Year 3

Summer – Week 11

This week we welcome the Year 2 children (soon to be Year 3 children) to Sitwell Junior School for their three transition days. During these days, the children will be introduced to the daily routines of the junior school to gain an insight into their learning environment from September. They will find out all about the ‘Sitwell 7 Values’ and how these can help them become better learners.

Our class reading book for the Autumn Term is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes and most of our work over these three days will be focussed around this book. The children will read the first chapter of the book, think about how the Iron Man is feeling, and write a letter to him. In addition, they will design their own Iron Man in the ICT suite, using and applying their knowledge of 2D shapes, and create some oil pastel, chalk and charcoal artwork.

On the final day they will take part in a ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and we hope that all the Year 2 parents will come along and get involved. This will take place on Thursday afternoon from 1.30-2.30pm. Please bring along plenty of cardboard boxes, tubes and plastic lids. If you are not able to attend this event, please send any of the above resources to school with your child on Thursday.

We are really looking forward to the transition days and are excited to meet the children. We are sure they will produce some excellent work that we can display in the classrooms in the autumn term ready for their arrival.

Summer – Week 10

First of all, another well done to the Year 3 children, as they did a second performance of Romeo and Juliet to the rest of the school last week. They did brilliantly remembering their lines and movements once again. The rest of the school children and staff thought the performance was amazing.

This week in English, the children will be continuing their learning based on the myth Daedlus and Icarus. They will write a diary entry from the point of view of Icarus. Within this writing, they will be composing and rehearsing sentences orally, progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures and learn about expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions [for example, when, before, after, while, so, because].

In Maths the children will continue their learning about division. They will move from using mental methods to number lines to the formal written method of division. After they have become fluent in these methods, they will begin solving problem, including missing number problems involving multiplication and division.

In topic, the children will continue their learning about the Ancient Greeks, as part of their Gods and Mortals topic. They will be following their designs to make their 3D Ancient God heads and will learn more about Ancient Greeks myths. Also, the Year 3 children have now started their Spanish sessions with Mrs Garcia and are thoroughly enjoying them.

Summer – Week 8

Well the Rotherham Shakespeare Festival is finally upon us. We are so excited to be taking part in this fantastic event and performing Romeo and Juliet on stage, to a live audience on Wednesday 21st June. Tickets are on sale at reception for £4.50 and everyone is welcome. Please remember the following for the day:

  • Children to arrive at school for 8.30am
  • Children need to come dressed in school uniform
  • To bring their performance outfit of black pumps, black trousers/leggings and black t-shirt in a separate bag with their name clearly labelled (these can be brought to school before the day)
  • Children need a packed lunch with plenty of water and snacks (children who do not like/cannot eat pizza will need a second packed meal for their tea)
  • Any medication that your child may require
  • Children need to be collected from their dressing rooms at 8.45pm

Please remember that, if you are coming to watch the performance, the doors open at 6.40pm, the show starts at 7.00pm and finishes at approximately 8.45pm

All the children and staff have worked extremely hard to make this happen and it is an amazing experience for your child to take part in. The organisation of the event has been well planned and timings for rehearsals and the performance on the day are extremely tight. Therefore, please ensure you get your child to school on time in the morning and they come with everything they will need for the day.

Summer – Week 7

Shakespeare Festival

As you will be aware, 2 letters were sent out on Thursday of last week regarding organisation for the Shakespeare Festival. Please ensure you keep this information safe and that you have made a note of the timings of events. Also, remember to return the reply slip with full contact details for the day and to order your tickets. This is a fantastic experience for your child to be involved in and a memorable experience for you. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay in ordering yours. All family members are welcome and there is no restriction on tickets. As you can see, rehearsals are in full swing…

The children in Year 3 are now rehearsing every day, but we are still working hard on our Maths and English learning in particular. Children will be continuing to learn and practise spellings and have started learning Spanish with Mrs Garcia every Thursday afternoon.

In Maths this week, the children will be focussing on division. They will continue to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. Also, they will write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods. They will then move onto solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.

 In English, the children will read the story of Daedlus and Icarus and will write a diary entry from the point of view of Icarus. During this learning they will work on: checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context,  asking questions to improve their understanding of a text, identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books, predicting what might happen from details stated and implied, expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions [for example, when, before, after, while, so, because], Composing and rehearsing sentences, progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

Summer – Week 6

In English the children will be continuing with writing their Greek God character profiles. When doing this, they will extend the range of sentences they use by including a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, and although. In addition, they will proof read their writing for spelling and punctuation errors and read it aloud, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

In Maths this week the children will be continuing their learning around multiplication and division. They will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. Also, they will write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods. They will then move onto solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects. Some children will be continuing their learning on addition and subtraction in order to complete this unit of work.

