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Welcome to Year Three!

 Our class teacher is Miss Russell, our teaching assistants are Ms Phelps and Ms Mason. 

Year 3 Curriculum

23/7/2021

 “So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.” - Vicky Davis.

 I can’t quite believe I’m writing the final blog post of Year 3! What a year it has been! I have really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you and I will miss you so much next year but please remember I am only next door and would love to hear any exciting news you wish to share or have a catch up! You have all worked so hard and you should be very proud of everything you have achieved this year. Thank you all so much for all of your support and kindness! 

Have a wonderful summer holiday,

Miss Russell

 

16/7/20216

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Matilda, Roald Dahl

This week in English, we have been planning and writing our letters to send to Mr. Johnson to try to reduce the amount of plastic waste and pollution that is happening in the world. We have used many different SPaG features to make sure they are super persuasive- we will be sending them next week! In maths, we have been revising ready for Year 4. In Geography, we have been researching an extreme earth topic and presenting the information in a variety of different ways. In Art, we have been painting like Monet by using our fingers in an impressionist style. In R.E., we looked at the I am statement ‘I am the good shepherd’ and thought about what all of the I am statements taught us about Jesus.

Following on from Health and Wellbeing Week, the children have had the opportunity this week to take part in ballet fusion workshops and workshops based on all things fitness and healthy diets. 

Next Week

Monday is the winning house trip - well done Keys! The children will be watching a film in the afternoon as their treat and reward.

Tuesday is class swap day and is when we will be graced with the presence of an Olympic athlete. If you haven't already brought in your sponsorship money, please do so by Monday so all the prizes can be organised. 

Wednesday evening is the Year 6 production where each year group will also perform their own songs and dance moves - we know you all will be brilliant. Break a leg and toi, toi, toi! 

On Thursday, Key Stage 2 will have their end of year quiz- good luck!

On Friday, it is the last day of this academic year and what a year it has been! We will sadly be saying goodbye to the wonderful Year 6 children who have championed for the school this year. Best of luck in all you do, Year 6. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell

 9/7/2021

 

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” - Ben Franklin

On Monday, we had so much fun taking part in sports day! We worked as a team in the relay race, worked our way through hoops and ladders in the obstacle course, ran a 100 metre sprint and threw javelins as far as we could. Enjoy all of the pictures!

SPORTS DAY GALLERY

 In English, we began reading ‘One Plastic Bag- Isatou Ceesay and The Recycling Woman of Gambia’ by Miranda Paul. Next week, we will be planning and writing a letter to Boris Johnson to ask him to ban single use plastic. In RE, we looked at the next Jesus’ ‘I am’ statement of ‘I am the light of life’ and explored what He meant by this. In computing, we began planning our own survey about how we could improve life at school.

We are so proud of our final pieces we created in Arts Week so please enjoy looking at Year 3’s very own Art Gallery!

ART GALLERY

Have a wonderful weekend,

It’s coming…

Miss Russell

2/7/2021

"It's better to try and fail than not to try at all." -Nicole Krauss

Arts Week

We have had another lovely week in Year 3! It has been amazing to explore our creativity and take part in so many exciting activities.

Arts  Week

We began the week by learning lots of different African dance moves and put it all together to create a very energetic routine that we performed to each half of the class. We also took part in a street dance and ballet workshop and it is clear we have some very enthusiastic dancers in Year 3! We practised our acting skills by using our body to show different animals and plants found in a jungle. When Emily, an illustrator, came into our class we learnt how to use shapes to create animated characters and also wrote some very funny poems and practised our circus skills. 

In class, we have been building up our final piece using water colours, sketching, acrylics and cutting to make complex flowers and leaves. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell?

25/6/2021

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Health and Wellbeing Week!

We have had a very exciting week this week! On Monday, we took part in a dance workshop and learnt about all of the plastic on our planet. We took all of the ideas we learnt about our planet to make pledges that we could do to look after the planet and wrote them on plastic bottles. Can you find them in the pictures below?

Throughout the week, we did lots of mindful colouring where we focussed on the present and did some calming yoga. We turned into a thunderstorm and became wind rushing through trees. We went to Ravenscourt Park to take part in some mindfulness drawing and looked at all of the flowers, plants and animals. We also did lots of lessons focussing on money, jobs, first aid and how to keep ourselves safe. Enjoy looking at all of the fun we have had in the pictures!

Health and Wellbeing Week

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

18/6/2021

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. - Dolly Parton

In English, we have been writing our adventure stories based on escaping Pompeii. We creating characters described Pompeii and built lots of tension in the action. In maths, we exploring money and how to add and subtract money. We have been applying our learning to real life situations to solve problems involving money.

