Dahl

Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Year 3

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

Class Updates

Week Commencing 3rd May 2021

Hello!

Unsurprisingly, we’ve had a very busy week, albeit one that has been 20% shorter than usual. I do hope you enjoyed your bank holiday Monday as much as I did – Apollo had a great time in the park!

During English, we finished reading Philip Pullman’s ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’, sequenced its events and reflected upon our future ambitions. The class will plan and write their own adventure stories next week – I’m looking forward to reading them!

In our Maths lesson, we continued our work on length and perimeter by exploring the relationship between centimetres and millimetres.

For Science, we conducted an investigation into which household objects are and aren’t magnetic. I ensured the children stayed well away from the class computer as part of this process!

During our History lesson, we looked at the concept of trading within ancient civilisations.

In our RE lesson, we virtually toured a Gurdwara and learned about its key aspects.

For our Computing lesson, we continued to use block coding to program a sprite into performing various activities.

During our RHE lesson, we reflected upon ways we can treat illnesses.

This week’s homework is now available on Google Classroom. Once again, please continue to encourage your children to practise logging in and out of Google Classroom at home – just once or twice daily will help us greatly! Thanks again for your cooperation.

Please note that several ParentMail messages were sent out earlier today – one about swimming next week, one about Woodrow High House next year and one about online safety. Please be sure to read them and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 26th April 2021

Hello!

Another busy, busy week! Here are a few highlights…

During Maths, we moved onto our new unit of work on length and perimeter where we measured a range of objects over the week using rulers and metre sticks, as well as answered a range of related questions.

In English, we continued to work on Philip Pullman’s ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’, writing from the point of view of Lila’s father and answering a reading comprehension related to the text.

During Science, we learned about magnetism and how the north and south poles of a magnet interact with each other.

In our History lesson, we learned about some of the earliest languages and translated sentences written using the Phoenician alphabet.

For our Computing lesson, we started using block coding to program a sprite into ‘saying’ various statements.

During our RE lesson, we learned about what Sikhs believe and compared and contrasted it to Christian beliefs.

As part of our RHE learning, we also enjoyed a lovely virtual visit from Harold the Giraffe, who encouraged the children to make healthy life choices!

This week’s homework is now available on Google Classroom. Once again, please continue to encourage your children to practise logging in and out of Google Classroom at home – just once or twice daily will help us greatly! Thanks again for your cooperation.

Finally, a big ‘thank you’ to those parents / carers who attended our virtual information meeting for our upcoming visit to Woodrow High House! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries. Thank you also for your understanding as a hungry Apollo was climbing over me as I delivered my presentation. I’ve included a few pictures of him enjoying his dinner (plantain, chilli con carne and yoghurt with berries) below.

Have a lovely (extended!) weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 19th April 2021

Hello!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday full of fun, family, fellowship and Flakes (other brands of chocolate are available, but I wanted to continue the alliteration!)

We crammed a lot into our first four days back together, well and truly hitting the ground running in the process!

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 few chapters of the book and wrote a letter from the perspective of the story’s main character, Lila. I am very much looking forward to continuing this most excellent story with the class next week!

In Maths, we continued to interpret and present data, consolidating our skills with regards to interpreting and creating bar charts.

During Science, we started our new unit of work on Forces and Magnets by looking at the difference between a push and a pull, and how they both work in terms of generating force.

In our History lesson, we explored when and where the earliest civilisations began.

During our RE lesson, we started to take another look at Sikhism and reflected upon the importance of belonging to a group.

As part of celebrating Earth Day, Miss Mahon (our RHE coordinator) delivered a fabulous assembly where she encouraged children to make a positive contribution to the world. On a related note, we also enjoyed part of a special livestreamed version of ‘The Lorax’, beamed directly from the famous Old Vic Theatre!

This week’s homework (including Earth Day-related activities) is now available on Google Classroom. Please note that in-class, we will be making greater use of the platform during the summer term, so it is of the utmost importance that your children are regularly in the habit of logging into and out of Google Classroom at home (as opposed to having their login credentials pre-saved on their home system/s), as their general inability to do so from memory has led to significant delays during our Computing lessons and I am keen to maximise the time we have left together. Your child’s Google Classroom login information can be found inside their homework books; if you haven’t already done so, please note it down and encourage them to practise logging in and out of it at home – just once or twice daily will make a world of difference! Thank you for your support in doing this; it is greatly appreciated.

Finally, I have sent out a ParentMail message regarding next year’s trip to Woodrow High House and the information meeting that I am holding next Thursday 29th April alongside Mr Schumm and Mr Perry (the trip leader). We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible (virtually, naturally!) next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 29th March 2021

Hello!

It’s the Easter Holidays – hooray!

The class have had a fun, but busy (would you expect anything less?), week leading up to it.

On top of our usual Maths and English lessons, this week has been heavily test-orientated, with class members putting forth a herculean effort in completing reading, spelling and GPS tasks. The results of these tests will help us in identifying pupils’ strengths, as well as areas of improvement that we can work upon during the summer term.

We capped off our units of work on History, Science, RHE, Computing and RE too – what a busy week!

