It has been lovely to welcome the children back this week after the Easter break. I hope you all had a wonderful half term.

Your child has brought home today a copy of the report from our recent RE inspection. The report is a testament to our school's strong Catholic ethos and I feel very lucky to be part of such a lovely school family.

This term we are having a reading challenge in Year 3. The class have been split in to teams and at the end of the term the team with the most points achieved will be our winners. To achieve the most points possible the children need to ideally be getting 100% on each quiz, however even if they don't achieve full marks but still pass the quiz they will achieve a portion of the points available.

The children therefore need to be reading as much as possible at home, and making comprehensive notes. It is important that their notes are done properly as they can use these when they are quizzing. Good luck everyone!

For this term only, can the children please wear their PE kits on a Wednesday and Thursday instead of Monday and Thursday. This is because we are lucky to have a tennis coach coming in each Wednesday to teach the children. This session will therefore replace our Monday PE lesson.

Award winners this week:

Golden: Hollie

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have ended the week on a high with the children having had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. They all looked absolutely fabulous so a huge thank you to all of you for the effort made. 

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our lovely chicks this morning. We have all grown very attached to them and will miss them lots. They were definitely ready to move on though as they were getting quite big and needed more space. We believe we had 6 girls and 4 boys in the end.

In Maths this week we have been learning about addition using the expanded column method. The children have blown me away with how well they have done on this. We will be continuing to look at this next week too. 

In English we have focused on our chick diaries this week and writing down all the important information of the hatching process as well as talking about our experiences of holding them. 

In R.E we are looking at the Mass and have been talking about how sharing and listening play a big part in this. We talked about how we share in Holy Communion and listen to God's Word. The children shared some lovely examples of times when they have listened or shared.

Award winners this week are:

Maths: Tia

Golden: Ryan

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks activities.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had a very exciting week in Year 3! Our chicks arrived on Monday and started to hatch on Wednesday. We now have 9 lovely little chicks! We are hoping to work out shortly whether we have boys, girls or a mixture of both. The children have loved seeing the hatching process, as well as being able to hold and stroke them. We have them until next Friday so we will get lots of cuddles in before then. The children have been keeping a chick diary and they are very informative!

The children have been learning about place value in Maths this week and continuing to look at Macbeth in English. In Science, the children drew some beautiful pictures of plants and then labelled the parts afterwards. We are still waiting for our runner bean seeds to shoot through the soil, and are watering them every day to help them along.

A huge well done to Lily, Audrey and Caitlyn who performed in our Macbeth performance this week at the Grand Theatre. You were absolutely fantastic and we are all very proud of you.

This past week we have been taking part in the 100,000,000 minutes challenge. Today we submitted our minutes for the week and we have read over 14,000 minutes as a class. How amazing is that? We need to keep this up Year 3 and carry on being the fantastic readers that we are.

Our awards this week go to:

Maths: Zach F-S

Golden: Reuben

Writing: Theo

No homework this week - however, please can the children ensure they complete chapters 1 and 2 of their 'I Belong' book ready for the Holy Communion meeting on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a fabulous week in Year 3!

In Maths we have been looking at subtracting by counting on and relating this to money. The children have worked really hard on this and have enjoyed the challenge.

In English we have completed our descriptions of the witches and they are great! The children have worked hard to use effective language in their writing to build up a picture in the reader's mind of what the witches might have looked like.

In Science we have started a new topic - plants. We have planted some runner bean seeds that will turn in to seedlings in the next 10 days or so. Once they do this we are going to test how important the requirements for plant growth are.

I am very excited to share with you that on Monday we are getting a very special delivery - chicks! They will arrive unhatched and in their incubator and we will be with them on their journey to hatching, and for a few days afterwards too. The children are absolutely thrilled, as you can imagine!

Thursday was World Book Day and this year we are taking part in the 100,000,000 minutes challenge. The children have been given a bookmark to record their daily reading time - please ensure they fill this in over the weekend.

