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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 22/05/17

Literacy

Redwood will continue to explore the text ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce. They will have further opportunities to respond to different parts of the text through speaking and different forms of writing. They will also continue to make inferences throughout, focussing on how Billy feels throughout the story and in regards to what they think particular phrases mean throughout the text.

This week, Year 3 will use their understanding of how language can be inferred by an audience, as well as their in depth analysis of Billy’s character throughout the book, to help them start to develop their own ideas for their very own story about themselves. They will create characters and the setting for their story using their own memories, thus, they should be able to add lots of detail! They will begin to plan and draft their story using story maps. Their story maps will be aided by the brief plans created last week when they boxed up Billy’s Booger and started to change it to fit their own memoir.

Later in the week, Redwood will begin writing their own story using a similar structure to Billy’s Booger, applying skills taught and developed throughout this half of the summer term. During these opportunities they will be reminded to edit and improve their work.

Maths

Redwood will continue to practise mentally subtracting 1-digit, 2-digit, and 3-digit numbers from a 3-digit number (using multiples of 10 and 100 first). They will then further develop their understanding of the column method to subtract two numbers without regrouping 10s and/or 1s.

Once confident with using the column method to subtract, Year 3 will practise subtracting two numbers when regrouping 10s and/or 1s is necessary. Throughout practising using the column method to subtract, Redwood will be encouraged to make estimations prior to answering questions.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Science. Year 3 will take their last measurements and make their final notes from their seedling investigation. In their small groups, they will discuss what they have found out about the variable they tested, identifying whether their predictions were correct in the beginning and formulating conclusions prior to presenting their findings to their peers. Following this, Redwood will compare the growth and health of all seedlings and decide how best to grow a seedling. Year 3 will also finish experimenting with different media to represent the labelled, annotated drawings of plants from close first hand observation. Additionally, Redwood will complete their classification of plants according to the part of the plant that is eaten.
  • Linked with Geography, Year 3 will further their exploration of Egypt. They will use their understanding of how to create a non-chronological report when presenting information about Egypt as a country, to begin investigating the history of Egypt. They will each investigate different areas of Egypt’s history (the pyramids, the River Nile, writing etc.) before presenting the information to each other and later recording the facts they find under subheadings that they believe will be of interest to readers.
  • Further information can be found in the Summer Term Parent Overview.
  • Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged in in their Homework Folder (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings. Please continue to practise learning the spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List, in addition to the spellings they will get every Friday. Spelling in Year 3 is a huge focus this term. As always, please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Homework:

Maths – Your child has been asked to choose either Section A, B or C, depending on what they feel comfortable doing first. They have the opportunity to stop throughout a section and move onto more challenging questions if they wish to. Each section asks your child to use the column method to add with 3-digit numbers. If your child would prefer to use a different method, they can, but it would be best for them to practise using the formal written method. The sections progress from adding 1s, 10s, and 100s to a 3-digit number, to adding two 3-digit numbers together without regrouping, to adding two 3-digit numbers where regrouping is necessary. Your child can use the link below to practise answering simple addition and subtraction calculations, thinking about place value and number bonds prior to completing their homework:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/addition_and_subtraction/play/popup.shtml

Literacy – Your child has been asked to create the book cover for their very own book that they will begin writing next week, including the title and their name as the author/illustrator. They must remember that the story is all about them and they should include things that represent them, thinking about how they will grab people’s attention so that they pick up the book. On the back of their design, your child must explain why they have designed the cover the way that they have. Use the links above to find a variety of books that may inspire your child to write a story and expand their imagination:

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/241/

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/242/

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Just a polite reminder that Year 3 will be going swimming every Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child brings their swimming costume/trunks and a towel with them.
  • Friday 26th marks the last Friday of the first half of the Summer term. From Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June, the school will be closed for the half term holiday.
  • School will re-open Monday 5th June as normal. To kick off the last half of Summer term, Monday 5th June is Big Write Day with a prize giving assembly at 14:45 that parents are welcome to attend. It is also Environment Week from Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June. Lots to look forward to!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy

Redwood will continue to explore the text ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce. They will have further opportunities to respond to different parts of the text through speaking and different forms of writing. They will also continue to make inferences throughout, using the pictures and language, as well as the way the text is structured, to support their explanations.

Year 3 will identify the use of language and how elements could be replicated. They will then focus on dialogue, changing pictures and speech bubbles into direct speech linked to the story (focussing on synonyms and punctuation).

Later in the week, Redwood will consider the structure of the main story, boxing it up into clear parts in order to innovate. At this point, Year 3 will have time for shared thinking and writing to innovate aspects of their story together, re-reading Billy’s Booger to aid them. During this time, they will edit parts of Billy’s story which will include a lot of emphasis on description using different word classes and extending sentences using conjunctions.

Maths

Redwood will continue to practise mentally adding 1-digit, 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to a 3-digit number, using multiples of 10 and 100 first. They will also further develop their understanding of the column method to add two 3-digit numbers without regrouping, as well as how to use the column method to add two numbers where regrouping 1s, 10s and 100s is required. Throughout practising using the column method, Redwood will be encouraged to make estimations prior to answering questions.

Towards the end of the week, Year 3 will move onto subtraction, recognising that it is the inverse of addition. They will practise subtracting 1-digit, 2-digit and 3-digit numbers from a 3-digit number, using multiples of 10 and 100 first. Redwood will later learn the column method when subtracting.

Any other curriculum information:

  • This week in Science, Year 3 will continue to take measurements and notes from their seedling investigation and make comparisons of their growth and health. They will also experiment with different media to represent the labelled, annotated drawings of plants from close first hand observation last week. Additionally, Redwood will begin to classify plants according to the part of the plant that is eaten.
  • Linked with Geography, Year 3 will further their exploration of Egypt. They will find information based on themes they think will be of interest to a reader. The information they find will later be used to write a non-chronological report about the country.
  • Further information can be found in the Summer Term Parent Overview.
  • Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged in in their Homework Folder (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings. Please continue to practise learning the spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List, in addition to the spellings they will get every Friday. Spelling in Year 3 is a huge focus this term. As always, please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Homework:

Maths – Your child has been asked to complete multiplication and division word problems using RUCSAC. Some of these require just one step (one calculation), whereas some problems include two steps. RUCSAC is broken down into Reading, Understanding, Choosing, Solving, Answering and Checking. More information is provided on your child’s homework. Your child will need to think very carefully about the vocabulary used.

Your child can use these links below to play a Math vocabulary game and/ or a multiplication and division game focusing on using inverse operations (they will need to think about both of these areas when solving word problems):

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/math_games/random-math/math-vocabulary-word-o-rama.html

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Literacy – Your child has been asked to pick three books from a public library, the school, or the classroom library. Their challenge is to create a wacky story that involves elements from all three books. For example, they could use the setting of one book, the characters of another, and the events of the other. All these ideas can be mashed up into one new and different story! Use the links below to find a variety of books that may inspire your child to write a story and expand their imagination:

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/241/

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/242/

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Last Tuesday, Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed themselves during their visit to Chesterton Community College for the Year 3 Mini Olympics.  Enthusiastically, they made their way around many different activities in Chesterton Community College’s impressive Sports Centre.  They had the chance to play tennis, have a go at trampolining, as well as racing in athletics (to name just a few activities). They were real team players during each activity. All staff who accompanied the visit were very impressed with Redwood’s willingness to participate, in addition to their high spirits and engagement throughout.
  • Redwood also visited the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology last week, where they delved even deeper into the history of Cambridge. They had various opportunities to observe artefacts that each told a story about Cambridge’s past. Year 3 also had the chance to order artefacts from the Stone Age to Medieval Cambridge. Redwood were very intrigued to find out about the place they live in, and it was a joy to witness their eagerness and excitement to find out more. They even got to see some Egyptian artefacts which has got them thinking about Ancient Egypt already! Luckily, the English weather was on Redwood’s side and they were able to have a pleasant lunch outside the museum in the sunshine to end their trip!
  • Year 3 will be going swimming every Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child brings their swimming costume/trunks and a towel with them.
  • Friday 19th May –PTA Movie Night for parents from 19:00-21:00.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

Literacy

Redwood will continue to explore the text ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce. They will think about how certain phrases within the text may have more than one meaning. Additionally, Year 3 will think about books that they might choose to inspire their own story. Redwood will discuss what criteria would be important when judging in a Book Contest, highlighting what Billy does to engage the reader of the story as well as the errors he makes. As they read deeper into the book, Year 3 will focus on the thoughts and emotions of characters and identify how illustrations can support meaning and comprehension of the text.

Later in the week, Redwood will focus on Chapter 1 within Billy’s book and the use of speech and formal and informal use of language throughout. Within Chapter 2 they will look at the rule of 3 being used, the overuse of ‘and’, in addition to building their inference skills. At the end of the week, Year 3 will read Chapter 3 and think about the use and meaning of specific vocabulary throughout the book and the effect it has on the reader.

Maths

Year 3 will revise their knowledge of place value when working with 3-digit numbers. They will then show what they know (through speaking, writing, drawing, making links, and building) about addition and subtraction so far, focussing on strategies and vocabulary used for both operations. Following this, Redwood will practise mentally adding 1-digit, 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to a 3-digit number, using multiples of 10 and 100 first.

Further into the week, Redwood will learn the column method to add two 3-digit numbers without regrouping. They will then practise how to use the column method to add 2 numbers where regrouping 1s, 10s and 100s is required.

Any other curriculum information

Science. Year 3 will continue to take measurements and notes from their seedling investigation and make comparisons of their growth and health. They will also make labelled, annotated drawings of plants from close first hand observation.

Geography. Year 3 will finish researching natural disasters using IT and locating where aforementioned natural disasters have occurred on a map. Linked with Geography, Redwood will continue to explore Egypt. They will find information based on themes they think will be of interest to a reader. The information they find will later be used to write a non-chronological report about the country.

Further information can be found in the Summer Term Parent Overview.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged in in their Homework Folder (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings. Please continue to practise learning the spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List, in addition to the spellings they will get every Friday. Spelling in Year 3 is a huge focus this term. As always, please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Homework:

Maths. Your child has been asked to complete division calculations using their times table knowledge. Some of answers will have remainders. Use the links below to play some multiplication and division games.

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/arithmetic/latest/arithmetic_en.html

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Literacy. Your child has been asked to think about a country or location (it can be in England) that they would like to visit. They can either go to their local library or use the internet to find information about that country. Alternatively, they can use the text about Brazil attached to their homework. They should think of at least 3 themes (e.g. food, monuments, animals) to get them started. These themes should be categories that are of particular interest to them. Then, they must use the themes to group information that they find. Two facts should be found for each theme. This is a great website to use to find out information about particular countries:

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Swimming every Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child brings their swimming costume/trunks and a towel with them.
  • Tuesday morning 9th May, Year 3 Mini Olympics at Chesterton Community College – please ensure your child has their PE kit and any medication with them.
  • Thursday morning 11th May, trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to explore Cambridge further, following our ‘All about Cambridge’ History topic last term. Redwood will also be able to see some other artefacts that may help them with their History topic about Egypt this term. You should have received a letter providing more information about this trip. Slips for those children requiring a school packed lunch need to be handed in by Tuesday 9th May. To make a donation of £1 for the trip, please hand it in to the office in a sealed and named envelope.
  • Friday 12th May at 2:45pm – It is Year 3 and 4’s turn to share and celebrate their learning during the Gold Book/Class Sharing assembly. Come and see what we have been getting up to in and out of class!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy

At the beginning of the week, following on from our author visit on the 21/4/17, Year 3 will listen to and discuss a text about Egypt to inspire them to write a non-fiction text about a different country. The text comes from a book called ‘Maps’ by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Redwood will have the opportunity to observe the front cover and discuss what type of text it is, explaining how they have reached their conclusions. They will also be given time to converse about what they expect to find out, prior to examining a few pages. They will later be encouraged and given time to ask relevant questions about non-chronological reports and identify features of each paragraph.

Redwood will continue to explore the text ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce. They will discuss the term ‘memoir’ and begin to think about the formality of the text through the use of language within the book. They will also think about some of the language on the back cover and where it originates. Towards the end of the week, they will have the opportunity to share their artefacts (from their homework) with their peers, and explain why they represent them or memories that they may have.

Maths

Year 3 will divide within tables with remainders (20 ÷ 3 is 6 with 2 left over, 6 r2) and recap dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit using the formal written method (also requiring them to use multiplication facts). Following this, they will use their understanding of multiplication and division from last term to solve word problems, prior to moving onto a unit on addition and subtraction.

As we reach the end of the week, Redwood classroom will be turned into a gallery and each child will be given the opportunity to share their posters with the rest of the class, reminding peers about strategies we can use in the classroom to help with multiplication and division, as well as important vocabulary to use when multiplying and dividing.

Any other curriculum

Science.  This week, Year 3 will set up an enquiry to test their theories on what plants need to grow and thrive. They will also research plant facts using books and the Internet. Using their research, Redwood will create a covering page for the Roots and Shoots topic using a range of tools and collage materials in Art.

Geography.  Year 3 will continue exploring natural disasters through hands-on activities whereby they will create models and dramatisations of a tsunami, an earthquake, and a flood. They will also research such natural disasters using IT and locate where aforementioned natural disasters have occurred on a map.

Further information can be found in the Summer Term Parent Overview.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged in in their Homework Folder (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

(continuing from last week’s)

Maths – Your child has been asked to create a poster that will help the class remember multiplication and division strategies learned so far, as well as the vocabulary used when multiplying and dividing.

Use the links below to play some multiplication and division games:

  • https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/arithmetic/latest/arithmetic_en.html
  • http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Literacy – Your child has been asked to collect or draw items that would appear in a memoir about them and bring them in to share with their peers. If they would like to, they can also write about each artefact, explaining why each item helps to represent them.

Use this link to explore William Joyce’s stories further – http://moonbotstudios.com/

Both pieces of homework must be handed in on Thursday 4th May. I am giving Year 3 two weeks to complete the homework since some of the year group will be going on the residential.

Please continue to practise learning the spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List, in addition to the spellings they will get every Friday. Spelling in Year 3 is a huge focus this term.  As always, please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Year 3 will be going swimming every Wednesday morning
  • Wednesday 3rd May at 15:15, 15:15 PTA Cake Sale (cakes from Years R and 6) in Junior Covered Area
  • Thursday morning 11th May, Redwood visit to Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to explore Cambridge further, following our ‘All about Cambridge’ History topic last term. They will also be able to see some other artefacts that may help them with their History topic about Egypt this term. Entrance to the museum if free of charge, but they do suggest that we make a donation. You will receive a letter shortly which will provide more information about this trip, as well as how you can make a contribution.
  • If you have any gardening/plant related leaflets/magazines that you are no longer using at home, please bring them in. Year 3 will use them to create collages in Art this week and they will be much appreciated.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 24/04/17

Literacy.  Prior to the Year 3/4 residential, Redwood will continue to listen to, retell, and explore the text ‘Billy’s Booger’ by William Joyce through their Writing and Guided Reading sessions.

Maths.  Year 3 will continue to recall and use multiplication and division facts through games and by creating their own resources that will help them to remember the times tables, especially those they should know by the end of Year 3 (2, 5, 10, as well as 3, 4 and 8).

