Friday, 3rd July 2020
I hope that you have all had a good week and that you enjoy a wonderful weekend:)
We are coming swiftly to the end of the term and Year 3! Next week will be our final Google Meets. On Monday, it is the turn of: Samuel, Sawyer, Stephanie, Thomas, Wilf and Xindi to share any ‘Show and Tell’ news that they might have. On Thursday, our very last Google Meet, we will end with a game or two. Watch this space!
Maths – measuring. A part of the first 3 lessons will be practical so the children will need access to a ruler and a tape measure on Monday, a measuring jug for learning about capacity on Tuesday, and measuring scales for weight on Wednesday. Throughout the week please do encourage them to look at labels and notice how much things weigh or can hold.
English – continuing with alternative endings for traditional fairy tales, using the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’.
Spelling: I have made a video to test each group on 20 of their CEW words. The children can either use this for their test OR can ask you to read it out. If the latter, please say the spelling word twice then use it in a sentence. The children need to write the spelling word only. There is an answer sheet/ crib sheet to be used by you or themselves to mark:)
Afternoon activities: nature themed
Mrs Lee’s news:
On my walks this week, I noticed just how many blackberries are growing in Cassiobury Park. Quite literally thousands! I can’t wait for early September! Our own vegetable patch is doing well – we have picked and eaten green beans and blackcurrants this week. Yum! I hope your vegetables are growing well too.
Next week we will reach a milestone as a family. It is Rachel’s last week in Primary School and my last week of walking her up and down the Cassiobury Estate for drop off and pick her. There are sure to be tears on Thursday. I know that some of you have big brothers and sisters who will be graduating from St Mary’s next Thursday. I hope they leave St Mary's with many happy memories.
It is lovely that the class will have Mrs Bartram again next year. We have yet to meet the new Mrs Wilson, but if her name is anything to go by, she is sure to be fabulous!
Take care, have a lovely weekend and keep reading!
Friday, 26th June 2020
I hope that you are not melting in this heat! We have consumed a number of ice lollies this week in the Lee house:)
It has been lovely to see so many of you at our Google Meets and lovely to see and hear your news and 'Show and Tell'. Next Monday, we will be having our next Meet at 9:30am when hopefully Mrs Bartram will be joining us...
Mollie, Madia, Rex, Saoirse, Sophia - if you have a special something to 'show or tell', it is your opportunity on Monday:)
Next week we are going to continue learning about alternative endings for traditional fairy tales, creating a twist in the tale of our 'Three Little Pigs' story. We will be planning and writing our own alternative ending. In Maths, we have 2 more lessons of decimals, then we are going to learn how to find missing numbers in column addition and subtraction. All the activities and lessons are here or on our GC page (I have added 2 extra decimal sheets for further practise if you would like).
In our Spellings time we are going to revise and go over all the Common Exception Words (tricky spellings) that we have tried to learn over the last 14 weeks ready for a test (via video) in the penultimate week. So please spend plenty of time revising those:) I have created a sheet for each group of the CEW I will be testing you on. See below...
Mrs Lee's news:
We had a wonderful time seeing grandparents last weekend and just about avoided the rain whilst chatting in their respective gardens. I have spent time with a Year 5 bubble group at school this week and have enjoyed getting to know them at break and lunch times. It has been especially nice to see some of you in the Key Worker group rather than over a screen! We haven't walked very far as yet this week as it has been so hot but we have an extremely noisy chick (young bird) in a tree in our garden. It has been making very loud chirping noises every evening! Have you got any noisy nature neighbours?!
Keep reading. Please let me know if you need any more books assigned to you on the EPIC website.
Take care and have a lovely weekend.
Friday, 19th June 2020
I hope you are enjoying a nice end to your week, after all your hard work with division and poetry. I have really enjoyed both writing my own poetry as well as reading yours, over the last 2 weeks. Well done for all your labours and creativity!
It was brilliant to see so many of you again yesterday morning on our Google Meet. Thank you so much to everyone for muting your microphone and listening so well to each other. I shall hopefully see lots of you again on Monday morning at 9:30am. The link will be ready from 9:20am. Hector, Isaac, Jared, Lennon, Martha and Milena - it is your opportunity to share something special with us, if you would like. I will also be introducing the topics for the week. (There is an 'Introduction to the week' video IF you are not able to join us.)
Mrs Lee's news:
In school, we have spent time adapting our classroom so that a Year 5 group can inhabit it for the rest of the term. It looks a bit different as all of the tables are separated with bookcases and drawer units turned around. At home, we have continued to rebuild Lego models and are now trying hard to piece together a Lego oil tanker and fire truck! Our climbing beans are doing well - lots of flowers - but our courgettes have fared much worse! In the park on Wednesday I watched a family of wrens (a very timid little bird) practise their flying skills from one branch to another:) This weekend we are going to visit my Mum to celebrate her 78th birthday and I have baked a cake specially. Have you baked anything delicious recently?
This week coming up:
Maths - decimals
English - a traditional fairy tale with an alternative ending
Spellings - see last week's sheet
Afternoon activities on the theme of 'colour'
Reading - see the EPIC website.
Please keep reading; please keep smiling! Mrs Bartram sends her love.
Take care everyone. Know that we are cheering you on from a distance.
Sunday 14th June 2020
Good morning Year 3!
I hope that you have had a great week and have been enjoying the sunshine:) It was really wonderful to see so many of you on our first Google Meet last Tuesday. There are 2 more Google Meets for this week coming on Monday and Thursday at 9:30am. The codes will be posted up ready from about 8:30am. Please remember to join on MUTE but please know how to work the mute/unmute button.
Monday's meeting will be an introduction to the week when I will explain the Maths and English topics. I would also like Ellie, Eva, Harry, Heidi and Helena to share something with us (Show and Tell style) BUT I would like everyone to have written out the best line from their Magic Box poem to share on the screen when we get to that part, please.
Thursday's meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions re maths and English, and share some of the week's work.