This weeks award winners:

Maths: Abigail

Golden: Grace K

Writing: Joseph

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks homework.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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It was lovely to welcome the children back this week and to listen to their stories of what they had done over the half term holiday.

We are now just over a week in to the very special time of Lent and this week the children made their very own Lenten promises. We are going to try very hard to make sure we stick to these and show the self-discipline that Jesus showed when he was in the desert.

In Maths this week we have been looking at 2D shapes and right angles. We found the work on angles a little bit tricky at times but we persevered and it paid off! Why don't you spend some time this weekend trying to spot right angles in your house? I would be excited to hear what you have found.

In English we are continuing to look at Macbeth and have started our descriptions of the three witches.

The children's 500 word stories were submitted yesterday - thank you for your entries and the hard work that was put in to them. Fingers crossed we have some winners in our midst!

Award winners this week:

Golden - Reece

Writing - Angelo

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had a wonderful last week of term in Year 3.

In English we have started to look at the three witches in Macbeth and how we might describe them. After half term we will be writing our very own descriptions.

In Maths we have continued to look at fractions and have been busy working out fractions of amounts. The children have become fantastic at solving these and have really used their growth mindsets as fractions can be tricky!

Over half term please can the children who have yet to complete the 500 live words stories please finish them. They need to be handed in to school on the first day back after the holidays and will be classed as the children's homework over half term. On the letter I sent out last week there is an e-mail address to send in the entries electronically. However, if you do not have a computer at home the children can bring them in handwritten and can type them up at school. Please note: there was also a consent slip attached to this letter that needed to be returned to school as soon as possible. There are still some children who have yet to return these. Please ensure these are returned on the first day back after the holidays. If you have misplaced your letter please see Mrs Wilson in the office.

I would like to invite all parents in to the Year 3 classroom after school on Tuesday 20th February (the day the children return) to see the magnetic forces games the children have created and to test them out. I was hoping to invite you in this week however with the work being undertaken on the infant playground it seemed wise to arrange it for after half term.

Award winners this week are:

Golden: Joseph and Audrey

Writing: Ryan and Vinny

Maths: Hollie

Have a happy and healthy half term.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have ended a lovely week in Year 3 with a very special service at Church this morning to celebrate Candlemas. The children behaved fabulously and were a credit to the school. A special thank you to our readers: Megan, Leo and Audrey.

In English this week we have immersed ourselves in Macbeth - specifically the battle scene at the start of the play. We spent some time acting it out and generating lots of super describing words that we could use in our writing. The children have then blown me away today with the quality of their writing - they wrote in the first person as Macbeth to describe the aftermath of the battle. I can't wait to get them on display!

In Maths we have continued working on our fractions and thinking about equivalent fractions too. We are finding this a little bit tricky but we are going to persevere and use our growth mindsets to help us through!

In Science we have been designing some activities around magnetic force that could be used at a Science fair.  I am hoping to invite you all in to school to test these out for us one night after school next week - I will keep you updated as to what night this will be.

Award winners this week:

Maths - Theo

(No Golden or Writing award given out due to Candlemas service)

Please see the homework section of the Year 3 page for details regarding this weeks homework.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a great week in Year 3. I have been so impressed with the children's attitudes to learning and to school this week, I am very proud of them all!

In Maths we have started to look at fractions and how we identify them as well as focusing on our times tables. Please practice your 3, 4 and 8 times tables at home.

In English we have started our Macbeth topic and have spent some time acting out the play as a class. The children were absolutely brilliant at this, we definitely have some actors and actresses in our midst!

The children have been learning a song about Boudicca in Music - I took the opportunity to sit in on their lesson this week with Mrs Bird and they blew me away!

Please see the Homework section of the Year 3 page for this weeks homework. I have also sent a letter home today with an update on the 500 words competition - please read and follow the instructions on there for the entries.

Award winners this week are:

Maths - Leo

Golden - Liliana

Writing - Tom

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had a great second week back in Year 3, and have been very busy!

