Year 3 are taught by Miss Kelly, with assistance from Miss Anya. Visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in class.
Two weeks to go until we all have a well-earned Christmas break; as one child in my class put it, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”
In our Maths lessons, we finished our unit of work on addition and subtraction by continuing to practise estimation methods (as mentioned last week, please continue to do this at home.) As the week drew to a close, we looked at ways of using inverse operations to double-check answers to addition / subtraction questions. Finally, on Friday, we completed and reviewed our end-of-unit tests.
In our English lessons, our GPS lesson focus was on the ‘ay’ sound spelt with an ‘ey’ in line with this past week’s homework spelling targets. We also completed a paired writing task where we first sequenced the events of the story of Daedalus and Icarus, then later wrote in the role of Icarus. We also created our own mythical creatures, then wrote detailed paragraphs about the same.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component this week):
As mentioned last week, please also practise our class poem, as we will be filming a performance of it in the coming weeks (which I will, of course, post on this website as part of a blog entry):
In History, we learned about the Bronze Age, and how humans shifted towards living in permanent settlements during that period.
During Science, as part of our work on animals (including humans) we looked at the human skeleton. 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.
In 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.
For Computing, we shifted to a more sophisticated method of programming, making our first foray into block coding using j2visual, a more sophisticated version of JiT. We used the ‘repeat’ function to simplify the process of drawing simple shapes.
In our RHE lesson, we looked at ways in which we can celebrate our differences.
We also enjoyed an Art lessons, creating Duchamp-inspired collages!
Have a great weekend,
Only three weeks until Christmas and the end of our first term together – how time flies!
In our English lessons, we enjoyed a ‘hot seating’ activity where we inhabited the role of either a blacksmith or a tiny knight. As the week progressed, we tackled a reading comprehension where we debuted the ‘VIPERS’ (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise) technique, which we hope will eventually take children’s understanding of texts to a whole new level. Our GPS lesson consisted of a look at the ‘ay’ sound spelt with an ‘ei’ in line with this past week’s homework spelling targets.
During our Maths lessons, we subtracted 3-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers using a range of methods, and focused on estimating calculations for several days. Using simple estimations to quickly calculate rough answers is a really useful skill, and one I encourage you to practise with your child/ren. An example of this would be: to work out 97 + 49, you could round the numbers to 100 and 50, then add the two together in your head in a straightforward fashion.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is no reading comprehension component this week):
Please also practise our class poem, as we will be filming a performance of it in the coming weeks:
During our Science lesson, we learned how to collate and present data as part of an investigation, using a fictional survey on pet owners’ dog food preferences!
In History, we went on a fact hunt and found out how people lived in the Neolithic period, with a particular focus on Stonehenge.
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.
We also enjoyed a fabulous Art lesson, making and drawing pipe cleaner models inspired by Alberto Giacometti!
Today, the class had another treat, enjoying a second bonus drama session with the wonderful Mark, where friendship dynamics were explored and acted upon (literally and metaphorically!)
Have a great weekend,
During our Maths lessons, we continued to work on adding and subtracting numbers (both with and without carrying over / exchanging). Although we revisited a range of methods, including mental calculations and the number line, our primary focus remained the column method. Please continue to practise these with your children at home, as it will be a vital part of their mathematical ‘toolbox’ moving forward.
During English, we continued to work on Myths and Legends. As the week progressed, we wrote a diary entry from the point of view of Theseus and the Minotaur, and also studied the story of Apollo (not that one!) and the Chimera. Our GPS lesson consisted of a look at the ‘i’ sound spelled as a ‘y,’ in line with this week’s homework spelling targets.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):
During our Science lesson, we learned the difference between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, sorting animals according to their dietary habits using a Venn diagram.
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.
For Computing, we programmed ‘turtle’ sprites, drawing squares and rectangles using the same, while in History, we created antler headdresses from paper and cardboard inspired by the artefacts found at Star Carr!