Out topic work will continue to focus on Ancient Greece and rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3NO have chosen the value Relationships for April and May for the school. They would like to:

* Support their peers when working through difficult challenges;

* Work collaboratively to solve problems;

* Ensure they offer their friendship to anybody who is playing alone on the yard.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Summer – Week 5

We have thrown ourselves into our Romeo and Juliet rehearsals this week and will continue these next week and up to the performance date on the evening of 21st June. The time will be confirmed before half term.

All children in each class will be on stage throughout the performance, and those children that are confident will be given a speaking part. If your child has been given a script and some lines to learn, we would be really grateful if you could read through these with them and help them learn them. They also need to learn the line prior to theirs so that they know when to come in.

Thank you to those of you that have completed and returned the consent form. If you still have these at home, please send them into school before the end of this half term.

Our Maths, English and Topic work will continue on from last week’s learning.

Summer – Week 4

All of the Year 3 children had a fabulous time during our Gods and Mortals Engage Day. They took part in a food tasting session, learnt how to make laurel leaf crowns and how to dance the Zorba. In the afternoon, they put all of their Sitwell 7 Values into action by taking part in a mini Olympics. They worked in 4 teams called Sparta, Athens, Olympia and Thebes. Congratulations to the winning team on the day – Sparta – who scored the most points. It was a close contest though and all the children took part in all the activities with enthusiasm.

This week in English the children will create character profiles of the Greek Gods. They will begin by retrieving and recording information from non-fiction sources and participating in discussions about books they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say. When writing, they will extend the range of sentences they use by including a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, and although. Finally, they will proof read their writing for spelling and punctuation errors and read it aloud, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

In Maths this week some children will be moving onto multiplication and division. They will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. Also, they will write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods. They will then move onto solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects. Some children will be continuing their learning on addition and subtraction in order to complete this unit of work.

During topic learning, the children will continue to find out about the Ancient Greeks. They will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied in order to compare and contrast Ancient Greece to the modern Greece we know today. As well as this, all three classes will continue their rehearsals of Romeo and Juliet.

Summer – Week 3

Last week, all of the Year 3 children had a fabulous time at the Lyceum Theatre watching Fantastic Mr Fox. It was a great experience for them all and has given them a good idea of what a professional production looks like. They are even more excited about performing Romeo and Juliet now.

This week, we have a busy week planned. On Monday afternoon 3SW are going to Broom Methodist Church. Due to this, we have moved our Gods and Mortals Engage Day to Tuesday. Please see the Y3 Summer Term 1 Newsletter, Toga Letter and Twitter for more details.

Also this week, we will be throwing ourselves into our Romeo and Juliet rehearsals. Remember that our performance is on the evening of 21st June. So, save the date and look out for details of tickets that will be on sale very soon.

In English this week, the children will be continuing their learning about William Shakespeare’s plays. They will be identifying themes and conventions, drawing inferences, such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence when reading extracts from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.

In Maths, they will move onto learning how to use the columnar subtraction method. To begin with, they will be taught to add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones, a three-digit number and tens, a three-digit number and hundreds. Moving on, they will become fluent in the written method of subtraction and then be taught to estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers when reasoning and problem solving.

Summer – Week 1

Welcome back to a very busy and exciting term ahead.

During the first 2 weeks of this half term, we will be starting our learning about William Shakespeare in preparation for our participation in the Shakespeare Festival. The children will write a short biography of his life and create portraits of Shakespeare.

In English, they will be putting their knowledge of non-chronological reports into practice by writing one all about Shakespeare’s life and plays. During this time, the children will be taught to: plan their writing by discussing and recording their ideas’ draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures, and in non-narrative material, use simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings].

In Maths this week, the children will be focusing on addition and subtraction. They will revise and consolidate previous work on mentally adding and subtracting numbers including a three-digit number and ones,  a three-digit number and tens and a three-digit number and hundreds. Afterwards, they will move onto more formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction.

British Science Association’s Poster Competition

As it is science week, why not encourage your child to enter the annual science competition. All they need to do is create a poster. The theme for 2017 is “Change”. Here are some ideas for posters below:

* What different types of change can we examine in nature?

* How can energy change during reactions?

* What amazing colour changes exist?

* How has our world changed over the years?

