We have been really busy here in Parks Class! We recently had Branch Out Community Church in to chat to us all about the Bible and the stories within it. The children learnt about the New Testament and the Old Testament. They got to ask all sorts of questions and hear some summaries of some of the stories. It was a lovely visit!
We have been busy in Topic, learning about Mary Anning; as our Science is Rocks and Fossils the children made some superb leaflets all about her life and work. They look fantastic!
In History, we have been learning about the artwork left on the cave walls and the children had a go at some of this too! See 'Gallery of Learning' for some examples. There are also examples from Jack, Eliza and Chloe on the display board in our classroom!
This week we also celebrated Anti-bullying week which has the message of 'Change Starts with Us'. This was all about recognising what we can do to make someones day just a little bit brighter. We made Fortune Tellers/Chatterboxes with ideas of how to help someone who was feeling down. The children really understood the message and thought about which small changes they could make to help others.
November is coming to an end - please don't forget about non-uniform day on 29.11.19 and the Christmas Fair on 5.12.19. I can already smell the mulling...
We are into the swing of things here in Term 2! We started the week with Remembrance Day, beginning to understand why we have this special day to commemorate those who have fought for us. The children carried out a 2 minute silence and were very respectful.
This week we learnt about types of Rocks - natural or human made and sorted some out. We have been getting really into our Stone Age topic too! We had the best time making our 3D Stonehenge models out of biscuits! It was quite frustrating when it didn't quite go to plan, but we learnt a lesson in perseverance and developed our Growth Mindset along the way! Please do check 'Gallery of Learning' for pictures of this!
We have been getting into our story, Stone Age Boy this week, creating some fantastic diary entries from the main characters perspective! Our writing is really progressing, it is lovely to see!
Please make sure you have read the newsletter for this term, as there are some very important dates regarding all things festive that will creep up on us quicker than we know!
I cannot believe Term 1 is over and we are already into Term 2, heading towards exciting things! The nights are getting colder and darker but we are still remaining positive and working our socks off!
Term 1 was an absolute success, we had so many highlights! Making potions and lava lamps, learning about the Romans (Roman Day!), projects, tag rugby in the rain (), a trip to Bath, visitors, an introduction to KS2 singing assembly and lots and lots of laughter! All that in only 7 weeks! The children have all settled into Year 3 and KS2 brilliantly well and I am so proud of each and every one of them.
We are steaming ahead towards the big 'C' and before the excitement takes over, we have got all kinds of things to look forward to. This term we are learning about 'The Stone Age'. This is such a brilliant topic and the children get really into it! We are also learning about Rocks and Fossils in Science which links nicely. This term in PE (if we can get out in this awful weather) we will be learning how to challenge ourselves in Circuits - learning a skill and developing it over time, pushing ourselves to carry them out to the highest standard.
This term we are going to be pushing the reading and times tables, at home and at school. These are fundamental and will help push the children towards the Expected Standard in Reading and Maths. At the end of this term the children will be assessed to give us an idea of the level they are currently working at. From there we will know the areas the children need more focus on and we will relay these to you, to ensure we are working as a team to get the best out of the children! As always, any questions, come and find me at the end of the day!
The weeks really are flying! It won't be long now until we can lie in all morning and have fun days out with family and friends!
This week in maths, the focus has been adding and subtracting three digit numbers and two digit numbers! Not an easy thing to do! We have been learning how to use the formal written method 'column method' for addition and will soon be moving onto subtraction. I love how the children are taking on challenges with such positivity! The game has really stepped up and they are certainly rising to the challenge.
Speaking of positivity, the children learnt about what a Growth Mindset is this week- about learning from mistakes and taking on challenges rather than shying away from them. This is a lesson we all need to remember, especially as things get tougher! Stick with it guys, you are doing so well and being positive is half the battle!
This week has been a busy one! We made disgusting yet really fun potions in Science! The purpose of this activity was to measure accurately, which is one of our Science Objectives. The children used pipettes to measure the correct amount of drops, they used teaspoons and tablespoons to measure liquid accurately and counted the right amount of frogs bogeys (AKA frozen peas). The children loved it, it absolutely stank out the classroom but all in the name of fun whilst learning!
We are getting really stuck into our Tag Rugby unit this term, and played our first proper matches this week. We still had the occasional ball being thrown forwards (!) but the progress is brilliant and the children are working well as a team.
Big shout out to these children, who, so far, have read almost every night of the school week since the first week of term: Parker, Jack, Jake, Adele and Belle. There are some others who have done loads of super reading, but those 5 have been incredibly consistent and I am so impressed! Well done! All of the children's effort is recognised when they move up the Reading Chart weekly, so if you've not got into the swing of reading yet, there is still plenty of time!
