Dahl

Year 3

3 Dahl are taught by Luke Faith, with assistance from Miss Amy. Please visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in (and sometimes out!) of class!

Class Updates

Friday 27th March 2020

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Hello Everybody!

 

And so our first week of working from home has drawn to a close. We hope you have had a good time teaching your child/ren.

 

Please continue to have your child/ren work on their special project, and email us any parts of it that they are proud of. As mentioned yesterday, please note that this is supplementary and optional work – if you already have enough on your plate with the work that we are giving you already, please don’t worry about doing this project!

 

A brief reminder when it comes to reading: when it comes to your child/ren reading during our time away from each other, we strongly recommend that they should be reading a book at least twice a day for around 20 minutes each time. If they wish to do more than this, that’s great!

 

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

 

PE
Please do your daily PE lesson with Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

Tests
Please test your child on last week’s spellings. They can write their answers on a spare sheet of paper, a notepad or a workbook. If you do not have last week’s spellings to hand, a copy can be found here: Year 3 Homework 20th March 2020 – Spr 2 Wk 4 – Spellings and Arithmetic

 

After you have done this, please test your child/ren on their times tables and mental arithmetic skills. Here are some question / answer sheets for you to use: (please ask your child/ren which Maths group they are in and choose the relevant one:

MM and TT Yellow and Blue Group Questions – 270320

MM and TT Green Group Questions – 270320

Your child/ren can answer on scrap paper, or if they would prefer, you can print out this answer sheet and have them use that: MM and TT Answer Sheet – 270320

For all three tests, please note their scores and keep them safe – we will collect them (and subsequent scores from over the next few weeks) from you when we all meet again (hopefully sooner rather than later.)

 

English
Please ensure your child/ren writes their daily diary entry.

After you have done this, open up the fun ‘code breaker’ activity in the ‘English – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e. You can print this out and have your child/ren complete it offline, or you can open and use it within j2e itself. As a further challenge, encourage your child/ren to create their own code system that they can use to create secret messages.

 

Maths
We thought we would end the week with another fun task – creating a fractions-themed board game. Instructions on doing this can be found in the ‘Maths – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e. If you can, please print out the resources; if you can’t, you can easily recreate the board game using any spare paper and card you have lying around. Once they have created their board game, please play it with them.

 

We have also included a printable board game in the same folder called ‘Fractions Forest’ – feel free to print out and play this too if you’d like!

 

Mindfulness
Have fun with this Cosmic Kids meditation routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

 

Art
Miss Amy has kindly adapted one of her amazing Art tasks; you can find the resources in the ‘Art – 270320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ section of j2e.com. This week, your child/ren will be learning about Surrealism!

 

‘Homework’ (yes, we’ve put the little quote marks around it as we know that all of your child/ren’s work is being done at home for the time being!)
Here are this week’s spellings: Year 3 Homework 27th March 2020 – Spr 2 Wk 5 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Here is this week’s reading comprehension: 27-03-20 – Year 3 Reading Comprehension 12 – The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark

 

Please have your child/ren complete these tasks in their homework book, and have them practise their spellings, times tables and mental arithmetic skills ahead of their test next Friday.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will be back on Monday morning with some more home learning suggestions.

Thursday 26th March 2020

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good Morning!

As we approach the end of the week, we hope you have had a good first few days working at home with your children!

We’ve included them in previous blog entries, but for convenience’s sake, here are the two guides we’ve created that you may need to help you in accessing today’s work:
Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3
How to use files in j2e

While we’re on the topic of Busy Things and j2e, we’ve had a few queries regarding the difficulty of completing some worksheets within j2e. We are all on this big online learning journey together, and thank you for your constructive comments. In the event that your child/ren finds it difficult to complete a worksheet within j2e, feel free to try one of the following alternative options:
1) If they’re using a computer, try accessing the file on a tablet.
2) If you have a printer available, print out a copy of the worksheet and have your child/ren complete it by hand.
3) If neither of the first two choices are workable for you, you are very welcome to have your child/ren complete the task by hand on a piece of paper / in a workbook.

When it comes to your child/ren reading during our time away from each other, we strongly recommend that they should be reading a book at least twice a day for around 20 minutes each time. If they wish to do more than this, excellent! We are currently working on providing some reading material for you in the near future – watch this space…

We mentioned this yesterday, but it warrants repeating: with regards to offline work, we would like your child/ren to start work on an ongoing project. This can be on whatever you please – it could be a topic we’ve covered in History, Geography or Science, or it could be entirely standalone. This means that they could do do a research project on anything they’re interested in… robots, The Arctic, dinosaurs, videogames… As long as they are reading and writing (and maybe drawing too!) then it’s got educational worth! Please feel free to scan / take photos of their project as it develops and email them to us – we’d love to see them! Please note that this is supplementary and optional work – if you already have enough on your plate with the work that we are giving you already, please don’t worry about doing this project!