In science, we began looking at the seasonal cycle of a tree. We explored the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees and what happens to their leaves. On Wednesday, it was DT day! We have lots of fun sewing cushions. Take a look at the pictures below to see what we got up to:

DT DAY

Next week is Health and Wellbeing week and we have a fulfilled and educational week for you. The children will be taking part in a range of physical workshops, including dance, ballet and yoga as well as educational workshops, based on recycling, plastic consumption, our changing body and all things health and wellbeing. Throughout the week the children will still take part in their usual PE and music lessons but will predominantly focus on PSHE and outdoor adventurous activities with their class teacher. Make sure you get some rest this weekend because it is looking to be a busy week – make sure to look out for photos on the blog next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

 

11/6/2021

“Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn

What a glorious week to be back at school- we have absolutely loved the sunshine in Year 3!

In English, we have been exploring the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. First, we read the story and looked at how the author described the characters and the setting. We immersed ourselves further by performing a section of the story to the class, using facial expressions to show character’s emotions. We also explored the different language in this type of story that we could use to make it as exciting as possible.

In maths, we have been delving deeper into addition and subtraction by exploring the inverse. We then applied our learning to an arithmetic test with lots of missing number questions and I am so proud of what we achieved! Well done for your hard work, Year 3!

In R.E., we began our new topic looking at Jesus’ ‘I am’ statements from the Bible. In this lesson, we focused on the ‘I am’ statement ‘I am the bread of life’ and explored things we need to nourish and sustain ourselves. In Art, we looked at lots of different impressionist paintings by famous artists. In geography, we explored earthquakes and the tools we use to measure them.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

28/5/2021

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

On Wednesday, it was Environmental Day and we spent the day learning about and observing birds. We found out that there are more than 500 species of birds in the UK and we need to protect their home. We went on a bird Safari to Ravenscourt Park and saw so many different birds thriving- we even saw Parakeets! Look at how much fun we had below:

28 5 2021 YEAR 3 GALLERY

In English, we have been writing and editing our explanation texts to explain how an invention works.  In maths, we have been telling the time to the nearest minute on digital and analogue clocks and then we applied our learning to solve problems involving duration.

In science, we learnt the process of fossilisation and drew a storyboard to show how different animals turned into fossils over millions of years. I was so impressed with how many fossil experts we have in Year 3!  In R.E., we explored the different reasons Hindu’s go on pilgrimage to different places, including the River Ganges. In computing, we sent emails, created PowerPoints and then added our PowerPoints as an attachment to an email.

Have a break over half term,

Miss Russell.

21/5/2021

What a prehistoric week! Year 3 really showed their acting skills on in our fantastic sharing assembly in their performance of The Stone Age! The costumes and props were amazing thanks to all of the parents! I am so proud of each of the children and I was blown away by their singing, accents, big actions and loud voices.

In English, we have been using technical language to explain how the ‘teacher-pleaser machine’ works. We practised speaking our ideas before we thought of our own inventions using our wild imaginations. We have planned our own explanation text and next week we will be writing it! I can’t wait!

In maths, we have been practising reading time on analogue and digital clocks to the nearest minute. Please remember to keep practising your time skills!

In science, we explored the properties of different soils and how quickly water passes through them. In art, we made our Roman pots! We carved different patterns into them- just like the Romans! In R.E, we explored how a Hindu priest helps people worship in the Mandir. In history, we learnt about the Roman soldiers.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks again for all of your support with the class assembly,

Miss Russell.

14/5/2021

“Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s been a very exciting week in Year 3… our assembly is looking amazing! We will be doing a dress rehearsal on Wednesday next week so please bring in costumes and props on this day. We will then send them home so you can come dressed in your costumes on Thursday morning.

In English, we have been writing the resolution and ending for our quest myths. We built tension by using short sentences and rhetorical questions and created exciting action by using powerful verbs and adverbs. Next week, we will be looking at explanation texts of how everyday things work.

In maths, we have been reading intervals on scales and working out missing ones. We also began adding and subtracting mass and capacity. We needed to use lots of skills such a s converting measures, multiplication, addition and subtraction. Next week, we will be revising how to tell the time to the nearest minute on both digital and analogue clocks. Can you practise your time telling over the weekend? 

In Computing, we looked at the features of emails and explored how emails are sent via the internet. In Science, we conducted a fair test to see whether all rocks are waterproof and used some new vocabulary: permeable and non-permeable. Enjoy some pictures below of our investigation:

Are all rocks waterproof? 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

7/5/2021

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren

This week in English, we have been writing our quest myths and they are sounding incredible! We have been describing characters using ambitious adjectives and powerful verbs and building tension during the action. Next week, we will be finishing and publishing our myths and looking at an explanation text.

In maths, we have been converting, adding and subtracting lengths. Next week, we will be looking at converting, adding, and subtracting capacities and masses. Can you see if you can read some scales over the weekend?  Maybe you could make a drink using a jug for your teddies or have a go at baking!

In Spanish, we have been writing sentences giving our opinions on animals and objects as well as looking at the phrase ‘quisiera’ to say what we would like.  In R.E., we have been learning all about how Hindu’s worship at home and how the puja tray is used. We have also been practising our class assembly this afternoon! I have added a costumes list onto Goole Classroom and an updated version of the script. I cannot wait for you to see it! Here is a link to our ending song just in case you would like to practise.

