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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This week we have continued to learn about the Romans. We made our very own Roman shields which took quite a lot of hard work! We tried to create our shields so that they looked just liked the ones the Romans would have had. Once they had finished we went outside to attempt to create the 'Testudo' (tortoise) formation that the Romans were famous for. We did a great job!

In Maths this week we have been learning about different types of lines - vertical, horizontal, parallel, diagonal and perpendicular. We had fun on the infant playground trying to spot as many of these lines as we could.

In English we have finished our instructions and they are now edited. I am so impressed with the children's writing - they have worked very hard to use as many features of instruction writing as possible. If we ever cross a woolly mammoth; we will now know how to wash it!

In Science we have been looking at the eatwell plate this week and what foods we need to eat to have a balanced diet. Next week we will be making models of balanced meals.

We have also been practicing for Sports Day. Just a reminder that this is on the 5th July at 9.30am. Please come along to support the children.

This morning we all attended Mass for the solemnity of St Peter and St Paul. The children were beautifully behaved and I couldn't have been prouder of them.

Awards this week:

Maths: Audrey

No other awards have been given out this week due to our Mass this morning.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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To start our week we had a go at following a set of instructions to create our very own woolly mammoths using milk cartons, tissue paper, card and pipe cleaners. The children did a fantastic job and they are now on display in our classroom. Today we have planned our very own set of instructions and we will be writing these next week - all based on the book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'.

In Maths we have started to look at 3D shapes and their properties. We were very good at this! The children can confidently name lots of 3D shapes as well as describing their properties. Can you spot any 3D shapes in your house?

In Science we have continued our animal and human nutrition topic and are enjoying our roles as personal trainers. We have been busy compiling some data for our 'clients' which we will present in a few weeks time.

I have been super impressed this week with the children's positive attitudes and hard work. Well done Year 3.

Award winners this week are:

Golden - Zachary W-O

Writing - Tom

A date for your diary: Sports Day is on the 5th July at 9.30am. Please can you ensure the children are in full PE kit that day with sun cream applied. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have had a very exciting week in Year 3...I don't know where to start!

The children were very lucky to have an artist come in to our class on Tuesday morning to give a workshop to the children and to ask them to create some pieces of art for a Wordpool event coming up in July (a leaflet has come home with your child today). There was a circus theme and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Similarly, we were thrilled to welcome a lady called Emily in to our school this morning who is a storyteller. Emily shared with the school a history of the Blackpool Tower Circus through a wonderful story about  a girl called Mary - ask the children to share this story with you. The children then had the opportunity to write a postcard describing an act from the circus, as if they had been in the story like Mary. These postcards will be on display at the Wordpool event in July in Stanley Park along with their circus artwork they completed earlier in the week.

On Thursday we had the privilege of going to St Mary's for a Mass with other Year 3 classes from our local Catholic schools. Our new Bishop, Paul Swarbrick, led the Mass and it really was a very special occasion. Our Year 3 class led the post communion reflection with a beautiful rendition of 'Love, Love' which they performed so well. After the Mass, we had a picnic lunch and then had the chance to play outside in Christ the King's wonderful outdoor area. I was very proud of all the children who represented our school beautifully.

In Maths this week we have continued to learn about the grid method when multiplying.

In English we have started to look at a new text - How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth - and will be creating our own instructions based on this next week. As per my text earlier this week, if the children could please bring in an empty and clean milk carton on Monday that would be great as we are going to be making our very own woolly mammoths.

No homework this week - however, please ensure your child is reading every day and making notes accordingly.

No awards were handed out this week due to just returning from half term and our visit from the storyteller this morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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This will just be a very short and sweet post to wish you all a happy and healthy half term!

I have sent the children home with two letters - one regarding an after school club starting after half term and one regarding a mass we have at St Mary's the week we return. If your child wishes to take part in the after school club they need to return the attached health form on our first day back as it starts the following day. The St Marys mass slip also needs to be returned on the first day back.

No homework over half term - but lots of reading please.

Award winners this week:

Golden: Zachary F-S

Writing: Angelo & Audrey

Maths: No award due to bank holiday

Miss Heim-Sarac

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The highlight of our week was going to the tennis club on Wednesday for our final tennis lesson. The children were so well behaved and sensible, and once we got there they played some fantastic tennis. It was such a hot day but there was no complaining at all! I have since sent a letter home with the children from the tennis club detailing some lessons they do there - there is a free one on a Thursday so I do hope some of the children consider going as they seemed to have really enjoyed learning this new sport.

