor adventure activities and problem solving. They had great fun and they worked really well together in teams! Miss Igooute started  our Spanish lessons too.

 

Next week, we will begin our Science topic - light and shadows. Please see below (Monday's update) for the request for a box and torch.  Wellies and a coat will also be needed on Monday as well as a stone or smooth rock for our Remembrance activity. Thank you in advance! On Tuesday we will carry on learning our Christmas songs ready for our CD:)

 

Homework:

Comprehension - Number 1 'Harriet's Hare' on p.2-3 This is quite tricky and your child may need support.

Maths - Numbers on Scales, p.14-15

Please keep reading and learning spellings.

 

We hope you have a brilliant weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday 2nd November 2020

3 requests and this week's spelling list:

Thank you for sending your child with wellies or similar today. They had fun with Forest School:) We will be having another session next Monday so please send in again wellies /outdoor shoes and coats on Monday (9th).

Also, next week we will be using boxes to explore light and dark in Science. If you have a sturdy cardboard box (reasonably strong and at least 30cm high), please can we have it for school? Also if some of the children could bring in a torch, that would be helpful too - for Monday 9th please.

Finally, our DT unit is all about making pop-up mechanisms. If you have a pop-up book at home, that your child is happy to show at school, please also send that in for next Wednesday (11th).

 

Thankyou in advance!

 

This week's spellings:

Common Exception Words: everybody, break, pretty, beautiful, father

 

Friday, 23rd October 2020

 

A huge well done to our amazing Year 3 - we made it to half-term! We are really proud of the way they have worked hard and taken in so much over the last 8 weeks. They have been a joy to teach:)

 

Thankyou to everyone who was able to join us for a Parent's Evening meeting. Again, huge apologies to Wednesday night parents for the technology failings. Thanks for persevering! It was good to talk to each and every one of you.

 

This week we have completed out Science, History, Art, Computing and PSHCE units. The canopic jars are looking good:) We have learnt about various figures for Black History month, including Maya Angelou and Harriet Tubman, and were inspired by their lives. We are excited to launch new topics after half term, including light and dark (Science), the Jewish faith, volcanoes and earthquakes, and pop-up books. in DT We will also be resuming our Spanish lessons. Much to look forward to...

 

Homework over the holidays:

Please help your child to securely know their 2, 5, 10 timestables (quick-fire questions would be brilliant)

CEW for Year 1 and 2 (see bottom of page under 'Resources')

reading

spellings (oi/oy) from Monday

 

Please can the children check their pencil cases - lots of our whiteboard markers need replacing.

 

When we return on Monday 2nd November, please can all children have a coat and wellies/suitable outdoor shoes ready for an hour of Forest School in the afternoon.

 

We hope you all have a lovely half-term.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday 19th October 2020

 

Here are this week's spellings, following the oi/oy sound:

destroy

pointed

annoying

spoil

joint

Friday, 16th October 2020

 

We have had another wonderful week in Year 3. We thoroughly enjoyed our 'Healthy Heroes' Science afternoon on Monday and the class showed a huge amount of knowledge and understanding. I was very proud of them! In RE we learnt how to explain the idea of the Trinity using a Twix bar and they came up with some brilliant ideas themselves! 

 

Next week, we hope to finish painting our canopic jars. In Maths we will be learning strategies for mental subtraction; in English we will be designing a poster to 'Visit Egypt' and its historic sites using powerful, persuasive language. On Friday we will be celebrating 'Rainbow Day' which should be a fitting end to a great half-term!

 

Homework this week:

Maths - Autumn term, Workout 2 - Ten Minute Workout book 

English - Statements and Questions, Commands and Exclamations, p. 18-19 SPAG book

Spellings - see below

Please keep reading. We have assessed reading this week and are really pleased with their progress. Thank you for your parental support in encouraging them to read such a lot at home. It is making a real difference.

 

We look forward to talking to you all about their progress at the Parents Evenings, online next week.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday, 12th October 2020

 

Here are this week's spellings ('oo' sound):

choose

include

through

flew

continue

 

Friday, 9th October 2020

 

Thank you for sending in aprons and old shirts for Wednesday. We had a great time making our canopic jars. They are now drying in our resources cupboard (no organs inside as yet!) and we will be painting the base coat next week. We have also spent time this week learning about forms of poetry as well as rounding numbers and learning how to read more challenging scales in Maths.

 

Next week is a busy week:

On Monday, please remember to send your child in with PE kit as we have our workshop 'Healthy Heroes' coming for an active scientific afternoon of fun!

On Tuesday, we hope to paint our jars as well as learn a Christmas song for a special Christmas project...

On Wednesday and Thursday we will have PE as usual.

We will also continue assessing their reading next week so please can every child have their reading books and records in school on Thursday.

 

We have a delightful PGCE student teacher spending time in Year 3 for the next few weeks - Miss Iggoute. She will be learning the ropes:) She has started to get to know the children already.

 

Homework this week:

Maths - 10 minute weekly workout book, page 14-15. Workout 7

Comprehension Book 1 Nature Trail', p 6-7 (poem). Your child may need some support to answer this comprehension. Year 3 found them quite challenging at times last year!

 

Have a brilliant weekend!

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

 

Monday, 5th October 2020

Please can you send in an old shirt or painting apron for Wednesday morning if you haven't done so already as we are hoping to spend time on Wednesday making our clay canopic jars:)

 

Here are the spellings for this week, all with a long o sound:

 

boast

suppose

stroke

grown

both

 

Please help your child to learn how to spell them as well as being able to put them into a sentence correctly.

