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Mrs Alison Davies

Lowton Junior & Infant School

Encouraging Growth

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Friday 15th July

What a fantastic week we have had this week! First of all, we would like to say a big WELL DONE to everyone who performed in the play, including our wonderful choir; we are so proud of everyone. It turned out to be a great success and Mrs Fitzroy was so pleased with how well we sang and how much effort we put in. Well done Year 3!

On Thursday, we got the chance to spend the morning with our Year 4 teacher, Miss Myers. We had a wonderful morning, writing our own short stories and solving some quite tricky problems in maths. We are now really looking forward to moving up the school in September!

Today, we had so much fun because it was Sports Day. Luckily, it didn’t rain and we all got the chance to take part in all of the events. Well done to everyone for trying their very best- it was a fantastic morning and we all really enjoyed it. Mrs Fitzroy wasn’t impressed though because Matthew beat her in a race! Thankyou to all of the parents who came to support us and to the parents who joined in the race at the end.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

Friday 24th June

We have had such fun this week writing our story together and it’s really coming together. We now have all the ingredients ready to write our very own next week! Well done to all of our children who had some excellent ideas- Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with our descriptive language and how we can now use complex sentences in our writing. Well done Year3!

In maths this week, we have been learning how to add and subtract amounts of money. We are now becoming very good at using our mental and written strategies to add different amounts; next week, we will be finding the most efficient way to work out the change we would get in a shop.

In science, we have been learning about what plants need to survive and next week, we will be planting our own seeds and exploring different roots. Everyone is really enjoying this interesting topic; we have even created some fantastic scientific drawings along with our own observational drawings in our art lessons. Well done to those children who kept trying this week, even though they found it hard at first!

Well done to Lewis, who was our pupil of the week. Lewis has tries so hard so far this term to correct his mistakes in writing and we are very proud of him.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxxx

Friday 17th June

What a wonderful week we have had here in Year 3. This week, we have been learning all about plants, including their parts and their functions. We used magnifying glasses to make detailed observations and discussed these in groups- we are really looking forward to planting our own seeds and investigating what plants need to grow and stay healthy.

In maths this week, we have been working on problems solving, using our understanding of number and place value. We now know what it means to work systematically and we can find different ways of creating, ordering and comparing numbers. Well done to all of our children who have tried so hard this week in our lessons.

In English, we have been creating plots and characters for our stories. We are really enjoying this topic and we have already created some excellent, descriptive language. Today, we created some evil villains that will appear in our deep, dark wood. Well done to Eva and Callum who wrote some excellent sentences with noun phrases- we can’t wait to see your final story.

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 10th June

We have a wonderful start to our final half term in Year 3. This week, we have been learning all about Boudicca of the Iceni tribe and how she defeated the Roman army at Colchester. This was the final week of our history topic and we have all really enjoyed it. Thankyou to the parents who helped us to create parts of the Roman armour and a big thankyou to Matthew’s mum and dad, who built a model of the Titanic ship, that we used in our science topic. We have all really enjoyed looking at everything together.

Next week, we will be beginning our new topic- ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ We will be learning all about the structure of plants and the functions of each part- we are really looking forward to studying this interesting topic and carrying out experiments.

In Maths this week, we have been learning all about angles and lines in our geometry topic. We can now identify and draw acute, obtuse and right angles, along with parallel and perpendicular lines. We are also becoming very good at explaining our answers to each other- well done Year 3.

In English this week, we have begun to create settings for our stories that we will be writing together. We have had lots of excellent ideas already and collected lots of fantastic language. We can’t wait to write our stories! Please ask us about our magical potion at home.

We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxxx

Friday 27th May

This week in Year 3, we have been continuing with our Titanic science, where we have been carrying out lots of wonderful investigations. We have had a brilliant time answering scientific questions and discussing our ideas. Our question this week was, ‘How did the Titanic send her distress signals?’ In this, we learnt all about circuits, using wires, batteries and a buzzer. We used code to create our own distress messages and used a switch to break the circuit. Well done to all of the children who performed in our celebration assembly- it was clear that we had all understood the concepts and could talk about it. Take a look at us in action by scrolling down to the bottom of this post.

In English this week, we have been writing letters, explaining our results to Year 6. Mrs Fitzroy and Mrs Davies were so impressed with how confidently we used the scientific language that we have been taught- well done Year 3.

In maths this week, we have been perfecting our written methods for addition and subtraction and we are really getting good at these now. We have now moved on to reasoning and problem solving, where we have to select an operation based on the language and explain our methods and why we chose them. We have really worked hard on this this week and we have finally got it.

For homework, we have been given a tricky reading exercise with some questions to answer, along with some subtraction number sentences. Please help us with this if we need it.

