After two weeks back in school, it really feels like we’ve never been away. Children from Oak, Redwood and Maple are truly back in the swing of things and are showing us some amazing work.
We’ve enthusiastically continued our “Power and Invasion” topic, exploring the many facets of this theme. Continuing to discuss discrimination and diversity, we loved reading the “The Proudest Blue” by Ibtihaj Muhammad. As well as providing us with heaps of subject matter for productive discussions, this wonderful book gave us ample opportunity to practise our expanded noun phrases, compound sentences and subordinate conjunctions. This culminated in a challenging piece of writing at the end of the week where we tried our best to use all three!
In Maths we have continued developing our use of the column method for addition. Using dienes, we began exchanging ones for tens on Wednesday, regrouping the numbers to tackle more challenging questions. The following day we were able to move on to exchanging tens for hundreds and then on Friday we tasked ourselves to do both at the same time.
Guided reading has seen us continuing the story of the Ramayana. Poor Sita was kidnapped by Ravana when we left off this week – fingers crossed the next part of the story sees her home safely.
Our Art lesson with Mrs Smith this week was all about vehicles. We had great fun using our sketchbooks, though we were banned from using rubbers until about halfway through – this definitely worked in our favour and it seems there may be some future artists in our year group!
We may have some scientists too, as many of us were in our element learning all about the states of matter and their different qualities. Ever dramatic, we were able to step into role as the particles in solids, liquids and gases.
· Maths: We will be continuing our unit on addition.
· English: We will be focussing on debating, using persuasive language and explaining our reasoning.
· Guided reading: We are continuing the epic story of the Ramayana – we can’t wait to find out what happens next!
As part of our commitment to promote physical health and wellbeing, we wanted to share with you these home opportunities and experiences to encourage the children to stay active.
1. Free after school sport club opportunity: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub, #YSTAfterSchool. The Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club – Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. 2. British Orienteering – get active this autumn. Free downloadable activities for families to do at home, in the garden or in your local green spaces. https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/get_active
Could we please ask that children do not play on the climbing frame at the end of the day after being collected. It is imperative that we all remain on the school site for as little time as possible to reduce the points of contact we make with those around us and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing weekend.
Year 3 team.