Any other curriculum.  Further information can be found in the Summer Term Parent Overview.  Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged in in their Homework Folder (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Maths – Your child has been asked to create a poster that will help the class remember multiplication and division strategies learned so far, as well as the vocabulary used when multiplying and dividing. Use the links below to play some multiplication and division games:

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/arithmetic/latest/arithmetic_en.html

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Literacy – Your child has been asked to collect or draw items that would appear in a memoir about them and bring them in to share with their peers. If they would like to, they can also write about each artefact, explaining why each item helps to represent them.

http://moonbotsudios.com/ – Use this link to explore William Joyce’s stories further.

Both pieces of homework must be handed in on Thursday 4th May. I am giving Year 3 two weeks to complete the homework since some of the year group will be going on the residential.

Spellings – Please continue to practise learning the spellings from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List, in addition to the spellings they will get every Friday. Spelling in Year 3 is a huge focus this term. As always, please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Athletics club starts on Monday 24th April, KS2 Boys’ Football club starts on Tuesday 25th April, KS2 Badminton and Hockey club starts on Wednesday 26th April, FUNdamentals/Code/Homework/KS2 Kwik Cricket clubs all start on Thursday 27th April.
  • Swimming begins for Years 3 and 4 on the morning of Wednesday 26th April. This will continue every Wednesday until the end of term. Only those not going on the residential will be able to attend the first session. We will be travelling to and from Parkside Pool by coach. The lessons are free, but we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £26.40 towards travel costs. Please pay by ParentPay, or PayPoint (payment letters available from the school office).
  • From Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th April, some of Year 3 and 4 will be attending the residential trip to the Kingswood Centre at West Runton, Norfolk. Those not attending should not be worried, as they have lots of fun things planned for them too in school!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/03/17

Literacy.  Last week, Year 3 had the opportunity to perform the original ‘The Sound Collector’ poem in small groups and then wrote up their final version of their science-related ‘The Sound Collector’ poem.  They were then introduced to the poet A F Harrold and enjoyed many opportunities to listen to/read aloud poems from his book, ‘Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard’.

Inspired by their trip to the Museum of Cambridge, Redwood also wrote outstanding recounts about what they did during their visit.  Using the stories they had listened to about local heroes in Cambridge from many years ago, Year 3 created their very own local hero medals.  They also wrote detailed explanations about who they believed to be the greatest local hero and why.

This week, Redwood will continue to explore Spring poetry.  They will then use their thoughts about Spring, and structures of poems learned, to write their own Spring poems.

Key vocabulary:  poetry, rhyme, rhythm, verse, syllable, pattern, structure, repetition, alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatoepia, rhyming couplet, noun, non-fiction/narrative, subheadings, heading, organise

Maths.  Last week, Redwood built their confidence and deepened their understanding of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers through lots of practice. Some children used a couple of different methods to find the answers to, and represent calculations. Next, they learned how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit when re-grouping ones and/or tens is required.

Later in the week, Year 3 started to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit supported by the use of concrete resources, moving onto partitioning so that the tens and ones in the dividend are multiples of the divisor prior to using the formal method. For example: 72 ÷ 3 = (20 x 3 =60) + (4 x 3 = 12).

This week, Year 3 will continue dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit, partitioning so that the tens and ones in the dividend are multiples of the divisor in addition to using the formal method.

Key vocabulary: multiply, repeated addition, division, dividend, divisor, sharing, inverse, digit, partitioning, regroup, ones, tens, partition, formal method, lots of, equal groups, factor, product, represent, interpret, bar graph, bar chart, table, scale, axis, title, label

Any other curriculum information:

  • Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the Learning Bus this week. I’m sure they will tell you all about the exciting things they learnt about!
  • Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.
  • The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.
  • Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, most children will have word problems to solve where they will be required to use their knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables in various contexts. They are encouraged to use RUCSAC to help them solve the problems (an acronym they have become increasingly familiar with in Maths). These letters stand for Read, Understand, Choose, Solve, Answer and Check. Your child should follow these steps in the correct order when attempting to solve each problem. Some children have been given an activity to develop their confidence in recognising number fact families within the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as 10 more and 10 less.

Your child will also take home a counting activity, requiring them to use their knowledge of the digit of the latest times table they have been learning. It is important that they know the value of this digit and can count forward, backwards and across in that digit from any number.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write their responses to ‘The Sound Collector’ poem. Although they have listened to this poem within the classroom, I encourage them to read the poem carefully before answering the questions. Your child is welcome to annotate the poem if this helps them to organise their ideas. There are no wrong answers!

Spellings will also be taken home to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Your child needs to be able to read, spell, say, and use these words in their own writing by the end of Year 3.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1b5kCvVBo8

http://www.ictgames.com/rhymingRockets.html

http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/cave-run-multiplication

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Dates/Messages/Requests:

I would like to say a huge thank you to those parents that helped out during our trip to the Museum of Cambridge.  It was much appreciated by both staff and pupils.  Redwood thoroughly enjoyed listening to the adventures of local heroes in Cambridge, such as Mo Carter, Cambridge’s very own BFG.  They were highly engaged throughout the morning, asking very impressive and thoughtful questions.  Most importantly, Year 3 loved having the opportunity to explore the various rooms in the museum.  They were able to look at, and in some cases, touch, many artefacts the Museum holds, each one telling their own story about the past.  The trip leader was very impressed with how inquisitive, sensible and enthusiastic Year 3 were throughout the morning.  They should be very proud of themselves!

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary (please see the newsletter for further details):

  • The Pig Pedal continues this week.  Well done to those of you making a great effort to cycle or scoot to school.  Visit http://bigpedal.org.uk/ to find out more.
  • Parents of children attending the Year 3/4 Residential Trip in the Summer term are invited to an information meeting on Thursday 30th March at 9:15.  Here, Mr Yeeles and I will provide insight into the activities we have planned, kit lists, accommodation, etc.
  • Parents are welcome to attend our Easter Service at St Luke’s Church on Friday 31st March at 1:45pm.
  • Please remember that the Spring Term ends on Friday 31st March at 3:15, marking the beginning of the Easter holidays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy 

Last week, Year 3 continued exploring different types of poems. At the start of the week they listened to ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough, a poem all about familiar sounds that may be heard in the home. Redwood identified poetic devices throughout the poem such as rhyme and onomatoepia. They were then asked to think about sounds they heard throughout their science lessons to begin creating their very own ‘The Sound Collector’ poems using the same structure from the original poem.

Additionally, Year 3 started listening to Kennings.  These are compressed metaphors or descriptions using two nouns to describe a subject, place or object (e.g. web maker – spider).  These poems will be the focus of our learning in Literacy this week, inspiring Redwood to write their own Kennings about things that they learned throughout Science Week.  Year 3 also started drafting their own non-narrative texts using headings and subheadings to organise and present what they had learned about forces.

This week, Redwood will write a final version of their ‘science-related ‘The Sound Collector’ poem and write a Kenning about forces. Towards the end of the week, they will think about what the season Spring means to them. These ideas will then be used in the following week to write their own Spring poems.

Key vocabulary: poetry, rhyme, rhythm, verse, syllable, pattern, structure, repetition, alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatoepia, rhyming couplet, noun, non-fiction/narrative, subheadings, heading, organise

Maths 

Last week, Year 3 spent more time becoming familiar with steps to multiply a 1-digit number by a 2-digit number and then practised using the formal method alongside practical resources. Year 3 also interpreted data in a bar graph and/or table. Using this knowledge, they learned to draw their own bar graph to present their results from testing out how different materials can change the speed it takes for a car to travel down slides they had created.

This week, Redwood will continue to build their confidence and deepen their understanding of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit, learning the steps to do this when re-grouping ones. They will then start to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit supported by the use of concrete resources. Later in the week, they will move onto partitioning so that the tens and ones in the dividend are multiples of the divisor prior to using the formal method. For example: 72 ÷ 3 = (20 x 3 =60) + (4 x 3 = 12).

Key vocabulary: multiply, repeated addition, division, dividend, divisor, sharing, inverse, digit, partitioning, regroup, ones, tens, partition, formal method, lots of, equal groups, factor, product, represent, interpret, bar graph, bar chart, table, scale, axis, title, label

Any other curriculum information.  Last week was Science Week, so Year 3 participated in lots of science activities about forces. They learned about making comparisons when using different surfaces on a slide (ramp) to test out how this could change the speed of a car travelling down it. This gave the class opportunities to ask relevant questions and solve them in different ways. Redwood also learned all about magnets through hands-on activities. They were investigating how magnetic forces can act over a distance. Throughout this activity, Year 3 had to learn that magnets have two poles and that like poles repel and opposite poles attract. They also had to group materials through systematic and careful observations. This helped Year 3 to visualise the term ‘force’ and provided them with the opportunity to find out what materials were magnetic.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=science/friction

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

Key Vocabulary: force, push, pull, open, surface, friction, material, magnet, magnetic, attract, repel, magnetic poles, North, South, material

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

 

Spellings/Homework

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Your child needs to be able to read, spell, say, and use these words in their own writing by the end of Year 3.

For Maths, your child will have activities to complete related to multiplying 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. These activities follow the order that they have been taught to complete such calculations within the classroom. Your child should start from Activity 1 and if they feel confident enough, they can then move onto Activity 2 and so on, following the steps provided and recording them on the square paper provided. There are four activities to be completed in total and a couple of challenges to deepen your child’s thinking. Your child will also take home a times table activity, helping them to learn/requiring them to use their knowledge of, the latest times table that they have been learning.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write a verse for their own ‘The Sound Collector’ poem, thinking about sounds they hear around their own home. They should try to use onomatoepia and an end rhyme for Lines 2 and 4. An example has been given. Your child can then choose to write a second verse if they wish to on the lined paper provided.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1b5kCvVBo8

http://www.ictgames.com/rhymingRockets.html

http://www.multiplication.com/games/play.cave-run-multiplication

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Alien-Snail-Racing-634

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Monday 20th March is the start of Big Pedal Week.  Visit http://bigpedal.org.uk/ to find out more.
  • On Tuesday 21st March St Luke’s will be hosting a Mother’s Day Lunch.
  • Year 3 are visiting the Museum of Cambridge on Tuesday 21st March. A letter was sent out on Friday 3rd March providing further details about the trip as well as a permission slip and the cost for your child to attend the trip. Year 3 will be back in time for the Mother’s Day Lunch.
  • Spring Term reports will be sent home Wednesday 22nd March. If you have any queries about your child’s report, please do not hesitate to discuss them with me.
  • Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March. Bring in £1 to wear something red! Encourage your child to dress as funny as possible. It would also be great if you could remind your child to write down the funniest jokes they have heard/to create their own funny, appropriate, jokes to share with the rest of their class.
  • The PTA is hosting a Bingo night on Saturday 25th March. See the newsletter for more details.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Literacy.  Last week, Year 3 were very creative and wrote their very own ‘Dirty Beast’ and ‘Revolting Rhyme’ poems.  Both of these poems were made up of rhyming couplets.  First, they were asked to explore a couple of Roald Dahl’s poems that they loved listening to.  To write both of these poems they had to create a bank of rhyming words related to either a beast or the traditional tale that their poems were about.  Later, they used two rhyming words at the end of two lines to create a rhyming couplet.  Redwood also tried really hard to use 8 syllables in each line of their rhyming couplets to keep a rhythm alike Roald Dahl’s poems.  Additionally, they were asked to try and tell a story throughout their poem.  Each poem was so different, but they were all brilliant in their own way!

Year 3 then started to use their understanding of syllables to create their very own Traditional Tale Haiku.  A Haiku is a Japanese poem whereby the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the last line has 5 syllables.  Redwood described something a character from a traditional tale had done within their Haiku.

This week, Year 3 will continue writing different types of poems.  At the start of the week they will listen to ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough.  Year 3 will then follow the same structure as this poem to include onomatoepia in their very own poem about sounds within the classroom.  Later in the week, they will learn about Kennings and write their own inspired  by their learning about forces during Science week.  Redwood will also write non-narrative texts using headings and subheadings to organise text about what they have learned in their Science week activities.

Key vocabulary: poetry, rhyme, rhythm, verse, syllable, pattern, structure, repetition, alliteration, simile, onomatoepia, rhyming couplet

Math

Last week, Year 3 continued to recall multiplication and related division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Redwood explored various representations of number fact families such as arrays, repeated addition, looking at pictures of 3 bikes for 2 wheels, looking at a stack of 2p, interpreting information from a pictogram, as well as word problems. The class enjoyed matching these representations and then writing the number fact families, manipulating 3 numbers within each number sentence.

As a class, Year 3 focussed on building groups e.g. 3 towers of 4 cubes. They then moved onto drawing a representation, writing the calculation represented in both the building and drawing, to saying the calculation aloud using specific vocabulary. Some children also started to link their understanding of multiplication and division to other areas of maths.

Later in the week, Redwood started to multiply a multiple of 10 by a single digit. To do this, they used the facts they knew already and then multiplied their answer by 10 e.g. 5 x 2 = 10, 5 x 20 = 100. At the end of the week, Year 3 multiplied a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using partitioning e.g. 2 x 25 = 2 x 20 and 2 x 5. Redwood used practical resources to support their understanding of breaking numbers into 10s and 1s prior to using a formal method.

This week, Year 3 will spend more time becoming familiar with using the formal method alongside practical resources when multiplying a 2-digit number by 1-digit number. Year 3 will also interpret data in a bar chart or table and learn to draw their own bar graph to present findings from their science experiments.

Key vocabulary: multiply, repeated addition, division, sharing, inverse, digit, partitioning, regroup, ones, tens, partition, formal method, lots of, equal groups, factor, product, represent, interpret, bar graph, bar chart, table

Any other information

Last week in Science, Year 3 completed a comprehension task about Mary Anning and continued to plan how they would create a Dinosaur Fossil Animation Sequence.                                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/                                                                                                                                                       Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints, poverty, scientists

Last week in History, Year 3 finished their timelines of Cambridge and started to think of questions they would like to ask about the History of Cambridge, prior to their trip.                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.localhistories.org/cambridge.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present, evidence, artefact, map, medieval, century

In Geography, Year 3 started to think about natural disasters.

Last week in Art, some of Year 3 carefully used water colours to add colour to their sketches. Redwood also started to evaluate their art work and plan how they will use clay and acrylic paint to build texture and show colour. Some children who didn’t get the chance to finish off adding water colour to their sketches last week will finish them this week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape, colour, pattern, texture, media

In RE, Year 3 are currently focussing on the Easter Story in RE, focussing on why Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday.  http://www.topmarks.co.uk/easter/easterstory.aspx                                                                                                                                                                                                     Key vocabulary: Easter, Good Friday, Salvation, Holy, King, Cross, Jesus, Creation, Fall, Incarnation, Gospel

This week is Science Week, so Year 3 will be participating in lots of science activities about forces. They will be learning to make comparisons about how things move on different surfaces. Redwood will have opportunities to ask relevant questions and solve them in different ways and to set up simple practical enquiries making them a fair test. Year 3 will also be learning all about magnets through practical activities.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Your child needs to be able to read, spell, say, and use these words in their own writing by the end of Year 3.

