Year 3 Blog


Year 3 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

16th September 2022 Posted by Year 3

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils after the 6 weeks holiday. Year 3 is important 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 ‘Noticeboard’ 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 reviewing their phonic knowledge

  • 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

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

  • Classifying and testing permeability and durability


Foundation

Geography - Our local area

  • 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

Art - Portraits

  • Experimenting with a range of mediums: pencil, paint and pastels

  • Looking at the works of artists: Van Gogh, Picasso and Di Vinci

  • Practising different features of faces e.g. - eyes, mouth in sketch books

  • Using what the children have learnt to create a self-portrait in their chosen style – realistic or abstract


Computing

This term we will be learning about Digital safety. We will begin by completing computer safety agreements. Children will learn about posting online and the how to be responsible. They will become more familiar with when to talk to someone if you have a problem online.


P.E./Sports: Team building and Gymnastics

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit instead of their school uniform. Children should wear black/grey shorts (or leggings if required) with a plain, white t-shirt. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so school sweatshirts/cardigans should be worn over P.E. t-shirts. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

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.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3C - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

I cannot believe it is the end of academic year already. It has been an amazing year with 3C. I am so proud of all the achievements, progression and success stories this year. It has been wonderful to get back to teaching a class for a whole year and I am glad I have got the opportunity to spend that time with 3C.

In English we have written in different styles, creating narratives, diary entries and even play-scripts. Some of the sentences and vocabulary used has been wonderful to see. In reading we have focused a lot on improving our inference skills and using evidence from the text to support our answers. The children have really enjoyed reading Beaver Towers as part of our class text and Diary of a Wimpy Kid as part of our Yardley Loves Reading time.

In Maths we have worked ever so hard on looking at the different areas of measure, fractions, angles, money and statistics. We have learned more complex methods of arithmetic too. I have been so impressed with how 3C has improved their knowledge of timetables. The children have work really hard on reading the time. They have looked at telling the time to 5 minute intervals and even 1 minute intervals.

In Art we have had lots of fun learning about an artist called Derek Gores and we had a go at creating our very own piece of art based upon animals. Some of the work created was mind blowing! We really got involved and created our own versions of a range of animals. We finally moved on to our D&T topic about pneumatics. In this topic we have investigated pneumatics, recreated them and made some of our own functional products with a working mechanism. The children also learnt how to cut fruit and vegetables correctly and made a cheese salad wraps in Food Technology.

In PE, the children worked really well on the teamwork skills for their teambuilding and rounders topic. For rounders, the children learnt how to throw and catch a ball and also learnt to make contact with a ball using a rounders bat.

3C have been a real pleasure to teach and I am going to miss them very much. I wish them all the luck for Year 4 and I shall see you on the playground during tuck.

Have a well-deserved holiday and keep safe.

Take care.

Class 3G - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mr Gunter

How has the year gone so fast? It has been a whirlwind of a year but every moment spent together has been fantastic. I am so proud of all the achievements, progression and success stories this year. It has been wonderful to get back to teaching a class for a whole year and I am glad I have got the opportunity to spend that time with 3G.

In English we have written in different styles, creating narratives, diary entries and even play-scripts. Some of the sentences and vocabulary used has been wonderful to see. In reading we have focused a lot on improving our reading skills, not only our recognition of words but diving deeper and answering questions too.

In Maths we have worked ever so hard on looking at the different areas of measure, fractions, angles, money and statistics. We have learned more complex methods of arithmetic too. I have been so impressed with how 3G has improved their knowledge of timetables. Finally we also really enjoyed Money day this year.

In Art we have had lots of fun learning about an artist called Derek Gores and we had a go at creating our very own piece of art based upon animals. Some of the work created was mind blowing! We really got involved and created our own versions of a range of animals. We finally moved on to our D&T topic about pneumatics. In this topic we have investigated pneumatics, recreated them and made some of our own functional products with a working mechanism.

In PSHE we have ascertained what dreams and goals we have, thinking about what we would like to achieve next year. In PE with learning about rounders and athletics. I have been super impressed over the last few terms at the application of techniques within PE lessons.

As every year is, it will be really hard for me to see you move on as I have enjoyed every moment with you all. I look forward to seeing you move on to Year 4 and flourishing as you have already done this year.

With a heavy heart, all the best,

Mr G.

Class 3O - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

What a year we have had! I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know and teach each of the children in 3O this year.

We have covered a range of areas in maths this half term such as angles, money and statistics. It has been great to see the children applying their previous knowledge to some tougher questions and consolidating their arithmetic skills. I have been impressed with the children’s knowledge of statistics and analysing data from graphs. They have shown determination this half term to improve their times table knowledge.

In English we have learnt and used a range of different writing styles including, diary entries, play scripts and narratives. I have seen the children explore different vocabulary and use different sentence types to engage the reader. The children should be very proud of the fantasy stories they have created, they worked incredibly hard on them. We have read books such as Stitch Head and Beaver Towers this half term which the children have enjoyed. They have shown their competency in reading this half term by developing their retrieval and inference skills even further.

We have been very busy in PE this half term, learning the skills needed to play rounders as well as working on our team building skills to work together. The children have shown great respect during PSHE lessons where we have discussed our dreams and goals for the future.

There have been some fun topics this half term.

In D&T we learnt what pneumatics are and even created some of our own monsters that used the pneumatics we had learnt about. The children put a lot of time into designing their product and used their teamwork skills to build their monsters with a partner. In Art we have been looking at the work of Derek Gores. It was great to see the children get creative when recreating his work with animals of their choice.

I am so immensely proud of each and every member of 3O. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach you all. It is always hard to leave a class but I know you will all be amazing next year.

Wishing you all the very best,

Miss O.

Class 3S - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mr Shah

What a fantastic year we have had in Year 3! I am so proud of every single one of you and it is truly amazing to see how far you have all come. Your behaviour and positive attitude has really shone this year and you have shown super resilience at all times. Your determination and enthusiasm will be missed and I hope you take these characteristics with you to your next class as you will continue to flourish.

In Maths, we have been looking at a range of different skills and getting even better at them. We have really enjoyed developing our understanding of word problems and using our understanding of the 4 operations to solve them. We have all tried really hard to learn our times tables and can’t wait to impress Miss Fielding.