A note regarding homework. As with previous longer holidays, there is no homework for your child over the Easter holidays – as I have said on more than one occasion, I feel that the whole class should have a well-earned rest! Also, as we restart school on the Tuesday 20th April (remember, Monday 19th is an inset day), we will have no spelling, times tables and arithmetic tests at the end of our first week back, so I haven’t attached any worksheets to Google Classroom.

If you really want to do some maths work with your children, I would recommend practising times tables (up to x12), their related division inverse operations and telling the time. A daily diary is also always good when it comes to keeping writing skills sharp!

The Easter Bonnet Parade was very successful, with some superb hats on display. Everybody had clearly put forth a great effort in creating their bonnets, but special congratulations go out to our winners – enjoy your prizes!

Also, please keep your eyes peeled for an important ParentMail message regarding our long-awaited swimming sessions! I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Easter break, and look forward to seeing everybody on Tuesday 20th April.

Have a great Easter break and as always, thank you for your continued support. Even more than ever, the amazing support the St Stephen’s community has provided, both in supporting me in mourning the loss of my father and in celebrating my beautiful son Apollo, has been invaluable!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 22nd March 2021

Hello!

I hope you all had a good week. My Sunday afternoon kitchen table marking odyssey, while not *quite* as much fun as the Super Mario variety, was a success, with 29 very nice extensions to Gulliver’s adventures being cogitated, deliberated and digested by my good self. Some great pieces of work were written – well done class!

On Monday, we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks. I must say, the children put my feeble efforts to shame, as on the Monday morning, to my horror, I suddenly realised that in streamlining my wardrobe several months prior, I had a draw full of black work socks and black running socks. Thankfully, I was able to dig out a grey sports sock, but pairing that with my usual black one paled in comparison to the multi-coloured ones on display – well done class (again!)

In our Maths lessons this week, we finished off our unit of work on money and moved on to statistics (and yes, to Harry Belafonte’s delight, bananas were tallied, with us later interpreting the resulting data using pictograms!)

In our Science lesson, we looked at the plant life cycle, and had a very absorbing side discussion about genetics in the process. We’ll be mapping the human genome next (only joking, your children don’t do that until, oh, PHD level I guess…)

During History, we learned about Queen Boudicca, while in Computing, we started to create tessellations. In RE, we learned about the role women played during Jesus’ crucifixion, and in our RHE lesson, we pondered ways in which we could improve our (admittedly already excellent) school environment.

A few reminders (judiciously copied and pasted from last week’s blog entry – waste not, want not…):

We will be having a Virtual Easter bonnet parade on Wednesday, 31st March – this year, if at all possible, it would be a great idea for the children to make bonnets out of recycled materials. Please ensure they wear their bonnet to school on the day too!

We will also be holding a virtual whole school Easter service on Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am.

This week’s homework can be found on Google Classroom.

(NEW MATERIAL ALERT) Please ensure that your child remains in the habit of logging into this learning environment on at least a weekly basis as during our Computing lesson, only four members of the class knew their username and password off by heart!

The children will be completing their weekly tests this coming Thursday, instead of the usual Friday, as none of us will be at school on that day!

Please remember to donate Easter eggs and buy your raffle tickets via ParentMail – all proceeds go towards the ‘Friends of the Earth’ charity and Year 6’s final trip to Whitby. Here’s a video: https://youtu.be/aJxV5LBKqMc

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 15th March 2021

Hello!

First of all, a huge thank you to all those who reached out to me ahead of my father’s funeral, which took place this past Wednesday, 17th March. It was a highly emotionally charged, beautiful send-off. As my sister Linda said, it’s now up to all of us, his children and grandchildren alike, to continue to make him proud.

In terms of learning, there’s no rest for the weary as I plan on sitting at my kitchen table for a significant chunk of the weekend, marking my way through your children’s superb continuations of Gulliver’s adventures, which they wrote as their end-of-unit pieces for our current English unit of work on Quality Texts. Ted Danson (lovely mid-90s television miniseries reference for those in the know) would have been delighted by the varied stories on offer! During the week, we also completed reading comprehension and poetry / playscript recital tasks.

During Maths, Ted DiBiase (lovely late-80s / early-90s WWF reference for those in the know) would have been delighted with the work we continued to do on money, as we added and subtracted pounds and pence and also calculated change.

During Science, we identified the functions of leaves in plants.

In working on our History topic, Steve Collins (lovely mid-90s boxing reference for those in the know) would have been delighted with the work we did on the Celts.

In our RE lesson, we looked at Peter’s denial and how it serves as a metaphor for the challenges of Christian faith.

During our RHE lesson, Darcus Howe (lovely mid-90s television programme reference for those in the know) would have been delighted with the work we did on the importance of people having different viewpoints during our task on facts and opinion.

During our Computing lesson, Mavis Beacon (lovely late-80s / early-90s software reference for those in the know) would have been delighted as we continued to practise touch typing using the TypingClub software which I have signed the school up to. If you are able to, please continue to have your child practise their touch typing skills at home using the program. 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.)

A few reminders:

We will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on Monday, so we will be wearing odd socks on the day and asking for a £1 donation from the children.

It’s our virtual Parents Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday next week; please make sure you’ve booked an appointment. I look forward to seeing you all!

