Class 3 2020-2021

Class 3 
Spring Term 1
Happy New Year everyone!
It looks like 2021 isn't quite off to the start we had all hoped for - but it doesn't mean we can't do lots of great learning together - albeit shared virtually. 
We'll continue to upload our week's learning activities on the 'Class 3 Remote Learning' page - although this term that means almost all of us! Here you will be able to access the main learning for English and Maths each day, weekly spelling words and times table focus, and our topic lessons covering history, science and geography for the week.
We also hope to develop the way we can use TEAMS to communicate together and share the achievements you make at home. We will share more details of how this will work over the next few days.  
This term, we will be exploring the Roman Invasion of Britain and the impact the Romans have had on life as we know it today. Our Geography will focus on the cities, rivers and counties of Great Britain.
We sincerely hope that you have all had a restful festive period and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all (vitually!) soon. 
Mrs Hill and Mrs Maxwell
Class 3 
Autumn Term 2
Welcome back Class 3 after hopefully a relaxing week's holiday for you all. We hope that you feel refreshed and ready to get stuck into your learning this half term! 
This term, our topic is called 'Rise of the Robots'. Using our class novel, 'The Wild Robot' as inspiration for our topic, you will be using computers to design your very own robot! Here are a few things that you will be learning about...
  • Electricity and building circuits as well as exploring insulators and conductors. 
  • The wonders of Giacometti and creating your own sculpture similar to the style of his world-famous figurines! 
  • Computer coding and how sequences can be put together for a desired outcome.
Watch this space for further information as the term goes on.
PE will continue to be on Mondays and Fridays so the children can come to school in their PE kits on those days.
Weekly spellings will continue to uploaded each week on our class page and the children will be quizzed on these at the end of this term. When looking through new spellings, please look back at previous spellings so that rules are always being revisited.
Reading books will continue to be sent home on Mondays and Fridays if your child is ready for a new book. Reading activities will also be set each week on Reading Eggs.
Maths homework will continue to be set on TT Rockstars and Mathletics.
We are really looking forward to this half term with you all and please email our class email or the school office if you have any questions.
Mrs Hill and Mrs Maxwell
In this week's science lesson we created lemon batteries to further understand how electrical current works. The squeals of excitement could be heard from Mrs Lambert's office!
Ask us all about it- and thank you for your enthusiasm and hard work Class 3!
Spelling Homework 
In Class 3, there will not be a weekly spelling test for the children to complete. At the end of each half term, there will be a quiz to see how well the children have retained the spelling rules covered so far. It is always useful to revisit previous spelling rules/strategies so that the children are continuously applying their previous learning.
PLEASE NOTE Due to some children/families having to self-isolate at home, please find below the Year 3 and Year 4 spelling lists for the whole of this half term for you to take a look at. Feel free to have a go at exploring the spelling rules not yet covered as an introduction for when they are covered in class.
We would just like to say a huge well done to the children in Class 3 who have continued to show maturity and confidence in how they have settled into their new routines. This term our homework tasks focus on the core areas of reading, spelling and mathematics. A reminder of log-ins for the recommended programs should now have gone home with your child. If you have any questions/lost log in details please just get in touch! 
Class 3 Homework
  • Mathletics - All children should now have their Mathletics logins where activities will be set for them to complete. Each week we will assign tasks that build on that week's learning. Look out also for problem solving tasks and fluency practice. Keep up your calculation competition with others on mathletics live too! Try to complete at the set tasks each week and supplement this with mathletics live as you wish.
  • TT rockstars - fluency in times table facts are key to your child's learning in Year 3 and 4 and it is expected that they can recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 BY THE END OF YEAR 4 (don't panic! :)) TT rockstars has proven to be a very effective way to practice these, using repetition as its core. Gig's will assess your child's current speed and knowledge, the 'studio' will allow them to practice a small set of facts set by the program itself to improve fluency and the 'arena' will allow them to practice all facts up to 12 x 12. Try to complete at least 30 minutes on these facts each week, ideally split across 2 or 3 short sessions. 
  • Spellings - Each week, spelling homework will be set which will have been explored that week in school so that the children are familiar with the spelling pattern or strategy they will be working on. There is also a phonics section which you may wish to explore with your child to support any gaps they may have.
  • Writing - Please find below some useful word mats that the children could be using at home to support their writing. 
  • Reading - Children will receive their Reading Eggs login where they will be given a comprehension lesson each week as well as a Library Book to read alongside their reading book that is sent home from school. Reading books are changed each week on a Monday and a Friday. We recommend reading with your child 3 to 4 times each week. 
Thank you for all your support 
Stonehenge Homework Challenge
If you are up for an extra homework challenge, why not have a go at creating your own version of Stonehenge at home! You could use biscuits with icing to make the structure more secure or use boxes and paint to create a different 3D model. Please email any finished models to our Class 3 email so that we can share your homework on the website.
It has been fabulous to see your 'Biscuithenges' that you have been busy creating at home - well done and we hope that you had fun in eating it afterwards!
During this week, we have explored the theories behind why Stonehenge was built and became Neolithic designers where we tried to create our very own and unique 'Biscuithenge'! We found it really tricky trying to replicate the different stone structures that are displayed. The wind wasn't on our side either and we had to show great perseverance to not give up. Here's a taster of how we got on!
This week our stone age topic has had us researching and reporting on the discoveries of the neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and looking at cave art. We created some of our own using our table caves and sandpaper stones. Ask us all about it! 
This week in English, we read the text 'How to wash a woolly mammoth' to help us in writing our own set of instructions for washing a prehistoric animal of our choice. One of our activities was to have a go at washing a very dirty animal-toy in class so that we could explore prepositions, prepositional phrases and imperative verbs.