This half term in English, we have been using all of our different skills to carry out a range of tasks. Our favourite was when we watched a short animation clip called ‘Something Fishy’. We were challenged to write a narrative based on the clip and they were brilliant to read. I was so impressed with the quality of writing and how much effort you have put in. It was important we included a range of emotions and considered how the character might feel.

In Science, we have developed our working scientifically skills. We carried out a number of investigations, including: testing for cohesion and surface tension and effects of exercise on our heart rate. We made sensible predictions, clear observations and interpreted our results.

In our Foundation curriculum, we made our Moving Monsters using pneumatics. We were able to design, make and then evaluate our products. Finally, we made a healthy snack as part of our food topic. We had so much fun this year.

Well done 3S! You have had a great year and I have enjoyed working with you all. I hope you all have a great summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you in Year 4. Keep up the amazing and hard work and as I always say – SMASH IT!

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (summer second half term)?

9th June 2022 Posted by Year 3

The Year 3 staff would like to say a massive thank you for your continued support. We are nearly at the end of the year and 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.

Any important messages and announcements will be displayed on the ‘School noticeboard’ area here 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 continue to look at alternative sounds as part of the ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) programme

  • Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills and apply these sounds into their spellings and writing

  • Apply their writing skills to a range of writing genres, including writing a play script, a narrative, character description and a setting description

  • Check our writing for cohesion by editing regularly

  • Continue to focus on GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)

  • Finishing our class text: Stitch Head and then starting our new text: Beaver Towers

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and sizing of letters

  • Continue developing their: retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills

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. This can contribute towards the ’50 Nights of Reading’ challenge. Reading planners will be monitored carefully to ensure that they are being completed.


Maths:

We will begin by recapping our learning on number and place value. We will then revise our skills taught this year.

We will be learning about:

  • Reading and telling the time to the nearest hour, half past and minute intervals

  • Drawing the time to the nearest hour, half past and minute intervals

  • Recapping our knowledge of shape, including their properties and angles

  • Developing our reasoning and problem solving skills

  • Recapping our knowledge of measure, including: calculating perimeter, understanding mass, length and volume/capacity

  • Interpreting a range of charts, including: bar, pictograms and tally charts

  • 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. We will be focusing on the 3 times table this term.


Science:

We will be focusing on working scientifically. We will:

  • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

  • Make careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using a range of equipment

  • Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

  • Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions


YPC:

Our YPC topics this term are: Pneumatics and Food.

We will be learning about:

  • How simple pneumatic mechanisms work

  • The purpose of pneumatics

  • Constructing our own functional pneumatic with a range of resources

  • Food safety and the use of equipment

  • Designing, making and evaluating a product based on a design

  • Generating and classifying ideas


Computing:

This term we will be learning about Digital Creativity and Digital Wellbeing.

  • We will design our own musical sequence using 2Sequence

  • We will see how well someone is able to anticipate difficulties through using technology, understand how they will make them feel, and find ways to deal with it.


PE/Sports: Rounders and Team building

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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being courageous, confident, being hopeful and visionary - linking it to different religions. We will also focus on changes that we may go through in life in our PSHE lessons. In our Citizenship lessons, we will focus on taking responsibility for our actions.

Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3C - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

A short half term, but it has been incredible half term.

In English, the children finished reading Varjak Paw. They absolutely loved the plot and different writing genres that went along with this text such as writing a newspaper. We have started reading Stitch Head by Guy Bass and have focused on retrieval based questions from this text.

We have recapped skills based on multiplication (grid method) and division (additive chunking). The children have focused on their 3, 4 and 8 times table to help with recalling multiplication facts. The children have also focused on fractions. We have looked at: adding and subtracting fractions, fractions of a number and equivalent fractions.

In Science, the children explored Light. The children used torches to see how light creates a shadow from an object. They looked at different sizes and shapes of an object. They also used a mirror to understand reflection.

The children have really enjoyed their history topic in YPC. We explored Oceans, Rivers and Plastic. The children took a walk down to River Cole to look at the depth, width and speed of the river and they also got the chance to look at the pollution in and around the river.

In PE, the children have learnt new skills in Cricket and Athletics. The children learnt how to hold a bat correctly, throw and catch a ball and fielding. In Athletics, they have learnt how to use javelin, discus and shot put.

We have now completed our Scratch topic in Computing. The children have learnt how to add motions and controls for their sprite.

Please continue to listen to your children read at home and help them to learn their times tables.

Have a nice one week holiday 3C and I shall see you on Monday 6th June for our last term together.

Class 3G - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mr Gunter

Summer 1 has, unbelievably, been and gone and we are fast approaching the end of the year! There was a short amount of time that Mr G was away but we worked hard and continued to do so when he was back!

In Maths this term we have recapped on arithmetic methods to make sure that we are secure and even progressed on to money and fractions. We have extended our learning based around the methods and become more efficient using them.

In English we have finished reading Varjak Paw, which we loved, and focused on a new text called ‘Stitch Head’. It is a different genre of book but does have some similarities. We have based a lot of our writing and reading activities upon it. We have also looked at perfect present tenses, conjunctions and word classes too! In addition we have continued our phonic learning. It is helping us become better readers and spellers already.

In YPC we have to look at the Rivers, and even made a trip down to the River Cole to study its properties and features. We have now moved on to an artist study looking at the work of Derek Gores and when we get back from the holiday we shall create our very own images.

In Science we have finished off our learning about light and shadows. We are going to begin looking at a range of experiments testing our abilities to work scientifically.

In PE this term we have focused on cricket. We have improved bowling technique, batting, fielding and an overall understanding of the game. We really enjoyed playing the games at the end of the topic and have shown tons of progress!

We are really looking forward to getting back and progressing our learning in the final term. There will only be a few weeks left but we need to enjoy them while we still have them!

Adios, take care,

Mr. G and 3G

Class 3O - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

What a wonderful half term 3O have had!

We have recapped our knowledge of the four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children worked incredibly hard during their assessments. We used formal methods such as Column addition and subtraction, as well as additive chunking. Additionally, we have worked on our knowledge and understanding of fractions. The children have shown great positivity this half term.

In English, we finished off Varjak Paw and the children were so engaged and enjoyed the plot twist in the book. Recently we have started to read a new class text, Stitch Head, which the children are enjoying. We have created some fantastic newspaper reports about ‘the vanishings’ and the children really got into the role of reporters. We have focused on inference and retrieval skills during our reading lessons.