We will be having a Virtual Easter bonnet parade on Wednesday, 31st March – this year, if at all possible, it would be a great idea for the children to make bonnets out of recycled materials. Please ensure they wear their bonnet to school on the day too!

We will also be holding a virtual whole school Easter service on Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am.

This week’s homework can be found on Google Classroom.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 8th March 2021

Hello!

So, looking at my last blog post (where I said I’d see you all on the 5th of January), I overshot my mark by, erm, just over two months!

Still, good things come to those who wait, and we had a very, very good first week back.

Lesson highlights included starting a new Maths unit on money, starting to come to the end of our English unit based on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, and continuing to look at the Romans and plants!

However, the true highlight has been the fact that we’re all back together! Your children have been superb which has, quite frankly, been much needed considering how difficult my personal life has been as of late.

Speaking of my father’s passing, I would like to thank everyone who offered messages (and in one case, a letter!) of condolence, adults and children alike; your support has meant so much to me as I continue work through what has been the most difficult period of my life. My Dad’s funeral is this coming Wednesday, 17th March, and I look forward to it being a lovely send off. Hopefully Apollo (who’s on the cusp of speaking) won’t be babbling away too much during the church service!

Some general ‘housekeeping’ notes:

I have been in contact with the Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool re: 3 Dahl and Lear being able to go swimming, and unfortunately, we won’t be swimming until well into the summer term at the earliest. The manager has said that following his meeting with all staff in early April, he will update us accordingly.

We have decided to continue uploading the weekly homework onto Google Classroom, if only to keep your children in the practice of logging into the environment in the (thankfully unlikely) event that there is another shift to remote learning. This week’s homework has an International Women’s Day theme and can be found on Google Classroom now (big shout out to our RHE Coordinator Miss Mahon by the way – she’s been great in producing daily videos highlighting women of great achievement!) Despite being uploaded to Google Classroom, we still expect you to complete the homework tasks set in the homework books, as we’re now back at school.

I have also booked in the annual residential trip to Woodrow High House for 3 Dahl and Lear; it is scheduled for Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th February 2022. A Zoom meeting for parents, carers and pupils will be arranged in the coming few weeks.

Have a lovely weekend and, without meaning to jinx myself, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 14th December 2020

Hello!

Year 3 have had an exciting, activity-packed week, participating in activities such as a Year 3-specific Christmas Quiz and a ‘pyjama party’!

I hope you enjoyed our carol service; a big ‘Thank You’ goes out to our wonderful assistant head, Miss Bell, who planned, rehearsed and organised the event, as well as Miss Rachel, who diligently taught and practised the songs with all pupils and provided excellent backup music!

However, it is definitely time for a much-deserved rest! Thank you for all the support you have offered me over the past term (especially with the added pressures of becoming a new father at the beginning of said term too!); it is hugely appreciated. I would also like to say thank you for the lovely Christmas gifts – you have been so generous!

Please note that there is NO HOMEWORK for the Christmas holidays; normal service will resume on the first Friday back (8th January).

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; I’ll see you all on the 5th of January (please remember, Monday 4th January is an inset day)!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 7th December 2020

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 for the year 2020 next Friday!

We performed and were filmed for our carol service – Year 3 were in fine singing form! Speaking of singing, our children will be singing carols on the last day of term, Friday 18th December, wearing their pyjamas (on top of their school uniform of course – it’s very cold after all!)

During English, we completed our unit of work on Myths and Legends, writing ones of our own, and also completed our end-of-term tests.

In our Maths lessons, we started to wind down our unit on Addition and Subtraction, practising ways of using estimates to work out rough answers / check if our answers are realistic.

During our Science lesson, we learned about the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates.

In our History lesson, we learned about how people lived during the Iron Age.

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. Children were sent home with their logins, 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.

An update on swimming: After contacting the Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, I was informed that their parent company have not yet authorised them to allow schools to learn to swim there, and was assured that they will get in touch when the situation changes. Can I suggest that in the meantime, if your child is unable to swim, you investigate signing them up for individual swimming lessons at your local pool / take them to the pool to practise swimming yourselves? While I appreciate that the situation is not ideal, learning to swim is an incredibly valuable life skill that may one day save your child’s life. It’s never too early to start either – in fact, Zoe and I are taking Apollo to his first swimming session on Saturday. Three months old and already in a pool; brilliant!

We will be taking part in a sporting activity next Tuesday afternoon (further information will be forthcoming from our PE coordinators via ParentMail). We will be heading off after lunch, so no further packed lunch is required, and please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit.

It is our special Christmas lunch next Wednesday; if your child would like to wear something festive, they can change into it shortly before lunchtime on the day or simply pull a jumper over their PE kit!

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 Wk 7 – Spellings and Arithmetic

We had our DT Day (well, one DT morning that will roll over and be finished off next week), where Year 3 created levers and linkages. A great time was had by all and there were some eye-catching pieces of work created – well done everyone!

Finally, a massive ‘congratulations’ goes out to our very own Filipa, who won the school’s bauble competition – well done! We’re all so proud of you!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing 30th November 2020

Hello!