Well done to Jessika, who was our Pupil of the Week. You have made so much progress in your writing this half term and we are very proud of you.

We hope that you all have a safe and relaxing half term and we will see you in a week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxxx

Friday 20th May

Welcome back to our blog!

What a fantastic couple of weeks we’ve had! We had an amazing visit to the Chester Roman Museum- we got to do lots of exciting things! We marched around Chester as Roman soldiers and learnt all about the battle formations that they used to use. We even got to dress up in the armour and see what real life archaeological finds look like. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with our behaviour and the excellent questions that we asked our experts. Well done Year 3! Please scroll down to see us in action!

This week in maths, we have been perfecting our written and mental methods for multiplication and division. We are really getting the hang of it now; we just need a little more practise recognising the clues in word problems. Well done to the children who made their own word problems- we’ll look forward to passing them on to our Year 6 children next week.

In English we have been looking at explanations using complex sentences. We are so proud because we can now identify the different clauses in a sentence and we are creating some fantastic writing with different sentence structures. Well done to Eva, who wrote a wonderful paragraph as part of her morning work. We can really see a difference in your writing now.

The night was still. Not a breath of wind could be felt. The deadly silence frightened Lucy as she felt the crow fix his frozen gaze on her.

Eva

This week has also been science week and we have been carrying out investigations based on the Titanic. We wanted to know if the size of and iceberg effected how much could be seen above the surface of the water. We had lots of fun measuring our icebergs and discussing all of our ideas. Next week, we will be exploring how the Titanic sent her distress signals, using electrical circuits.

For homework this week, we have been given the spellings that we have been learning to practise. Please help us if we get stuck.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will look forward to another fun- packed week next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 29th April

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 3.

This week, we have been preparing for our school visit to the Chester Roman Museum, comparing Celtic warriors and Roman soldiers. We researched the differences in the way that they lived and how they dressed and prepared for battle. We found out lots of interesting facts- please ask us about this at home.

In Maths this week, we began working on fractions, learning how to compare and order them. We are getting very good at this now and next week, we will be moving on to equivalent fractions and learning how to find fractions of amounts. Well done to all of our children for working so hard this week!

In English, we have been reading non- chronological reports, learning how to organise our sentences into paragraphs and using complex sentences. We are really enjoying reading our class novel, Awful Auntie, by David Walliams and next week we will be writing our own non- chronological reports on Wagner the Bavarian Mountain Owl. He is a particularly cunning owl, who has been trained by the terrible Aunt Alberta to carry out lots of terrible tricks!

Well done to our Star of the Week this week, Liberty, who has tried so hard in our English lessons. She can now edit her own work and is really trying hard to improve.

For homework this week, we have been given some spelling practice and work on fractions- please help us with this if we get stuck.

We would like to remind you that our visit to the Roman Museum is on Tuesday 3rd May which is the first day back at school after the bank holiday weekend. Please could you ensure that your child has their lunch in a plastic bag with their name on (if not supplied by school). We will be back before 3.30pm so children can be picked up as normal.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 22nd April

We have had another exciting week here in Year 3. This week, we have been learning all about the Celts and Romans, exploring and comparing the way that they lived. On Tuesday, we got to make our own model Celt houses outside, using materials that we had gathered. We had so much fun and we are so proud of the way we worked in teams exploring how materials were used- well done Year 3. Scroll down to see some of our pictures.

In maths this week, we have been carrying out lots of practical activities exploring measures. We learnt how to measure the volume of a liquid in a container in litres and millilitres and how to measure the length of objects in metres, centimetres and millimetres. We found out that Lewis is the tallest child in our class at a whopping 155cm! Wow! Next week, we will be working on solving problems involving measures and we can’t wait.

In English this week, we have been writing our own poems based on the poem ‘The Dentist and the Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl. We practised editing our work and we are becoming very good at spotting our own mistakes with spellings and punctuation. Well done to Alicia and Oliver who have had that lightbulb moment this week. They found out that they can really improve their own writing when they go back and check every sentence carefully. We’re really proud of them.

Well done to our Pupil of the Week, Thomas, who has really tried hard in his new class- we’re so glad to have him with us! We would like to say big WELL DONE to Gaea for receiving all of her times tables bands- you are a superstar!

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

Welcome back everyone!

We hope that you have had a wonderful Easter break. What a busy but fun week we’ve had here n Year 3. We became historians this week, using evidence to find out all about the Celts and the Romans- we found out some very interesting facts! Please ask us about this at home- we might surprise you with how much we’ve learnt in a week!

In English this week, we have been exploring poetry. We have really impressed Mrs Fitzroy and Mrs Davies with how well we can read with intonation and expression. We will be basing our own poems on ‘The Dentist and the Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl, focusing on the sound and movement that a crocodile might make. We created some excellent sentences together and practised reading them out to the class.