We have enjoyed our science investigations around our topic, Light. It has been great to see the children getting involved and showing enthusiasm for science. They have investigated things such as properties of an object (transparent, translucent and opaque), shadows and reflections.

In YPC we have been learning about Rivers Oceans and Plastics, seeing the importance of rivers across the world and comparing rivers in the UK. We learnt many things on our trip to the River Cole, including the effect of pollution on rivers. Children noted the amount of litter there is in our environment and thought of their own solutions to problems such as this.

In PE we have learnt how to hold a bat correctly as well as the importance of fielders and the wicket keeper in Cricket. The children have shown great determination in Athletics, improving their throwing skills in javelin and shot put. The children are excited to continue Athletics after the half term.

Have a great break. Look forward to seeing you for the final half term.

Adios!

Miss O!

Class 3S - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mr Shah

I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of the year and your time in 3S! You have continued to amaze me with your brilliance, determination and enthusiasm for your learning. I am really proud of every single one of you. We have earned some more rewards on you chart and we are nearly at 100.

In Maths, we have started to revise our learning on areas we need to work on. We looked at division and multiplication again to secure our understanding of the Grid method and the Additive chunking method. We found it a challenge but never gave up. We even covered fractions, including: finding fractions of a number, adding and subtracting fractions and shading them. We enjoyed our learning on money too and used real coins to support our learning.

In English, we have finished reading Varjak Paw and have started our new one text: Stitch Head. We really enjoyed basing some of our work on Varjak Paw and what a twist at the end of the book! We wrote some amazing pieces, including: a diary entry, postcard and a non-chronological report. We have also applied a range of skills in our lessons, including varying our sentence types and editing our writing to check for cohesion.

In Science, we have been learning about all things light. We learnt lots of interesting facts about how we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We have carried out a number of investigations on: shadows, reflections and how we can protect our eyes from the sun using a range of materials.

In Y.P.C, we finished our learning on our topic: Rivers, Oceans and Plastics. We investigated the Water Cycle and how we get our water. We then identified features of a river. We used a range of resources: maps, atlases, satellite images to compare different rivers in the U.K. We had a brilliant afternoon on our fieldwork study based on the River Cole. We got into the river and carried out a range of tasks.

Super-duper work and positive behaviour 3S! You have continued to impress me with your hard work and I have enjoyed watching you all blossom. I hope you all have a well-deserved break and I look forward to seeing you soon. I can’t believe we will be in the final term.

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 3

The Year 3 staff would like to say a massive thank you for your continued support. We have approached the summer term in Year 3 and 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.

Any important messages and announcements will be displayed on the ‘School noticeboard’ 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 continue to look at alternative sounds as part of the ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) programme

  • Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills and apply these sounds into their spellings and writing

  • Apply their writing skills to a range of writing genres, including writing a newspaper report, set of instructions, non – chronological report and a diary entry

  • Check our writing for cohesion by editing regularly

  • Develop understanding of direct and indirect speech

  • Continue to focus on GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)

  • Finishing our class text: Varjak Paw and then starting our new text: Stitch Head

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and sizing of letters

  • Continue developing their: retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills

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. This can contribute towards the ’50 Nights of Reading’ challenge. Reading planners will be monitored carefully to ensure that they are being completed. Please also visit our Virtual Library for books online.


Maths

We will begin by recapping our learning on number and place value before focusing on statistics. We will then revise our skills taught this year.

We will be learning about:

  • Interpreting a range of bar charts and then drawing our own

  • Interpreting a range of pictograms and then drawing our own

  • Interpreting a range of tally charts and then creating our own

  • Developing our reasoning and problem solving skills

  • Revising our written methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication

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. We will be focusing on the 3 times table this term.


Science

Our Science topic is Light. We will be learning about:

  • Recognising that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

  • How light is reflected from surfaces

  • Recognising that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes


YPC

Our YPC topic this term is Rivers, Oceans and Plastics. We will be learning about:

  • The features of a river

  • The Water cycle

  • How we get our water

  • Carrying out a river study based on the River Cole

  • Identifying a range of rivers using maps and atlases

  • The effects of pollution on the world


Computing

This term we will be learning about Computer Science using software called Scratch.

  • We will design a setting for a game, including the background and maze

  • We will animate characters

  • We will add in different commands to set up the game


PE/Sports: Cricket and Athletics

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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about honesty, how to make good decisions, and how to set a positive example for others - linking it to different religions.

In addition, we will be learning about the importance of Eid and other celebrations. We will also focus on dreams and goals in our PSHE lessons. In our Citizenship lessons, we will focus on taking responsibility for our actions.

Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3G - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Gunter

I am really impressed with all the hard work 3G has put in this half term.

3G have really enjoyed reading Hetty Feather and Varjak Paw in our English lessons. They have covered many genres for both texts including a short narrative and a biography. The children really enjoyed learning facts about the circus that related to their balanced argument for Hetty Feather. We will be continuing to read Varjak Paw after the holidays and continuing more writing pieces around this text.

In Maths, the children have been looking more closely at time. They have worked on reading and writing time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute. They are able to read analogue time correctly using the right vocabulary such as past and to the hour. Towards the end of this half term, the children have been interpreting data from range of different charts such as bar charts and pictograms.

During our Plants topic, the children have learnt about seed dispersal and the requirements needed for a plant to survive. As a class, we investigated whether taking away a variable (soil, sunlight, water, air and space) would make a different to the way a plant grew. The children were surprised by some results.

We have just completed our Basketball and Football lessons in PE. The children have learnt different passing skills to help when taking part in a game.

As part of our Egyptian topics, the children have learnt how to write their names in hieroglyphics. We have also learnt about mummification and how mummification would happen. In 3G, we have mummified a tomato and we will see what has happened to it at the end of the academic year.

Have a well-deserved break 3G and I shall see you all on Monday 25th April 2022.

Class 3O - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

I am so impressed with how hard 3O have worked this term.

We have begun reading a new class text, Varjak Paw, in English. The book has inspired some great debates in class, including whether cats should be kept indoors. As ever, I am filled with pride to see how much the children enjoy listening to stories, reading and creating their own. I have been particularly impressed with the short narrative the children created based on our class text. We have been working hard on our inference skills during our reading lessons and the children have enjoyed inferring from a picture as well as beginning to infer from different texts.