Next Week

Next week is Mental Health Week: please see the website below with some tips and advice for looking after and caring for your mental health.

NHS Mental Health Advice

The self-care beauty box that provides mental health support too

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

30/4/2021

“Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn

It’s been another great week of learning this week!

In English, we have been describing different characters that feature in myths, looking at the different language features we can use in our myths to make our writing amazing and planning our own quest myth. Next week, we will be writing our myths! We all had incredibly imaginative ideas in our planning and I can’t wait to read them!

In maths, we revised the properties of 2D and 3D shapes by answering and writing our own riddles, used mirrors to reflect 2D shapes and calculated perimeter. Next week, we will looking at measures. Can you see what you can measure around your house over the weekend?

In Art, we have been creating designs for our own Roman pots. In computing, we explored how to present good netiquette when sending emails. In R.E., we explored where the AUM symbol came from and what it means to Hindus. In science, we did a scratch test to see which type of rock would be the best to use to create a statue of Mrs Zalar.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

23/4/2021

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

We have a great start to the summer term with lots of smiles and sunshine.  

In English, we began immersing ourselves into the Roman myth ‘Romulus and Remus’. We performed freeze frames and wrote a diary entry from the view of Romulus. Next week, we will be looking at the features of Roman myths and looking at how we can describe a character in detail. Over the weekend, can you see if you can read a different Roman myth?

In maths, we looked at different methods to multiply and divide and then finished off the week with an arithmetic test. Make sure you keep practising your times tables as that will help in all areas in maths!

In Art, we began looking at Roman pots and describing the different patterns and shapes we could see. In PSHE, we created our very own health campaign with a catchy slogan to help people stay healthy. In R.E., we explored how Hindu’s have many images of different gods and goddesses to represent one Supreme Being ‘Brahman’.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

1/4/2021

“Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” - Anthony J. D’Angelo

Felices Pascuas! (Happy Easter!)

We have had a fun packed week this week to end the term.

In English, we wrote shape poems all about the sun. We even sat in the sun whilst we turned our poems into the shape of the sun to get some inspiration. When we come back after Easter, we will begin looking at Roman myths and have a go at performing one. Please enjoy the images of us performing our sun poems:

 In maths, we have started looking at different mental methods to multiply, including using partitioning. When we come back, we will continue working on multiplication and division so make sure you are practising your times tables over the break!

In science, we investigated whether people with longer legs jump further and thought of our own research questions. In Spanish, we listened to and enjoyed an Easter story. In computing, we finished off our PowerPoints about famous people and added a voice over to create a vlog.

We also had lots of Easter fun with the egg rolling competition! Please enjoy the pictures below from this week…

 Remember to keep going on spellodrome, mathletics and times tables rock stars over the break as well as enjoy time with your loved ones, doing things you enjoy, reading and resting ready for the summer term.

Have a lovely break,

Miss Russell.

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. - Dr Seuss

We have had another brilliant week here in Year 3!

In English, we have finished writing our newspaper articles all about flying frogs that were spotted in the sky. We included direct quotes from witnesses to make our reports more credible and other language features such as openers, relative clauses and subordinate clauses to add even more details. We are so incredibly proud of our new display and worked very hard on our handwriting and presentation. I hope you enjoy staring at this amazing work as much as we do in class…

In maths, we have been revising our mental strategies and formal methods for addition and subtraction. We even began solving missing number and worded problems. Next week, we will be looking at mental and formal methods for multiplication and division so please make sure you are practising your times tables lots over the weekend.

In RE, we looked at the importance of Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion. In science, we did many different exercises to see which muscles we could feel moving. In geography, we looked at different maps of the Lake District and researched different facts. In Spanish, we learnt how to ask how old you are and answer with our own age.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

19/3/2021

We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring."

Wow- we have come to the end of another wonderful week in year 3 and it seems as if time is flying by! We especially enjoyed raising money for red nose day by wearing our own clothes and sporting crazy hairstyles. You all looked fabulous!

This week, we have been busy doing assessments in the mornings, which is never very exciting but Year 3 have shown great focus! In Science, we designed our own vertebrate species and drew a labelled diagram of their skeleton. In RE, we looked at how Peter might be the most important person in the Easter story. Do you think Judas or Peter is the most important person so far? In Art, we used chalk to create bright Rangoli patterns that stand out. We thought about which colours work well next to each other. Take a look below…

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Miss Russell.

12/3/2021

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you’ll ever know.”

Wow! What a week! It has been absolutely lovely to have the Year 3 classroom filled with so many smiling faces. Well done for settling back in so seamlessly and bringing me laugher each day.

In English this week, we have been immersing ourselves in the story ‘Tuesday’. We wrote diary entries from the view point of a frog and began gathering quotes ready to go into our news reports next week.