However I have also uploaded a video introduction so that you do not miss out if you are not able to join tomorrow morning.
Mrs Lee's news:
As a family we had a lovely walk at Ivinghoe Beacon yesterday and saw skylarks, poppies and lots of butterflies, including the Small Tortoiseshell and the Meadow Brown (check them out on Google). It was beautifully warm and sunny. Have you been walking anywhere recently? You could tell us about it on GC - where you were and what you saw:) I have also spent time building Lego sets as Matthew is re-designing his bedroom and is having a good clear out. We have had great fun rebuilding the Lego Police station, reminiscing as we go. It's now ready to go in the loft for my Grandchildren!
Thank you and well done to all those who have emailed or uploaded their 'Magic Box' poem. I can't wait to read them! I will feedback comments on the 'Grades' section of GC unless it has been emailed to me. A huge thank you to your parents for their continued support and encouragement.
Mrs Bartram continues to recuperate at home but sends her love. I look forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow on Google Meet:)
Hello Year 3! I hope you are having a very good start to your week:)
As a Staff team we have managed (I hope!) to work out how to use Google Meet and tomorrow - Tuesday 9th June - we are going to trial a Year 3 meeting at 9am. Please follow the instructions as per the email sent out by the school earlier today. The purpose of the meeting is for me to briefly explain some of the day's teaching points as well as give us all an opportunity to see one another. Please can these children have some work ready to share briefly (perhaps your poetry work) or another school related activity you have enjoyed recently: Archie H, Archie W, Benjamin, Cameron and Dylan. If they are not able to join the meeting or do not want to share, I will ask someone else to show some work.
PLEASE ensure that your computer is on 'mute' until I invite your child to speak otherwise it will be organised chaos!
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
ALSO - a message from Miss Clegg: please see attached document, encouraging the children to take part in the weekly Games competition from our local Sports Partnership.
Sunday, 7th June 2020
Hello Year 3!
I hope that you are enjoying a lovely weekend and are getting back into the swing of home learning again, after our half-term break. I have been working in school this week (supporting some the teachers and children who are able to come back to school) but it is very, very odd to be in our classroom without any of you! You are missed! It has been lovely to see children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 though.
This week I have continued to enjoy some lovely walks. Rachel and I returned to Chorleywood Common yesterday to check on the tadpoles. They have grown larger and longer, and continue to swim around their rather murky pond:)
In other news: the long awaited results of our house games competition... I ended in 3rd place! A bronze medal for me!
Thank you for sending in lots of your recounts on Friday. I look forward to reading them. This week, we are going to look at poetry and spend time reading, planning and then writing our own version of a poem called 'The Magic Box'. It's one of my favourite poems. In Maths we are spending 4 days learning more about division as well as a lesson on time on Friday. (Please remember to check your own work with the answers provided). There is an 'Introduction to the week' video on GC. The afternoon activities this week are themed around 'family' and are for you to pick and choose, with your siblings or individually as you wish. There were fantastic results from some of you who worked on the animal activities last week! Spellings are on last week's sheet.
Mrs Bartram sends her love to everyone. She continues to recuperate at home.
Take care everyone. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you.
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020
Hello everyone! I really hope you are having a good week.
Just a few quick updates:
1. Mrs Bartram is out of hospital and now back recuperating at home.
2. I have finished reading your projects and sending feedback. They were excellent and of a very high standard. Well done! I learnt a lot reading them, I am glad that you did too in your research. You will find private feedback on Google Classroom under 'Grades', your name, 'Research Project' unless you emailed it to me in which case I have emailed back. Please let me know if you have NOT received feedback by tomorrow morning.
3. Please use the answers to mark your Maths work each day so that you have instant feedback (as we would in class) about what you have understood and what you need to work on next.
4. I am looking forward to reading your diary recounts. Please submit them on GC by Friday evening or attach it in an email to me.
Sunday, 31st May 2020
I hope that you have all had a really good half-term and that you managed to find some interesting and different activities to do. We have had fun in the Lee house walking in Ashridge Forest which was gorgeously green and refreshing!
In other news, Mrs Bartram is currently unwell with appendicitis, and will be recovering at home for the next 2 weeks. We all join together to wish her a speedy recovery I know. Whilst Mrs Bartram is recuperating, please send any questions you might have to me only. I am in school this week so it might take me a little longer to respond but I will as soon as I can. I will update you with news of Mrs Bartram as and when I have some.
Maths and English activities will be uploaded as usual this week - here and on Google Classroom. Maths is continuing with multiplication. There are videos for each day. (I apologise now for the poor quality answer sheets). English will start with 2 - 3 days writing a recount of something you did recently. This could be a fun time in the garden or a walk/visit somewhere. if not, please feel free to 'create' a memory! There are no videos for English to start with, due to circumstances beyond our control.
Please keep reading and learning spellings. Afternoon activities (optional) are now in the form of whole-school themes, aimed at a range of ages and appeal. This week's is 'animals'. Please feel free to pick and choose accordingly.
Thank you to everyone who uploaded or emailed their Project. i will feedback this week.
Please upload (or email to me) one piece of this week's English (or Maths) at the end of Friday.
Friday, 22nd May 2020
Hello Year 3!
We hope that you have all had a good week and enjoyed completing your research. We are very excited to look at your project work and will feedback to you after half term.
Well done for all the home learning that has taken place over the whole of this half-term. Children - well done for finding good ways of settling down and working hard at home, following instructions and showing strength and resilience in this season. Parents - our continued thanks for all your support and effort! We have been thrilled to see the high quality of learning taking place in many households. It has been lovely to talk to so many of you this week. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mrs Lee's news:
We have had some lovely walks in the park and on Chorleywood Common this week. Over the last few weeks I have spent longer outside than is usually possible - in our garden or in our local wood and park - making a little bit of time to pause, listen, observe. I have really appreciated hearing the birds singing, seeing the bright, changing colours of nature and watching wildlife, including deer, thrushes and yesterday, tadpoles! Have you discovered any new 'natural' places recently? Or seen any wildlife?