* How can science change the world in the future?

You can make a poster about whatever type of change you like, and enter into the UK-wide competition with the chance to win an array of prizes, including a copy of the new Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ book!

The closing date is Friday 31st March.

What are the rules?

Entries must be 2D and submitted on A4 or A3 paper only. We will accept photos of 3D models.

Work must be original and created by the child – please do not use any templates.

Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be recorded on the back of the poster):

* Entrant name and entrant age

* Age category (Intermediate 1: Year 3 – Year 4 or Intermediate 2: Year 5 – Year 6)

* School name and address

We cannot wait to see the finished posters and once completed, please hand in to your child’s class teacher.

Spring – Week 13

During this final week of our Spring Term and Tribal Tales topics, we will be finishing off our learning about the Bronze Age and learning about Stone Henge. We have planned a family learning project to end this topic on Friday 7th April at 1.30-2.30pm (please see the flier for more information). We would really like to see you join us for this session in the hall.

In English, we will be continuing with our non-chronological reports from last week.

In maths, we will be revisiting place value by counting from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100, finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number, comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000, and solving number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.

Also this week, the children will get to meet our Shakespeare Festival Practitioner, Karen, who will lead an introductory session on our play for this year ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Reminder: Home learning projects are due in this week.

 

Spring – Week 12

This week in English, the children will be finishing off their adventure stories and then moving onto learning about non-chronological reports. They will examine a high quality non-chronological report and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar. After that, they will be extending the range of sentences they use, including conjunctions, and using simple organisational devices, such as sub-headings.

In Maths, the children will be continuing their learning about angles and completing a half termly assessment. We will also be competing assessments in reading and science.

 During topic learning, we will continue our work on the Stone Age and move onto comparing this time in history to the Iron Age.

 REMEMBER: Home learning projects are due in the week commencing 3rd  April 2017

Spring – Week 11
This week in English, the children will be continuing their Adventure Story writing. They will be continuing to draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures, organising paragraphs around a theme, and creating settings, characters and plot. Finally, they will proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors, before producing their final version.
 In Maths, the children will be continuing their learning about angles by recognising angles as a property of a shape or a description of a turn, identifying right angles, recognising that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four make a complete turn; identifying whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle, and identifying horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.
During topic sessions, the children will definitely be making clay pots – we ran out of time last week. The children will get the chance to handle some Stone Age artefacts and investigate and observe them closely. Also this week, the children will be planning and creating a short film about the Stone Age using the iPads. In addition, they will be taking part in a further P4C session following on from our work last week on caring thinkers, we will be focusing on being critical thinkers.
Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JB have chosen the value Respect for March for the school. They would like to:

* Take care of each other;

* Be polite to everyone;

* Be good listeners;

* Treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves.

At home, you can discuss ways that your child can respect their own belongings and why it is important. Encourage your child to keep their toys tidy, put away their clothes and help with tasks around the house.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 10

Thank you to all the Year 3 parents that came to our parents’ afternoon or evening. It was great to see you all again and keep you up to date about your child’s learning and progress.

This week in English, the children will be continuing their learning about story reading and writing. They will be planning their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar, and discussing and recording ideas. Once planned, they will draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures, organising paragraphs around a theme, and creating settings, characters and plot. To finish, they will proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors, before producing their final version.

In Maths, the children will begin learning about angles. During this learning, they will be taught to recognise angles as a property of a shape or a description of a turn, identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four make a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle, and identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.

During topic learning, they will continue their work about the Stone-Age by learning about the rise of wealth and trade and will also learn how to make a clay coil pot. Also, as it is Science week this week, the children will be trying to answer the question ‘ Could a Penguin Survive in the Desert?’ by finding out about a penguins diet and how they could adapt to finding food sources in the desert. As well as this, they will be learning about the 4 Caring C’s in P4C sessions.

Spring – Week 9

Thank you to all the parents that came to our Scrumdiddlyumptious Express Day before half time. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their designs for new chocolate factory rooms with you.

Last week, despite the weather, Year 3 had a fabulous day at Creswell Crags. The staff there were brilliant and adapted the day to suit the weather. This meant that the children were only outside for a short walk to the cave. Inside the educational building they learn lots about Stone Age art and survival.

This week in English, the children will be starting their learning about adventure stories. They will begin by reading some short adventure stories to identifying the themes and conventions in a these types of stories. They will also discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination, draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justify inferences with evidence, and predict what might happen from details stated and implied.

