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December 14
Autumn...2020...roll on...2021

​What a brilliant end to 2020! 3S should be proud of themselves as they have come a long way since September. I have been really impressed with their behaviour and level of work produced by each individual throughout this term.

 
Maths: we have focused on our column methods, including column addition and subtraction. We will be moving onto division in the New Year.
 
English: we started our new text 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and wrote some exciting pieces based on the book. We wrote a character and setting description and even an evening bulletin to invite the winner to the factory. So excited to see their progress continue in the New Year!
 
YPC: we started our new topic: Victorians this term. We covered a range of skills in History, Geography, DT and Art. We will be designing a bridge in 2021 as part of our DT topic.
 
Science: we have looked at forces and magnets and developed our knowledge and skills this term. We have carried out a number of investigations using different magnets. We completed a mini assessment and smashed it! WAHOO!

 

Keep up the excellent work and behaviour. Bring on Spring 1!
 
Mr Shah is very proud of every single one of you - you have totally smashed it!

 

December 10
Autumn 2 3Q

​Well, what a busy and unusual half term! The children of 3Q have been working so hard and have been covering lots of new areas in all of our subjects.

In Maths we have now covered column addition, column subtraction, grid multiplication method and division. I am proud to say that all of the pupils have worked exteremely hard and managed to acheive well in all of these areas.

We have begun reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in English and are completing lots of activities to accompany our reading, including comprehension, double inverted commas, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to name but a few!

In Science we have been having a lot of fun creating experiments and researching Forces and Magnets.

In YPC we have finished Our Local Area topic and moved onto Victorians. We are currently enjoying Victorian Christmas activities as well as Christmas crafts. Professor McGinty is paying us a visit today and we are all very excited to see his fun take on this part of our History!


December 07
Year 3 - Autumn 2

​Well what another brilliant half term we have had in 3H! Firstly, I want to say how mature 3H have been, and it is clear to see we have made huge improvements as a class.

I have been so impressed with the level of work 3H have produced! In English we have covered lots of topics such as: comprehension, reading different genres of text and descriptive language. We have been looking at different grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and similies to make our writing descriptive and interesting to read. 3H have produced some excellent character and setting descriptions linked to our class text, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! In Phonics we have focussed heavily on suffixes and spelling rules. 

In Maths this term, we have looked at multiplication and division. We are learning how to use the grid method to multiply two digit numbers by 1 digit. We are also working on our reasoning and problem solving skills too! 

We have now finished our YPC topic of 'Our Local Area' and have moved onto 'The Victorians'. So far we have compared Victorian holidays and looked into the history of Cadbury's. We are loving learning about all the differences between life then and now! 

In Science we have loved starting our new topic 'Forces and Magnets'. We really enjoyed using the magnets to see what was magnetic or not in the classroom. We also created some fantastic explanations of magnetic force and how poles can attract or repel each other! 

I am very much looking forward to 2021 for another amazing term with 3H. Thank you for all your hard work 3H, you have been fantastic! 

Finally, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! 

Take care and thank you again to parents for their continued support,

Miss Hanif :-) 



December 03
Autumn 2 and.... it's gone!

It's been another long term but we have got through it! Mainly because 3G have been great with lots of people making massive improvements.


We've looked at a range of topics in English such as: different genres, expanded noun phrases, descriptive language and comprehension  whilst using similies, fronted adverbials and much more. In phonics we have done a lot of work on suffixes, spelling strategies and moved on tocontractions too!

During Maths we have done a lot of work on multiplication and division whilst working on our reasoning skills too! We have much more to look forward to next term like shape, time and measure.

In YPC we finished our topic, our local area, and moved on to the Victorians. So far we have loved learning about the differences between life then and now and somethings have amazed us all.

Science has been fantastic and we've shown a good understanding of forces and magnets. Our favourite lesson was using the magnetics to detect what objects were magnetic.

I can't wait until 2021 when we will all see each other again for another jam-packed term of fantastic lessons. You guys have been great so have a well earnt rest!


Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, have a wonderful time off and I shall see you soon! :)

 

P.S. Don't forget that lots of reading!

 

Take care from Mr G!​​

November 02
Year 3 - Autumn 2

The Year 3 staff would like to say a massive thank you for your continued support. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. 

This half term we will be learning about:

 

English:

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

 

·           Phonics – children will continue to look at new spelling rules and suffixes, including adding: ing, est and er.

·           Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily

·           Children will learn how to use paragraphs and use speech punctuation correctly

·           Using a range of devices, including: fronted adverbials, adverbs to enhance our writing.

