Half term is once more upon us! It really is crazy how fast the weeks go by. We have done more fabulous learning this week, including:

-Maths: We have now finished our work on measurement and this week we completed some tricky assessments! We really had to use our growth mindsets and persevere. Well done to all the children for working so hard.

-English: We have almost finished our very own episodes of ‘A Tale of Two Robots’ and we have enjoyed deciding what our robots will get up to on their days out. We also did some further work this week on using dialogue in our writing, and what punctuation we must use with it!

-Science: We have started a new topic on Plants and have created a concept map of vocabulary we will be using next term. We had a go at connecting any words that we thought might be linked. We will update these as the topic progresses.

-P.E.: We are working really hard in P.E. to learn how to pass underarm. The children are so enthusiastic and are working hard to get this right. We have also learnt this week how to jump safely, and practiced star, straight and tuck jumps.

Our award winners this week were:

-Golden: Olivia

-Maths: Kourtney

On Thursday 7th March it is World Book Day. This year our theme is the ‘Wizarding World of Words’ and the children can dress up as a book character. It would be fabulous to see the children pick a character related to our theme. Maybe they would like to be a character from Harry Potter? Harry himself or Ron, Hermione or Malfoy? They may even want to pick an animal to dress up as such as Hedwig, or even Aragog the spider? The children could also pick characters from other stories such as Winnie the Witch or Room on the Broom. There is certainly lots of inspiration to be found! We are also holding a Harry Potter event on Friday the 8th March. Tickets are now on sale at £2 and there are only 70 places. It promises to be a fun packed evening! Letters went home yesterday.

No homework over the holidays, but please ensure your child is still reading daily.

Have a lovely break!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had a very busy week in Year 3! Here’s what we have been learning…

Maths - we have been learning about capacity and how this is measured in millilitres and litres. The children enjoying figuring out how much water different containers could hold (with a fair few spillages!)

English - we have been learning about conjunctions and determiners in preparation for next week when we will be writing a new episode of A Tale of Two Robots, featuring Robert and Nita (two room cleaning robots).

Science - our magnetic games are finally complete! The children have worked so hard on these and have blown me away with their knowledge of magnetic forces. Here are some pictures of their wonderful games…

ICT - On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day. We spent the afternoon learning about permission - what it means and why it is important to know that we can always say ‘no’. We thought of various scenarios online where we might be asked for permission, and thought about what we need to do in future if we are asked for permission to do something. We discussed how to question things and say no in a respectful way.

R.E. - We thought this week about the gospel story of Jesus being presented at the temple; and of Simeon’s reaction to Jesus. We discussed how we are all special in our own ways. We likened ourselves to K’Nex pieces - all different, all with a different purpose…yet when put together to create a bigger picture we can achieve wonderful things.

Reading Corner update - our reading corner is finished and it looks fabulous! Here it is with it’s designer Isabella…

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We handed out our golden award and writing award from last week on Monday. They were awarded to:

Golden - Jensen

Writing - Isabelle

Our awards this week go to:

Golden - Evie

Maths - Adam

Writing - no writing award this week

Please ensure your child is reading daily and practicing their spellings/times tables.

Please see the homework tab for this week’s tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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Today we celebrated Candlemas with a lovely service at Church. Candlemas commemorates the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple after his birth. As Jesus is the light of the world, this feast day sees Father bless the candles in Church for the year ahead. The children behaved beautifully at Church and we spent some time praying for those in need.

We have had a busy two weeks in Year 3. The children are working so hard! Here’s what we have been learning about…

Maths - we have been learning about money (creating amounts using coins and working on adding and subtracting different amounts) and have this week started to learn how to measure lengths in centimetres. We had a go at measuring each other’s forearms and feet and discussing the results!

English - we have moved on to a new genre of writing - Science fiction/fantasy stories. Using our RWI scheme we are starting to learn the story of A Tale of Two Robots.

R.E. - This week we have been learning a beautiful song in our daily worship sessions. The song is all about how God wants us to be his missionaries here on earth, by spreading the word that God loves everybody and also by helping those in need. The song is very catchy and I’m sure if you ask your children they will be able to sing you the chorus!

Science - We are at the end of our topic on Forces & Magnets. We are just finishing some fantastic magnetic games that the children have created, using magnetic force to attract materials. I will post some pictures of these next week.

P.E. - We were very excited this week as during our Gymnastics lesson the children had a go at exploring balances, travels and rolls using the equipment - including the climbing frame!