In Maths, we investigated perimeter and used a ruler to measure different lengths. We also used different units of measure to look at the weight of different objects. Additionally, we have been learning to tell time to the nearest minute. This is something we have struggled with but the children have shown incredible determination.

Our Science topic has been all about plants. We have enjoyed our science investigations and learnt that investigations don’t always go the way we think they will. It has been great to see our sunflower seeds growing and develop our understanding of what plants need to grow and survive.

In YPC we have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians and Pyramids. It has been intriguing to learn the importance of the river Nile to the growth and survival of people in Ancient Egypt.

P.E has been just as exciting this term. The children have developed their dribbling and shooting skills for Football and Basketball.

I hope you all take this break to have a good rest. Don’t forget to keep up with your reading and learning your times tables. I’m looking forward to seeing you very soon.

Hasta luego,

Miss O!

Class 3C - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

It has been another amazing term! Can’t believe there is only one more term to go.

In English this term, the children have enjoyed both class texts: Hetty Feather and Varkaj Paw. They have really showed enthusiasm whilst the book is being read to them and this has enhanced on their predicting and summarising skills. From both texts, the children have had the opportunities to plan and deliver a balanced argument about animals.

The children have worked really hard on reading understanding time. We’ve looked at 5 minute and 1 minutes intervals along with past and to the hour. We have also looked at interpreting data from tables, tally’s, pictograms and bar charts. The children used many different practical equipment to help measure weight and mass.

In Science, the children explored investigated the requirements needed for a plant to grow in our Plants topic. The children were very surprised to see their sunflower growing in tissue paper. They also looked each part of a flowering plant and understood seed dispersal.

In YPC, the children have been studying about Ancient Egypt. The have learnt many facts about the different Pharaohs and have had the opportunity to research facts about the River Nile. The children learnt about how and why mummification happens and as a class we have tried to mummify a tomato. The children will seen the results at the end of the next half term.

In PE, the children have learnt new football and basketball skills. They have understood the importance of control and eye coordination as well as teamwork skills.

The children have really enjoyed their programming and debugging topic called 2DIY3D. The children have understand how to debug a game it is not working properly. They can continue with this topic at home via Purple Mash.

In Forest School, the children have learnt how to make rafts for the River Nile and understood how materials were transported around Egypt.

In Spanish, the children have been introduced to colours and this will continue next term.

Please continue to listen to your child read and help learn their times tables over the holidays.

Have a good Easter break 3C and see you back on Monday 25th April 2022.

Class 3S - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Shah

What an amazing end to the term! Your creativity has been seen immensely and your determination has really shone through. I am extremely proud of every single one of you as your progress this year is evident in your work and your positive attitude. You have earned 70 reward stickers due to your positive behaviour and let’s continue to earn more and try to reach 100.

In Maths, we looked at measures, time and statistics. We really enjoyed our learning on measures as we used practical apparatus to gain an understanding of mass, length and volume. Our learning on time proved a challenge, however with our resilience, we were able to read and tell the time to different intervals. We used clocks to support our learning. We also enjoyed looking at different graphs, including bar charts and pictograms.

In English, we completed our class text: Hetty Feather and started our new one: Varjak Paw. We really enjoyed reading Hetty Feather and wrote some amazing pieces, including an informal letter. We have applied a range of skills in our lessons, including developing our sentence structure and editing our writing to check for cohesion.

In Science, we have been learning about plants. We learnt lots of interesting facts about how they transport water and what conditions they need in order to grow and survive. We also looked at a range of plants around the world and discussed their features.

In Y.P.C, we completed our levers book and then evaluated our design. We have begun our new topic: Ancient Egyptians and have had lots of fun learning all about the past. We looked at the River Nile, trade, pyramids, hieroglyphics and will finish this topic after half term. We even had a visit from Professor McGinty.

Super-duper work and behaviour 3S! You have continued to impress me with your hard work and I have enjoyed watching you all blossom. I hope you all have a well-deserved break and I look forward to seeing you soon. I can’t believe we will be in the summer term.

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 3

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils after the half-term holiday. We thank you for your continued support as Year 3 is a very important year for children because 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.

Any important messages and announcements will be displayed on the ‘Noticeboard’ area here on our 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 look at alternative sounds as part of the ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) programme

  • Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills and apply these sounds into their spellings and writing

  • Apply their writing skills to a range of writing genres, including writing a balanced argument, newspaper report and a narrative

  • Use a range of sentence types and openers

  • Develop understanding of tense

  • Continue to focus on GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and sizing of letters

  • Continue developing their: retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills

Children should be undertaking regular reading practice at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning. This can contribute towards the ’50 Nights of Reading’ challenge. Reading planners will be monitored carefully to ensure that they are being completed.


Maths

We will begin by recapping our learning on number and place value before focusing on shape and measures. We will be learning about:

  • Drawing 2-D shapes and making 3-D shapes using modelling materials

  • Recognising the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes

  • Identifying horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines

  • Identifying a range of angles, including right, acute and obtuse angles

  • Solve division problems with additive chunking

  • Measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml)

  • Measuring the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes

  • Adding and subtracting amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts

  • Estimating and reading time with increasing accuracy

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 practice that can be done at home too. We will be focusing on the 3 times table this term.


Science

Our Science topic is Plants. We will be learning about:

  • Identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

  • Exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and space) and how they vary from plant to plant

  • Investigating the way in which water is transported within plants

  • Exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal


YPC

Our YPC topic this term is the Ancient Egyptians. We will be learning about:

  • The history of Egypt

  • The process of mummification

  • How the Egyptians communicated through hieroglyphics

  • Comparing life of the Egyptians to the Victorian and present era

  • The life of an Egyptian e.g. religion, work and home life

  • The Geography of Egypt using maps


Computing

This term we will be learning about Computer Science using software called 2DIY3D.

  • We will design a setting for a game

  • We will animate characters

  • We will create an information page to ensure the player knows the rules

  • We will debug a game


PE/Sports

Football and Basketball.

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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about remembering our roots and being loyal and steadfast - linking it to different religions.

In addition, we will be learning about the importance of Lent and Easter. We will also focus on keeping healthy in our PSHE lessons. Our half termly UNICEF Article will be Article 29 - your education should help you to use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3C - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

I am really impressed with the work that all children have produced this term. They have worked very hard all term.

