This week we marked a year since the beginning of lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. All of Year 3 stopped for a minute to reflect on the last year. We took a moment to be grateful for being back together again in school, and for those people who have helped and supported with learning whilst we were doing online school.
As a way to say thank you to their adults, the children created some sculptures inspired by seed pods during an art workshop. The seed pods were a symbol of new beginnings and hope; significant for many reasons at this time of year. As teachers, we also want to thank you for partnering with us over this last term and in your support with the transition back to school.
The children have also been busy learning the divisibility rules for multiples of 3, 6 and 9. They carried out several investigations and worked out some clever tricks! Here they are:
- If a number is a multiple of 3, then the sum of the digits is a multiple of 3.
- If a number is a multiple of 2 and 3, then it is also a multiple of 6.
- If a number is a multiple of 9, then the sum of the digits is either 9 or 18 (and if you continue the sum of the digits until you get a one-digit number, then it is always 9).
The children have also been planning and writing recounts using the book ‘Yasmin’s Hammer’ and imagining what her first day in school was like. They are certainly making progress in using accurate sentence punctuation, paragraphs and using a range of sentence types.
Part of our recovery curriculum has involved lots of additional movement breaks such as daily mile, yoga, wake and shake and other games that have been built into lessons. The children have shown great courage in taking part in their fitness assessments too, seeing if they could beat their scores for the bleep and cooper tests. Some of the teachers joined in too!
Finally, we have loved reading for pleasure wherever there is a spare moment in the day! The children have been so brilliant at sharing, discussing and recommending books! Some coveted books are stashed away to be read another time…
We have put together a list of recommended reading books that your child might enjoy. There are a range of picture books, poetry and longer chapter books. The list can be downloaded here. Year 3 Recommended Reads
We wish you all a wonderful holiday! Thank you again for all your hard work and support. We look forward to seeing you again after the break.
The Year 3 Team.