In maths, we have been revising the properties of 3D shapes and then used our knowledge to create and describe them. We also started to look at perimeter for the first time and had a lot of fun doing so! Next week, we will be revisiting angles and lines.

In R.E., we looked at how Judas betrayed Jesus and thought about why Judas might be the most important person in the Easter story. In science, we researched different skeletons and next week we will be designing our own vertebrates. In Spanish, we read a Spanish story about a giant turnip- we were amazing with how much we could understand! In Art, we began designing our own Rangoli patterns.

Well done for such a great start back.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell?

5/3/2021

A few motivational words from Kid President…

We have come to the end of home learning and I am incredibly proud of everything you have all achieved and you should be very proud too. You have been absolutely brilliant, Year 3. I can’t wait to see you all on Monday morning and I am sure you are all very excited too. We will have an amazing day and it will be great to be reunited again.

This week, we had World Book Day! You all looked amazing in your pyjamas and I hope you enjoyed our book as much as I did! We discussed what the book could be about based on the front cover, wrote some very descriptive setting descriptions and created some artwork that could fit into the story. 

Take a look at some of the amazing artwork we created...

 In English, we finished writing our own stories based on the short film ‘The Lighthouse’. Next week, we will be looking at the book ‘Tuesday’ and building up to writing a newspaper report about the events in the book.

In maths, we have been learning about time. Remember to keep practising reading analogue and digital times to the nearest minute! Next week, we will be looking at and exploring shape.

In science, we looked at the different foods we need to eat to stay healthy. In RE, we created our own commandments and thought of ways the school and community could put them into place. In computing, we began researching a famous person. In art, we explored using complimentary colours to make rangoli patterns bright and pop out. In Spanish, we described animals using colours and our opinions. In geography, we explored the River Derwent using digital maps.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

26/2/2021

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” - Thomas Fuller

Happy FriYAY Year 3!

Well done for another wonderful week. I have loved reading your setting descriptions- they are brilliant! One more week of home learning and then we will be reunited...

This week in English, we have been writing a setting description based on the short film ‘The Lighthouse’. Next week, we will be immersing ourselves into the story further by writing a diary entry from the lighthouse keeper and then building suspense and tension when writing a story based on the film.

In maths, we have been reading scales, comparing measures and measuring lengths. Next week, we will be telling the time to the nearest minute, reading digital times and finding durations so make sure you practise telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes over the weekend.

In R.E., we have been learning about Jesus’ New Commandment and the two Greatest Commandments. In Science, we have been learning about what we might need to survive in a remote location. In art, we have been annotating rangoli patterns. In computing, we have been learning all about our digital footprints. In Spanish, we have been using adjectives to describe animals. In Geography, we have started our new topic learning about The Lake District.

Next week it is also World Book Day on Thursday! We will be doing lots of exciting activities so please take a look at the timetable for more information.

Please take a look at Mr Cotton’s Trick Shot Challenge...

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the glorious sunshine,

Miss Russell.

12/2/2021

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney

What a half term! We have had an amazing half term, despite a few technical hiccups. You should all be incredibly proud of everything you have achieved and all of the hard work you have put into this half term. I hope you all have a wonderful break, full of rest, walks and happiness.

In English, we have been writing instructions on how to look after a Stone Age animal. We have been using many language features to make our instructions as easy to follow as possible. After half term, we will be focussing on descriptive setting writing using a film called ‘The Lighthouse’. In maths, we have been learning about fractions; finding fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions and solving missing number and worded problems. After half term, we will be moving onto measures. Remember to keep practising your times tables as these will come in handy when looking at measures!

For the rest of the week, we have been taking part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Week. We have been experimenting with bubbles, investigating different types of paper planes and how far they can be launched, they have been making marble runs from cereal boxes, stress toys from balloons or braided bags, and finally, they have been completing maths, science and online safety challenges.

Please enjoy looking through these photos from this week:

 

 Have a wonderful break,

Miss Russell.

5/2/2021

Well done for another wonderful week of home learning and for all of the fabulous work you have produced. I am so impressed by your creativity, resilience and focus- you should be very proud!

In English, we have been inventing our very own Stone Age animals, which have been incredible! We then created an information page all about it including many different language features. Next week, we will be writing instructions on how to look after our Stone Age animals.

In maths this week, we have been learning different mental and formal methods for division and multiplication. We then applied our learning to solving worded problems and an arithmetic test. Next week, we will be learning about fractions so make sure you practise your times tables over the weekend because they will help us find fractions of amounts.

In art, we have created our Miro inspired surrealist final pieces using our characters from last week. In Spanish, we have been learning how to explain which animals and colours we like and dislike. In computing, we have been recording a video using different types of shits. In R.E., we have been learning about the 5 K’s. In Science, we have been learning the functions of flowers.  In PSHE, we have been learning about how to reduce hazards in the home. We also completed a colouring sheet to celebrate Children’s Mental Health week by drawing many things we are grateful for. Please watch the inspirational video below for ideas on how to express yourself.