Last week I announced the winner of our Reading Corner competition - Isabella. All of the entries were fantastic and I could tell the children had worked so hard. This week we have been working together to bring Isabella’s design to life, and we are very nearly finished. I will post pictures of the finished result next week.

Award winners this week:

Maths: Kayden. For some fabulous contributions to class discussions and using some great Maths vocabulary in those contributions.

Writing: Will be given out on Monday due to Mass this morning.

Golden: Will be given out on Monday due to Mass this morning.

Can I please remind you to make sure the children are practicing their times tables and spellings each week, it’s so important and greatly benefits the work we do in school.

Year 3 News: Sam popped in after school one night this week. He looks so well and the operation was a success. We can’t wait to have him back in school with us.

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

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This week we have finally finished a class novel that we started before Christmas - The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. The class have absolutely loved reading this book and have been hanging off my every word as I have been reading it to them. Ask your children to tell you this story - I have no doubt they will be able to give you lots of details! To see the children so engaged with a story and wanting to read more and more has been a pleasure to see.

We have been doing some wonderful learning this week. In Maths, we have started to learn about money. We have been looking at different coins and discussing their worth, as well as making different amounts using the coins. The children even took a trip to Miss Heim-Sarac’s shop to see what they could buy.

In English we have looked at the different features of instruction writing and planned our very own set of instructions - based on the book ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. We also created a role play in our learning partners of the book. Next week we will start to write our instructions.

In Science we created our own compasses and went on a treasure hunt in the playground to see what we could find. We created our compasses using magnets; then each group was given a direction they had to follow to find their treasure.

We have done lots more wonderful learning in our other subjects too and the children continue to work hard. Well done.

Our award winners this week are:

Maths: Sam. For wonderful independent fraction work.

Golden: Jacob. For being such a hard worker and giving his all to everything he does.

A quick note: during our times tables and spelling test today a few of the children mentioned that they hadn’t practiced their spellings or times tables during the week. Please can I ask you to ensure that your children spend some time during the week doing this. Even five minutes a day would be beneficial! I am extremely grateful for any work that can be done at home.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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A huge welcome back to the children after their Christmas break and a Happy New Year to you all! I apologise for the delay in writing last week’s blog - the time has flown by! I have to say, I was so impressed with the children’s attitude and behaviour on their return to school last week. They all seemed so mature and I could tell they were well rested and ready to start the new year on a high! Well done Year 3, I hope these fabulous attitudes continue throughout the year.

In Maths last week we were looking at fractions - finding fractions of amounts (using unit and non-unit fractions). The children were very good at this and could complete this work confidently. Well done!

In English we completed a reading assessment to see how far we had progressed since September. Along with their reading quiz results, the children are doing well, however please continue to encourage your child to read at home - daily! The children already spend some time in school reading throughout the school day but they still need to read at home too. Thank you for your on-going support with this.

In Science we looked at magnet strength and we conducted an experiment where we investigated how many paper clips a magnet could hold in a chain. This then told us which magnet was the strongest! We then recorded our results in a bar chart.

In History we completed a quiz on Skara Brae.

In P.E. we carried on with our gymnastics unit from before half term and we started to look at different rolls. We then added them in to sequences we created before Christmas.

Our award winners last week were:

Golden Award - Georgina. Georgina is such a kind and caring member of our class who always carries Jesus in her heart.

Writing Award - Eliza. Eliza wrote a fabulous recount on the story of Sproutboy.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This will be just a short post to say Merry Christmas to you all - I hope you all have a wonderful break filled with joy and happiness! Thank you for all your support so far this school year, the children really have been fabulous to teach and have made me so unbelievably proud. The highlight of the year for me so far has to have been their Advent Service in Church yesterday. The children performed so beautifully - singing, acting and dancing! I hope you enjoyed watching them as much as I did.

A huge thank you for all the support shown for our fun run this morning (which became a dance-a-thon due to the weather!). All monies raised will be donated to Amy’s family/Christie’s hospital.

I am excited to see what 2019 brings for the children - and on that note, Happy New Year!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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I have spent some time reflecting this week on the progress the children have made since September. It has been such a privilege to see them mature and develop in to their life in the juniors. I am so incredibly proud of them all. This week has absolutely flown by and I sit here typing this feeling shocked that it is only one week to go until we break up for Christmas! We had a lovely assembly at the start of this week discussing the second week of advent and a beautiful advent service this morning before school in the hall. There will be another one next Friday at 8.15am - please come along if you can. We also had a very special treat today - watching the Reception nativity! It was wonderful.

