This week in Literacy, we have started reading our new story 'The Lambton Worm.'
The story is about Young Lambton who loved a spot of fishing but when he cast his line into the River Wear, he wasn’t expecting his catch to be a fat, slime-strung, squirming worm. And that was just the very beginning of his problems...
The story is a local legend, which is set in the village of Penshaw in Sunderland. To hear the story, you can visit the following websites:
Can you retell the story using the story map?
Our science topic this half term is 'Forces and Magnets'. We have learned that a force can be a push or a pull. Today we have been introduced to a new piece of science equipment called a force-meter. We have practised using it to measure the pulling force acting on different objects. Force is measured in Newtons (N) after Sir Isaac Newton who first developed the idea of gravity as a force.
It was lovely to see the children come back to school eager to learn, after such a wonderful holiday. We have enjoyed our very first week of school in 2018. We have started work on our new topics.
Our theme this term is 'Adventures in Europe'.
ADVENTURES IN EUROPE
Organise your own European Games.
In the first half of the Spring term, our Science topic will be ‘Forces and Magnets.’ In this topic we will learn about pushes and pulls as well as use scientific equipment such as force meters. We will also be learning, through investigation, how magnets work and will use the correct scientific vocabulary. This topic will allow us to carry out fair tests to investigate forces in different ways.
We will develop our research skills and produce fact files about a range of European countries.
This term we are going to learn about the signs and symbols within Christianity and in particular those that are found within a Christian church. This topic will extend into Easter, where we will learn about Lent.
History and Geography
Our topic this term is ‘Adventures in Europe’ and we will be researching a number of European countries. We will study capital cities and their landmarks and use maps to show places of major industry.
We will research food from different European countries and design a European Menu. We will design and make our own European Landmarks.
We will study the work of famous European Artists and use this as inspiration for our own artwork.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Our unit this first half term is 'All About Me'. We will be able to greet each other and ask how we are feeling. We will be able to say our name and age. We will revise counting to 20. As part of our ‘Adventures in Europe’ topic we will learn greetings in other languages spoken in Europe.
We will study traditional music in European countries and compare modern music tastes with those of the UK.
We are beginning the term by reading 'The Lambton Worm' as well as other legends from across the UK and Europe. From this we will design and describe our own mythical beasts, improving our descriptive language and the use of language for effect. We will also write our own myths based on the ones we study. We will develop our skills in performance, particularly using expression and intonation in our speech. We will also be comparing 'The Lambton Worm' with a more modern novel - 'Krindlekrax'.
Today we have been making arrays for our three and four times tables and thinking about the related division facts. We rolled a 10-sided dice and multiplied it by 3 and 4. We then used peg boards to show the calculation as an array. For each array, we could think of 2 multiplication and 2 division calculations (buy one and get three free).
Test your knowledge on the multiplication and division facts using the following website:
In Numeracy, we have been working hard to learn the written methods which we use for addition and subtraction.
We used the bar model to help us to solve addition and subtraction problems.
You can use the following website to solve more problems:
We had a visit today from a Victorian Trapper. We asked him questions about his week. We learned about his job and how it made him feel.
What an absolutely fantastic day we all had! The teachers were so proud of all our children - they behaved beautifully. We were transformed into miners, experienced crawling through narrow tunnels, toured the mine and saw the mine shafts and pulley wheels. In the art gallery, we viewed some of the art work by the Ashington 'Pitmen Painters' and even learned how to show perspective - just like in one of the miner's paintings. We have learned a lot and will be using our learning back at school.
We have been writing our own 'Marvellous Medicine' recipes and have used lots of features such as time adverbials and imperative verbs. To improve our writing,we practised using conjunctions and then edited our instructions to include conjunctions too.
Today (Thursday 19th October) we celebrated Diwali. Diwali is a Hindu 'festival of lights' that remembers the Hindu legend of Rama & Sita and welcomes the New Year. We spent the day learning about the story as well as the importance of lights. We made Diva lamps out of paper plates and designed our own Rangoli patterns. To welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, into our classroom we followed instructions to make Kandil lanterns. Hindus hang Kandil lanterns outside the front doors of their homes in the hope that Lakshmi will visit them and bring them wealth and happiness in the New Year. At the end of the day, the whole school celebrated by sharing their learning and examples of work in a special assembly. What a super day!
In our English lessons we have been reading Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. We really loved reading the extract below - we think Grandma is beastly; just like George says. We decided we would design our own insects. We used a computer program to design them and then made our insects out of playdough. We then used our learning about adjectives and expanded noun phrases to write our very own descriptions. Have a read of some our fabulous writing...
EXTRACT FROM 'GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE' (click here to read more).