In Maths we have been working on our partitioning skills and using this knowledge to add two digit and three digit numbers. The children have worked so hard on this and it really shows in their work.

In English we have been finishing off our narrative writing ready to start our Macbeth topic next week.

In Science we have done an investigation this week as to what materials are attracted to magnets - some of us looked at whether all coins are magnetic and we discovered that the answer is no! There are some 2p and 1p coins and also some 5p and 10p coins that are not magnetic if they were made before a certain date!

In P.E. we have started a gymnastics topic which the children are really enjoying.

The children were so thrilled at getting homework last week that they have asked for more this week! Please see the homework tab of the Year 3 page for details.

This week we also watched the 500 live words lesson. The children have come home with their planning sheets and further details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1?dm_i=3YNL,BLW3,2M74JD,179O8,1

The closing date for entries is the 22nd February so I would suggest the children make sure they have their entries back in to school for the 19th so that I can read over them if the children would like me to.

Award winners this week:

Golden - Vinny

Writing - Analiese

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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It has been so lovely to welcome Year 3 back this week, I have certainly missed them over the holidays! They have had some lovely stories to share with us as to how they spent their Christmases!

In Maths this week we have been looking at the place value of three digit numbers as well as learning how to multiply and divide a number by 10.

In English we have been putting the finishing touches to our own episodes of A Tale of Two Robots, ready to start our new topic soon of Macbeth. I am so excited to start this topic with the children and I know we will produce some fantastic work as a result!

In Science we have been planning our own experiments to test out magnetic force in various ways - with a focus on how powerful the force is. I know the children are looking forward to carrying out these experiments on Monday.

In R.E. we have been looking at the story of Zaccheus - the children have produced some lovely writing on this. Well done Year 3!

Homework -  Instead of setting the children spellings to learn this weekend I have sent them home with a homework book and two pages to complete in it (pages 58-59). I feel the children need some further work on their use of inverted commas and this is what their homework is on. Please ensure the children try to complete this as independently as possible. This homework is due in on Monday.

Award winners this week:

Writing: Mya

Golden: Megan

Have a lovely weekend and Happy New Year to you all.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

We have had an exciting week in Year 3! We were very lucky to have the fabulous 'Travelling by Tuba' visit us on Wednesday. We were treated to a fantastic musical show in the morning and then had our very own workshop with them in the afternoon. It was a great experience and the children absolutely loved it! I will post some pictures from the day at the start of next week.

We have been practicing our carol service every day and the children have worked so hard in their roles. It really will be a lovely performance so we hope you will be able to make it. As mentioned in last weeks blog it is on Wednesday 20th December. The time is 2.30pm and it will be held over at Church.

Next week we are going to make our own robots. I have asked the children to bring in any cardboard boxes they may have at home that they can use to create their robots. I have asked them not to bring in any boxes that are bigger than a shoe box or cereal box as we don't want our robots to be too big! Cardboard tubes would also be handy (I'm sure there will be lots of these going spare with all the presents we are wrapping at the moment!). No toilet roll inner tubes please! The children could also bring in plastic bottles if they wish to use for the arms and legs.

Thank you to all of you who managed to come to our Rock & Fossil Museum - the children were so excited to show you their work and rightly so - they have worked very hard!

There are no spellings this week - we will get back in to our normal routine after Christmas.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

 

 

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It has been a very busy week in school! I would like to start this post by saying a huge well done to the children who behaved so well during our Ofsted inspection - you were a credit to the school and I am immensely proud of you all!

In Maths this week we have started to look at data and how we can present it - in particular bar charts and frequency charts. We had a go at interpreting some bar charts and we were very good at it - next week we are going to have a go at creating our very own bar charts.

We have continued to look at our science fiction story in English - it is called A Tale of Two Robots and the children are enjoying learning about the characters and what science fiction is.