Can I please remind you that it is the KS2 Advent Service on the 19th December at 2.30pm over at Church. Year 3 have the special job of acting out the Christmas story and they have been working super hard during rehearsals. I look forward to hopefully seeing you there.

In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions - recognising them as equal parts of a whole.

In English we have all now completed our STAR Reading tests and now have ZPDs. Everybody has done brilliantly - well done Year 3.

In Science we have been testing magnet strength and sorting magnetic and non magnetic materials.

In History we learnt about Skara Brae and started to create a news report on its discovery.

Award winners this week are:

Golden: Cianna

Maths: Isabella

No homework this week! Please could I ask, If possible, for the children to bring in a 2 litre (empty) milk bottle for Tuesday. We actually only need 15 altogether so please don’t worry if this isn’t possible.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have ended this week with a beautiful day here in school. This morning we went over to Church for a Mass celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The children were beautifully behaved. We then took part in a procession back to school where Father brought the blessed sacrament in to the hall. He did this by putting it in a special vessel called a monstrance. Just after break our class went to the hall to take part in adoration. We silently prayed to Jesus and thought about Him filling us with his love. The children made me so proud. They were reflective and respectful throughout. Just before lunch we went back to the hall while Father performed Benediction (blessing). It truly was a lovely morning.

We welcomed Ellie the elf to school this week. She has been hiding from the children and they have been enjoying trying to find her. Each day the children are also opening up a door of our advent calendar and they are enjoying listening to the story of Mary’s Little Donkey. Whilst we have been getting in to the Christmas spirit in Year 3, we have also been remembering the true meaning of Christmas and have written our advent promises.

This week has also seen us starting to prepare for our Advent Service on the 19th December at 2.30pm. I was blown away by how our first rehearsal went earlier this week. I am excited to see the final result when they perform for you.

In Maths this week we have been looking at doubling and halving.

In Science we conducted an experiment on friction - ask the children to tell you their findings!

In English we have carried on with our work on information texts and have also started to complete our star reading tests (these will give the children a new zpd).

In Geography we focused on one European country and created a fact file.

Awards this week:

Maths: Eliza

Golden & Writing: these will be handed out in assembly on Monday

Please could I kindly ask you all to check your children’s PE hoodies. Isabelle’s has gone missing (it is named) and we are wondering whether it has been picked up by mistake. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had another busy week and it is going to start getting even busier as we start to prepare for Christmas. We have lots of fun activities over the next few weeks to look forward to including making Christmas cards and calendars.

Advent (and the new liturgical year) starts this Sunday. Our advent service will take place on the 19th December over at Church and will start at 2.30pm. Year 3 have the important job of acting out the Christmas story. We look forward to seeing you there.

In Maths this week we have looked at subtractions and we have also completed some Maths assessments. The children tried so hard and have done brilliantly; I am a very proud teacher this week!

In English we have continued our work on information texts and we should hopefully be starting to write our own next week.

In Science we have started a new topic - Forces & Magnets. We started this by creating a concept map of all the key vocabulary we will be using over the next few weeks. We will come back to this map at various points in the topic to see if we can make links between any of the vocabulary using our new knowledge. We then had a go at trying to identify the force acting on an object - a push or a pull.

In Geography we were looking at capital cities of Europe and had a go at identifying them on a map and then adding them on to our own maps of Europe. The children were great at this!

In History we looked at Stone Age houses and how they changed throughout the Stone Age period.

Award winners this week:

Golden: Kayden. For being such a kind and caring member of our class and trying so hard to shine his light for others.

Writing: no award this week.

Maths: Nathaniel. For super independent number line work.

Have a lovely weekend & please see the homework section of our website for this weeks tasks.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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Another week has passed in Year 3 and we are now only 4 weeks away from the end of this term. Time really has flown and with these darker nights now upon us it will be Christmas before we know it!

In Maths this week we have continued our number line work with a focus on placing three digit numbers on to a number line. The children have worked super hard on this and we are going to start thinking about rounding numbers next week. Can I please ask that all children are practicing their times tables throughout the week, using the grid that was sent home at the start of the year. Even if it is 5 minutes a day it will make a huge difference!

In English we have started a new topic on information texts. The children are going to be writing an a-z holiday guide in the coming weeks and I would be grateful if the children could bring in any holiday brochures they may have at home or leaflets regarding days out etc.

