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Mrs Chaytor's and Mrs Marsh's Class

Welcome to Year 3!

Thursday 21st September


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:

In Numeracy, we have also been learning how to read, write and partition 3-digit numbers. We used arrow cards, blocks and counters to create different 3-digit numbers. 

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':

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We identified the following messages in the book:
We used the book to develop our classroom rules so that we can feel happy and safe in our new classroom. Everybody signed the class charter with their hand print. 
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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.

Our Key Task

Our Class Council Members

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.


Eco Rangers

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.

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Reading Books

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.

Important Days of the Week

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).