(Explore further-this is not a homework task)
In Class today, we have been discussing natural and man-made light sources. Look around your home and outside to see if you can find any more light sources. WARNING-Never look directly at the sun as this could damage your eyes.
We also used chalk to mark our shadows in the playground. Can you spot how a shadow changes through the day? Make the most of the sunny days to try this out!
Wednesday 14th September
This week we have started all of the usual routines for Year Three. Please ensure your child has their reading book in school on their given day. This is the day that the books will be checked for comments and changed if necessary. Of course, if your child's book needs changing on another day, they can still bring it in. Today we gave out Maths homework which is due back on Friday. The children should work for twenty minutes unless they want to do more! If they finish before the twenty minutes have gone, they could use the rest of the time to learn and revise times tables. If they have worked for twenty minutes and their sheet is still incomplete, please sign the sheet so that we know they have tried their best for that time.
We have now moved into groups for maths. These groups are never 'set in stone' and we will constantly monitor the children to ensure they are in the group which will help them to progress.
Welcome to Prestwood Junior school!
We look forward to an exciting, fun-filled year in Year Three!
Wednesday 7th September is 'Meet the Teacher'. We will talk to you about expectations in Year Three. Please don't worry if you can't attend. All of the information will be available on the website. Please note, if you would like to talk to us about a matter relating to your child, please make an individual appointment at another time.
During the first half-term, we are spending time getting the children used to their new surroundings and new routines. We would encourage them to talk to us if they have any worries or questions but please do come and see us if they are not confident to do so. The most important thing is that they settle well and are happy in their new environment. This will help them to be confident to make mistakes and grow their brains!
All of the children in Moore class now have a reading book so please read as much as you can at home with them. When they have read with an adult, please note in the Reading Record the book title, which pages they read and how they did. Also please let us know if there are any problems or queries. You will receive more information about homework tasks and timetables on Friday.
This week as part of Maths and English we have been discussing time. We have looked at reading times in Maths and timings have featured as part of instruction writing. Time and telling the time is a very tricky concept to master. Being able to read the time to the hour and making the link between digital and analogue times is particularly hard. As homework this week, we are asking the children to take as many opportunities as they can to discuss time and make reference to time. If they ask what time it is, perhaps ask them to tell you, if they want to know how long it takes to get somewhere, or what time they will arrive, give them clues so they can try to work it out themselves.
Visit these websites to find some time activities:
This half term is a very busy one! Sports day is scheduled for next Friday (18th June) and our trip to Wren Davis Farm will be on Wednesday 29th June. Watch this space for our Egyptian day in July too! Now is a good time to make sure you have all of your PE kit in school and make sure you have returned your reply slips about pizza making and the farm visit.
We are really beginning to think about moving on to Year Four. We are talking about ways to make sure we are ready for the change by making sure we approach school with a mature attitude.
-Take responsibility for completing and returning your homework?
-Make sure you have all the equipment you need and keep it safe?
-Start tasks straight away and stay focused on the task?
-Behave in a diplomatic way in group situations?
-Learn your times tables and spellings at home and at school?
-Have a regular reading routine?
If you find one of these areas tricky, make it your personal target for the next half-term and ask your teachers for ways to meet your target.
We have had great fun in English this week looking at limericks A limerick is a short, funny poem, which has a distinct rhyming pattern. Lines 1, 2 and 5 all rhyme with each other and lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other,(A, A, B, B, A.) The children have spent time this week looking at different limericks, and have had the opportunity to write their own in school. For homework we would like your child to have a go at creating their own limerick. They could go on to illustrate it if they have time.
This week is 'Walk to School Week'.
Celebrate 'Happy Shoesday' with us by putting on your comfy shoes and walking to school on Tuesday. Wear sensible shoes to help make your walk to school comfortable. On the way, why not have a chat with your friends or talk about what you can see. Remember to cross roads carefully and be safe.
We have had great fun in English this week looking at and trying to solve riddles. They usually start with quite a hard clue, have good description and similes in them, some clues start with “I have” or “I am” and they end with a much easier clue. This week we would like you to pick an everyday object and try writing a riddle about it. Remember, you are not just writing a description, there has to be a puzzle and an element of mystery to it.
This week, we are looking at Riddles!
Have a go at these;
When children build me
they have lots of fun,
but I melt away quickly
in the hot sun.
What am I?
A skin I have,
And more eyes than one.
I cannot see
But I’m nice when I’m done.
What am I?
I am your beginning and your end.
I follow your footsteps
And cannot be shaken off.
Though I fade from view
You are never alone.
So silent that you often forget me.
I am still there,
Your constant dark spy and companion
This week we have been looking at fables and writing descriptions about the characters in them. This week we would like you to pick your favourite character, from a book or film, and write a description about them. Remember to think about not only how they look but also how they behave and their personality traits. Remember to use adjectives, adjective strings and similes.
As we will not be in school on Friday for our spelling test, you will have an extra week to learn those spellings! Your test will be on the following Friday (6th May).
There will also be no topic homework this week, so please spend extra time reading and working on your times table facts.
Have a great weekend!
This term we are continuing with our Egyptian topic and later on this term, we plan to have an Egyptian day. In Geography, we are finding out about our local environment including The Chiltern Hills. This Friday, we will take part in some outdoor activities with a few other schools from the local area as our Year Three sports festival.
We have had a wonderful time celebrating British Science Week and many of the children do not want it to end! Due to this we are setting a Science themed homework, which will not be due in until after the Easter holidays. We would like your child to carry out a Science investigation (or two) and make a poster about it. What did they set out to investigate? How did they carry out the investigation? What did they think was going to happen? What discoveries did they make? Was their prediction right?
There is a fantastic website bursting with fun and simple Science experiments which you might like to have a look at.
If you do not have access to the internet or are struggling for an investigation, let your child’s class teacher know and they will give you some suggestions.
The Year 3 Team
Now we are making posters about it on plain pieces of paper. On Wednesday, we will have an assembly to explain what we did in Science week to the rest of the school.
By Harry T and Tom.
Today we flew our planes! Krish threw a whopping 13.17 metres using his bullet plane. The Classic Dart lost the flying race because it had flaps which made it wider.
Today we have made another aeroplane but we did it following a video of instructions. We made slits in the wings to help it to fly faster. The nose was very pointy too.
This afternoon, we tested our planes to see if they flew through the air.
By Soraya and Aidan
Today we have started to make paper aeroplanes using instructions in our English lesson and it was lots of fun!
The different tables were making a different design to the other tables. All of our aeroplanes were different (in there own way)!
Yesterday we were writing down questions for Mr Payne about his plane engineering job and today we are finding out his replies!
By Oliver M
It's Science Week...
We are so excited!
We can't wait to find out what our experiment will be.
We found out about the history of flight today which really made us think.
What else will we learn this week?
by Connie, Frieda, Alistair and Anya.
This term, we are finding out about the Egyptians. We have thought about what we know already and have created some questions to investigate during this term.
Things we don't know the answer to YET!!
Have a go at finding out;
-How were the pyramids built?
-What do the different hieroglyphics represent?
-Why was the Nile so important?
As part of the new term we are now going to be sending home a piece of Topic related homework on a Friday, this will be due back in school on the following Wednesday. In addition to this we will also be sending spellings home once a week, they will be given to your child on a Friday and should be learned ready for testing the following Friday. The children may choose to learn these in which ever way suits them best, they will be given a sheet which suggests different learning activities. It would also be great if your child could take the time to look up their words in a dictionary, so they understand the full meaning of any trickier words
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