How can you express yourself?

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Russell

29/1/2021

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" - Dr Seuss 

What a fun week we have had in Year 3! Thank you all for being so patient, enthusiastic, hard working and resilient. You are all true inspirations and I admire everything you have achieved. 

In English, we have been creating, writing and performing our own play scripts using some of the characters from 'Stig of the Dump'. We included adverbs, ambitious adjectives, relative clauses and openers in our settings and included different stage directions in brackets to help the actors perform their very best. Next week, we will be inventing our own Stone Age animal and writing a fact file all about it, so take a look at some prehistoric beasts over the weekend.

In maths this week, we have been learning our 6, 8 and 9 times tables and then using our knowledge to mentally multiply and divide. Next week, we will be learning some more mental methods as well as some formal methods and then we will be applying our learning to solve problems. Keep practising your times tables over the weekend- Times Tables Rockstars is great for this! 

In art, we have created a character in the style of Miro. In Spanish, we have learnt how to pronounce and recognise eight new colours. In computing, we have been planning our own video we will be recording next week. In R.E., we have been learning about the Armit Ceremony and comparing this with other religious ceremonies. In Science, we have been learning the functions of plants. 

Take a look at some of the surrealist artwork we produced last week...

 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Russell

22/1/2021

“So often you find that the students you’re trying to INSPIRE are the ones that end up inspiring you.” - Sean Junkins

Well done for another great week of home learning, Year 3. You have been so patient despite any technical issues we have been having and are always so positive in everything you do.

In maths this week, we have been describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Next week, we will be moving onto multiplication and division so revise your 3 and 4 times table over the weekend as we will be moving onto our 6’s, 8’s and 9’s. In English, we have begun writing a play script from a scene with the Snargets in Stig of the Dump. Next week, we will be writing our own play scripts using everything we have learnt.

In Art, we have been using different objects, shapes and letters to create a surrealist masterpiece in the style of Miro. In R.E., we have been learning all about the Khalsa and it began. In PSHE, we have been learning about hazards in the home. In Spanish, we have been learning what ‘soy’ means and how to use it in a sentence. In computing, we have been learning all about how to use a recording devise.

Please see George's amazing performance of a play script!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

 

15/1/2021

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world” - Malala Yousafzai

Another great week of home learning from Year 3! You have all been resilient, hardworking and have risen to all of the challenges we have faced this week. I am so proud of everything you have achieved; keep up the amazing work Year 3!

In maths this week, we have been continuing our work with addition and subtraction: using a range of mental strategies to add and subtract, using formal written methods and then applying everything we have learnt to solve tricky worded problems. Next week, we will be moving onto learning about shapes. In English, we have been writing a missing chapter to fit into Stig of the Dump. I can’t wait to finish reading your short stories to see what Stig and Barney have been getting up to. Next week, we will be performing play scripts and learning about the different features we need to include in a play script.

In Art, we have been creating a magical realist picture by adding people and things that are important to us. In R.E., we have been learning all about Guru Nanak and how Sikhism was founded. In PSHE, we have been researching lots of happy news. In Spanish, we have been focussing on the pronunciation of ll. In computing, we have been learning all about what works well in videos and we even made our own thaumatropes.

It has been a very busy week and you have all been brilliant! Keep up your motivation and enthusiasm and I look forward to all of our amazing learning we will be doing next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

8/1/2021

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you." -B.B. King

Happy New Year!

We have finished our first week of home learning! I am unbelievably proud of each of you for being such super stars this week by showing resilience (particularly with our maths this week) and being such enthusiastic and hardworking learners. Well done!

Although this week has been challenging, I am ending today with a huge smile on my face and I hope you are too! I have loved seeing you all and can’t wait for next week’s learning.

Thank you to all parents and carers for being so supportive and patient. If there is anything I can do to support you or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful weekend (you deserve it!)

Miss Russell

18/12/2020

Merry Christmas!

Well done to Year 3 for such an amazing start in Year 3! I am unbelievably proud of each member of the class for their continued hard work and dedication to their learning and making amazing progress. Thank you all for your support over the last term and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved Christmas break.

We have filled this week with lots of different Christmas activities and lessons; making pop-up gingerbread man cards, creating decorations, joining our first ever KS2 Christmas quiz, writing our own descriptive Christmas poem and using our maths skills to answer Christmas riddles.

Remember to keep reading and going on TT Rocktars, mathletics and spellodrome over the holidays! 

Have the most amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Miss Russell

11/12/2020

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”

In English this week, we wrote our own film reviews about ‘The Snowman’. We described what happened in the film without giving too much away and ended on a rhetorical question to make the reader want to find out more. We also performed the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ in groups making sure we used different speeds, expression and lots of enthusiasm. Next week, we will be writing our own descriptive Christmas poem so think about all the amazing things we might see around Christmas time.

