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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.​