Have a lovely day!

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

PE
Start your day the right way, with Joe Wicks’ daily workout: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

Maths
Today, we will continue to work on equivalent fractions. Please access the PDF slideshow presentation in the ‘Maths – 260320’ subfolder in the ‘Shared Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require their USO username and password.) After reviewing the slideshow, please have your child complete the associated worksheet (make sure they choose the right group – Green, Yellow or Blue; they will know which one they are in,) which can be found in the same subfolder.

English
For today’s English lesson, we would like your child/ren to write their own story using the ‘Write a Short Story’ task in Busy Things (https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ – you will require their USO username and password.)

Please don’t forget to save your work, as we would like to look at it later – and perhaps comment on it too!

Please continue to have your child/ren keep their daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques they have been taught in class.

If you’d like to, feel free to listen to today’s story from The World of David Walliams: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

Mindfulness / Exercise
Here’s another activity from Gonoodle – this time, Zumba-themed! Enjoy: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/beat-go-pop?s=Search HYPERLINK

Music
Have fun creating your own pieces of music with Incredibox! Incredibox is a well-established music creation website that allows people to create fantastic, multilayered, beatbox-themed songs. Have fun with your child/ren in working with them to create the best song that they can. Here’s the link: https://www.incredibox.com/demo/

PE
Have your child/ren do something active for half an hour or so! This could be practical (like cleaning your home together) or purely exercise-based. If you choose the latter, try an online workout, courtesy of Mr Faith’s (currently closed) gym. Here is a link to the child-specific website: https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts/season:7

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good Morning!

We have received quite a few emails from parents / carers thanking us for the resources and updates we’ve provided so far – thank you so much for your kind words; they’re very much appreciated.

We’ve included them in previous blog entries, but for convenience’s sake, here are the two guides we’ve created that you may need to help you in accessing today’s work:
Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3
How to use files in j2e

With regards to offline work, we would like your child/ren to start work on an ongoing project. This can be on whatever you please – it could be a topic we’ve covered in History, Geography or Science, or it could be entirely standalone. This means that they could do do a research project on anything they’re interested in… robots, The Arctic, dinosaurs, videogames… As long as they are reading and writing (and maybe drawing too!) then it’s got educational worth! Please feel free to scan / take photos of their project as it develops and email them to us – we’d love to see them!

Have a great day everybody!

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

PE
As always, start your day with Joe Wicks’ daily workout: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English
We hope you enjoyed the David Walliams story yesterday. Today’s task is a David Walliams-themed reading comprehension! Please go to the ‘English – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) We have split these into further subfolders – Green Group, Yellow Group, and Blue Group. Please go into the relevant folder (your child/ren will know which group they are in.) Please start the task by having your child/ren read the reading comprehension text. After doing this, please have your child complete the associated worksheet, which can be found in the same subfolder (you can either print this out or complete it in j2e; whatever works best for you.)

 

Please continue to have your child/ren keep their daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques they have beenn taught in class.

 

If you’d like to, feel free to listen to today’s story from The World of David Walliams: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

 

Maths
Today, we will build upon the work we have been doing on fractions. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘Maths – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) Please note that two versions are available for download – an interactive PowerPoint and a non-interactive PDF. After reviewing the slideshow, please have your child complete the associated worksheet, which can be found in the same subfolder (you can either print this out or complete it in j2e; whatever works best for you.)

 

Mindfulness / Exercise
Here’s a fun activity to get you moving from Gonoodle, another excellent online resource: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/poppin-bubbles?s=Discover&t=Wo3/23/20-FP-4A-Featured%20on%20GoNoodle%20TUESDAY&sid=1735&x=3&y=1&mft=simple%20row

 

RE
Easter is fast approaching, so we thought it would be nice to do some related activities. Please access one of the slideshow presentations (one is more detailed, the other less so – choose the one you feel is most appropriate for your child) in the ‘RE – 250320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (www.j2e.com – you will require your USO username and password.) Please note that two versions are available for download – an interactive PowerPoint and a non-interactive PDF. After reviewing your chosen slideshow, please complete the ‘Easter Story In Brief’ activity we have set in Busy Things (https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ – you will require your USO username and password.) As a fun extra task, a mindful colouring task where you can choose a detailed Easter egg picture to colour in can be found in the ‘RE – 250320’ subfolder (if you can, we would recommend printing out the sheet you’d like to colour in.)