In English, the children have started a new class book called Hetty Feather. They have focused on many different writing genres such as: writing a leaflet and comparing and contrasting characters. The children have also covered a range of reading skills to help build their understanding of a text.

This term, we have focused on Fractions in Maths. Each skill has been broken down to aid with the children’s learning. We looked at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators, recognising, reading and writing fractions and working out fractions of a number.

In Science, the children have enjoyed their Animals including Humans topic. The children had a closer look at how much sugar is in different types of foods and drinks. We also looked at how to have a balanced diet and the different types of bones in our body.

The children have really enjoyed their Design and Technology topic in YPC. We looked at different types of mechanisms in our Levers and Linkages topic. From this, the children were able to create a moving book. Their work was really impressive.

In PE, the children have been learning skills in Hockey and Tennis. They understand the rules of the sport and really enjoyed taking part in both topics.

Have a lovely break 3C and I shall see you on Monday 28th February. Please continue to read at home and learn your times tables.

Class 3O - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

Congratulations 3O, we have officially made it halfway through the school year. I have been amazed by the enthusiasm you have brought this half term, no doubt you will bring the same energy when we return.

We started our new class text, Hetty Feather, in English. 3O love reading and it has been great to read a story that links to our Victorians topic. We have been able to develop an understanding of the characters in our story and write short pieces from their point of view. Vocabulary and retrieval skills have been a big focus for us in our reading sessions and the children have been working so hard on this.

In Maths, we have recapped previous learning of the four operations, before moving onto division. To begin with, we found additive chunking a challenge however, we showed great determination. More recently, we have learnt about fractions and found using practical resources very helpful to make us see things more clearly.

Our Science topic has been all about Animals including Humans. We called on our friend Skully (our friendly, miniature, model skeleton), to help us learn the common names of bones in the human body. Skully also supported our understanding of how muscles work so that we can move. We identified the nutrition that we need to keep our bodies healthy and looked at the diets of other animals too.

We got our creative juices flowing as we studied the work of William Morris in YPC. Creating our own wallpaper designs was fun and exciting, it was brilliant to see the children use the skills they had learnt. Recently, our D&T focus has been Levers and Linkages. We designed our own pop up books and used the lever mechanisms to create these designs.

Once again, congratulations on another half term successfully completed. I hope you are all very proud of what you have achieved so far. Don’t forget to keep up with your reading and learning your times tables. I’m looking forward to seeing you all after the break.

See you soon, Miss O!

Class 3S - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Shah

I can’t believe we are half way through the year and what a term it has been! I have been really impressed with how you have embedded our school values into your learning and this has shown in the progress you have made. Your enthusiasm and positive behaviour earned you two class rewards and you must keep this up.

In Maths, we revised three of our four operations before moving onto division. We looked at grouping, sharing, dividing using the number line and finally additive chunking. We found additive chunking a challenge but we showed super resilience and never gave up. We then moved onto fractions and really enjoyed using the concrete apparatus. We were able to order, add, subtract, identify and find the equivalence of a fraction.

In English, we started our new class text: Hetty Feather. We have really enjoyed reading this narrative so far as it linked in with our Victorians topic. We have written some amazing pieces, including writing from different points of views and even made our own persuasive leaflet. In our Reading lessons, we have clarified challenging vocabulary, summarised what has happened and even predicted what might happen next. We have also focused on the skills of: retrieval, vocabulary and inference.

In Science, we have been learning about animals, including humans. We identified that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. We also identified that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

In Y.P.C, we completed our Art unit on William Morris and made our own wallpapers. We then moved onto our D&T focus, Levers and Linkages, and made our own lever mechanism in a book. We had so much fun as we got to design our book, experiment with the different types of levers and then create our final product. We also enjoyed our trip to the Black Country Museum.

Super-duper work and behaviour 3S! I am really excited to what spring 2 brings. I hope you all have a well-deserved break and I look forward to seeing you in spring 2.

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Class 3G - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Gunter

Spring has, unbelievably, been and gone and we have quickly approached the half-way point! We have had absences here and there but generally we have done really well and earned some certificates in the process!

In Maths this term we have recapped on multiplication methods to make sure that we are secure and even progressed on to division and fractions. We have learnt new methods and enjoyed using them. We really enjoyed numbers day where we focused on time tables and lots of different games.

In English we have finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory and focused on a new text called ‘Hetty Feather’. It is a very different text but we have based a lot of our writing and reading activities upon it. We have also looked at subordinate clauses, conjunctions and prepositions too! In addition we have been concentrating on our phonics using a new scheme. It is helping us become better readers and spellers already.

In YPC we have continued to look at the Victorians, in particular William Morris who was a fantastic artist and made some wonderful prints. We really enjoyed the trip to the Black Country Museum.

In Science we have started to learn about animals including humans. We have looked at the human body and even created a human skeleton using Riley to help us place them in the correct position.

In PE this term we have focused on hockey and tennis. We have improved dribbling, passing and turns in hockey. We really enjoyed playing the games at the end of the topic

We are really looking forward to getting back and progressing our learning.

Adios, hasta luego

Take Care,

Mr. G and 3G

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 3

We hope you have had a wonderful festive holiday and are really pleased to welcome you back. As always, we thank you for your continued support. 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.

Any important messages and announcements will be displayed on the ‘School noticeboard’ 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 look at new spelling rules, including the plural form and further homophones.

  • Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily through synthesis and segmentation and the recap of different phases

  • Apply their writing skills to a range of writing genres

  • Use a range of sentence types and openers

  • Develop our understanding of figurative language, including similes and metaphors

  • Focus on GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and sizing of letters

  • Continue developing their retrieval and vocabulary skills

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. Reading planners will be monitored carefully to ensure that they are being completed.


Maths:

We will begin by recapping our learning on number and place value, addition and subtraction before focusing on and multiplication and division. We will be learning about:

  • Applying the column method of addition and subtraction to a range of problems

  • Use arrays and visual diagrams to support our learning of multiplication

  • Use concrete apparatus to help us with the grid method before applying the skills independently

  • Introduce division by grouping and sharing

  • Solve division problems with additive chunking

  • 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. We will be focusing on the 3 times table this term.


Science:

Our Science topic is Animals, including humans. We will be learning about:

  • Identifying that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition

  • Knowing that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.

  • Identifying that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.