The march to Christmas continues! Speaking of Christmas, our lovely class reps Lauren and Zoe sent this out to you via other means earlier today, but I just wanted to post a version of it here just in case anyone who’s reading this missed out on it:

Originally, your children were due to wear pyjamas during the filming of their carol this coming Tuesday 15th December, but plans have changed. Children will still be wearing their pyjamas, but will now do so during the last day of term. On that day, they will put their pyjamas on top of their school uniform at the beginning of the day, will go outside and perform Christmas carols, then will take them off immediately thereafter. Year 3 will now be wearing their school uniform during Tuesday’s filmed performance, so please ensure that they come in that day in full winter uniform, wearing tie, jumper (or blazer) etc.

Next week’s PE session has been moved to Tuesday, but it will be an abbreviated one, taking place after our filming, and more group game-orientated. As such, no PE kit will be required, so please ensure that your child wears their full winter uniform for the filming I mentioned earlier.

So, in a nutshell, please have your child wear their full winter uniform on Tuesday 15th December 🙂

Also, I plan on doing a slideshow of pictures of our Christmas trees / other decorations during the last week of term, so please email me a photo if you’d like yours featured!

Onto this week’s learning…

During English lessons, we practised proper use of the present perfect tense, then as the week progressed, the class did paired writing about Icarus, then learnt about the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops. We rounded out our week by writing descriptions of the type of inhospitable environment that would be typical in many myths.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on column addition and column subtraction – you can never get enough practise with this! We will finish off our unit on Addition and Subtraction next week, moving onto Multiplication and Division in the New Year, so please practise those times tables (and associated division calculations!) with your child in the meantime!

During Science, as part of our work on animals (including humans) we looked at the human skeleton (a big shout out to those who noticed and corrected my deliberate mispronunciation – “skellington” – it’s always good to keep the children on their toes and thinking actively at all times!) In doing this, we learned about the main functions of the skeleton, as well as the role the ligaments play in keeping it together, and how our muscles work.

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 learned about how Bronze Age humans lived, while during Computing, we practised sending messages.

During our RHE lesson, we reflected upon our differences, and how to keep things harmonious despite us not always having the same opinions and interests.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 Wk 6 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension 05 – Looking at Books

Miss Amy’s Art lesson was a fun one, where children created art inspired by the work of Kara Walker!

Thank you!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 23rd November 2020

Hello!

December (and Apollo’s first Christmas!) is almost upon us!

During Maths lessons, in continuing to work on column addition, my group were even able to successfully use place value to carry over numbers; I was most impressed! In continuing to work on column subtraction, we learned the ‘exchanging’ process (or ‘borrowing’, as it was called back when *we* were younger!) We rounded out our week by creating board games designed to consolidate our understanding of the work we have completed so far and had lots of fun in the process! Mr Gane (Maths Coordinator) has prepared a useful times tables tip sheet, which can be found here:

Mastering the Times Tables

In our English lessons, we continued to focus on our reading comprehension skills, even creating our own questions related to a text to improve our understanding when it comes to answering both retrieval and inference questions. During our GPS lesson, we sharpened our sentence fixing skills, carefully punctuating sentences and correcting spelling mistakes. In terms of work on Myths and Legends, one of the previously-mentioned reading comprehensions was based on the tale of Icarus, and we also created mythical creatures of our own, describing them in detail.

During RE, we learned about John the Baptist and the important role he played in preparing Christians for the arrival of Jesus. After reflecting upon his words, we then thought about ways in which we could announce the return of Jesus to modern society, writing ‘emails’ and ‘Tweets’ on paper about the same.

In our Science lesson, we carried out an investigation into the dietary habits of pets.

During our RHE lesson, we talked about the various communities we belong to, creating individual ‘community maps’, then discussing these as a class.

During our Computing lesson, we learnt about the journey of an email, later sequencing the way in which emails travel.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 Wk 5 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Our week ended with a fantastic Art lesson courtesy of Miss Amy. Our new Art unit is ‘The Figure’, and we started this by seeking inspiration from Marcel Duchamp, creating dynamic layered images that give the impression of movement.

A ParentMail message recently went out about our festive celebration plans at St Stephen’s. As part of this process, could you please ensure that your child brings in a set of (long-sleeved and long-legged) pyjamas by next Friday, 4th December. They will need this for the filming of our carol service. If they have a dressing gown too, please have them bring that along. Please have your child bring in all items in a clearly labelled bag. Also, please have your child practise their carol, lyrics for which can be found here:

Y3 Past Three O Clock

Thank you!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 16th November 2020

Hello!

Another busy week!

During English, we started to work on Myths and Legends. We described mythological creatures in detailed terms and also continued to practise good reading comprehension technique, answering questions pertaining to the story of Apollo. We also worked on homophones during our GPS lesson.

In our Maths lessons, as part of our work on addition and subtraction, we started to practise column addition. We then moved our focus to subtraction.. As we did with its addition-orientated counterpart, we looked at the column method for subtraction. In doing this, we emphasised the importance of lining up numbers according to their place value and starting our workings-out from the ones column.

During our Computing lesson, we built upon our work on secure passwords, creating eye-catching posters related to the same.

In RE, we learned about prophets in the Bible and what they foretold about the first Christmas. Speaking of RE, please have your child practise our year group Bible passage, related to Wisdom: Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

During our Science lesson, we used the school iPads to research the dietary habits of a range of animals.

In our RHE lesson, we learned about different types of families.