 

Library
Create your own virtual library by having your child/ren settle down with a book they like for half an hour or so. They can use this time to read a book they’ve been meaning to start for a while, the school library book that they’ve taken home, or any other book they fancy! Alternatively, if they’d prefer to listen to an audiobook, Audible currently have a huge range of children’s books available to stream for free – you can check them out here: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen?pf_rd_p=ebfde307-f9b9-455d-a6ec-1c5cc4d36da0&pf_rd_r=Y3M8ZYJCGH9RK63VHQPS&ref=a_hp_c1_banner_img

 

Also, please be sure to keep an eye on Mrs Pereira’s library webpage: https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/teaching-and-learning/library-corner/. She will be making regular updates during this time of remote learning.

 

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions, and thank you for the continued support!

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

Hi Everybody!

 

We hope that your first day of online learning went well. A quick note: the online learning facilities we use (such as j2e and Busy Things) are currently facing unprecedented amounts of use, which can lead to them not working as well as hoped. In the event of this happening, please try moving onto another task, returning to the original task later. Of course, if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

 

For those of you who may need it, here is a copy of yesterday’s guide to accessing Busy Things: Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3

 

Today, we will be using j2e to access a presentation and worksheet in our English and Science tasks. You can find a guide we have created showing you how to do this here: How to use files in j2e

 

Some offline work will also be forthcoming in the very near future – watch this space…

 

Have a great day everybody!

 

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

 

PE

We hope you enjoyed Joe Wicks’ morning workout yesterday! Click on the link at 9am for today’s ‘PE lesson’: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English

Today’s English lesson is on homophones. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘English – 240320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password.) we have included an interactive PowerPoint version which you can download if you have access to Microsoft Office; otherwise, please use the PDF version – this does not have the interactive element though. After reviewing the slideshow, please complete the ‘Homophone Howlers’ worksheet in j2e, moving onto the homophone word search (again in j2e) after that.

 

If you haven’t done so already, please start to keep a daily diary (in an actual workbook / on lined paper, not using a computer,) using all of the descriptive language and punctuation techniques you have been taught in class.

 

Also, The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from ‘The World’s Worst Children’ every day for next month. Check out today’s story here: bit.ly/AudioElevenses.

 

Maths

Please complete the ‘Miner Birds: Fractions’ task in the ‘Fractions’ folder on ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

 

Mindfulness

As a mindful break from all of your hard work, complete this short yoga workout from the ‘Cosmic Kids’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw

 

Spanish

Please sign up for a Duolingo account at https://www.duolingo.com/ (please ensure that parents / carers do this for their child/ren, and choose a username that doesn’t identify them) and learn some Spanish! Mr Faith uses Duolingo as part of his Japanese study routine, and highly recommends it!

 

Science

Your Science lesson is about the plant life cycle. Please access the slideshow presentation in the ‘Science – 240320’ subfolder in the ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password). After reviewing the slideshow, please complete the ‘Plant Life Cycle’ worksheet in j2e.

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

So here it is, our bold new world of online learning! Parents / carers, please note that we do not expect you to teach full lessons; instead we ask you to oversee each task as best as you can for your child, helping them out when they need it. Please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher within school hours if you have any queries about any task that is set, and Mr Faith specifically for any technical problems that may arise (for examples, issues with logins, websites not working etc.)

 

Children – each day, we will attempt to replicate the St Stephen’s experience as best we can by setting a range of activities across all areas of the curriculum. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Have a great day everybody!

 

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

 

Before looking at today’s suggested links, please acquaint yourself with our short guide to accessing ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3, as we will be using it a lot over the next few weeks: Guide to using ‘Busy Things’ in Year 3

 

PE

YouTube fitness celebrity Joe Wicks has announced he will start online PE lessons to help keep children fit and healthy during the school shutdown. These will take place at 9am every weekday – start your day healthily and join in the fun by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

 

English

For your English lesson, we would like you to review your favourite book via ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/. From there, please go into the ‘English’ folder to access the ‘My Favourite Book’ task. Please don’t forget to save your work, as we would like to look at it later – and maybe comment on it too!