For Maths, your child will need to choose an image and write two multiplication calculations and two division calculations about it.  After this, they can represent the written fact family in as many ways as possible.  It is then up to your child to opt for the challenge tasks.  Your child will also take home a times table activity, helping them to learn/requiring them to use their knowledge of, the latest times table that they have been learning.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write a poem using rhyming couplets about their favourite character from a book. There are clear steps to follow and examples given. Your child can then choose to complete the challenge activities if they would like to.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/                                                                             https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html    http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

Dates/Messages/Requests

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary.  Please see the newsletter for further details.

  • It is St Luke’s Science week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th March. Year 3’s Science Day has been changed to Thursday 16th March.  On Friday 17th March there will be a Science sharing assembly at 9:05 that parents/carers are welcome to attend.
  • Year 3 will be visiting the Museum of Cambridge on the morning of Tuesday 21st March. A letter was sent out on Friday 3rd March providing further details about the trip as well as a permission slip and the cost for your child to attend the trip.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • thoroughly enjoyed participating in lots of traditional tale/myth-themed activities throughout Book Week using the story of Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH) as the stimulus for their learning in Literacy;
  • engaged in creating freeze frames for parts of the LRRH story, aiding them in writing a recount from the wolf or LRRH’s perspective;
  • participated in a hot-seating activity where they interviewed/ characters and were interviewed as characters from the LRRH story;
  • retold the LRRH story changing verbs in the past tense to the present perfect form;
  • loved having the opportunity to read with Oak class during a story telling session;
  • thoughtfully wrote their very own book reviews.

This week, Year 3 will begin writing poems inspired by traditional tales from Book Week

Key vocabulary: fiction, non-fiction, recount, report, viewpoint, past tense, traditional tale, myth, fairy tale, character, story, plot, beginning, middle, build-up, resolution, ending, order, time connectives, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, verse

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to compare the relative size of non-unit fractions;
  • explained and showed what they had learned throughout the Fraction unit using different representations;
  • worked collaboratively to discuss and present different representations of what they currently understand about multiplication and division;
  • built their confidence when recalling multiplication and related division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables;
  • started to multiply a multiple of 10 by a single digit.

This week Year 3 will:

  • continue to recall multiplication and related division facts for the 3,4 and 8 times table;
  • continue to multiply a multiple of 10 by a single digit;
  • multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using partitioning with concrete resources (without regrouping);
  • the same as above but alongside a formal method, first without regrouping and later regrouping ones and tens.

Key vocabulary: multiply, repeated addition, division, sharing, inverse, digit, partitioning, regroup, ones, tens, partition, formal method

Any other curriculum information

Science. Last week, Year 3:

  • participated in a carousel of hands-on fossil activities to help them understand how they are formed and found, including digging out chocolate chips from cookies, creating fossils using Haribos and slices of bread, searching for definitions of different types of fossils, and using dissolving the outer layer of Skittles;
  • started thinking about how dinosaur fossils are formed in order to order events in a Dinosaur Fossil Animation Sequence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/

This week, Year 3 will:

  • complete a comprehension task about Mary Anning;
  • continue to use IT to create a Dinosaur Fossil Animation Sequence, allowing them to explore the fascinating worlds of programming and animation.

Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints, poverty, scientists

History. Last week, Year 3:

  • had the opportunity to present their Home Learning projects to the rest of their class;
  • used a map to locate their projects in the correct place within Redwood’s mini-Cambridge;
  • participated in a class tour of the mini-Cambridge they had created and explained what they had made to Year 5.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • finish their timelines of Cambridge;
  • think of questions they would like to ask about the History of Cambridge, prior to their trip.

http://www.localhistories.org/cambridge.html

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present, evidence, artefact, map, medieval, century

Geography. Year 3 will start to think about natural disasters.

Art. Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to sketch out small sections of the school building and other buildings in Cambridge (from pictures), paying greater attention to detail using view finders;
  • wrote lists of describing words for their sketches as they explored pattern, texture and colour.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • carefully use water colours to add colour to their sketches and use materials to build texture to their sketches;
  • evaluate their art wor;k
  • plan how they will use clay and acrylic paint to build texture and show colour.

Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape, colour, pattern, texture, media

RE. Last week, Year 3:

  • continued thinking about Jewish beliefs;
  • started to think about the Easter Story, focussing on why Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/easter/easterstory.aspx

Year 3 will continue to think about the Easter story until the Easter holidays.

Key vocabulary: Easter, Good Friday, Salvation, Holy, King, Cross, Jesus

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week.  Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.  Your child needs to be able to read, spell, say, and use these words in their own writing by the end of Year 3.

Homework:

For Maths, Year 3 will have a number fact family activity related to their Multiplication and Division unit. Your child will need to use an array or 3 numbers to create two multiplication and two division number sentences. They will need to use their 3, 4 or 8 times tables to complete the number fact families. Your child is expected to know and use these three sets of times tables by the end of year 3. Challenge your child to create number fact families for different sets of 3 numbers using the 3, 4, and 8 times table. Your child will also take home a times table activity, helping them to learn/requiring them to use their knowledge of, the latest times table that they have been learning.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write similes for a poem about Spring using their five senses. This will provide your child with the chance to be really creative with their writing, preparing them for the start of their upcoming Poetry unit in Literacy.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk.number-facts/number-fact-families

Dates/Messages/Requests

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary. Please see the newsletter for further details.

It is St Luke’s Science Week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th March and Year 3’s Science Day is on Tuesday 14th March. On Friday 17th March there will be a Science sharing assembly at 9:05 that parents/carers are welcome to attend.

Year 3 will be visiting the Folk Museum in Cambridge on the morning of Tuesday 21st March. A letter was sent out on Friday 3rd March providing further details about the trip as well as a permission slip and the cost for your child to attend the trip.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • identified the features of a formal letter and then used the structure of a formal letter to write their very own to people that have their dream job during the Big Write;
  • continued finding facts about the Romans conquering Britain to help them write detailed recounts;
  • recognised the features of a recount as they had previously found this quite challenging in comparison to writing a report;
  • used their facts about Romans conquering Britain to write and illustrate their very own recount;
  • used their comprehension skills to answer questions.

This week, Year 3 will participate in lots of traditional fairy tale/myth-themed activities during Book Week such as listening to stories, role-play/hot seating, writing a newspaper as if they were in a traditional tale, etc.

Key vocabulary: fiction, non-fiction, recount, report, viewpoint, past tense, traditional tale, myth, fairy tale, character, story, plot, beginning, middle, build-up, resolution, ending, order, time connectives

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to find ½, ¼ and   of objects, as well as amounts
  • found non-unit fractions of objects and amounts (2/4,  ¾, ⅔);
  • started to compare the relative size of non-unit fractions;
  • developed their understanding of the fraction line representing division.

This week Year 3 will:

  • continue to compare the relative size of non-unit fractions;
  • recall multiplication and related division facts for the 3,4 and 8 times table;
  • multiply a multiple of 10 by a single digit;
  • multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using partitioning with concrete resources (without regrouping).

Key vocabulary: fraction, equal, numerator, denominator, whole number, multiply, repeated addition, division, sharing, digit, partitioning

Any other curriculum information

Last week in Science, Year 3 continued their learning about fossils and the famous Mary Anning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools.primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/

This week in Science, Year 3 will:

  • participate in carousel of hands-on fossil activities;
  • use IT to create a Dinosaur Fossil Animation Sequence, allowing them to explore the fascinating worlds of programming and animation.

Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints, poverty, scientists

Last week in History, Year 3 carefully examined evidence to begin learning about Cambridge in the medieval times and onward.

This week in History, Year 3 will:

  • have the opportunity to present their Home Learning projects to the rest of their class;
  • use a map to locate their projects in the correct place within Redwood’s mini-Cambridge;
  • participate in a class tour of the mini-Cambridge they have created and explain what they have made to Year 5

http://www.localhistories.org/cambridge.html

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present, evidence, artefact, map, medieval, century

Last week in Art, Year 3:

  • continued to sketch out small sections of the school building, paying greater attention to detail using view finders;
  • continued to explore pattern and experiment with surface texture.

This week Year 3 will continue the above activities, building on their sketches ready to add media prior to using clay.

Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape, colour, pattern texture

Last week in RE Year 3 listened carefully to the main beliefs in Judaism in order to explain them themselves.

This weekYear 3 will build on this learning. Redwood will also start to think about the Easter Story.

Key vocabulary: Judaism, faith, covenant, Torah, commandments, God, Jewish, Jew, religion, Moses, Mount Sinai

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings

Your child took home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Your child needs to be able to read, spell, say, and use these words in their own writing by the end of Year 3.

Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have a task related to fractions. This task will ask your child to shade in unit and non-unit fractions. There are also two challenge activities. The first challenge requires your child to represent the fractions shown in a different way and the second challenge is for your child to write a word problem using one or more of the fractions shown. This should help them to revisit their learning over the past week. Redwood will also take home a times table puzzle to solve using their knowledge of the latest times table that they have been learning.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write a recount about an event that has happened over the weekend to build on their learning within the classroom. They must use the boxes provided and time connectives to help them organise and guide their report.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co/uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/recounts/read/1/

http://www.what2learn.com/games/play/82403/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/tenthsint/tenthsint.htm

Dates/Messages/Requests

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary. Please see the newsletter for further details.

  • The Book Fair will be at St Luke’s on Tuesday 28th February. If you haven’t visited already, it is definitely worth having a look at the variety of books and stationery available to purchase.
  • Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March is Book Week. On Friday 3rd March at 2:45 there will be a Book Week assembly to round up what the school has been getting up to over the week and awards will be given to competition winners. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly. Children are also able to dress up as their favourite character from a traditional fairy tale or myth on Friday 3rd March. Some ideas for fancy dress would be Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, the Wolf, the Three Little Pigs.
  • As you may be aware, your child participated in a Recycling Workshop on Tuesday 21st February. They cannot stop talking about everything that they learnt that day and are keen to promote recycling and re-use things in the school and at home. Throughout the session they listened very carefully to the workshop leader, who was very knowledgeable and provided lots of useful resources for Year 3. Redwood were very enthusiastic and engaged as they created objects from plastic bottles. The workshop leader has kindly asked and would really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete a quick online survey that will help to improve future visits – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/95HM7QV

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy

Before half term, year 3:

  • revised using powerful verbs and spelling past tense words following spelling rules;
  • participated in role-play and hot-seating to explore ideas for their writing and to record notes for report writing;
  • wrote a newspaper recount about a day in the life of someone during the Roman invasion of Britain;
  • researched information about an event for their report writing.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • participate in some very exciting activities during Big Write day (no spoilers);
  • use the perfect form rather than the simple past tense;
  • use our comprehension skills to answer questions;
  • write a newspaper recount about an event using the past tense.

Key vocabulary: note, powerful verb, order, report, non-fiction, past tense, perfect form, question, interview, recount, time connective

Maths

Before half term, Year 3:

  • continued to identify and find 1/10 of an object by dividing it into 10 equal parts;
  • identified non-unit fraction tenths of objects and amounts;
  • found the complement of tenths to make a whole;
  • found the complement of a fraction other than tenths to make one, using the same denominators;
  • started to find ½, ¼ and  of objects.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to find ½, ¼ and 1/3 of objects, as well as amounts;
  • find non-unit fractions of objects and amounts (2/4, ¾, 2/3)
  • compare the relative size of non-unit fractions
  • develop their understanding of the fraction line representing division

Key vocabulary: fraction, equal, equivalent divide, share, multiply, numerator, denominator, whole number, unit

Any other curriculum information

Before half term, in Science Year 3 continued to explain how fossils are formed. This week, Year 3 will continue their learning about fossils and learn about the famous Mary Anning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/

Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints, poverty, scientists

Before half term, in History Year 3:

  • watched a video about how the Romans conquered Britain and how this had an impact on Cambridge as it is today;
  • participated in role-play as characters that would’ve have been involved in the Roman invasion of Britain, making links to their Literacy learning;
  • continued their timeline of Cambridge using a search engine to safely research Cambridge’s past.

This week, Year 3 will start to learn about Cambridge in the medieval times and onward.

http://www.localhistories.org/cambridge.html

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present, evidence, artefact, map, medieval, century

Before half term, in Art, Year 3 continued to sketch out small sections of the school building, paying greater attention to detail, using view finders. This week, Year 3 will continue to explore pattern and experiment with surface texture.

Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape, colour, pattern texture

Before half term, in RE, Year 3 participated in a role-play activity to tell the story of the founding of Judaism. This week Year 3 will explain the main beliefs in Judaism.

Key vocabulary: Judaism, faith, covenant, Torah, commandments, God, Jewish, Jew, religion, Moses, Mount Sinai

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview. The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning. Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework:

  • For Maths, Year 3 will have one task related to fractions. This task will first ask your child to find tenths of an amount of shapes. They will also be asked to complete a sequence of tenths and identify the amount of units between tenths on a number line. Some children will also complete a word problem asking them to express amounts in tenths. This should help them to revisit their learning over the past week. Redwood will also take home a times table puzzle to solve using their knowledge of the latest times table that they have been learning.
  • For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to match Newspaper headlines to the start of reports. They will need to read each headline and beginning of each report carefully to complete this, drawing lines from the headline to the report. There are also lines provided if they would like to write more about one report using the information they have been given already.
  • Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/1
  • http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/New_Snakes_%20Ladders/Articles.html

  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

  • http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/tenthsint/tenthsint.ht

Dates/Messages/Requests:

Thank you for continuing to support your child and helping to prepare them for their Show and Tell slot. This week, Year 3 have continued to see some exciting objects and they have also listened carefully to information that their peers have presented. Together, Redwood are learning lots of new things, aiding their learning within the classroom.

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary. Please see the newsletter for further details:

  • Monday 13th to Friday 17th February, school closed for the half-term holiday.
  • Monday 20th February, St Luke’s Big Write Day with a Prize-giving assembly at 2:45 – parents welcome.
  • Thursday 23rd to Tuesday 28th February, Book Fair at St Luke’s
  • Friday 24th February at 2:45, Gold Book/Class Sharing Assembly. It is Year 3 and 4’s chance to share, so please come along to see what your child has been getting up to.
  • Tuesday 21st February, Recycling Workshop for year 3. Redwood will need clean and empty milk or juice bottles with handles in order to get creative during the session. If you have any spare, please could you bring them in by the morning of Tuesday 21st February. We will be grateful for any contributions.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • formed arguments for and against football being played in the playground at playtime to prepare for a group debate;
  • continued to use persuasive language;
  • participated in a group read and discussion of a newspaper report;
  • wrote a description of their very own Interfaith and Harmony symbol;
  • explored newspaper reports through both their Writing and Guided Reading sessions;
  • started to revise using powerful verbs and started to spell past tense words following spelling rules -ed;
  • used the rule for using ‘a’ or ‘an’ before a word.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to revise using powerful verbs and continue to spell past tense words following spelling rules -ed;
  • role-play and hot-seat to explore ideas for their writing and record notes for report writing;
  • write a newspaper recount about a day in the life of someone during the Roman invasion of Britain.

Key vocabulary: note, powerful verb, order, report, non-fiction, main clause, subordinate clause, conjunction, viewpoint, past tense

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to investigate the concept of tenths;
  • counted forwards and backwards in tenths through whole numbers;
  • identified and found 1/10 of an object by dividing it into 10 equal parts;
  • solved problems related to fractions.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to identify and find 1/10 of an object  by dividing it into 10 equal parts;
  • identify non-unit fraction tenths of objects and amounts;
  • find the complement of tenths to make a whole;
  • find the complement of a fraction other than tenths to make one, using the same denominators;
  • find ½, ¼ and of objects.