·           Using descriptive language/expanded noun phrases to describe characters and settings

·           We will be finishing off reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith before using ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl as a basis for some of our writing.

 

Reading planners will be checked by the class teacher every week. Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning.

 

Maths:

We will begin by looking at addition and subtraction. We will be learning about:

 

·           Mental and written methods for addition and subtraction, including introducing the column method

·           Children will use the method to exchange and carry digits to the next column  

·           We will continue to develop and recall our multiplication tables for the 3, 4 and 8 times table as well as maintain our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. This term we will be looking at the 3 times table by listening to songs, counting in 3s and developing our quick recall skills.

 

YPC: Victorians

We will be comparing what life was like in this period to the present day. We will also discover why the Victorian era was revolutionary by investigating some of the important developments and inventions made during this time. We will also have a special visit from Professor McGinty in December.

 

Science: Forces and Magnets

We will be investigating which materials are magnetic, how magnets can be used to attract and repel and how this application works in the real world. We will also be looking how different surfaces generate friction and the effect this can have on a travelling object.  

 

Computing: Word Processing

We will be continuing with our unit of study on Word Processing using Microsoft Word as well as becoming more fluent with touch typing. See the Learning Platform for useful links to typing games.

Following this topic we will move on to using Microsoft PowerPoint to look at ways to present information using a slideshow, learning how to format and animate slides.


PE/Sports: Dance (Bhangra) and Handball

 

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

 

3G – Monday and Friday

3H – Tuesday and Thursday

3Q – Monday and Thursday

3S – Monday and Thursday

 

If your child wears earrings there are three options:

 

1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.

2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.

3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.

 

RE/PHSE: 

We will be learning about how to make good decisions and how to set a positive example for others - linking it to Islam and Christianity.

 

 

Homework:

 

The ‘Autumn 2 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars. Please contact the school office should your child require their login details again.

Year 3 Team

October 20
3G Autumn 1

What a great term we have had! It's been a long term but we have had so much fun already.

 

It's been tough making the transition from Year 2 to Year 3 but we are all progressing so well. It's weeks packed full of exciting, interesting and new lessons which have tested us mentally and developed our knowledge.

We've looked at a range of topics in English such as: sentence types, expanded noun phrases, descriptive language and comprehension amongst other things too. Some of the progress has been fantastic and we need to now continue to focus on our handwriting skills.

During Maths we have consolidated and then developed our place value knowledge. We've continued our learning from Year 2 while using new methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We've used concrete apparatus, pictorial methods and represented numbers in different ways. We have even moved on to three-digit numbers which 3G aced.

In YPC we enjoyed learning about castles which incorporated the history and features but also looking at what jobs there may have been and created some fantastic drawbridges with a working axel! We then moved on to our second topic which is ‘Our local area’. We have begun to look at maps and make comparisons based on different periods of time.

Science has been fantastic and we've shown a good understanding of rocks and soils. Focusing on their properties and performing tests to assess their properties. We've conducted experiments, evaluated the results and thought about scientific problems using a scientific approach.

We all can't wait to get back after the holiday and produce some more fantastic work! We all wish everyone a safe holiday and...

 

P.S. Don't forget that lots of reading will really help!

 

Take care Mr G and 2G!​

October 19
Autumn 1 3Q

​Thhis has been another unusual term in Year 3, with getting used to the new COVID rules as well as our latest 2 week isolation period. We have experienced new ways of learning and I am proud of 3Q in the way that they have adapted to this and managed to have a great first half term.

In Maths, we have covered place value, number bonds and begun addition and subtraction. We are using fun ways to learn our times tables - I hope the children share their songs with you!

In English we have been looking at sentence structure and have enjoyed reading our class text - The Hodgeheg. We have been looking at suffixes in phonics and looked at a range of texts, comprehensions and using summarising skills in our reading sessions.

In Science we have looked at rocks, soils and fossils and carried out practical experiments regarding these.

We had great fun creating our own drawbridges in the Castles topic in YPC and are now learning lots about Yardley and Birmingham in our current topic - Our Local Area.

In PE we have covered Trigolf and Gymnastics.

It has been a very busy and productive term!

October 19
Autumn 1...

What a briliant start to the year 3H! I have been so impressed with your maturity and level of enthusiasm towards learning despite the different rules and expectations! It has certainly been a strange time but I am very proud of how you have perservered this term. You have followed the guidelines and kept each other safe so thank you! I am a very proud teacher! 