 

Maths

Please complete the fractions quiz in the ‘Fractions’ in the ‘Fractions’ folder on ‘Busy Things’ (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

 

Mindfulness

As a mindful break from all of your hard work, complete this short yoga workout from the ‘Cosmic Kids’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

 

Computing

Please complete a few of the activities on the ‘TypingClub’ website, using this link (you will require your TypingClub username and password): https://st-stephens-ce-primary-school.typingclub.com/

You should already know their login; if not, please get your parent / carer to email Mr Faith or Miss Kelly and they’ll be happy to provide you with it.

After you have done this, please work through an ‘Hour of Code’ guided activity via this link: https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn

 

Humanities

First, please read the presentation about Boudicca which can be found in the ‘Shared Files’ section of your ‘My Files’ folder in j2e (you will require your USO username and password)

After you have done this, create a presentation about Boudicca using the ‘Busy Things’ writing task on Boudicca in ‘The Romans’ section (you will require your USO username and password): https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

If you feel like doing some extra work, there are also a range of other activities that you can complete in the Romans folder!

 

Please come back tomorrow for more fun learning suggestions!

 

 

Friday 20th March

Hello!

What a week eh?

At this point, I would wax lyrical about the work we have done in class this week (and there has been plenty – pretty much usual service actually – your children have done a great job!) but I would be seriously remiss in not addressing the big, COVID-19-shaped elephant in the room instead.

Obviously, these are trying times, and I’m not sure when we’ll be going back to normal school procedure, but I wanted to use this forum to take the opportunity to thank all of the parents who have offered their support to myself and Miss Amy, be it face-to-face or via email – I really, really appreciate your kind words during what has been, without doubt, one of the busiest weeks of my 12-year teaching career.

Starting Monday 23rd March, Miss Kelly and I will start updating our blog pages on a daily basis from Monday-Friday, offering guidance on what we would like you to do with your child/ren every day. We will also point you in the direction of supplementary resources that you and your child/ren may also like to use. Obviously, this type of remote learning is without precedent in any of our lifetimes, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch as and when you have any queries – I will be checking my emails regularly during working hours, and will endeavour to answer them all as thoroughly and quickly as possible.

Here is your child’s homework (yes, we will be continuing to send this out as usual!):

Year 3 Homework for 20th March 2020 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Have a great weekend, stay safe, and do remember, if you need me for anything, I can be contacted at l.faith@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk!

So, to confirm: Miss Kelly and I will post our first daily learning blog update on Monday 23rd March, shortly before the traditional school start time of 8.55am (got to simulate the St Stephen’s experience as much as we can!)

Mr Faith

For Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating

Dear Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to access some educational games and activities related to the work we do at St Stephen’s. We hope you find these useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

https://www.primarygames.com/math.php

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

https://www.education.com/games/

https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research etc,) that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory, and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill!

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational programme of study on this web page and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by us.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Faith and Miss Kelly

Friday 13th March

Hello!

It’s been another busy week as we resumed normal service after a successful Arts Week!

During English, we started our unit of work on adventure stories, in which we will take a deep dive into Philip Pullman’s ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. Thus far, we have thought about and noted the key features of the adventure story genre, listened and reflected upon the first three chapters of the story and hypothesised what could happen next. I am very much looking forward to continuing this most excellent story with the class next week!

In Maths, we resumed our work on fractions, starting by using visual representations to work out fractions of amounts. As the week progressed, we moved on to calculating fractions of numbers and amounts using the trusty method, ‘Divide by the bottom, times by the top!’ I was impressed with the efforts put forth by my group this week – well done folks!

During Science, we identified and described the functions of the roots of flowering plants, and in our History lesson, we found out how and why the Romans invaded Britain, taking a look at a Roman soldier’s uniform in the process. During RE, we reflected upon ways we can relate Jesus’ teachings to our own values.

Here is your child’s homework:

Spellings and Arithmetic Homework for March 13th 2020

Year 3 Reading Comprehension – The Lion and the Mouse

Finally, during Art, Miss Amy taught the children all about the famous artist Sonia Delaunay, then led them in creating artwork inspired by her work.

Speaking of art-related projects, unfortunately Bute House have had to postpone 3 Dahl’s upcoming trip there. I’ll keep you posted with regards to rescheduled dates, and would like to take this opportunity to thank the lovely people at Bute House for their continued support of St Stephen’s (and, in particular, Year 3!) over the years – we really appreciate your efforts!

Have a great weekend, and if you haven’t done so already, please book your slot for our upcoming parents’ evenings – I look forward to seeing you then!

Mr Faith

Friday 6th March

Hello!

