Welcome to Class 3
Our class teacher in year 3 and 4 is Miss Murphy. Our class is also supported by Mr Hull.
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:
8:45 – 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
Class 3’s Dojo Story Feed
Activities, Visits & Trips 2020-22
This afternoon we have been practising for sports day on the field.
Today we have been making 3D shapes and counting their edges and vertices.
To complete our history topic on the Windrush generation, we decided to create something to celebrate and recognise their contributions to Britain and its culture.
Some decided to create a model of HMT Empire Windrush, some performed a Caribbean dance, some created and performed songs/poems and some created artwork.
We have had a wonderful time on our trip to Low Barns Nature Reserve, despite the fact that we were caught in the pouring rain! One group went for a pond dip and found damsel fly larvae, diving beetles and many more insects. The other group went for a nature trail and found silk webs, caterpillars and many different birds. We then had a go at classifying these animals based on their characteristics.
Once the rain died down, we collected some slugs, snails and leaves to see which they would prefer.
Thank you to all those who contributed towards the trip. This is the first trip they have had in years, they thoroughly enjoyed it and were a credit to our school.
Yesterday, class 3 were uplevelling sentences by adding expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and interesting vocabulary. Here are some examples:
Today we started our science topic ‘Living Things and our Habitats’. We went to the school field and the nature area to make careful observations. We found so many different animals and plants!
As part of the Jubilee celebrations, we have been making some lovely queen art work.
Today in science, class 3 were asked to make a switch for their circuits without any instructions. They carefully chose insulators and conductors from the selection of materials and worked brilliantly in their pairs.
Class 3 have had a fantastic morning at Crook Golf Club. Everyone enjoyed themselves and represented our school brilliantly.
Sunnybrow yellow team scored a massive 992 points, coming 2nd place overall out of 10 teams! We were just 6 points short of coming in first place.
This afternoon we have been identifying electrical conductors and insulators. As you can see, the children were shocked by some of the results!
Today we started our science topic on electricity. The children were challenged to make a bulb light without any instructions. Every group managed to make their bulb light! We then explored other electrical components like buzzers, motors and switches.
Today for our 5 ways to shine, we discussed getting enough sleep. Almost everyone in our class said they find it difficult to fall asleep so we thought about things that might help us. We decided that instead of using technology or watching TV before bed, reading a book or listening to some calming music could be better for us. We took part in a relaxation activity and felt so calm and peaceful afterwards!
Today we started learning about the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. After some fun warm-up activities, we began exploring the characters by creating freeze frames and trying to guess who each person was. Everyone joined in very well and we are looking forward to learning more about the storyline!
As part of children’s mental health week, we are exploring one of the five ways to shine every day. Today, we landed on connecting and giving to others. One pupil suggested that we give an anonymous compliment to each other. Receiving compliments made us feel happy, but we discovered giving the compliments made us feel good too!
I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas/New Year break! I have attached above this term’s newsletter. Class 3 will be starting swimming this Thursday; information regarding this is in the newsletter.
This afternoon, class 3 made delicious cereal bars in DT with Ms Kitching.
Class 3 were shocked this morning to find the cheeky elf had been eating Miss Murphy and Ms Kitching’s snacks!
Experimenting with tone. Great work class 3
This afternoon, class 3 have been learning about teeth and their functions. They have made diagrams, created models and explored/compared animal teeth.
The theme of anti-bullying week was one kind word. Class 3 made this lovely poster to display on our classroom door.
Last week we learned about the digestive system. We modelled the different parts of the system and explained how each part worked.
Every Friday throughout October, we are learning about diversity as part of Black History month. Next week, we hope to show you our posters about Notting Hill Carnival.
Every day, we are going to listen to a new song to discover influential black musicians. Children loved the songs from this week!
Today, we have learnt about the importance of self-care. We discussed how exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet helps keep us happy and healthy, as well as doing things we enjoy and spending time with loved ones.
These are some of the things we love to do:
This afternoon we have been looking at land use in Whitby. Show us the map and ask us what we have learned!
This afternoon we celebrated harvest festival by tasting the food from each class. We enjoyed soup from Class 2, our cheese and plain scones and bread from Class 4. We didn’t have enough time to taste Class 1’s crumble, so we will try some tomorrow.
In school we have been learning about harvest. Each class made their own food and we chose to make scones.
Today we have celebrated European Day of Languages!
We used the internet to research how many European countries there are and each did a fact file about a country.
Then, we taste tested some different European foods and tried to guess which country they were from!
This afternoon in science we have been learning about human skeletons. After looking at the structure and the names of some key bones, we discussed the purpose of skeletons – to support and protect.
We have been offered the opportunity to take part in the Heart Project. This project is based on keeping active in school and at home with friends and family, promoting an active lifestyle. This equipment is for the children to keep and has been donated by Bishop Leisure. There is also a project booklet which contains 6 weeks worth of simple activities for the children to complete using their new equipment.
If you get the opportunity please can you take pictures of your children using the equipment and send them in through Class Dojo.
At the end of the 6 weeks, children will receive a medal and certificate if they have completed the activities their books.
If you have any questions please get in touch.
Here are some of our posters all about David Smith.
In school we have held a Paralympics day to celebrate the achievements of all Team GB Paralympians. First, we learned all about what the Paralympics are and watched a video clip of the Boccia final. We were very impressed with David Smith, who won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. We decided to practise playing Boccia ourselves and had lots of fun!
Class 3 had an excellent week last week! Everyone has been working very hard and has settled back into the school routine well. As the school roof is being renewed, our classroom for the next 2 weeks is in the hall. Children should come onto the yard the usual way but head straight into the hall. I will wait in the yard to greet children today.
Reading books were sent home with children last week. Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible and record this in their reading records.
Class 3 played benchball this morning in PE. Everyone worked well as a team and had fun!
Class 3 have had a lovely first day back and have settled in very well. We have completed lots of fun activities today, including decorating a star each for our class charter.
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.
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