YPC:

Our YPC topics this term are: William Morris (continued from last term), Levers and Egypt. We will be learning about:

  • Experimenting with a range of mediums: pencil, paint and pastels

  • Practising different features of his art in their sketch books

  • Using what the children have learnt to create their final artistic piece

  • The history of Egypt

  • The process of mummification

  • How the Egyptians communicated through hieroglyphics

  • Looking at a range of existing products that use different levers

  • Designing, creating and evaluating a product with a lever


Computing:

This term we will be learning about

  • We will recap our leaning on PowerPoint and create a presentation.

  • Children will learn how to use the basic functions of PowerPoint, including adding texts, pictures, backgrounds and word art. They will then add animations and sounds.


PE/Sports: Hockey and Tennis

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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being fair, just, loyal and steadfast - linking it to Islam and Christianity.

In addition, we will be learning about the Chinese New Year and focus on dream and goals in our PSHE lessons. Our half termly UNICEF Article will be Article 4. We will be learning about the benefits of migration and focus on famous British people who migrated from other places.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3O - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

3O should be incredibly proud of their determination and resilience so far this year.

This half term, the children revisited some essential skills they previously learnt in Maths. We have focused on place value and built their knowledge and confidence to support them with arithmetic. The children have consolidated their use of column method for addition and subtraction, began to introduce methods such as grid method to support them in multiplication and continued to learn their times tables. This is something we will continue to develop.

It has been a pleasure to see the children explore their creativity in English as we have followed our class text Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We have started to look at describing a setting, this has helped the children become familiar with different adjectives they can use to create a picture in the readers’ mind. After creating their own factory and designed their own sweets (inspired by our text), the children created an evening bulletin to promote a special tour around their factory. They have also written a fantastic letter to Mr Wonka explaining why he should hire them in his chocolate factory. I look forward to seeing some more excellent writing when we return.

In Science, the children have enjoyed learning about Forces and Magnets. We have looked at how different types of surfaces have different levels of friction, exploring this through scientific investigation. It has been great to see the children’s enthusiasm when learning about magnets. We have had so many great questions along the way, and they were fascinated to learn that not all metals are magnetic.

We have explored what life would be like in the Victorian era for our YPC topic this half term. The children have reflected on this period and are thankful they do not live in the Victorian times. We have compared houses and what life would be like for children in this period to our modern day lives and looked at some of the amazing inventions that were created. Following on this, we have begun to look at Victorian artist William Morris and this will continue after the holidays.

In PE, the children have developed their dance skills through their learning of Bhangra and showed great teamwork as they learnt the skills needed for Handball.

The children have learnt how to stay safe online during out Digital Safety topic in computing. We have discussed what to do if they have an issue online and they have identified who their trusted adults that they can go to if this happens.

Forest school has been as exciting as ever this half term. The children have braved the cold and enjoyed learning how to play conkers, as well as learning how to be safe and sensible around a campfire.

As ever, I am so proud of your efforts this half term 3O. Please keep up with your reading and learning your times tables as these skills will be really important when we return. We have another exciting term after the holidays, so I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Class 3S - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Shah

What an amazing end to the term! Your resilience and determination to do well has really shone and you should all be proud of your achievements so far. The progress you have made during autumn is wonderful to witness and you must keep it up now. You have earned 40 reward stickers due to your positive behaviour and let’s continue to earn more.

In Maths, we were introduced to new methods, including column addition and subtraction and even the grid method. We have found these new methods a challenge at first, however we strived forward and had a go. We applied the method to word problems and even some reasoning questions. We recapped place value and will continue to look at multiplication and then move onto division in spring.

In English, we started our new class text: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have really enjoyed reading this narrative so far and wrote some amazing pieces, including an evening bulletin, setting description and a formal letter. We have applied a range of skills in our lessons and will continue to do so throughout the year.

In Science, we have been learning about forces and magnets. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the forces around us, including friction and gravity. We investigated magnetic attraction and repulsion and have worked scientifically to plan lots of fun investigations.

In Y.P.C, we learnt all about the Victorians through secondary resources and actual artefacts from the past. We found out how schools have changed over time, compared the lives of rich and poor Victorians and even found out interesting facts about inventions during that period. At the start of the term, we really enjoyed our trip to Blakesley Hall.

Super-duper work and behaviour 3S! You have continued to impress me with your hard work and I have enjoyed watching you all blossom. I hope you all have a great festive holiday and I look forward to seeing you in January.

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Class 3C - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Chaudary

What an amazing term this term has been! The children have worked super hard in all subjects.

The children have focused on many different writing genres in their English lessons. We have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the children have written: a letter to Mr Willy Wonka asking for a job, an evening bulletin in regards to their own donut factory, designed their own chocolate bar and describe a setting.

At the start of the term, the children recapped skills they learnt in place value from Autumn 1. We then focused on three skills to help the children with their arithmetic. The children are able to use column method for addition and subtraction and grid method for multiplication. We will continue to work on these skills after the holidays.

In Science, the children explored Forces and Magnets. The children were able to see how friction works when testing a toy car down a ramp that had different materials attached to it. They also went around the classroom and checked to see which objects were magnetic.

The children have really enjoyed their history topic in YPC. We explored what life would be like in the Victorian era. The children are very glad they weren’t born in the Victorian period. They were able to see what houses were like back then and what life would be like for children. We are now looking at an artist from the Victorian times (William Morris) and this will continue after the holidays.

In PE, the children have learnt new dance techniques in their Bhangra topic and learnt how to play Handball. They’ve understood the importance of passing the ball.

We have now completed our digital safety topic in Computing. The children are aware of how to stay safe online and what to do if an online issue happens.

In Forest School, the children have learnt how to play a game of conkers and have enjoyed having some popcorn next to the fire.

Have a well deserved break 3C and I shall see you in the new year. Please continue to read at home and learn your times tables.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Class 3G - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Gunter

A long term is finally coming to an end but haven’t we done well?

We are fully fledged Year 3 children now and we are all showing that we are capable in Year 3. 3G have shown massive changes so far this year and have cemented themselves firmly in to KS2.

In English we have focused on a range of texts and predominantly looked at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have used it to develop our reading skills, create bulletins, to write letters and amongst other things too! We have really enjoyed immersing ourselves within Roald Dahl’s words. In phonics we have focused on spelling rules and use of suffixes.

During Maths we have begun to focus on using different methods to understand more complex problems. We have looked at methods for nearly all four operations and shall be moving on to division once we return. We have had a big push on our time tables and the results are beginning to show!