We have had a fantastic Arts Week, participating in a wide range of fun activities and creating some fabulous pieces of work inspired by this year’s picture (‘The Tree of Life’ by Gustav Klimt!)

Here are some of this week’s highlights…

Helen led an amazing puppet-making workshop. 3 Dahl created some lovely mini puppet theatres – Punch and Judy, eat your hearts out!

Mrs Pereira hosted a fantastic creative writing workshop – we definitely have some budding bestselling authors in the house! Don’t forget your teacher when you’re doing a signing at the local Waterstone’s (other book shops are available)!

We also took part in a wide range of art activities in-class, largely led by the wonderful Miss Amy (with assistance from her class teacher, Mr Faith!) A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Miss Amy for her amazing efforts in planning and delivering these superb lessons – we are very lucky to have her, and greatly appreciate her Herculean efforts in and around the classroom!

Amanda (one of our parents) also deserves a shout-out to for her excellent work in assisting the children with their gold paint renditions of ‘The Tree of Life’ – thank you!

I also did some art teaching, using the concept of the ‘Tree of Life’ to scratch my gaming itch by leading the children in a ‘Great Deku Tree’ (from the ‘Legend of Zelda’ series)-related drawing activity.

We were also treated to an acting ‘masterclass’ by noted ‘legend’ of the West End Stage, the very mysterious ‘Maestro’ (please ask your child about him,) where the children were encouraged to work on their oration skills and acting versatility! ‘The Maestro’ was so popular that he made several encore appearances later in the week – and he doesn’t come cheap, I can tell you, so I’ll be living off beans on toast for the next few weeks! The things I do for your children eh…

We hope that you can come and see the fruits of our labours at our Arts Café event next week – if so, see you then.

Here is this week’s homework:

Homework for Friday 6th March 2020 (Please note that there is a very important ‘International Women’s Day’ component to this; I look forward to seeing what your child/ren produce in this regard!)

I look forward to seeing you all during our two parents’ evenings in a few weeks’ time; if you are unable to make it on either day, please get in touch and I will be happy to arrange an alternative meeting time and date.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please provide consent and payment for our upcoming trips. Thank you, and an extra-special ‘thank you’ to those who have already done this!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 28th February

Hello!

Our first week back has been an exceptionally busy one!

In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, counting in tenths, relating tenths to their decimal equivalents and sequencing fractions on a number line.

During English, we worked on reading comprehension and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)-related tasks, focusing on subordinating and coordinating conjunctions in particular.

Our Computing lesson consisted of a re-introduction to the TypingClub software which I have signed the school up to. If you are able to, I would appreciate it if you could have your child practise their touch typing skills at home using the program. I sent letters out some weeks back with your child’s login information, and the St Stephen’s-specific TypingClub website can be found here: https://st-stephens-ce-primary-school.typingclub.com/. Please note that you must use this particular web address to successfully login (due to the nature of TypingClub’s setup, a simple Google search will not work.) If you have any queries or issues in using this software, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

On Wednesday we had a wonderful PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) day, where we used the ‘Risk Robot’ algorithm to explore ways we can reduce risk, we learned how to eat healthily, and we celebrated our special abilities. Thank you to Miss Mahon for helping us resource this important day.  In terms of managing one’s mental wellbeing, as several members of the class expressed their worries about the Coronavirus story, I held a circle time session where, in the face of the often-sensationalised news reports that have been out there, helpful context was provided by means of the BBC’s always-excellent Newsround. For those parents / carers who don’t already watch Newsround (and use its associated website), it comes highly recommended, as it presents the news in a child-friendly, non-sensationalised fashion, and also provides guidance for children in the event that a news story may upset them. The Newsround website (where you can also watch the daily programme) can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Here is your child’s homework:

Y3 Homework 28th February 2020 – Spr 2 Wk 1 – Spellings and Maths Homework

3 Dahl Poem for Spring Term 2 – The Porcupine’ by Roald Dahl

Finally, instead of our usual Art lesson, we enjoyed a pair of DT afternoons, which together comprised our DT Day. During these sessions, we created sets of suspension bridges! A great time was had by all!

Please don’t forget that we have a few trips upcoming that we require your consent for – if you haven’t provided this yet, please do so via ParentMail. A few more reminders:

1) Mrs Pereira’s ‘Daunt Book Bag Decoration’ competition will be judged this coming Monday, 2nd If they haven’t done so already and they’re keen on entering, make sure your child gets busy with the felt tips over the weekend!