Half-term week will bring an end to our house games competition so I will bring you the results next week!
Mrs Bartram's news:
This week we have had a chimney removed and tiles replaced on our roof so it has been very noisy! This has meant we have been playing sports in the garden and taking lots of long dog walks enjoying the sunshine, whenever we have a break. We have continued with our holiday art project, painting small triangles to join together to make a bowl and now my mum and sister are joining in, so I will either be making one very large one or a small family of bowls for us to share! Have you been taking part in any family projects?
It is now officially half-term and we hope you will have a wonderful week off, and find some interesting, maybe different things to do. If you would like some ideas, the teachers have uploaded different activities onto the school website in a folder under Class Pages. These activities are aimed at all children in the school. There are simply suggestions, they are not compulsory!
Please keep reading (whether via Epic or your own books at home) and we will update the home learning resources, next weekend.
Have a super week!
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
Friday, 15th May 2020
Hello Year 3! We hope you have had a really good week. Thank you to everyone who has emailed or uploaded work. We will look forward to reading it on Monday and will give feedback, as usual, next week.
Mrs Bartram and I will be in school next week and we will give you a call to find out how you are doing and answer any questions you might have. If the children would like to chat with us, that would be lovely too. If you are not available when we ring, but would like to talk to us, please call the school and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are teaching next week and preparing the school for opening (for classes R, 1 and 6), so please bear with us if we don't return your call until the end of the week.
Mrs Lee's news:
We have enjoyed another week of home learning, playing football in the garden and walks in the park. New for this week: Matthew has become my personal trainer and now every morning, during our 'break time' I work out with sit ups, squat jumps and tricep exercises! I am nowhere near as fit as Matthew and Rachel, but they cheer me on and try not to laugh as my 'plank' collapses! I have noticed though, that after a week of exercising every day, I can do a little more each morning which is really encouraging:) I'm sure with any new skill that you have been learning, you have found the same. Practise makes perfect!
Mrs Bartram's news:
This week we have been getting creative. Joss and I have been making 'tinfoil' landscapes on board and wave bowls covered with mini paintings of our favourite holiday spots. We have been on several dusky walks and bike rides around the Aquadrome watching all the wildlife - it's pretty fabulous isn't it! I have also been busy preparing the classroom for after half term, so it's ready for when we need it. We only have one more week until the holidays when we can relax a bit and hopefully enjoy the sunshine. So have a wonderful weekend and look after yourselves.
Week 7 learning
English and afternoon lessons- we are going to set a project of a well-known figure of your choice. It could be a key figure in the areas of music and the arts, history, sport, medicine or Science. Mrs Bartram will post a video of what the project entails. It needs to be someone who has made a significant contribution in their field and from whom we have something to learn.
Maths - multiplying multiples of 10 (new learning), then revision of column addition and subtraction
Spellings - the same 5 words for both groups but with some optional fun challenges
Please continue to read - whether from Epic, your own books or another website.
Our thanks, as always, to all parents for supporting with home learning.
Have a lovely weekend and take care.
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
Thursday, 14th May 2020
Thank you to everyone who uploaded or emailed to us some of their home learning last week. We are looking forward to seeing some more at the end of this week. Ideally, it would be some sort of writing (perhaps your instructions or playscript if you haven't sent that yet) but as English has been reading comprehension this week, you might submit some Science, Maths, RE, History or spellings...
Thursday, 7th May 2020
Hello Year 3!
We hope that you have enjoyed the sunshine this week. Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Many of us will be spending time over the weekend with our families thinking about what it means, and taking part in or watching commemorations of VE Day back in 1945. I sent an email via Parentmail with some suggested activities and details of a competition so do look out for that. Please send photos to schoolsout and let us know how you commemorated VE Day.
Mrs Lee's news
This week we have all worked hard with school work, gardening and learning how to respect each other! My children have argued a bit this week so 'respect' (being considerate and thoughtful towards other's words, wishes and feelings) has been top of our home learning! This is not always easy to do whether you are an adult or a child. I wonder how you are all getting on with your family. I hope it is peaceful!
Aside from that, I have very sadly fallen into last place in the house games competition, despite a great win in 'Cluedo' but am hopeful that a couple of games of 'Boggle' will boost my score next week (as I am the undefeated champion there!)
Mrs Bartram's news:
This week we have been busy baking and tomorrow we are going to make a cream tea (with scones, mini cakes and of course sandwiches) for our family, a neighbour and my mum to celebrate VE Day, so it's going to be a busy morning in our house tomorrow. What are you all planning for the celebrations? I'm so glad the sunshine is back, as it's meant we can get back to hanging out in the garden, trampolining and playing table tennis. Have a wonderful long weekend.
Thank you for uploading or emailing photos of your home learning. It has been wonderful to see great care, attention and creativity in your learning. Well done to you all (and to your parents for their brilliant support and encouragement). We will send personalised feedback next week as we did this week.
This week coming
All work will continue to be uploaded onto GC, scheduled for each morning, and is also below (though not the teaching videos). We hope you have found the videos helpful.
Maths - multiplying and dividing, perimeter, angles
English - writing instructions; reading comprehension
Afternoon activities, including History and RE, for you to choose what you are interested in
Spellings - on last week's sheet
Reading - there will be more books assigned in Epic or continue to read your own books if preferred.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
Sunday, 3rd May
Hello Year 3!
We have enjoyed being in school this week, looking after key worker children. When we walked into our Year 3 classroom it felt very strange not to be with you all! We hope that you have had another good week. Well done to all those who sent work, emails, letters and photos for us to look at. If you haven't sent work, please do so today as we will be looking at those tomorrow. Please remember to work through whatever you can, at your own pace.
Thank you to all parents for the hard work and effort that has gone into home learning. We know from personal experience that it is not always easy.
