St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
Autumn Half Term 1
The class has settled in well and have shown a lot of enthusiasm in the topics we have covered so far. I hope to help and support all the children in Year 3 to be confident and believe in their talents and skills. We have lots of exciting activities and things planned for this year, and I hope the children will really enjoy their time in Year 3 and get a lot out of the year ahead. We will be visiting Eureka for part of their science work, going to Sherwood Forest for their geography work and visiting a meditation centre. We have already had the author Tom Palmer in school which the children really enjoyed, and they shared lots of interesting questions with him. The class has also taken part in an unique experience with the indoor planetarium which was very interesting allowing them the opportunity to learn about the stars and constellations.
RE: The Christian Family
In RE we have been looking at what a Christian family is. We began by discussing and exploring the first sacrament, their baptism. We have looked at Jesus’ baptism and how it is different to today’s baptisms. Then we had a go at trying to find the similarities between the two which wasn’t an easy task, but I received some really good input from the children.
We moved onto exploring what the children believed happened during a baptism which once again got some good discussions. Some children believed we received the Holy Spirit and others believed they received a part of Jesus. I then challenged the class by asking them to think how their baptism effects their behaviour. This really challenged them and got the children to think about the importance of their baptism.
In Maths we have looked at counting and place value. During the first week we worked on counting forwards and backwards in different multiplies. Then we moved onto decimals and numbers using units of measure. After this we worked on counting 10 and 100 more and less than. As soon as the weather picks up the children will be returning to Maths in the woods which is always fun
Unfortunately, we did get the chance to get out into the woods during our maths lessons but we did have other fun lessons such as bingo. The children learnt how to use the column method for addition and subtraction and once they understand this we played bingo which the children were highly motivated to get their answers correct. During these lessons they also learnt how to use a calculator to check their answers.
In English we are beginning to write a story of adventure using the Stone Age topic. We have looked at the book called The Stone Age by Satoshi Kitamura. The children were asked to think of what could happen if they were to travel back to the Stone Age. I have been really impressed with some of ideas so far. One boy has planned that he and the Stone Age men go hunting but tragedy strikes when they are all killed except for him. What will happen to the women and children now their hunters are gone? One girl mentioned that her story is going to about the Stone Family coming across a castle made out of diamonds, and inside, one of the members of the family go missing. I am really looking forward to reading the ideas and stories they are planning on writing. Our focus while writing these stories is going to be getting our punctuation correct and using descriptive vocabulary.
The children have worked very hard to edit and improve their Stone Age stories making sure their events make sense and the reader understands why things are happening. Jack, Jessica and Amy have already won the Writer of the Week medal for engaging me with their writing and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the class create during the next term.
During our reading lessons we have been discussing stories and poems so far. We have read a range of poems and short stories and discussed what the children liked about them and why. During these lessons we have be practising our summarising and evaluation skills. The children really enjoyed the poem Daddy Fell into the Pond and we had some really good discussions to why this poem was so popular with the class. Then we moved onto short stories. This gave the class the opportunity to read with a buddy and discuss what the stories were about and why they liked them. One of short stories we covered was called Time and Tide by Paul Stewart which I used later for their first Big Write.
The children have been introduced to the classroom reading challenge where each house are competing against each other. Each child has been asked to read 3 times each week at home and try to read a range of different genres.
The children’s first science topic is rocks and soils which seems to be a popular topic with the children. We have started this topic by working on our scientific skills. We have explored what we want to know about rocks by discussing a range of different questions. Then we ventured out into the woods looking for rocks. Once we found some rocks we tested the properties to find out whether they were permeable and if they were a soft or hard rock.
After the children carried their investigation they learnt about the different types of rocks and how they are formed. I set this as part of their homework and I was very impressed with some of the posters they created. The children have really enjoyed this topic.
Our first topic this year is the Stone Age which the class are enjoying. So far we have discussed what we want to know about the Stone Age and what we already know. The children came up with some really interesting questions and we have explored a lot of them already.
The children have used their cave paintings to write a diary entry. They enjoyed pretending to be back in the Stone Age as a child during this period of time. Once again the children came up with some really interesting diary entries, for example; one child wrote their diary entry as one of the animals being hunted by the Stone Age people which I thought was a very good idea and interesting way of doing one.
During PE the class are doing dance and they have already had a couple of sessions. At the moment they are learning to dance in the form of different animals based on this short story the dance teacher read to them. The children have shown great enthusiasm during these sessions so far, and I can’t wait to see what routes they are going to come up with!
Year 3 are enjoying their percussion music lessons and are learning to play a simple tune on the xylophone. They have done well for their first lesson and have manged to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.