2) We will be taking a one-week break from swimming this coming week due it being Arts Week, so please don’t send your child in with their swim kit on swimming day. Normal service will be resumed the following week though (week beginning March 9th.)

Finally, it’s Arts Week next week, and Miss Amy and I are looking forward to having a fun (albeit even more exhausting than usual) time with your children. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to Mr Cookson and Miss Bell, who have organised a range of fantastic activities outside the classroom which will complement Miss Amy and I’s in-class ones nicely!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 14th February

Hello!

It’s the half term – hooray!

I’ve been away at Woodrow House with the Year 4s for the past few days (I know that your children will enjoy this trip come 2020,) but 3 Dahl were left behind in extremely capable hands!

In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, learning about ways of ‘making the whole’ and starting to explore the concept of tenths.

During English, we continued our work on information texts, carefully writing our own information texts about animals.

We enjoyed Science, where we investigated how the size of shadows change throughout the day, as well as how light is reflected from surfaces.

Here is your child’s homework (please note that this is to be completed during the first week back, not the half term break, and should be handed in no later than Thursday 27th February. We will test the children on their times tables and spellings the following day, Friday 28th February):

Year 3 Homework for 14th Feb 20 – Spr 1 Wk 6 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension 08 – Thunder and Lightning

Finally, in my absence, the children enjoyed several great Art activities, courtesy of the fabulous Miss Amy!

Have a great weekend, and an even better half term!

Mr Faith

Friday 7th February

Hello!

Another busy week, as the race to half term continues!

During English, we began to look at information texts.  We worked in partners to look at a variety of information texts and identified their key features, including images, headings, subheadings, indexes and glossaries. We later used this knowledge to create eye-catching factual posters about elephants! As the week progressed, we read a range of animal-themed pieces of writing, then used bullet points / short sentences to write notes related to them.

In Maths, we began work on fractions, starting by using visual representations of them to work out fractions of amounts, as well as the difference between unit and non-unit fractions.

During RE, we thought about what makes a person of faith in the Bible, ways in which Christians have shown faith and ways in which they show faith today in spreading the ‘good news.’ So, very faith-orientated. This led to children inevitably punning on my surname. Still, it could’ve been worse for me – at least it isn’t 1987, when George Michael’s hit single and album of the same name topped the charts…

On another famous song-related note, we took a look at the ‘Ring of Fire’ during Geography. No Johnny Cash references mind; instead we looked at the famous area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

During Computing, we started to work on our digital presentations, and will finish them off this coming Monday.

We had a fantastic Coding Day today (Friday), where children across the school worked on iPad and laptop-based capsule coding activities and worked on debugging algorithms. We were also visited by parents (and professional coders) Selina and Simon, who delivered a fantastic talk to the children which contextualised the importance of coding and how it drives our lives. Thank you Simon and Selina for kindly giving up your time to visit us! Thank you also to Miss Billington (my Computing Co-Coordinator) for her invaluable work in helping me organise our annual Coding Days (as well as helping me with the many other technology-related goings-on in and around the school) – I really appreciate your continued support!

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 7th February 2020

Finally, during Art, Miss Amy did a terrific job (as always!) in leading the children in creating Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flowery pieces of work.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 31st January

Hello!

I am writing this entry following a successful trip to the House of Illustration in King’s Cross. We took in a George Him exhibition, sketched our own versions of his works, and then moved onto our character design workshop. During this, we worked with mixed media (collage and marker pens), creating our own truly unique characters. A huge ‘Thank You!’ goes out to Maggie, Rosie and Sylvia, who did a great job helping out on the trip.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on scale-related word problems, then as the week progressed, looked at methods of answering a range of other question types, including problem solving, reasoning and varied fluency. We will conclude our work on multiplication and division early next week, moving on to our next topic – Fractions – shortly thereafter.

During English, we finished our unit on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. We started by writing our end-of-unit pieces. Later in the week, we revisited our work, reading over it with fresh eyes and making any necessary alterations and additions. In glancing over some of the work produced, I was very impressed with the quality of work that was produced! I am looking forward to looking at them in more depth whilst marking them at my living room table over the weekend (yes, despite what some people would have you believe, us teachers regularly work WAY beyond the 8.55-3.30pm your children are here for!)

In our RE, we reflected upon the concept of faith, looking at what the Bible teaches us about faith, and what it means to us.

During Science, we learnt and explored the differences between transparent, translucent and opaque objects, and the differences of each type of object in casting shadows. We did this by means of a hands-on investigation, where torches were shone on a range of objects to test which of the three categories they belonged to.