Mrs Lee's news:
It has been an interesting week with all the rain and not so much outside play but we managed to find plenty to keep us occupied: Rachel is making a 3D craft bird's nest for an art competition, Matthew has been 'working out' on Facetime with a friend and I have resumed cleaning the kitchen cupboards! We have had fun filming the Maths lessons - Rachel has been chief camera technician and patiently waited whilst Mummy starts again... and again when I have got myself in a muddle during filming...it's not as easy as it looks on TV! We have laughed alot though! I hope that you have found something to laugh about this week!
Mrs Bartram's news:
It was a rather damp week wasn't it, but we still managed wet walks with Mollie. I have been busy drawing and making cards for different members of my family as this seems to be a busy birthday month. We'd like to give birthday shout-outs on the videos, so when it is your birthday please let us know. Noah has been keeping up with his table tennis despite the rain, he has a box of 100 balls and tries to hit at least 500 everyday to keep up practise, luckily his dad helps with that as my skills are not quite up to scratch! Joss is still busy building her dream tree house model - which seems to be overtaking the kitchen, but should be ready to play with shortly...
It has been great to see that so many of you have started reading and enjoying many titles on the Epic website. We will assign 2 new books on a Friday afternoon or a Monday morning. Please keep enjoying reading whatever you like aside from those 2 books. Enjoy learning about something a bit different or reading a familiar story in a different format, like a comic.
Please either take a photo of a piece of work and email it us OR post it up on the GC.
We will send individual comments to you all in the week after you have uploaded or emailed your work.
Lessons for next week (4 days not 5, due to Bank Holiday Friday):
The structure of the week will stay the same.
Maths - multiplying and dividing. There are short videos for each lesson available on GC
English – finishing our playscripts and starting instructions
History - lesson 2 on Stone Age
RE - Lesson 2 on Jewish beliefs
Science – healthy balanced diet
Art - 3D cave paintings
Spellings - for the next 2 weeks: apostrophes for contractions; y making a short ‘i’ sound
Have a good week! Please email if you need any help or have any questions.
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
Saturday 25th April
Hello Year 3 children (and parents),
We hope that you have had a good week of learning at home and that you have been enjoying learning about the Stone Age as well as fractions! We have lots more for you to learn this week 🙂
Mrs Lee's news:
It has been a busy week but we have all enjoyed the sunshine! As well as home learning, we have spent time in our garden playing badminton and football, cooking as well as continuing with our house Games competition (Rachel is still winning but I am a close second now!). Our courgette and bean seedlings are growing really well, having been planted out last week. I hope that if you have planted any vegetables or flowers that they are showing signs of growth and that you are remembering to water them!
Mrs Bartram's news:
We have all enjoyed another sunny week and I have managed some sketching in the garden whilst helping my son with his art project. I have been honing my DIY skills and have hung some roman blinds and begun preparations for painting our front door. Have you been busy with jobs at home too?We have also been on some long walk exploring Ricky and getting soaked by our dog Molly, who seems to finds water wherever we go and loves shaking herself dry all over us!
We are going to continue to provide lessons and activities on the Blog as we have been doing up until now. However, from Monday, all activities and lessons will also be found on our Year 3 Google classroom. We hope that you all received a letter with an explanation and instructions on how to access the Google classrooms, as well as information about epic books (more on that below).
Maths (continuing our fractions topic), spellings and afternoon topics (also continued from last week). On Monday we are starting a new English topic using the book 'Stone Age Boy' as the text and working towards writing a playscript. On the Google classroom there will be short videos of direct teaching from Mrs Bartram and myself. These will not be available here on the blog. These are to help with your learning but are not essential to access as we appreciate that homeschooling is a juggle of hardware at the best of times!
Please continue to work on tasks in your book. Then please can you either send a photo to us of one piece of work by the end of the week (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) OR upload a piece of work on the Google classroom. We would like to see how you are getting on and give some feedback to help you with the next step.
Mrs Bartram and I are learning how to use Google classroom as fast as we can but please bear with us if there are any hiccups!
You will hopefully have received information about a website called epicbooks.com. We have spent time setting one book per individual that we would like the children to read based on their reading level (they have personal accounts). It has a range of different books (especially non-fiction). It is an American site so be aware that some vocabulary and spelling is different! It also tells us when you have read them. We will be setting new books at the end of the week but for this first week, please read the book suggested and then if you would like, spend time reading whatever you find to enjoy!
We miss seeing you but are looking forward to giving you some direct video teaching, new activities and seeing how you are all getting on.
Take care everyone,
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
We've been unable to upload the Cave Art ppt so here are copies of each slide. Please copy and paste the links to view the videos, thank you.
Here are the answers for Monday's fractions work: unit and non-unit fractions, and the whole.
Hello Year 3,
How are you all? We have missed you, but hope you have enjoyed a relaxing Easter with your families in the sunshine.
On Monday we will be starting the Summer term and our new topic – the Stone Age. History, Art and some English lessons will be based on this period in history and we have videos and lots of creative activities which we hope you will enjoy. In Science our topic is ‘Healthy Living’ and we will begin by looking at diet.
In Maths we will continue with our fractions unit, recapping the last couple of lessons before home schooling began and then continuing with new concepts.
We will post the answers for the maths work the next day. Children can then mark their own work and correct where necessary, just as we do in class. Please help them with corrections if they are unsure.
For the first week only, we would like you to continue with the same timetable as before the Easter holidays. You will find new spelling lists below, please continue to choose spelling activities from the sheet in your book.
For Pobble sessions, please look at several images and choose the one that appeals to you the most. You may want to use that image for a couple of days and pick another picture or work on it for the whole week. Please decide what suits you best.
The children were given three reading scheme books and two library books to bring home, depending on the books they chose, they may need additional reading material. For this week only, please use Oxford Owl – the link is below. We will be introducing the new scheme for reading next week
Shortly you will receive a letter with information on how to set up a Google Classroom account. Please contact us if you have any problems. We will be posting English lessons on that platform from Monday 27thApril and all subjects from Monday 3rdMay (this will allow the children to finish two weeks of fraction and topic work).
