Year 3

Week Commencing – 15th July

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We finished our topic of ‘Capacity’. We compared different capacities using greater/less than, worked out problems to do with adding and subtracting measurements of capacity.
  • English - We read the story ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’. We discussed how we knew it was an African tale by looking at the cover, what story it reminded us of, discussed the different characters and acted out parts of the story.
  • Topic - We compared life in Goring to life in Africa. We looked at different areas of Goring such as shops, the bridges, houses and the school and compared to similar things in African villages.

To help your child at home;

Play the following capacity and mass games http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/capacity/index.html http://www.ictgames.com/weight.html

Week Commencing – 8th July 

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We continued our topic of mass and capacity. We worked out problems to do with mass and capacity, we measured capacity and reading scales.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We discussed questions we might ask Bertie or the old lady. We also started to write book reviews when we finished the story.
  • RE - We read the story of Adam and Eve and discussed that they did not say sorry for their actions. We wrote prayers based on the different ways Christians say sorry.

To help your child at home;

Find out about Tinga tinga art work from Tanzania for our Art lesson next week.

Week Commencing – 1st July

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We finished our topic of ‘Geometry’. We finished making 3D shapes. We also measured mass using different scales and compared different masses.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We finished writing descriptions using our senses and some of the vocabulary from the story. We plotted a feelings graph for different characters. We also revised how to use speech punctuation.
  • Topic - We continued to find out facts about different African countries and started to design posters to show what we had found out about our chosen country.

To help your child at home;

To practise reading scales and measuring mass in grams, help to make something by following a recipe. Or use the following game http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/mostlyPostie/index.html

Week Commencing – 24th June

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We continued our topic of ‘Geometry’. We looked at and described 2D and 3D shapes and then we made 3D shapes.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We found out that Bertie is now fighting in World War 1. We discussed how he might be feeling and the words and phrases the author has used. We wrote descriptions using our senses and some of the vocabulary from the story.
  • RE - We read the story of Adam and Eve and discussed the theme of temptation. Then we wrote about situations when we might have been tempted to do something and what would be the consequences of giving in to the temptation.

To help your child at home; http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html

Practice French numbers up to 10. Use the above website to try the following games; Basic number recognition and Number labelling in French.

Week Commencing – 17th June

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We continued our topic of ‘Geometry’. We measured and drew lines accurately, in centimetres and millimetres, we discussed what horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines are.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We continued to write our own instructions for making a simple kite, like the boy does in the story. We also looked at informal letters between the characters in the story.
  • Topic - We found out about Nelson Mandela and wrote about his life.

To help your child at home:

Next week in Topic we will be choosing an African country to research, the children could find out some facts (and small pictures) on their chosen country, to bring to the lesson next Wednesday.

Week Commencing – 10th June

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We started our new topic of ‘Geometry’. We discussed angles and turns, right angles in shapes and compared the sizes of different angles using acute, obtuse and right angles.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We wrote a survival guide for the lion to help him in the wild, followed and wrote our own instructions for making a simple kite, like the boy does in the story.
  • Art - We painted our clay African masks and drew decorative maps of Africa, including patterns, animals and flags.

To help your child at home;

In RE last week we discussed ‘Our Wonderful World’. As part of the lesson we took photographs of things we thought were wonderful, impressive or interesting in the natural world. If the children see anything man made that they feel is impressive or interesting they could take a photograph to show the rest of the class.

This term, in Science, we will be finding out what plants need to be healthy.  This will include practical experiments with plants and spending time in the kitchen garden.  I know many of the children are enjoying growing plants at home too.   Each Monday, there will be time for children to report back to the whole class about what they have been growing at home.  If you have any photos you are happy to send in we'll show these too.

A parent has kindly created the short online visual display, 'sunflowers from seed packet to classroom' for the children (see link below).  

