Class Information

2019-2020

Welcome to Year 3

Class Teacher: Mrs Green      

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Morgan

Our Class

Christmas is on the way!

Six weeks in, and its lovely to see everyone settled in and working hard. I hope you have all enjoyed a well-earned half term break.

Our new topic for the second part of the Autumn Term is Festivals and Faiths. In this topic we will be focusing on our key faith of Judaism, starting with a visit from Mrs. Liz Berg who will be telling us all about what it is like to be Jewish, and showing us some interesting artefacts.

As we get closer to the festive season, we will learn about the festival of Hanukkah and contrast it with the Christian festival of Christmas. A trip to Kea Church to look at how Christians celebrate is also being planned. 

Finally, we will be sharing our learning with the other KS2 classes, who in turn, will be telling us all about the faiths and festivals that they have been studying (Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam). We will all be working together to bring you an amazing KS2 Christmas production.  

Focus on Literacy
New topics for this term will include the writing of story settings, and I am hoping for some beautiful creative and descriptive writing.
Our first writing project was a story about boggarts. Not sure what a boggart is? Watch this space!
We created our boggarts and built houses for them on the field. Examples of boggart stories can be seen below.
 
 
Focus on Maths
In maths, we have been revising our tables from Year Two, thank you to all those of you who have volunteered to come and help with our programme of individual tables testing. Testing has started and all children will be bringing home a tables target to practise at home.
For the first part of the term we will be continuing with learning the standard column methods for addition and subtraction. After that we will start work on our new topic of multiplying and dividing by 3,4 and 8.
Our KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts)for this term is I know all my 5 and 10x table facts. It would be great if you can help your child practice at home by asking questions such as "What are five 5s?" or "How many tens in 110?" and seeing if they can give you an instant answer.
 
Focus on Science
Last half term we looked at forces with a focus on magnetism, please see the pictures below. Our main focus this term is Light and Dark. We will be building our scientific skills of developing questions, making predictions, carrying out experiments and recording results. Attached are some pictures of work done last week on reflection. Thank you to parents for providing children with torches for this term's work.
Focus on Humanities
 
Our topic on Victorian Children is now complete and we have learnt so much! We had an exciting visit to Lanhydrock House where we found out a lot about the lives of the people who lived there. We compared the lives of the children of the house with those of the young servants who worked there.
 
We hope you enjoyed our "Great Exhibition" in the school hall. Below, you can have another look at the amazing writing done in Year 3 about Victorian school life following our historical detective work around the Victorian building.
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Focus on Science
Mr. Palmer has been teaching the children about pollination and the children created their own posters for homework to explain what this meant. We will be using these posters in our explanation writing over the next couple of weeks. Here are some of the posters.
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Spelling updates.
You will notice that spelling lists coming home in the homework books look a little different this term. We have a new scheme of work for spelling. The groups remain the same, but some children have a few more words to learn than others. All children are participating in the same lesson which focuses on the spelling objectives in the National Curriculum for Year 3.
Focus on Maths
The second half of the summer term involves work on measures. One of the things children find difficult to grasp is telling the time. Please help your child at home by directing their attention to the clock regularly and asking the time. Children should be reading both analogue and digital clocks at this stage.
 
The muscle maths cards are going well and the children are rushing to beat the clock every day. The new KIRF (Key Instant Recall Fact) for this term is number bonds to 100 involving numbers ending in 0 or 5, eg 35+?=100. These can be practised at home, in the car on the way to school, or anywhere you like. Just give your child a number and see how quickly they can return the number bond.
 
Focus on Literacy
Last term, we looked at instruction writing, diary writing, story writing and balanced arguments. Here are some examples of our best work.
This term, we will be looking at poetry, so look out for some of our poems appearing on the website.
Focus on RE
We have been studying Judaism. We are very lucky to have had two visits from Liz Berg (Aeryn and Reece's grandmother) who taught us all about Shabbat and Hanukkah.
Our Ancient Egypt topic from the Christmas term was enjoyed by all. 
Focus on Art and DT
Last term, we were visited by pupils from Tregolls school to do some joint DT work. We also produced some amazing art work which was exhibited at Trelissick Gardens as part of their apple week celebration
PSHE
 
As part of our PSHE lessons, we looked at smoking and the damage it an do. We also tried to think of ways to educate people about smoking and persuade them not to start. Here are our posters.