Welcome to Class 3
Our class teacher in year 3 and 4 is Miss Murphy. Our class is also supported by Mrs Kitching.
Welcome to Class 3!
Class 3 is an exciting time for year 3 and year 4 pupils, who are transitioning into KS2. We do a lot of fun activities throughout the year in all of our lessons, which you will see on our regularly updated Class Dojo Story. This is also an important time for year 4 children who complete the multiplication check, to assess their recall of multiplication tables to 12. In years 3 and 4 we spend plenty of time preparing children for this assessment.
Class 3 Daily Routine
A typical day in class 3 is as follows:
8:55 – 9:00 Children come into school, eat breakfast and watch Newsround.
9:00 – 9:30 Shared Reading
9:30 – 10:45 Literacy (15-minute assembly on some days)
10:45 – 11:00 Break time
11:00 – 12:00 Numeracy
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch time/Break time
1:00 – 3:00 Foundation subject lessons
3:00 – 3:15 Reading class text
Class 3 Curriculum Overview
As children move into KS2 they develop their confidence and independence. Although we work extremely hard, we have a lot of fun too with our exciting, engaging curriculum.
We cover a range of fiction and non-fiction text types, such as narratives, adventure stories, non-chronological reports, poems. We practise spellings daily and focus on improving children’s handwriting so children can make the correct joins between letters ready for joining upper key stage 2. We focus on developing children’s understanding of grammar through a range of starters and focus lessons. Children are expected to practise their spellings at home, ready for Friday spelling tests.
Each child is given a reading book to read at home. Children will be listened to reading during shared reading sessions, as well as by different adults in school. We use Accelerated Reader in school. Children check their understanding of what they have read by answering questions about their chosen book on an iPad or computer. Their scores will be recorded in their home reading diaries. Reading at home is expected and encouraged; we aim for at least 3 times a week as this will really help your children’s progress.
One of our key focuses in numeracy is times tables, ensuring children are ready for the multiplication check in year 4. We use BBC Super Movers songs (https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/times-table-collection/z4vv6v4) to help children recall multiplication facts, as well as the TTRockstars app. Children can access both of these at home and regular practise is strongly encouraged.
We spend the first term in school understanding key aspects of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ensure children have a secure understanding in the key areas of maths. We also cover: fractions (including decimals), measurement, geometry and statistics.
The school year is divided into 3 terms. As we have mixed age classes, topics run in two cycles (cycle A and cycle B). In each term, we cover a range of topics which will be shared with you in our class newsletter. You can also view our long term planning for both cycles below. Our foundation subjects are: science, history, geography, religious education, physical education, art, design and technology, computing, PSHE and music (which is taught by an external teacher).
Long term plans
To be uploaded soon!
Class 3’s Dojo Story Feed
Activities, Visits & Trips 2019-21
Class 3 have been very invested in the Euros tournament and were disgusted to find out that some players have been suffering racist abuse online for missing their penalties. We decided to write letters of appreciation to the players for all of their hard work on and off the pitch.
Class 3 have had a fantastic morning playing rounders with the coach!
Class 3 had some little visitors on Friday!
To conclude our healthy eating week we have been taste testing some different fruit and vegetables. Everyone tried something new, even if they weren’t too keen in the end!
Class 3 have really enjoyed healthy living week! Today they will be bringing home posters they have made, to tell you all about what they have learned.
In today’s maths lesson we have been measuring the amount of sugar in different drinks. We were very shocked by the results!
This week is our healthy living week in school.
Yesterday, we had a hula-hoop workshop with Emma, the UK hula-hoop champion.
Everyone had a great time and we all learned some new tricks, staff included!
This afternoon we went up to the field to collect some soil samples (despite it being very muddy!). When we got back to the classroom, we added 1l of water to our samples. We’re going to make observational drawings over the next few days to show how the samples change over time.
This afternoon we’ve been learning about Spain in geography. We started off by recapping the oceans and continents of the world with a jigsaw, which was quite tricky! Then, we labelled the 17 different regions (or autonomous communities) of Spain. Finally, we mapped out the three different climate zones of Spain and said which one we would most like to live in.
In art we have been learning about architect Antoni Gaudi. We have recreated some of his chimney designs and suggested what we believe inspired him.
What do you think of our work?
This afternoon we conducted an investigation into the properties of different rocks. We asked:
Is it porous?
Does it float?
Can it be scratched with a nail?
We made predictions and recorded our observations. Then we displayed our results using Venn diagrams.
Last week, class 3 smashed their reading challenge and achieved 39 quizzes in total! This week, I have set them the challenge of completing 40 quizzes. The children choose their prize and decided they’d like an extra PE lesson on Friday.
To help them achieve their challenge, please listen to children read or encourage them to read independently at home.