See my story: Sunflowers from seed packet to classroom

https://spark.adobe.com/page/zfAIaaNUetxwU/

Week Commencing – 3rd June

The children have been learning:

  • In English we have been practising our phonics and looking for digraphs in words.
  • In Maths we have been describing the position of things and giving directions.
  • In Topic we have been thinking about the features of the coast and trips to the beach. We thought of a lot of different things we might see.

To support your child with their learning at home please keep practicing their reading and high frequency words. Encourage them to spot the digraphs in the words they are sounding out. As their reading develops, encourage them to read with more fluency and expression.

Please can you make sure your child has their P.E. kit in school. Thank you.

Week Commencing – 20th May

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We have been continuing working on telling the time. We converted 12 hour to 24 hour time and finding the duration of different things.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’. We wrote reasons for and against Bertie keeping the lion cub and the cub being sent to the circus, we planned and started to write persuasive letters showing whether the cub should or shouldn’t go to the circus.

To help your child at home;

Practise telling the time using analogue clocks, particularly times ‘to’ the hour.

Some examples of games the children could play:-

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/117/telling_the_time_in_words#

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=matchingpairstimev3

Week Commencing – 13th May

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We have been revising telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, working out time problems and discussed the difference between am and pm.
  • English - We continued reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’.  We wrote and improved sentences using similes, looked up definitions of unfamiliar words in dictionaries, discussed the setting in the book and started grouping sentences together into paragraphs.
  • PSHE- We read ‘Two Monsters’ by David McKee. We discussed how the argument starts between the two monsters and how they respond to the situation. We talked about communication and listening to each other. We also discussed how we are the same and how we are different.

To help your child at home;

Children could think about designs for a moving monster model we are going to create next week during S.T.E.A.M week.

We will be cooking 2 different African soups and making chapattis the morning of Wednesday 22nd May. We would need 4-6 parent helpers. If you are able to help please let Mrs Wilson or the office know.

Week Commencing – 7th May

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We started our new topic of time. We discussed how many days and weeks in a year, hours are in a day, minutes in an hour, seconds in a minute, the order of the months and the different amounts of days in each month.
  • English - We started reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. We read the first chapter and discussed the feelings of the main character. We wrote diary entries as if we were the boy, explaining how he felt about running away.
  • Music - We listened to ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Chaka Khan and discussed what the song made us think of, what instruments we could hear and what type of music the song is. We then continued learning to sing ‘Bringing Us Together’.

To help your child at home;

Find different pictures of African masks for our Art lesson next week.

We will be cooking 2 different African soups and making chapattis the morning of Wednesday 22nd May. We would need 4-6 parent helpers. If you are able to help please let Mrs Wilson or the office know.

Week Commencing – 29th April

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We looked at different fractions and compared which was bigger/smaller, we ordered fractions with different denominators.
  • English - We read the book ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ as part of our Africa topic. We retold the story, read some other books by the same author and researched and wrote an author study of Verna Aardema.
  • Art - We drew and made black and white 3D collages of African masks. We looked at different mask designs; animals and faces.

To help your child at home;

Find out about different sorts of African food from different African countries.

We will be tasting some fruits grown in Africa; coconut, passion fruit, papaya, dates and pomegranate juice. Please let us know if your child is allergic to any of these fruits.

We will be cooking 2 different African soups and making chapattis the morning of Wednesday 22nd May. We would need 4-6 parent helpers. If you are able to help please let Mrs Wilson or the school office know.

Week Commencing – 23rd April

The Year 3 children have been learning about:-

  • Maths - We looked at different equivalent fractions, working out which fractions are equivalent and solving problems involving equivalent fractions.
  • English - We read the book ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ as part of our Africa topic. We took part in a choral reading of the book, retold the story in written form and answered questions about the story.
  • RE - We started our new big question ‘When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?’ by looking at why Christians call the day Jesus dies Good Friday. We wrote an acrostic or kenning poem using the word Good Friday or Crucifixion.

To help your child at home;

Find out some facts about the countries and landscape of Africa for our Topic lesson next week. For example the largest/smallest countries, largest city, longest river, highest mountain, different languages spoken etc.

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