Key vocabulary: estimate, record, days, month, year, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, hand, interval, fraction, equal, divide, numerator, denominator, whole number

Any other curriculum information

Last week in Science, Year 3 started to explain how fossils are formed. This week, Year 3 will continue to explain how fossils are formed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/

Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints

Last week, in History Year 3 listened to a text that explored the development of Cambridge as a University city and the things it is famous for, and continued their very own timeline of Cambridge. This week, Year 3 will continue their very own timeline of Cambridge, exploring evidence from the past.

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present, evidence, artefact, map

Last week in Art, Year 3:

  • started to sketch out small sections of the school building using view finders;
  • made colour notes from the buildings they observed;
  • created their very own symbol that reflected different religions they have learned about so far in RE as part of St Luke’s Interfaith and Harmony week.

This week, Year 3 will explore pattern and experiment with surface texture.

Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape, colour, pattern texture

Last week in RE, Year 3:

  • continued learning about who founded Judaism and where;
  • thought about what symbols represent and what symbols are important within different religions as part of St Luke’s Interfaith and Harmony week.

Key vocabulary: Judaism, faith, founded, covenant, Israel, Abraham, God, Jewish, Jew, religion.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview. The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task related to fractions.  This task will ask your child to recognise or draw tenths.  This should help them to revisit their learning over the past week.  Redwood will also take home a times table puzzle to solve using their knowledge of the latest times table that they have been learning.

For Literacy, Redwood have been asked to write a report about an event that has happened over the weekend using their current understanding of how to write a newspaper report. Once homework has been collected in on Thursday, each child will have the opportunity to share their newspaper report with their peers. As a class we will use the reports to discuss the key features of a report, successes from each child’s work, and ways we could improve each report. Every child in Redwood has also taken home a shield where they have been asked to find pictures, draw pictures and/or write about four things that they are good at. They will be able to discuss their own shield with peers in their next PSHE session.

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/

http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/New_Snakes_%20Ladders/Articles.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/tenthsint/tenthsint.htm

Dates/Messages/Requests

It was lovely to see many of you at the Parent Consultations last week. Thank you for sparing your time to hear about your child’s efforts and successes over the year so far. I hope that you have a better understanding of where your child is in their learning, where they are aiming towards, and any further support you can offer at home. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

The items that Year 3 have bought in to present to their peers and/or information that they have discussed about the history of Cambridge or rocks have been fantastic! Thank you for supporting your child and preparing them for their slot. Just a polite reminder to please try and look at the rota for Show and Tell slots over the next few weeks, as some children have not been prepared despite being reminded or they have forgotten their items.

Below I have listed a couple of dates for your diary. Please see the newsletter for further details.

The PTA cake sale is running on Thursday 9th February from 3:15. Make sure you and your child bring some change.

The school will be closed from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February for half term. It’s come around so quickly!

On Monday 20th February it is St Luke’s Big Write Day with prize-giving assembly at 2:45 that parents/carers are welcome to attend.

From Thursday 24th February to Tuesday 29th February the Book Fair will be at St Luke’s whereby you and your child will have the opportunity to browse and order some brilliant books.

On Tuesday 21st February, Year 3 will be participating in a Recycling Workshop. Redwood will need clean and empty milk or juice bottles with handles in order to get creative during the session. If you have any spare milk or juice bottles with handles, please could you bring them in. Your contributions would be much appreciated.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy

Last week. Year 3:

  • found information from non-fiction texts and recorded information in note form;
  • started to write a non-fiction report, extending their sentences using conjunctions
  • reviewed and made improvements to their writing;
  • started to discuss different views and perspectives on an issue in order to use persuasive language
  • were inspired by their Maths Week book ‘How big is a million?’ by Anna Milbourne and created their very own big questions – find out more about the book by following this link https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2501/how-big-is-a-million

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to use persuasive language;
  • participate in a group read and discussion about a natural disaster;
  • revise using powerful verbs;
  • spell past tense words following spelling rules for adding –ed.

Key vocabulary: note, powerful verb, order, report, non-fiction, main clause, subordinate clause, conjunction, viewpoint, past tense

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to calculate durations of events when given start and end times;
  • compared the duration of different events in minutes;
  • explored and discussed what they knew about fractions already using a variety of practical resources and Maths dictionaries to support their understanding;
  • started to investigate the concept of tenths reviewing the understanding of numerator and denominator;
  • participated in a problem-solving activity for Maths Week which asked children to rearrange a mixed up clock face;
  • were inspired by their Maths Week book to draw 1000 stars using arrays.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to investigate the concept of tenths;
  • count forwards and backwards in tenths through whole numbers;
  • identify and find 1/10 of an object by dividing it into 10 equal parts.

Key vocabulary: estimate, record, days, month, year, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, hand, interval, fraction, equal, divide, numerator, denominator, whole number

Any other curriculum

Last week in Science, Year 3 grouped rocks based on their properties. This week, Year 3 will begin to explain how fossils are formed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rocks_soils/read/1/

Key vocabulary: fossil, sedimentary, fossilisation, animals, bones, chemical fossils, change, body fossils, trace fossils, layers, pressure, coprolite, trackways, footprints

Last week, in History Year 3 began their very own timeline of Cambridge, from its very beginnings as a convenient place to cross the River Cam. This week, Year 3 will continue their very own timeline of Cambridge.

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, past, present

Last week in Art, Year 3:

  • thought about the texture of materials;
  • explored the school building from the outside and identify its key features, using viewfinders to look at specific parts;
  • estimated how many bricks were used to build the school building.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • start to sketch out small sections of the school building in detail;
  • draw a symbol or logo that reflects the different faiths they have learned about so far in RE as part of St. Luke’s Interfaith Week.

Key vocabulary: feature, material, pattern, design, sketch, detail, outline, line, style, shape

Last week in RE, Year 3 started learning about who founded Judaism and where.

Key vocabulary: Judaism, faith, founded, covenant, Israel, Abraham, God, Jewish, Jew, religion.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview. The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task related to time.  This task will ask your child to work out start times, end times and elapsed times.  The times your child will be working with will range from o’clock times to the nearest 5 minutes.  Redwood will also take home a Chinese New Year times table activity where they will recap past times tables learned in order to reveal one of the twelve zodiac animals.

For Literacy, Redwood will be given an activity about conjunctions (a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause). This should further develop their understanding of what they have learned in Literacy over the past week. Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Last week I introduced the Home Learning Project for our History topic this term. The due date for this topic is Wednesday 22nd February, giving your child plenty of time to complete their project. Their task is to use a cardboard box (e.g. shoe box) to design and create their local surroundings. They can be as creative as they like. Your child could have a go at constructing a model similar to the home they live in, their garden, the road they live on, a relative’s home, their local park or even a building in take a tour of the mini Cambridge they have created.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/conjunction.html

http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fraction-matcher/latest/fraction-matcher_en.html

Dates/Messages/Requests

The theme for Show and Tell slots over the next couple of weeks has changed slightly. This change was inspired by Redwood class as they have all been very keen to share what they know about rocks during our Science lessons. As a result, your child is welcome to share something about Cambridge or rocks, both related to our learning within the classroom. The rota for Show and Tell slots starting on Monday 30th January is now on the Year 3 door. Please take a look with your child so that they can make sure they are prepared.

Just a polite reminder that Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February are the dates for Parent Consultations. If you have booked a consultation, please look at the list of times allocated on the Year 3 door. You will also receive a letter informing you of the date and time of your slot.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • followed their explanation from last week to create their very own class version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’;
  • continued to explore a non-chronological report in great detail during Guided Reading;
  • discussed and identified examples of report writing features;
  • recognised word classes and clauses;
  • discussed vocabulary use and used the present tense and third person;
  • added suffixes to verbs using spelling rules.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • find information and record it in note form;
  • begin to write a non-fiction report, extending their sentences using conjunctions;
  • review and improve their writing;
  • discuss different views and perspectives on an issue;
  • start to use persuasive language.

Key vocabulary: report, note, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, heading, subheading, tense, connective, adverb, preposition, suffix, clause, word class, non-fiction, main clause, subordinate clause, conjunction, viewpoint

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to tell the time using the 24 hour clock to half hours, quarter hours, the nearest 5 minutes, or to the nearest minute;
  • learned to understand, estimate and record time in seconds and then minutes;
  • revisited their comprehension of the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in a month, year and leap year;
  • started to calculate durations of events when given start and end times.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to calculate durations of events when given start and end times;
  • compare the duration of different events in minutes;
  • investigate the concept of tenths reviewing the understanding of numerator and denominator;
  • count forwards and backwards in tenths through whole numbers;
  • identify and find 1/10 of an object by dividing it into 10 equal parts.

Key vocabulary: estimate, record, days, month, year, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, hand, interval, fraction, equal, divide, numerator, denominator, whole number

Any other curriculum information

Last week in Science, Year 3 compared different kinds of rocks based on their appearance in the context of understanding the difference between natural and man-made rocks.  This week, Year 3 will group rocks based on their properties.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/rock_soils/read/1/

Year 3 finished their unit on exploring foods all around globe as they responsibly used a search engine to help them research a type of fruit or vegetable. They found out where the food was grown, how it was grown, and what the climate, soil and environment was like where such good was grown.

Last week, in History Year 3 started their very own local History study, starting off with Redwood sharing what they know about the University City of Cambridge as it is today.  This week, Year 3 will begin their very own timeline of Cambridge, from its very beginnings as a convenient place to cross the River Cam.

Last week in Art, Year 3 thought about what they already know about local buildings, focussing on what materials they are made from, their features, and any designs they have noticed.  This week, Year 3 will think about the texture of materials, and will explore the school building from the outside and identify its key features, using viewfinders to look at specific parts.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.  The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, holy trinity, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, rocks, group, properties, permeable, impermeable, hard, soft, durable, buoyancy, split, texture, feature, material, pattern, design

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task related to time. One task will ask your child to use the digital gift shop opening and closing times to answer word problems. These times will range from o’clock times to the nearest 5 minutes. They can draw digital times onto analogue clock faces if it helps them to count the duration of time. Redwood will also take home a times table activity related to the most recent times table they are learning. They are regularly doing speed tests in class to assess whether they are fluent enough with a specific times table before moving onto the next one.

For Literacy, Redwood will be given an activity about Non-Chronological Report texts. This should further develop their understanding of what they have learned in Literacy over the past week. There are 5 activities to complete and every child should start from activity 1. Your child should decide for themselves whether they are capable of completing the next activity or whether they would at least like to have a go at the next activity. Year 3 will also have an additional reading comprehension activity related to our Literacy learning to ensure that they are developing their comprehension skills at home as well as in school.

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words.

Just a polite reminder that homework should be completed and handed in every Thursday. At least one piece of homework should be completed from both Literacy and Maths, this is aside from your child learning their spellings and times tables.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www2.smarttutor.com/player/swf/Vocab_PrefixSuffix_L3_V1_T3a.swf

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/non_fiction

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/first-second-and-third-person/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#  –  There are many time-related games that can be found using this link.

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Time-Calculations-Game-Level-2-Less-than-an-hour-duration-but-across-the-hour-478   –   Your child can use this to calculate intervals of time.

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/   –   Ask your child to time themselves completing an activity and record the times.  Can they challenge themselves to complete them faster?

Dates/Messages/Requests

For our local History study of Cambridge, Year 3 would be very grateful for any resources you may have at home that provide insight into what Cambridge was like in the past. This could be in the form of pictures, local newspapers reports or anything that you think will tell a story about Cambridge at some point in History. Thank you in advance.

As you may be aware, your child is able to bring something in for Show and Tell if it is their dedicated day to share. Please ensure that your child does not bring anything of great meaning or value to them into school if it is not their day to share.

Starting from the 30th of January, there will be a rota for Show and Tell on the Year 3 door which will be up from the 27th of January. Two children each day of the week will have the opportunity to speak aloud in front of their classmates. Your child will also be informed of when it is their Show and Tell slot. The theme for their Show and Tell will be ‘What I know about Cambridge’. They can bring in items related to the history of Cambridge or tell an interesting fact that they have found out about Cambridge. It may even be a memory they have about being in Cambridge. I will focus on observing their speaking and listening skills throughout each Show and Tell slot.

Monday 23rd January is the start of St Luke’s Maths week. Parents are welcome to attend the Maths assembly on Friday 27th January to celebrate each year group’s Mathematical achievements.

 

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • Looked at a recount text and identified verbs, connectives, conjunctions, adverbs, and prepositions;
  • recognised past tense verbs;
  • continued to think about and use the 3rd person when writing;
  • discussed and recorded ideas on how a programme works in groups;
  • drew diagrams to explain a programme;
  • wrote explanations under subheadings and a summary;
  • wrote a set of instructions to make a shadow puppet that was used in their Science experiment;
  • focussed on taking care in their handwriting;
  • explored a non-chronological report in great detail during Guided Reading.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • follow their explanation from last week to create their very own class version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’;
  • continue to explore a non-chronological report in great detail during Guided Reading;
  • discuss and identify examples of report writing features;
  • recognise word classes and clauses;
  • discuss vocabulary use and use present tense and third person;
  • add suffixes to verbs using spelling rules.

Key vocabulary: report, note, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, heading, subheading, tense, connective, adverb, preposition, suffix, clause, word class, non-fiction, formal

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • developed an understanding of the relationship between a digital and an analogue clock;
  • investigated how Roman numerals are used on clocks;
  • some children identified patterns when recording Roman numerals on a hundred square;
  • investigated the difference between the 12 and 24 hour clock;
  • learned to tell the time using a 24 hour clock to half hours, quarter hours, the nearest 5 minutes, or to the nearest minute.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to tell the time using the 24 hour clock to half hours, quarter hours, the nearest 5 minutes, or to the nearest minute;
  • learn to understand, estimate and record time in seconds and then minutes;
  • revisit their comprehension of the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in a month, year and leap year;
  • begin to calculate durations of events when given start and end times.

Key vocabulary: estimate, record, days, month, year, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, hand, interval, numeral, o’clock, half past, quarter to, quarter past, etc.

Any other curriculum information

In Science, Year 3 have:

  • investigated which objects are opaque, translucent and transparent in order to help them create shadows;
  • set up their own experiments to find out how to change the size of shadows;
  • concluded their learning about light by creating shadow puppets that they then had the opportunity to perform with.

In Science, Year 3 will compare different kinds of rocks based on their appearance in the context of understanding the difference between natural and man-made rocks.

Last week, in Geography Year 3 continued to look at how food travels around the world to conclude their topic.

This week, in History Year 3 will begin their very own local History study, starting off with Redwood sharing what they know about the University City of Cambridge as it is today.

In Art, Year 3:

  • created their own plaits as a physical representation of the Holy Trinity, showing how 3 parts come together to make one;
  • read about the Holy Trinity to further their understanding and then answered questions about it;
  • made Holy Trinity mobiles as part of Trinity week.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Curriculum Information.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: city, location, environment, holy trinity, rocks, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, form, formation, volcano, sea, seabed, changes, compare, types, natural, man-made, strata, anthropic

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have two tasks related to time. One task will ask your child to fill in 12 hour digital times, 24 hour digital times and times in words. They will have to use their understanding of each representation of time to help them fill in the gaps. This task will range from o’clock times to the nearest five minutes. Redwood will also take home some word problems related to time. Year 3 will also take home a time table activity.