Uploaded below are:
We look forward to seeing some of your wonderful work and the afternoon activities you enjoy at home. Please continue sending your photos and emails we love to see them!
Look after yourself and your families,
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Hello Year 3!
We hope that you have had a good second week at home. We have missed being with you but have been excited to see photos on the schoolsout area.
We have loved the drawing of the Milky Way, delicious looking cakes (just as well we're not at school or we'd need to taste those!) an incredible 3D fish - is it a piranha? And some fantastic Rainforest work. There has been some extremely imaginative spellling practise and we can't wait to see what you grow in the planters you helped build.
WOW you have all been so busy and we really appreciate all the hard work going on. Well done! This is a tricky time for you having to stay at home and we've been amazed by how adaptable, imaginative and hard working you have all been, we are so proud of you.
A special 'Happy Birthday' goes out to Jared this week, we hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your family!
A big thank you to all your parents who are supporting you with your learning, its been a challenging couple of weeks, you are doing an incredible job in difficult circumstances, juggling work, home schooling and running a household. Thank goodness for the Easter break!
Mrs Lee's week:
It has been another busy week but I have definitely missed the sunshine this week! I have spent my working week writing Maths lessons, spelling grids and afternoon activities for you all for after Easter (have a well-deserved break before then!) At home, we have carried on clearing and tidying the garden. Our seeds were planted but we have no shoots as yet. We have played lots of ball games in the garden, watched a couple of family films in the evenings, played board games (Rachel is STILL winning the house competition!) and been for walks in the local park. Next week we are looking forward to some family time together as Mr Lee has a week off work :)
Mrs Bartram's week:
We have been enjoying dog walks in the Aquadrome this week and yesterday walked around Stockers lake for a change - have any of you walked there? It's much wilder than the other lakes and we managed to photograph a heron in flight. I have been busy planning some English and topic activities for you to enjoy after Easter as well as preparing Easter activities for any children of key workers that are in school next week. We've been watching movies as a family this week and are trying to watch films of the books we've read and compare them. This week's favourite was Wonder. We are really looking forward to a relaxing Easter holiday and maybe enjoying a few lie-in's!
After Easter, beginning Monday 20th April, class work will continue to be set in the current format. During that week, we will set up Year 3 with log-ins for Google Classroom and from Monday 27th April we will post work and short videos on that platform so that we can teach the Summer term curriculum. We will support the children through this process and will of course be on email to answer any questions you may have. We will email details of this towards the end of the holiday.
In case you are looking for activities over the holidays, we have listed some websites below. If you are short of reading books you may want to check the Oxford Owl website which has a number of banded books that will match the children's current levels. Reading is the only thing we'd like you to continue over Easter.
We hope you have a brilliant Easter weekend and that you find nice things to do as well as some chocolate eggs to eat!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Rebecca Bartram and Joanne Lee
A prayer for our class and our school:
Thank you for being with us always. Thank you for looking after us and our families. Please continue to help everyone working in our hospitals, caring for those who are sick and poorly.
Help us to remember Easter shows your forgiveness and your love for each one of us. May we know life to the full, and show this to others this Easter!
Below are some useful websites that you might wish to explore.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn (Videos and articles on all curriculum areas)
https://www.languageangels.com/schools/ (Spanish games - using the login given to you)
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/ (Core subject games and home learning packs)
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ (Reading activities)
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html (Curriculum Activity Books)
https://nrich.maths.org/ (Interactive Maths games and challenges)
https://stories.audible.com/discovery (Free audiobooks)
https://www.pixilart.com/draw (Make pictures using pixels)
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/free-activities-to-do-at-home/ (Computing themed free activities)
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary#computing (Free Science, Computing, Maths & DT activities)
https://radioblogging.net/ (Radio show with interactive activities and guest speakers)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjpNMIjkGJ-vxuOhsN2xxTA (Cartoon workshop videos)
https://www.chromeworks.ca/elearning (Live stream of free coding lesson, weekdays at 10am)
Hello Year 3!
How are you? We are missing seeing all your smiley faces and wanted to write and say 'Hello!' and let you know that we've been thinking of you. We hope that you are getting on well at home - trying to complete some reading, writing and Maths each day as well as looking after your family (and having some fun!). We look forward to hearing how you've been getting on with money in Maths, and which afternoon activities you have started. Photos please!
Mrs Lee's week:
It has been a busy week. I have been writing RE plans for the whole school, thinking especially about the Autumn term and Christmas! It has been strange to think about Christmas when the Spring sun has been shining through the windows! As well as working, Matthew and I have spent time in the garden digging over our allotment area at the back, ready to plant some bean and courgette seedlings very soon. We have enjoyed reading, playing games (we have a house competition going - Rachel is winning!) and Rachel has been making Easter bunting for us to hang in the hall.
Mrs Bartram's week:
Well its been a funny old week getting used to a new routine. It's no surprise that teaching your own children is far harder than teaching someone else's - and I'm sure you can all appreciate Joss telling me to stop speaking to her like a teacher, which you are all very used to.
A big shout out to all your parents, who are doing an amazing job keeping you motivated, focused and vaguely sticking to a routine. We're right there with you.
So, apart from work and home schooling, I have been teaching Joss how to make friendship bracelets - which I last made when I was 10, so a VERY long time ago. We have also been playing board games, I like Mrs Lee's idea of a house competition, my only problem is we're a rather competitive family and I don't need any more arguments..!
So, the first week of school is finished. Have a relaxing weekend, you have completely earned it! And please, please look after mum and dad, they are doing their very best to keep you safe. Think of something lovely you could do for them.
Remember what Mrs Edwards suggested, maybe call a grandparent or chat to a neighbour, it might make a big difference to them.
