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Excellence Everyday

Year 3 class 2020-2021 

'Excellence Everyday'

We have missed you all so much and we can't wait to start the new school year with you.  You will shine bright in all of your new learning in the year ahead.

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Year 3! 

Teacher

Miss J. Fildes

Learning Assistant

Mrs M. Thomspon

 Learning Assistant

Mrs N. Wood

A little glimpse into one of our books in Year 3.......

One thing that I have really missed is reading our exciting class texts. Here is the beginning of one of Year 3's books,  I hope you enjoy listening to it and I can't wait for us all to read together in September.

Being in Year 3 in September 2020

Year 3 classroom may look a little different in September  but everything else about your school remains the same.  Our desks may be placed differently but we are all here to reassure you, support you, and help you to reach your full potential.  We have all missed you greatly and can't wait to see you back in school in September 2020.    You will be amazing!  For now, stay safe, enjoy time with your families and get excited for the wonderful learning ahead. 

Your new times of the school day are as follows:
Start time: 8:45am 
Finish time: 3.00pm

For the safety of everyone in our school, please ensure only one adult per family drops off and collects at the designated areas.  Please also only arrive at school at the specific time given for drop off and collection to avoid gatherings around the school gates

Take a look at some images of how your classroom will be set out, we will also provide you with your own pencil case with everything that you need. You will enter and exit school using the Year 3 classroom door via the school's middle gate.

 

 

About the class...

Year 3 - Miss Fildes

Learning Assistants - Mrs Thompson and Mrs Wood

Year 3 is an exciting year as the children learn how to be more independent and practice skills to encourage independent learning such as researching on the internet and using books and dictionaries. They are encouraged to solve problems for themselves and rely less on support for day to day tasks. Presentation and handwriting is very important and as the children move into KS2 they learn how important it is to present their work well. Most children will earn their pen by the end of year 3 – but this can only be achieved once they are joining their writing, spelling accurately and presenting their work neatly.

Learning Environment 

We have a safe, caring learning environment where children’s individual talents and achievements are recognised and built upon. Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 3.  We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face. 

 

What do we learn?

We have daily Maths and English/SPaG lessons.  Our English lessons are taught around books such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'The Twits' and 'The Iron Man.  We use the text to explore grammatical features and to provide us with inspiration for exploring and writing different text types. We also have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives.  In Maths, we use a mastery approach to enable all children to gain a deep understanding of the unit of work. The activities we complete range from practical to written  to cater for the different learning needs of the children. 

 

We learn about lots of exciting topics such as the Stone Age, Animal and Humans, Rivers and Coasts, Computer Coding, Painting and Sculpture, Spanish, PE, Playing the Glockenspiel and different Religions. Click on the 'Topic Web' documents, for more information on the exciting learning journey that takes place in Year 3.

 

Important things to remember: -

  • PE for this year is on a MONDAY and THURSDAY. In line with Covid-19 guidelines, please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their PE Kit on these days. Indoor PE kit is red shorts and white t-shirt. If you choose to send your child into school wearing an outdoor PE Kit, it must be plain black jogging bottoms, white T-shirt and a plain black, long-sleeved top/hoodie.  Children should wear trainers on PE days, not pumps.
  • Swimming usually takes place in the last term of the school year; dates and details will be provided, dependent on circumstances, closer to the time.
  • Weekly homework will be set on Fridays and needs to be completed by the following Friday. This will usually consist of Times Tables Rock Stars (online), SPAG.com (online), Reading Plus (online) and Spellings, but may at times relate to other subjects. Passwords will be provided again so please do not worry if they have been misplaced.
  • Spellings will be given in the form of a worksheet.  Unlike expectations for last year, this worksheet will not be sent back into school but rather be kept at home.  Please support your child in learning these spellings at home.  Spelling competency will feed into your child’s writing judgement at the end of Year 3 so it is really important all weekly spelling are learnt well. 
  • We will begin to send reading books home week commencing 14th September 2020. Returned books will go into a quarantined box before being returned to the library. Your child will select a new home reading book from the school library every Monday, if they need to change it.  We encourage the children to read at home every night but at least three times each week. This is part of the homework expectations and we appreciate your support with this. Your child has their own personal reading record for you to record their reading journey. We expect these to be completed every time your child reads their school book. 
  • Topic webs will be sent home in the first week of each half term. Topic webs will inform you of the learning taking place and will provide a list of project homework activities to complete at home.  We are looking forward to you emailing in photos of your wonderful work for our class page on the website. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PROJECT WORK INTO SCHOOL.
  • Each child can have a water bottle on their desk, please provide these with their name on.
  • Children are asked not to bring any other personal items into school; we will provide all necessary stationery.
  • And finally, we are soon to be setting up a new app called SEESAW to facilitate additional homework tasks. This will enable staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.  More information to follow in a separate letter. This will be launching soon.

Year 3 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Topic Web Autumn 1 Sept 2020

Take a look at our exciting learning this year 2020-2021

We are learning about the Stone Age.....look at these fantastic projects that have been made at home!

In Science we are learning all about nutrition ... we have even sorted different foods into their food groups. Now we all know how to stay healthy.

As part of Space Week 2020, we learnt all about the Space Race, we even plotted the solar system. Some children now want to be astronauts, how exciting.

Take a look at our exciting learning in 2019-2020

World Book Day 

 Year 3 made a fantastic effort in dressing up as their favourite book characters... don't you agree that they all look amazing?

Visit from The University of Manchester Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 Year 3 took part in a workshop where they designed and made a circuit for their own light bulb. We now understand how lights in our own homes work, as this is the same but on a larger scale with more wires. Children also took part in a Question and Answer session with Alex an Associate Professor from The University of Manchester and found out all about careers and studies in Electronic Engineering. 

Book Bus Visit

Another visit from the Book Bus today had us all very excited!  We were thrilled to see the shelves stacked with our favourite authors and titles. We even made our own choices of purchases.

Stop! Police! Enter with caution!

Today, the police had taped off a section of our playground due to some mysterious metal body parts that Mrs Leather had found this morning. We had to answer the 5W questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why?) and write a report on what we had found.

Funnily enough, we are starting to read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, how strange!

 

Science Rocks!

We tested 8 different rocks to investigate if they were permeable or impermeable. We learnt why it is important to know what features rocks have. Would you want an impermeable roof?

Year 3 travel back in time to the Stone Age ! Tatton Park Trip

 What a fantastic day! Year 3 travelled back to the Stone Age times, building fires using flint, planting seeds using animal bones, grinding wheat using stones and handling artefacts. We even went hunting for wild deer (we weren't going to hurt them) and came across a huge stag. We had to be silent because he was only 20 foot away. 

Would we survive in the Stone Age?

The answer to this question is that Year 3 would definitely survive. Take a look at the projects made by our children. Aren't they amazing!

Stonehenge Paintings

 How wonderful are our paintings! We learnt all about primary and secondary colours and then practised different shades of colour by adding white.

Stone Age Cave Art

To mimic how the Stone Age people felt when  creating cave art, we crawled under our tables and held our books up high to draw animals. Our arms were aching and we found it really difficult but it was lots of fun!

We can speak Spanish 

Now that we are in KS2, we have started to learn a foreign language. Do you like our singing? These are the days of the week in Spanish.

Column Addition

To help us with our understanding of exchanging in column addition, we worked with our Kagan partners to exchange diennes. When we come to write the calculations in our books we will now understand why we need to exchange .

Looking at soil in detail

 We used the microscopes today to observe what soil looks like. First, to get used to focusing the microscopes, we analysed sand, a dead wasp, sugar, coins and tissue paper.  We were astounded at the results.