For Literacy, Redwood will be given an activity about tenses and some children will also be asked to think about 1st and 3rd person. This should further develop their understanding of what they have learned in Literacy the past week. They will be asked to change present tense verbs to their past tense form and some children will be asked to change the writing from 3rd person to 1st person.

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Your child will now take their homework home with them in a Homework folder. Their Homework book will be inside this and it can be used to add any additional work they do at home in relation to what we are learning about within the classroom. It can also be used for working things out. Please date any work completed inside it.

Year 3 have taken home Reading Records this week. You can use this as a way of recording how your child has read and it will also be used to keep a record of the books they are taking home to read for pleasure.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english/en32tens/game/en32tens-game-tenses-treasure-hunt/game.swf

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/verbs/htm

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/first-second-and-third-person/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#     –     There are many more games that can be found using this link

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

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Thank you to those of you who made it to watch Year 3 share some of their brilliant Winter poetry in the Gold Book/Sharing Assembly last Friday.
  • On the afternoon of Thursday 19th January the Dick Whittington pantomime is visiting St Luke’s school.
  • The weather as usual is very unpredictable. As of late, it has been extremely cold. Please ensure that your child brings a coat with them to school in the morning, along with a scarf, hat and gloves if they own them.
  • For our local History study of Cambridge, Year 3 would be very grateful for any resources you may have at home that provide insight into what Cambridge was like in the past. This could be in the form of pictures, local newspapers reports or anything that you think will tell a story about Cambridge at some point in History. Thank you in advance.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • thought about how writing can be in the 1st or 3rd person;
  • discussed the past, present and future tense;
  • compared and contrasted explanations with instructions;
  • explained what happens in two TV shows using their knowledge of the 3rd person;
  • looked closely at two TV shows in order to form opinions about them;
  • explained the structure of a TV show that they have created in a group.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • identify verbs, recognise past tense and identify connectives, conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions;
  • discuss and record ideas on how a programme works;
  • draw a diagram to explain a programme;
  • write explanations under subheadings and a summary;
  • write a set of instructions to make a shadow puppet.

Key vocabulary: instruction, explanation, command, imperative verb, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, opinion, heading, subheading, summary, conclusion, diagram, tense, connective, adverb, preposition

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • learned to tell the time on an analogue clock to the nearest five minutes using the terms am and pm;
  • learned to tell the time on an analogue digital clock to the nearest minute using the terms am and pm.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • understand the relationship between a digital and an analogue clock;
  • investigate how Roman numerals are used on clocks;
  • investigate the difference between the 12 and 24 hour clock;
  • tell the time using a 24 hour clock.

Key vocabulary: time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, hand, interval, numeral, o’clock, half past, quarter to, quarter past, etc.

Any other curriculum information

In Science, Year 3 have:

  • investigated which objects are opaque, translucent and transparent in order to help them create shadows;
  • set up their own experiments to find out how to change the size of shadows;
  • concluded their learning about light by creating shadow puppets that they then had the opportunity to perform with.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

In Geography, Year 3 will continue to look at how food travels around the world to conclude their topic.

In Art, Year 3 will be making Holy Trinity mobiles as part of Trinity week.

Further information can be found on the Spring Term Parent Overview.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, Holy Trinity, light, energy, beam, ray, travel, straight, opaque, translucent, transparent, block, shadow, observe, pattern, size, distance, change

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one/two tasks related to time.  One task will ask your child to write digital and analogue times for written times. This task will range from o’clock times to the nearest five minutes.  Some children will also take home some word problems related to time and they will have the opportunity to write their very own work problem about time.

For Literacy, Redwood will be given an activity about tenses. They will write words or sentences using either past, present, or future tense, depending on what has been asked of them. Some children will also be asked to think about whether their sentences are in the 1st or 3rd person.

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english/en32tens/game/en32tens-game-tenses-treasre-hunt/game.swf

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/verbs/htm

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/first-second-and-third-person/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#     –     There are many more games that can be found using this link

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

Dates/Messages/Requests

I hope that you have all had the most wonderful Christmas and wish you all a happy new year! Year 3 have certainly got lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead.

Don’t forget the PTA movie night on Friday 13th January. See the school newsletter for more information.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • performed and presented a set of instructions to an audience;
  • explained the steps undertaken after performing and presenting a set of instructions to an audience;
  • practised speaking audibly and fluently in front of an audience;
  • participated in a performance as Year 3 and Year 4 continued their Nativity rehearsals;
  • learned how to gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue their Non-Fiction unit on Instruction and Explanation texts, focusing on comparing instructions and explanations
  • further develop their skills of spoken language as they continue to rehearse for their Nativity

Key vocabulary: instruction, explanation, command, imperative verb, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, opinion, volume, pitch, pace, project, attention

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • explored and showed what they already knew about time through discussions about time;
  • created drawings of various times (analogue and digital);
  • thought about objects that tell the time;
  • wrote key vocabulary they already knew and have used related to time;
  • discussed things they often say about time in school and outside school (e.g. “Lunch is at quarter past 12.”);
  • made different times on clocks and described how they knew what time they were presenting;
  • thought about specific times in the school day.

This week, Year 3 will continue the unit on Time and Data.

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equal, near, boundary, multiple, total, reason explain, solution, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, bar, axis, scale

Any other curriculum information

Year 3 have been very excited every morning upon opening up the class advent calendar window. They have listened to some very meaningful messages so far about what children believe are the most special things to them at Christmas time. Decorating the Christmas tree, spending time with family and friends and giving people gifts are just a few messages Redwood have come across so far. Year 3 are looking forward to hearing lots more lovely messages in the lead up to Christmas.

In Art, Year 3 have been busy creating Christmas decorations and props for their Nativity play.

In Music, Year 3 have:

  • been learning more notes on their recorders;
  • learned how to play some simple tunes on their recorders;
  • practised singing lots of their Nativity songs ready for their Nativity performance and the Christmas Service.

In Science, Year 3 have continued their learning about light, with a focus on mirrors as reflectors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

In RE, Year 3 have furthered their understanding of the events that happen throughout the festival of Diwali:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z3hb4j6

This week, Year 3 will continue their learning around the topics and activities aforementioned.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience, Religion, Hinduism, Hindu, India, Indus River, founder, beliefs, fusion, Asia, traditions

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have two tasks (2-sided) related to the times tables they are learning. One task will ask your child to count up by the number of the times table they are learning and to match multiplication calculations to their answers. The second task will ask your child to use their knowledge of the new times table they are learning to fill in gaps on a 100 square. Encourage your child to look for any patterns they may see.

These activities are really helping your child remember the times table they are learning. Although there is a lot of repetition in what is being asked of them, the aim is for your child to be confident with each time table, so that they can remember them and recite them fluently.

Your child will take home a word list this week as well as a set of spellings to practise over the week. More information about the word list can be found on the covering letter of your child’s homework. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing.

Every child in Redwood will also take home an Instruction text that they need to read carefully in order to answer questions about it.

If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know. I understand that Year 3 are still busy learning their lines and song lyrics for the Nativity; however, I would at least like them to have a go at each homework activity to aid their learning within the classroom further.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/instructions/read/1/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/instructions

http://www.what2learn.com/time-connective-challenge/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time# – There are many more games that can be found using this link.

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • The Year 3/4 Nativity will be taking place on Thursday 15th December at 6pm. The children have worked extremely hard to put on what will be a fantastic performance. I hope that you can come and us to celebrate what they have achieved.
  • Year 3 Reports will be given out on Wednesday 14th December. This will provide you with information in regards to your child’s attainment so far this year in Reading, Writing and Maths. You will also find out key areas that your child has achieved throughout the autumn term alongside targets for Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.
  • Pupils’ Christmas lunch will be taking place on Friday 16th December.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued their non-fiction unit on instruction and explanation texts;
  • revised and shown their understanding in areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling so far this term;
  • practised speaking audibly and fluently in front of an audience;
  • participated in a performance as Year 3 and Year 4 have started their Nativity rehearsals;
  • learned how to gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue their non-fiction unit on instruction and explanation texts;
  • further develop their skills of spoken language as they continue to rehearse for their Nativity.

Key vocabulary: instruction, explanation, command, imperative verb, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, opinion, volume, pitch, pace, project, attention

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued their Maths unit on time and data;
  • revised and shown their understanding of multiplication and division and properties of shape so far this term;
  • continued to use number talk and problem solving activities.

This week, Year 3 will continue their Maths unit on time and data.

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equal, near, boundary, multiple, total, reason explain, solution, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, bar, axis, scale

Any other curriculum

In the lead up to the 1st of December, Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed creating their very own Class Advent Calendar. To create the windows for the calendar, Redwood beautifully coloured in pictures from the Nativity story and a number from 1-25. After this, they thought very carefully about something that makes Christmas time special to them. This thought was then written neatly to go underneath their window. Every day leading up to Christmas, as a class, we will lift up each window to reveal a lovely message.

In Art, Year 3 have been busy creating props for our Nativity play.

In Music, Year 3 have been learning:

  • more notes on their recorders
  • how to play some simple tunes on their recorders

In Science, Year 3 have continued their learning about light, with a focus on mirrors as reflectors:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light/html

In RE, Year 3 have furthered their understanding of the events that happen throughout the festival of Diwali:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z3hb4j6

This week, Year 3 will continue their learning around the aforementioned topics and activities.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience, Religion, Hinduism, Hindu, India, Indus River, founder, beliefs, fusion, Asia, traditions

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have two tasks (2-sided) related to the times tables they are learning. One task will be a counting activity and the second task will ask them to think about multiplication and division as inverse operations.

Your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Additionally, Redwood will take home a Nativity Programme Art Competition Slip to be handed in by Wednesday 9th December 2016.

More information in regards to homework is on the covering letter your child has taken home.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/instructions/read/1/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/instructions

http://www.what2learn.com/time-connective-challenge/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#   –  there are many more games that can be found using this link

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Inverse-Relationships-Multiplication-and-Division-593

Dates/Messages/Requests

The Year 3/4 Nativity will be taking place on Thursday 15th December at 6.00pm, with a dress rehearsal on Wednesday 14th December. We are already busy finding and making costumes and props; however, we would really appreciate some help! Below is a list of items that we do not yet have and we would be very grateful to anyone that could lend them to Year 3/4 for our Nativity play. We will need these props by Wednesday 9th December. There may be a few more kind requests as the Nativity draws closer:

  • Battery-operated string lights
  • A plain white double duvet cover – unfortunately, this would not be returned in the same state, as it will become the backdrop to the Nativity!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • read and identified features of an instruction text;
  • identified and used imperative (bossy) verbs, e.g ‘put’;
  • recognised and used time connectives;
  • built their understanding of 1st and 3rd person;
  • started to look at explanation texts;
  • answered questions about a text that they had read carefully.

This week, Year 3:

  • will continue their Non-Fiction unit on Instruction and Explanation texts.

Key vocabulary: instruction, explanation, command, imperative verb, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, opinion

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • practised subtracting numbers on either side of 100 by counting up;
  • revised telling the time past the hour (to 5 mins) on both analogue and digital clocks;
  • identified equivalent analogue and digital times, using am and pm;
  • continued to use number talk and problem solving activities;
  • revised and shown their understanding of Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction thus far.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • continue their Maths unit on time, timing events in seconds and recording times on a bar chart
  • revise and show their understanding of Multiplication and Division and Properties of Shape so far this term
  • continue to use number talk and problem solving activities

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equal, near, boundary, multiple, total, reason explain, solution, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, bar, axis, scale

Any other curriculum information

In Art:

  • Year 3 have continued to create Harvest moons to develop their skills in creating textural effects;
  • many children have sketched fruit that they observed and asked questions about where it comes from, making links to our Geography topic (Where does our lunch come from?)

In Music, Year 3 have

  • enjoyed making lots of noise as they have started learning to play recorders (if they didn’t know how to already).

In Science, Year 3 have:

  • used their findings from their Science investigation two weeks ago to think about how they would design their very own book bag with a reflective strip.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

In RE, Year 3 have:

  • continued to think about the location of where Hinduism was founded;
  • gained a greater understanding of how Hinduism was founded;
  • asked questions about what they would like to find out during this RE topic;
  • thought about why Diwali is celebrated by revisiting the story of Rama and Sita.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z3hb4j6

Year 3 have been very enthusiastic and excited this week as they have been introduced to the Nativity play that both Year 3 and 4 children will be performing for parents on Thursday 15th December. They have been listening extremely well to all of the songs that they will be singing and they have used their lovely singing voices to practise singing them. It’s sounding brilliant!

Some children were also tremendously brave and auditioned for a main part within the Nativity performance. It was tough to decide on who would play each part; however, after lots of deliberation, children are now aware of the roles that they have been allocated. They have started putting their drama skills to work. Even if children didn’t audition, they will most certainly have an important role to play. Your child will have their own copy of the song list and a script to enable them to practise at home.

Over the next few weeks, Year 3 and 4 will be developing their skills in Music and Speaking and Listening in order to put on, what we are sure will be, a fantastic performance! Year 3 will also help to create many of the props, back-drops and costumes for their Nativity, along with staff and many other helping hands from other year groups.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience, Religion, Hinduism, Hindu, India, Indus River, founder, beliefs, fusion, Asia, traditions

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task with a focus on subtracting numbers on either side of 100 by counting up.  Here, they will be finding the difference between two numbers using an empty number line to help them.  They must also write the calculations they complete in order to find the answers.  Each child in Redwood will also receive two tasks related to the times tables they are learning.  Every child has been given an additional times table to learn.

The Literacy homework should allow your child to continue to build their understanding of how to write instructions. Your child needs to arrange the instructions that have been muddled up, writing them up in the correct order using a suitable layout.

Lastly, your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/instructions/read/1/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/instructions

http://www.what2learn.com/time-connective-challenge/

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#   –   there are many more games that can be found using this link

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Don’t forget the PTA Christmas Fair on Friday 2nd December starting at 3.30pm. Please see the School Newsletter for further information.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • listened to Miss Cooper’s poem about anti-bullying and created their own favourite lines following the same structure, including a variety of adjectives, conjunctions, verbs and adverbs ending in –ly;
  • continued using story maps to write new myths, identifying 5 key parts in their myths;
  • used paragraphs to write each part of their myth (beginning, build-up, problem, resolution and ending);
  • edited and improved their myths by assessing their own work;
  • performed and read their completed myths to an audience.

During Guided Reading, Year 3 have written brilliant descriptions about superheroes that they have created to stop bullying. Redwood have also used bullying scenarios to write their very own short stories to send out the anti-bullying message.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • read and identify features of an instruction text;
  • identify and use imperative (bossy) verbs;
  • recognise and use time connectives;
  • read an explanation text;
  • compare and contrast instructional and explanatory texts;
  • build their understanding of 1st and 3rd person.

Key vocabulary: instruction, explanation, command, imperative verb, time connective, compare, contrast, powerful verb, order, 1st person, 3rd person, opinion

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • continued to add and subtract near multiples of 10 to 2/3-digit numbers using number lines or Dienes blocks to support their understanding;
  • identified pairs of 2-digit numbers totalling 100, using their number bonds to 10 to help them;
  • started subtracting numbers on either side of 100 by counting up;
  • used Number Talk activities to build reasoning skills e.g. What do you know about the number 57?
  • participated in a problem solving activity requiring them to use their understanding of subtraction.