We are both extremely proud of how well you are all doing. If you'd like send us pictures, we'd love to hear from you and if you'd like us to post them on this page please tell us, so we can share what you have been doing.
Take care of yourselves,
Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram
A prayer for our class and our school:
Thank you that you are with us all of the time - at home, school, wherever we are. Please help us to remember you love each of us, and help us to show that love to our family. Please heal all those people who are sick and give strength to doctors, nurses, carers and hospital staff across our country and across the world. Amen
This afternoon we have sent home work books with the children, which have activities to complete over the next two weeks. In the front of the book we have stuck a suggested timetable and then spelling activity sheets and a grid of topic activities. Maths tasks are above and these have been planned as two units, one on money and the other on time. In addition we have included some grammar practise sheets and will send home a new comprehension book tomorrow, should you wish to practise this at home.
The class are familiar with the routine of the suggested timetable as these are tasks we complete in class daily and we have asked the children to show you (and be the teacher!) how they complete this work.
We appreciate that each family will approach this work in their own way. We have produced more than enough work for each day, so please complete what is right for your child in your situation. Our only advice would be to complete some reading, writing and maths every day.
It is also the time to look at learning in its broadest sense, we have talked about learning a new skill or a job around the house that can help the family - cooking, gardening, laundry, organising and sorting. We talked about the importance of play indoors and outdoors and being creative and active.
We have included some websites you may find useful. On Youtube there are Joe Wicks exercise videos the children may enjoy and some art tutorials from Emmylou's Fine Art workshop (previously from Arty Amber).
We send you our very best wishes and hope that you and your families stay healthy and safe over the coming weeks.
Rebecca Bartram and Jo Lee
Maths - CGP book p30-31 Ordering Fractions
English - Adding Capital letters and punctuation to a paragraph of text. Please can the children edit the writing on the sheet.
Spelling - This week the words are from the Y3 and 4 word list:
Please continue to read regularly and sign Reading Record books, thank you.
Have a lovely weekend.
Maths - CGP maths book p40-41 Perimeter.
English - Design the front cover for the Year 3 and 4 play 'The Tale of the Three Trees' by Ann Beresford.
Please include the the title and playwright on the design.
Spellings - This week we have been practising the prefixes 'auto' and 'super':
We will begin our design and technology project next week, please could all children have a large and small plastic bottle (no milk cartons please as we need the circular bottle shape to build the flowers) and a toilet/kitchen roll tube in school by Thursday.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
World Book Day
Please can you send in a shoe box or box of a similar size - nothing larger please, for our World Book day activity on Thursday. Children will be working in groups, so we will need about 10-12 boxes altogether. Please don't worry if you have nothing suitable as they can share with someone else. Thank you in advance.
We have had a great start to the half term and the children have been busy preparing to write a non-chronological report on the rainforest and solving multiplication and division word problems. Next week will will begin looking at fractions.
Homework this week is on a sheet.
Maths - Word problems using the bar model.
English - We have been looking at how to read and make notes on a non-fiction topic. We have been practising reading a paragraph and identifying the main idea and then using this to write a sub-heading. This can be written as a statement or made into a question. For example, Rainforest Plants or Which plants live in the rainforest? If children wish to write a question please help them to select an appropriate question word - who for a person, where for a place and so on. We have just begun practising this in class so they may not be confident yet. We have also begun making notes on information texts. The children have been practising reading a paragraph a sentence at a time and picking out the key words and then recording these on a flow chart. The sheet has an example of how to present this.
Spelling - This week the words are from the Years 3 and 4 list:
In addition to these, please can you practise the days of the week and the months of January, February and March as a number of children as still spelling these incorrectly in their books. Thank you for your support with this.
We are continuing with our painting and printing project - a few children had forgotten their art shirts, please send them in by Friday and we'll keep them in class for all the messy activities this year.
Have a wonderful weekend.
It's been another great week, the children have been busy with their final Forest school session and we have been focusing on the Rainforest topic and producing some lovely prints and paintings.
Next half Term we will be continuing with this topic and as part of our DT project we will be making 3D models of flowers. Over the holiday please could you collect a small plastic water bottle (250ml) and a large plastic bottle (1l or bigger) and a toilet roll or kitchen roll tube - if you give this a 20 second blast in the microwave it will kill any unwanted germs! We will need these for the third week of next half term so there is no rush.
It has been another wonderful Half Term - we're now half way through Year 3! And we would like to thank you for all the support you have given us and the children. As usual there will be no holiday homework but please could the children continue to read regularly. If you have any free time and wish to practise spellings from the Year 3 and 4 word list and the 3 and 4 times tables that would help to consolidate recent work and prepare for next half term.
We wish you all a fantastic break and will see you back on 23rd February.
It's been a fun packed week, with a delicious visit to Wenzel's bakery, a great swimming lesson and a chilly but enjoyable forest school activity. The children are definitely ready for the weekend!
In English we have finished writing our fables and next week we will be focussing on the use of inverted commas. If they appear in the children's reading books this week please point them out and chat about their use.
In Maths we have been focussing on the 3 and 4 times tables and have begun to look at the associated division facts. Homework is linked to this activity.
English - comprehension p.24 Poems about Crocodiles
Maths - Fact Families (for multiplication and division) Please can children complete a fact family for the 4 times table from 1 x 4 up to 12 x 4. Please see the example below.
Spellings - This week we have been looking at alternative ways of spelling 'sh':
As we're coming to the end of half term, our stock of Pritt Sticks are running low. If you could send one in for your child to use we would be very grateful.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Maths - CGP book p22 3, 4 and 8 times tables
English - Comprehension My Name is Mina
Spellings this week are contractions:
Have a great weekend.
What a quick week this has been! The class have been working hard to learn their 3 and 4 times tables and exploring the modern fable 'War and Peas' by Michael Foreman. Next week will will be writing our own fables and moving on to division in Maths where will will be using our tables table knowledge.
