Rocks, cricket skills and information texts

Year 3 have had a great start to our striking and fielding unit of work in PE. They have been learning about different fielding and batting skills and have started to play some simple games of cricket. They have enjoyed working alongside Dom our cricket coach from Cricket Asylum. Dom has been really impressed with the children’s listening skills during the lessons and their enthusiasm towards the game. In literacy we have started a new text type, information texts. The children have been reading a selection of information texts and posters to identify the structure and layout. They have also been working hard to identify the different way sentences can vary such as the way it may start or whether the sentence is a short, snappy sentence or a more detailed expanded sentence. With this in mind, the children have worked with Mrs Crowe and I to craft informative sentences and paragraphs of their own. At the end of the week the children created a plan using headings and bullet points, based on their understanding of the Victorians. Today they started to turn their notes into full sentences, thinking about what they have learnt so far. In maths, the children are really being challenged! They have been developing their reasoning and problem solving skills by completing a variety of number or shape/measure related problems. I have been having learning conversations with different groups of children to help them verbalise their learning and explain their working out. Finally, we have now kick started our new geography enquiry based on Mainland Orkney. The children have brought a piece of homework home based on this area of learning, focusing on tourism on the island. In science, the children are really enjoying learning about how fossils are formed. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be experimenting with and sorting a selection of different rocks and...

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Collaborative learning and problem solving

Another exciting and enjoyable week in Y3! This half term we have been joined by a coach called Dom from cricket asylum, who work alongside Bury Cricket Club. We had our first session on Tuesday where the children enjoyed playing simple bowling and catching games. The children always really enjoy any form of competition during our PE lessons and so far our lessons have been full of competition, collaboration and cooperative activities. Our upcoming cricket sessions over the next 6 weeks look like they are going to be exactly the same! In maths this term, the children have started to access reasoning and problem based activities. We worked through 1 and 2 step problems in pairs and talked through each problem as a group. In general, we found out that there are sometimes different ways to get to an answer by showing different methods or calculations. Our discussions really helped the children to verbalise their learning and to hear from others how they can solve a problem they had previously struggled with. Keep on learning your x3, x4 and x8 times tables, we are improving week by week, great...

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Victorian societies

Over the next two weeks, we will complete our learning about Victorian societies, workhouses and schools. This week we will be using the following links in class to support our learning, so you might want to have a look at them at home too. Click here to find out about Victorian schools and the punishments that were in place. Click here to find out about the rich and poor families. Finally, click here to find out about the different jobs the children had to do. This week, we have started to read a variety of diaries from the past. We have been discussing the way they are set out on the page, the tense they have been written in and the way the authors explain their feelings using descriptive language. The children will continue to follow the writing route map over the next few weeks to craft pieces of writing to help them write their independent diary entry from the perspective of a Victorian child. If you have any examples of diary writing at home that you would like to share then bring them into school. We look forward to seeing you at our class assembly this week on Thursday 14th April at 9:10am, where we will showcase our learning about Victorian workhouses....

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Sports Relief 2016

Sports Relief 2016

  On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me! The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this...

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The Sports Crew so far…

In February, a few Y5 and Y6 children have been planning and creating a new sports crew available to Y3’s. Sports like Netball, Football and some invasion games have been taught over the past 4 weeks. This club was created to give some of the younger children a chance to play different sports after school. Over the next few weeks,infant classes will be invited to join us and play some new exciting sports after school on a Wednesday night. Letters will be sent out to parents for further details. We hope to see you at Sports Crew! Ryan & Matthew E...

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Y3’s writing journey

  Y3 have been following the writing route map for our current text type, adventure stories, for two weeks. The idea of this is to provide learning opportunities, both guided and independent, for the children to craft their own sentences and paragraphs, with an emphasis on settings, characters, the plot and an ending to a story. We also explore different vocabulary choices and look at how to structure our ideas. The children are able to practise different skills but also are given the opportunity to build up the stamina to write for a certain period of time. We arrived at ‘we write’ earlier this week. On Wednesday I worked with two writing groups to discuss and devise the success criteria for their story writing. They made me feel extremely proud as they listed ideas we had covered over the previous weeks such as embedded clauses, prepositions, adverbs, a good balance of dialogue, a hook to open the story and an exciting ending that could possibly include a twist. I took away their ideas and created a success criteria table using ‘I can’ statements. During the same lesson, I worked with another two writing groups to create a 5 part plan, following the structures of a story. We used imagery and video clips to inspire our ideas. The children came up with over 20 ideas for a setting for their stories and how this could be weaved into their own stories. I conducted learning conversations with each child to ensure they understood the key elements needed for their stories. On Thursday, I returned to the first 2 groups of children to find out how they could use the table to ensure they will include all the points they had raised. They suggested that they could follow their plan to structure their story and tick off the statements if and when they used them. We worked together looking at exciting ‘hooks’ to open a story, some from their favourite short stories. As a group we discussed how stories don’t always have to start with ‘One day’. They selected their favourite ideas and edited the sentences to best fit their story maps. Y3 will now continue to write their stories independently. Take a look at their writing journals at the progress meetings this week to see how your child has started their...

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