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Year 3- Trip to Flag Fen. We had a fantastic day at Flag Flen as part of our History learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age! We made our own Bronze Age style clay pots and became archaeologists by exploring artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. In the afternoon, we explored the site and saw some Bronze Age long boats before we visited the Bronze Age roundhouse to enjoy a story around the fire.

As part of Parliament week, the children created their own campaign based on ideas from the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. They were super at getting into character and debating against each other!

In Maths, we played times table games to help us to understand and learn our 3 times table. We are getting very good at knowing it in a random order!

 

In English, we have been learning about the story 'The Ice Palace'. To understand more about the plot of the story, we role played being heroes and villains and created some questions to ask each other during our hot-seating activity. We discovered lots about why heroes and villains act in certain ways!

Last week, we were very lucky because we had the opportunity to work with a talented poet, Neal Zetter. We worked with Neal to develop our performance skills before delivering our poem during the whole school Poetry Slam. We had so much fun and the Zebras did a fantastic job!

 

In RE we are learning about Christian beliefs about creation. We started this unit by thinking about WOW factors in the world. We went outside to find and explore things that are amazing in nature. Here are some pictures that the children thought were an amazing part of creation.

 

Welcome back Zebras!

 

We hope that you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for the exciting year ahead.

I have been very busy preparing the classroom and planning lots of exciting and engaging lessons that I know you’re going to enjoy.

 

Miss Nicholls is our teaching assistant throughout the whole week and we also have Mrs Laughton (HLTA) on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

 

There are some important pieces of information that we have listed below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us.

  • PE day is Tuesday. This half term we will be doing Swimming and Dance. Dance for the first 3 weeks (10/09, 17/09, 24/09) and Swimming for the last 3 weeks (02/10, 09/10, 15/10). Please ensure that you have the appropriate, named kit on these days.
  • Homework will be set weekly. Please ensure this is completed.  
  • Children will be given a reading book and reading record throughout the course of our first week back. These should be brought to school daily. We would like children to aim to read five times a week and would ask that parents/carers would sign their reading records to show that they are working partnership with us as a school to support the children’s reading.

 

We have lots to learn this half term and we know that it’s going to be a fun and rewarding learning journey.

 

In English we are going to use the text ‘Cliffhanger’ by Jacqueline Wilson as our stimulus for writing. We are going to be creating a recount, writing in role as the main character Tim before moving on to explore persuasive writing and creating our own brochure for an adventure camp.

 

Our Maths learning begins by focusing on developing ‘Place Value’ skills. Children will be working with three digit numbers and ensuring they understand their values. We will then move on to developing our addition and subtraction skills using mental methods as well as written methods to add and subtract.

 

We will investigate light through our Science topic. This will involve developing an understanding of why we need light, looking at the dangers of sunlight and how to protect ourselves, investigating how light reflects from surfaces, and exploring shadows, how they’re formed and how they change.

 

Our History learning focuses on The Stone Age to Iron Age. We will discover what it was like to live in prehistoric times for the first humans in Britain. We will look at how life evolved and changed throughout this era.

 

In Music, children are extremely fortunate to have whole class music tuition, learning to play the J-Sax (junior saxophone). Our Art work will focus on developing our drawing skills, looking at using proportion, shape, colour, shade and form. In RE we are looking at what Christians learn from the creation story. In D&T we will be creating structures. The children will begin to learn French now that they are in Key Stage 2. This will begin with learning some greetings and classroom commands. In our Curriculum for Life skills lessons we will be looking at Rules and the need for rules in different areas of life.

 

We will be keeping our class page updated with details and photos of our learning. This is a great tool to use to talk to the children about their school day.

 

I am available before and after school if you have any need to talk to me. Please do not hesitate to do so!

 

Miss Canham 

 

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