Spring 2 with Year 3

What a brilliant start to the new half term! Thank you for all of the wonderful homework that has come in about the human body, the children have really enjoyed sharing their work.

We have begun the new term with a bang and have really got stuck into our new learning. In Maths we have been continuing to develop our addition and subtraction skills and solving problems using these, it is lovely to see the children growing in confidence. This week, we have been learning about different measures, including length, weight and capacity. The children have enjoyed investigating the length of their different bones and the weight of different objects.

In our English lessons we have been learning about the Varmint. We have watched a clip of the film based on the book by Helen Ward, and the children have responded through using specific and quality descriptive language to describe a scene effectively. We have also looked at beginning our sentences in a variety of ways. The children have worked really hard and are looking forward to writing their stories.

On Tuesday The Dogs Trust visited Year 3, the children met ‘Samuel, the cocker spaniel’ and learned about how to behave if they encounter dogs. They learned the three rules of how to approach dogs if they wish to stroke them.
1: Ask the owner
2: Wait 3 seconds for the dog to approach
3: Ask where the dog likes to be stroked.

The children were also taught how to behave if they encounter a lively dog. They were taught to turn their back and do the X Factor – folding their arms and tucking their head down.

We are also really enjoying practising the songs for the Easter production: Hammers and Nails Resurrection Tales. Please continue to encourage your child to learn the words at home. Your child should have received a letter with the dates and times of the shows. If you have not already done so, we would appreciate if you would return the slip as soon as possible.

Due to the weather forecast of very heavy snow tomorrow, World Book Day has been postponed. Do not panic, those costumes will not go to waste, this has been rescheduled for Thursday 8th March. We look forward to seeing all of your costumes then!

Many thanks for your continued support.

The Year 3 Team

Samuel the cocker spaniel

Half way through the year with Year 3!

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to meet with you all at parents’ evenings over the last two weeks and discuss your child’s learning.

They all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their learning through the topic of ‘Paris and London’ this half term. Having worked so hard on their narrative skills, the children now have some published stories of a young fox in Paris. We are all so proud of their efforts and the care they have taken with their presentation.

As part of the Year 3 inter-class challenge, the Haka was performed by a group from each class in front of Mr Applegate. They showed great spirit and results from this and their netball skills challenge will be announced after half term.

Our focus of study will be on the human body, ‘Blood, Bones and Body Bits.’ A piece of homework has been set this week and is due back on the 27th February. We hope the children enjoy the freedom to choose their area of study and enhance their creativity skills.

If any child still wants to partake in the NSPCC Maths challenge, it’s not too late as the lady will be back in school on February 22nd to award badges to those who forgot to bring in their forms on the 7th. A huge thank you goes to all families who kindly sponsored their child.

We very much hope you have a safe, happy and healthy half term break; we look forward to seeing all our young learners once more on Monday, February 19th.

The Year 3 Team

Introducing Rockstars Times Tables to St Mark’s!

A Guide to RockStars

We are very excited to be introducing a new tool which will help children learn their times tables – Rockstars!

Why is learning Times Tables important?

As you know, learning multiplication and division facts are key fundamentals of mathematics and are used and applied to so many other areas of maths; knowing these facts will help children to make progress in their learning. The National Curriculum expectations are that children should know all these facts by the end of Year 4. We appreciate that this is a hard task for some children so Rockstars is yet another tool to help them achieve this.

What is Rockstars?

Rockstars is a website where children take on the role of a Rockstar – their Avatar. They give their Rockstar a name, decide what they are going to look like and of course, choose which instrument they are going to play.

How do the children practise their tables?

Once they log in, there are different ways in which they can practise their times tables. 

Your child’s teacher will have set up specific times tables for them to focus on which will be highlighted when they log in. When they play in the ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’, they will be solely focusing on the tables set by their teacher. In the ‘Studio’, ‘Festival, and ‘Rock Slams’, they can practise all their times tables. They children can practise independently by trying to improve their speed and accuracy but if they fancy playing competitively, in the ‘Festival’, they compete against other children from around the world and in the ‘Arena’, they can play against other children in their Year Group. In the ‘RockSlam’ area, this is where children can choose another peer in their Year Group to challenge! Additionally, sometimes teachers may set ‘Rock Battles’ where children can compete against other year groups, for example there may be a battle between Year 3 and Year 4 as to who can earn the most points over a week’s period. 

What rewards do they get for playing?

Each time the children practise or compete, they gain credits which are used in leaderboards but they can also use these to buy new accessories for their avatar.

Every few week, teachers will be awarding certificates to children who have the most credits and also to those who make the most progress in learning their times tables. The more they practise of course, the more progress they will make!

How do they know if they are making progress?

There are a number of tools on this platform which allow children, parents and teachers to see how they are progressing. They can view and compare their initial baseline speed to how fast they are now and continue to strive to improve this.

Also, by using colours, it show which tables they are confident with in green and the tables which need more practise will be in red.

How do they log in?

Rockstars is available from Year 2 – Year 6. By the end of this week, all children will have been shown this website by their teachers and all children will have username logins in their Learning Logs. Additionally, we’ll send home a parent letter which explains in more detail how to log on.

Now and again, we will play in school but primarily, this is a resource to be used at home. Rockstars is available through WebBrowser but can also be accessed through the app on a mobile, ipad or tablet.


We are very excited about this fun learning tool and already the children are showing such enthusiasm to learn their Times Tables. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to see your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Maths Team



Welcome to the Spring Term!