Friday, 2nd October 2020

 

We have had a great week, full of enthusiastic learning about our skeleton, Harvest and how to count on and back in tens and hundreds. Thank you to everyone who donated food for St Mary's Church Harvest appeal. The food has been taken to the church today.

 

Next week we will be moulding and sculpting our canopic jars (I have been assured the clay will be in by Wednesday morning!) and will be exploring poetry in English, muscles in Science and pyramids in History. We have loved looking at relevant resources brought from home for our Science and History topics. Thank you

 

Home learning:

Maths - p. 9 '10 or 100 more or less'; p. 10 'Ordering and Comparing numbers'

English - p.38-39 'Capital letters and full stops'

Please keep learning spellings (see below) and reading (5 times a week, signed)

Homework to be brought back to school on or before Wednesday, please.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday, 28th September 2020

 

Spellings for this week (all contain an 'i' sound):

bright

behind

find

bicycle

exercise

Friday, 25th September 2020

 

We have had another lovely week in Year 3 and have worked hard to understand the value of 3 digit numbers in Maths as well as reading and exploring our new text in English: The Paper Bag Princess . We have designed our Ancient Egyptian canopic jars, ready to make out of clay. In RE we have been exploring the idea of the Trinity.

 

Next week, we will take part in our school Harvest festival via Zoom on Tuesday morning as well as counting in steps of 10s ad 100s in Maths. We will write our own version of 'The Paper Bag Princess' from the point of view of the dragon. It should be a great week!

 

Homework this week - to be completed and returned to school by Wednesday please:

English - p.36-37 (capital letters for names) in the Grammar and Spelling Book

Maths - p. 6-7 (place value, reading and writing numbers) in the Maths Workbook

Spellings - see below

Reading - please hear your child read 5 times and sign the book

 

The Handwriting and 10 Minute Maths book can be used at home as and when.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday, 21st September 2020

 

This week's spellings all have the long e sound in them:

agree

even

increase

complete

piece

 

They need to learn the spellings, be confident of the meaning as well as be able to write the word in a sentence.

 

Friday, 18th September 2020

 

Good afternoon!

 

We have had a lovely week in Year 3 - doubling and halving in Maths, writing our own versions of 'I'll take you to Mrs Cole' and learning to create healthy meals for our pretend clients in Science.

Next week we will be reading 'The Paper Bag Princess' in English, focusing on place value in Maths and enjoying more learning about Ancient Egypt. We are starting our canopic jar project in Art:)

 

Homework this week:

The CGP books have not yet arrived in school so please continue to read and concentrate on their spellings (see list below) for our test on Monday. To help prepare for Maths next week, we would encourage the children to spend time counting to 100 and beyond. Can they make a pile with exactly 100 then 100+ things in it, eg, 100 pieces of dried pasta, 249 Lego bricks, 125 shells? 

 

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our teacher/parents session on Wednesday. If you were not able to attend, we highlighted key information from the Powerpoint which included our strategies for 'catching' up with the curriculum and how we are reactivating learning. We also talked about the need to read and how to communicate messages (paper form via child, email the Office or giving Mrs Palmer a message as the children are dropped off at school). We want to partner well with you in your child's education so please do communicate concerns or questions.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Monday, 14th September 2020

 

Spellings for this week, following the ai/a-e/ay phonetic sound:

again

stay

place

eight

eighteen

 

The children will be tested next week, on Monday 21st September.

Please also note that we would like every child to read out loud to an adult 5 times a week and to have their book signed as confirmation. Books are checked and changed regularly on a Friday but can be changed before then if required.

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Friday, 11th September 2020

 

Good afternoon!

Well done everyone for getting through our first full week for 5 months. We have had a very good week together and the children have been amazing in continuing to learn new routines and in showing great enthusiasm for our topics. 

 

This week in Maths we have been revising lots of key Year 2 concepts to make sure that our confidence and ability has returned before we head further into Year 3 learning. In English we have been studying the text 'I'll Take you to Mrs Cole' and we wrote some brilliant descriptions:)

 

Homework this week is simply reading and spellings. New spellings are introduced and sent home on a Monday to be tested the following Monday. This weekend, please can you ensure that your child can read every word from the Year 2, and Years 3 and 4 CEW lists (Common Exception Words). They can practise spelling the Year 2 list. (See below)

 

Below I have attached some documents for your information regarding the curriculum, including the Meet the Teacher Info Session presentation. If you have any questions, please do join our 'Meet the Teachers' session via Zoom next Wednesday at 2:30pm or do not hesitate to email the Office 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

Friday, 4th September 2020

Welcome to Year 3!

 

We have had a brilliant start to Year 3 and have been really pleased to see so many smiling faces each day! We have started to introduce our routines and have enjoyed spending time getting to know each other. We are looking forward to an excellent year ahead!


We will update this class page each week with details of what we have been learning and what we will be learning, details of homework and important reminders. There is no set Homework this week (4/9/20). We will upload our Creative Curriculum planner on this page next week.

 

A reminder that PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please send your child in their PE kit on those 2 days, as of next week.

 

We have carried out reading reviews with every child and given them 2 reading books which they should have brought home today along with their new Reading Record. These will be reviewed each Friday but reading books can be changed earlier in the week. Please hear your child read every night and sign in their record. We can not underline enough the importance and value of reading - both your child reading to you and you reading to them.

 

We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year. We also look forward  to introducing ourselves as well as explaining the expectations and routines of Year 3. More details to follow...

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mrs Lee and Mrs Tuffey

 

 

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