Another crazy busy week here, with more rain imaginable. But we are all good and all dry!
This week we have done loads of fun activities! We have written and finished our Newspaper Reports based on our class text: Escape from Pompeii. They turned out brilliantly, some work to be really proud of, especially this early in the year!
We have finished our Place Value in maths and had fun carrying out a Place Value investigation to finish the unit. See 'Gallery of Learning' for some pictures of this.
We made Lava Lamps in Science this week. This first term is 'Working Scientifically' where we become little scientists, carrying out experiments and testing things. Year 3 really enjoyed this activity - make sure to look out for photos on the Gallery of Learning page.
We also added to our Roman display board with some seriously gorgeous leaflets all about the Roman Baths. I am super impressed with the hard work that went into producing such lovely pieces of work. We also designed some Roman pots, using mosaic to create patterns in the typical Roman colours. I will get these on the website too, for you all to have a look at. They're great.
Another fantastic week in Parks Class. Well done Year 3!
Well, here we are beginning our fourth week of this term, almost at the half way point of the term already! It's totally whizzed by so far and the class have been up to all sorts. So here is an update!
In maths, Year 3 have been working hard on their Place Value unit. They are learning the worth of all digits in a number, up to four digits. They are learning to compare them, using plenty of fancy maths symbols and order them in different ways. They've enjoyed the challenge of getting onto the extension tasks and we will see how well they've done with a mini assessment next week.
Year 3 have been reading 'Escape from Pompeii' this term in English, with this weeks' focus being writing a newspaper report to record the events of that terrible day. They have done really well so far, understanding the features and learning what makes a great newspaper report. We will see how they get on with writing their own!
We have begun to delve further into the Romans, learning about Roman Roads, the Empire and its invasion over Europe and have linked this with Art, making our own Roman Mosaics. They look lovely and we have squeezed some onto the Romans display in the classroom.
Year 3 have been learning to 'Work Scientifically' this term, this has meant they have carried out little experiments, made predictions, gathered results and presented their results in different ways. This continues with a few more hands on activities over the coming weeks, all with a different focus within Working Scientifically.
Just a reminder, that this Friday (27.9.19) we are headed into Bath for the day. We will be visiting the Abbey and attending the Children's Literature Festival, hoping to meet the author of our current class novel, Cressida Cowell. Please make sure the children are in full school uniform, with a coat as it looks like it could be a wash out!
WELCOME TO YEAR 3, Class of 2019-2020
Hello to lots of new faces to this section of Brentry's website! Welcome to Year 3. I hope you have had a fun and relaxing break and are all ready to get back into the swing of things. I know it will take a little while for everything to settle in and get back to normality, but if your are unsure of anything, please do ask.
This is where you will find class information, photos of the children working hard and important dates. Keep an eye especially on the Gallery of Learning, as this is will be updated weekly.
Our 'Back to School' meetings are currently being planned, so when we know exactly when they will be, I will let you know! If you can make it, it would be lovely to meet as many parents/carers as possible! Until then, we start as we mean to go on by being super busy and enjoying learning new things!
I hope everyone had a nice little break and we are all ready to throw ourselves into Term 6. I honestly can't believe where the time has gone, but here's to the last one in Year 3.
There is a lot going on this term, with Art Day this week, our trip out to Avon Valley on 18th June, moving up days, Sports Day and plenty more thrown in. It certainly will be a busy one.
Hopefully, as it is almost the summer, we are going to be getting a bit of sunshine over the coming weeks. Please ensure all children have a water bottle, sun hats and sun cream. The children are outside for an hour at the hottest part of the day and although we do have some lovely shaded areas for the kids to play, we need to be sensible in the sun and teaching them good habits too. Thank you for the support.
Another reminder that NO toys are allowed in school. We have had yet more instances of broken toys or lost cuddly toys. This wouldn't happen if they were to remain at home where they are meant to be.
Please do keep an eye on the 'Gallery of Learning' icon, as this is where most of the updates take place!
This term has been a whirlwind! It has gone at an incredible pace, but the children are just about ready for a little break. This term we have been trying and mostly succeeding, with Time in maths. This is an area that needs to be supported by adults at home, as there simply isn't enough time (pun intended) to teach Time in school. Keep going through the rules of Time with your child to keep it fresh. There is still work to be done!
Plants has been a fun topic, we have grown (and almost killed) cress. The sun over last weekend was very hot and burnt lots of it sadly. But the children still made predictions and tested the cress under different conditions which is great. The children have also loved sketching flowers and using water colours to paint beautiful flowers too!