 

The crocodile with cunning grin,

Shows his teeth as sharp as a pin.

He sneaks down to the murky swamp,

OH LOOK! There’s a zebra to CHOMP!

Gaea, Eva, Maisie, Millie

 

The hungry crocodile waits silently,

Watching his scrumptious prey patiently.

Quickly he gets ready for his tasty treat,

And he uses his razor- sharp teeth…

To SNAP his prey right up.

Alicia

 

The crocodile is waiting for his lunch,

Above the surface there is a delicious deer to CRUNCH!

Ava

In Maths this week, we have been solving problems involving place value. We are getting very good at this and we are now working on trying different ways to solve a problem using our methods.

For homework this week, we have been given some numbers to compare and order and some grammar questions. Please help us to read our sentences carefully when we have finished to check that they make sense.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

Wednesday 23rd March

It’s been a great week here in Year three and a lovely end to a wonderful term. We have made so much progress this term and we are looking forward to making even more in the next.

 In maths this week, we have been practising our mental and written methods for all four operations and we are really becoming maths whizzes now! Well done Calum, who beat Mrs Fitzroy when using his mental method to add two 3 digit numbers together. We really enjoyed working together to compare our mental methods and seeing which one was the most efficient.

In English, we have been learning how to edit our work and we have been practising our grammar skills. We are now becoming very good at identifying the word classes of each word in a sentence! Well done Year 3!

In science, we have been learning all about magnets and we have even planned our very own experiments based on what we want to find out. We are looking forward to carrying these out in the first week back after Easter.

We would like to say a big THANKYOU to all of the support our parents have given us this term and we wish you all a happy and safe Easter holiday.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxxx

Friday 18th March

Welcome back! What an amazing time we had at our Let’s Sing concert this week. We would like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our children who worked so hard and sang so beautifully. All of the staff and children at Lowton J and I are so proud. It was such a long day and we were exhausted by the end, but it was such a wonderful experience and one we’ll treasure for many years to come.

This week in English, we learnt how to write a newspaper report, following a plan and using different types of sentences. We created some wonderful wwwww sentences for introductions and experimented with the order of them- please ask us about these at home (we’re very good at them now). On Friday, we got the chance to write our own reports and although it was tough, we managed to produce some high quality writing. Mrs Fitzroy was so proud of us because we have worked so hard (even though we were a little tired).

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock to the nearest minute. We are getting much better at this now- we just need a little more practice at home. Next week, we will be perfecting our mental methods using all four operations and applying these to problems.

In Science, we had so much fun exploring magnets and sorting objects into ‘magnetic’ and ‘non- magnetic’. We found out that not all metals are magnetic and that magnets can vary in strength- we really enjoyed testing this using paperclips!

Thankyou to everyone who gave a chocolate donation for our Easter Eggstravaganza. We are sure that it will be a wonderful event on Wednesday.

Well done to all of the children who received our ‘Star of the Day’ award this week and to Matthew, who was our ‘Pupil of the Week’. We would also like to say special congratulations to Willow, who received our ‘Pupil of the Term’ award. Willow has been a great example to other children in class, by trying hard to improve in all areas of her work. Well done Willow- we are very proud of you.

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you next week!

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxxx

Friday 11th March

 

Diamond the Doorstop’s Disappearance! This is the headline from our newspaper report this week here in Year 3. On Monday morning, we came into school to find a crime scene in our classroom. Diamond the doorstop had been taken! There was evidence strewn across our reading area and the cameras had picked up photographs of the ‘criminal’. We have been investigating and reporting this week, asking our witness (Mrs Staley) lots of questions to build up a full picture of what happened and who could have been responsible. We practised making live reports, using this in our writing as direct speech. Well done to William, who after lots of perseverance, can now punctuate direct speech correctly.

In the end, we found out that Mrs Churton had innocently taken Diamond, thinking that it belonged to Reception. We are really looking forward to writing our reports next week!

In maths this week, we have been applying our knowledge of multiplication and division facts to problems and finding tenths of a number by dividing by 10. Well done to all of our children for trying so hard this week.

For homework, we have been given times tables to practise and some work on past and present tense. Please help us if we get stuck!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Fitzroy and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 4th March

We have really enjoyed celebrating World Book Day this week here in Year 3. First of all, we would like to say a big ‘Thankyou’ to our parents and children who made such an effort with costumes- we all looked fantastic! Well done to Willow and Alex who won ‘Best Costume’ in Year 3. It was such a hard decision because everyone had put so much effort in. In the end, we went for Mr and Mrs Twit! We particularly liked the old cereal stuck in Alex’s beard and Willow’s grey, matted hair.