This week, Year 3 will:

  • practise subtracting numbers on either side of 100 by counting up
  • revise telling the time past the hour (to 5 mins) on both analogue and digital clocks;
  • identify equivalent analogue and digital times, using am and pm;
  • time events in seconds and record on a bar chart;
  • continue to use number talk and problem solving activities .

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equal, near, boundary, multiple, total, reason explain, solution, time, analogue, digital, am, pm, equivalent, second, minute, hour, bar, axis, scale

Any other curriculum information

Your child has participated in many anti-bullying activities throughout this past week.  Children who were noticed being exceptionally thoughtful, helpful, kind and caring received Good Friend Certificates!  Visit the links below to find out more about the focus of anti-bullying week this year:

http://www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2016/

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

In Science, Year 3:

  • discussed the term ‘reflection’, explaining what it means;
  • identified reflective objects e.g. coats, road signs, Cats Eyes road reflectors;
  • investigated materials to find out which ones were the most reflective;
  • thought about the most reflective material and how this could be used as a reflective strip on a book bag.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

In RE, Year 3:

  • revisited previous learning about Hinduism, thinking about the story of Rama and Sita and the festival of Diwali;
  • located where Hinduism was founded using a world map;
  • started to explain how Hinduism was founded.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z3hb4j6

Year 3 were getting into the Christmas spirit towards the end of last week as they created tree-themed Christmas tree decorations for the Christmas Tree Festival. Both Year 3 and Year 5 will be taking all of the wonderful Christmas tree decorations to St Giles’ Church this Friday 25th November.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience, Religion, Hinduism, Hindu, India, Indus River, founder, beliefs, fusion, Asia, traditions

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task with a focus on finding the number-bond of a two-digit number to 100.  Each child in Redwood will also receive two tasks related to the times tables they are currently focussing on.

The Literacy homework should allow your child to continue to build their understanding of word order. Your child needs to read the words in jumbled up sentences and arrange them in an order that makes sense.

Lastly, your child will take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings a few times throughout the week to make sure they are familiar with these words. Sparing just 5-10 minutes during the school evening to practise them will really help your child. I also encourage you to help your child identify the meaning of their spellings so that they know when to use them independently in their writing. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

https://www.gamestolearnenglish.com/falling-clouds/

http://worksheetsplus.com/WordOrderScramSen.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/language_structure

http://www.conkermaths.org/cmweb.nsf/products/numberbondpairs.html

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/113/add_and_subtract_on_a_number_line

http://www.snappymaths.com/addition/make100/interactive/make100attack.htm   –   There are many more games that can be found using this link

Dates/Messages/Requests

A huge thank you to those of you who joined St Luke’s during Gold Book/Class Sharing Assembly on Friday 18th November. It was great to see both Year 3 and Year 4 parents/carers celebrating just a snippet of what both year groups have been getting up to throughout the week.

Some parents/carers may already be aware that St Luke’s do not wish to have football cards being bought into school. Those children who have been seen with these cards have had their cards confiscated and their parents have been given the cards at the end of the school day. Please ensure that your child does not bring any football cards into school with them.

Year 3 and Year 4 are beginning to practise for their Nativity play. Your child may have opted to audition for a large role in the play. If this is the case, they will have taken some lines, from the character they wish to play, home with them this weekend. Auditions will be held at the beginning of next week.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • finished creating character profiles of Roman gods and goddesses (using laptops to find facts)
  • acted out a scenario from a myth to support writing punctuated speech
  • discussed plans for a new myth
  • used story maps to write new myths
  • started to proof-read and evaluate new myths
  • performed and read the start of new myths to an audience

This week, Year 3 will:

  • write a poem related to anti-bullying in order to continue developing their understanding of conjunctions and adverbs ending in -ly
  • continue to use story maps to write new myths
  • perform and read their finished new myths to an audience
  • write a short class story about anti-bullying

Key vocabulary: word family, noun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, poetry, myths, feelings, beginning, introduction ,build-up, climax, problem, resolution, ending, gods, goddesses, characters, expression, dialogue, speech, inverted commas, viewpoint, time, place, cause

Maths

Last week, Year 3:

  • added and subtracted near multiples of 10 to 3-digit numbers
  • identified pairs of multiples of 5 totalling 100
  • started to identify pairs of 2-digit numbers totalling 100
  • continued to solve problems requiring children to use their knowledge of place value and addition skills

Next week, Year 3 will:

  • continue to add and subtract near multiples of 10 to 2/3-digit numbers using number lines or Diennes blocks to support their understanding
  • know pairs of 2-digit numbers totalling 100
  • subtract numbers on either side of 100 by counting up
  • start to use number talk activities to build reasoning skills
  • participate in a problem solving activity

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equal, near, boundary, multiple, total, reason explain, solution

Any other curriculum information

Your child will participate in many anti-bullying activities throughout Anti-bullying Week. Good Friend certificates will be given out to children being thoughtful, helpful, kind and caring throughout the week. Visit the links below to find out more:

http://www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2016/

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

In Science, Year 3 have:

  • continued to revisit previous knowledge of the term ‘light’
  • felt a variety of objects in feely bags in the dark, guessed what each object was from descriptions of objects felt and then saw them in the light
  • discussed how darkness is the absence of light and how we need light to see things
  • listened to ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket which provided a powerful message…without the dark there is no light and how the dark is a necessary part of life https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Lemony-Snicket/dp/1408330032

Linking with our Science topic, Year 3 discussed how objects such as the moon are not sources of light; they reflect light from the Sun. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/light/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/light/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

They then created their very own Harvest moons in Art where the developed their skills in creating texture by building layers. Children have also created their own poppy wreaths. Next week, Year 3 will begin sketching various items of food produced around the world.

In Geography, Year 3 have:

  • sorted food into food produced in the UK and food produced outside the UK
  • thought about why food is produced in different countries (climate, environment, cost and soil conditions)
  • thought of and recorded one question that they would like answered throughout the Geography topic

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, grow, farm, location, environment, conditions, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Your child will being home a set of spellings to practise over the week.

Homework:

For Maths, Year 3 will either have one task based on using their knowledge of place value (100s, 10s and 1s) to add two two-digit numbers or a task that asks them to identify the missing multiple of 5 to make 100. Each child in Redwood will also receive two tasks related to the times tables they are currently focussing on, one being a problem solving activity.

The Literacy homework should allow your child to continue to build their understanding of using inverted commas to punctuate speech. Your child needs to re-read The Story of Zeus from the previous homework and break it into sections (beginning, build-up, climax, resolution and ending) in order to draw it onto a comic strip. Your child should include speech bubbles for what characters could say and then write up the speech using inverted commas on the lines provided. Encourage your child to decode words, break words into syllables (home/work) and to read around words to help them read unfamiliar words. Asking your child questions about the text would also be a great opportunity for you to identify whether they comprehend the text.

If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.funenglishgames.com/grammargames/conjunction.html

http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/wheel/conjunctions_wheel.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/language_structure

http://www.conkermaths.org/cmweb.nsf/products/numberbondpairs.html

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/placevalue/interactive/to1000imm/to1000imm.htm

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/113/add_and_subtract_on_a_number_line

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • It was great to see many of you at the KS2 Maths Information Session on Monday 7th November. I hope that the evening provided you with a better understanding of what your child should currently be learning and the progression of learning expected throughout KS2. For those of you who did attend, it would be fantastic if you could use the activities and concepts discussed during the evening at home in order to support what your child is learning in the classroom. If you know parents/carers who were unable to attend, please share your new knowledge with them!
  • On Friday 18th November, St Luke’s is going spotty for Children in Need. See the school newsletter for more information.
  • During Gold Book/Class Sharing Assembly on Friday 18th November at 2.45pm, both Year 3 and 4 will be sharing something that they have been doing in class. Parents are welcome to attend, so please join us in what is great celebration of their efforts and successes.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3:

  • listened to and discussed the Roman myth, ‘A wild goose chase’
  • answered questions about the Roman myth
  • used speech marks when reading Roman myths
  • used conjunctions being to express time (when, while, until) and cause (as, so, because)
  • thought about the perspective of different characters
  • started creating character profiles of Roman god and goddesses

This week, Year 3 will:

  • finish creating character profiles of Roman god and goddesses
  • role play a scenario from a myth to support writing punctuated speech
  • discuss plans for a new myth
  • use story maps to write new myths
  • proof-read and evaluate new myths
  • perform and read their writing to an audience

Key vocabulary: myths, traditional stories, gods, goddesses, characters, empire, decedents, expression, dialogue, speech, inverted commas, adverbs, listen, discuss, viewpoint, conjunctions, time, place, cause, retell

Maths

Last week, Year 3 have:

  • created treasure maps and instructions to find the treasure during Big Maths Day
  • recognised the value of each digit in a 3-digit numbers
  • added 100s, 10s and 1s to 3-digit numbers
  • subtracted 100s, 10s and 1s to 3-digit numbers
  • added and subtracted near multiples of 10 to and from 2-digit number (e.g. 45 + 31 = 45 + 30 + 1 = 76 or 45 + 29 = 45 + 30 – 1 = 74)
  • solved problems using their knowledge of place value and addition skills

This week, Year 3 will:

  • add and subtract near multiples of 10 to 3-digit numbers
  • know pairs of multiples of 5 totalling 100
  • know pairs of 2-digit numbers totalling 100
  • continue to solve problems requiring children to use their knowledge of place value and addition skills

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, amount, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equals, near, boundary

Any other curriculum:

  • Redwood visited the Learning Bus last Friday and had a fantastic time learning all about the brain!
  • Year 3 learned about the Hindu festival Diwali, which many individuals are celebrating at this time of year. Redwood learned about how the festival of lights is celebrated and why it is celebrated. During this learning, they revisited their understanding of the text ‘Rama and Sita’, thinking about the victory of good over evil. This will be the focus of our RE sessions this term.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali-crafts

In Science, Year 3 have:

  • revisited previous knowledge of the term ‘light’
  • thought about what they would like to know about ‘light’
  • guessed what items were in a dark bag and used light to then identify each object
  • thought about what light sources are and sorted objects in terms of whether they are a light source or not
  • started searching for light sources in the classroom and around school

The following links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/light/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/light/play/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/light.html

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, location, famous, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework:

  • For Maths, Year 3 will have one task based on using their knowledge of place value (100s, 10s and 1s) to add and/or subtract 100s, 10s and 1s. Each child in Redwood will also receive two tasks related to the times tables they are currently focussing on.
  • The Literacy homework should allow your child to continue to build their understanding of conjunctions and their ability to use them to extend sentences. Redwood will also have a reading task related to their learning about myths. They need to read The Story of Zeus and then re-write the ending, using their understanding of the text and their imagination to think about what could have happened. Your child may require your support to read parts of this text and it would be great if you could read with them. Encourage your child to decode words, break words into syllables (home/work) and to read around words to help them read unfamiliar words. Asking your child questions about the text would also be a great opportunity for you to identify whether they comprehend the text.
  • Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.funenglishgames.com/grammargames/conjunction.html

http://www.eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/wheel/conjunctions_wheel.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/language_structure

http://www.hbschool.com/activity/numbers_to_1000/

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/placevalue/interactive/underlineddigit3d/underlineddigit3d.htm

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/placevalue/interactive/to1000imm/to1000imm.htm

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Thanks to those of you who made and/or bought in cakes for the cake sale last Thursday.
  • A huge thank you for all of the junk modelling materials that have been bought in!
  • Don’t forget the Maths Information Session from 6-6.30 on Monday 7th November. This is for Year 3/4/5/6 and will cover different aspects of the Maths curriculum throughout KS2. The evening will provide you with a greater understanding of what your child will be doing throughout these years and additional support you could provide at home.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3 were thrilled to be participating in lots of drama-related activities throughout their Literacy learning. Redwood threw themselves into the role of either Romulus or Remus and performed a short piece with lots of speech from the Romulus and Remus story. This helped stimulate children’s thinking as to why speech marks are used and the importance that they have. Later, they used their performances to write punctuated speech. Year 3 were also reminded to use other words than ‘said’ and to use adverbs to describe how speech was said, e.g. ‘Romulus shouted loudly’. This was further developed in the week where they turned adjectives into adverbs following the rules for adding the –ly suffix. They thoroughly enjoyed listening to Roman myths and are keen to hear more. In fact, they have listened very carefully and discussed Roman myths exceptionally well so far and it is great to hear their thoughts.

Luckily for Year 3, they will have the opportunity to listen to even more Roman myths this half term. These will continue to be from various points of view in order to provide more opportunities to see conjunctions being used to express time place and cause, in addition to speech marks and develop an understanding of Roman gods and goddesses. This learning aims to support them in using these skills to retell a Roman myth, create a character profile and record scenarios.

Key vocabulary: myths, traditional stories, gods, goddesses, characters, empire, decedents, expression, dialogue, speech, inverted commas, adverbs, listen, discuss, viewpoint, perspective, conjunctions, time, place, cause, retell

Maths

The focus of Redwood’s learning in Maths last week was number and place value. Year 3 continued to add and subtract 3-digit numbers using place value and recorded various calculations to show how they did this. However, they have also used this knowledge to add and subtract 1p, 10p and £1 (100p) to 3-digit amounts of money. First they needed to change a 3-digit number into what it would be as money. They then recorded number sentences to show the additions they had made (e.g. £3.41 + 10p = £3.51). Some children started to add different values to amounts of money.

This week, Year 3 will start a new unit which will focus on mental addition and subtraction rather than written methods. Year 3 will still be working on developing their knowledge of place value to support this area of learning. They will start by adding 100s, 10s and 1s, moving onto subtracting 100s, 10s and 1s. Here, they will focus on the digit that they are changing. Later, they will add and subtract near multiples of 10 to and from two-digit numbers (e.g. 45 + 31 = 45 + 30 + 1 = 76 or 45 + 29 = 45 + 30 – 1 = 74). Once secure with adding with 2-digit numbers, Redwood will add and subtract near multiples of 10 to 3-digit numbers.

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, 2-digit, 3-digit, place value, ones, tens, hundreds, column, equals, near

Any other curriculum information

Last week in History, Redwood had the opportunity to find the answers to the remaining questions they had about our Topic, ‘The Stone Age’. We discussed what we knew at the beginning of the topic, what we wanted to find out and what we found out and now know about the Stone Age period. We also celebrated all of the Art work that Year 3 have created throughout the Topic as we turned our classroom and corridor into a gallery. Redwood talked about things that had gone well when creating their masterpieces, as well as things that they would improve if they were to do it again. They also thought about what they would do in the future when they will have another opportunity to develop skills and use particular media.

This week, Year 3 will begin their first Geography topic, ‘Locating the world’s countries and cities’. Redwood will begin this topic by mapping places that they know around the world, perhaps places that they have visited themselves. Following on from our Science unit on ‘Keeping Healthy’, Year 3 will also think about the foods that may be well-known in particular countries and/or ones that they have tried.

To celebrate Black History Month, Year 3 first thought about their earliest memories. They then listened carefully to an extract from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography to compare his childhood to theirs. Later, in groups, Redwood acted out scenes from what they knew about his childhood. They used these scenes to help them write a diary entry as if they were Nelson Mandela as a child.

