I am very happy to be back in Year 3 with such a positive, hard working class!
Please visit this page as the year progresses for updates, and to find out a little more about what we have been learning about in class.
I am always happy to speak with parents about any queries or issues. Please see me at the start or end of the day for a quick chat or to arrange a longer appointment.
Happy New Year! Update 11.1.19
We have hit the ground running in Mulberry class this week!
The maths focus has been very exciting. On Monday we returned to find that Maths Man had left us lots of clues to break a code. We solved them all to reveal that a special maths art day had been planned. This was a fantastic day with a great variety of activities that allowed children to use their maths skills whilst creating art. Later in the week, we also enjoyed a quiz that saw children of mixed ages work together to answer a variety of questions.
The pictures below show the fun we had on outdoor maths day. We used leaves to find fractions of amounts.
In literacy we have begun an exciting project on a cartoon version of 'The Rocketeer.' The children have worked very hard to produce descriptions of settings that use a variety of senses.
This week, we have done a lot of testing to help measure the progress that the children have made this year. Although this can be a tricky week, the whole class have worked really hard, and have produced fantastic results.
That's not all of the work we have done though! Our adverts were very creative in the different ways they aimed to persuade the potential buyer of our own invention: Hovershoes! We also had a very interesting and informative visit from West Yorkshire Police. They discussed what hate crimes are and put forward a positive message about the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect.
This will be my last website update of the calendar year. May I take this opportunity to wish all of the children, parents and other family members associated with Mulberry class a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Enjoy the time off!
This week, our literacy work has focused on persuasive adverts. We looked at a range of adverts and identified the persuasive elements in each. Next week, we will create our own adverts for an invention that we made up.
In Numeracy, we have worked on measures. In particular we have focused on length and capacity. We looked at how decimals are often used to help show when something is not a complete unit.
Our cross-stitch calendars are coming along very nicely! The children have all worked very hard to produce beautiful designs.
This week, we have worked really hard on creating some amazing stories! I have been extremely impressed with the fantastic imagination shown by all of the class. I look forward to marking them this weekend!
Our Maths lessons have focused on telling the time. The class have done really well telling the time from analogue clocks, including those that display Roman numerals. Websites such as https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time can help maintain practise of this, as well as frequently telling the time at home.
Also this week, we were treated to an amazing drama workshop. In 45 minutes, the class were able to create a fantastic play. You can see photos from the workshop below.
This week we have completed our class book 'Journey.' We all loved the adventure involved and the beautiful pictures. We are now working on creating similar stories that incorporate elements such as the magic crayon.
In maths lessons, we have focused on securing our written calculation skills and how to apply these to a range of increasingly complicated word problems. Children should continue to log on to Prodigy maths as the objectives are set to mirror what we are doing in class. This will provide extra practise and aid fluency.
In science, we have continued to look at magnets. In the lesson today, we observed how magnets have poles that can attract or repel each other.
What another fantastic week in Mulberry class! Thank you to the parents who came along to the open morning. I hope you got a flavour of how we operate in some of our lessons.
In maths this week, we have worked on multiplying larger numbers by using grid method.
In literacy, we have continued our work on the book 'Journey.' Lucy has just been taken prisoner by the evil general and his gang! We have worked on how to use speech marks in our writing, as well as how to use 'show me, don't tell me' description.
In science, we have worked on the properties of magnets. For our first lesson, the children were given lots of magnets and asked to record what they found out with minimal input. This lead to some fantastic insights and questions that we shall address over the rest of the half-term.
We have hit the ground running after the half-term break!
In literacy, we have focused on our new class text entitled 'Journey.' It is a wonderful picture book that is full of adventure. A picture from it can be seen below.
In maths lessons, we have focused on division and multiplication. We have begun to multiply 2 digit numbers by single digit numbers. For parents unfamiliar with 'grid method' an explanation can be found on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTxql8_dXec
Our P.E. lessons this half-term will focus on gymnastics. Our first lesson with Mr P this week was a lot of fun as you will see from the photos below!
This week, our literacy work has focused on diary writing. We imagined that we were workers in a Victorian factory on a day when one of the nippers had an accident! The children worked incredibly hard to write some fantastic diary entries. Well done!
Our numeracy work has continued to focus on calculation. This week we have learnt how to subtract 3 digit numbers using column method. We then applied this new learning to a variety of word problems.
Don't forget to bring your bikes on Monday!
This week we have been writing some fantastic fiction! Our work on Ottoline and the Yellow Cat culminated in the creation of our own stories featuring the characters we know so well by now.
In numeracy lessons we have been getting to grips with using column addition. Lots of the class have been using their skills to uplevel their characters on Prodigy maths.
Also this week, we have had very important lessons on how to scoot to school safely. Pictures of this are below.
This week we have been getting to grips with some of our Year 3 writing objectives. We have had lots of fun walking around acting out adverbs and looking for ways to use prepositions.
Our numeracy work has focused on calculation. We have looked at ways to add and subtract by using calculation rather than counting.
In other subjects, we conducted an interesting science experiment to test the reflectiveness of different materials. See below for some pictures. There are also some pictures of our music lesson this week. The funny faces you can see are of the children warming themselves up to sing!
We have had another exciting week in Mulberry class!
On Wednesday we travelled to Saltaire for a school trip. We looked around Salt's Mill to see the artwork of David Hockney who we have been studying this half-term. We also looked at a lot of artifacts from the history of the former textile factory. After eating our packed lunches in the beautiful Victoria Hall, we continued on to the URC church where we met our Victorian tour guides. They gave us a very colourful account of what life was like in Victorian Saltaire, all the while remaining in character of people of that time. They then took the class on a tour of the town where we looked at how Titus Salt constructed houses and facilities for all of the workers of his factory. Over the next few weeks we will evaluate the evidence we have gathered so we can decide if Titus Salt was a hero or a villain!
Also this week we have continued our work on Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. In maths this week we have concentrated on analysing data from different types of graphs, tables and charts.
What a whirlwind of a first week! We have worked very hard, first and foremost, to establish our classroom routines and work on our positive mental attitudes!
In literacy, we have been studying Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. We have written character descriptions and retold a part of the story in our English books. To help plan this piece of writing, we had a drama lesson where the class all pretended to be characters from the book. It was a lot of fun!
In maths, we have concentrated on strategies to improve our times tables and worked on how to calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. I was impressed with how accurate the class were with their measurements and their singing of the perimeter song! Parents- ask your child to give you a rendition!
Welcome to Year 3!
This week has been full of fun and excitement. The children have been using drama techniques to explore personality and we have been thinking about who we want to be this year. We have also talked about how we want Mulberry Class to look when people visit.
We will be doing PE on Tuesday afternoons and swimming on Thursday mornings after break. Thank you for returning swimming slips. This coming week, Roald Dahl Day coincides with our swimming day so please ensure children have costumes that are easily removed! We also ask if face paint could be avoided. Thank you.
Reading books will be changed as and when needed. Please write a comment at home in your child's reading diary when you think they are ready for a new book.
Well done to Year 3 for another fantastic week!
All of the children have worked incredibly hard again this week and I have thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks. Everyone was very pleased to see Mr Cutler on Wednesday when he dropped in to see us and it was lovely to meet Bethany Rose. I know Mr Cutler is excited about returning next week and the children are ready to wow him with their super work.
Just a few reminders for the weekend; the children should have brought their new homework books home with them tonight. Inside is the new homework pyramid, next week's spellings and the optional homework that Mr Cutler discussed with the class on Wednesday. Remember, homework should be handed in on Wednesdays and spelling tests will be done on Fridays.
Have a great weekend!