In maths, we have been looking at position and movement. We have been turning in right angles, looking at turns in clocks and compasses and finding positions on grids. Next week, we will be identifying parallel and perpendicular lines. Can you find any examples of these in your home?

In Science, we discovered we could change the size of a shadow by moving the position of the light source. In R.E., we looked at the meaning of the gifts from the three wise men and how they link to the feast of Epiphany. In PSHE, we looked at how important it is to value each other’s differences. In Art, we continued using pointillism to create a scenic painting.

Sporting News

Next week, within our PE lessons, we will be running Christmas themed House Competitions. The competitions will be snowball (dodgeball) competitions, which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

Celebrate Me Book

The ‘Celebrate Me Book’ is an opportunity to share your authentic and unique self with the rest of your class. Remember, there is only one you and you should have the chance to shout out about it and celebrate! You are wonderful!

Every Friday, one child will have the opportunity to take this book and record something inside. You could share something you love, share something you are proud of or ultimately, just share something that makes you, you!  The book will be due back on the Monday.

Happy competition and good luck.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell

4/12/2020

“It’s up to you how far you will go. If you don’t try you’ll never know.”

In English, we have become film critics! We have been finding all the different features that makes a great film review such as facts, opinions, boastful language, and descriptions. We watched ‘The Snowman’ and thought about what was done well in the film and what could be further improved. We began writing the introduction, which included many facts! Next week, we will be describing the plot (without giving too much away) and giving our opinion about the film.

In maths this week, we have been finding different fractions of amounts. We learnt part of a rap to remind us ‘fractions of amounts aren’t easy, but don’t stop. You just divide by the bottom, then times by the top!’ Next week, we will be looking at how we can use angles to describe turning.

In R.E., we have been learning all about John the Baptist and how he links to advent. In science, we investigated how we can make shadows using different objects. In computing, we have been spotting and correcting conceptual bugs by fixing the ‘pong’ game so the ball bounced in the correct direction. In Spanish, we learnt a memorisation technique to help us remember the different animals and classroom instructions.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

27/11/2020

“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’” -Audrey Hepburn

In English this week, we have been writing and editing our journey stories. Each story outstanding and includes ambitious language features to create effective pieces of writing! Next week, we will continue to use ‘The Firework-Makers Daughter’ to write a diary entry.

In maths, we have been learning time to the nearest 5 minutes. We know each hour round the clock shows 5 minutes and we began looking at digital times, including 12-hour clocks and 24-hour clocks. Next week, we will be learning about fractions so see if you can find any examples of real life fractions over the weekend.

In computing, we have been spotting and correcting multi-thread bugs. In Spanish, we began looking at the concept of gender. In art, we used the amazing photographs you had taken over the weekend to begin to draw an outline ready to add the paint next week. In R.E., we have been learning about the advent wreath and how the first candle represents hope and the prophets who predicted the birth of Jesus. In science, we investigated some statements about mirrors and learnt that they are not their own light source and they reflect images back to front. Enjoy these pictures of us exploring mirrors!

Foodbank Advent Collection

Our School Council is currently collecting items to give to the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to support the local community over the Christmas period.

Children can bring any items they wish to donate into school and give them to their class teacher. We are hoping to make a final collection on the 11th December.

For a list of food items the foodbank accepts, please follow the link below.

https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell

20/11/2020

150 Life Quotes — Inspiring the Happy, Good and Funny in Life

This week has been a very special week because it was Anti-Bullying Week! On Monday we all wore odd socks to show how special and unique we all are. Chelsea football club ran an amazing workshop for us.  In class, we thought of our own anti-bullying pledges as when we are united, we are stronger!

In English, we have started writing our own journey stories based on 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' using our amazing ideas. Our main characters are going on a journey to find the secret missing ingredient to their fireworks. We included lots of different language features including short sentences to build suspense. Next week, we will be writing our action, resolution and ending to our stories. 

In maths, we have been measuring length, capacity and mass. We have practised reading scales with missing intervals and estimated the different measures. Next week, we will be learning about time so be sure to practise time facts over the weekend. 

In RE, we looked at how we can show peace in school, our homes, the community and in churches and how Christian Aid helps to bring people peace. In art, we recreated a setting in the style of Paul Signac using pointillism. In computing, we were spotting and fixing performance bugs. In Geography, we looked at different regions in the UK. In science, we made reflective strips using lots of different materials. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

13/11//2020

“Kindness. It costs nothing, but means everything.”

Why being kind could help you live longer - BBC News

In English, we wrote detailed character descriptions about Lila from ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’. We included lots of adjectives, used prepositional openers and complex sentences - some of us even began sentences with subordinate clauses! We then invented our very own fireworks and created beautifully presented adverts using boastful language and rhetorical questions.

In maths, we began looking at how symmetry is a property of 2D shapes. We found lines of symmetry in lots of different shapes and completed the other half of shapes using mirrors to reflect the pattern.