In Maths, Year 3 will be continuing their learning about time. They will tell and write the time from 12-hour and 24-hour clocks, record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours and use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. It would really help your child to practise this life skill as much as possible at home.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4RE have chosen the value Resourcefulness for February for the school. They would like to:

* Say “I can do it” instead of saying “I can’t do it” and they want to use resourcefulness to help them to do this;

* Be resourceful by recycling items used within school and at home;

* Work harder to look after the school resources;

* Be more creative in thinking of ways to solve problems.

As children develop Resourcefulness, they become better able to meet challenges in a variety of ways and they learn to trust their instincts and unique abilities. They acquire a positive attitude toward problem solving and mature into confident people. One of the best ways you can respond to a child’s questions is by saying, “I don’t know. How could we find the answer?” as this will encourage curiosity. Also, encourage exploration and value their varying ideas and opinions. Play games that can have different answers. Include “What if” questions in play. “What if we want to build a sand castle? How can me make the sand stick together better?” “What if we made designs on our castle, what could we use to make them?” Finally, play imaginative word games. For instance, devise ways to build a house if you landed on the moon. Or make lists of all the different and imaginative ways you could use a simple household item, like a leaf rake or a hand mixer. Enjoy wacky answers!

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 7
Last week, the Year 3 children learnt about sharing images safely online, as part of Safer Internet Day 2017. They designed some posters about top tips for sharing images online. Here are some of them:
This week in Year 3, the children will be working hard to finish their Chocolate Factory rooms and characters. They will be making shoe box rooms following their designs and using their RELATIONSHIPS value when working together in pairs.
In Maths, the children will be making 3-D shapes using modelling materials and these will form a part of their Chocolate Factory rooms.
In English, they will be creating a piece of descriptive writing all about their design and their finished model.
REMINDER: The children will be presenting their Chocolate Factory rooms on Friday 17th February in the hall from 2.00pm until 3.00pm. You are invited to come along and see their finished models. This will work on a carousel style basis.  All of the children will be sat in the hall, with their model, and you will be able to walk around, talk to the children, and find out about the design and make process. We hope you will be able to come.
Value of the Month

The children and staff of 5ND have chosen the value Relationships for January for the school. They would like to:

* Listen carefully to other people’s ideas and opinions;

* Always be a good friend, by helping those who need it;

* Be aware of how well they work with others in group situations.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Scrumdiddlyumptious

ENGAGE DAY PPT

Spring 1 – Week 1

The Year 3 children thoroughly enjoyed our Engage Day for this term’s topic ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious!’ They all got the chance to take part in ‘I’m a Sitwell Kid…get me out of here’ where they all faced a range of challenges that involved them guessing the ingredients of soups, doing blind feeling, and trying some unusual fruits. In the afternoon, they played some food games, including name the baby food and attempting to suck a lemon or lime without changing their facial expression. All the children and staff had great fun, took risks by trying new things, and worked on their relationships.

This week the children will be starting their learning about writing persuasive letters in English. They will begin by reading some examples of persuasive letters and identifying the effective features of these. They will read and evaluate a wider range of simple persuasive texts, explaining and evaluating responses orally and begin to use words, pictures and other communication modes to persuade others.

In Maths the children will continue their learning around fractions, finding fractions of objects and making fraction pairs, which we started before the Christmas break.

During topic lessons they will be learning about food groups and classifications and plan a healthy packed lunch. They will also be evaluating different types of bread and learning about the journey of a banana. In this week, or the following week, the children will get the chance to become chefs and follow a recipe to make their own bread. During this learning, they will be using their mathematical skills when weighing and measuring ingredients. Also this week, we are hoping to start our Spanish sessions, by learning simple greetings and creating food shopping lists.

Autumn 2 – Week 13

Thank you to all the Year 3 children who worked hard to make our Reindeer and Father Christmas Hot Chocolate cones for the Christmas Fair. They were a real hit and sold very well!

This week in English, the children will be continuing to develop their story writing skills, focusing on writing in paragraphs, using fronted adverbials, and punctuating direct speech using inverted commas.

In Maths they will continue their learning on fractions, finding fractions of objects and fraction pairs that make one whole.

In topic work, the children will be continuing to put their newly acquired photo editing skills into practice by editing a photo of themselves. Also they will be learning more about light, through scientific enquiry, and will be busy continuing to rehearse for the lower school concert.

Y3 CHRISTMAS PARTY – this will take place on Tuesday 13th December in the afternoon. If you would like your child to contribute any food for the party, can you please write your child’s name on the sheet outside classroom 3NO next to the item you can provide. This way, we will hopefully get a good mix of foods. If your child has an allergy, please provide them with some snacks for the party.