On Friday, the class had a real treat, enjoying a bonus drama session with the wonderful Mark!
We also enjoyed a great Art lesson, we drew shadow figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti!
Have a fantastic weekend,
Well, what a week!
Let me start by saying thank you very much for attending your (virtual) parents’ and carers’ evening meetings and apologies about the technical difficulties this side as my system crashed on both evenings. It was so lovely to finally meet most of you. Thank you for the emails you have sent since parents’ evening I will get back to you all next week as I have not had time to bless myself since!
During Maths lessons, in continuing to work on column addition, my group were even able to successfully use place value to carry over digits; I was most impressed! In continuing to work on column subtraction, we worked on the ‘exchanging’ process (or ‘borrowing’, as it was called back when *we* were younger – please note that we no longer use that term, as when you borrow something, you’re meant to give it back, which doesn’t happen when using this particular mathematical process!)
In English, we finished off our unit of work on poetry by writing fabulous Kennings. We then started to work on Myths and Legends. We described mythological creatures in detailed terms and also role played the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
In our Computing lesson, we enjoyed a whistle stop tour of how online messaging /email works.
During History, we looked at early humans and the Palaeolithic period of the Stone Age.
In our Science lesson, we learned about healthy eating food pyramids and their role in us having a nutritionally-balanced diet.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is no reading comprehension element:)
Have a great weekend,
Our first week back has been a very busy one!
In English, we started our new unit of work on poetry! First, we looked at haikus. After we 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 squeezing in a GPS lesson where we looked at words that are often misspelt.
During Maths, we spotted number patterns, then as the week continued, worked on adding and subtracting 2-digit from 3-digit numbers (not crossing 10), then rounded out our week by adding numbers where we did cross 10. Fun with carrying over!
Our Science lesson consisted of a look at different food groups, while in RE, we reflected upon why wisdom is important.
In our first History lesson of the year, we introduced the definition and time scale of human prehistory, while during Computing, we created eye-catching posters about the importance of choosing a secure password.
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension element, as well as a new poem to learn:)
Finally, on Friday, we all had a lovely time walking along the river en route to a special production of ‘Lotte’s War’ at the London Corinthian Sailing Club. The children behaved superbly and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A huge thank you goes out to parents Alice and Fergus, who joined us on the trip and did a superb job helping out.
Have a great weekend,
Well what a week and perfect timing for half-term! During this week, we completed mid-term assessments, celebrated Black Voices Week and had a subject-specific day for DT (‘Puppet Day’).
Celebrating Black Voices Week
This week in 3 Lear, we have been busy celebrating the achievements of Black people both past and present and highlighting the achievements of scientists, engineers and inventors from around the world.
We started off by learning all about the amazing all-female team of Black mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the American space programme. The children found the story moving and inspiring, which resulted in lots of interesting conversations. The children created some fantastic posters all about these ‘Hidden Figures’ to help educate others all the fantastic achievements of these women.
Next, we learned all about Dr Sanjeev Gupta, a Professor of Earth Science at Imperial College, London. Dr Gupta is perhaps most well-known for his work on the formation of the English Channel by ancient megafloods, but it was his research about the geological and landscape features on Earth and on Mars that really caught the children’s attention. The children thoroughly enjoyed a zoom call with Dr Gupta where they listened intently to his stories and asked some marvellous questions all about Dr. Gupta’s life, his studies and of course the Mars Rover.
We finished off the week by taking a look into the life of Mae Jemison, the first Black astronaut who is also an engineer and a doctor among other things. We created our very own portraits of Mae Jemison. We had an amazing week in 3 Lear celebrating Black Voices Week!
DT ‘Puppet Day’
On Wednesday, we got the chance to explore our creative skills and design our very own puppets! In 3 Lear, we worked with recycled materials (cardboard, plastic bottles, lids etc) along with paper straws, woollen yarn, pipe cleaners and sticky tabs to create fabulous string puppets! These were inspired by the topics we have studied during our first half term together. Judging by the noise levels in 3 Lear, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Check out our video below!