In YPC we enjoyed learning about the Victorians. We have looked at artefacts, became detectives and looked at pictures from the past, compared life to our own and what life was like for the different classes. We have even looked at artistry completed by William Morris and began to create our very own sketches and drawings.

Science has been fantastic and we've shown a good understanding of magnets and forces. We have performed experiments, made predictions and even evaluated why such things happen. In PE we really enjoyed doing bhangra dance and tested ourselves with a new topic which was handball.

We wish everyone a happy holiday, whether you are celebrating Xmas or not please have a good time and stay safe.

P.S. Don't forget that lots of reading and time tables work will really help!

Take care Mr G and 3G!

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 3

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils after the half-term holiday. We thank you for your continued support as 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.

Any important messages and announcements will be displayed on the ‘School noticeboard’ 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 continue to look at suffixes/prefixes and new spelling rules, including ly, ment and ness

• Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily through synthesis and segmentation and the recap of different phases

• Sentence types, including questions and exclamation sentences

• Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “

• Using descriptive language, such as: expanded noun phrases and use of the five senses

• Word classes e.g. nouns, adjectives and verbs and identifying them in a sentence

• Handwriting — correct letter formation and sizing of letters

• Developing their retrieval and vocabulary skills

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. Reading planners will be monitored carefully to ensure that they are being completed.


Maths:

We will begin by recapping our learning on number and place value before moving onto addition and subtraction. We will be learning about:

• Partitioning numbers in different ways

• 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 through concrete apparatus with and without exchanging

• 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 Science topic is Forces and Magnets. We will be learning about:

• Compare how things move on different surfaces

• Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

• Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

• Compare and grouping together a variety of everyday materials

• Describe magnets as having two poles

• Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing


YPC:

Our YPC topics this term are: Victorians/Bournville and the artist William Morris. We will be learning about:

• The past through artefacts

• Comparing Bournville to Yardley

• The life of a Victorian

• Looking at the period and comparing it to others

• Researching the life of William Morris and looking at his works

• Experimenting with a range of mediums: pencil, paint and pastels

• Practising different features of his art in their sketch books

• Using what the children have learnt to create their final artistic piece

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 designing a presentation through Microsoft PowerPoint.

Children will learn how to use the basic functions of PowerPoint, including adding animations and sounds.

PE/Sports: Bhangra (dance) 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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about creating unity and harmony - linking it to Islam and Christianity. We will also be looking at Remembrance Day and the festival of Diwali.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3O - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss O'Driscoll

3O have had a great start to the year. I am incredibly proud your resilience and determination this half term and you should be proud of yourselves too. I know that sometimes it can be scary meeting a new teacher, but you have all settled in so well. I love how thoughtful you have all been it has been wonderful to see so many keen readers.

We have found Maths a bit challenging but we have shown great resilience and enthusiasm to keep trying and never giving up. Now we are able to identify the value of digits in a three digit number, and compare and order numbers. It is really important to practise place value as it is a vital skill in maths.

In English, we have been revisiting different skills such as: grammar and punctuation, handwriting. We have also been looking at words classes (nouns/adjectives and verbs) and sentence types to really grasp how we can structure our sentences. Our class text this half term has been The Hodgeheg. We have really enjoyed reading this book and learning about road safety.

For Science, we have been focussing on rocks and soils. We have learnt some interesting things about the properties of rocks and different soils. Some of our most exciting learning has involved investigating the permeability of different rocks and soils, as well as how fossils are formed.

Our local area has been an interesting Y.P.C topic this half term and we have enjoyed learning about how Yardley has changed over time. We investigated our local area by taking a walk through to Old Yardley. It was so much fun to see the different types of houses and how our landscape around us is used.

Well done 3O! You have had a wonderful start to the year and it has been a pleasure to get to know you all. I am very exciting to see what next half term holds for us, and all the exciting things we will learn together. Have a fantastic holiday.

See you soon, Miss O’Driscoll!

Class 3C - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Chaudary

In English this term, we read a book called Hodgeheg. The children used this book to write instructions on how to cross the road safely. We also looked at different word classes to help us identify each word in a sentence.

In Maths, we have focussed on place value and addition. The children are confident at reading and writing numbers. They looked at different representations to help them to read numbers. In addition, we have used a place value grid to help us add numbers together with the help of base 10.

We have just completed our Rocks and Soils topics. The children were able to investigate the permeability of rocks and soils and they also made fossils in their Forest School session.

We have looked at portraits and our local area in our YPC topic. The children went on a walk around the local area to see how land has been used.

In PE., the children have learned different skills in tri golf and gymnastics.

Have a good break 3C and I shall see you all on Monday 1st November.

Class 3S - Autumn 1

15th October 2021 Posted by Mr Shah

What a fantastic start to the year we have had in Year 3! I am so proud of every single one of you and it is truly amazing to see how far you have all come this half term. Your behaviour and positive attitude has really shone and you have all settled in really well. I have been really impressed with your determination and enthusiasm as it can be quite daunting starting a new year group with a new teacher.

In Maths, we have been looking at developing our skills in place value. We have found it a challenge but we haven’t given up and have shown super resilience at all times. We can now identify the digits in a three digit number, order numbers and even read and write some challenging numbers. We must continue to practise place value as it is a very important skill.

This half term in English, we have been revising lots of different skills, including: grammar and punctuation, handwriting, words classes (nouns/adjectives and verbs) and sentence types. We started our first class text: The Hodgeheg and really enjoyed the book. We wrote a set of instructions on road safety.

In Science, we have been learning about rocks, soils and fossils. We learnt lots of interesting things about the properties of rocks and different soils. We investigated the permeability of different rocks and how fossils are formed. We carried out a number of practical investigations, including making our own fossils and testing the durability of rocks.

In Y.P.C, we learnt all about our local area and how Yardley has changed over time. We even went on a local walk to investigate land use and look at the different houses and buildings. It was so much fun.

Well done 3S! You have had a great start to the year and I have enjoyed getting to know you all. I hope you all have a great half term holiday and I look forward to seeing you in November.

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Class 3G - Autumn 1

13th October 2021 Posted by Mr Gunter

What a wonderful 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 very well. We’ve had weeks packed full of exciting, interesting and new lessons which have tested us mentally and developed our knowledge. Also we have recapped on basic skills to ensure we have the foundations to make the next steps in Year 3.

