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Spring Term Update 2

Wow, what an amazing term!  The children have continued to work very hard and we have done some incredible work.

In English we have been writing tales of fear.  First, we read The Mystery of the Lantern Light where we learnt the story map. We then picked out all the good aspects of the story and looked at applying it to our own writing before creating our own suspense story. The children really enjoyed creating their own tales of fear, coming up with fantastic, creative ideas and writing great stories of suspense.

In Maths we have been learning about geometry.  We have been looking at acute, obtuse and right angles.  It has been amazing to see the children apply their learning in finding angles in shapes.  If time allows, keep practising at home.

Our History topic has been about the Romans. The children have explored what Romans did for leisure. Starting with looking at mosaics and creating their own in art.  We explored what Romans did in their free time, including visiting the baths and watching chariot races and then applied our knowledge to creating fantastic adverts on PowerPoint. Shields have been made for our up and coming Roman battle and the children are all looking forward to our trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace. Let’s hope the sun is shining and don’t forget to apply sun cream!

It’s been an excellent half-term and we are now excitedly preparing for summer 2.   Let’s hope that we have plenty of sunshine whilst we continue to make progress and enjoy our learning.

The Year 3 Team


Times Table Rock Starz

As a school we have invested in a times table program called Times Table Rock Stars. This website helps improve the children’s time table recall and speed, helping to prepare them for the new national times table test that has been introduced into year 4.

The children have been sent home with login details in the back of their reading records. It can be accessed on an iPad through the app or on a computer via the website. This additional time spent practicing times tables at home is appreciated by the school.

The children really enjoy Times Table Rock Stars, getting to answer times table questions in a set time limit and then earning coins at the end of each round. The coins are based on how many correct answers they get with 1 correct answer equalling 10 coins.

These coins can then be spent on making an avatar, accessorising it and having different backgrounds.

Have fun playing!

Access the website here:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher.

 

Spring Term Update

Spring Term Update

Wow, what an amazing term! The children have continued to work very hard and we have done some incredible work.

In English we have been writing newspaper reports. First, we read and understood a newspaper report about an emperor vanishing at sea and used it to help us write our own report about a famous person going missing. After that, we created our own newspaper report about Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe which linked with our history topic on the Roman invasion of Britain. The children really immersed themselves in the learning and can now be described as budding reporters.

In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have been looking at ½ , ¼ and 1/10s. It has been amazing to see the children use their understanding of sharing and applying it to this subject. They are now starting to find 1/10 of numbers under one hundred e.g. 1/10 of 4 being 4. If time allows, keep practising at home.

Our Geography topic has been all about India. The children started the subject by trying new foods from the sub-continent. There were a few funny faces as they tried things like lime pickle, but they loved the poppadums and mango chutney.

In science we learnt about forces and later in the term looked at rocks. In our forces lessons, we focused on pushes, pulls, friction and magnetism. The children had a great time investigating with magnets and had a fantastic time learning when at the Intech centre in Winchester (see our photos). When learning about Rocks we investigated igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

It’s been an excellent term and we are now excitedly preparing for Summer. Let’s hope that we have plenty of sunshine whilst we continue to make progress and enjoy our learning.

The Year 3 Team


 

Home Learning

Supporting your children at home with their reading and spelling

Where possible, we would ask that you read with your children at home on a regular basis. We aim for a minimum of 3 reads per week on separate days. In addition, the children are revising their 2,5 and 10 times tables. Please can you practice these with your children at home through chanting, singing, writing and playing games. If you need any ideas, please do not hesitate to ask. If you have a computer, the following website is good for fun times tables games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables .

We wish everyone a restful half-term and look forward to seeing you all after the short break.

Rainforest

Your children have made an amazing start to the year and are working really hard in lessons whilst having a great time. During our first week the children created some Rainforest 3D collages and sketched some pictures of themselves to go on display. We have also had lots of fun in the first few weeks, including a day when we introduced music as a topic and got to watch a music based movie – The Greatest Showman.

Learning at School

In English, we have been reading and writing stories about dragons and other monsters. Please have a look at the pictures we took when we discovered the Havant Dragon.

In Maths, we are working with numbers from 1 – 1000, exploring all four operations practically and investigating numbers in a fun way. Most recently, we have been looking at part-whole models and have introduced fractions.

During our afternoon sessions, we have studied Plants as a science topic and the children investigated what happens to plants if we deprive them of things such as water and light. In addition, we have studied Rainforests, looking at the plants, animals and people that are there. Next half term we will be studying European geography and in Science we will be studying ‘Animals, including Humans’.