Class 3 - Mrs Foster / Mr Hammilton


Welcome to Class 3!

Hello. I'm Mrs Perry and together with teaching assistants Mrs Griffin, Mrs Silverwood and Mrs Brookes, I'd like to welcome you to our class and our classroom, which is a stimulating, inspiring and cheerful place to grow and learn as independent learners.

I'm the Science Lead and I also run film club.

I love teaching and doing anything "arty," and I have a passion for books and films. I will read any genre of books, as long as I'm hooked by the first few paragraphs. My favourite author as a child was Judy Blume and Cornelia Funke. I love films and will watch anything and I enjoy watching all the extras on DVDs about how the films were made and interviews with the cast.

Each year we teach the same key skills in the National Curriculum, but through different themes. No two years are exactly the same and this allows us to respond to the children's interests and needs. This year we have some exciting topics and are looking forward to our theme days and trips.

Reading Books: Please help at home by listening to your child read at least 3 times a week. If this is recorded in learning logs, proud points will be given which can be spent to get prizes.

Spellings: RWI spellings are tested on Monday and your child will write any incorrect spellings in their log book (which must be brought to school every day and placed in their table pot in a morning please). These spellings will be tested again at a later date.

On Wednesday your child's spellings for this week will be added. Practise these for the following Monday's test.

On some Fridays I will also give the children a quick test on the common exception words they received last September and some new ones for this year (which will be put into Learning Logs), so keep practising these throughout the year.

Homework: This is given in a menu format at the start of term for 6 weeks and will be presented/displayed/celebrated on return. Any weekly core subject homework will be set on Friday to be returned by the following Thursday.

What are we learning? - Summer 1 Term 2017/18

How To Train Your Dragon

As Geographers we will ... find out about where the Vikings came from and learn about their environment. We will use the correct geographical vocabulary and compare their environment to ours.

As Mathematicians we will ... consolidate our learning about fractions and make sure we can reason about fraction problems confidently. We will use the correct vocabulary around shape and learn to draw shapes confidently. We will solve problems about time and learn about the 24 hour clock in more detail.

As Readers we will ... continue to look at root words, prefixes and suffixes. We will make sure that we understand what we are reading by re-reading the text if we need to. We will clarify unknown words to extend our vocabulary.

As Scientists we will ... find out about the properties of different materials and carry out experiments to find out whether different materials would be right for different jobs. We will extend our vocabulary and use the words in the correct context.

As Writers we will ... write our own descriptions of setting and characters based on 'How to train your dragon'. We will design our own dragon and use expanded noun phrases and adverbs to write our description. We will write a report about the Vikings and use the correct tense.

As Artists and Designers ... design our own dragon and use different media to create a visual image of it. We will design our own shield and armour and create a Viking battle scene.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... learn how to recognise risks in different contexts. We will discuss how to respond appropriately and think about practical ways to deal with risks.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... think about how much it would cost to own and train a dragon and consider what we would need to do to earn the money.

We will celebrate our learning by ... making sure that our work is well presented so that we can display some of it. Our work will also be on the website and shared on ClassDojo.

Our Year 3 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Summer 1 is available to download.

The Year 3 Home Learning Menu - Summer 1 is also available to download.

What are we learning? - Spring Term 2017/18

Urban Pioneers

As Geographers we will ... learn where the best places are for plants to grow. We will map where plants grow in our local area and discuss the areas of greenery against the areas of urbanisation. We will learn about weather stations and how meteorologist read maps to forecast the weather. We will also explore how we can make the Earth cleaner and more economically friendly through recycling and other initiatives.

As Mathematicians we will ... recall our learning from last term when we added and subtracted up to 3 digits and apply it to the concept of money. We will explore the idea of time and learn how to read and write time on analogue clocks. We will interpret a range of data and also draw our own graphs based on information we have collected. We will also introduce the concept of coordinates and use these to read maps and graphs. We will then use this knowledge to plot routes and create pictures.

As Readers we will ... be focusing on the skills needed to support reading comprehension, skimming and scanning, understanding language clues and inference. We will learn the skill of proofreading and look for spelling and punctuation errors in our writing. We will also be looking at why the writers make the choices they do. We will be reading the Iron Giant by Ted Hughes.

As Scientists we will ... investigate what plants need to grow and how they grow best. We will learn about the life cycle of a plant and how the seeds get dispersed to ensure the plant lives on. We will name and label the parts of a plant and understand what each part does.

As Artists and Designers ... be very creative! We will use recycled material to create works of art and look at being more economically friendly. We will design and make bird feeders. We will learn a technique called 'Pointillism' and create art work similar to artist Georges Seurat. We will explore the artist Banksy and how he changes peoples view on graffiti as art.