We've looked at a range of topics in English such as: sentence types, expanded noun phrases, word classes 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 and read as much as possible.

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 and looked at different representations in place value. 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 art and in particular portraits, where we looked at different styles and created our own abstract art! 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, and even took a trip around Yardley looking at human and physical features.

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 and time tables work will really help!

Take care Mr G and 3G!

Year 3 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 3

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 ‘Noticeboard’ 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 YPC topics are Portraits and 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

  • Experimenting with a range of mediums: pencil, paint and pastels

  • Looking at the works of artists: Van Gogh, Picasso and Di Vinci

  • Practising different features of faces e.g. - eyes, mouth in sketch books

  • Using what the children have learnt to create a self-portrait in their chosen style – realistic or abstract

Computing

This term we will be learning about Word Processing.

  • We will begin by completing a unit on 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

P.E./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.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

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.


Work at Home

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


Thank you for your continued support.

Year 3 Team

Class 3G - Goodbye 3G

19th July 2021 Posted by Mr Gunter

Unfortunately we have come to an end and our time together is over but Mr G has enjoyed every minute of the time we had together. Looking back over the course of this year, yes there has been rough moments like lockdowns, but in turn we have grown and became stronger. Mr G is very proud of what 3G has achieved this year and each and every pupil within the class has something to be proud of.

In English we have written in different styles, creating narratives, letters and even some non-fiction pieces of writing. Some of the sentences and vocabulary used has been wonderful to see. In reading we have focused a lot on improving our reading skills, not only our recognition of words but diving deeper and answering questions too. In phonics and spelling we have continually improved our knowledge of spelling rules and our phonetic recognition.

In Maths we have worked ever so hard on looking at the different areas of measure and learnt a new method which helps us to solve more complex division problems. One of our favourite lessons was building 3D shapes with cocktail sticks and plasticine. It was one of Mr G’s favourite lessons too.

In YPC we have lots of fund learning about different artists such as Derek Gores and we had a go at creating our very own art in the style of the chosen artist. This wasn’t just replicate what we had seen this was a lesson which invoked our imagination. We finally moved on to our topic about climate change. We have focused on the causes, damage and steps to correct our carbon footprints.

In PSHE we have ascertained what dreams and goals we have, thinking about what we would like to achieve next year. In PE with learning about teambuilding and hockey. Mr G was so impressed with the technical abilities of the pupils and went a little bit dojo crazy.

I am so sad to see you leave the classroom and move up to Year 4 but I am ever so proud. 3G, you must remember to always give your best and I will always keep a keen eye on what you do in the future.

All the best,

Mr G.​

Class 3H - The End of the Year in 3H!

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss Hanif

What a fantastic end to the year in 3H. There have been a lot of fun activities such as Sports Day!

In Maths we have looked at division, shape, mass, capacity and length as well as covering our times tables with a range of activities.

In English we have focused on writing a fictional story after stepping through a portal and the children all came up with some fantastic ideas. We also learnt about pollution and climate change and used this information to practising our formal letter writing. We wrote a formal, persuasive letter that has been sent to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister. We await eagerly for his reply!

In Science we have carried out a range of investigations and consolidated our learning across the topics covered so far this year.

In YPC we have completed our module on the artist Derek Gores and created some great pieces of art using collage techniques. We then moved onto ‘Save our Planet’ and used pneumatics to recycle everyday products to create a moving model. This has been great fun.

In Music we created a song about Pollution and in Spanish we learnt some useful phrases.

In PE we have improved our hockey skills and completed some team games activities.

We have a fantastic year in 3H and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all. Thank you for being amazing!

Class 3S - End of the year in 3S!

13th July 2021 Posted by Mr Shah

What a fantastic year we have had in Year 3! I am so proud of every single one of you and it is truly amazing to see how far you have all come. Your behaviour and positive attitude has really shone this year and despite all the disruptions to your learning, you have shown super resilience at all times. Your determination and enthusiasm will be missed and I hope you take these characteristics with you to your next class as you will continue to flourish.

In Maths, we have been looking at a range of different skills and getting even better at them. We have really enjoyed developing our understanding of word problems and using our understanding of the 4 operations to solve them. We have all tried really hard to learn our times tables and can’t wait to impress Miss Mac.

This half term in English, we have been using all of our different skills to carry out a range of tasks. Our favourite was when we watched a short animation clip called ‘Something Fishy’. We were challenged to write a narrative based on the clip and they were brilliant to read. I was so impressed with the quality of writing and how much effort you have put in. It was important we included a range of emotions and considered how the character might feel.

In Science, we have been learning about light and animals, including humans. We learnt lots of interesting things about light and shadows. We carried out a range of experiments to find out what actually makes a shadow smaller or larger. We also created shadow puppets and were challenged to create our own puppet shows. We investigated muscles, bones and the human skeleton in our body and made links to animals too.

Our final YPC topic was called Save Our Planet. In this topic we learnt all about recycling and the effects of pollution on the world and environment. Our favourite part of the topic was designing and making our own toy using pneumatics. We learnt lots of new D&T skills when using the pneumatics. The end results were brilliant too.

Well done 3S! You have had a great year and I have enjoyed working with you all. I hope you all have a great summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you in Year 4.​ Keep up the amazing and hard work and as I always say – SMASH IT!

Over and out, Mr Shah!

Class 3Q - Summer 2

13th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Quinn

We have had a brilliant last half term as 3Q. There have been a lot of fun activities such as Sports Day and our class reading picnic.

In Maths we have looked at division, shape, mass, capacity and length as well as covering our times tables with a range of activities, 3Q especially enjoy our times tables songs.

In English we have focused on writing a fictional story after stepping through a portal and the children all came up with some fantastic ideas. We also learnt about pollution and climate change and used this information to practising our formal letter writing. We wrote a letter that has been sent to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister. We await eagerly for his reply!

In Science we have carried out a range of investigations and consolidated our learning across the topics covered so far this year.

In YPC we have completed our module on the artist Derek Gores and created some great pieces of art using collage techniques. We then moved onto ‘Save our Planet’ and used pneumatics to recycle everyday products to create a moving model. This has been great fun.

In Music we created a song about Pollution and in Spanish we learnt some useful phrases.

In PE we have improved our hockey skills and completed some team games activities.

I am sure 3Q will have a fantastic year next year with their new teacher and I look forward to seeing them progress even more.​