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Recommended Reading for Summer Term 2016

 

There will be mystery and intrigue in Mrs Kennedy's group this term, as we learn how to write our own mystery stories, using suspense and red herrings, as well as creating tension through our choices of language and sentence structures. 

 

Reading mystery stories at home, as well as in school, will help the children to understand how this genre is constructed. Not only that, but it will also give them a head start on learning the type of language used, so that they can 'magpie' vocabulary and themes when writing their own stories... plus they're really fun to read! There's nothing like the excitement of a good detective mystery! 

 

As a class, we have already begun reading 'Look into my Eyes' from the Ruby Redfort series of books, by Lauren Child. Below are some suggestions for wider reading this term. The books are all available from on-line retailers or local book stores, and may also be available to borrow from the local library. 

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This half term, Miss Thompson's group will be examining the themes of communication and friendships. They will explore what characters' speech and actions reveal about them. They will then be getting their creative hats on as they develop a brand new character! They will use their new character to help them write a diary entry.

 

This half terms riveting reads are:

Reading these stories with the children at home will help them to familiarise themselves with the language and themes used.

Marvellous Maths!

In Mrs Kennedy's maths group, we are now moving on to the 8x table for our weekly 'Learn Its' practice. The children have done really well with their 3x and 4x tables but should continue to practice these, in order to keep up with their skills... and of course, become a Maths Wizard! 

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Miss Thompson's group have almost mastered their 5 times tables. We will be moving on to our 10 times table facts this half term. We are learning funky new songs to help us remember our times table facts. Ask your child to sing them for you at home!

      

Year 3 Maths Wizards

Congratulations to the following children in Year 3 who have already  become 'Maths Wizards' for their times tables knowledge! 

 

3 Times Table Wizards

Ailish

Katie-May

Chelsey

Saad

Noor

Scarlet

Cameron

Jack

Riley

 

4 Times Table Wizards

Noor

Riley

Katie-May

Saad

 

8 Times Table Wizards

Noor

 

11 Times Table Wizards

Lauren

Riley

Scarlet

Jack

Cameron

Katie-Mae

Faatimah

Ailish

Noor

Saad

 

 

 

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Swimming

This half term, year 3 will be taking part in swimming lessons every Wednesday. Swimming is a very important skill for us all to learn and we are very much looking forward to learning new techniques. We will keep you updated with how we get on!

 

Children will need a swimming costume or trunks and a towel, in a suitable waterproof bag. Girls need to wear a swimming cap.

 

 How does your garden grow?

Year 3 will become green fingered experts by the end of this half term during our plants topic. We will be doing lots of investigations with different plants so watch this space for updates!

 

In Geography, we will be looking at our 'Extreme Earth'. We will discover what natural disasters happen on earth and why they happen. Come back later in half term to see our fun experiments!

2016

 

Welcome back to school!! We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break and are ready to come back, enthusiastic and eager to learn and make progress! 

 

Scroll down to find out what's going on in Year 3, this term! 

 

 

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Riveting Read!

This half term, Mrs Kennedy's group will be reading 'Letters from an Alien School Boy' by Ros. L. Asquith. Copies of the book are available from libraries,  book stores and online retailers, if the children would like their own copy to read along with the class. 

 

'When Flowkwee goes to planet Earth on a mission, he has to stay disguised - as a small Earthling called Nigel, with only one head and four appendages! But that's not all: His personal mission is to go to a school every day to collect Earthlings to "improve." Nigel knows he has to act dumb around the Earthlings, so in math class he pretends he only knows his times table up until two million and six times nine, and in literacy class he pretends to read like a newborn Faathing baby. A lot of Earthling life is totally weird to Nigel—the odd removable skins Earthlings wear called "clothes" and the funny paint on his mom's face called "makeup"—but in some ways Earth is even better than planet Faa. Earth is full of cool sounds made up of all different pitches and noises called "music," and Earthlings get gifts every year on their birthdays, just for being alive! But while Nigel starts to embrace his Earthling self, in the background lurks a coming invasion that his dad keeps talking about. And why are they so interested in a substance called "spinach"?'