We need Plastic Bottle tops to create a beautiful mural when we go back into the new school. Next term I will be tasking a couple of children per class to help me put it together but we can't do that without the Bottle Tops!
Keep collecting them and bringing them into class.
Wow, we are 2/3 of the way through the school year! I hope you all had an eggcellent Easter break and enjoyed some well deserved rest.
We have already got off to a busy start this term, finishing off our Fractions unit in Maths and writing formal letters in English. This term we are focussing on Plants as our Science topic and as it is the Summer Term now (despite the rain) we have an Art focus, which is Sculptures this term. We look forward to creating some clay masterpieces and possibly some junk modelling too, depending on time!
Speaking of time, we are moving on to Time in Maths next week. This is a unit of Maths that is really tricky for some children to understand. Please help your child out as much as possible by having the discussion of Time with them. What time is it? What time will it be in 15 mins? How will the clock show quarter past 5? These are some examples, but just getting them involved in all things Time, will really benefit them and make them feel more confident in their ability to tell the time.
As always, if you need to know anything or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
I just wanted to say a MASSIVE Thank You! I can really tell that the children and parents have worked so hard this term on their Mexico Projects. I am seriously impressed and the children will be getting certificates awarded at the end of the year for completing 3/3 projects throughout the school year. I am honestly so proud of all of the children.
Where has this term gone?!
This term is unbelievably, coming to an end already! I just wanted to apologise quickly, for some events being cancelled this term; Spring Festival and Fly the World. It has been a really busy one, and from what I can gather, the builders are very busy too! Which is partly why we haven't been able to carry out these things. It is out of our hands sadly.
Over the Easter break, the children will be getting a new set of spellings to learn as well as a few little pieces of work to keep their brains active, whilst eating chocolate eggs, of course. They should be completed and returned in the first week back. Please keep the reading going, though it doesn't need to be written down over the holidays!
Enjoy the break, the sunshine (fingers crossed) and a well earned rest for all the children!
This week we have started a new way to get more children reading at home!
It works like this:
Read at home 5 times over any period of time and get onto the Bronze Shield. These children will all receive 5 Dojo Points.
Read at home 10 times over any time period and the children can have a prize from the prize box.
Read at home 20 times and at the end of the term those children will be put into a raffle at the end of the term. If you get picked out of the raffle, there will be a special treat for that individual! (Or two, if I am feeling generous!)
Keep reading everyone! You may be very surprised how much it actually helps your child!
What have we been up to?
Well Gandhi Class are really getting into the swing of Term 4. We now know where Mexico is in the world and are learning all about it. This week, was Culture and Traditions and we learnt all about Cinco de Mayo. The children are LOVING this topic and are keen to learn more!
In Science, we have started Forces and Magnets by learning about push and pull this week, moving onto friction next week. The children demonstrated some of these and the pictures are on our Science display. Pop in and have a look if you have some time. We are excited to learn about Magnetic force in the next few weeks and have some super experiments to try out!
In English, we have been writing some amazing (and some hilarious) playscripts! We started off by acting one out (which some of the children LOVED, being the drama kings and queens that they are) and then turned popular stories into scripts.
In maths, the children have been learning about Length, converting, ordering, predicting and measuring. They have all tried really hard with what is a really tricky subject to get your head around!
Welcome back! We are ready for Term 4 in Gandhi Class!
We have started off the term with some gorgeous sunshine, let's have everything crossed it stays this way!
This term we are studying 'Mexico' as our Geography topic, comparing it to the UK, learning about food, culture, language, festivals and more. Look out for a project letter, which will be going home in the second week, due in at the end of the term. It is a bit different to the first one, so I am looking forward to them!
As it is a fresh term, please can I ask that everyone gets back on board with reading at home, spellings and times tables as often as possible; every little really does count! Homework is still set Wednesday and due back in on the following Tuesday. IF your child brings their homework book in on a Wednesday, that will not give me enough time to look at it/mark it before it goes back out again.
Finally, a few dates for the diary!
This Friday, 28th Feb - Yellow Day! Wear something yellow for Fairtrade and bring in £1
Wednesday 6th March - Library visit
Thursday 7th March - Open Morning, see a Reading Comprehension lesson in action
Friday 8th March - World Book Day! Dress as a character from your favourite book
All English Week letters must be in this week, by 1st March!
We are half way through the term already, and what a busy one it has been!
This term we have been learning about Mountains and Volcanoes in Geography and Rocks in Science. We have linked these to our Writing too and are gradually learning about types of rocks and how they were formed, as well as how volcanoes were formed and where you can find some! The children are really enjoying this topic so far.