Geography consisted of a look into the key features of volcanoes, whilst during Computing, we laid the groundwork for the digital presentations we are going to start creating next week.

As our House of Illustration trip had a late start (we headed off at 11.30am, following a – well-received! – early lunch), Miss Amy was able to squeeze in a little Art lesson, where the class finished off their townscapes, alongside other pieces that needed completing on a child-by-child basis.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 31st January 2020

Reading Comprehension for Friday 31st January 2020 – An Ants Nest

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 24th January

Hello!

Another busy week, with lots of fun activities having taken place!

During English lessons, we read an edited excerpt from ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, then carefully answered related reading comprehension questions (in full sentences, of course!) As the week progressed, we began to finish our unit on the book, carefully planning extensions to Gulliver’s adventures. Next week, we will start to write these end-of-unit pieces. During our GPS lesson, we focused on the ‘k’ sound created by the ‘ch’ spelling.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on our short division skills, practised our times tables, then related our recently-acquired / practised multiplication and division skills to scale-related word problems.

During RE, we explored the idea of the Bible acting as a ‘map’ to Christians, many of whom seek guidance through verses within the scriptures. We thought about the idea of the ‘armour of God,’ and noted the friends, family, places and items that comprise our ‘armour.’

In Science, we learnt about shadows, in particular how their length varies depending on the positioning of Earth to the Sun.

During our Computing lesson, we continued to work on ways of distinguishing between fact, fiction and opinion online, which included a trip to ‘Dog Island’ by means of a very convincing, but totally fake, website, which acted as a cautionary tale to not automatically believe everything that you might see online!

We also went to Ravenscourt Park, where we had fun playing end ball (a variation of netball) against members of Ravenscourt Prep School. A big thank you goes to our very own Alistair and Clare, as well as the sports teachers at Ravenscourt Prep, who organised proceedings.

We finished our week with Art, where Miss Amy led the class in creating pieces inspired by the work of Gordon Cullen.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 24th January 2020

Finally, please don’t forget that we are going on a trip next week. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all those parents who have done this already.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 17th January

Hello!

Astonishingly, we managed to have an even busier time than last week!

In our Maths lessons, we started to bring our work on multiplication and division to a close by working on short division (also known as the ‘bus stop’ method). As with our previous work on column multiplication, we first started with relatively simple calculations that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a deliberate and systematic fashion. We then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to adjacent place value columns when necessary. I was impressed with the level of focus on display on what can be a tricky subject to get one’s head around!

During English this week, we put ourselves in Gulliver’s shoes, writing about our adventures on the floating island of Laputa and what happened there. In doing this, we made sure that we included lots of descriptive language – verbs, adverbs and paired adjectives. We also attempted to talk about time, place and cause by using words such as when, before, because and therefore. We also completed a GPS task where we spelled words with the ‘i’ sound spelt with a ‘y.’

In our RE lesson, we continued to learn about the Bible, focusing on how it is organised. In doing so, we looked at how the Bible has an overarching plot, known as the ‘metanarrative.’

In Geography, we explored what happens when a volcano erupts, looking at the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

During Computing, we learnt the importance of discerning between fact, fiction and opinion online.

We even managed to fit in an Art lesson, where we finished off our Hokusai-inspired wave landscapes.

Oh, and the Life Bus paid us a visit too!

Year 3 Homework for Friday 17th January 2020

Reading Comprehension for Friday 17th January 2020 – ‘Gumdrop Has A Birthday’

One last point: as you are likely aware, a letter went out earlier this week about our upcoming school trip. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all those parents who have done this already, and to those who have kindly volunteered to join us on the day. I have received an unprecedented amount of offers – ten and counting! I will conduct a draw and will let the successful parents know if they’ll be joining us by January 24th. As always, thank you for the continued support; it’s hugely appreciated!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 10th January

Hello!

Happy New Year!

Our first week back was a very busy one indeed!
In English, we completed a range of GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)-related activities, as well as sharpened up our reading comprehension skills. We also reflected upon the work we have done during the school year, celebrating our achievements and setting targets moving forward.

In our Maths lessons, we started to focus on column multiplication (also known as short multiplication). We started with relatively simple questions that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a systematic, deliberate fashion. After doing this, we then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to different place value columns when necessary.

Here is your child’s homework:

Y3 Homework 10th Jan 20 – Spr 1 Wk 1 – Spellings and Arithmetic

During our RE lesson, we started to take an in-depth look at The Bible and began to understand why it is such an important text.

In our Science lesson, we started to learn about light in terms of its strength and its various sources, as well as recognising the simple fact that we need it to be able to see.

During our Geography lesson, we learned about volcanoes, what they are, where they are around the world and why they erupt.

Inspired by our current unit of work on ‘The View’, we capped off the week with a fabulous Art lesson, courtesy of Miss Amy. During this where we learned about and then worked on Hokusai-inspired wave landscapes. A lovely end to end our week!

Finally, please don’t forget to have your child enter Daunt Books’ most recent writing competition if they are keen to do so! Our school librarian (and Spanish teacher) Mrs Pereira sent out a letter about this just before the Christmas holidays, so have another look at your ParentMail for further details if they are interested!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 20th December

Hello!

Year 3 have had an exciting, activity-packed week, participating in activities such as our annual Key Stage 2 Christmas Quiz. A huge ‘thank you!’ goes out to St Stephen’s alumni Lola, Lucy and Noah, who were invaluable in helping me write and host both of the quizzes that were held.

I hope you enjoyed your child/ren’s first Key Stage 2 carol service; a big ‘Thank You’ goes out to our wonderful assistant head, Miss Bell, who planned, rehearsed and organised the event!

However, it is definitely time for a much-deserved rest! Thank you for all the support you have offered me over the past term; it is hugely appreciated. I would also like to say thank you for the *incredibly kind* Christmas gifts; from London City Pikachu journals to fancy gin to (several bags of) pickled onion Monster Munch and everything in-between, I am extremely grateful! I’ve already written ‘thank you’ cards; I gave them to your children to take home a few days back, so if you haven’t yet received one, have a look in their school bag!

Please note that there is NO HOMEWORK for the Christmas holidays; normal service will resume on the first Friday back (10th January).

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; I’ll see you all on the 7th of January (please remember, Monday 6th January is an inset day)!

Mr Faith

Friday 13th December

Hello!

As the end of term draws near, there was no rest for the weary as we crammed in a lot of activities ahead of us finishing up the term next Friday!

We also practised for our upcoming carol service – 3 Dahl are in fine singing form at the moment!

During English, we completed a Christmas-themed reading comprehension and also worked on our spellings of commonly-misspelt words.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on multiplication and division, cementing our understanding of division inverse operations, using these to answer a range of related word problems. We also reflected upon our various strengths and areas of improvement – I was impressed with the level of self-analysis that was on offer amongst my group!

In our History lesson, we learned about how Bronze Age humans used metal, whilst during Science, we looked at carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 13th December 2019 (please note that children will be tested on Thursday 19th December, as we will be exceptionally busy on Friday 20th!)

On Tuesday, we were fortunate enough to attend an interactive storytelling session at Bush Theatre based around ‘The Polar Express’. Everyone had a great time, and I would like to send a huge ‘Thank You!’ to St Stephen’s parents Claire and Millie, who kindly invited us!

We had our DT Day (well, one DT afternoon and one DT morning), where 3 Dahl created Nativity scenes using a wide range of material. A great time was had by all and there were some eye-catching scenes on offer – well done 3 Dahl!

Finally, a message from our school librarian / Spanish teacher, Mrs Pereira:

Dear Parents / Carers,

Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!

The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

How do I submit?

You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

Eg: Sally- class Y4 Eliot (Age 9)

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!

Yours faithfully,

Lia Pereira

Spanish Teacher & School Librarian​

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 6th December

Hello!

Another busy week as the march to Christmas continues!

During English, we worked on our general comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling skills, completing a range of tests related to the same.

In our Maths lessons, more work was done on multiplication and division. This week, we worked on our 8 x tables, also looking at inverse operations to calculate a range of division calculations.

During our RE lesson, we looked at the charity ‘Love In A Box’, and reflected upon the importance of making charitable gestures, especially over the Christmas period.

In our History lesson, we found out about early humans and the Palaeolithic period.
During Science, we used the ‘Eat Well’ plate as a jumping-off point into seeing how we can enjoy a balanced diet.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 6th December 2019

Design Technology Homework – please make sure your child completes this; it is extremely important that they do this!

We also took part in a whole-year football competition on Friday. A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Clare and Alastair, who organised the event.

Finally, we enjoyed a great Art lesson with Miss Amy; this time we drew shadow figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Homework

This Week’s Homework: Year 3 Homework for 20th March 2020 – Spellings and Arithmetic

3 Dahl poem for Spring Term 2: The Porcupine’ by Roald Dahl