In Science Year 3 learned that skeletons are needed for support, protection and movement. They recognised the difference between invertebrates and vertebrates and grouped animals under these terms. They also created their very own skeleton puppets as they identified some of the bones in the human body. Additionally, Redwood successfully fulfilled their role as personal trainers as they had the opportunity to provide advice to their clients using the knowledge and evidence they had gained over the past few weeks. In the second half of the Autumn term, Year 3 will begin their next Science unit, ‘Light and Shadows. They will identify a range of light sources, begin to explain how dark is the absence of light and recognise that they need light to see things.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/light/read/1/

This week, in Computing they will begin to identify, collect and manipulate different types of data to present as information, showing a greater awareness of purpose and audience.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: light, dark, source, reflect, see, illuminate, map, country, city, travel, location, famous, identify, collect, manipulate, information, purpose, audience

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task based on practising times tables. They will also receive related times table tasks to complete.

The Literacy homework should allow your child to revisit the story of Romulus and Remus that has inspired our Literacy learning this week. They have been asked to find key words from the story in a Word search, which they can later use to write their own sentences. They will also have a copy of one of the Romulus and Remus texts read in class which they can use to support them in writing a diary entry as either one of the characters. This should provide an opportunity for them to use the first person, pronouns, paragraphs, feelings, time conjunctions and discuss events in their writing. Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Please see the covering letter of your child’s homework for further information.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/multiplication-and-division

http://www.ictgames.com/coinCalculator/index.html

https://nrich.maths.org/142

http://www.snappymaths.com/addsub/addsubp10/addsubp10.htm

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/irregular-past-tense-esl-grammar-jeopardy-quiz-game/

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english/en27pron/game/en27pron-game-personal-pronouns-treasure-hunt/treasure.swf

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-practice/adverbs

http://mrcrammond.com/games/literacy/dont_use_said.swf

Dates/Messages/Requests

Thank you to those of you who have already bought in junk modelling materials that are not going to use at home. Redwood really appreciate you bringing them into school. If you collect any more unwanted items, please put them in a plastic bag and send them in the first week back. Clean plastic bottles, bottle lids, cereal boxes, straws and kitchen roll tubes are a few examples of materials we would be grateful to receive.

It was lovely to see some of you at the Harvest Festival service. We really enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate such a special time of the year and we hope you enjoyed our singing and our dance moves.

If you were able to join us during our Class Sharing Assembly, I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Year 3’s work; they had a tremendous time sharing it with you.

Something to look forward to as soon as Year 3 come back to school is Big Maths Day on Monday 31st October. Year 3 will have specific tasks to do throughout the day and will present these in a prize-giving assembly at 2:45pm. Parents are welcome to come along.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy

Last week, to end our learning about Indian folktales, Year 3 enjoyed the opportunity to retell their very own Indian tales to year 5. After having the opportunity to practise retelling their tale to partners and in small groups, they learned to retell their stories from memory and only refer to their books for prompts. They thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to show off what they have learned and to celebrate what they have achieved.

Over the last week, Redwood were introduced to Roman myths. Year 3 have started to learn about what life was like in ancient Rome and they have listened exceptionally well to a few Roman myths as a whole class and in group situations. Year 3 enthusiastically created story maps to help them retell one of the myths and then used the story maps to support retelling the myth. Redwood have started to become familiar with features of Roman myths and have continued finding words that belong to a particular word class through careful reading.

This week, Year 3 will continue to use role play to generate speech and support them in recording speech as punctuated dialogue. They will also further develop their understanding of adverbs using the –ly suffix. Later in the week they will read different Roman myths, some from a different point of view, whilst continuing to build their understanding of conjunctions that can be used to express time and cause.

Key vocabulary: myths, traditional stories, gods, goddesses, word class, function, characters, empire, decedents, expression, illustrations, compare, listen, discuss, event, feature, viewpoint

Maths

The focus of Redwood’s learning in Maths last week was been number and place value. Year 3 have added and subtracted 3-digit numbers using place value and recorded various calculations to show how they have done this. This week, Redwood will continue to build their understanding of recognising the place value of three-digit numbers by adding and subtracting money. Further into the week they will continue to practise adding and subtracting 1, 10 and 100 to any three-digit number.

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, count on, count back, place value, digit, more, less, equal, inequalities, represent, money, column, pounds, pennies, hundreds, tens, ones, value

Any other curriculum information

It’s October and Black History Month. This week, each year group at St Luke’s will study a black person who has made a significant impact in society followed by a top quality writing session about that person.

Last week in History, Redwood located the Neolithic settlement, Skara Brae, in the Orkney Islands. They used a map to find the Islands which then stimulated their thinking as to why Stone Age hunter-gatherers chose to settle there. They started to think about what Skara Brae could tell them about Stone Age life. After group and class discussions and exploring the settlement online, each child created a thought shower of questions they wanted to find the answers to. This week, Year 3 will have the opportunity to find the answers using evidence. In Art, Redwood will finish and evaluate their comparisons of their environment to the Stone Age.

http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/primary/skarabrae/content/houses/

In Science, Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed identifying the number of teaspoons of sugar in their client’s weekly diet. In groups, they had to identify what foods may contain sugar, check how much sugar was in each food, and they then created a tally for each day. Later, they presented their results on bar charts and started to think about what their findings told them about their client. This week, Redwood will look at the initial questions that their client wanted answers to and will try their best to provide advice using the knowledge and evidence they have gained over the past few weeks.

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating.html

Computing will be linked with History this week. Year 3 will use the internet safely to search for the answers to questions generated about Skara Brae. They will later present their findings in small groups.

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: compare, location, settlement, famous, remains, building, structure, artefact, evidence, good, useful, beautiful, practical, bad, ugly, impractical, extend, change, improve, food groups, portion, diet, balance, nutrition, health, reason, e-safety, information, search, question

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task based on practising times tables that they should already know quite well (2 and/or 5). This is to identify your child’s confidence before they receive other times tables to practise and/or related times table tasks. The second Maths task will allow your child to practise partitioning and building 3-digit numbers. This may sound simple, but it is vital that they continue to practise these skills. If your child wants a challenge, encourage them to write as many calculations for 3-digit numbers and visit the web links on page 3. Some children may also have an activity to recap creating division calculations that we have touched on earlier in the week. There is a lot of homework this week, but only one piece for both Maths and Literacy need to be completed. As many of these areas of learning will be further developed the week after, I am happy for them to continue additional activities for next week’s homework.

The Literacy homework should extend your child’s understanding of using inverted commas to mark speech for the second time this half of the autumn term. Year 3 will also have an activity that continues to develop their understanding of word classes in order to improve and extend their sentences and vocabulary. Redwood will also bring home an activity related to myths, since they have inspired our learning in Literacy this week. Year 3 will either be drawing and describing a setting for a myth, thinking about sentence openers and punctuation when writing myths or reading a myth and answering comprehension questions. Have a look at some of thinks below to extend learning further.

Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful:

http://rome.mrdonn.org/myths.html – Use this for more background and myths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2sm6sg – Use this to find out about ancient Rome

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Punctuate-Me-Superheroes-Complex-Speech-2485

http://www.abcya.com/parts_of_speech.htm – Focus on adjectives, adverbs, verbs, nouns and prepositions

http://nrich.maths.org/8169 – This could be very helpful to do at home for number sense

http://nrich.maths.org/6342 – Alternatively, make 3-digit numbers and change the outcomes

http://www.hbschool.com/activity/numbers_to_1000/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-familiesDo the Division and Multiplication Number Fact Families and choose Times Tables that will challenge your child

Dates/Messages/Requests

If you have any junk modelling materials that are not going to use at home, Redwood would really appreciate you bringing them into school in a plastic bag at the beginning of next week. Clean plastic bottles, bottle lids, cereal boxes, straws and kitchen roll tubes are a few examples of materials we would be grateful to receive.

It was lovely to meet many of you at Parent Consultations last week to discuss how your child has settled into Year 3. If you were unable to attend then I would just like to remind you that if you do ever have any concerns, please let me know.

Harvest Festival is coming up very soon on Thursday 20th October, taking place at 1.45pm at St Luke’s Church. We would be grateful for donations. Please refer to the School Newsletter for more details.

On Friday 21st October St Luke’s will be holding a Stand Up to Cancer Fundraiser. Please refer to the School news letter for further information.

During Gold Book/Class Sharing Assembly on Friday 21st October, both Year 3 and 4 will be sharing something that they have been doing in class. Parents of Year 3 and 4 children are welcome to attend, so please join us in what is great celebration of their efforts and successes.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy

Over the last week, Year 3 have been focussing on word classes as they have continued to read folktales from India.  Whilst they have been listening, reading and discussing stories, Redwood have collected lots of powerful words from their reading to use in their own Indian tales.  Year 3 have adapted well known traditional tales, using their imagination, to create a range of fantastic and interesting Indian tales.

This week, Year 3 will start their last fiction unit of the term, all about Roman myths. They will carefully listen to and read a Roman myth as a whole class and in group situations. Year 3 will then create story maps to help them retell the story. This will aid Redwood in becoming familiar with features of Roman myths before writing their own. Throughout their reading and discussions, Year 3 will continue to develop their understanding of word classes. Later in the week, Redwood will use role play to generate speech and support them in recording speech as punctuated dialogue. They will also continue to develop their understanding of adverbs using the –ly suffix.

Key vocabulary: myths, traditional stories, gods, goddesses, word class, function, characters, empire, decedents, expression, illustrations, compare, listen, discuss, event, feature

Maths

The focus of Redwood’s learning in Maths last week was been multiplication and division. Year 3 started the week by recapping what ‘doubling’ and ‘halving’ mean, learning strategies to double and halve two-digit numbers by partitioning and recombining. This lead onto multiplying and dividing using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, learning strategies to support them. Year 3 have learned to use jumps on a beaded line and how to use arrays. Throughout this learning, Redwood have developed their understanding of the relationship between doubling and halving and multiplication and division.

We will start this week by recognising multiples of 2, 5 and 10 to build on the learning the week before. Further into the week Year 3 will begin to add and subtract 3-digit numbers using place value, building on knowledge from a couple of weeks ago. As the week progresses, Redwood will build on adding and subtracting money using place value and start to add and subtract 1, 10 and 100 to any three-digit number.

Key vocabulary: add, subtract, count on, count back, place value, digit, more, less, equal, inequalities, represent, money, column, pounds, pennies

Any other curriculum information

Last week in History, Redwood sketched tools and weapons created and used in to Stone Age. Year 3 then labelled their sketches with adjectives to describe the tools and weapons and what materials they were made from. Some children also started to write their uses during the stone age (e.g. hunting, building, cutting etc.) This week, Year 3 will be locating the Orkney Islands and Skara Brae on a map and they will begin thinking about what Skara brae tells them about Stone Age life. In Art, Redwood will further develop their comparisons of their environment to the Stone Age and build on their image that aims to make the similarities and differences clear.

http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/

In Science Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed having the responsibility to research food groups and what is needed for a healthy, balanced diet. This week Redwood will continue to build on their understanding of the five food groups and the proportions of each needed to create a healthy, balanced diet in order to provide the best advice for their clients.

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating.html

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Kids/Kids-Games-Activities/My-Plate-Match-Game.aspx

In Computing your child will continue to learn about output devices and will write a program that controls an output device using Scratch. They will also describe common uses of output devices in school and beyond school. It would be great if you could search for some of these at home or anywhere outside of school too (e.g. phones, monitors).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zx8hpv4

https://scratch.mit.edu/

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: compare, location, settlement, famous, remains, building, structure, artefact, evidence, good, useful, beautiful, practical, bad, ugly, impractical, extend, change, improve, food groups, portion, diet, balance, nutrition, health, input, output, information, motor, control, program, tinker, computer, system

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year 3 will have one task based on learning a times table.  The second task will allow your child to practise multiplication and division strategies learned in class using the times tables they will be learning.  Alternatively, some children may have a halving/doubling activity instead.  This activity aims to develop your child’s understanding of such mathematical concepts, in addition to multiplication and division operations.

The Literacy homework should extend your child’s understanding of word classes. Your child should colour words on the images in a particular colour using the key provided. They should identify the word class of each word by understanding the job the word would have when placed in a sentence. Redwood will also bring home a copy of their Indian tales that they have worked exceptionally hard on throughout the end of this past week. They will be retelling their tales to year 5 next week, thus this weekend would provide a great opportunity for them to practise. By reading their work aloud, this task will also further support your child in recognising areas they need to improve in order to read it correctly.

Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful to look at and/use at home.

This may be a useful Literacy activity to print off at home:

file:///C:/Users/CaryC/Downloads/21355.pdf

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=english/compound_complex

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/word_types/read/1/

https://nrich.maths.org/10654

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/1/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=inversemachinev3http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=inversemachinev3

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Domino-Sort-Doubles-614

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • I look forward to meeting many of you during the 10 minute parent consultations on either Tuesday 11th October or Wednesday 12th October. It will be a great opportunity to share how your child has settled back in, your child’s efforts and successes thus far and targets looking towards the future. After your consultation you will also have the opportunity to look at your children’s Literacy and Numeracy books to see what they have been getting up to!
  • Harvest festival is coming up soon on Thursday 20th October. We would be grateful for donations. Please refer to the School Newsletter for more details.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy

Last week, Year 3 have continued to develop their understanding of folktales using Rama and Sita as their stimulus. Through lots of role play and group discussions, Redwood have happily and eagerly created their very own versions of Rama and Sita. Year 3 have tried their best to include adjectives, prepositions and adverbs to add detail and interest to their writing.

This week, Year 3 will continue to build on skills developed last week as well as their knowledge of folktales as they look at the story, ‘The old magic bowl’. They will read this story thoroughly, finding key features they should include in their own story writing. They will use dictionaries to check word meanings and they will identify, classify and collect powerful words, in preparation for writing. Redwood will pursue their own story writing, by planning a story in the style of an Indian traditional tale, writing the story and later editing and improving their stories. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Key vocabulary: folktale, traditional tale, myth, legend, setting, character, noun, adjective, preposition, verb, adverb, phrase, features, predict, beginning, build-up, problem, resolution, ending, edit, impact, style

Maths

The focus of Redwood’s learning in Maths last week was shape. They were busy recognising lines of symmetry and completing symmetrical drawings. Further into the week they enjoyed describing, naming and sorting 2D shapes using a Venn diagram which lead to them revisiting their understanding of how to describe, name and sort 3-D shapes.

We will start this week by continuing to sort 3D shapes using a Carroll diagram, helping Year 3 to make comparisons between the 3D shapes. Further into the week, we will begin to think about multiplication and division. At first children will practise doubling 2-digit numbers and halving small even numbers. As the week progresses, children will be using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. During this learning, Year 3 will begin to understand that multiplication is commutative (2×5=10 and 5×2=10) and they will recognise multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

Key vocabulary: shape, 3-dimensional, sorting, properties, edges, faces, vertices, double, halve, multiplication, division, times table, multiples, commutative, partitioning, recombining, reverse, array, row, column

Any other curriculum

After their very own hunt for Stone Age tools and weapons, Year 3 were very insightful when asked to think about what tools and weapons were used by hunter-gatherers, their purpose and what materials they were made from in small groups. They loved having the opportunity to present their ideas and understanding to the rest of the class. This week, Redwood will be sketching tools and weapons and labelling them using the knowledge they gained last week. Year 3 will also continue comparing their environment to the Stone Age before they begin sketching an image for both environments to make the similarities and differences clear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z34djxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE6OeRZB_Wc

In Science Year 3 will continue to learn about diet and nutrition, pursuing their roles as personal trainers. They will further develop their understanding of the five food groups and the proportions of each needed to create a healthy, balanced diet. This will help them give the best advice for their clients.