Here is this week’s homework:

20-11-20 – Y3 Homework – Spellings and Arithmetic

20-11-20 – Year 3 Reading Comprehension 04 – The Cow

In this week’s Miss Amy-led Art lesson, we continued our work on Alberto Giacometti by drawing shadow figures. A fun way to round out the week!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 9th November 2020

Hello!

Another busy week!

During English, we continued our work on poetry, creating eye-catching shape poems and intriguing kennings. We also chose a selection of poems to write out neatly, for eventual classroom display – exciting stuff! We also continued to sharpen our reading comprehension skills by completing a Remembrance Day-related task, and tackled prefixes during our GPS lesson.

In our Maths lessons, we continued work on addition and subtraction. During these lessons, we continued to work on ‘bridging’ over 100s, as this can be quite a tricky area to master.

In our Computing lesson, we learned about the importance of creating secure passwords, while in RE, we reflected upon the meaning of wisdom. For Science, we categorised food into different groups (proteins, starches etc).

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 Wk 2 – Spellings and Arithmetic

We enjoyed a great Art lesson with Miss Amy; this time we created shadow figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti!

Lastly, thank you very much for attending your (virtual) parents’ evening meetings. Despite the unusual circumstances, I found the experience most rewarding – it was great to finally meet many of you, as well as reconnect with some familiar faces! I also thank you for your positive feedback and suggestions made, which I am working upon and hope to have in place in the very near future.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 2nd November 2020

Hello!

Our first week back was certainly a busy one!

During Maths lessons, we resumed our work on addition and subtraction. During these lessons, we focused on ‘bridging’ over 100, using a combination of written workings-out and mental calculations to do the same.

In English, we started our new unit of work on poetry! First, we looked at haikus. After I underscored the importance of haikus’ unique syllable structure (5-7-5), the class then created wonderful animal haikus of their own. Finishing off our week, we looked at calligrams – in doing this, we created some visually striking examples of the genre. In between all of the poetry work, we sandwiched in a reading comprehension activity, as well as a GPS lesson where we looked at words that feature a ‘k’ sound spelled with ‘ch.’

During our RE lesson, we discussed what the term ‘wisdom’ means to us and reflected upon several passages from the book of Proverbs.

In Science, as part of our new unit of work on animals (including humans) we looked at food, identifying that humans get the nutrition they need from what they eat.

During Geography, we used Chromebooks to research our chosen countries, identifying their key features in the process

In our Computing lesson, we designed our own posters encouraging people to stay safe online using the ‘SMART’ method.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 Wk 1 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension – Working on a Farm

Year 3 Dahl Poem for Autumn Term 2 – The Lion

Our week ended with a fantastic Art lesson courtesy of Miss Amy. Our new Art unit is ‘The Figure’, and we started this by creating photo montages inspired by David Hockney.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please make sure you book an appointment for parents’ evening next week – I look forward to seeing you (via Zoom of course) then!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 19th October 2020

Hello!

It’s now the half term – hooray!

Needless to say, we haven’t rested on our laurels! During this week, we completed mid-term assessments, celebrated Black Voices Week and had a subject-specific day for DT (‘Bag Day’).

Black Voices Week

This week, we have been celebrating Black Voices Week. We explored the lives of various Black British role models, created art inspired by the work of Kehinde Wiley, and took a deep dive into Lupita Nyong’o’s book ‘Sulwe’! We also learned about a notable figure in world history (and someone who is often mistakenly identified as white), Hannibal of Carthage!  Moving forward, we will continue to include as much diversity as possible across our curriculum in order to give a true reflection of the cultures that have shaped us as a country and as a world. Huge ‘thank yous’ go out to Miss Bell, who organised a range of a fun activities for us to work on, and Year 3 parent Rain, who came in and led a superb tie-dye workshop!

DT ‘Bag Day’

This week, we had a fantastic DT day. During ‘Bag Day’, we (rather unsurprisingly) created our own bags. We did this using t-shirts and a lot of pinning, sewing and cutting! A great time was had by all and a huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Miss Hall, who organised the day’s activities, as well as our very own Miss Tami, who worked hard on making the activity as fun and accessible as possible to the Year 3 cohort. Miss Amy, Miss Avan, Miss Lisa and Miss Lulu also played their parts as wonderfully as usual, helping the children finish their bags to a high standard.

During RE, we finished our unit on what Sikhs believe and had several productive RHE (Relationships and Health Education) sessions.

Please note that there is no homework for your child this half term – as I’m sure you would agree, they have earned a rest! If you want to keep your child’s skills sharp, I would recommend practising times tables, telling the time and number bonds to 100. However, as we would like to hit the ground running in Autumn Term 2, here is the homework for the first week back, to be handed in by Tuesday 3rd November, with words and times tables to be tested the following Friday, 6th November:

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 6 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Your child will also be coming home with their recorder this half term to practise away; please use the attached mp3 as a backing track:

Finally, I would like to thank you all for the amazing support you have given me during my first half term with your children; I really appreciate it, and look forward to five more!

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

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 12th October 2020

Hello!

During English, Year 3 wrapped up our unit of work on reports by creating imaginary creatures (using the school Chromebooks to conduct research into the same), then using those plans to write detailed reports.

