Welcome back Year 3,
We have really enjoyed seeing you all back in school and can’t wait to continue our learning this term!
In Year 3, we have two classes: 3M and 3KM. These are taught by Miss Martyn and Miss Mott. We also have four lovely teaching assistants who support us: Ms Rowe, Mrs Smart, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Sweet.
We will be sending you more information about our routines and learning later this week.
Miss Martyn and Miss Mott
In science this term, we are continuing our topic of plants. We are now developing our understanding of a plants life cycle by learning about the process of pollination and how a flower is fertilised. All the children can name the male and female parts of a plant. Here they are creating a model of a flowers male and female reproductive organs.
In computing this term, the children are exploring and creating their own surveys. They have answered some surveys about school related topics such as uniform and school lunches. They have learnt about the different question and response types and all children are now creating their own online surveys to collect opinions about building a swimming pool at our school.
In our new English topic, we are exploring a non-chronological report. This week the children have been using preposition dice to write sentences which describe when or where something is happening.
This week we have been exploring fractions and using manipulatives to find a fraction of an amount. We can now find quarters, thirds, fifths and tenths of a 2-digit number.
We have been developing our Tennis skills within our PE lessons this term. The children have been learning the different parts of a racket, the difference between a forehand and backhand strike and developing their coordination skills to successfully strike the ball with the racket.
We’ve been conducting a historical enquiry into the lives and trade of smuggling and piracy along the South Devon coast in our history lessons. Clive came to immerse the children in barbaric tales and gruesome stories of pirate voyages and smugglers missions. We sang songs and even made up our own tales using our historical knowledge and vocabulary. We were all captivated by this experience and had a wonderful day!
We have been studying our local history and enquiring into the lives of the smugglers and pirates of the South Devon coast. The children have listened to the famous Rudyard Kipling A Smuggler's song and used historical sources to investigate how, why and what contraband smugglers smuggled into Devon. We had lots of fun acting out a smuggling scene to reflect the song's lyrics 'Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie - Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by !'. Can you spot the smugglers and villagers in our freeze frames?
In this week's maths lessons, we have been learning about tenths and how to write a tenth as both a fraction and a decimal. The children played group games to pair decimals to their fractions and whole class games to speed write fractions as decimals, words and in their fraction form.
We have been investigating fractions during our maths lessons. So far the children have learnt to recognise and identify halves, quarters and thirds. They can explain how many equal parts the whole has been divided into and can use mathematical terminology when reasoning and discussing fractions.
The children are designing and making their own pencil holders this term. They will be required to join their materials using a sewing technique so in preparation, they've been learning and practicing their sewing skills and stitches. They have learnt the tricky skill of threading a needle, tying knots and are becoming more confident at using the running and back stitch.
Our science unit this term is Plants- Roots and Shoots. The children are investigating what a plant needs to grow healthy and strong. To investigate this, they planted bean seeds and each group is responsible for investigating one of the six conditions, water, air, soil, warmth, space and light. The children labelled their plants, plenty, some and most, ensuring that each plant receives a different amount of their element. The children will be continuing to observe and measure their plants over the coming weeks and recording their findings.
This term the children will be developing their throwing, catching and ball manipulation skills through tennis activities.
In PE we combined different movement skills with our dynamic balance skills to create our own obstacle courses.
We have been exploring dividing 2-digit numbers divided by a 1-digit number using base ten. We can divide our tens and ones into equal groups and are now recognising when we need to exchange in our learning.
In Art this week, we have been learning to use watercolour paints to create a wash. We learnt about blending colours and discussed how colours could make us feel.
Online Learning Resources
If your child is absent from school for a long period of time, we will post home learning for you to access at home on here. Please post your child's work to their Seesaw so Miss Martyn or Mrs King can provide feedback.
Year 3 Homework Expectations
As you know, we set weekly spelling homework for children in Year 3. This homework is given out on a Friday and is expected back in by the following Thursday. Children in Year 3 and 4 also have statutory words that they are expected to know how to spell. If you would like a copy of these words, let us know and we will send one home.
Children are expected to spend 10 minutes on Times Table Rock Stars three times a week to ensure they are making progress with their rapid recall of the tables. Children should know their log ins, but if your child doesn’t please contact us and we can give you their log in.
Children should also be reading their Accelerated Reader books each night. If your child would also like to read a book that they have at home, as well as their AR book, then that would be great; some books can be quizzed on in school.
Any further questions or queries on homework expectations, then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs King or Miss Martyn.
Year 3 team.
We got into the festive spirit today by doing some wonderful Christmas crafts! The children made finger painted Christmas cards, lolly pop characters and some origami elves and trees. Keep an eye out for our Christmas songs on Seesaw!
We were so excited today for our Christmas dinner and jumper day! We wore some spectacular Christmas outfits and loved getting in the festive spirit! Year 3 are so grateful to the PTFA for our crackers, reindeer food and candy canes!