In Science we have started to look at soil permeability whilst also making sure that our compost bins are working and the worms are doing their job!

In R.E this week we went over to Church where Father Jim performed a Baptism for us so that the children could see what happens during this sacrament, as well as giving them a chance to see the signs and symbols of Baptism in use.

We were extremely lucky on Wednesday morning to be able to take part in a live broadcast of Romeo & Juliet performed by the RSC. We then came back to class and did a story circle of the play which helped the children to understand what they had seen.

Our award winners this week are:

Maths: Lennon. Lennon is a great mathematician and I am so impressed with the work he is producing during our Maths lessons.

Golden: Jack. Jack has had a fabulous week and has worked so hard to make the right choices. Well done!

Writing: Georgina. Georgina has made great progress in her writing this week and wrote a wonderful descriptive piece on the port of Ephesus from A Comedy of Errors.

Please see the homework section of our page for this weeks tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We started the week with World Kindness Day. We made a special effort to be kinder to one another but we also discussed how we should be behaving this way anyway. We talked about how Jesus treated those around him and how he would never have been unkind to anybody.

On Monday we created some beautiful Remembrance Day art. We all created a ‘stained glass’ window with a remembrance day image and then used coloured tissue paper to decorate them. They look fantastic! We also painted some poppies using only dots.

In English this week we have written a descriptive piece of writing on the port of Ephesus from Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. I have been absolutely blown away by the children’s writing and imaginations and I am so very proud of them all. I can’t wait to see their writing progressing even further this year.

In Maths we have been focusing on number lines and placing 2 and 3 digit numbers on them. We have also looked at 3D shape and made our own out of modelling materials.

In Science we made our very own compost bins! The children had a great time getting their hands dirty and even handled some tiger worms. Well done Year 3.

In Geography we took part in a Europe scavenger hunt using the ipads.

Our award winners this week are:

Golden - Isabelle. For being such a hard worker with an enthusiastic attitude to her learning.

Writing - Laciee. For producing some lovely writing so far this year and for always remembering her punctuation.

Maths - Nevaeh. For trying so hard in her Maths work and constantly trying to improve. A great attitude to have.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We had a very memorable week in school last week. It’s hard to know where to start!

Firstly, on Tuesday, we were treated to an outstanding performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’ by the RSC. We were all absolutely blown away by the amazing acting and comedy involved.  A group of our KS2 children had the privilege of performing an ensemble piece at the start of the play and we were particularly proud of Eliza, Evie and Isabella from Year 3. They had rehearsed for weeks on end and it really paid off - they were little superstars! I hope some of you managed to see the play on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday we travelled to Brockholes for our school trip. We had such a wonderful day! In the morning we built shelters and had a go at fire lighting, as if we were Stone Age people. It was so lovely to see the children share the knowledge they have learnt in our topic over the past few weeks. I was so incredibly proud of them all. In the afternoon we were looking at Rocks - classifying them and testing their permeability. We also visited the Brockholes stone circle and made rock pets! It was a very exciting day and we were all very tired on the coach home.

In Maths last week we continued to look at time with a focus of being able to tell the time to the nearest five minutes.

In English we have started to look at A Comedy of Errors and have been preparing to write a descriptive piece on the port of Ephesus.

In History we continued with our safari guides and have been learning about woolly mammoths, sabre toothed tigers and the giant sloth.

All in all we had a great week!

Award winners were:

Golden: all of Year 3 for their fantastic behaviour on our school trip!

Writing: Elliot

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac 

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What a fabulous first week back we have had after half term. The children have come back well rested and ready for the term ahead.

This week has been very special as we celebrated the feast of All Saints. On Thursday morning we went over to Church for Mass; and we have also been looking at some of the different Saints in class. We have researched them and also created our own prayers to thank the Saints for the things we are grateful for in our lives. We also heard in Mass that this year is the Year of the Eucharist. We will be looking at this in more detail in class as the year progresses.

A letter has come home regarding our class trip next Wednesday. Please ensure all slips and monies are returned to school by Tuesday at the latest. All relevant information is on the letter.

In Maths this week we have been looking at time, in particular quarter past, half past and quarter to.

In English we have finished our fables and we will be starting to learn all about Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’ next week.

In Science we have learnt all about Mary Anning who was one of the greatest fossil hunters in the world. The children were fascinated to learn about her discoveries.

In History we have learnt about Stone Age animals and we will be creating a safari guide about them next week.

We have also started a new subject - Geography. We are going to be learning all about Europe this term.