In Maths, we continued to work on addition and subtraction, practising mental methods to ‘bridge’ numbers across multiples of 10.

During RE, we took a look at the Sikh Amrit ceremony then compared Sikhism to Christianity.

In Science, we explored soil and learned how it was formed.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 5 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension 02 – Caterpillars

Reading Comprehension – ‘The Caterpillar’

On a homework-related note, can we ask parents and carers to please make sure that your children complete their Mathletics homework? We do not want to go back to setting work on paper. The children should be reading the questions online, accessing the animated ‘help’ if required, working out their answers on rough paper, then entering in their final answers. Thanks for your help and understanding with this matter!

On Thursday, we Showed Racism The Red Card by having an informative class discussion about racism, discussed scenarios in which we could actively play our part in being anti-racist, and designed posters to further this most worthy (and urgent) of causes. A huge thank you goes out to Miss Mahon (our Relationships and Health Education Coordinator) for providing us with great resources to use as a jumping-off point.

Next week is our Celebration of Black Voices Week where we will be completing work on a very special book, a historical figure and an artist. Our book is Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o and here is a video of it being read by Miss Bell to give you a sneak peek before next week.

Not long until the half term now – where has the time gone?

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 5th October 2020

Hello!

Another busy week (again)!

During English, we started our unit of work on reports by looking at their key features, working in partners to create posters that showed examples of the different features found in non-fiction texts, including headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, photographs, facts, contents pages, indexes and glossaries. We also answered a reading comprehension based on a report text. During our separate GPS lesson, we focused on proper dictionary use.

In Maths, after completing our unit of work on place value, we have now moved onto addition and subtraction. In doing this, we have learnt techniques on adding ones, tens and hundreds mentally.

During Science, we looked at fossils and the processes by which they are created.

During our RE lesson, we looked at the forming of the Khalsa, a pivotal time in the history of Sikhism.

Our Computing lesson consisted of a look at ways of staying safe online.

For Geography, we learned about capital cities and their associated countries.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 4 – Spellings and Arithmetic

We ended the week by having a wonderful RHE lesson about being a good friend and another of Miss Amy’s terrific Art lessons!

Finally, a message from Miss Mahon, our RHE Coordinator:

On Thursday 15th October, we have ‘Red Card to Racism’ day for the third year in a row. All children are encouraged to come in and where something red to show their allegiance to the anti-racist movement. We will be having a special (streamed) assembly and all children will carry out an anti-racism activity in their classes. Next term, our ‘Relationships and Health Education’ learning unit is ‘Valuing Difference’, which will continue the conversation from Thursday. ​We can’t collect with the buckets this year due to Covid but should you wish to/are able to donate via text.

Please text ‘RED’ to 70470 to give £1, ‘RED5’ to give £5, ‘RED10’ to give £10 or ‘RED20’ to give £20 if you are able to.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

 

Week Commencing Monday 28th September 2020

Hello!

It’s been another busy week, both at school and at home. Apollo has grown even more – after celebrating his one month ‘birthday’ yesterday, we had an impromptu weigh-in at home and he now tips the scales at 10.5lb, up from his birth weight of 8lb. He’s clearly taken after his father in terms of his ability to grow…

In Maths, we continued our work on number and place value. We built upon last week’s work, finding 10 or 100 more or less than given numbers. We then compared and sequenced numbers up to 1000 and developed our understanding of the terms ‘ascending’ and ‘descending’. To round out the week, we made practical use of our newly-refined number and place value skills by starting to solve number and place value-related problems.

During English, we continued to use Dick King-Smith’s ‘The Omnibombulator’ as a reference text for our work on stories with familiar settings. We then planned and started to write our own descriptive pieces from a ‘bug’s eye’ view. As part of the writing process, next week we will be sure to re-read our work with a view to improving it, a key part of the Year 3 English Writing curriculum.

In our RE lesson, we learned about Guru Nanak and his importance to Sikhs. As a whole class, we discussed the qualities of a good leader and thought showered the people we follow. We then learned that main leader of the Sikh faith is Guru Nanak. The terms ‘guru’ (teacher) and Sikh (‘learner’) were then explained. We then learned about the early life of Guru Nanak, focusing on Guru Nanak’s teaching on equality and his experience of going to bathe and being with God for three days when he was 30 years old. We reflected upon what the qualities of Guru Nanak teach a Sikh about how to behave towards other people. The lesson was then finished by using the ‘Diamond Nine’ format in small groups, where children were challenged to define and rate the qualities of a good leader in order of importance.

During Science, we tested rocks, seeing how easily they eroded. We greatly enjoyed carrying out an investigation where we rubbed together chunks of different rocks! We also looked at fossils and the processes by which they are created.

For Geography, we found out some of the key geographical features of each continent, such as longest rivers, tallest mountains, largest countries etc, while for Computing, we did one more lesson based around logging into Google Classroom, where children ‘found’ worksheets that helped them with their Geography work (nice cross-curricular link there!)

We finished off our week (or will finish our week, depending on when you read this blog entry!) with another excellent Miss Amy-led Art lesson where we created carnival-inspired masks!