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating.html

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Kids/Kids-Games-Activities/My-Plate-Match-Game.aspx

Redwood were enthused and engaged when performing how different input devices work in Computing last week. They also started to think about examples of an output. This week, your child will further explore what commands can be used with a particular device using Scratch, which you can access online. Year 3 will again present the most interesting use of an input device to their class.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zx8hpv4

https://scratch.mit.edu/

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: tools, weapons, material, purpose, carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, fats, sugars, vitamins, minerals, fibre, growth, repair, health, energy, good, useful, beautiful, practical, bad, ugly, impractical, extend, change, improve, input, command, output

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year three will have one task based on identifying properties of 2D and 3D shapes. There will also be a problem solving activity related to shape that your child may wish to try and solve at home. The Literacy homework should extend your child’s understanding of adverbs. Your child will need to practise turning the adjectives into adverbs by adding –ly, as well as remembering spelling rules when doing so. Redwood class will also bring home a reading activity that focuses on the Rama and Sita story that has inspired their writing this week. This task will also be helpful in fostering your child’s word reading and thinking skills. I encourage you to read with your child as often as you can in order to support your child’s reading and spelling further. Please can you ensure that your child fully completes at least one of both the Literacy and Maths tasks. Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful to look at and/use at home:

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/The-Story-of-Rama-and-Sita-64

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Rama-and-Sita-Story-Scenes-65

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/adjectives-adverbs-ly-rally/

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-practice/adjectives

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/           Take a look at the areas of 2D shapes, 3D shapes and symmetry.

https://nrich.maths.org/12673     and/or    https://nrich.maths.org/9925

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy

Last week, ‘The Tiger Child’ by Joanna Troughton and the story of Rama and Sita have been explored and both texts have inspired our learning in Literacy. At the beginning of the week Redwood participated in lots of discussion around the question, ‘What is a folktale?’ They found out that these are old tales usually told through word of mouth, and Redwood even shared folktales that they have been told. As a result, Year 3 created a group synopsis of a familiar folktale in groups. During this time they started to think about the main parts of a fictional story, which also helped them to find five main parts in ‘The Tiger Child’. Year 3 practised re-telling this story using prompts to increase their familiarity with the text. Redwood have also started using prepositions in their writing to add information about place prior to story writing next week. Towards the end of the week, Redwood looked at a couple of versions of Rama and Sita, and after lots of discussion, they wrote reviews with good reasons for their preference.

This week Year 3 will continue to develop their understanding of folktales. They will revisit the story of Rama and Sita, focussing on the story in more detail to aid Redwood in planning their own versions. Following this, each child will be writing part of their new versions. They will use prepositions to express place throughout their stories, building on skills practised in the previous week. Additionally, Year 3 will start to apply spelling rules for adding the –ly suffix when using adverbs to modify verbs in their stories. Later in the week, Year 3 will explore folktales further. Through lots of discussion and by reading various texts, Redwood will collect ideas before continuing to write their own versions. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Key vocabulary: folktale, traditional, tale, story, version, setting, character, noun, adjective, preposition, adverb, phrase, features, beginning, build-up, problem, resolution, ending

Maths

Year 3 have started adding pairs of two-digit numbers by following three steps. First they partitioned the pairs of two-digit numbers into tens and ones, next they recombined the tens and ones of both two-digit numbers, and finally they added the recombined tens and ones to find the answer. This became more challenging when tens added up to more than 100 and when ones added up to more than 10. Further into the week your child began subtracting a two-digit number from a larger two-digit number by counting up. They have used Maths Frog to help them. Maths Frog always jumps to the next ten. He always starts on the smallest number and knows where he is finishing. Redwood then used this method to find change from a pound.

This week, Year 3 will first have time to revisit their understanding of addition and subtraction with money. They will then begin to look at shape. This will initially start with your child recognising lines of symmetry, completing symmetrical drawings and describing, naming and sorting 2D shapes using a Venn diagram. This learning will lead onto Redwood describing, naming and sorting 3-D shapes using a Carroll diagram. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Key vocabulary: addition, subtraction, partition, combine, change, horizontal, vertical, symmetry, symmetrical, shape, 3-dimensional, 2-dimensoonal, line, length, angle, side, corner, regular, irregular, sorting, properties, edges, faces, vertices

Any other curriculum information

Year 3 have created fantastic cartoon strips telling short stories from the Stone Age. They carefully traced cartoon figures and later added Stone Age detail. After this, they used water colours to bring their stories to life! Using the five senses, Redwood have also thought carefully about what it would be like to be a Stone Age hunter-gather. The YouTube link below is the video used as the stimulus for our thinking.

This week, children will find out about what tools were used by hunter-gathers, their purpose and the materials they were made from. They will also begin comparing their environment to the Stone Age before they begin sketching an image for both environments to make the similarities and differences clear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z34djxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE6OeRZB_Wc

In Science Year 3 have continued their learning about diet and nutrition as they became personal trainers. Their first task was to answer questions on diet by extracting data from a food survey and displaying it in tables and bar charts in their groups.

This week Redwood will continue their new role, developing their understanding of the five food groups and the proportions of each needed to create a healthy, balanced diet. This will help them give the best advice for their clients.

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating.html

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Kids/Kids-Games-Activities/My-Plate-Match-Game.aspx

In ICT your child will start their exploration of what commands can be used with a particular device. Year 3 will then choose the most interesting use of an input device to present to the class. Following this, they will start to think about output devices.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zx8hpv4

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: tools, weapons, material, purpose, carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, fats, sugars, vitamins, minerals, fibre, growth, repair, health, energy, good, useful, beautiful, practical, bad, ugly, impractical, extend, change, improve

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths Year 3 will have one task based on partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones or just tens and ones. The second task will require them to complete either problems including one more/one less, ten more/ten less using a hundred square, or addition problems involving partitioning and recombining pairs of two-digit numbers as well as subtraction problems where your child will practise counting up. The Literacy homework should extend your child’s understanding of prepositions and of folktales. Your child will need to choose the correct preposition to describe the place of objects in an image. Redwood class will also bring home a book review sheet for a folktale. They may choose their own folktale, but there are two in your child’s homework book if they need them. Links below may give them a greater understanding of what book reviews include. This task will also be helpful in fostering your child’s thinking skills and to check your child’s understanding of what they are reading. I encourage you to read with your child as often as you can in order to support your child’s reading and spelling further. Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful to look at and/use at home:

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Adding-2Digit-Numbers-298

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Reverse-Partitioning-Puzzle-2-Digits-371

http://www.ictgames.com/moneypayer50p.html

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/timeandmoney/tillwemeet/

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/identify-prepositions-in-sentences.html

http://englishflashgames.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/prepositions-of-place-game.html

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/book-reviews-and-recommendations-preschool-to-elementary-ages-4-8

http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/

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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy

‘I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole’ by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman has remained as the stimulus for our learning in Literacy.  Redwood pupils have continued to explore their imagination in order to develop their ideas about the story further.  Consequently, they have adapted the original story and written their own fictional story using the same structure.  Over the past week, Year 3 children have started using powerful verbs, which have also aided them in understanding what synonyms are and how they can be used to improve writing.  They have also started to sort conjunctions by their function.  These functions are time (e.g. before), place (e.g. where) and cause (e.g. because).  Pupils have then used these conjunctions to extend their ideas when writing.  Later in the week, they began to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.  After writing their stories, pupils became real authors, checking their stories for areas they could edit and improve.

This week, Year 3 will look at fiction stories from various cultures. They will begin to write notes to create a synopsis for a folktale, identify main events in a story and retell stories they listen to, identify and use prepositions, in addition to carefully reading through stories and later sharing their experiences and expressing preferences as they write a review. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Key vocabulary: folktale, traditional, myth, synopsis, noun, preposition, phrase, version, preference

Maths

Year 3 pupils deepened their understanding of place value this past week when working with money.  They identified the value of particular amounts of money using a money place value grid, recognising £ as hundred, 10p as tens and 1p as ones.  Using this knowledge, they began comparing amounts using the more than (>) and less than (<) signs.  Children have revisited number bonds to both 10 and 20.  They used these number bonds to support them when writing addition and subtraction number sentences for numbers up to 20 (e.g. 12+1=13, 1+12=13. 13-12=1, 13-1=12).  During this learning, Redwood pupils developed their understanding of the importance of the = sign to represent equality.  They used number balances to clearly observe how numbers placed before and after the = sign must have the same value.  Later, the class used this knowledge to create balancing number sentences (e.g. 6+4=7+3).  Following this, pupils started to use number facts to add and subtract 1-digit to 2-digit numbers.

This week, your child will begin to add 2-digit numbers by partitioning and subtract by counting up, producing answers less than twenty and later producing answers more than 20. At the end of the week Year 3 will use their growing knowledge of addition and subtraction to count up and find change from a pound. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Key vocabulary: addition, subtraction, digit, partition, pair, combine, change

Any other curriculum information

In History, Year 3 have created some wonderful cave paintings and cartoon strips to display messages and stories from the Stone Age. They have also used their increasing understanding of the Stone Age period to locate events on a timeline. This week, children will be finding out what it is like to be a Neolithic hunter-gatherer and they will describe one aspect of life as a Stone Age hunter-gatherer.

In Science we have continued looking at food groups and nutrients. Redwood sorted a variety of food packaging into the correct food groups and took great interest in checking the nutrients to identify the nutrients certain foods contain most of. This week, Year 3 will focus their attention to understanding that animals (including humans) can be grouped according to what they eat and will begin to answer questions on diet by extracting data from a food survey and displaying it in tables and bar charts.

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/basics/what-are-nutrients.html

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating.html

In ICT we have continued looking at what an input device is and Redwood have been thrilled to tell me all of the input devices that they have found at home and in school. Year 3 will soon begin to investigate how input devices work and will explore what commands can be used with a particular device. Year 3 will later choose the most interesting use of an input device to present to their class.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zx8hpv4

The links may provide extra guidance and detail in regards to our current and future learning.

Key vocabulary: hunter-gatherer, narrator, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, nutrition, diet, food chain, data, table, bar chart, input, device, output, program, tinkering, variables

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in their Homework book (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

For Maths, Year three will have one task based on completing number bonds to 10 and/or 20 and the second task will require them to complete the addition and subtraction problems. The focus of the Literacy homework will be to extend your child’s comprehension of powerful verbs and inverted commas. Additionally, following on from our Guided Reading sessions this week, I have included a comprehension activity in order to foster your child’s thinking skills and to check your child’s understanding of what they are reading. It would be great if you could support your child throughout this activity by reading through it and discussing it with them, and then providing necessary guidance. I encourage you to read with your child as often as you can in order to support your child’s reading and spelling further. Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful to look at and/use at home.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/addition-and-subtraction

http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Beam-Me-Up-Addition-to-20-732

https://nrich.maths.org/4725

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/games/blast_the_rocket/small_no_sound/standard2.shtml

http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Punctuate-Me-Superheroes-Complex-Speech-2485s

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Tuesday 20th September Literacy/Phonics Information Evening: 5:15 Refreshments; 5:30 KS2 (years 3/4/5/6); 6:00 KS1 (years R/1/2). This is intended to be a brief overview of how phonics and reading are taught and progress in each year group.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy

Over the past week ‘I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole’ by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman has been used as the stimulus for our learning in Literacy. The children have explored their imagination to help them discuss ideas about the story, to think about Michael Forman’s style as an author/illustrator and to make predictions. Specific skills that Year 3 pupils have been developing include adding suffixes to root words, which require dropping the final e in addition to using conjunctions (joining words) and identifying verbs within the text. Next week, they will continue to develop their understanding of conjunctions, punctuation and verbs as they begin story writing, aiding them in making their writing more interesting. They will start to use powerful verbs, include conjunctions that express time, place and cause, and begin to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Maths

Throughout the past week we have revisited Year 2 knowledge in order to revise placing two-digit numbers on an empty number line. Following this, we began placing three-digit numbers on a landmarked number line. Pupils have focussed closely on the place value of three-digit numbers and by the end of the week they started to compare and order three-digit numbers. They used this knowledge to then identify the value of amounts of money and started writing amounts in pounds and pence. This learning will be revisited early this week to develop children’s understanding of place value where money is concerned. Year 3 will then begin to compare amounts of money written in pounds and pence. This growing knowledge of place value will then be used for the rest of the week. Year 3 will start to look at number bonds to 20 and will use them in addition and subtraction. During this learning they will use = to represent equality, use number facts to add and subtract 1-digit to 2-digit numbers and start to add several numbers together. Children will be extended and supported during this learning as required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them.

Any other curriculum information

Year 3 children have started a History topic all about the Stone Age. They have already begun comparing their own lives to those of individuals living in the Stone Age period and they have come up with lots of excellent questions that they hope to find the answers to by the end of the topic. Below, I have added a couple of useful links that will provide a little more insight into the period that we will be learning about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z82hsbk

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/the-stone-age

In Science we have been revisiting previous learning about food groups and nutrients, where we find particular nutrients and what they do for us to help us keep healthy. During this week, your child could have a go at recording what they have eaten and could begin to think about what nutrients they are gaining from the different food groups. You could also encourage your child to read the labels on food packaging that they are eating. The link below will show you what we have been learning in greater detail.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx

In ICT we have started looking at what an input device is (a digital device that takes data from the outside world and converts it into a format that a computer system can use, such as a keyboard or microphone).  This week would be an ideal opportunity for your child to think about the different types of input device that they use at home or that they may see over the weekend.

Feel free to add any extra learning that your child has engaged with over the week in the Homework book they will be taking home (please date it if you do).

Spellings/Homework

Homework for both Literacy and Maths will be closely related to their learning this week. Children may be given different tasks depending on the group that they are in. These tasks are designed to support and develop your child’s learning in the most appropriate way. For Maths, Year 3 pupils will have tasks based on partitioning two or three-digit numbers and understanding the place value of two or three-digit numbers. I have provided a couple of tasks this week to ensure that your child has ample opportunities to revisit their learning over the week and I would like at least one of these activities to be handed in on Thursday 15.9.16. The focus of the Literacy homework will be to extend your child’s comprehension of suffixes. Additionally, following on from our learning this week, every child will be taking home a Book Review sheet. It would be great if you could support your child in finding a book, read and discuss it with them, and then provide necessary guidance when they write their review. I encourage you to read with your child as often as you can in order to support your child’s reading and spelling further. Lastly, your child will also take home a set of spellings to practise over the week. If your child’s homework is taking longer than 1.5 hours to complete or if you have any concerns, please let me know.

Below are some online Maths and Literacy resources that you may find useful to look at and/use at home:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

https://nrich.maths.org/8958

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/small_sound/standard.shtml

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english/en32tens/game/en32tens-game-tenses-treasure-hunt/game.swf

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

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