Our award winners this week are:

Golden - Elliot

Writing - Cianna

Please see the homework section of the Year 3 site for details of this weeks tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had another busy week full of great learning! I can’t believe we are less than two weeks away from the end of our first half term. The day after we break up - Friday the 19th October - we will be having our school parents day. Information will be sent out to you shortly about this. I am looking forward to meeting you all properly and discussing your child and their progress.

What we have been learning about this week…

In Maths we have been using a number square to add and subtract two digit numbers from each other. We have also started to focus on our times tables and their corresponding division facts.

In English we have continued to look at conjunctions and have also done some character analysis of some characters in the fables we have been looking at in class. The children’s vocabulary is really starting to grow, I’m very impressed!

In Science this week we have been learning all about the fossilisation process. This can be tricky to understand but the children blew me away with how quickly they understood this and were able to order the steps in their books.

In History we were hunter gatherers for the day and tried some of the food that they would have gathered. We were very adventurous and tried dates, figs, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. The children were very brave and tried these foods even though they didn’t look very appealing! We also created a stone age menu.

In R.E. we have started to learn about Baptism and how this sacrament brings us in to the Christian family. We have spoken about how we can live our lives like Jesus and follow in his footsteps. I have asked the children to ask you why their name was chosen for them - does it have a meaning or was it because you just liked the name?

The children have brought home a letter today regarding the harvest. The children have been asked to bring in a tin of fish or vegetables to join the school collection which will then be taken to a local food bank. All donations are greatly appreciated. If these items could be brought in to school from next Friday the 12th October. This is an important time in the year and a time for us to reflect on how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.

The children brought home on Monday a spelling sheet and a times tables sheet. Please can the children spend 5 minutes or so each night practicing these as they will have a short test on a Friday to complete (they will be tested on all spellings highlighted in green and a random selection of times tables questions). I understand that the children do also have homework to complete as well as daily reading; however this extra work at home will benefit your child throughout the year greatly.

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

Award winners this week:

Golden - Sienna

Maths - Jensen

Writing - Declan

A huge well done also to those children currently taking part in our Shakespeare production - they were featured in the newspaper this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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It has been another busy week in Year 3. Time really is flying and the children are enjoying the challenges that life in the juniors brings.

In Maths this week we have been looking at place value and learning to understand what the value of each number is in a three digit number. We have also learnt about how to work out if a number is greater than or less than another number. The children are working super hard in their Maths work and this is really paying off! Well done Year 3.

In English this week we have been carrying on looking at Fables but with more of a grammar focus. We have done further work on inverted commas and have started to learn about conjunctions and how we can use these to join two single clause sentences together.

In Science we have been learning about the permeability of rocks. We conducted an experiment where we put different rocks in to water and noted whether there were any bubbles coming off the rock or not. If there were bubbles then the rock was permeable, and if there wasn’t then the rock was impermeable.

In History we have continued to be archaeologists and we had a go at matching artefacts to their descriptions. This was quite tricky as it required teamwork but we got there in the end!

In R.E. we had Father Jim visiting us to answer the questions we thought of last week for him. The children were fascinated by what he had to say and thoroughly enjoyed having him in school to visit us. We are going to start learning about Baptism next week and about how this is our welcome in to the Christian family.

Our award winners this week are:

Maths: no award this week due to our welcome assembly

Writing: Lila

Golden: Adam

Please see the homework section of the website to see this weeks tasks.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This week we have been learning about the importance of having a growth mindset. We have learnt that the brain is a muscle and that we are not born ‘smart’. The more we use our brain, the stronger and smarter it gets. That is why it is important to challenge ourselves and not give up - if we do give up our brain becomes lazy! The children have really got on board with this and we will be doing lots more work on this as the year progresses.

We have done lots of super learning in Year 3 this week and I am so proud of all of the children for how hard they have worked and for the effort they have been making. It is not easy transitioning from Year 2 to life in the juniors but they are all taking it in their stride.

In Maths this week we have been focusing on adding and subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number.

In English we have continued to look at Fables and have done some role play around this. We have also been learning about inverted commas and when we can use these in our writing.

In Science we did an experiment around how rocks can change over time and learnt all about erosion.

In R.E. we have devised some questions to ask Father Jim as he is visiting our class next Friday. This ties in to our learning around our Christian family and who makes up that family.

In Art we have been doing some colour mixing and learning about Vincent Van Gogh.

In History we were archaeologists for the day and we were looking at some artefacts to decide what we could deduce from them.

