10.11.21 due Monday 15.11.21
Please complete this week's suffix homework in your homework book. I have attached the suffix sheet electronically to reduce the amount of paper this week.
I have sent home a Phase 3 and Phase 5 spelling list - this is to support children with applying their phonics when they spell words. There are some suggested activities at the bottom of the phase 5 list. We do not test spellings but we do encourage children to check their own spellings or correct them if highlighted by a teacher.
This is a snippet of the activity sheet - please complete the spellings in your homework book. You do NOT need to print the table, it is provided as an example.
Thanks and happy spelling! <----- ing!!
In science this week we explored the forces friction, gravity and air resistance. We use our knowledge of materials from year 2 to explain how friction is caused. Using two story books we created a friction magic trick which left the two books stuck together – even Mr Broxup couldn’t pull them apart.
Then we learnt about air resistance – when gravity pulls an object to the ground, air resistance pushes against that object. We decided to test three different sized parachutes to see how this would affect the air resistance.
To make the parachutes, we had to read and follow a set of instructions and work together as a team to help make three different sizes. We also used our knot tying skills from forest schools. There was so much great teamwork in our lesson and our results showed that the larger the parachute the more air resistance so the slower it falls.
First week back
This week we have started our new topics in Science and Computing. We are learning about Forces in Science and can’t wait to get stuck into our new experiments and investigations. In computing, we are starting a topic on using stop frame animation.
We also looked at M C Escher in art and did our own sketches from some of his famous drawings.
Year 3 English Homework
Your maths homework should be in your homework book.
Your English homework is to keep a half term diary (This can be your homework book or in a little notebook/homemade notebook stapled together).
Try to use adverbials in your diary e.g. On Tuesday, After dinner, Before we went to the cinema,
Bring these on the Monday after half term and we will spend some time sharing them together.
Wed 13th October 2021
DUE in Monday 18th October 2021
Due to the photocopier being out of order, homework this week is posted below. It is to be completed in your Homework books as normal. Please put the title: Digital Homework and the date completed.
Thank you! Miss Wilde
READING RECORDS and books
NOTE: After half term, we will be changing/checking reading records a different way. Children will bring their reading record and book (Even if it does not need changing yet!) on the day they read with their group. This is so it can be signed and checked during morning work/the group reading session.
Monday - Giraffes (Fantastic fox group)
Tuesday - Leopards (Hodgeheg group)
Wednesday - Zebras (Killer Cat group)
Thursday - Tigers (Owl afraid of the dark group)
Your child will know which group they are and which day they read from the list above.
What did Year 3 experiment with using marbles and play-doh today?
The mystery is revealed below...
We made 'cat's eyes!'
In Science this week, building on our understanding of reflection from last week's lesson, we learnt how our eyes need light to shine on an object and reflect back in order to see.
We learnt about an invention, called cat's eyes, created by Percy Shaw from Halifax in Yorkshire. The traditional cat's eyes used to work when car headlights shone into the glass beads and hit the coloured case at the back, they would reflect and shine back at the driver.
We made our own using play-doh and two marbles - we were amazed when they shone so bright in the dark! They almost looked like battery lights.
We also experimented with different materials and colours to see how reflective they were in the dark. There was some great team work, resilience and science vocabulary involved. A fantastic Scientific enquiry!
Want to improve your fluency in maths?
The secret is to be fast with the small numbers!
Things you could do to practise:
When we start adding and subtracting with bigger numbers, it is this fluency with small numbers that really helps. If you know that 3 + 2 is 5, then 300 + 200 = 500. If you know how to add 6 and 7, then you will be able to add 13 into your column addition.
There are a few maths games linked below and on our useful resources page but you can also use dice, a pencil and paper to practise too!
Science - What do you know about reflections?
In Science this week, we explored light reflecting and took part in some mirror challenges. We travelled through a maze without looking at our feet, using a mirror to guide us. We tried to write our names backwards using the mirror. Some of us got creative and created mirror pictures that were completed when a mirror was placed in the middle. We also tried some mirror magic and made pens bend and objects disappear.
After all the reflection fun, we had learnt so much about mirrors and reflection. We also tried our best to use scientific vocabulary.
How would you explain a mirror to somebody?
Year 3 have been working hard in all their new topics. We learnt about the Motte and Bailey castles that the Normans built. Did you know that Clifford’s tower is a Norman castle? We learnt that the Motte is the hill that keeps enemies from storming the keep. The Bailey is the field at the bottom where they farm animals and keep crops. This is surrounded by a large ditch with a raised bridge to keep intruders out.
Our PE day is Monday and we are timetabled for Forest School on Fridays for Forest School.
It was down as Monday AND Thursday for PE but to confirm it is now JUST on Monday.
Apologies for any confusion! We are still trying to work out the best timetables for sharing space in school and how best to organise all the other subjects into our busy weekly schedule!
Friday forest school will either be in the trees and outdoor areas at the top (old trainers needed) or full forest school, which is muddy kit. Having the full forest school kit (old trainers, warm/old clothes and a waterproof if rainy) in school is helpful so we can assess the weather and decide on where our activities can take place that day.
Welcome back to Year 3!
This week we have been getting used to our new classroom and routines, assigning new classroom monitors and starting some of our new topics.
In English, we have started our Reading VIPERS group activities and in maths we are starting to learn about numbers bigger than 100.
In Art, we did our first still life study of some antique objects.
In science, we thought about what we know about light and dark and asked scientific questions that we want to find out.
Next week we will be learning about our new book, Orion and the dark and finding out who the new characters are. We will also be starting to learn Spanish, discover more about the Normans and explore features of the UK.
There are some new members of the class waiting to meet you... they're very excited!
We can't wait to have you back - there are lots of exciting things planned and so many new opportunities and experiences to look forward to. Hopefully the sun will shine for our first few days.
Check back on this page to see updates on the things we get up to in our new classroom!
All will be revealed tomorrow... maybe bring some bananas for our new classmate?