Welcome To Year 3!
Meet the team:
Class Teacher: Mrs Palmer
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Thorne
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Sokcevic
Year 3 Parent Information Term 1 2020-2021
Lockdown 2021 -
06.01.2021 - We have moved to our Remote Learning Plan:
Remote Learning Plan
Online Safety Support: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/
Remote Learning Provision:
The children are now accessing all learning through Google Classroom both at home and at school for the children of critical workers and children classed as vulnerable.
We are providing online lessons throughout the day. The children are having regular face to face contact with their class teacher throughout the day and are hearing from their teachers via marking and feedback tools.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the school office.
Term 2 - Week 6:
This week the children have shown maturity and focus by remaining on task throughout their lessons, despite the building excitement of the festive season.
In Maths, we developed our use of Maths language and our teamwork skills whilst recapping addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, knowledge before tackling some truly tricky reasoning and problem solving activities on Wednesday.
Our focus in English was Acrostic poetry. The children worked brilliant to develop a alphabet of vocabulary around Christmas to help them write poems entitled Peace and Peace on Earth. The children also demonstrated their ability to reflect upon their work in their editing and improvement of their first drafts and the end results were both beautiful and inspiring.
We have also had a highly creative week, finishing our coil pottery with repeated designs inspired by architecture and pottery of the Ancient Greeks. On Friday we really enjoyed singing en masse with the rest of KS2 in all our Christmas Jumper finery. Keep a close eye out for the video links which will be shared with you in the coming days.
Newbury Lantern Trail:
Last week the children in KS2 worked extremely hard to create beautiful lanterns that were included in the Newbury Lantern Trail. We are all very proud at Kintbury St. Mary's Primary School to see our lanterns in the parade! Well done KS2! For more information and videos of the evening, please visit:
A Time Of Giving:
A huge thank you to everyone for donating to the West Berkshire Foodbank reverse advent calendar. A large number of donations were collected for the Foodbank on Friday. Thank you to everyone for contributing and supporting our local community.
Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children:
On Friday the school was filled with festive cheer for a great cause. All of the children dressed in Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Save The Children. It was wonderful to see so many people dressed up!
Term 2 - Week 5:
Year three wrote some well thought out, and easy to follow, instructions which I'm sure would have been highlight effective in guiding troops to rescue Princess Helen from the city of Troy. They all included the key features in their writing and showed a flair for being in command.
In Maths we showed how brilliantly we work in groups for big paper activities multiplying by three and then used our understanding of the three times table to tackle the inverse operation of dividing by three.
We combined ICT and Geography this week to research climate , precipitation levels and habitat in the tropics and the polar regions. Our key question was:
"Why are there no camels in the Antarctic and no icebergs in the Caribbean?"
We also considered:
"Where would you get a better sun tan, the arctic or the tropics?"
The children needed to decide what was it about the climates of these two very different regions that applied to our questions, including temperature and hours of daylight. The children recorded their findings, in PowerPoint, ready to share their findings with their classmates. Year 3, once again, showed what amazing team players they can be, by sharing out the work and then combining their findings within 3 larger groups.
Term 2 - Week 4:
In English, we have been learning about prepositions and, in particular, their importance in writing effective instructions. In Mathematics, in keeping with our new focus on multiplication and division, we have been using our 2 and 5 times table knowledge to aid us in division. We have applied ourselves to start learning our 3x table and have been rocking out at the start of our Maths lesson, using rhythm to help our recall of number facts.
There was a distinctly festive atmosphere in the Year 3 classroom on Thursday. The children worked extremely hard to make salt dough and create colourful decorations for the school Christmas tree in readiness for its arrival next. In true Year 3 style, we challenged ourselves, modelling two different styles of decoration. In addition, small groups worked with Mrs Thorne and Mrs Cantwell to build lanterns for the lantern trail exhibition being coordinated by Newbury Corn Exchange Community Arts team. Our measuring skills proved to be extremely important when ensuring paper strips for paper chains were cut to the correct length.
Term 2 - Week 2:
This week in Year 3 we have been extremely busy. As mathematicians, we continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills, this week challenging ourselves to tackle calculations involving two 3-digit numbers.
As writers, we have been answering the question “What is an adverb” and thinking about how we can include this descriptive tool in our writing. We also started looking at diary writing and the key features of this type of text. We started planning our write of a diary based on our Now Press Play adventure to Ancient Greece.