We have started to really get in to the Christmas spirit in Year 3 and the children are really enjoying opening up our advent calendars each day and learning about the Christmas story. The KS2 Carol Service is on the 20th December - we hope you can make it. There will be more details to follow. A big thank you to Liliana and Reece who represented our school so beautifully at the Advent Service on Tuesday.

Our Award winners this week are:

Golden: Caitlyn

Maths: Reuben

Writing: Gabriella

Our Rock and Fossil Museum will be taking place this Thursday after school in the Year 3 classroom. I apologise for the mix up in dates last week!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

 

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Wow I can't believe we are only a few weeks away from Christmas! The time really is flying in Year 3.

In Maths this week we have been focusing on 2D shapes and their perimeter. We started off by working out what perimeter is and then working out the perimeter of different 2D shapes. We then moved on to measuring the shapes with a ruler ourselves and working out their perimeter that way. We have found this a bit tricky but we are persevering and not giving up!

In English we have finished writing our persuasive letters and have just started to look at a science fiction story. Today the children created their own robots and created mini stories about them. I was very impressed.

In Science we have moved on to our Forces topic and we started off with an experiment to test how toy cars move on different surfaces.

I would like to invite you to come in after school on Thursday 8th December to see our Rock and Fossil Museum which will be based on our recent Rock topic in Science. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about rocks and you will have the opportunity to view the work they have completed. I hope you can make it.

Advent begins on Sunday and in R.E. the children have been learning about the meaning behind the advent ring.

Please make sure you read this weekend and practice your spellings!

Can I take this opportunity to say a huge well done to the children who took part in the athletics competition this week - I am so proud of you all and I know Miss Haggerty is too.

Our award winners this week are:

Maths - Grace B

Writing - Vinny

Golden - Grace B

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had an absolutely fabulous day today at Brockholes, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We went prepared for terrible weather but in the end we were quite lucky. There was some mild rain while we were outside this morning and none at all while we were outside this afternoon. It was, however, extremely cold!

We spent the morning building dens and learning how to light fires as they did in the Stone Age, with the children each having a turn at fire lighting themselves. The afternoon was spent looking at different rock types, visiting the stone circle and making our very own rock pets. Here are some pictures from our day (please click the photos to scroll through)...

 

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We have had a wonderful day today raising money for Children in Need. As a school we have raised lots of money so a big thank you to you all for your kind donations. The children loved filling up the big Pudsey in the entrance hall with their pennies!

In Maths this week we have continued to work on our mental maths skills as well as starting to look at 2D shapes and their properties. Maybe you could look around your houses to see what shapes you can find? They are everywhere!

In English we finished our A-Z Holiday Guides and they look fantastic. We have now moved on to learning about persuasive writing and have started to plan our very own persuasive letters.

This week the children learnt all about the Stone Age diet and planned their own menus based on these ingredients. We all decided that we would much prefer to eat the food we do now then the food they ate in the Stone Age.

In Science, we have learnt about fossilisation this week, in particular fossils that were created using mould and cast. We also learnt about the great fossil hunter Mary Anning and her fascinating life which the children found very interesting.

We spent some time this week planning our own worships in groups. The first group led their worship today and they were fabulous - I am looking forward to seeing what you have all planned over the next couple of weeks.

Our award winners this week are:

Writing - Lily

Golden - Analiese

Maths - Charlie

Have a great weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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Here are some pictures from Maths Day...

 

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It has been lovely to welcome the children back this week after the half term. I hope all the children had a fabulous week off. They have certainly come back to school raring to go with their learning!

In Maths this week the children have been learning to add or take away 10 or 1 from a given number; as well as starting to learn to do these calculations mentally. I am impressed with their hard work this week. Their brains are certainly growing!

In English we have been putting the finishing touches to our information texts. The children have enjoyed learning about new places to write about and their finished work will soon be up in our classroom on display.

The children will be coming home this weekend with a letter about our upcoming school trip. The trip will take place on Thursday 23rd November and we will be going to Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. There we will be learning about shelter building and bushcraft skills to tie in with our Stone Age topic as well as looking at Rocks to tie in with our Science topic. It should be a lovely day and the children were very excited when I explained about the trip to them today. There are further details on the letter which should be in their book bags.