As Writers we will ... discuss words and phrases that capture the reader's interest and imagination and use them in our own writing. We will organise paragraphs around a theme. We will understand some new terms and begin to use them in our writing -inverted commas, fronted adverbials and persuasive devices.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... explore everybody having the right to have a safe clean home and having your basic needs met. We will look at how rubbish dumps affect our standard of living and the problems these can cause.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... be reflective and resourceful learners. We will look at our learning and think what we have done well and how can we improve it. We are also continuing to develop our independence.

We will celebrate our learning by ... displaying the beautiful art work and fantastic writing that we have created. We will develop a class book on Urban Pioneers which we can share with parents and visitors. We will also share our learning and proud points with parents on dojo too.

Our Year 3 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Spring 1 is available to download.

Our Spring Term Learning

Here is some of the beautiful work from Y3 from their last topic and Diversity Week too.

World Book Day

Year 3 certainly supported our World Book Day! The children looked great in their pyjamas with their favourite bedtime stories.

What are we learning? - Autumn 2 Term 2017/18

Aloha Hawaii

As Geographers we will ... learn where Hawaii is and all the ways to get there. We will learn the names of the Islands that make up Hawaii and how they are similar and different from each other. We will learn about the features of the islands such as the mountains, forests, volcanoes and waterfalls, we will compare these to our own country. We will learn about the Hawaiian cultures and compare them to our own.

As Readers we will ... be focusing on the skills needed to support reading comprehension, skimming and scanning, understanding language clues and inference. We will also be looking at why the writers make the choices they do.

As Mathematicians we will ... recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables, we will use arrays to help us do this. We will understand and use the inverse operations to check our answers. We will explore properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will develop our fluency within the basic skills of addition and subtraction.

As Scientists we will ... describe how fossils form when things that have lived, are trapped within the rock. We will learn about the different layers of rock in the ground. We will then compare and group rocks based on appearance and their physical properties. We will understand and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

As Artists and Designers ... be very creative! We will research the artist Georgia O'Keefe and create art work similar to hers. We will look at the patterns we find in the Hawaiian environment and from animals. We will explore sunsets and silhouettes.

As Writers we will ... be learning to make suitable word choices to improve the quality of our writing. We will understand some new terms and begin to use them in our writing - similes, personification and alliteration. We will be continuing to improve the presentation of our writing by practising handwriting and joining our letters.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... explore everybody having the right to play and relax. We will look at what Hawaiian's do for fun and how they relax. We will compare the lives of people in some areas of Hawaii to our own.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... be reflective and resourceful learners. We will look at our learning and think what we have done well and how can we improve it. We are also continuing to develop our independence.

We will celebrate our learning by ... displaying the beautiful art work and fantastic writing that we have created. We will develop a class book on Hawaii which we can share with parents and visitors. We will also share our learning and proud point collection with parents on dojo too.

Our Year 3 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 2 is available to download.

The Year 3 Home Learning Menu - Autumn 2 is also available to download.

Christmas Jumpers

Y3 children in their Christmas jumpers ...

Our Autumn 2 Learning

Class 3 presented a variety of creative learning based on their new Hawaii topic:

What are we learning? - Autumn 1 Term 2017/18

Rotten Romans

As Readers we will ... continue to learn through Read Write Inc and real reading. We will learn how to use the internet search engines to find out about the Romans. We will read fiction and non-fiction texts linked to the Romans and read some adventure stories and recreate our own versions.

As Mathematicians we will ... learn more about what each number represents. We will be developing our skills with addition, subtraction and multiplication, recognising patterns with number and learn how to complete and explain these patterns.

As Geographers we will ... learn where the Roman Empire was and how it developed. We will also learn what countries were part of the Roman Empire.

As Historians we will ... learn about the Roman invasion from the Celts and Boudicca. We will learn about the power of the Roman army by 42AD. We will be finding out how people lived in Roman times and discover how Claudius conquered Hadrian's Wall.

As Writers we will ... learn to write instructions linked to Romans. We will be learning the features of narrative writing and write our own Roman stories. We will write a diary entry as if we were a Roman soldier and learn about the types of words we can use in our writing and improve our sentence structure.

As Scientists we will ... learn about the dangers of the sun. We will begin to understand that light can be reflected from surfaces and how blocking sun leads to shadows. We will also learn how these shadows can change through the day.

As Artists and Designers ... learn about and create Mosaic patterns. We will create our own Roman coins. We will be Learning about the Roman Gods and Goddesses and draw their portraits using our imagination. We will Learn how catapults and chariots work and make them. We will also create shadow puppets.

We will celebrate our learning by ... making sure that our work is well presented so that we can display some of it. Our work will also be on the website and shared on Class Dojo! We will be sharing our work in a showcase event for parents at the end of term too.

Our Year 3 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 1 is available to download.

The Year 3 Home Learning Menu - Autumn 1 is also available to download.

Our Autumn 1 Learning

We made Roman coins from clay. We are waiting till they dry then we are going to paint them (hopefully).

Class 3 had a Roman Day to launch the topic. The children came to school in some fabulous outfits and enjoyed a range of creative learning opportunities, even making and sampling Roman dessert!