Gandhi Class have created some fantastic art work, which is all displayed in and around the classroom. Make sure you pop in to have a look, some of it is truly amazing.
A quick apology about the muddy shoes after our rock hunt! It was a beautiful sunny day but some children did get quite into finding the best rocks! Nothing a bit of warm water and fairy liquid shouldn't fix though. All in the name of learning and fun, I say!
Keep an eye out on 'Gallery of Learning' to see some of this in action!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome to 2019 - I hope you've had a lovely festive break and enjoyed relaxing with loved ones.
Now for getting our teeth stuck back into School Life, ensuring book bags are stocked Reading Records are starting to fill up! This is the most important reminder for 2019 - reading every night is the target, try to reach it!
This term we are covering Mountains and Volcanoes including Rocks as our Science topic. It will be a brilliant topic to get into and the children will be doing research projects at school as well as building a 3-D volcano! Prepare for sticky, uniforms, sorry...
Dates for the Diary!
As we all know, this term is such a busy one and is already flying by! There are loads of things going on concerning Gandhi Class, so here is just a little reminder.
Friday 7th Dec - Year 3 and Year 4 Carol Service at Bristol Cathedral. We will be leaving at 11.30am and returning by 3.15pm. We will eat a packed lunch once we arrive. This trip is for the children only, no parents will be let in but I will take plenty of photos!
Thursday 13th Dec - Whole class term treat - IF they get to their target for Dojo points!
Friday 14th Dec - Roman Day! Children can dress up as a Roman, will try some Roman food and do some Roman art and design. They will show their outfits off in Celebration Assembly too!
Tuesday 18th Dec - Christmas Art afternoon - things could get messy!
Wednesday 19th Dec - Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner! Letters should have gone home if you would like your child to have a Christmas Dinner. If you haven't got one, see the Admin Team and they can get you another one.
Wednesday 19th Dec, 6pm - Carols by Candlelight Service. Key Stage 2 will put on a spectacle for you all to see, including all things jolly and festive. A lovely evening to get us all into the spirit.
Friday 21st Dec - Last day of term!
I hope everyone had a lovely half term and we are now ready to get back into the swing of things! Year 3 are covering The Romans this term and are already getting stuck in! We will be having a Roman Day at the end of this term, so watch out for a letter for that.
We also have Parents Evening this term; I can't wait to talk about how the kids are getting on! Please make sure you try to fill in a survey as it helps us to improve the school.
With Christmas coming up, the children will be getting very excited, but please make sure you are still doing all of the important things, such as reading as much as possible at home and getting those spellings done. It'll all help your child progress, which is why we are all here.
As always, any questions, come and find me!
You have reached your 1000 Dojo Point Target! You now get the treat for the term! Due to your really hard work and concentration, you deserve a special treat! Well done for getting it today, just in time!
Tomorrow, the children can bring their PJ's in a bag and change into them in the afternoon. They can bring one teddy and a snack to have whilst watching the film. They can wear slippers and a dressing gown too if they like! Just to stress, all children should come to school in their normal school uniform, and change after lunch. They will also go home in their school uniform! It should be a lovely afternoon!
Well done for all the hard work Year 3 and for settling in to Key Stage 2 so well!
ALL CHILDREN NEED THEIR P.E KITS ON TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER.
They will be participating in a tag rugby workshop - our topic in P.E this term, so I'm sure they will love it!
Welcome to the Year 3 class page and to the new school year!
We have begun the year very positively with all of the children throwing themselves into Key Stage 2. They are getting inspired by our Stone Age topic and are enjoying the challenge of getting to grips with being in the Juniors.
Thank you to all parents who attended the 'Back to School' meeting, as I mentioned to them, if you have any questions or queries, please come and ask!
On this page, you will be directed to the Class Gallery - please keep an eye on this to see how the children are getting on in class and see what they're up to! Also, see the Spellings icon, where you can see the spelling lists as well as some ideas for how to spruce up spellings. As well as this, see the Home Learning icon where you will find some recommendations for useful websites.
Now let's just enjoy the autumn term and all it brings!
Tomorrow is our class trip to SS Great Britain.
The letter outlines all of the information you need and the children were well informed today about the day, but in case you can't find the letter, here are some of the essentials:
I'm sure we will all have a fantastic day and the children will come home with all sorts of information about the ship!
Well, what can I say? Where has the year gone? I really can't believe we are in the final term of Year 3!
We have loads of things to look forward to this term; trips, workshops, maths week including open morning, climbing walls, celebrations and more!
The children have been learning about Poetry in English to start the term, and did amazingly well learning poems to perform in front of the class, they are certainly not lacking in confidence! They are enjoying writing their own poems and exploring the different types of poetry.