‘And stop eating chocolate. Eat cabbage instead.’
‘Cabbage! Oh no, I don’t like cabbage,’ George said.
‘It’s not what you like or what you don’t like,’ Grandma snapped. ‘It’s what’s good for you that counts. From now on, you must eat cabbage three times a day. Mountains of cabbage! And if it’s got caterpillars in it, so much the better!
‘Owch,’ George said.
‘Caterpillars give you brains,’ the old woman said.
‘Mummy washes them down the sink,’ George said.
‘Mummy’s as stupid as you are,’ Grandma said. ‘Cabbage doesn’t taste of anything without a few boiled caterpillars in it. Slugs, too.’
‘Not, slugs!’ George cried out. ‘I couldn’t eat slugs!’
‘Whenever I see a live slug on a piece of lettuce,’ Grandma said, ‘I gobble it up quick before it crawls away. Delicious.’ She squeezed her lips together tight so that her mouth became a tiny wrinkled hole. ‘Delicious,’ she said again. ‘Worms and slugs and beetle bugs. You don’t know what’s good for you.’
‘You’re joking, Grandma.’
‘I never joke,’ she said. Beetles are perhaps the best of all. They go crunch!’
‘Grandma! That’s beastly!’
We have been learning about Hinduism this half term with Mrs Scott. We have enjoyed learning about special celebrations and ceremonies including weddings, Diwali and Raksha Bandhan. Take a look at our Rakhi bracelets - we gave them to someone special as a promise to look after them.
On Thursday 12th we worked in the ICT suite to research what life was like as a childhood miner during Victorian times. Click on the link to find out some interesting facts and take the Coal Mining Quiz.
I was so proud of the children this afternoon! We looked at aerial photos of our local area. The children were able to locate our school and other landmarks such as the church, rec and airfield. We talked about where the mine used to be located. The children were even able to draw their own birds eye view maps of our classroom. Well done 3CM!
We have enjoyed a visit from Destination Judo this morning. We know that to be good at Judo you need excellent balance, fast feet and fast hands. We also know how to safely perform a judo throw. What a great time we had!
In science this week we have been exploring different types of rock - especially since our topic is Black Gold. Coal is a type of rock but there are many others that we have been learning about.
Firstly, we grouped the rocks ourselves using different criterion such as colour and shape. We then grouped our rocks using special sorting diagrams called a Venn diagram and a Carroll diagram.
Watch out for our rock investigation - coming soon!
Monday 18th September
By the end of Year 3, children need to be able to recall the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
To help us we have created some times table displays within our classroom:
We created triangle monsters for the 3 time table, square monsters for the 4 times table and spiders for the 8 times table. Please help your child at home by regularly learning these tables. You can test your knowledge of your times tables by using the following website:
It was lovely to see our children looking very smart as they returned to school after the Summer holidays. Many of them looked like they had grown over the 6 weeks and seemed ready for a new start in Year 3.
Well done to the Year 3 children for getting used to the new routines of Key Stage 2!
Monday 11th September
We have created some masks of the 'Wild Things'.
We used our masks to write a description.
We included interesting descriptive phrases such as 'fiery eyes', 'shaggy hair' and 'a devastating bite'
Tuesday 5th September
This week, we have been reading the story 'Where The Wild Things Are':
Our Autumn topic is 'Black Gold'. On Tuesday 5th September, in a special assembly, the children were presented with a Key Task that they have to complete, using their new learning from their topic. The children have already impressed us with their knowledge of rocks and mining. If you know anyone who can help us learn more about Shotton Colliery then please contact us or share your knowledge with your child. Many thanks.
Leah and Eyyuphan were selected to be our Class Council members. They endeavour to attend all school council meetings and share key messages with the rest of their class.
Leia and Aaron have been selected to be our class Eco Rangers. They aim to make our classroom and school a 'greener' place to be. They will check that paper is placed in the recycling bins and will save electricity by switching off the lights when our classroom is not being used.
Reading books will be given to children at the end of the first week. We have an expectation at Shotton Primary that children will read at home three times each week. It would be wonderful if you could share your child's reading book with them throughout the week and comment/sign in their reading diary. Now that the children are in Y3, and to develop independence, the children are expected to place their reading bags/books in the reading box so that we can change them regularly.
Homework will generally be given to children at the beginning of the school week and can be returned any time before Friday. Homework may include spellings, maths or English activities. This year, the children have a special Homework book to bring home and look after carefully.
Swimming - Wednesday afternoon. Children will require full swimming kit: costume/trunks, towel and a swimming hat.
PE - Wednesday afternoon. Children will require full PE kit: dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms, white PE top, trainers (hoodie/jumper for colder weather).