All in all a very busy but fun week!

Our award winners this week are:

Maths - Brodie

Golden - Molly

Writing - Kourtney

Have a super weekend and please see the homework section of our page for details of this weeks tasks.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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Our second week in Year 3 has really flown by. Before we know it, it will be Christmas! The children have had another fabulous week of learning and are really growing in their maturity and behaviour each day. This week we created our class rules so that we can understand what we need to do to be a good member of Year 3.

We also took part in a class vote to decide which children were going to represent our class on the school council. Molly and Adam were the chosen children - a huge well done to both of them! I know they will be fabulous school council members.

In Maths this week we have been looking at our number bonds to 20 as well as adding a one digit number to a two digit number. Some of us found this a little bit tricky but we applied our growth mindsets and we got there in the end.

In English we have started a new topic on fables. The children worked in groups to perform a fable, such as the boy who cried wolf, and then they had to match the moral to the fable. Their performances were fantastic!

In Science we have continued our work on Rocks and have been trying to use scientific vocabulary to describe different rocks.

In R.E. we have been thinking about why we go to Church and special occasions in our own lives that have brought us there, such as Baptisms and Weddings.

Our certificates this week were awarded to:

Golden Award - Declan

Maths Award - Nathaniel

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

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had a great first week in Year 3. The children have been fantastic to teach and they are so eager to learn! The children have settled in beautifully and are taking the move to the juniors in their stride. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and what it will bring.

In Maths this week we have started by recapping our number bonds to 10 and then looking at our number bonds to 100. The children impressed me with their knowledge and hard work.

In English we have focused on reading and spelling - please see my separate blog post about Accelerated Reader for more information about our school reading scheme.

In Science we have started our topic on Rocks and the children enjoyed sharing what they already knew about this subject and what they wanted to find out.

In R.E. we have started to think about our Christian family and special times we have spent with our own families. The children's contributions to discussions around this were so lovely and heartfelt, they really made me smile!

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

If you would like to discuss anything with me please feel free to speak to me at the end of the school day.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This week the children will be bringing home their new reading folder along with a book from our Accelerated Reader scheme. The way the scheme works is that the children take an online reading test which gives them a ZPD (zone of proximal development - a range of books that will challenge your child without causing any frustration). This is in the form of a number range and each child will have a different ZPD. This is because the test looks at the children's own personal reading skills and determines from that what range of books they can read. Please note this number is not a reading age. For example; a ZPD may be something like 1.8-2.4. All of the children have now completed this test.

The books we have in school have a corresponding ZPD attached to them and your child will be able to pick books to read from within their own ZPD. Initially, your child will be picking books from the lower range of their ZPD and over time will start to work towards the top end of their ZPD.

Once the children have read a book they will take a quiz online. Each book has a certain number of points attached to it and the children will gain a proportion of these points depending on how they do on the quiz. The quiz is designed to test the children's comprehension of the book they have just read.

The children will be bringing these books home to read and will also be bringing home their reading log. I have asked the children to make notes in their reading log each time they have read the book to keep track of what is happening as they will be able to refer back to these while they are quizzing. I have suggested that the children make notes after every few pages or after each chapter if that applies.

If you do have any questions regarding this I am always available at the end of each school day once the children have been collected.

Thank you.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac

The highlight of our week has definitely been Sports Day! All the children tried their absolute best and didn't give up. I was so proud of them all. Well done to all of the children for also showing fantastic teamwork and cheering their team mates on. In the end Layton won the KS2 trophy which was well deserved!

In Maths this week we have been learning about division. The children have found this tricky but we have used our growth mind sets and will continue to look at this next week.

In English we have started to look at a new text - Escape from Pompeii. This is a story about two children who fled Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted in AD79. It ties in beautifully with our current History topic (Romans) and Geography topic (Volcanoes). The children have written a setting description this week and will write their own narratives based on the story over the next couple of weeks.

In History this week we have been thinking about how we know that the Romans existed which led us on to thinking about archaeologists and what evidence they have found when digging up sites. We played a Roman themed Battleships style game which we all enjoyed!

This morning we went over to Church to take part in the Solemn Exposition. The children were so beautifully behaved and respectful, well done Year 3.

I can't believe we break up for summer 2 weeks today - this year has really flown by!

Awards this week go to:

Maths: Liliana

Writing: Naomi

Golden: All of Year 3 for an amazing Sports Day!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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AuthorCandice Heim-Sarac