Also this week, four of our children took part in a reading competition at Nicol Mere Primary School in Wigan. We competed against ten other schools in the area; we had to read and answer questions on the book ‘The Water Horse’ by Dick King Smith and take part in a creative writing task as a group. We are delighted to say that WE WON! Mrs Fitzroy is immensely proud of our children and the effort that they and their parents put into their preparation. This is the second time that we have won this competition which shows just how much our children are enjoying reading here at Lowton Junior and Infant School. Let’s hope we can make it a hat trick next year!

 

In English this week, we have been exploring Roald Dahl characters, particularly George and Grandma from George’s Marvellous Medicine. We had lots of fun getting into character and exploring ways to describe them, using adjectives and noun phrases and through speech. Ask us about this at home; we have created some excellent sentences with some wonderful descriptive language.

In maths, we have been learning how to use the short written method for division, focusing on explaining our methods using the correct mathematical language. We have almost got it- we just need to continue to practise our times tables to get even better. Well done to Amelia, who has been a maths whizz this week! She even made her own word problem today:

I had 96 batteries and some torches. Each torch needed 3 batteries. How any torches did I have?

For homework this week, we have been given a maths task based on division and an English task based on what we have been learning this week. Please help us if we get stuck. Mrs Fitzroy has also sent home your allocated time for parents evening- if there are any problems with the times, please don’t hesitate to speak to her next week.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 26th February

We hope that you have had a wonderful week. Here in Year 3, we’ve been learning lots of new and exciting things!

In our science lessons, we have been learning all about forces and what effects the way objects move on different surfaces. We had lots of fun working together testing our objects and next week, we will be planning and carrying out experiments.

In English, we have been learning how to write a plot for an adventure story and creating settings, using multi- sensory language. Well done to all of our children for creating some excellent sentences in our lessons- we are getting very good at identifying and using noun phrases, simple sentences and complex sentences! We have had some excellent ideas for our story- please ask us about this at home.

In Maths, we have been learning how to use mental and written methods for multiplication and division and we are proud to say that we can now all use the column method for multiplication- well done Year 3! We would also like to say a big ‘well done’ to Mason, who through determination, had his ‘lightbulb moment’ and he can now use this method and explain all of his working out.

For homework this week, we have been asked to practise our 3 and 4 times tables- this will really help us when we practise more complex problems next week.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 12th February

 

Wow, what an amazing week we’ve had here in Year 3! This week, we had Safer Internet day, where we discussed how to stay safe online and acted out different ways of dealing with risky situations. In our assembly, we performed one of our role plays for the rest of the school and everyone was stunned at how confident we were and how professional we looked. Scroll down to see our performance in action! We would all like to say a big WELL DONE to Oliver, Ava, Millie, Thomas, Eva, Gaea and Callum, who performed, and to all of the children who supported them in class. Mrs Fitzroy and all of the teachers are very proud of you.

In English this week, we have been learning how to create settings using expanded noun phrases and prepositions. To give us inspiration, we watched the video clip ‘Adventures are The Pits’, which is all about a little boy who has an adventure in a ball pit! Please google this to see what it’s all about.

‘He caught a glimpse of the bright, glimmering sun before him’. – Ruth

‘Hearing the faint whispers coming from the end of the slide made him even more curious, and without thinking, he pushed’. – Lucy

In maths this week, we have been learning about unit and non- unit fractions, and how to find fractions of amounts using our times tables. This was really challenging for us this week but everyone tried so hard and most of us have got it! Well done to all of our children for persevering and being resilient. We’ve got a question for you:

Mrs Fitzroy bought a bag of 35 Maltesers. She ate 3/5 of them. How many did she eat? How many were left?

Well done to Maisie, who was our Star of the Week, for taking pride in her own work. Maisie has felt those butterflies in her stomach this week, when you feel proud of something that you have done. We are really trying to encourage our children to take pride in their work and lots of our children are now really trying hard all of the time to produce their very best.

For homework this week, we have been given some work on noun phrases and fractions. Please help us with this if we get stuck.

We hope you have a wonderful half term and we will see you in a week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 5th February

We hope that you have had a fantastic week. We have been learning lots of interesting, new things this week here in Y3.

In maths, we have been learning about pictograms and bar charts and how to gather and present information. We are becoming so much better at understanding the information and making our own observations using the language that we have been taught. Well done to Red group, who carried out a survey of other children in school and made their own bar charts based on it. Next week, we will be learning about fractions: finding fractions of amounts and adding fractions with different denominators.

In English, we have been creating adverts for our own inventions. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with how well we can use persuasive language and how good we are at reading our work aloud to each other. Mrs Fitzroy invented a Robo Helper that does all of the jobs around the house- well done to all of the children who helped her advertise it and persuade people to buy it! We’re sure that this invention would be very popular!