In Science, we investigated which materials were the shiniest by seeing which reflected the most light.

On Wednesday, it was DT Day! We had so much fun making our balloon powered dragsters! We annotated real life dragsters, explaining what we liked and disliked about them. We used ideas from the real life dragsters to design our own and then drew our designs onto each part of the car. Carefully, we then build our cars and took them outside to test. We reflected on the day and evaluated what went well and what we might change next time. Take a look at the amazing pictures below!

Next week in English, we will be planning our very own journey story including complex sentences, how/ when/ where openers and using the perfect present tense. In maths, we will be learning about measure so be sure to practise measurement facts over the weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

6/11/2020

'The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'

-Dr Seuss

What an amazing week back! The children have produced some outstanding pieces of work and I am so proud of everything they have achieved!

In English, we have started looking The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We explored the first chapter and have been building up to writing a detailed setting description. We listened to the sounds of the jungle and looked at different pictures to describe the senses using ambitious adjectives and verbs, adverbs, similes, alliteration and sentence openers.

In maths, we have been looking at shapes. We described the properties of 2D shapes and looked at how shapes can contain right angles. We then began exploring 3D shapes by looking at the properties and making cubes and prisms.

In RE, we created some beautiful art to represent remembrance. We explored why poppies are used as the symbol to remember people who died in the war. In Science, we investigated which colours are more difficult to see with less light. In Art, we created an artist page for Georges Seurat who was the first artist to use the technique pointillism. In Computing, we fixed off-by-one bugs in a program on Scratch. In Geography, we located different cities across the UK.

Christmas Cards

We loved seeing all of the amazing artwork for the Christmas Cards homework and we're sure that all of the pieces which were sent in are going to make absolutely beautiful cards!  Above is a gallery of a selection of artwork from across the school and we hope that you enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell.

House Athletics Competition

We would like to congratulate all of the children for their wonderful sporting skills in athletics. Mr Cotton was so pleased with the determination and sportsmanship he saw. We would like to give an almighty congratulations to the children in Keys who received the most points in the competition, well done.

We look forward to running the next house sporting competitions at the end of this term. Thank you, Miss Cook

23/10/2020

Happy Half Term!

“Believe you can and you can and you’re half way there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

This week, St Peter’s has been celebrating Black History Month. We took part in a great Caribbean dance workshop. We learnt about significant black figures in history, focusing on Rhaune Laslett O’Brien and Claudia Jones. We also learnt about the ‘Windrush generation’ and the impact it had on our lives today. Oli Moore from Chelsea football club also did a great presentation about famous footballers in history.

In English, we wrote our own adverts for Notting Hill Carnival explaining why it was created, who the pioneers were and what you would find at the carnival. In maths, we have been learning mental and formal methods for division and solving worded problems. In science, we investigated which magnet was the strongest and found smaller magnets can sometimes actually be the strongest! In RE, we learnt about Salvation and God’s Kingdom and how Paul spread Jesus’ message across the world. In computing, we animated our characters and added sounds. In art, we evaluated our final pieces. In history, we wrote instructions on how to mummify a body.

Don’t forget to log into Times Tables Rockstars, Mathletics and Readiwriter over half term.

I’m so proud of all the children for such an amazing half-term and all the progress I have already seen. Well done, Year 3!

Have a wonderful half term,

Miss Russell

A message from Miss Cook:

House Competitions

What a wonderful week for sport. Thank you to all year groups for taking part in the house athletics competitions this week, it has been lovely to get the children involved in competitive sport, and they really enjoy it. It has been a very close call all week but Mr Cotton will tally up the results and announce the winning house after half term. Best wishes, Miss Cook   

16/10/2020

"Never give up because great things take time."

We’ve had a fantastic week of learning here in Year 3!

 In English, Mrs Rabbit had asked Miss Russell if Year 3 could write a leaflet filled with information about wolves to help keep rabbits safe. We did a fantastic job! We used subheadings to organise the information, expanded noun phrases, prepositions and compound sentences to give extra details and formal conjunctions to add to the formality.

In maths, we have been using our knowledge of times tables to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit number. We focussed on solving related calculations when we were multiplying multiples of ten and used short multiplication when the 2-digit number didn’t have a 0 in the ones.

In RE, we explored how Incarnation was when God come to Earth in the form of Jesus and how Gospel was when Jesus and his disciples spread the message of God. We created our own modern day parables with a moral message behind them. In Science, we investigated how magnets interact with each other, noticing how like poles repel and unlike poles attract. In Spanish, we listened to and understood a simple story about animals. In computing, we began animating our storyboard algorithms. In History, we learnt the steps of mummification. In Art, we finished our final pieces! We used lots of different materials to recreate Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers. Can you see which materials we used?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

A message from Miss Cook:

Walk to School Week

Thank you to everyone who made the conscious decision to try, where possible, to walk, scoot or cycle to school, last week – even you teachers. Amazingly, Reception scored the highest overall total and are the winners of this year’s competition. Please remember we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school (all year round) as much as possible to help our local environment and help clean the air pollution. Together we can create a cleaner, healthier world.

