This week we went on a visit to Chippenham Railway Station to support our topic. We had a really informative visit, looking around the train station and watching a train come in. Maybe you can go on a train as a family so that the children can experience what this is like if they haven't done this before. They should be able to tell you how you can buy a ticket and where you need to stand on the platform to keep safe.
Welcome back to the Summer Term in Year 3, hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter Holidays. The children enjoyed sharing all the exciting activities and the interesting places that they have visited in our circle time. Their confidence to speak in front of their peers has really improved. In RE this week, we have looked at the use and meaning of signs and symbols around the school. We have then looked at different ones used and their significance in the Christian and Hindu religions.
In Maths we are now concentrating on Fractions, this week we have looked at what a fraction is, how they are recorded and also how to make the whole. We are continuing to work hard on learning our tables so please continue to work on these at home to support our class work.
Our topic this term is 'How has the Railway changed Chippenham.' We have already shared our prior learning from Year 2, completed a timeline of the how Locomotives developed and have discussed safety rules for keeping safe on them. If you have any resources at home to help us with our topic then please send them in. We are planning a visit to the Train Station on Tuesday 7th May where a representative of GWR is going to meet with us and explain how a station works. In English we are going to be focussing our learning around the book 'The Railway Children' by Edith Nesbit. We will be reading an abridged retelling so you might like to read the original classic with you children as it really is a lovely story to share.
Over the past 2 weeks the children have enjoyed writing 'Calligram Poems' - shape poems about the River. We used the River Avon as our stimulus. The children have been really creative with their vocabulary and have presented their poems in an interesting way.
In Maths, we have been using our measuring skills to find and calculate the perimeter of shapes. In Science, we have concluded our sound topic by making a string telephone and investigating how much better the sound travels over a distance.
Star Learner is Hugh chosen by Joe for always settling well to his learning and trying his hardest.
Please keep reading over the holidays and working on learning your tables. Use the poster that you brought home to help.
Visit the Library and remember to take your loyalty card along so that you can earn points for the class. Could we win the Chocolate Party?
Happy Easter - we look forward to hearing about all the exciting things that you have been up to with your families and friends.
We have finished writing our 'How to Cross the Road' instructions this week and have been using pens to produce a final copy. We up levelled our writing by including an introduction and also safety tips. In Maths, we have been continuing our Measurement focus and have been measuring in cm and mm and also converting and comparing measurements. In Science this week we made pan pipes out of straws to investigate high and low sounds.
Our Special Learner this week is Joe for working really hard to produce detailed instructions to help someone else cross the road safely.
Please can you visit the library to get stamps on your loyalty card. Mrs Andrews visited on Saturday and got another 3 stamps. We don't have any beans in our pot yet so we all need to help the class to achieve more. It would be great if we could win the Chocolate Party for our class. Please help!
On Monday, we had a road safety morning to learn to cross the road safely. Sandi Beck the Road Safety officer came into work with us. We are busy writing instructions to tell younger children how to keep safe.
On Thursday, we went to the museum and saw Mr Skelton who works at the museum. The Yield Hall is part of the museum, we had a look around and saw the old jail and the court room. We also had a look around the museum where we saw lots of artefacts linked to Chippenham. We choose one to draw.
On Red Nose Day , we came in our own clothes and gave a pound towards comic relief. Dillan was chosen to take part in the school talent show and did a great dance as Marshmallow Man. We are so proud that the school council choose him as the Key Stage 2 winner - well done Dillan.
Our Star Learner for this week is Eden for always working hard and answering lots of questions in Maths.
(Blog by Joe and Eden)
Can you guess which book character we dressed up as?
We enjoyed taking part in lots of different book related activities and reading with the children in our Resource Base.
We performed really well in our Violin Assembly which was watched by the whole school and our parents. We have all done so well learning this new instrument and Mrs Andrews is so proud us all that she gave each of us an entry in our Class Golden Book. It is great that some children are now going to have weekly lessons to carry on improving their skills.
We ended our first week back with a walk to Chippenham Library for a story time with the Librarian. We really enjoyed hearing and joining in with lots of great stories which made us laugh. Lots of us used our own library cards to take out books to read at home and Mrs Andrews loaned some books to share in class. We are taking part in the Library Loyalty competition which rewards us every time we visit the Library. If our class wins we will get a Chocolate Party for us all to enjoy. We received 3 stamps for our individual loyalty cards so please keep trying hard with this to help us. Remember there is a Story time on Saturday mornings at the Library where you can hear more great stories and take part in book related activities.