For homework this week, we have been asked to practise the spellings for our sponsored spellathon next week. Most of us are getting very good at these; we just need a little more practise to make us perfect. Well done to Matthew, who has already mastered these spellings- we’re very proud of you!

Well done to Alexie, who was our Star of the Week. You are really trying hard and you are achieving so much this year.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

Friday 29th January

We have had a fantastic week here in Year 3! We are taking part in an inter- school ‘Let’s Sing’ concert in March and this week, we started practising for it. We had such a wonderful time exploring and using our voices in different ways, and we can’t wait to learn all of the new songs in the next couple of months. Well done to Jessika, Zach and Maisie, who stunned us with their rendition of a VERY hard song.

In Maths this week, we have been perfecting our strategies for addition and subtraction, and we are all really improving in both our written and mental methods. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with our enthusiasm and can’t wait to challenge us with some problems this week- we are confident that we can rise to the challenge! Next week, we will be looking at charts and tables; we will be using our number and reasoning skills to solve some tricky real- life problems.

In English, we have been learning all about persuasive language in adverts. We will be creating adverts for our very own inventions next week- we are looking forward to using all of the wonderful words and phrases that we have been learning in our lessons.

For homework this week, we have some been given some subtraction questions to practise- these can be quite tricky, so please help us if we get stuck.

Well done to Matthew, who was our Star of the Week this week. We are very proud of you- you are becoming a very mature Year 3 pupil. We would also like to say well done to all of the children who achieved Star of the Day- you deserve it!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

xxxx

 

Friday 22nd January

We have had such a fantastic week here in Year 3!

On Monday we had our visit from our mad scientist, who taught us how to carry out lots of different experiments to do with rocks and how rocks are formed. First, we learnt how to make our very own volcanic eruption, and it was so much fun learning how igneous rock is formed. We had to work together and really listen to instructions and Mrs Fitzroy was so proud of all of us.

Next, we learnt how sedimentary rock is formed and carried out our very own investigation using different materials. We can’t wait to examine our test tubes next week and record our results. Please ask us about this at home; we can tell you all about how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed!

Also this week, we had a visit from the Junior Chefs, who taught us all about nutrition and how to make a healthy coleslaw. We learnt some very interesting facts about citrus fruits- did you know that you can turn a lemon into a battery and that it has its very own life jacket? We learnt lots of new skills, including how to chop vegetables and to put healthy ingredients together- we’re looking forward to preparing this for you when we get home.

In English this week, we have been continuing our debates and learning how to create complex sentences using conjunctions for a balanced argument. We are really developing our writing skills now and we can use formal language both in our writing and in our speech. Well done Year 3! Some of our children had some very strong views on whether Goldilocks should be prosecuted for breaking into The Three Bears’ house! Please ask us all about this at home- we love having a debate!

In maths, we have been practising our mental maths skills for addition and we are very good at this now. Mrs Fitzroy taught us different methods to help us add 2 and 3 digit numbers and we are now applying this to our work- well done Year 3! Feel free to fire some questions at us at home and we will try to work them out for you in our heads.

Well done to Millie, who was our Pupil of the Week this week, for showing a keen interest in science. She even treated us to her own science demonstration in class! Thankyou Millie; we really enjoyed it.

Also, we would like to say well done to all of our children who achieved Star of the Day- you are all working very hard.

For homework this week, we have been asked to practise our written method for addition and our spellings.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

Xxx

 

Friday 15th January

We have had a very exciting week here in Year 3!

We created our very own instructions to catch the dragon that was on the loose! Some children even wanted to use Mrs Davies as bait (we don’t think that she was too pleased). Well done to all of our children who created some very imaginative work- Mrs Fitzroy is very proud of us all.

Also in English this week, we have continued our Harry Potter theme and we are now discussing whether it was a good idea to catch the dragon using for and against arguments. Today, we had a very interesting debate in class using lots of grown up language, specific to this genre of writing. We even discussed whether we should have homework in school (most of our children decided that it was a good idea, however some children said they preferred playing on their xbox!) We are becoming very good at listening to each other speak and responding with counter arguments. Mrs Fitzroy expects our writing to be excellent next week- well done Year 3!

In maths, we have been learning and discussing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Some of us have found this very tricky but our teachers were very impressed with our determination and our perseverance. When we visit this again, we will become even better at it.

In our science lessons this week, we have been examining rocks and minerals closely, describing their properties and identifying them. We have our expert scientist joining us on Monday to bring our learning to life- we are so excited about it.

