A fabulous first half term in Year 3

The children have worked so hard this half term and we are extremely proud of the way they have settled back into school. We have enjoyed learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We have drawn some super stone age pictures to share with you. In science we have carried out different experiments to look at and compare rocks and their appearance and properties. We have also enjoyed learning about Mary Anning  and had fun making our own fossils.

There will not be any homework set next week as we feel the children need a rest after working so hard this half term. Feel free to continue with TTRock Stars and spelling shed, but this is not essential.  

Have a lovely half term,

Year 3 Team

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Year 3 and the Stone Age Boy

tYear 3 are really settling into the new routines and expectations of Year 3. 

In English we have been focussing on a story called ‘Stone Age Boy’. The story is all about a boy who ends up in the Stone Age with a girl called Om. We have included the copies of our class sentence stacking stories for you to read. Sentence stacking is where we take sentences from the children’s work in each lessons and produce a class story. Each child gives us a sentence to help build the story. We have been very impressed with the vocabulary choices the children have been making. We then wrote our own stories but with a twist. Instead of writing a story in the Stone Age, we brought the main character Om to our school to see what she would see and experience here. We had some super stories where the children included expanded noun phrases, onomatopoeia, fronted adverbials, similes and action verbs. We are working hard on reminding the children where they should be using capital letters consistently and what these look like in their work. 

The stone Age Boy by 3PG The stone Age Boy by 3SB The stone Age Boy by 3T

In art we started by learning more about Stonehenge before creating our own backgrounds, where we use powder paint to create a sunset. We then used black paper to create the stones. (3T and 3SB will be finishing their pictures next week)

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TT Rockstars – It is fantastic that 61 children in year 3 have been on TT Rockstars this week. As we mentioned at our curriculum presentation all children are expected to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4. So it is key to be working on these now to embed this knowledge. By the end of year 2 children should know 1’s/ 2’s/ 5’s/ 10’s. By the end of Year 3 children should know 1’s/ 2’s/ 5’s/ 10’s/ 3’s/ 4’s/ 8’s. TT Rockstars is a great online platform which allows children to practise their tables independently. We would recommend that your child spends at least half an hour on TT Rockstars per week (but the longer the better!) 


Thank you to all the children who are accessing and submitting their homework on google classroom. Completing homework is important and we do hope that we will see all the children completing and submitting this soon. If you would like some support with how to access google classroom, upload work or any general questions please do email us at year3@stmarksce.org.uk for support. 

 

Year 3 Team 

 

Times Tables and RockStars Relaunch!

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As you may have heard us say many times before, knowing key facts such as times tables are at the heart of being a successful Mathematician. 

We’ve seen a lot more children log onto Rockstars over the last couple of weeks and it is great to see! After such a long time off school, some children have forgotten or have slowed down when recalling their times tables facts. RockStars is a brilliant program for helping children to learn and practise their times tables independently. By now, your child’s class teacher should have given them their log in details in case they have forgotten them, however they are exactly the same as last year.

To help promote RockStars, we will be announcing ‘RockStar Headlines’ in our weekly Celebration Worship on Friday which will celebrate achievements such as fastest speeds, those who have spent the most time playing on RockStars, how our school is comparing to other local schools and which year groups win the battles!

These were the RockStar headlines from last week:

 

Rockstars Headlines

Most time playing RockStars:

Year 3: Arthur D, Bethany C, Chloe M

Year 4: Liam J, James S, Iremide A

Year 5: Craig M, Charlie D, Samuel W

Year 6: Ollie R, Joby B, Bela F

A special well done to Liam in 4G who spent the most time practising his times tables on Rockstars in the entire school!

 

Year group who played the most:

Year 4!

 

Our ranking compared to other schools:

We have the 7th fastest average speed out of 30 local schools – well done St Mark’s! Can we get to 6th place next week I wonder…?

 

Battle of the Bands:

Year 4 beat Year 3 as Year 4 spent more time playing

Year 6 beat Year 5 as Year 6 spend more time playing

 

Next week, we’ll be announcing some different ‘RockStar headlines’ so encourage the children to log on and keep playing! We recommend spending around half an hour per week but some children may benefit from longer or some other activities to support them. If you are having any problems with logging on, please let your child’s class teacher know.

 

Learning and Testing Times Tables

In class, we have been busy designing some activities to help the children learn their times tables. We are also testing them on a regular basis and have been checking their recall right from the 2 times tables. At Parents’ Evening, you can talk to your child’s class teacher about how your child is getting on with their times tables compared to expectations. The National Curriculum expectations are:

Children should know their multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of Year 2.

Children should know their multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3.

Children should know their multiplication and division facts for the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables by the end of Year 4.

In our school system, we have split these tables into sets and the children will receive a certificate when they pass their Ruby and Emerald award. Once they complete their Diamond set, a certificate will be awarded to them in Celebration Worship as this is such an accomplishment! 

Once children know all their times tables, we have lots of further speed challenges that they can have a go at in school. 

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Year 3 Presentation and Q&As from Key Messages Meeting

Click link Year 3 Curriculum Meeting 2020 for the Power point that was shared. 

 

When will French lessons start?

Our main focus at the moment is English and Maths but we will start French lessons as soon as we can. We are hoping to start these after half term. 

 

When does homework/ reading need submitting?

The children’s homework will have a deadline date on it. As we issue homework weekly in Year 3, we will expect this in on or before the deadline. The reading log was apart of this week’s homework and we will issue a new one as and when to check on reading. 

 

What happens to RP’s?

Across the school, the children all collect RP’s and the class with the most in KS1 and KS2 get reward. They refresh every Friday to Thursday. We also give lots of extra RP’s for Spelling tasks and homework. 

 

 

 

Year 3 – Reminders

We have had another fab week in Year 3. We just wanted to update you with a few reminders: 

  • Spellings are issued every Friday and tested the following Friday. These can be found in google classroom under the children’s class. 
  • Spelling shed   https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/ Your child’s spellings will also be on spelling shed. If you need login details please email us at year3@stmarksce.org.uk. 
  • Homework will be a mixture of Handwriting/Maths or Handwriting/SPaG. This will be issued every Friday and can also be found in your child’s class.
  • Reading folders These came home on Friday. They come into school each day with only the children’s reading books in them. 
  • Homework books and Handwriting Books  In their book folders they also brought home their handwriting books and a homework book – please take these out of the folders and keep at home. They do not need to be brought back into school as you will upload pictures onto google classroom. 
  • Reading books  Due to isolation restrictions reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday if they are finished – if they are longer books they can keep for longer. We understand that you may want to change more regularly but due to a set of books at home, a set of books in isolation it makes it tricky. Please do read other books that the children have at home though so they are reading daily. 
  • Year 3 Google Classroom Many of you have noticed work being uploaded to the Year 3 Goggle classroom daily – this work is for children that may need to self-isolate with other family members and only needs completing if this applies to your child. If your child has been at school, they do NOT need to complete this work. 
  • Times tables Rock stars Please do continue to use this to learn your times tables. If you need login details please email us at year3@stmarksce.org.uk. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Year 3 Team 

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