This week’s learning in Year 3:
This week was assessment week, so we worked very hard in our English Reading, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation booklets. We are so proud of the progress the children have made so far.
We also completed Maths Reasoning, Arithmetic and Times Tables assessments. Once again, we are so proud of the children’s courage and persistence over these – sometimes daunting booklets.
It’s fantastic to see how much the children enjoy Times Tables Rockstars. Congratulations to Redwood class for winning the tournament between the Year 3 classes! Please continue to increase your scores on TT Rockstars and to challenge your teachers.
We also had one Maths lesson to review and recap our mental strategies for subtraction and go through anything we found tricky with mental strategies. Next week we move into a brand-new unit for Multiplication.
We continue to enjoy hearing about the adventures of Barney and Stig in ‘Stig of the Dump’. The children are engaging really well with the narrative. Next week, we will be reading chapter 4.
Year 3 are currently learning all about Forces (e.g. gravity, magnetism, friction) through a range of practical activities. This week we were ‘playing’ with magnets around the classroom, investigating what was magnetic and what wasn’t. We discussed different types of forces and how we might ask scientific questions, create investigations, methods and then experiments to find out our results. We shared what surprised us and our interesting findings from our experiments. It is wonderful to see how engaged and interested the children are in “invisible” forces!
We have been considering the Christian concept of miracles and learning about some which Christians believe Jesus Christ did for others – another form of ‘force’, in this case, the power of the Christian god. We watched a re-enactment of Jesus healing the paralysed man from Luke’s gospel. We then analysed whether truth equates to meaning, and we had some fantastic discussions about the nature of knowledge, belief, truth and meaning. We discussed various meanings of “healing” (literal or metaphorical) and then applied them to the passage we were studying.
In PE, we continued with our cricket lessons, as well our weekly sessions led by Premier Sport coaches.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit and Forest School kit in school, thank you! In addition, we welcome contributions from families for our growing family walls in all classrooms e.g. tickets from special events you have attended, sports and music awards gained, Brownie or Cub achievements, visits from family overseas, family visits to places of interest, celebratory family events etc. We will take a copy of these for our walls and return the original to you.
With best wishes
Year 3 Team