We finished our exciting Roman topic with a Roman Day where we all dressed up as Romans and took part in exciting activities which included: Food tasting, Cookery and taking part in an Archaeological Artefacts session with Andrew Skelton from Chippenham Museum. We learnt so much and really enjoyed ourselves.
This week we have been learning about the meaning of the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated around the world. Alex brought in a Pig Cake to share because it is the year of the Pig and Hugh brought in Fortune Cookies to share. Special thanks to Alex for bringing in such a fabulous, tasty cake and to Hugh for bringing in some spectacular cookies to share. We enjoyed reading our fortunes inside.
Our Star Learner this week is Riley A for improving his learning behaviour. Also we all got awarded a merit for trying hard with our swimming as it was our last time doing it.
We are all looking forward to our Roman Day on Thursday 14th February as we have been told that their are lots of exciting activities planned for us and also we get to dress up!
(Blog by Eden and Alex)
On Wednesday 16th January, Year 3 took part in a Roman Workshop with Mr Skelton from Chippenham Museum. We saw a copy of a Roman bowl which was decorated with patterns and pictures. We also had to put together a Roman vase which was very hard. We found out that the Roman soldiers were covered in armour to protect themselves whereas the Celts just painted
themselves in something called Woad which acts like an antiseptic.
Eden has achieved the 15 club so now is on the 21 club.
This weeks star learning is Corey for working hard with his learning especially in Maths where he likes a challenge. We have started to do swimming as a class at Corsham and are looking forward to improving our skills each week.
Reported by Eden and Joe
What a busy end of term we had! The Children enjoyed the Santa Run at Hardenhuish School, we had great fun running around the school field with our Santa hats and tinsel on. Afterwards, we enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows.
All the children did really well at their end of term concert we were all so proud of their singing and the confidence that they showed performing in front of a packed church. A special well done to Blake, Jessica, George and Callum for reading in the church and to Joe and Taylor B for playing their instruments.
We can not believe that it is Week 4 already!
Our Star Leaning this week has been Eden, who was chosen because of her positive, hard working attitude that is always displayed in class. Well done Eden. Well done also to Joe and Mya who have achieved their Club 15 Certificates.
Preparations for our end of term Carol Concert are well underway. The children have brought home their song words for homework this week so that they can work on learning them. They are enjoying learning and performing the carols, I am pleased with how hard they are all trying - keep it up.
Thank you to everyone for the contributions that you sent in for our FOFS Christmas Bazaar, it was lovely to see so many of the children attending the event too. I hope they told Father Christmas how hard they are working.
In our learning, we have been working on writing a Non-chronological Report about 'Sustaining the Rainforest for the future' so that we can inform others about what an important habitat this is to our world. In Maths we have moved on to a focus on 'Multiplication and Division' so this week we have been focussing on learning and using the 3 times table. In Art, we have started our collages linked to our outside environment and in Science, we are continuing to learn about Solids, Liquids and Gases.
The Children have really been enjoying their D&T food focus work with Ms Reeves and Mrs Webb. Last week they prepared and sampled their own healthy sandwiches. This week they used the gas hobs to make flapjacks and honey cakes, delicious.
Next week we are looking forward to the 'Santa Cross Country Run' on Friday 7th December at Hardenhuish School. The children should have brought home a letter to inform you and I will text out final details to clarify the dress arrangements for the day. Fingers x the weather is dry and the event can go ahead as we had great fun last year.
Well done to Jasmine for being selected as our Special Learning for her excellent attitude in our Maths learning. Also well done to Taylor B who achieved his 20 entries in the Golden Book and also his 15 club certificate.
What a busy week we have all had. It started with us wearing our odd socks to school to start off our Anti-bullying week. We have spent time this week talking about the theme of Respect and how and why we should treat others with Respect. In our class assembly time we worked collaboratively to produce a poem which we shared with the whole school in assembly.
Respect others in all you do and say.
Everyone can be different in their own way.
Speak up to a trusted adult.
Polite in how we speak to everyone.
End the disrespect to others.
Collaborate in your games.
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
By Dick King-Smith afternoon class
We have also shared the STOP (Several Times on Purpose) to help us recognise bullying that needs to be reported straight away so that we can all help to stop it. If you would like to find out anymore about what we have been learning or you have any concerns about your child pleased make us aware. Thank you.
We all enjoyed our visit to the Life Van where we met Harold again and helped him to solve a problem. In our session we learnt about how to keep our bodies healthy and how important it is to think about how we can look after all our body parts as they work together. Key messages included: eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, getting an adequate amount of sleep and restricting our time on the computer.