There was no Maths Award this week due to the new term starting on Tuesday (these awards are usually given out on a Monday) and the following Writing and Golden Awards will be given out in Monday's assembly as the Year 6 class assembly took place today:

Writing: Claire

Golden: Angelo

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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What a week we have had!

To start off our week we had the fabulous Dan Worsley visiting us on Monday. He talked us through exactly what it meant to publish a book and all the different stages he has to go through. He then put on his special waistcoat and told us a fantastic story called 'Keep your hair on!'. The children loved it and were so engaged throughout.

This week has seen us take part in our very first Science experiment. The children were testing various rocks to try and work out what type of rock they were - igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic. We tested the rocks hardness and permeability, and also did an acid test on them.

In R.E. we have been continuing to look at Baptism. This week we looked at the signs and symbols of Baptism and what they mean. Father Jim came in to our class to organise us going over to Church to take part in a 'Baptism' so that we can see first hand what it entails.

In History we created our very own cave paintings using charcoal - just like the people from the Stone Age did! The children have loved creating these and they will soon be up in our classroom on display.

On Thursday it was Maths Day. The children looked fantastic and had all made such an effort with their outfits! In the morning the children were creating and costing their very own theme park - on the moon! The children had to stick to a budget of £500,000 and got to use calculators to assist them. In the afternoon, the children had to figure out who had stolen some plans for a delicious chocolate from a chocolate factory. To do this they had to work together as a team to work out some place value problems. All in all the children had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The children will have brought home some spellings today - please practice them over the weekend ready to be tested on Monday. Going forward, the children will always bring their spellings home on a Friday to be tested the following week.

I have also given the children a yellow 'Reading Log' to replace their reading record. The children will now make all their notes and record their scores in this book instead of their reading record. If you wish to make a comment on your child's reading please do so in this new book.

Well done to our certificate winners this week:

Maths: No award given out this week due to Dan Worsley visiting on Monday

Writing: Megan

Golden: Sam

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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I would like to start the blog this week by saying a huge thank you to you all for your generous contributions for the Harvest. Our Harvest Mass is next Friday at 2.30pm; you are all welcome to join us over at Church.

In Maths this week the children have been comparing and ordering numbers and placing numbers on to a number line.

In English we have started to look at information texts and their purpose. Soon the children will be writing their own A-Z holiday guide packed full of facts and opinions. The children particularly enjoyed looking through some holiday brochures to look for ideas.

In Science we are continuing to be Rock and Fossil scientists and have spent some time this week learning the names of some common rocks. Next week we will be doing our first scientific experiment!

Our Award winners this week are:

Maths: Angelo

Writing: Ryan

Golden: Sophie

Well done to all of you!

The spellings for this week have come out today and will be tested on Monday. Please find the time this weekend to practice these in preparation for the test.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This week I have been so impressed by the effort the children are making with their reading. They are thoroughly enjoying reading their books and making notes; and then quizzing after. On this note, can I please remind you all to encourage the children to make their own notes each time they have read. It will help them greatly when they are quizzing and with their comprehension skills.

In Maths this week we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 or 100. We have used lots of practical equipment for this including bead strings and Base 10. We then used number lines to show how we could round using those as well.

In English we have completed writing a description about a beach setting; with a focus on creating a happy and excited mood. I am looking forward to reading what the children have written.

In P.E. the children have been creating their own Stone Age dance with a partner. They performed what they had done so far this week and they were all brilliant and well put together. Well done Year 3.

Each Monday the children will be coming home with a spelling log book which will have some spellings in that they need to learn that week. I will then test them on these the following Friday. Please ensure the children are taking the time to practice these. If you follow this link it will take you to a page that describes some strategies for learning spellings.

Our awards this week went to:

Maths: Vinny

Writing: Reece

Golden: Naomi

Have a great weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

 

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