This week’s homework can be found at the links below. Please note that this week, there is a reading comprehension component. With regards to the reading comprehension, all children are required to complete the work for their English group (which will be written on the inside cover of their homework book – please note that despite using a similar colour scheme, this is entirely separate from their spelling group), but they are encouraged to complete the other tasks if they please. If they do this well, extra house points will be awarded!

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 3 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension 01 – Monkey Business

 

A note from Mrs Jeffrey, our Healthy Schools Coordinator:

WALK WITH US ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!

Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.

St Stephens has decided to take part in the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. Each pupil will be challenged to walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school every day for one week

Our five-day walking challenge aimed to be fun and engaging all week long, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

This year we invite you to join us in celebrating the incredible physical and mental health benefits walking brings to every individual.

Strong hearts, healthy bones, increased muscle strength are all well-documented outcomes of walking, but the benefits for the mind are just as powerful. Increased sense of calm and self-esteem, time to connect with friends, family and the natural world, awakened creativity and improved overall cognitive function! All that makes for a happy, healthy child set up for success in and out of the classroom.

Class teachers will be awarding daily house points to all those who walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride into school next week.  Mr Schumm will announce the class winners in next Friday’s Stars of the Week Assembly.  So check out the weather, waterproofs or wellies, cycles or scooters, jumpers and jackets – join us for Walk to School next week.

Mrs Jeffrey

 

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

 

 

Week Commencing Monday 21st September 2020

Week Commencing 21st September 2020

Hello!

Another busy week (prepare to see this phrase used regularly over the school year!)

This week’s homework can be found at the link below:

250920 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 2 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Homework for Friday 25th September 2020

As an extra homework activity, we would like you to supervise your child in practising logging into the Google Classroom learning environment. This is of vital importance, as not only will we be setting Computing tasks on it while at school, but it will be their main learning hub in the event that classes / schools are required to learn from home again. You will find login instructions on the inside back cover of your child’s homework book. Please ensure that you have logged out of any personal Google accounts before attempting to log into Google Classroom, as you will get a ‘Don’t see your existing classes?’ message if you don’t do this. Once your child has successfully logged in, we would like them to reply to the ‘Please reply here to show us that you’ve successfully logged into Google Classroom’ message we have left on the class stream.

In Maths, we continued our work on number and place value. We built upon last week’s work, comparing and sequencing numbers up to 1000 using a number line. We also made practical use of our newly-refined number and place value skills by starting to solve number and place value-related partitioning problems.

In English, we used Dick King-Smith’s ‘The Omnibombulator’ as a jumping off point for our work on stories with familiar settings. We started the week by carefully answering an ‘Omni’-related reading comprehension. We also sequenced and summarised the story. Our GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) lesson had an emphasis on adverbs and proper use of the –ly suffix.

During Geography, we located countries on a world map.

In our RE lesson, we learnt about the ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol, which means ‘there is only one God’. After doing this, we designed our own symbols that included our beliefs and ideas.

During Science, we started work on rocks. In doing this, we looked at natural and human-made rocks, and the differences between them.

In our Computing lesson, we practised logging into Google Classroom again. It is of vital importance that you and your child/ren acquaint themselves with this process, as in the event of us having to learn from home again, this is the online platform we will be using. If you have time, please allow them to practise logging into classroom.google.com (please ensure that you are logged out of all existing Google accounts, e.g. Gmail, before doing this.)

We finished off our week with another of Miss Amy’s excellent Art lessons!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 14th September 2020

Week Commencing 14th September 2020

Hello!

Our first regular week together has been an excellent one – the class have worked extremely hard, and I am delighted with the work they have produced.

During English, we started our unit on stories with familiar settings. We thought about a garden setting, engaged our senses of sight, sound, smell and touch and learned about ways in which paired adjectives and adjectival phrases can be used to create atmospheric settings.

In Maths, great work was done by all, with our first Year 3 unit being tackled: Number and Place Value. After doing a bit of revision on work already done on this topic in Year 2, we worked on working with 100s, later moving onto reading and writing numbers to 1000 in words.

This week’s homework can be found at the link below:

180920 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 Wk 1 – Spellings and Arithmetic

The written homework for this is to be handed in no later than this coming Tuesday, 22nd September (which is, coincidentally, both my wife and nephew’s birthdays, as well as the day that preorders open up for the XBox Series X – an expensive day for me!)

A few other notes (these have all been explained to your child, but I thought it’d be useful for you to have here too): For your convenience, your child’s spelling group and Mathletics login can be found on the inside cover of their green homework book. Children are able to move up a spelling group by getting full marks on their spelling test for three consecutive weeks.

Before starting our new RE unit on Sikhism, we did a lesson on the importance of the term ‘wisdom’, which is our key word in Year 3.

During Geography, we learned about the continents of the world, while in Science, we started work on rocks. In doing this, we looked at natural and human-made rocks, and the differences between them.

Have a great weekend!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 7th September 2020

Hello!

3 Dahl have settled in well and we have been having a lovely time together!

This week’s activities have included drafting a set of class rules, sketching / painting class portraits, working on our ‘Our World’ display and composing prayers, all for eventual class display. We have also completed a vast array of spelling, reading, GPS, Maths and Science tests, which have been designed to gauge each child’s academic strengths and areas of improvement moving forward. As the children have not been in class full-time since March, we have been even more thorough than usual in our approach to testing, as the first few months of school will involve a lot of going over past learning, as well as teaching the Year 3 curriculum. We will also use the spelling tests to determine spelling groups, the first set of homework related to the same will go out next Friday.