Autumn 2 – Computing

At the beginning of this half term, Year 3 paid a visit to Rotherham town centre. During the day, they learnt about the history of many of Rotherham’s iconic buildings such as the: town hall, mosque, minster, and Hasting’s clock. They even got the chance to meet the Lord Mayor, Lyndsay Pitchley. Also, they took some photos of the buildings to edit back at school.

On Wednesday 23rd November, the children were lucky enough to have staff from Winterhill CLC supporting them with their learning. Each Year 3 Class spent a session in the ICT suite, where they used a photo editing program to ‘revamp’ the photographs in a graffiti art style to link with our Urban Pioneers topic. Here are some of their colourful creations.

Winter Displays

The children have worked extremely hard on their winter displays and because of this, the school environment looks fabulous. They have worked hard to develop all of the Sitwell Seven values whilst completing their winter work. The children have certainly taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their writing and artwork to the best of their abilities. Also, they have used their imagination and have approached all challenges positively, despite, at times, finding things hard. Well done!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3SW have chosen the value Risk-taking for December for the school. They have tried to link this value to the festive celebrations that are coming up this month, and are going to use this value in the following ways:

* Readily trying new things, such as singing, and acting in the Christmas Performance;

* Taking thoughtful, smart risks;

* Meeting new work and concepts as a challenge.

To develop this value further at home, you can encourage them to try new things and as a family start a family adventure journal where your child records the adventurous things you have done together. You can also talk to your children about what it means to be afraid and how it is really great to try new things. When you notice they have taken a risk, point it out to them and see how their faces light up with just the notion that YOU noticed them being brave. Finally, try not to pass your fears onto them and encourage them to think independently.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JW have chosen the value Reflection for November for the school. They would like to:

* Comment critically on their learning and evaluate their strengths;

* Anticipate problems and ask enquiry questions;

* Organise their work and prioritise what needs to be done.

At home you can ask open-ended questions about your child’s experiences, encouraging them to think for themselves and discussing their ideas with you. Encourage your child to record their experiences as they happen, as it is sometimes difficult to remember events and activities. This is a great way to help them reflect and when the fun is over, you can sit down together and talk about the deeper meanings involved. Finally, encourage your child to make connections by making comments or asking questions that steer them in a certain direction. Encouraging them to think about thinking is called metacognition and helps your child to understand when and how to use certain thinking strategies, which will help them to handle life problems.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 1 – Week Five

Last week all of the Year 3 children had a fabulous day out at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They enjoyed the tour around the park in the morning learning about the different sculptures, the materials they are made from, and all about the artists who designed and created them. In the afternoon, they were able to create their own sculptures based on the theme of part animal, part machine. All of the children used many of their Sitwell 7 Values during this visit, in particular: Relationships when working together as a team, Resilience when moving objects around to create their sculpture, and Reflection when looking at their sculpture and making improvements to it.

In English this week we will continue to read The Iron Man. During reading, the children will be continuing to develop their skills in drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence, discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination, and predicting what might happen from details stated or implied. Also this week, the children will develop their understanding of word classes, including identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives and pronouns in sentences. In addition they will learn about the difference between comparative and superlative adjectives.

In Maths the children will continue to add and subtract numbers mentally, including; a three-digit number and ones, a three-digit number  and tens, a three-digit number and hundreds. They will solve number problems and practical problems involving number, place value and rounding ideas, estimate the answer to a calculation, and use inverse operations to check answers.

In topic learning the children will begin to think about what types of sculptures they will create for our very own Sitwell Sculpture Park. They will think about the textures and forms seen at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, design their own sculptures in pencil sketches, and begin creating some using clay and foil. Also, they will design some magnet games applying their knowledge of materials and their properties acquired over recent weeks.

Sitwell Seven

At Sitwell Junior School, we focus on a set of shared values which help us to work with one another co-operatively and with respect. These values make our school community happy and harmonious, a fun place, where children feel secure. Our Values are important to all pupils, staff and parents.

The whole staff team and all pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising their positive effects around school. The values have been selected by pupils and staff as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

We will ensure that our seven shared values known as ‘The Sitwell Seven’ are interwoven into the teaching and learning in order for children to make maximum progress as lifelong learners and thinkers. These are:

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Resourcefulness

• Resilience

• Reflection

• Risk Taking

• Relationships

To develop our Sitwell Seven Values further this year, each month one class of children will choose a value they would like to develop through school and at home.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4NE have chosen the value Responsibility for October for the school. They would like to:

* Complete work to the best of their ability, thinking carefully about presentation;

* Think more carefully about the decisions they make and how they affect other people around them.