Continuing this theme, we have been exploring surface pattern and texture through mark making in Art. We had a wonderful lesson using graphite and pencils to make a variety of interesting marks in our sketchbooks; this will help us next week when we will be describing the textures and surfaces in the world around us.

For homework this week, we have been given words with suffixes to practise and some work on shapes. As always, we need to practise our times tables (we are really improving now). Please help us with this if we get stuck.

Well done to our pupil of the week, Jessika. We are very proud of you attitude to learning and we can really see an improvement in your writing.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

 

xxxxx

 

Friday 8th January

 

Welcome back to our blog.

 

There’s a dragon on the loose! Mrs Fitzroy managed to capture some footage of a dragon in our classroom and on our playground. In English we have been planning our own instructions to capture the dragon using a bucket, some bait and a rope as part of our non- fiction writing. We are so excited about it, so hopefully we’ll be able to set a trap next week. We have also been practising using imperative verbs within our instructions- please ask us about the game we played in class and see if you can beat us.

In maths this week, we have been learning all about 2D shapes- we learnt lots of new vocabulary which we are beginning to use more fluently in class. We are also becoming better at drawing shapes more accurately and calculating their perimeters- well done to all of our class who have worked so hard to get it right.

We have started our brand new topic this week where we have been collecting and classifying different rocks. This is such an interesting topic and we can’t wait to learn more. Thankyou to all of the children who brought rocks in for us to examine. We have also been creating our very own cave painting in History, based on real painting from the Mesolithic Age (middle stone age around 10,000 BC). Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with our skills and can’t wait to display them in class.

For homework this week, we have been given polygons to label along with our spellings. Please help us with this if we get stuck.

Congratulations to all of our children who received Star of the Day this week- we are so impressed with your attitude and your enthusiasm.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3

xxx

 

Friday 11th December

 

Wow! What a great week we've had here in Year 3!

This week, we became authors in English and created our very own versions of The Snowman story by Raymond Briggs. We really tried to show off all of the exciting fronted adverbials that we have been learning; Mrs Fitzroy and Mrs Davies were so excited by our wonderful writing! We just need to remember to read our work carefully and make sure that all of our full stops and capital letters are in the correct places.

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn how to tell the time and we are really improving now- please help us practise this at home by getting us to tell the time for you. When we revisit this again, we will be using our skills to solve difficult problems involving time- Mrs Fitzroy is confident that we will be experts by then.

We also became scientists this week, planning and carrying out an investigation into how much sugar is in an average daily diet. We were so surprised to see how much sugar is in certain foods (not as much as Mrs Davies, who showed everyone in school how much was in a chocolate bar!)

Thankyou to Mrs Broom, Mr Gardner and Mrs Pearson for joining us on our school visit to the local church; we found it very interesting and it really helped us to bring our R.E topic to life. We had some very interesting questions for the vicar- all of the teachers were glad that they did not have to answer all of them!

We would like to remind you that we have our school Christmas party on Wednesday afternoon, so we need all of our fancy clothes with us to get changed that day.

Well done to Alicia Wallace, who was our Pupil of the Week this week; we are very proud of you! Also, well done to all of the children who received Star of the Day- keep up the good work!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3

 

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Friday 4th December

 

We have had a very interesting week here in Year3. First of all, we would like to say thankyou to all of the grandparents who came to see us sing our Christmas song and to all of the parents who helped out behind the scenes. We loved performing for you and we were so glad that we got to do it twice!

In English this week, we have been learning how to write stories. We have been creating our own action story openings based on The Snowman, using adverbs and fronted adverbial phrases. We have been so excited about using the wonderful and exciting language that we have learnt so far- Mrs Fitzroy can really see a difference in our writing.

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock. We have just got the hang of finding quarter past, half past and quarter to- with a little more practice we will be fantastic. Mrs Fitzroy has encouraged us to ask Santa for a watch for Christmas because this will really help us to become fluent at telling the time.

In Science this week, we have been thinking about the sugar content in our own diets and we were surprised to see how much sugar we really eat every day. Next week, we will be carrying out an investigation, working out and measuring our daily intake of sugar.

Thankyou to all of our parents who sent their consent slips in for the school visit to St Mary’s church next week. Mrs Cross, our RE teacher, has arranged for the vicar to give us a guided tour and to explain a little more about advent. It should be a very exciting experience in the run up to Christmas.

For homework this week, we have been given our weekly spellings to practise- please could you test us on these at home and ask us to put the words into a sentence.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

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Friday 27th November

 

Well we have had a very busy week here in Year 3. As it has been assessment week, we have been showing off what we can do in our maths, reading and writing. Mrs Fitzroy was so pleased with how well we all did- well done Year 3!

