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*Merry Christmas from 3W*

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We wish everyone within our school community a very magical and merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

Welcome to Year 3W’s class page 2020-2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

We would like to offer you and your child an incredibly warm welcome to Year 3 and an even warmer welcome back to school since lockdown. We are certain that the past six months have been a challenge in many ways, but hopefully in between home-schooling and working from home, you have made lots of lovely memories together. We are enjoying settling into our new class. The children have already begun to form friendships and set new goals, creating an encouraging team of learners. We are looking forward to teaching and guiding them throughout this year. We will work hard and make sure we have lots of fun along the way and having a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a rewarding year for us all, but especially your wonderful children.

 

It is an exciting year for your children as they continue their journey through school and move into Key Stage Two. We are pleased to have Mrs Brown in our class bubble who will be helping us on our learning journey this year. In Year 3, we have high expectations of all of the children, through behaviour and being ready to learn and grow as a team and individuals. Our classroom is a happy and positive working environment where praise and encouragements are used to motivate and support all of the children. We ask that each child tries their best and develops a resilient attitude towards learning. Together, we have devised a set of class rules that are displayed in our classroom.

 

Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. I value the support you give your child at home with reading, spelling, learning times tables and delving into any topic based research or interests your children may express. Now more than ever, a little and often approach to practising spellings, times tables as well as reading and discussing books will have such a powerful impact on making long lasting connections and giving your child the comfort and reassurance that they may need.

 

The start and end of the school day can be very busy and not usually ideal for discussing any questions or concerns. It would be appreciated if you could send an email to your child's class email address if you have any concerns. This will help me to give it the full time and attention that it needs. This page will be updated during the year to share details of class news, pictures of our learning and useful links. We work hard but have lots of fun in 3W. We look forward to sharing our photographs with you.

 

Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions throughout the year,

Miss Williams & Miss Ollerton

 

Our Class 

 

When starting our new school year in 2020, we spent a lot of time reflecting on current events that may have left us feeling a little confused and with lots of questions. We enjoy spending time each day to say thank you to our nation's Key Workers, thinking about what kind of people we are/want to be and coming together in prayer and quiet time to share our honest feelings and worries. We have looked closely at Miss Williams' favourite book, 'The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse' by Charlie Mackesy and have picked some of our favourite discussion quotes to share with you... 

Design Technology 

Our Autumn Term DT project has been to design and create a Christmas gingerbread biscuit. We thought carefully about our consumer (a child) and designed Christmas biscuits that we could decorate with intricate piped icing designs. We have spent time tasting a range of biscuits to help us decide on the perfect ingredients for our own, rolling, cutting and baking our biscuits and then patiently learnt how to create the perfect consistency of royal icing for piping. Take a look at us learning these skills and perfecting our baking abilities. Which biscuit design would you choose?  

Christmas Angels

We so enjoyed performing our Christmas song for our school nativity video. Please take a look on our school's music curriculum page.

Science

As part of our science topic this half term, 'Animals including humans', we have studied human and animal skeletons closely. We have learnt how to classify vertebrates and invertebrates, endo-skeletons, exoskeletons and hydro-static skeletons. We then moved on to studying the bones that construct a human skeleton. Once we had recalled the common names of the bones, we began to learn the scientific names of them. They were tricky at first but we used silly songs and games to recall them. We then took part in a class competition to see which group could correctly construct the human skeleton as well as labelling all of the bones correctly with their scientific names. It was great fun! 

Victorian Schools

We have been learning about what schools were like in the Victorian era. The children have learnt about how strict class teachers were and then wrote their own class rules. 

 

We role played the rules and lessons of a Victorian classroom - the children found it highly amusing. We researched common Victorian names from the 1800s and each child was given a new name for the afternoon. The children were quite horrified by some of the name choices back in the Victorian era! some of them were; Princess Cheese, Toilet, Okay, Lemon, Orange, Flem, Yetty, Zebra, Bovril, Scary Looker, Freezabreeza and many more. The teacher was called Miss Farting Clack!

 

We learnt that some classrooms only provided a bench wide enough to seat two, but five or more children were expected to work silently and neatly in such a small space. The children enjoyed roleplaying this.

Each child then made their own Dunce hat which wuld have been worn  as a punishment, should the children not adhere to the very strict rules. 

 

 

Year 3 Overview of Themes 2020-2021

Things to remember:

~ Your child will be given a new reading book to take home every Monday. They will need to return this on Friday. 

~ In class 3W, we will be taking part in PE on Tuesday each week. Your child should bring shorts/ jogging bottoms, a white t-shirt and pumps/trainers. 

~Each child has been given a username and password for the website Purple Mash and Sumdog. I will set '2do's' on Purple Mash for your child to complete on a regular basis. Some of the tasks will be repeated. For example, times tables and spelling. Homework will be set on Sumdog each Friday - your child will be set SPAG homework, spelling homework and maths homework each week. 

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