Children also need to be practising their spellings at home each week, ready for their test on Friday.
Year 3 children had a lovely time at Forest School this afternoon, hunting for Easter eggs, looking for frogs and playing on the field.
This afternoon, we have designed and made our own Roman shields in groups. Our shields had to: be rectangular in shape, use red and yellow patterns and be big enough to crouch behind.
Here are our finished shields. Let us know what you think!
Today we have been learning about what it takes to be a Roman soldier. Here are our job adverts!
I just wanted to say a big well done to all of the children in class 3 today! Everyone has settled straight back into the normal routine and the standard of work completed today was very good. Keep it up!
Everyone had a lovely time at our Christmas party yesterday! Thank you to everyone who donated money for food and prizes.
In Literacy we have been reading tales from 1,001 Arabian Nights, which have had us on the edge of our seats! In groups, we wrote a little paragraph each, using short sentences, similes and ellipsis to build suspense and tension. They turned out quite scary!
We’re getting into the festive spirit a little early this year! At forest school, children have made a lovely wreath which we have hung up in our classroom.
The year 3’s had a lovely time at forest school this afternoon, making dens and Christmas trees.
Happy Halloween! Have a great half-term break everyone.
This morning we baked and decorated some Halloween cupcakes. They were delicious!
Class 3 really enjoyed making broomsticks this afternoon!
Children enjoyed National Spanish Day on Monday and learned lots of fun facts about Spain, including the royal family, neighbouring countries, popular foods, common pastimes, famous buildings and what a Spanish child’s daily routine might be! Here are some pictures of children trying olives, manchego cheese, chorizo and serrano ham.
Today in numeracy we have been learning how to count backwards through 0 on number lines outside. Children worked really well and were able to answer questions using different scenarios like:
The temperature was 6 degrees in the morning. By the afternoon, it had decreased by 10 degrees. What was the new temperature?
Today in numeracy, we were ordering 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. Each person in our group was given a number and we had to arrange ourselves into either ascending or descending order. Once we had tried a few times, we challenged ourselves and tried to do it without speaking at all!
Here are a few pictures from Forest School this afternoon. The children had a great time exploring, finding insects & berries and playing in the mud!
We were blessed with some great weather this afternoon, so did our PE lesson outside. Here are a few pictures from our workout carousel!
Our DT topic this term has been to design, make and evaluate a healthy sandwich for school children’s lunchboxes. After researching healthy sandwich items, taste testing and planning, today we created our sandwiches and cut them into various different shapes that would appeal to young children. At the end of the lesson we got to taste our sandwiches and everyone said they were very yummy! Tomorrow we will finish our topic by evaluating our sandwiches.
I’m super impressed with how well everyone has settled into our new routine in class 3! This afternoon we did PSHE and discussed having happy minds and a positive outlook on life. We talked about all of the different things we do to be happy and wrote a few things down in our poems called ‘Happiness is…’
We look forward to welcoming children back tomorrow.
Just a quick reminder that children in class 3 should enter through the fire door on the yard at 8:45. Class 3’s school day finishes at 3:00.
Our Autumn newsletter will be handed out tomorrow, however I have attached a digital copy too.
This morning we have completed another multiplication check. Class three have been working very hard each week to practise their times tables. It’s also really important that the children practise at home each week too!
What a fantastic morning class 3 have had at Wolsingham School! We are very proud of everyone who took part and showed brilliant sportsmanship. Each team did fantastically so well done to everyone involved, but a special well done to our blue team who came 2nd overall!
This morning we have been practising curling and boccia ready for our festival on Monday.
We have all joined in and made a fantastic effort!
Next week we are holding our class 3 parent/carer event. It will be on Wednesday at 2pm. We will be designing and creating our calendars to take home at the end of the year. If we have time, we may also look at some of the timetable practise we have been doing on TTRockstars. We’d love it if you could come along!
This half term in literacy we are reading the text: George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. After exploring the main character (George), we each made a profile from his point of view. Here are some examples of our fantastic work.
After visiting the Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland, Gemma from the Auckland Project came into school to do some art work with us. Norman Cornish created different portraits of special people in his life. As a class, we discussed the important people in our lives and what makes them special. Then, we made portraits of our special people using oil pastels. Look how fantastic they are!
Some pictures from when we made bread last week. It was very tasty!
We also walked around the art gallery, looking at paintings from Norman Cornish and Tom McGuinness. We tried to recreate the art work that we found the most interesting. We learned a lot about mining life and how difficult and dangerous it was.
Today, class 3 visited the mining art gallery in Bishop Auckland. In our groups we each tried dry point etching using Tom McGuinness’ personal printer from around 150 years ago! Our art work turned out very well.
Archived Class information
You can view our archived Class Information on our website.