In Maths this week we have finished our topic on time and I am so proud of all of the children who have persevered and shown great resilience during this tricky topic. A lot of us have found it hard but we have come through the other side! Well done Year 3.

In History this week we have learnt about Roman homes and designed our very own.

In Science we have started new topic looking at animals and their skeletons, as well as looking at what they eat. We are going to tie this in with the human diet also.

I was exceptionally proud of all the children who last week took their First Holy Communion. They all looked fantastic and it was truly a lovely service. The children have worked so hard to get to this point and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it. We have the remainder of our group taking their First Communion this weekend so I am looking forward to celebrating with them.

Our award winners this week are:

Golden - all of Year 3 (for fabulous behaviour on our trip)

No other awards given out this week.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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Our 4 day week really flew by. I hope you all enjoyed a nice three day weekend. To start our week the children continued to learn all about mountains and volcanoes in their new Geography topic. They also drew the Mona Lisa in their Art lesson - there were some very impressive attempts!

In English this week we created actions to the poem we have been looking at in our poetry topic - the Water Cycle - and then performed them. In Maths we are finishing up our topic on time and will be looking at roman numerals on an analogue clock next week.

I have been really impressed with the children's tennis skills in their weekly lesson. We definitely have some natural players in the class! The children really enjoy these sessions and towards the end of term we will be heading over to the tennis club for our final lesson.

In History this week we were looking at Roman clothing. The children made their own brooches and really enjoyed dressing up in a toga!

Award winners this week (no Maths or Writing awards due to Pop Idol auditions and a shorter week):

Golden - Gabriella

On a final note...I am a little disappointed with the amount of children who are not reading daily at home. I understand that we all lead busy lives but even if the children read for ten minutes before bed it would be greatly appreciated by myself and very beneficial for your child.

No homework this week!

Miss Heim-Sarac

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We have fully embraced our new History topic of the Romans. The children are really enjoying learning lots of interesting facts about them. This week we were looking at the Celtic Queen Boudicca who led a rebellion against the Romans. The children did some lovely writing on her life and have even learnt a song about her in Music - ask them to sing it to you! They learnt this song last term but still know it off by heart, it's very catchy!

In Science this week we have designed our very own space farms - we had to think about all the requirements plants need for growth and include those in our designs. The children have come up with some fabulous creations.

We are continuing to look at time in Maths - this week we have started to learn about how to tell the time to the nearest minute. Any practice you can do on this at home would be greatly appreciated.

In English our poetry topic continues and we are adding to our vocabulary by learning new words such as onomatopoeia and alliteration. The children have enjoyed finding examples of these in a poem we have been looking at on the water cycle.

Please see the homework tab for details of the work set for this week.

Award winners this week:

Maths - Sophie

Writing - Lily & Naomi

Golden - Claire

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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I can't believe we are three weeks in to our summer term already! Before we know it the children will be heading in to Year 4. So many of the children have matured beautifully this year and will be more than ready for their new school year in September. I am very proud of them all.

This week we have been very busy. In Maths we have continued to look at our new topic of time. We are finding this very tricky but we will get there eventually. If you could try to spend some time with the children helping them to tell the time on an analogue clock that would be super!

In English we have been looking at Poetry ready to start our very own poem in the next couple of weeks. The children are really enjoying this topic and its associated word play.

In Science we are continuing our plants topic and have just completed an experiment on water transportation in plants. To do this we added food dye to some water in bottles and put some white flowers and leafy celery in the bottles. Over the next few days the flowers and the celery leaves changed colour to match the food dye in the water. Ask the children how this happened!

In R.E. we are nearly at the end of our topic on the Mass. This has tied in nicely with the children's communion journey. Please spend some time with the children helping them to learn their Mass responses.

This week we were also lucky enough to go on the Life Bus to see Harold and Katie. We had a great time learning about the brain and the children were thrilled to see Harold! We learnt all about the different systems in our bodies also.

Please see the homework tab for details of this weeks homework - can you also ensure the children are reading every night and making notes based on what they have read.

Award winners this week:

Maths - Thomas

Golden - Theo

Writing - Caitlyn

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Heim-Sarac

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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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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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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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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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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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