St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
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.
During this second half term, the children have visited the cinema to watch the Emoji film. We have discussed what kind of writing we could do as a class and the ideas we have come up with so are;
- Doing a comic.
- Writing a report.
- Doing a recount.
- Designing their own Emoji and then describing it.
- Writing a story as one of the Emoji.
These are good ideas and as soon as the class have finished of their non-chorological reports the children will do taking part in one or several of these ideas.
The children have also had a visit from the road safety team where they talked about how to be safe in a vehicle. The dangers of not wearing a seat belt was also demonstrated using a model.
Also during this term the class have had the opportunity to interact with Robbie the Robot. The robot read out a story and the children had to work with a partner to improve a section of the story. Then the new version of the story was programmed into the robot and the class had the chance to listen to what they had come up with.
RE: Mary Our Mother
Our second topic in RE is all about Mary. So far we have explored the Annunciation by discussing what the children thought the picture was about and why Mary is important to Catholics. After discussing the children’s ideas we looked over the reading Luke 1:26-38 and talked about what the word annunciation means.
We are currently in the middle of explaining what the Hail Mary means and how we remember Mary.
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 didn’t 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 understood 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.
During Autumn 2 term the class have been learning about multiplying larger two digit numbers by a single digit number, division and fractions.
While the children were learning how to multiply we went back and explored their multiplication and division facts. The children were asked to show what certain multiplication and divisions looked like using a range of objects. The children came up with lots of interesting approaches to this question.
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 planned that he and the Stone Age men went hunting but tragedy struck when they were all killed except for the boy. 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.
The children have moved onto writing non-chronological reports. The first thing the class did was to explore a range of reports and identify the features that make up a non-chronological report.
The class did very well to identify the features and we created some top tips using a burger.
once the children had explored what their reports needed, we moved onto planning. They discussed and made a list of different possible headings. We discussed which ones would make good ones and which ones might not work.
Then we discussed what subheadings and paragraphs we could have.
Afterwards, the class then began writing their non-chronological report and we discussed several different introductions to hook the reader.
We will be coming back to these reports and finishing them off after our DT week focusing on editing and improving them. The children will also be writing their own report on any topic of their choosing which the children are looking forward to.
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.
The children’s second topic is on animals including humans. We will be focusing on food and skeletons. To start this topic they had the great opportunity to experience a range of exotic animals from Morley Rescue Centre which the children loved.
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 interesting way of doing it.
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 routines 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.
The children have now moved onto playing the flute which they are picking up very well. There are a few talented musicians in year 3 this year. They also had a taster day on how to play the cornet.