For this week’s homework, our poem for the half term (‘Crocky Wock the Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl) can be found at the link below:

Poem 1 of 6 – Year 3 Dahl Poem for Autumn Term 1 – Crocky-Wock the Crocodile

Please practise this with your child/ren on a regular basis ahead of us performing it as a class at the end of the half term.

Have a great weekend, and please ensure that your child has a good rest – they’ve certainly earned it!

Mr Faith

NEW CLASS - MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2020

JOINT MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM MR FAITH AND MISS KELLY,  YEAR 3 TEACHERS

 

We hope this message reaches you well. As we are unable to host our ‘open classrooms’ event this year, we thought it would be useful to provide you with a few bits of information that you may find useful:

 

Drop Off and Collection

In the mornings, Year 3 children are to arrive on a ‘soft start’ basis from 8.45am from the Lime Grove entrance of the school, quietly and sensibly walking to their class. They should sanitise their hands upon arrival, and the register will be taken at 8.55am as usual. At the end of the day, Year 3 children will be dismissed from the front entrance of the school at 3.30am.

 

Playtime Snacks

On a daily basis, please provide your child with either a whole piece of fruit or sliced fruit as their playtime snack. As delicious as they are, Bear YoYos (especially the sour mango and apple-flavoured ones!), dried fruit and other fruit-based snacks are not allowed as playground snacks. These can, however, be included as a small treat in children’s packed lunches when we go on school trips (more information on these will be given later in this blog entry).

 

Reading Books

Your child will be given two reading books to take home. The books need to be brought back to school every day and put into the reading book box, which the children will find inside the classroom. Doing this will aid us in successfully carrying out our plan of reading with each child at least once a week. Starting from next week, books will be changed on Mondays, being returned by the following Friday. New books will then be sent out on the following Monday. Please make sure that you sign your child’s reading diary when their books need to be changed, as we will be unable to change them if you do not do this. Whilst we appreciate that some children may read at a faster rate than others, books will be changed once a week only, as changing them is a time intensive task for our teaching assistants and is far more manageable on a larger scale, rather than on a piecemeal basis. If you have a child who is a voracious reader, we are happy to offer book suggestions and discuss alternative provisions (such as providing children with three books each time instead of two) via email.

 

Homework

In line with our whole school approach and in a bid to do our bit for the environment, homework will be uploaded online on our class webpage each Friday.

English homework (spellings, sentences and comprehension tasks) will be completed in the front of the green homework book.

Children will also be set online Mathletics activities. Mathletics login cards will be attached to the back of these homework books.

Your child’s homework book will be sent home for the first time next week, on Friday 18th September.

All homework will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday (if children complete these activities earlier they are welcome to hand their books in earlier, and will receive extra house points if said work is completed to a high standard!)

A piece of poetry homework will be set at the beginning of each half term for the children to practise and recite at the end of the half term. This Friday, 11th September, the first poem by our class poet will be uploaded to the website for children to learn.

If you encounter technical difficulties in accessing any of our online content (or would like a paper copy of any piece of homework), please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

PE and Gymnastics

PE and Gymnastics sessions will commence next week. The children will have their PE and Gymnastics sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on those days. May we also please remind parents that earrings must be taken out before school on the days your child has PE / Gymnastics, and long hair must be tied back for each session.

 

Swimming

Unfortunately, swimming lessons for Year 3 are temporarily suspended until the government advises that we are able to go ahead with them. We have been reliably informed that this will provisionally be in the Spring Term, although as with most things in this current climate, all plans are subject to change!

Apologies for any inconvenience caused; rest assured that we are in constant dialogue with the staff at Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool and as soon as we receive the go-ahead, Year 3 will be going swimming!

In the meantime, we will be making good use of the Swimming timeslot on our timetables to enrich your child/ren’s learning experience!

 

Class Trips

In a similar vein to swimming, class trips involving bus, tube or train travel are temporarily on hold. We do not plan on going on any trips this Autumn half term, but we are working on trips within a walkable distance for Autumn Term 2 onwards. If you have any good suggestions, please email us with information and we will look into it!

 

Water Bottles

Please remember to have your child/ren bring a labelled water bottle to school on a daily basis as it is important that they remain hydrated throughout the school day.

 

Timetables and Curriculum Maps

Please find attached our current timetable and curriculum map for the year. Please note that these are provisional, and subject to revision to provide the best possible learning experience for your child/ren.

Timetable 3 Dahl – September 2020 – For Website

Year 3 Curriculum Map 2020-2021 – For Website

 

After School Clubs

If your child/ren attends an after school club that requires a change of clothing, please send your child/ren into school that day wearing their school uniform (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) or PE kit (Mondays and Wednesdays), along with their change of clothes, that they will be able to put on near the end of the school day, before heading off to their club.

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further queries and have a lovely week!

 

Mr Faith (l.faith@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk)

Miss Kelly (m.kelly@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk)

Year 3 Teachers

 

Homework

This Week’s Homework: