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Year 3 Class Update Term 4 Week 2

6 March 2020
Year 3 Class Update Term 4 Week 2

This week we have been looking at letter writing in English. In particular, persuasive letters. We have learned how to set out letters and how to use paragraphs to illustrate each point in our persuasive argument. After careful research and planning we have written a letter to the Brazilian Government to persuade them to stop deforestation. The children illustrated the effects of deforestation and lobbied the Brazilian government to do something. Some of these letters are very powerful!

We have finalised our Science report on the links between deforestation and climate change. A little group spent this morning with Mr. Wells finalising the filming, sound effects and illustrations. While only a few children are seen in in the video it is the culmination of the work the whole class did researching the issue. Mrs Richards and Mrs Tudor will be assessing all the science Festival work to choose 2 from the school to be sent to the Science Festival on the 19th March. Fingers crossed!!

We had a special assembly to kick start World Book Day! Mrs Keen displayed her acting talents as usual - and showed us a fun rendition of "The Tiger Who Came to Tea". This was much enjoyed by children and adults alike.

On Thursday the class transformed into a Rainforest full of all types of exotic creatures. We had an array of bright and beautiful costumes. Everyone looked great. Thank you for the efforts some of you went to. Many children brought their favourite book from home to read and share. For the last part of the afternoon Mrs Collins went to read to Year 1 and Year 3 had the pleasure of Mrs Terry from Year 5, who came and read to them and told some jokes! We also shared all the Book in jar entries from our class. These were fabulous. A very high standard indeed. I was disappointed that no one from Year 3 won - the competition was very stiff and I was glad I did not have to choose!! All Year 3 entries were winners in my eyes! All jars have been displayed around the school.

In Maths we have continued with column multiplication and the children seem more confident now. Still highlighting the importance of table knowledge- the 4 times table seems to be proving tricky for some children. Please do help with learning these at home. TT Rockstars and Hit the Button can help make it more fun! Next week we move onto division- once again tables knowledge is key!

There is a current trend in Year 3 for children to make up clubs for other children to join at playtime and lunchtime. We have had football club, book club, dance club, detective club (!?) talent show club and a host of others. We have no objection to these clubs - in fact it has been nice to see children making posters, fliers e.c.t at home. However, we have had to stipulate that these must be inclusive and there must be no competitive element or prize giving. We have told them that we will not give over any more class time to sorting out issues or publicising these clubs - so if your child wants to do a club they need to include everyone and publicise their club at playtime or before school.

Can I also remind you about toys? We appear to be getting more and more toys in school. On some days a positive menagerie!! They can cause issues with behaviour and disruption. Toys are allowed on Thursdays when its Golden Time and on special dress up days/events (if it is relevant). On these days they must be out of sight in drawers or lockers during learning times. Please support us with this.

This week's Dojo Kings and Queens are Layla, Alya, Elena, Ethan, Hamish and Jackson. Liam has earned the effort cup and Toby has gone home with Candace. Well done to them all!

Have a lovely weekend!

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