At home you can give your child new responsibilities, for example being in charge of doing tasks around the house or looking after a pet or helping with a younger sibling. Talk to your child about how they are responsible for the choices they make with regards to how they treat others and think about the consequences of not taking their responsibilities seriously.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 1 – Week 4

All the Y3 children had a fantastic time taking part in the scrap heap challenge last week, where they made sculptures of the Iron Man from our class reading book. Remember, you can come and view the sculptures and other work related to our topic at our Sitwell Sculpture Park on Thursday 20th October from 2.00pm.

All the children have now been given their book bags, along with 2 reading books and a reading diary. Please remind your child to bring their book bag into school every day and if they read at least 4 times in a week (Friday-Thursday) they will receive a smile.

In English this week we will continue to read The Iron Man. During reading, the children will be continuing to develop their skills in drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence, discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination, and predicting what might happen from details stated or implied. Also this week, the children will complete a Grammar Hammer activity, which will check their understanding of different grammatical concepts.

In Maths, the children will be continuing to develop their skills in adding and subtracting numbers mentally, including; a three-digit number and ones, a three-digit number  and tens, a three-digit number and hundreds and to solve number problems and practical problems involving number, place value and rounding ideas.

In topic, they will be learning about the properties of different metals and plan and undertake investigations into the rusting and cleaning of metals.

Also this week, each class will be visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time on this day, has a packed lunch and drinks, and is wearing their school uniform with weather appropriate coat and shoes. Just to remind you of the dates – 3NO Tues 27th Sept. 3SW Wed 28thSept. 3JF Fri 30th Sept.

Below are the topics covered in Year 3;
Mighty Metals –  Mighty Metals Long Term Plan
Urban Pioneers – Urban Pioneers Long Term Plan
Scrumdiddlyumptious – Scrumdiddlyumptious Long Term Plan
Tribal Tales – Tribal Tales Long Term Plan
Gods and Mortals – Gods and Mortals Long Term Plan

If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.

Spellings

Do you want some engaging ways to help your child learn the tricky words for their year group?  Click on the link for lots of fun, downloadable resources.

spelling FUN

 

Exception Words Spelling Card

X TABLES FUN

Year 3 Home Learning Projects Spring 2

Here are some ideas for Home Learning projects linked to our topic, Tribal Tales. If your child would like to produce something not on the list, that would be great too as we encourage them to be as creative as possible. If your child needs any resources that school can provide, please see their class teacher.

Project Ideas

* Write your own prehistoric adventure story. Will you set it in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age? Make sure your story reflects the time it is set.

* Find out more about rock art – human-made markings placed on natural stone. Draw your own pet or local animal (cat, dog, hamster, rat!) in the style of a prehistoric cave painting.

* We know about prehistoric life from artefacts that have been found, such as food, coins, tools and jewellery. What might historians of the future find out about you from your everyday belongings? Write a newspaper report about a find 1000 years in the future.

* Use your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Are there any sites to visit or can you find any relevant online images or news stories?

* Iron Age people started growing crops such as spelt wheat, barley, rye and oats. Can you find these foods in your local shops? Can you find out where these crops are grown now? List your findings in a table.

* Make a photo montage of prehistoric monuments. You can search for the best images online and download them to a PowerPoint slide or Word document.

* Make a 3-D model of a Bronze Age settlement making sure it is historically accurate.

* Make a list of useful websites that a historian might use to research this topic.

* Make a list of all the skills a historian might need to do their job. Can you write a letter of application for the post of historian at your local museum? Make sure you outline all the skills you have and give examples of how you have used them in this project.

* Find out about the indigenous people of the North Sentinel Island in Asia. How does their lifestyle compare to that of prehistoric humans? Make an information collage about this interesting tribe

Other Learning at Home Opportunities

Don’t forget that children are always learning – at home as well as at school. Experiences outside of school can be just as educational as at school. At the end of our Learning at Home Policy (which is available on the school’s website or from the school office) you will find lots of ideas, and links to websites, that you can access to compliment your child’s learning at school. Please remember that we add our weekly learning objectives to the school newsletter, which is sent out every Monday in order to help you with this.

Please can you make sure your child brings their project into school during week commencing Monday 3rd April so that it can be shared with the rest of their class during that week.

Thank you for your continued support

The Year 3 Team