Take a look at what Year 3 have been doing so far this term.
Our PE day is a Monday
What a fantastic first week back!
The children have settled into Year 3 well and have been working hard. We have begun all of our new topics and the children have approached all of the new challenges presented to them with confidence and resilience. I have been very impressed with the children.
In Talk for Writing we have been exploring our new text The Day The Crayons Quit. On Thursday all of the crayons and pencils in Chestnut Class quit and the children considered what the consequences of this might be. I am looking forward to seeing how their writing will develop over the coming weeks.
Well done Chestnut Class on a strong start to Year 3!
Chestnut Class have been working hard again this week. We welcomed the newest member of our class Aryash, who has already settled into Team Langland beautifully. The children have been focussed on learning the correct pencil grip and writing positions in Kinetic Letters. In maths we have continued to explore place value and towards the end of the week began to explore the process of exchanging using resources. We will continue to look at place value for the next couple of weeks.
This week we have continued to practise Kinetic Letters. The children are getting really good at using the three friends pencil hold and in adopting the different positions to strengthen their core to improve their handwriting. Some of them even chose to adopt the lizard pose when planning a science investigation!
Year 3 have continued to work hard this week. We have begun to innovate The Day The Crayons Quit and the children have produced some fantastic writing full of amazing adjectives and intensifiers. It was brilliant to see them applying the skills they have been learning in their writing.
The children have also been practising their song for the Harvest Assembly. They are really looking forward to performing for you in a couple of weeks time. I have attached the link in case your child would like to practise at home. I am sure you will love a sneak peak!
This week Year 3 have created some fantastic stories from a picture stimulus. It was lovely to see them applying the skills they have been learning in our Talk for Writing lessons to their independent writing.
We also visited the library and the children changed their reading books. The children enjoyed selecting books to share with you at home. Please take the time to listen to your child read and write a comment in their reading record.
This week in Art the children have continued their sketching unit. They created abstract pictures based on the self-portraits they produced last week. I am sure you will agree they are fantastic!
The children in Chestnut Class have returned to school full of enthusiasm for our new topics. In Geography we have begun to discuss the HS2 and found out that it connects 8 of the 10 major cities in the UK. In Science the children have begun to learn about the human body and nutrition. They enjoyed designing their own healthy meals and were able to discuss the main food groups.
In Talk for Writing we have been text mapping and learning our new model text Adventure at Sandy Cove. The children have been learning to use similes and adverbs to enhance their writing.
On Friday afternoon we had a special treat to celebrate Bonfire Night – delicious hot chocolate! The children enjoyed discussing fireworks and doing activities linked to them.
This week it has been lovely to meet with many of you and discuss how well your children are doing. One of the topics that many parents discussed was reading. Reading has a massive impact on children’s outcomes and your child should be encouraged to read at home every day. To help encourage them I agreed to give every child that read at home and had their reading record signed by an adult 3 recognition points. One boy in our class has earned 18 this week! So please do encourage your child.
The children have continued to learn all about the body in science and this week we learnt about the functions of the skeleton. The children particularly enjoyed considering what our bodies would be like if we did not have a skeleton.
This week the children in Champion Chestnut have blown me away with their resilience and maturity. They have been sitting their NTS papers in reading, grammar and punctuation and maths. They worked hard to be their best and I have been pleased with how well they did.
Not all of the week has been spent sitting tests. We did also find time to do some creative activities. In computing the children compared the process of drawing a picture on the Paint program using a digital device and the process of painting the same picture using traditional watercolours. The children appreciated that their were positives and negatives for both methods.
In Design Technology this half term the children are creating pop-up books to share with younger children in the school. On Thursday and Friday the children practised creating different mechanisms to use in their designs. They really enjoyed these lessons.
Well done Champion Chestnut! You have been fantastic this week!