WELCOME TO YEAR 3!
Welcome back. I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break.
I operate an ‘open door policy’ and will be available briefly each morning to answer any questions. If you would like to talk about anything in private or in more detail then please make an appointment for the end of the school day.
This half term we will continue with our topic ‘Misty Mountains.’ We also have our residential trip to Lea Green this half term. Please find below a link to an overview of the learning we are doing across the curriculum this half term.
Below you will find pictures and updates of all of the exciting learning that we have been doing in Year 3.
This week we have been learning about the process of fossilisation. We made our own fossils using sweets and bread. The sweets represented the dead animals which fall to the bottom of the seabed (we used a piece of white bread for this.) Then we layered different types of bread on top of the sweets to show the different layers of sediments which build up over time. Next, we puts lots of pressure on the bread by squashing it down to compress all of the layers. We left it for a week with heavy weights on top to compress down further. Finally, we got to have a go at being palaentologists and we removed the layers of bread to reveal a mould fossil where the sweets had been!
At the end of last half term Year 3 and 4 made and erupted volcanoes as part of our Tremors topic. Have a look at all of the fun we got up to!
Times Tables; Each week your child will have a times or divide table to learn. By the end of Year 3 the expectation is that children will know their x2, x3, x4, x5, x8 and x10 tables and the related division facts. The table your child needs to learn each week will be stuck in their blue times table and this should be brought into school EVERY FRIDAY.
Homework; Your child will receive a piece of Maths and English homework each week in their CGP booklets. This will always be linked to the learning we have been doing in class. The children will write the pages that they need to complete in their reading record every Friday and it should be returned to school by the following THURSDAY so that I can mark it. Please support and encourage your child to do their homework as independently as they can, we are really striving for that independence and personal responsibility now we are Juniors. If you are unsure as to what homework your child needs to be doing there is a notice on the notice board outside of the classroom which is updated each week. If you are finding something on your child’s homework difficult please come and speak to me and I can show/explain to you the best way to support your child.
Reading; Now that your child is in Juniors we will not be listening to them read on an individual basis as often. However, please be assured we will be monitoring the progress of their reading very carefully through activities such as group reading during ERIC time, comprehension activities during ERIC time and discrete English lessons dedicated to developing reading skills. The expectation is that your child still reads for 10 minutes EVERY NIGHT at home. Please record this in your child’s reading record. Your child also has their reading map inside their reading record whereby they can collect rewards and prizes for reading with an adult at home. We will be monitoring how often children are reading at home.
PE Days; Please make sure your child’s PE kit remains in school throughout the half term. Our PE days are as follows; Wednesday morning with Mrs Higton at the Leisure Centre and on a Tuesday afternoon in school with Soccer Stars.
Show and Tell; Each week I will choose one child for Show and Tell. They will bring home a note on a Friday night explaining the task and they can bring in something to share with the class on the following Friday.
School Clubs; If your child is interested in attending any of the school clubs on offer then please see the link on the school website or speak to myself. If we have more interest in clubs that we have space for we will keep the notice boards updated with a list of children who have the first slot and then we will rotate the spaces over the next few half terms so everyone will get a chance to participate.
Unfortunately, tuck shop is no longer running however your child is welcome to bring in a healthy snack from home to eat at break time.
Please keep checking the website for notices and to see photographs of the different things we have been up to!
Latest news from this class
Year 3 visited Lea Green this week for their first ever residential trip. We had an energetic but incredibly fun few days. Activities included low ropes course, caving, buggies, star ambush, bushcraft and soft play. The children behaved amazingly well as always and slept like babies – a bonus for us teachers! Have a look […]Read this story
Year 3 visit the library
Today the Year 3 class visited the library in town to explore the fantastic reading materials they have to offer. We enjoyed exploring the books on offer and finished with a bit of story time. Thank you to Ashbourne library for their help this morning. Hopefully this visit will inspire everyone to get themselves a […]Read this story
SIAM’s Inspection is ‘Excellent’
Congratulations to the staff, pupils, Governors and parents who make St Oswald’s a truly ‘Excellent’ Church School. This was validated in our inspection in March 2019!Read this story
Key Stage 2 Dance Festival
Today the Year 3 class took part in the local Primary Dance Festival at QEGS. Around 15 local schools took part, the theme this year being dancing around the world. The children put so much time and effort into learning our Bhangra inspired routine. They did themselves proud today. I don’t think there was another […]Read this story
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