During RE, we finished our unit on what Sikhs believe and had an excellent RHE session related to ‘Show Racism The Red Card’. We also completed end-of-half term tests on Reading, GPS, Geography and Science
The video of the the children preforming ‘The Owl and The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear’ can be found below.
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 Wednesday 3rd November, with words and times tables to be tested the following Friday, Friday 5th November:
Year 3 Homework for the first week back 07 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 221021
One last thing – we have a trip during our first week back. If you haven’t already done so, please provide payment and consent via ParentMail.
Have a great weekend, and an even better half term!
Well our out of school activities have come to an end and the children were amazing, they should all be really proud of the progress they made during their swimming lessons!
During English, we neared the end of our unit of work on reports by planning our upcoming reports on made-up creatures, and also answered a non-fiction reading comprehension on fossils (a lovely cross-curricular link to our Science topic there!) During our GPS lesson, we practised using the prefix pre-, and also completed another dictionary-related activity.
During Maths, we continued our work on addition and subtraction by adding 3-digit and 2-digit numbers, subtracted 2-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers and finally added and subtracted 100s. We also practised our times tables!
In RE, we focused on the ‘Five Ks’, a foundational part of the Sikh belief system.
We capped off our week with a wonderful Hispanic Day, where our chosen country was Ecuador, with a particular focus on the Galapagos Islands. We had a fun dance workshop, sang ‘La Bamba’ and completed a range of fun in-class activities. Thank you to Mrs Pereira and Mrs Hardy, who organised the festivities! Another big thank you goes out to Dorothee and Lucila for coming to visit us and providing the children with lots of Hispanic themed fun!
A message from Mr Gane, Year 6 teacher:
Way back in 2017, the Y5 classes took part in a six week ‘School Travel Project’ provided by Urbanwise linked to our local council. The objective was to analyse traffic to and from the school to promote the use of less polluting methods of transport; then there followed a challenge. How could the children make an even greater impact on the traffic in their immediate surroundings?
As a group they noticed that the 20 mph speed limit on the way to Shepherds Bush, began only once vehicles had passed our school at the Bush Theatre, so it was still 30 mph outside our school and at the end of Miles Coverdale Road. Their plan was to lobby the Council for a change, which was successful. Not content with that win, the children by then in Y6, then demanded improvements to the Pelican Crossing too. They were again successful, with the Council quickly agreeing to upgrade it to a more impactful, colourful crossing that is proven to draw the attention of drivers and slow them down further. Then COVID happened.
So now, we have a competition open to all children here at St Stephen’s to design the Pelican Crossing outside our school, which the Hammersmith & Fulham Council have said they will create!
To enter, create your original design and submit it on or before Friday 12th November – any designs received after 5pm on that day will not be shortlisted. There will be a box for entries at the office.
All entries must be on A4 paper – use the template or design it electronically, but do then print it out on A4 paper.
Make sure that the name of the child and their class is clearly written on the paper entry.
Multiple entries are permitted.
All entries will be considered by a judging panel that will include:
Councillor Wesley Harcourt: Cabinet Member for the Environment
David Kiteley: Project Engineer, LBHF Projects Delivery
Mr Gane – Y6 Ayres
Miss Hall – Y2 Hoberman
A short list of five designs will be selected, children will vote in their classes and the winner will be the design with the most votes from across the whole school. The winner will be announced on Friday 19th November!
Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component)
For those who haven’t already done so, please book your slot for our upcoming parents’ / carers’ evenings – I’m looking forward to speaking to you all!
Have a great weekend,
During Maths, we worked with adding and subtracting 1-digit numbers from 3-digit ones, first without crossing 10, then later with crossing 10. We rounded off our week by working with 3-digit and 2-digit numbers. During the week, we also practised our times tables.