What a busy 1st week we have had back at school. The children have settled in really well and are showing good concentration and effort with their learning.
This week we have focussed on the festival of Diwali and have retold the story of Rama and Sita and have also learnt facts about how Hindus celebrate this festival. In Maths, we are continuing to extend our addition and subtraction skills and are now working on adding and subtracting 2, 3-digit numbers with exchanging. We are all trying hard with this challenge.
Thank you for your support with homework and reading over the holidays.
Well done to George, Callum, Jessica, Hugh, Taylor B, Blake, Alex for achieving their Bronze certificate in Mathletics, a very good achievement worthy of class merits. A special well done to Hugh who achieved the most points - 2540!
Well done to Finley for gaining your Club 15 certificate in Maths.
Our Special Person for next week is Mya who has been really working hard with her learning and trying to give of her best in all tasks.
Next week is going to be another busy week. It is national 'Anti-bullying Week' so we will be focussing on this area and discussing what strategies we can use to keep ourselves safe. The theme this year is 'Choose Respect over Bullying' Monday we are wearing odd socks to launch the week to remember that it is okay to be different. We will also be discussing keeping safe on the internet by remembering our Computer Safety rules and guidance.
On Wednesday morning, we will be visiting the Life Van to take part in a workshop called 'Meet the Brain.' Harold will no doubt be there to help us. (Your child can explain who he is!)
Friday there is a cake sale for Children in Need so any contributions would be greatly appreciated.
We have reached the end of our first term, a big well done to all children for settling well into Key Stage 2 and for working hard with their learning. Thank you to all parents who attended parents evening, I enjoyed meeting you all. Remember if there are any questions that you have about your child's learning I am here to help.
Congratulations to Madi, Callum, Dillan, Blake, Hugh, Joe, William who have been our Star Learners in Term 1. What good role models you have been in our classroom. Jessica is our Star Learner when we start back and I wonder who she will choose for Week 2?
As part of our maths fluency we have introduced the Club 66 in class which tests our quick recall of our times tables. Congratulations to Blake, Hugh and Alex for achieving their Club 15 certificates this term.
We held class elections and our School Council Representative is Callum Detain and our Sports Council Representative is Taylor Bain. Well done to these boys for taking on this role of responsibility for our class.
We have really enjoyed our topic on 'The Sheep Pig' and have learnt lots of new vocabulary. The children enjoyed writing their own adventure stories for Babe where he saved the day again!
To end our topic we watched the film 'Babe' and discussed similarities and differences between the book and the film.
We are continuing to enjoy reading the Sheep-Pig and discussing the new vocabulary that is used to describe the animals and the farm. We are in the process of planning our own adventure stories for Babe - 'Babe saves the day' or 'Babe to the rescue.'
In maths, we have been concentrating on developing our addition and subtraction strategies for 3 digit numbers. We have been using the dienes apparatus to reinforce our visual understanding when exchanging in place value. When recording we have been showing the Real Story and the Maths Story.
In Computers, we have been using a search engine to research facts about Farm animals which would live with Babe. In Science, we have been on an observational walk around the school ground to look at changes and dangers in the environment which can impact on the animals and plants.
A big thank you to Taylor H for buying the class a book on his birthday for our book corner. 'The Guinness Book of Records 2019' has been a real hit already.
We are really pleased with how hard the children have been working - lots of merits have already been received and golden book entries made. Keep it up.
The children are enjoying our class book 'The Sheep-Pig' by Dick King-Smith our class author.
We have been looking in more detail at the characters and sharing what we know about their appearances and personalities from what we have read in the text. We would like to have Babe the main character in the story in our class because he wants to learn, asks interesting questions and is always polite. In Maths, we have been looking at the Place value of 3-digit numbers and comparing and ordering them. We are now moving onto the Addition and Subtraction White Rose Units.
The children complete weekly grammar lessons and so far this term we have been looking at nouns and reminding ourselves that Proper nouns begin with a Capital letter. e.g. Babe, Fly, Farmer Hogget.
The children have been looking really smart in their school uniforms and have been trying hard to remember their reading record books and water bottles on a daily basis and their homework on a weekly basis. Thank you for your support with this.
Now we are in Key Stage 2, the children are starting to learn French. So far we have been working on our conversation skills: saying hello, goodbye and also how to tell people our name and our age. I have been impressed with how willing the children are to have a go.