We are now preparing for final assessments by revising topics in maths that need a little extra input. They are currently enjoying Shape in maths, pictures to follow.
Our new topic is 'Fashion' and there will be lots of fun activities involved in this - we will be learning about fashion throughout history. We have already covered fashion in Ancient Egyptian times, we look forward to learning about fashion through Roman Britain, The Tudors, Victorians, through the World Wars and fashion of the modern world.
We will be making the most of the warm weather by playing Rounders and Athletics for our outdoor P.E session and the children have been loving Benchball for our indoor session!
Term 5 and the sun is shining!
Welcome to Term 5, thank goodness we can all enjoy a bit of sunshine at very long last. Term 5 is set to be a very busy one, here is what we are up to!
In maths we will be covering Shape - looking at properties, identifying 2-D and 3-D shapes, symmetry, angles and much more.
In English we will be looking at Myths and Legends, starting with The Dragon Slayer. This is a fantastic video from the wonderful Literacy Shed. We will be retelling and innovating the story and will create some brilliant stories I'm sure!
Science this term is a great one for the outdoors - Plants! We will be exploring the Plant Life Cycle, how plants grow, how plants impact human and we will be experimenting with what plants need to grow. We will do this by planting cress seeds and taking away one element that they need in order to grow, we will let you know the results!
In Art and Design we are looking at Sculptures. We will link this to our science topic this term by creating our own sculptures of natural things. We will be using clay, natural resources we can find outside and even be doing some junk modelling!
Just a reminder that the new homework policy states that children must be showing evidence of times tables, spellings and reading at home in some way. That might be through practicing in their homework books, a note in their reading diary or some children are even taking 100 club sheets home, which count towards their times table practice.
Please ensure that these things are happening at home- we are all working together to shape the best future for the children possible!
H A P P Y 2 0 1 8 !
Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a fun yet restful break.
The past two terms have been fantastic, the children are really thriving and making good progress which is fab! I know we have all been a bit relaxed about reading, spellings, times tables and all the rest of it in the run up to the big day, now we are back to school, it is routine as normal. The children will be working hard this term, there will be more annoyingly catchy times tables songs (sorry, but they do work!) and more progress. Don't worry though, it isn't all doom and gloom, they will be having loads of fun too. Our new topic is North America, so we will be doing some Street dance in P.E, possibly with a performance involved, we will see how they get on! We will also be linking this topic to their homework and to their English. They will be leaning about Animals including Humans and this will also feature in some of their homework, I will try to keep it interesting!
Anyway, there are loads of photos from our recent huge success of Roman Day! The children had a blast and looked AMAZING, thanks for all the effort put in by all, it was definitely worth it! Follow the 'Gallery' icon to have a look.
As always, come and speak to me at the end of the day if there are any queries!
On Friday 8th December there will be a Roman Day for the Year 3 children! We will be doing Roman Art, Roman food tasting, extra history and Roman story telling. The children have the option to dress up as a Roman for this day. This is a fun, additional, optional way to enhance their day. If you can't get something sorted, it won't matter, they will still participate in all of the activities!
We also have enough cardboard now, thank you to everyone who donated.
Welcome to Year 3 and to Gandhi Class!
This is where you should find out what we have been up to, see pictures of your little darlings enjoying learning and where to find their homework if they have left it at school one evening! This year the children will be learning in different contexts, we will take their learning outside (as much as the 'Great' British weather allows) and they will be having loads of fun. To see pictures of all of their wonderful learning, follow the 'Gallery' icon.
The step up to Key Stage 2 is one that they have taken to like a duck to water and have all settled in fantastically well! They are tougher than their cute little, butter-wouldn't-melt, faces might show!
As always, any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to come and find me!
The children have been learning all about The Life of Gandhi, both in and out of school. There have been some absolutely FANTASTIC posters created by the children at home. They should be so proud of themselves! I certainly am, and their posters are slowly making it up onto the walls. Come in and see them all, they really are a fabulous bunch!
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and the children had a well deserved rest. They worked extremely hard over the first term in Gandhi Class and have started to show real maturity! This is fantastic to see!
I hope you enjoyed their version of 'I'm walking on Sunshine!' and their fab Thriller dance!
Year 3 should try and wear anything that looks like 1980;s style on Thursday 19th October for Brentry's Birthday Assembly. Anything neon, think leg warmers and plastic jewellery! I wonder how many mini Michael Jackson's and Madonna's we will spot...
We will be singing 'I'm walking on sunshine' and will have some complex dance routines (a few actions) to go with the words! If you could possibly try and encourage some extra practice, we will all be grateful on Thursday!