9/10/2020

'The most wasted of days is one without laughter.' 

-E.E Cummings

We’ve had another great week here in Year 3!

In English, we finished our modern day alternative fairy tales and they were amazing! We included so much grammar such as inverted commas to show speech, expanded noun phrases to add to descriptions, adverbs and conjunctions. I’m so proud of the stories the children wrote and how well they used our wild imaginations.

In maths, we have moved on to multiplication and division. We did lots of work on our 3 and 4 times-tables and practiced our quick recall of the times-tables facts.

In RE, we focussed on People of God. We learnt some of the stories from this part of the Bible, such as Moses and Abraham. We focussed on how God spoke to these prophets to try to mend his relationship with the people, but how people didn’t listen. In Science, we investigated the strength of magnets. In Art, we created our petals ready to go on our collages next week. In computing, we drew our characters and backgrounds on Scratch ready to animate. In Spanish, we learnt the names of some animals and how to pronounce ‘rr’.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

Sporting News

During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

Happy competition and good luck,

Miss Cook

2.10.2020

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES."

-William James

What another fabulous week here in Year 3. I’m so proud of all the hard work we have been doing and everything we have achieved so far. Keep up the hard work Year 3!

Year 3 really are a class of talented writers! In English, we edited and published our Egyptian Cinderella stories to put on our wonderful display. We then planned a modern day Cinderella story using our wild imaginations and began writing our stories. We had some great ideas including evil dinner ladies and teachers stopping Cinderella going to the school disco!

In maths, we explored some mental strategies for addition and subtraction and began looking at formal methods. We applied our learning to solving problems using all the strategies we had learnt, choosing the most efficient way.

In Science, we explored different magnetic materials. We found out that magnets do not actually attract all metals! Take a look at the fun science experiments we’ve done so far! Including investigating how an object moves on different surfaces…

In R.E., we explored the metanarrative of the Bible in more detail, focussing on Creation and Fall. We thought of questions we would like to ask Adam and Eve and how they might answer. In Spanish, we learnt some classroom instructions. In computing, we thought of all the things we could include to make an interesting animation. In Art, we created a textured background and a pot for our own collage version of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell.

8/9/2020

"I haven't failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work"

-Thomas Edison

Happy Friyay!

We've had another amazing week in Year 3! I've been so impressed with the learning and the standard of work in Year 3 already!

In English, we have been immersing ourselves into the alternative fairy tale 'Cinderella of the Nile'. We began the week by writing a diary entry from the perspective of Rhodopis (Cinderella) where we described her feelings throughout each part of the story. We built up to finding all the features in the story to help us when we write our own versions next week.

In maths, we have been focussing on how to compare and order 3-digit numbers and revised everything we have learned in our place value topic.

In science, we began our new topic- forces and magnets! We looked at how pulls, pushes and twists can make things move.

In RE, we began looking at the Biblical timeline  by sequencing the different parts in the Bible. In Spanish, we began looking at greetings- we now respond to the register with buenos días in the mornings and buenas tardes in the afternoons. In PSHE, we completed the tangram challenge and discussed what we could do to work well as a team to complete the challenge as quick as possible. 

It was also lovely to meet you all on the virtual open classroom on Tuesday evening. In case you missed it, here's what we discussed:

  • Please make sure your children are reading every day and you are making a note in the yellow reading diary each time they have read.
  • Blue homework goes home Friday and is due in Monday.
  • Green homework goes home Monday and is due in Friday.
  • Reading books are to be changed every Monday and Thursday.
  • P.E. is on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday they will leave school in their P.E. kit.
  • Also, if you have twitter please start following the school twitter account!
Have a lovely weekend, 
Miss Russell

11/9/2020

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud'

-Maya Angelou

We have had a wonderful week in year 3. I am so proud of how well the children have settled into Key Stage 2 and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my new class.

We began the week by creating a ‘well-being tree’ in which we discussing our strengths, wishes, dreams and the people who support us. We each described something positive about another member of class on the leaves and added them to our tree.

In English, we started immersing ourselves into the world of alternative fairy tales by looking at Roald Dalh's 'Revoulting Rhymes'. We finished the week by creating our very own villain and writing a character description all about them.

In maths, we have been focussing on understanding the value of each digit in a 3-digit number and then we placed these numbers on a number line all the way to 1000! 

We wrote some beautiful prayers thanking God for wonderful things and asking for help for the year ahead.

A few notices:

PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Friday. 

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday. Please make sure that you read with your child each night and sign the reading diary. Please also write when the book is finished, so that we know to change the reading book. Thank you.

Our ‘Virtual Open Evening’ will be on Tuesday 15th September from 5:40 – 6:00pm. In the session, we will share key information about Year 3 and what we will be doing throughout the year.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Russell