We had great fun during our ‘Space Week in year 3! We completed lots of different space related activities including, building and launching our own rockets, tasting space food and we even had a visit from a real life rocket designer! We took part in our own version of ‘So you want to be an astronaut?’ and got our own PASA Astronaut ID cards! We made our own rocket fuel and designed our own Astronaut suits ready for blast off!
|Trip to Winchester Science Centre and Plantetarium|
World Book Day
Trip to Tesco
Year 3 visited Tesco in Ferndown and found out about sustainability. We looked for food with the Fairtrade & Rainforest Alliance logos, because these logos meant that the foods came from places that looked after the environment and the people that grew them. We then got to learn about chocolate and made a yummy(?!) dessert with banana, yoghurt, cocoa and cinnamon!
We had the opportunity to try and play some different instruments. We had a turn on a cello, cornet, guitar and a flute. We found some of the instruments easy to create a note but some of them were really difficult.
|Violin Concert to Parents|
|Thankyou to everyone who came to our Art Gallery|
'Pop or Op'
Our latest topic has been ‘Pop or Op’ where we have been looking at artists such as Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and Roy Lichtenstien. We have created several different pieces of artwork, using a variety of different media. The children have had fun experimenting and exploring their own pieces of Pop-Art using paint, pen and wax. They have even created their own printing block using card and string, for repetitive patterns.
Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome to Year 3! We are excited to start a fresh new year with your children and support them in their next year at Parley First School.
Our topics are:
Autumn term - ‘Pop or Op’ and ‘Volcanoes’
Spring term - ‘Turtles’ and ‘Chocolate’
Summer term - ‘Space’ and The Stone Age’
These will be linked with other subjects in the National Curriculum to make the learning as cross-curricular as possible.
Below are some reminders so that you can help us in the organisation of the school day.
Home-learning in Year 3 will focus on regular practising of the 4 main areas that will help your child in school – Mental Maths, Reading, Spellings & Times tables.
These will be personal/individual to your child.
1:1 support/consolidation at home, in specific areas has been found to be much more effective with older children and was highly successful when trialled in Year 4 last year. It can be done little and often; it reduces the strain on family life at evenings and weekends,( especially when children attend other clubs and activities,) and doesn’t require a lot of adult creative support! This will encourage a work life balance for the whole family and chatting to your child in depth about their learning, will further consolidate their understanding.
Every 3 weeks or so, we will send home a copy of your child’s mental-maths test answer-sheet. Please go through a few incorrect answers with them and help them to find strategies to solve them quickly & in their heads! They need to understand that the questions are phrased in a variety of ways in order to test their understanding of maths vocabulary, but the actual maths is always something they have already covered. We keep a copy of each sheet and the score so there is no need to return them to school, or hand anything in; the idea is to provide individualised support and see their scores increase over time. As a challenge, you could even change the numbers of one that they got right to see if they really do now how to solve it!
Spellings will be part of our daily SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) sessions.
In addition to this, we will also be sending home weekly spellings personal to your child. They will bring home a yellow spelling book on a certain day. In this, will be a sheet with highlighted words for your child to learn. They will then be tested the following week. When your child has successfully learnt a word, it will be ticked off and new spellings will be highlighted to learn. They can use the book to practice their spellings but please use the back of the book as the front pages will be used to test them. Look, Cover, Write, Check is a great way to practise and as a challenge, see if they can spell the word in a sentence!
Times tables practise will also greatly support their maths learning in school. Please focus on recalling random times tables in 3/5 seconds (no counting on fingers and not in order!) Challenge – children can be tested at school when they are ready!
Please continue to read with your child a few times a week and focus on talking about their understanding of what has just happened, not just reading the words. Your child will have a reading book from school but feel free to read/share/discuss texts from a variety of sources with them – it should be a pleasure! As a challenge, keep a dictionary nearby and encourage them to look up the meaning of new/unknown words.
We value our partnership with you very much. Should you have any queries or worries please feel free to speak to us at the end of the school day.
Miss Roche Mr Brown