In English we started our new text 'The Hodgeheg' and are very excited to complete the book and see how it ends! You also completed some fantastic Autumnal poems based around our class text. I have seen some beautiful handwriting and brilliant vocabularly choices. I know you will all be very excited for our new text - ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’

In YPC We started the year looking at castles. You learnt so many interesting facts! You also made some brilliant drawbridges in your D&T project. Our next year 3 topic is based on our local area and we have explored the different types of houses, looked at a range of maps and explored the world too.

We have looked at rocks, fossils and soils in Science this term. We investigated the different types of rocks and whether they are permeable or impermeable. I have seen some great scientific predictions and fair tests.

In PE this term we have practiced Tri-golf and are currently on Gymnastics. We have some super sports stars in 3H! 

Keep up the fantastic behaviour and hardwork 3H. I look forward to Autumn 2!

On a final note, a huge thank you to the parents and carers for your ongoing support and with the remote learning too! We appreciate this very much!

Miss Hanif​

October 16
Autumn 1...

What a brilliant and rather exciting start to the year! I have been really impressed with the behaviour and level of work produced by 3S. You have dealt with all the changes in a positive and mature manner and I couldn’t be more proud of you all. You have all persevered and haven’t given up when finding something new a challenge. You have followed the rules and guidelines in dealing with this pandemic brilliantly and have got yourselves in a daily routine and kept one another safe. Thank you!

Maths: we have focused on place value and have started to develop your understanding of addition and subtraction. Get ready for the column method.

English: we started our new text 'The Hodgeheg' and are very excited to complete the book. I have seen some wonderful handwriting and presentation in your English work. Get ready for your new text, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’

YPC: we started the year looking at castles. This was so much fun as you got to make a drawbridge in your D&T project. Our next year 3 topic is based on our local area and we have explored the different types of houses, looked at a range of maps and explored the world too.

Science: we have looked at rocks, fossils and soils. We investigated the different types of rocks and whether they are permeable or impermeable.

Keep up the excellent work and behaviour. Roll on Autumn 2!

Thank you to the parents and carers for your ongoing support and with the remote learning too! We appreciate this very much!

Mr Shah​ 

September 08
Year 3- Autumn 1

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils this week. Year 3 is a very important year for children as it provides the foundation for many of the skills they will learn throughout Key Stage 2.  

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.

If you have any questions related to the reopening of school, please see the ‘September opening of school’ area on the school website.

 

This half term we will be learning about:

 

English:
In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:
 
·           Phonics – children will be looking at suffixes/prefixes and new spelling rules
·           Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily
·           Sentence structures and types
·           Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “
·           Using descriptive language/expanded noun phrases
·           Word classes e.g. nouns, adjectives and adverbs
·           Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script
 
Reading planners will have been issued to each child. Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning.
 
Maths:
We will begin by looking at number and place value. We will be learning about:
 
·           Reading and writing numbers in digits and words
·           Place value and identifying the digits in a 3 digit number
·           Sequencing and ordering numbers
·           Mental and written methods for addition and subtraction, including introducing the column method
·           Children are expected to know their 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3 and should already be fluent in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from Year 2. We would be extremely grateful for any practise that can be done at home too.
 

Science:

Our first Science topic is Rocks, fossils and soils. We will be learning about:

 
·           How fossils are made
·           How soils are made
·           Looking at the properties of different rocks and investigating them
 
YPC:
Our first YPC topic is Our Local Area. We will be learning about:
 
·           How Yardley has changed over time
·           Looking at OS map symbols
·           Physical and human features in Yardley and Birmingham
·           Looking at the different types of houses
 
Computing:
This term we will be learning about Digital Safety and how to stay safe online.
 
·           We will begin by completing a unit on Digital Safety.
Children will learn how to keep their personal information private.
They will understand who they can trust and what to do if they have a problem online.
 
·           We will then be moving on to Word Processing using Microsoft Word.
Children will learn how to use the basic functions of Word to format text.
They will become more familiar with the keyboard and practise typing, adding punctuation and using the spell checker.
  
PE/Sports: Tri Golf and Gymnastics
 
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
 
3G – Monday and Friday
3H – Tuesday and Thursday
3Q – Monday and Thursday
3S – Monday and Thursday
 
If your child wears earrings there are three options:
 
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
 
RE/PHSE: 
 
We will be learning about sharing and being generous - linking it to Islam and Christianity. We will also be looking at the festival of Harvest.
 
Homework:
 

The ‘Autumn 1 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

 

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