Maths - 3 and 4 times table activities on a sheet. Please can you also practise quick fire questions (in order and mixed up) as this will support their work in division next week.
English - Comprehension, p20-1 'An Interview with Rebecca Adlington'
Spelling - This we are continuing with suffixes, -sub and -tele
Have a wonderful weekend!
We've made a great start to our new topic this week - Rainforests - and have started to look at locations around the world and the artwork of Henri Rousseau who liked to paint jungle scenes. If children have any books, articles or objects on this topic they would like to share, please send them in.
In addition to the shape work we have been studying in Maths lessons, we have begun to recap 'telling the time' as we have noticed the class need practise in reading digital and analogue clocks and relating this to the timing of breaks and lessons.
Please could you support them at home by discussing the time and reading clocks and watches, sharing timings for activities, how long they last, what time they start and finish etc. This would enable us to build up to reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Thank you in advance for your support with this.
Maths - Perimeter worksheet, please write the answers onto the sheet
English - comprehension High Adventure (a memoir)
Spellings - we have been practising spelling words with the suffixes -ness and -ful
Have a great weekend.
We've started back with lots of enthusiasm and have been busy writing radio broadcasts, testing catapults and exploring parallel and perpendicular lines this week.
Maths - p50 and 51 of the CGP book -Angles and Lines
English - p16-17 Robotic Baby Penguins
Spellings will start next week and will be sent home at the beginning of the week.
Please continue reading regularly.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Happy New Year!
We would like to thank you for our wonderful and generous Christmas gifts and for the card signed by all the children, your cards and best wishes. We had a fantastic term - the children worked extremely hard and had lots of fun and it was a pleasure to come to work each day. Thank you for your continued support both in class and at home, it is invaluable.
We hope you have enjoyed time with family and friends this Christmas and had time to relax after a busy term.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday and are busy planning for an exciting half term.
Enjoy the last few days of the holiday and see you all next week.
Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee
Well, we are certainly full of Christmas Spirit this week, having watched Reception's wonderful Nativity. We are learning our class carols for the Christmas service and have sent home paper copies for the children to practise over the weekend. Please can they bring the sheets back in on Monday.
After the Parent Forum this week we have been asked not to send homework again until after Christmas. So other than carol practise and learning spellings this week, there will be no further activities set until the new year.
Have a wonderful time at the Christmas Fair and enjoy the weekend : )
Another busy week finishing our adventure stories and learning column subtraction with exchanging and regrouping. The children have all worked very hard!
Next week we will start our new book 'Atlas of Adventures', so children may enjoy looking at a world map over the weekend in preparation.
Maths - p21 Written Subtraction
Comprehension - 'Daddy fell into the Pond' p12
This week we have been looking at are 'y' making an 'i' sound (as in pig). We discussed that this would usually come at the beginning of a word.
Have a wonderful weekend : )
This week we have finished our unit on column addition and the children have brought home a page of calculations to practise for homework. We will be moving on to column subtraction on next week.
We are continuing with our adventure story based on The Tunnel - next week we will be writing a description of the land beyond the tunnel and the children have been asked to find a picture of this setting and write some descriptive words underneath for homework.
Maths - Column addition sheet, please complete Section B or C, both if children would like. Squared paper has been sent home with the sheet for the answers. Work should be set out as we have practised in class.
English - Find a picture of the setting of the land through the tunnel. The children have written their setting at the top of their sheet. Underneath the picture make a list of descriptive words and phrases - children should use adventurous vocabulary and practise finding synonyms that they can use in next week's story. Please bring this in on Monday.
Spelling - This week they are from the Y3 and 4 list:
Have a wonderful weekend.
This week has been 'Friendship' week in school and we began on Monday with our new Family groups, made up of one child from each year group, so seven children in total, making over twenty- five family groups across the school. They got together to share ideas about school life and the school community. We are looking forward to regular Family group meetings throughout the year.
After the fun of our class assembly on Wednesday, we have settled back into our usual routines. We will continue with column addition next week and begin looking at regrouping (carrying). In English we will start our adventure stories, beginning with describing characters and settings.
The children performed very well in their spelling test this week and have obviously been working hard to learn the five words. This weeks spellings are listed below.
Maths - p16-17 Solving number problems
English - Comprehension - 'Daddy fell into the Pond'
Spelling - Negative prefixes -re and -mis
Enjoy your weekend.
It's been a great first week back. The children have settled quickly and have been working hard on their recounts of the trip to Verulamium and reflecting on what they have learnt about the Romans. We will be starting our new geography topic next week - Extreme Earth - looking at volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
In Maths, we have been working on missing number problems and begun using the inverse to solve these. Homework is on a sheet this week as we would like the children to continue addition and subtraction practise.
Work has begun on our class assembly, which will be at 2.40pm next Wednesday (13th). For English homework, we would like the children to learn their line(s) and practise the song ready for Monday.
We would like the children to wear a 'toga' type outfit on Wednesday. If possible could they bring a large scarf (pashmina sized) to put over one shoulder and a belt/cord/tie that can be tied around their waist. We will bring in some of our own as spares, in case you don't have anything suitable at home. Please do not buy anything.
Maths - addition and subtraction sheet (and squared paper for the calculations). Children can choose which section to work on and may complete as many sections as they wish.
English - Learn lines and practise song 'Just like a Roman' ready for Monday.
Spellings - We have been looking at suffixes this week and how the ending of the root word may change when a suffix is added. This weeks spellings are:
As many of the children have Show and Tell and we have very little time to fit this in each week, we have drawn up a rota for this half term. A copy of this is in the classroom window and we have attached a picture below for your reference. When it is their allotted week, please can children have their show and tell in school all week, as we will fit in when we have spare moments. Many thanks.
Week 12 - Samuel (SC)
Week 13 - Stephanie (SC)
Well its been a fantastic half term getting to know all your children; they've worked extremely hard and we hope they enjoy a relaxing half term.