In science we have been writing non- chronological reports for our very own Healthy Eating Magazine. We have been researching and discussing the main food groups, and deciding whether certain foods are healthy or less healthy choices based on the nutritional information on packaging.

We have been practising identifying and using verbs, adverbs and adjectives in English this week and we are starting to apply this to our writing. For homework, we have been given some more sentences to help us with our understanding- please could you support us if we get stuck.

For our Grandparents assembly next week, we have been rehearsing our class Christmas song (Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer) and we are almost perfect! Well done to all of the children for putting all of their effort into it and for practising so hard at home- thankyou to all of our parents for putting up with us too! We are really looking forward to performing our song next week.

Well done to Thomas who was our Pupil of the Week this week; we are very proud of you. We would also like to say a big well done to all of the children who achieved Star of the Day- keep up the good work!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

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Friday 20th November

We have had a great week here in Year 3!

As it has been anti- bullying week, we have been discussing what bullying is, how it effects people and what to do if we or someone else is being bullied. Our class were very sensitive and sensible when we were discussing this topic, and we listened carefully to what other children were saying. Mrs Fitzroy was so proud of our attitude towards this serious subject.

In English this week, we have been learning how to edit our work and we are now becoming very good at it- we just need to make sure that we read every sentence carefully to check that they make perfect sense. We have started our new class novel- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; we are so excited about it and we can’t wait to hear what happens next!

In maths, we have been learning how to subtract numbers using mental and written strategies- we are really making progress now. With just a little more practise we will be experts! We are now becoming much better at explaining our methods, using the correct language. We are really enjoying our maths and we love playing ‘be the teacher’ where we explain our methods to other children. Well done to all of the children who asked to do this- you’re very brave! A big well done to Bradley, who’s confidence is blossoming (Mrs Fitzroy thinks you are after her job!)

Congratulations to all of the children who received ‘Star of the Day’ this week- you all really deserve it. We would also like to say a big well done to Bradley, who is our Pupil of the Week, for trying so hard and always being resilient in maths.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3

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Friday 13th November

 

Welcome back to our blog!

Well it’s been such a busy week this week and we have learnt so much! Mrs Fitzroy has been so impressed with our hard work and our attitude in class. Well done Year 3!

This week in English, we have been learning how to write formal letters to apply for our dream job. Our school is taking part in the Young Letter Writer Competition organised by Royal Mail, and we will be entering our own letters that we have planned and written this week. There are some very exciting jobs amongst our entries such as: a jockey, a stuntman, an X- Factor judge and a mad scientist! We will bring our letters home today because we need an adult’s signature before we send them- we really need these by Monday, so please could you sign them and send them back in.

In maths, we have been working on written and mental strategies for addition and we are now becoming very good at this. We just need to keep practising and remembering to set our work out perfectly. Well done to Bradley, who has impressed all of the teachers this week!

Well done to all of or Stars of the Day this week you have all worked very hard and shown a fabulous attitude in class. We would also like to say a huge well done to William, who was our Pupil of the Week- you are really blossoming in Year3.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

 

Friday 23rd October

 

Welcome back to our blog!

It has been poetry week this week and we have had an absolutely wonderful time exploring lots of different poems- reading them an even writing them.

On Wednesday, we had a special visitor in school, Mr Ian Bland, who is a professional children’s poet and writer. He taught us all about Kenning poems and we had our very own X Factor- style contest. Mrs Fitzroy had to be Tulisa for the morning (even though she wasn’t very good at it).

In our English lessons, we have been reading poetry and learning how to do this with intonation and expression- we have some excellent poets already in Year 3. We have also been learning about alliteration, rhyme, rhythm and imagery and how these create effects within poetry. As Halloween is next week, we have been creating spooky, acrostic poems which we read out in assembly. Everyone did very well and Mrs Fitzroy was so proud of all of us. Well done Year3!

 

Please scroll down to see some of our poets in action.

In maths this week, we have been continuing with fractions and we are really getting the hang of it. When we put our thinking caps on, we can solve some very tricky questions that involve finding fractions of different shapes, objects and numbers. Well done to William and Willow, who explained their methods so well! You are maths superstars!

We have lots of children to say a big well done to this week:

Gaea Miller- ‘Off by Heart’ competition finalist

William O’Shea- ‘Off by Heart’ competition finalist

Ruth Charnock- Pupil of the Week

Zach Gardner- Dojo master

All of the children who learnt a poem at home

 

We hope you have a fantastic week and we will see you after half term.

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year3

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Friday 9th October

 

It has been another busy but enjoyable week here in Year 3.

In English, we have been looking at and discussing a wide variety of books, thinking about what we are interested in and what we would like to read in our library. We discovered lots of interesting books- please ask us about these at home!

