Sirius (Year 3)
Welcome to Year 3 (Miss Bathe and Miss Johnson).
Things to Note
– If you need to communicate with Miss Johnson or myself, please use the class email address—RSPSirius@southbankprimary.co.uk.
– PE will be on a Monday each week. Children should come to school in appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor sessions.
– Kidz Konnekt will be on a Thursday each week. Children should come to school in appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor sessions.
Core Subject Learning
Spelling- The focus was adding the prefixes ‘dis’, ‘in’, ‘im’ and ‘un’ to root words.
Reading- The focus was on the text ‘Wolves in the Walls’ and the non-fiction texts ‘Meet the Tiger’ and ‘Surprising Sharks’. We focused on the reading skills prediction and retrieval.
Literacy- The focus was on writing in narratives, ensuring they are adding description. One day, the wolves came into the classroom and caused chaos. We used this stimulus to write our own version of ‘The Wolves came into School!’
We also focused on non-chronological reports on predators. We included a range of sentence types, such as, subordinating conjunctions, question sentences, prepositional and expanded noun phrases. We worked hard to research our chosen animals and find out as many facts as we could. I am so impressed with the information we have all remembered.
Maths- The focus was on number and place value so that children can partition 3-digit numbers in different ways and compare these using more than and less than.
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side! We have been learning about perfect predators. From eagled-eyed bird of prey to voracious Venus Flytrap! We used oil crayons to create predator eyes. Can you see which predators we have drawn?
We used what we have learnt about the best of the beasts to create our own set of Top Trumps. We researched our chosen animals weight, speed, weapons, deadly rating and strength and added these to our cards. Who will have the ultimate predator and win the game?!
Core Subject Learning
Spelling- The focus was to add the prefix ‘pre’ and suffix ‘ly’. We also looked at common homophones and their meanings.
Reading- The focus was on the text ‘Stone Age Boy’, ’The Secrets of Stonehenge’ and ’The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age’. We focused on the reading skills vocabulary and summarising.
We also read ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ and ‘Leon and the Place Between’ as part of Our Favourite Five.
Literacy- The focus was on writing poetry based around ‘Picture Books in Wonderland’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, narratives based around ‘Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Stig of the Dump’ and information texts on homes in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Below are some of our writing based on the opening of ‘Stig of the Dump’. We edited and improved our work to include a range of sentence types and adventurous vocabulary.
We used the structure of ‘Stone Age Boy’ to create our own version. Some of us ventured to the Ice Age, Egypt and even a tranquil waterfall. Below are some of our independent piece.
Through watching documentaries, reading information books and researching using the internet, we have created a non-chronological report on Homes from the Past. We hope you learn some interesting facts…
Maths- The focus was on mental and written addition of numbers up to 3 digits. We have be learning our 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10s times tables. We have been using TTRockstars, Hit the Button and Times Tables Bingo. Can you beat your high scores?
Take a moment to step outside and stand quietly and still. Turn off all your technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine what the world would be like 5000 years ago… What would you have seen?
We have been on a journey back in time taking us through from ‘The Stone Age’ to ‘The Iron Age’. The children have been learning all about the changes that happened in Britain.
In Art and Design the children created some amazing ‘Stone Age’ cave paintings.
We also looked at Art produced by the artists John Piper, Henry Moore and Mark Spitz of the famous Stonehenge and used charcoal and silhouette art to produce our own vison.
We have been looking at Hunter-gathers and how people from the Stone Age survived. We looked at the weapons and tools they used in order to hunt and gather and we made Stone Age fruit stew. We used blueberries, blackberries, rich tea biscuits and honey.
We made salt dough and researched the jewellery Stone Age people wore. We then shaped the dough into rocks, bones and teeth and thread them onto string to create our own necklace.
Core Subject Learning
Spelling– The focus will be to spell words with ‘u’ sound spelt ‘ou’, ‘sh’ sound spelt ‘ch’ and the ‘ay’ sound spelt ‘ei, eigh or ey’. We will also be practicing 8 new Orange Words.
Reading- Our focus for Reading is to understand what we read by drawing inferences and using the text to justify our answers. We will be using the texts ‘Rhythm of the Rain’ and ‘Once Upon a Raindrop’.
Literacy- The focus will be on writing a story opening based on ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We will be looking closely at organising our writing into paragraphs and evaluating and editing our work. We will closely look at improving our writing by proposing changes to our grammar and vocabulary.
Maths- The focus will be on using multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables, calculating 2-digit numbers times 1-digit numbers, progressing to a formal method. We will also be recapping mental and written subtraction of numbers up to 3 digits and adding/subtracting money.
We covered a range of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) mini topics. We are going to look at Moral Compass and Peer Relationships.
We also looked at Easter and what Christians remember on Palm Sunday. It will focus on what happened on Palm Sunday, how different people in the story felt and reacted and the difference between a royal king and Jesus as a king.
This half term also included our Science Week. This consisted of lots of experiments, exploration and predicting. Our focus for this week was on Forces and Magnets. We looked at how friction is caused on different materials, which magnets have a stronger magnetic force and compare a variety of materials on whether they are attracted to a magnet or whether they repel.
As a school, we have began our journey in becoming a Rights /Respecting School. We will be looking at Article 7- Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.
Core Subject Learning
Spelling– The focus will be to spell the Year 3 common exception words. They are not words for which phonics ‘doesn’t work’, but they may be exceptions to spelling rules. We will be also be revisiting the spelling rules we have looked at throughout Year 3.
Reading- Our focus for Reading is to understand what we read by drawing inferences and using the text to justify our answers. We are also going to look at identifying main ideas drawn from within one paragraph and summarise these.
Literacy- The focus will be on reading and writing instructions for different purposes, We will use the taught features to improve our instructions and ensure we are meeting our target audience and purpose. As well as this, we will be writing a persuasive piece of work.
Maths- The focus will be on using multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables, calculating 2-digit numbers times 1-digit numbers, progressing to a formal method. We will also be looking closely at 2-D and 3-D shapes, drawing and making these using modelling materials.
We will tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats. We will work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with a vegetable orchestra or become a fruity sculptor. Few will find exciting recipes to read – and write our own, too. Then, we will get busy in the kitchen, making tasty dishes from across the world and discover how good food helps you grow fit and strong. For our innovate, we will create our own scrumdiddlyumptious smoothie for Squeezy Joe and his team of fruity friends. And here’s food for thought – if you are what you eat, what does that make you?
This half term we are also participating in Pedestrian Training with The School Sports Partnership.
As a school, we are continuing our journey in becoming a Rights Respecting School. We will be looking at two articles, Article 28– Every child has the right to an education and Article 29- Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.
For Children in Need this year, we all dressed up in our silliest clothes! We had children in their pajamas, clown costumes and clothes back to front!
Some of our children have been working with Redcar & Eston School Sport Partnership completing the ‘Learn 2 Ride’ training. They have been learning the skills of breaking before getting on/off the bike, looking for hazards ahead before setting off, setting off with balance, controlling the bike to go the speed they want and to the destination they want.
We have had so much fun this festive period. We have created Christmas cards, calendars, gingerbread men and had a mischievous elf in our classroom called Buddy. He got stuck in the shark’s mouth so we spent all afternoon making ladders to help him down!!
Here are some pictures from our Christmas Party!!!! We even had a phone call from the North Pole.