As Historians, we have been Athenians Generals. We learned about the different types of soldiers we had in our army and then worked in small groups to plan our battle strategy, considering the most effective deployment of our troops against an invading Persian Force. We then brought history to life by acting out our battle strategies.
In the heat of battle the Athenians hold their line.
Victory to the Athenians!
As a whole school this week we held a Remembrance Day service on the playground (socially distanced). Mrs Ulry painted a special poppy onto the playground and Mr Ulry built a special remembrance garden. Kendra played the last post beautifully, Mrs Veasey and Mrs Cantwell led prayers, and the whole school respectfully took part in 2 minutes of silence at 11am on 11.11.2020.
Term 2 - Week 1:
We hit the ground running in Maths on Monday, diving enthusiastically back into developing our understanding of addition and subtraction. We tackled adding or subtracting 2 digit numbers to or from a 3 digit number, really focussing on using concrete resources to support our learning. The children have become experts at exchanging one 10 for ten 1s and one 100 for ten 10s whenever we crossed 10s or 100s.
In English, we planned and wrote a Missing Person Report for the Ancient Athenian Police Force. The children really embraced the idea that Danae had become concerned for her son Perseus’ safety and let their imaginations loose to compose some fantastic descriptive writing while also remembering to include subordinating conjunctions in their prose.
Wednesday afternoon saw perfect conditions for some outdoor investigations. Mrs Keys-Stevens took the children outside to record and compare their shadows from one hour to the next. The sunny autumnal afternoon was just perfect for this activity and the children embraced the opportunity, drawing around their shadows and considering what the evidence of the light source moving meant in terms of the rotation of the earth.
Speaking of autumn, many of year 3 shared some beautiful autumn photographs as part of their homework, I wanted to share them all with you, but I’ve only got room for two! Have no fear, they will be on display in our classroom so that we can all enjoy the beauty of autumn, even on the greyest of days.
Term 1 - Week 6:
Year 3 embarked on a new Maths’ learning focus this week, addition and subtraction! We have been consolidating our learning from last year and extending this to include 1 digit numbers to 3 digit numbers. With Mrs Sanders we continue to build on our times table knowledge and this week we added a random element when practising our recall. We had to roll a dice to decide how many times 2, 5 or 10 we had to answer.
During English, we have been exploring contractions in spelling and the key features of an informal letter in Grammar.
In RE we are learning about the biblical creation story and considering The Fall from God’s, Adam’s and Eve’s perspective. We used our group to discussion to inform the writing of our individual newspaper reports for the Eden Times.
Term 1 - Week 5:
In maths this week we have been comparing and ordering numbers, finishing the week with a number line game to show our understanding of counting in 50s.
Miss Palmer :)
Term 1 - Week 4:
As historians this week we discussed democracy and compare the system in ancient Greece to that of the UK today. We felt very strongly that our system was considerably fairer. In art we were sculptors, using clay to mould a bust of Greek God. We needed to be extremely patient and gentle, using a hands and digits to carefully mould the overall shape. Thumbs are particularly good for the getting the curve of the neck just right! We then used clay knives to carve the facial features and flowing locks of our Gods.
Mrs Palmer :)
Term 1 - Week 3:
This week, in year 3, we wrote fabulous descriptions of Kampe, a mythical Greek monster. We shared ideas when planning and used fantastic words like colossal and massive to convey just how huge Kampe appeared.
In science we are learning about the human body. One particularly interesting fact we discovered is that the pipe that carries food from our mouths to our stomachs is called the oesophagus.
Term 1 - Week 2:
What a busy week we’ve had in year 3. We began our journey as historians working with timelines to work out where this fabulously influential culture fits in with our prior historic studies. Did you know the dates get bigger the further back before Jesus’ birth you look?
Mrs Palmer :)
Term 1 - Week 1:
Wow, what a lucky teacher I am to be in year 3!
In just 3 days, we’ve met two word collectors, filled our bodies with words that make us happy, discovered new and exciting words and chosen our favourites, learned that sometimes a word can be a noun and a verb, and hidden words in our original watercolour pictures. We’ve run around in search of things longer, shorter, wider or thinner than our rulers and the children have taught me the fine game of elevensies, at the same time showing me how sporting they are when they are out. I can’t wait for next week with this fantastic class.
Mrs Palmer :)
Listen to the word collector stories here:
Term 3 - Music!
This term we have been working in groups to compose our own music based on the music of Bob Marley!
Term 3 - Division Fun!
This term we have been exploring division using concrete material.