Also in English this week, we have been learning how to describe characters from the book ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. We have been using complex sentences and we can now tell you the difference between a main clause and a subordinate clause! Well done to Oliver, who worked so hard to get it right. Mrs Fitzroy thinks we will all become grammar superstars by the end of the year.

In maths this week we have been using the column method for multiplication. We found it hard at first but with a bit more practise, we will all become experts. Well done to Lewis, who cracked the partitioning method- we are very proud of you.

In music, we have been describing setting using percussion instruments and we learnt a very spooky song! Liberty and Eva even scared Mrs Fitzroy with their spooky laughs.

In Geography, we have been continuing our exploration of human and physical features in our local area and we will be creating keys to go with our own aerial view maps next week.

Our homework is to learn our 5 times tables off by heart and inside out. We need to be able to recall both the multiplication facts and related division facts to be fluent- please could you help us out with this at home.

Well done to all the children who won Star of the Day- all of your hard work is paying off. Well done to Alexie, who won our Pupil of the Week award, for having a fantastic attitude to learning and for always being positive in class.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

 

Friday 2nd October

 

Welcome back to our blog!

 

Another week has come to an end and what a fantastic week it has been! We have been so busy perfecting our subtraction skills using a number line in maths, and we are now getting very good at it! Next, we will be moving on to the column method… how exciting.

In English we created some wonderful newspaper reports based on the book ‘Penguin in Peril’ by Helen Hancock. We found this quite tricky because there was a lot to remember, but Mrs Fitzroy was so pleased with all of our efforts- well done Year 3!

In Geography, we have been continuing our exploration of different types of maps and we are now becoming very good at identifying human and physical features using symbols that represent them. Well done to William, who had lots of ideas and was so enthusiastic throughout our lessons.

For homework this week, we will be practising our methods for working out subtraction questions- please help us if we get stuck!

Well done to Calum, who was our Pupil of the Week. Calum is always kind and helpful to others and is a wonderful role model to other children in school.

Thankyou to everyone who came to our reading presentation on Wednesday, we really hope that it was useful.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3.

 

 

Friday 25th September

What an exciting week we’ve had here in Year 3!

In maths this week, we have been learning how to add numbers together using the column method. We still need to practise but we are all getting there- Mrs Fitzroy is so impressed with how hard we have been working and how well we are working independently. Well done Year3! We have all been trying really hard to solve some tricky word problems and applying our written methods and we now know some of the language that will give us clues about how to answer them. Well done to Gaea and Thomas who solved some very difficult challenges!

 

In English this week, we have been reading and exploring newspaper reports, focusing on their key features. We will be writing our reports next week based on the book ‘Penguin in Peril’ by Helen Hancock. This is a fantastic book and we have all enjoyed reading it together- please ask us about this at home (we are very good at re-telling it). Well done to Sam this week who asked some fantastic questions in the role of a newspaper reporter (he also made a fabulous cat). We are really looking forward to writing these next week- please pop in and read them at the end of the week!

In our Geography lessons, we have been studying and making our own maps. We discussed where we live and made aerial view maps- we were really proud of our work and we will now look more closely at the human and physical features in our local area.

Thankyou to all the adults who have been reading newspaper reports with us at home; this will really help us become familiar with the language that we will need to use in our own.

For homework this week, along with our reports, we have been given some addition questions.

Well done to Maisie who was our Pupil of the Week- we are all very proud of you.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

 

From,

Mrs Fitzroy, Mrs Davies and all of Year 3

 

Friday 4th September

Wow! What a fantastic few days we’ve had here in Year 3! Mrs Fitzroy is so pleased with the way we are all really settling in and how kind and helpful we have been to each other. We are all really looking forward to all of the fantastic new things that we will be learning and for all of the new experiences that being in the Juniors will bring.

In English this week, we have been looking at the wordless book ‘Wave’ by Suzy Lee. We have been using all of our senses to describe the images and composing sentences using all of our excellent words.

We have also been enjoying our new reading area and exploring all of our fantastic new books and talking about them- we can’t wait to start reading and sharing them during our independent learning time. Please feel free to come in and have a look at our reading area in class.

 

In Maths, we have been practising counting and ordering numbers and we are already becoming experts at it; we can now confidently use symbols to compare numbers and use ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ when talking about them. Mrs Fitzroy can’t wait to see us blossom over this half term

We would like to say a big congratulations to Logan and Matthew for receiving ‘Star of the Day’ this week and to Amelia who received ‘Dojo Master’. Please ask us about these awards and how we can get them.

For homework this week we have been given some spellings to learn which will really help us with our writing- please help us with these at home. We also need to remember to practise our times tables because this will really help us in all areas of our learning in maths.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

 

Mrs Fitzroy and all of Year 3.