Backpack Project

Thanks to you and your kind donations we have managed to fill and complete 22 backpacks and the remaining items helped to finish 10 more. The 32 backpacks have been sent to Mary`s Meals and will be on their way to children who need them. By providing the children with the equipment they need to go to school it also means that they get a hot, cooked meal every day. So what an achievement and what a difference it will make to those children. Once again, thank you.


**Flash News**

We are still going to collect children`s summer clothes, sandals and flip flops (including adults) and any old backpacks you may have so we can donate to future backpacks

There will be a plastic box outside the school`s front door so please put anything you would like to donate in there.


Many thanks

Mrs. Waller

Welcome to Class 3
We sincerely hope that you have all had a wonderful summer break and we are so very much looking forward to seeing you when school reopens.
For the first half term, our topic is the 'Stone Age to the Iron Age' where we will be learning all about early man and how their lives as hunters and gathers evolved during this period in history. We have planned lots of fun and exciting learning activities for you; some of which will be creating your very own Stone Age cave art as well as building stone monuments similar to Stonehenge. We will also be exploring states of matter involving solids, liquids and gases as well as making links with the water cycle...certainly lots of hands on activities for you to enjoy!
Your PE sessions will be on a Monday and Friday where you will need to come to school in your appropriate PE kit suitable for being outdoors. Please make sure that all belongings are named so that we can return any misplaced items to their correct owner.
Please tell your adults at home that if they have any questions or need to find out anything, then please leave a message with the office staff who will pass on your enquiries for us to answer.
Looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on Wednesday 26th August - bring on the fun!
Best wishes and stay safe,
Mrs Hill and Mrs Maxwell
Useful learning links to explore during this topic...
Please let us know if you stumble across any other useful sites which can share with others.
Reading Books
We really hope you have enjoyed your first week back at school. We've certainly enjoyed getting to know you and think you have all settled in brilliantly. Each Friday and Monday you will have a new reading book to read at home. In an effort to try and avoid passing too many things between home and school, we are now going to recommend your reading journal stays at home as a record of the reading you do there. You will have the opportunity to change your reading book every Monday and again every Friday. This is to allow us sufficient time to quarantine the books between uses. Parents, if you have any questions or comments about your child's reading at home, please use the class3 email address and we will aim to answer any queries!
Thank you, and well done for such a great start back to our school year! 
Now enjoy a well earned long weekend! 
Mrs Maxwell