In the classroom we've been busy learning lots about the Romans, which culminated in our school trip this week, where we looked at Roman artefacts and explored how they lived and shopped in our Market workshop - a huge thank you to the parents who came with us.
On Friday we finished our mosaic project, with the grouting of the children designs. This is the first project of our new Art curriculum and we've been amazed by the children's imagination and creativity. We stayed late on Friday to clean the mosaics and unfortunately ran out of time to post any pictures, so we will put a few on the class page when we are in on Monday. We are planning an exhibition of artwork from across the school after Christmas, where we will display the mosaics from the whole class.
We would not have been able to complete this project to such a high standard without your help. Thank you so much to the parents who gave up their Friday afternoons each week to support us, we couldn't have done it without you!
Next half term will be looking at the story 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne and writing our own adventure stories. If you have any of his other books at home, it would be great if the children could have a read and bring them in to share after the holidays.
In Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction word problems and focussing of the range of language associated with each operation (subtract, less than, minus).
We are not setting any homework for the week but we would like the children to read as much as possible and practise counting in 2's, 5's and 10's from different starting points.
Have a wonderful half term break and see you all on Monday 4th November.
This week, the children performed a wonderful poem that they had written for the Dedication service on Wednesday celebrating the school's anniversary. We will continue looking at poetry next week in class, as we begin our final topic of the half term. This week's homework will help get children in the mood, as we would like them to find a short poem to practice and perform to the class.
In Maths, we have been looking at different strategies for subtracting numbers mentally. The class have worked so hard at learning and applying these, we have been really impressed with their efforts.
English - Find and practice a short poem to perform in class next week.
Maths - CGP pages 18 and 19 Mental Addition and Subtraction
Spelling - Year 3/4 common words:
We have spoken with several parents recently about the comprehension homework. It is challenging for most children at the start of the year as there is a jump in expectation from KS1 to KS2. The answers require them to use inference and be familiar with a range of text types. This knowledge takes time to teach and understand. Please support your child as much as you feel is necessary - this may mean reading the text for them first and discussing tricky language or meanings. It could be highlighting the text where the answer can be found or helping them to form sentences correctly to answer the questions. These discussions are essential in building the skills they will need when reading. We are teaching them in our Guided Reading sessions and we greatly appreciate your support with this at home. Please come and chat with us further about any aspect of the comprehension homework.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
This week have been continuing our work on addition, looking at different strategies for adding numbers. One method was finding complements to 10, 20 and 100 when adding several numbers.
For example, when adding 3 + 9 + 7, you would begin by adding 3 and 7 to make 10 and then adding 9.
Or when adding 16 + 8 + 4, first you add 16 and 4 to make 20 and then add 8.
For homework this week, we are sending home a sheet to practise complements to 100
In English, we have continued our writing on Roman buildings, turning our notes into prose, ready to create a 'Guide to Rome' leaflet next week.
Starting next week, we are moving the spelling test from Friday to Monday. This is because we begin a new spelling focus/rule at the start of each week. We will have the test on Monday morning and then begin to teach the new spelling rule for the week and children will have five words from this rule to learn for a test the following Monday. Although that leaves less time at home for children to practise, we will be be doing daily spelling practise in school. This way children will not be practising two rules at the same time, one at home for the spelling test and another at school. We hope this change will make it easier for the children to learn spellings and use these in their writing.
Maths - Complements to 100 worksheet. We will put this inside the comprehension book so that it doesn't get lost!
English - CGP Comprehension 'Let's Get Growing' p10-11
Spelling - alternative spelling of 'long a' sound - eigh, aigh, ei, ey
In Science next week we will be measuring shadows. Please can the children bring in a small toy (dinosaur, doll, teddy etc) no bigger than 20cm tall and a small torch if you have one. We have torches at school, but some children asked if they could bring in their own. Many thanks in advance.
Have a wonderful weekend!
This week in Year 3 we have been researching Roman buildings ready to write our 'Guide to Rome' leaflets next week. In maths, the children have done very well in learning a new strategy for adding numbers, by regrouping the smaller number. We will be continuing with addition next week and then moving on to subtraction. Following Miss Moran's letter about times tables, we will begin next week with counting in 2's, 5's and 10's from any number. We have done some practise in class but the children would benefit from further repetition at home, particularly when bridging across 10's.
E.g. 37, 39, 41
Maths - CGP pages 14-15 Reading scales
English - Comprehension, 'Bill's New Frock' pages 8-9
Spelling - Year 3 and 4 common words:
We have made a wonderful start to our mosaic project, a huge thank you to the parents (and brother!) who were able to help this afternoon.
Have a lovely weekend.
Home Learning 27.09.19
Maths - CGP Maths book, Year Two Objectives Test, pages 2-5. Please complete the first two pages only, if you feel that is more appropriate for your son or daughter.
English - CGP Comprehension 'Nature Trail' pages 6-7
Spelling - This week in spelling we have been looking at the negative prefixes -un and -dis.
For the next two weeks as part of our Art project, the children will be creating their own mosaics . If you are able to help on a Friday afternoon from 1.40 - 3.15pm we would greatly appreciate it. Please could you let the office or one of us know if you're free. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
Maths - Pages 9,10 and 11 from CGP book
English - 'Building Stonehenge' comprehension p 4-5
Spelling - We have been looking at suffixes this week, including -s, -es, -er, -ed and -ing :
Have a lovely weekend.
Welcome back to school, we hope you all had a relaxing summer break. Year Three have settled very well into the new routines of Key Stage Two and have made an excellent start to the year. We are certainly looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
Home Learning 13.09.19
Maths - Complete pages 6 and 7 in your Maths Workbook (Place Value and Reading and Writing Numbers)
English - Complete 'Harriet's Hare', pages 2 and 3 in your KS2 English Comprehension book.
Spellings - Revise the spelling of Year 2 common words: could, would, should, beautiful, everybody
We look forward to meeting you at next week's Meet the Teacher session. Have a wonderful weekend.