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Christmas holidays seem like such a long time ago, but we do hope that you had a lovely time with your family and friends.

The children are now settled back into the pace of Year 3 learning and seem to be thoroughly enjoying our topic: London vs Paris. Thank you for your support with their Paris landmarks homework; many of these were superb.

On Thursday the children were introduced to a new website called Times Tables Rockstars. They all have their own login details and this should be a fun and exciting way to practise their times tables.

This week in Maths we have been learning about buying items and calculating the change. Many children no longer understand the process of spending money and receiving change. Therefore, it would be marvellous if you would take your child to the shops so that they can practise spending money and receiving change.

Our PE lessons this term are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be outdoors for our netball lessons and indoors for our dance lessons where we are learning the Haka. Children need full indoor and outdoor PE kits please.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

The Year 3 Team

Year 3 Christmas Post

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful term we have had teaching the Year 3 children! They are such a lovely group of children. We hope they are now all very settled into their Year 3 classes and are enjoying their learning. Thank you so much for all your support this term.

We hope you enjoyed the Carol Concerts; we were very proud of the children. A huge well done to them all and especially the choir members who performed in all six of the concerts.

At the Christmas parties, the children were a joy to be with and all looked so lovely in their outfits. It has been a fun and busy end to our term.

Thank you all so very much for the kind gifts and messages you sent in. They were all sincerely appreciated and made us feel so privileged to be the adults working alongside your children this year.

We want to wish you all a most peaceful, happy and healthy Christmas break and hope that 2018 is an excellent year for your family.

With warmest regards,

The Year 3 Team.

Christmas Carol Concert

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for helping the children learn the lyrics to the carols they will be performing over the coming days.

For those who wish to watch the performance tomorrow at 2pm (Thursday, 14th December) there are still plenty of tickets available.

On Monday, 18th December, children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom. Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.

For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms’ corridor entrance at 7:45pm please.

The final carol concert will take place on Tuesday, 19th December at 2pm and there are also plenty of tickets available should you wish to come along.

We are very much hoping the children will all get to enjoy the evening performance. However, if it is not possible for your child/children to attend, would you please let their class teacher know?


With many thanks,

The Year 3 Team

Not Any Old Iron in Year 3

Year 3 have been working extremely hard this term. We have all enjoyed studying The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Through this unit, the children have written diaries, letters and news reports based on the different events in the story. They have really engaged with the text, and this week have reviewed the book, as well as drawing comparisons with the film.

During our Science lessons we have been exploring forces and how objects move across a surface. We have also enjoyed investigating the effect that magnets have upon each other, and on magnetic objects.

in History we are beginning to learn how Stone Age life changed into the Bronze Age and subsequently the Iron Age. We are looking forward to making Celtic money pouches in DT, investigating the best natural juices to dye our fabric and developing our sewing technique.

This week we have begun practising the carols for our Carol Concert, and will be bringing words home to practise next week.

Finally, a practical reminder, we are still having Games lessons outdoors, please could you ensure that your child has tracksuit trousers to wear outdoors, and a spare pair of socks for girls who may be coming to school wearing tights.

Many thanks

Year 3 Team

The End of The Stone Age! 20.10.17

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful start to Year 3 we have had! The children have been a delight to teach and so engaged in their learning.

This week marks the end of the Stone Age as we will be moving on to the Iron Age next half term.

We have had a lot of great lessons learning all about Diwali this week. It has been lovely to hear first-hand from our Hindu followers how they celebrate.

In Science, we learned about the process of fossilisation. Please ask your child all about sedimentary layers of rock forming over a dead sea creature to form a fossil. We brought this process to life in the classroom with slices of bread and foam sweets. Do check your child’s book bag as many students have brought them home to share their learning with you: they won’t be pleasant in a week’s time!

Homework for half-term allows for creativity. The instructions are attached. This is due in on Tuesday, 7th November. We will be sharing their homework with the whole of Year 3 on Thursday (09.11.17) morning at 9:05 in the main hall. You are all very welcome to join us and this will be an opportunity to watch their dance videos too.

We hope you all have a restful, safe and happy half-term and look forward to seeing all the children on the 30th October.

The Year 3 Team.

A mold fossil we made today.

Half term Homework

Cave Art in Year 3

Let the cave painting commence!

Last week the children completed their Stone Age adventure stories based on the book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. In our Art lesson we learned about cave paintings that have been discovered around the world and had a go at our own in our sketch books.

This week, our cave artists will all have a go at painting the walls with their prehistoric images.

In Maths we are developing our confidence with our multiplication before moving onto looking at strategies for division. Please keep on practising the tables at home.

We look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evening on Thursday this week, and Monday and Wednesday next week.

Many thanks for your continued support,
The Year 3 Team

Welcome to Year 3

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful start the children have made to Year 3! We are very proud of the efforts they are making with their learning so far. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Curriculum Evening on Tuesday night.

At the moment, in English, we are busy writing instructions about how to trap a woolly mammoth; the focus is use of imperative verbs, adverbs and time adverbials. An example of a wonderful sentence could be: First, silently hide behind a large bush.

During our maths sessions, we have focused on different methods for adding numbers. Homework to reinforce this skill will be sent home on Thursday. Please make sure your child completes this work and returns it on Tuesday 26th September.

Please also remember the importance of daily reading aloud and to record this in your child’s Home Learning Log.

Don’t hesitate to come and ask us any questions that you may have and thank you so much for your support with your child’s learning.

The Year 3 Team


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