 

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Recommended Reading

 

In order to support and enhance the work that Mrs Kennedy's group will be doing in Literacy and Language, we recommend these books, as wider reading for the children in their spare time. They're all available in local libraries, as well as stores and on-line retailers. This term, we recommend...

 

 

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This half term, Miss Thompson's group will be reading Aesop's Fables. Copies of the fables are available from libraries,  book stores and online retailers, if the children would like their own copy to read further at home.

 

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Recommended Reading

 

In order to support and enhance the work that Miss Thompson's group will be doing in Literacy and Language, we recommend these books, as wider reading for the children in their spare time...

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By now, the children should be experts in recalling any facts from the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, as quickly as they can recall their own name! Times Tables facts are really important and really should be practised at home to help secure their rapid recall!

 

Throughout Autumn Term, we learned facts from the 3x table (which they will be expected to recall, as quickly as they recall their own name, by the time they reach the end of Year 3). For Spring term, we are now moving on to the 4 x table facts - so any additional practice with this, is highly recommended!

 

 

 
 

 

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Throughout Autumn Term in Miss Thompson's group, we learned facts from the 2x table. For Spring term, we are now moving on to the 5 x table facts - so any additional practice with this, is highly recommended!

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Science

 

 

During our science lessons this term we will be learning all about light. we will be carrying out investigations to find patterns that determine the size of shadows and to help us to understand that light is reflected from surfaces.

Art

This half term, we have looked at an artist called Alberto Giacometti. We have found out that he is famous for creating sculptures of people. The people in his sculptures are very tall and thin, they are larger than life sculptures.

  

We had a go at creating our very own sculptures out of tin foil. Some of them are walking, others hopping, dancing and pointing. 

Thinking about our Light and Shadows topic in science, we have looked at how our sculptures blocked the light and created shadows onto the card. 

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Geography

This term we will be travelling the world through our 'marvellous maps' topic. The children will be using maps, atlases and globes to locate the United Kingdom and other countries to look at human and physical geography around the world.

 

The children have been fortunate enough, this term, to have visited Pizza Express down at

Eat Central, in the Intu Merry Hill Centre.

 

They had a really fun time, learning about: how the kitchen operates; how the staff ensure the produce is kept fresh and fit to use in recipes; how the special tomato sauce is flavoured (using basil leaves) and of course, how to make our very own yummy, scrummy pizzas! 

 

We had a wonderful time, and our tummies were full, after our visit!

Have a look at our pictures, below! 

Autumn Term 2015

Welcome back to school everyone... and a special welcome to Miss Thompson who has joined our school this September, working with Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Jones and Miss Harvey, as part of the Year 3 team!

 

We hope all of you had an exciting summer break and that the children are ready to get straight back to learning, in their beautifully smart, new, school uniforms! 

 

Scroll down for more information about what we will be up to in Year 3 this term!

 

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In Mrs Kennedy's Literacy group, our first 'Riveting Read'  is called 'A Villain's Night Out' by Margaret Mahy. It is available to borrow from most libraries or copies are available to buy from 'ebay' and 'Amazon', should the children wish to read the story independently.
 

 

 
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In Miss Thompson's Literacy group, our first 'Riveting Read' is 'Willy the Wimp' by Anthony Browne.  

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Recommended Reading

 

To support learning in 'Literacy and Language' sessions and to help enhance the children's vocabulary, comprehension skills and knowledge of story structures, they should be reading the following stories, this half term. They are all well known titles and should therefore be widely available to borrow from libraries or to buy from book stores or online stockists.

 

The Marble Crusher by Michael Morpurgo 

 

Matilda by Rold Dahl              Stig of the Dump by Clive King

 

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Science 

This term, we will become scientists as we explore how rocks are formed as well as grouping rocks according to their properties. We have recently carried out a science investigation where the children were able to observe the properties of different types of rock. We will also be going on a trip to the E-zone on Tuesday 22nd September. 

 

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History

We are travelling back in time to the Stone Age in year 3! We are finding out what it takes to survive the Stone Age. We will also be creating our very own cave paintings.

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