What a super start to our new topic ‘The Mystery of Metal’ we have had! Last Monday Mr Blake had left the children a note asking why all of the metal things had been gathered and put into a huge pile and asked us to investigate. We then discussed, ‘is it ok to destroy something?’
On Tuesday the children were very excited to find a wrapped book from their teachers linking with our big question ‘Should we judge a book by the cover?’
We made predictions about the story and started to read the Iron Man chapter 1. The children were completely engrossed as they read. We have focused on the vocabulary within the book and the Iron Man’s feelings throughout the story.
We have many exciting activities planned in the coming weeks and we need your help. Please can you send in the following items (remember to name):
- An empty drink can (coke/ lemonade can etc)
- A shoe box
- A cereal box
Please send in ASAP
What a fantastic end to our project ‘Dig and Discover’ as so many of you supported our Museum last Thursday. The children enjoyed setting up and sharing all their learning with you. It was so lovely to have such positive feedback from parents/ carers and also to hear what the children enjoyed most about this project.
A few other notes:
Even the rain didn’t stop us learning! What a lot we learnt on Friday when we visited Stonehenge! The children were a credit to our school and behaved beautifully throughout the day.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parent helpers that joined us on our trip. We can’t offer these opportunities without your help.
Year 3 Team
We are looking forward to our school trip to Stonehenge on Friday! We have been watching the weather forecast very carefully and it has constantly been changing. Sadly, it looks like it is going to be a rather wet day so children need to dress appropriately. There is very limited shelter so providing things below is extremely important.
School jumpers and polo shirts
Trainers (That may get muddy!)
Waterproof warm coat with a hood
A back pack with lunch in this (bear in mind they will be carrying this all day)
Year 3 Team
This week the children enjoyed learning about Igneous and Sedimentary rocks, they had the opportunity to make their own rocks using milk and white chocolate. Hopefully the children can tell you the difference between the two rocks and how they are formed. They could always use their knowledge organiser to remind themselves.
On Friday the children brought home our topic grid and knowledge organiser (also attached below) linked to their learning. The knowledge organiser has all the key learning and vocabulary we will be using with your children this half term. We hope that you will share these with your child to open up the opportunity to discuss their learning and also widen their experiences through some of the home learning opportunities we have suggested. The knowledge organiser will help us work towards answering our big question ‘Is all change needed?’.
Few other reminders:
- Tuesday 24th September – Join us for our curriculum morning – 8.30am – 10am – We will share our curriculum, knowledge organisers and then focus on our Maths.
- We are still outstanding school trip letters – A second letter was given last week
- Volunteers for school trip – we are just checking all DBS forms and will let you know by Wednesday
- PE kits need to be in on a Monday.
Year 3 Team
RockStars proved to be hugely popular last year and helped the children to make considerable progress in learning their times tables facts.
As it is a new school year, we have reset the children’s RockStars accounts. Teachers will be handing out their logins this week.
RockStars is continuously improving with new features; this year, it has some new tools which help to assess where your child is currently with their times tables knowledge in order to tailor some of the questions to suit their needs and also give feedback to their teacher.
When your child first logs in, they will first need to choose a new ‘rockstar’ name. It would then be beneficial for them to play the ‘Gig’ as this gives an initial assessment and a baseline speed so that they and their teachers can see their progress over time.
If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to the class teacher.
The children were very enthusiastic on Monday when they received a letter asking them to become the archaeologists. At first they researched what an archaeologist’s job is and made a list of equipment needed to complete their dig. The children took great care and were really excited to take on one of the different roles – archaeologist, scientist, reporter, photographer and preservation team. They were quite surprised to find their role hidden under their chair at the start of the lesson.
This was the start our topic ‘Dig and Discover’ where the children have uncovered many artefacts from The Stone Age. We will be researching these over the coming weeks and taking the children back in time. We will be focusing our learning on answering our big question ‘Is all change needed?’
Next week we will be sending out our topic web and knowledge organiser after we have shared this with the children giving you and your child the knowledge needed for our topic this half term.
A few dates for your diary:
- Generic curriculum evening for 3/4/5/6 – 18th September at 7.20pm – this is for those that cannot attend our curriculum morning.
- Curriculum workshop – Tuesday 23rd September – This will give you details about the coming year with a Maths focus. You will then be invited to join your child for their Maths lesson.
- School trip – Friday 4th October – Trip to Stone Henge
- End of term museum – 24th October at 2pm – we would like to invite you to see all the children’s learning at our museum – more details to follow
Year 3 team
We are looking forward to welcoming the children to Year 3 on Thursday 5th September. A small reminder that our school trip will be taking place on Friday 4th October. Payment and consent form due in by Friday 13th September please. We will require several helpers so please let us know if you can help.
We have a very exciting half term planned with our new topic ‘Dig and Discover’ – we will send out some more information about this soon.
Our PE days will be Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Please make sure that PE kits are in school on a Monday morning.
Year 3 Team
Mrs Boyle, Mrs Spiers, Miss Barnett and Mrs Berwick