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Year 3 Class Update Term 1 Week 1

17 September 2019
Year 3 Class Update Term 1 Week 1

A really busy week in Year 3. Our first full week. The children have worked really hard and are settling in well with the rules and expectations.

We have continued our reading focus on Traditional tales and we have read a few more of the lesser known stories such as Thumbelina and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. We read the wonderful story “Once upon a Wild Wood” by Chris Riddell. It is about a little girl who has encounters with a whole host of fairy-tale characters and props. Through this story we have explored themes, twists and alternative endings. The children were able to write a new page to the story involving the main character and a fairy tale character of their own choosing. There were some great ideas!

Our Spelling focus this week was the y sound in words such as Egypt, pyramid and myth. So quite apt for our topic! We played games, created and wrote sentences and looked at the sounds/phonemes in each word and how they were represented as graphemes. On Friday we had a quick check test.

Monday was of course our Values Day and the children discussed all the responsibilities we have both at school and at home- they have created some lovely work about these. There was a lot f discussion about responsible roles at school. If anyone is interested in being a school councillor they should have brought home a form to fill in and we ask the children to write a letter saying why they would be good for the role. These will be shared on Tuesday and then we will have a class vote to elect them in. Librarian applications need to be handed to Mrs Sahota early next week too.

Maths this week was a continuation of place value. We did carry out a quick assessment of Year 2 learning and understanding to see where, or if, the children had gaps in their understanding. We have been focussing on writing numbers as both words and numerals. We have been cracking on with the club tests this week and several children have passed their current test and moved on to the next club. Do keep helping your children with their tables. We have copies for you to practice at home. Ask your child to bring one home.

We had the first lesson of Tag Rugby on Thursday. The weather was kind and thankfully the field was dry. It took a lot of the lesson putting on the belts and tags! Hopefully this will soon become second nature. We practised tagging and learnt the basic rules and how to stay safe. To finish we had a few games of Hungry Rabbits.

Friday was Roald Dahl Day. The children were quite familiar with his stories. We have a huge box of his books in class. Several children had their own copies of his books and he seems a popular reading choice throughout the class. We used his website to actually find out more about the man behind the books. He had a very varied and interesting life. Ask your children to tell you some of the facts they discovered about him.

Children have been earning lots of positive dojos this week for a whole host of reasons. We have unfortunately had to take some dojos away. These have been mainly for not listening. Do please speak to your children about the importance of listening carefully and not talking when the teacher/TA/ classmate is talking. We much prefer giving out the positive dojos!

Our top dojo earners this week are: Alya, Nathan and Hamish

Happy Birthday to Liam and Layla who turned 8 this week!

Don’t forget to wear jeans for genes on Tuesday. Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend!

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