In English, we continued our unit of work on reports by looking at their key features. We also tackled a reading comprehension based around the exemplar text we have been using for this unit, a made-up report on the ‘sneaglegator’ (ask your child about this one!) During our GPS lesson, we practised using the prefix re-, and finished our week with a bit of handwriting practise.
In our RE, we reflected upon the importance of the Amrit ceremony for Sikhs.
We capped off the week by having another fantastic Art lessons – this session, we practised blending with soft pastels.
This week’s homework can be found below..
Next week we will have our end of week spelling test/Maths test on Thursday 14th October. Friday 15th will be the last day of our out of school adventures as well as Hispanic Day so we will be super busy!
Have a great weekend,
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 our RE lesson, we looked at the forming of the Khalsa, a pivotal time in the history of Sikhism.
We ended the week by having another terrific Art lesson!
This week’s homework can be found at the link below (please note that there is a reading comprehension element):
Year 3 Homework for Friday 1st October 2021
Year 3 Reading Comprehension for Friday 1st October 2021
Our out-of-school adventures begin next week. Please make sure you check the ParentMail that was sent out yesterday (Thursday 30th September). On that note, Team Year 3 are working very hard on organising trips for the coming months. However, please note that during these post-lockdown times, many of the usual destinations have convoluted booking procedures / far more limited availability than usual, so please bear with us – they’ll definitely be going on a few before the school year is out!
Have a great weekend,
During English, we planned and started to write our own detailed 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 Maths, we continued our work on number and place value. We built upon last week’s work, finding 1, 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 counting in 50s.
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.
We finished off our week with another fabulous Art lesson planned by Miss Amy!
A note from Mr Perry..
It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephens and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9pm (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephens Church.
Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You would have all received a Parentmail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week’s homework can be found at the link below:
Have a great weekend,
During Maths, 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. We rounded off our week by finding 10 or 100 more or less than given numbers.
During English, we continued to use Dick King-Smith’s ‘The Omnibombulator’ as a reference text for our work on stories with familiar settings. Next week, we will plan and start to write our very 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.
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 started to learn about the importance of online safety practices; using the SMART acronym as a jumping-off point.
We finished off our week with an Art lesson!
This week’s homework can be found at the link below (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):
Don’t forget about our poem for this half-term too!
Have a fantastic weekend,
Our first full week of the term has been a very busy one!
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.
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.
In Geography, we learned about the continents of the world with the help of one of my favourite songs!
For our Relationships and Health Education (or RHE) lesson, we learned about why we have rules.
During our Computing lesson this week, we practised logging into the Google Classroom learning environment.
This week’s homework can be found at the link below:
The written homework for this is to be handed in no later than this coming Wednesday 15th September 2021.
Our poem for the half term (‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’) can be found at the link below:
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.
An important message:
Schools are fortunate to have received funding from the government this year to support children to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth, as our Specialist Catch-up teachers, will be working with a number of children from Year 3 who need additional support in their Maths and English learning. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as on-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details on this will follow later on in the term.
Have a fantastic weekend,
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 main entrance of the school, quietly and sensibly walking to their class via the school door by the Year 3 Lear 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 (the main blue door by the office) at 3.30pm. Please note that all Year 3 children will be brought to this location, as the ‘sending younger children to their older siblings’ policy is no longer in effect. If your child is to be collected by the green gate, please let us know by email and we will arrange this.
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).
Your child will be given a reading book 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 book needs to be changed, as we will be unable to change it 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 two books each time instead of one) via email.
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. Over the next few weeks, your child/ren will be introduced to the Google Classroom learning environment that we use in Key Stage 2, and once we feel that they are confident in using this, we will transition into putting homework on Google Classroom.
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 10th September.
All homework will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday (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, 3rd 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. PE and Gymnastics will be on Mondays and Tuesdays for Autumn Term 1 only, and will move to Mondays only from Autumn 2 onwards unless there is a change in plans. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on Mondays and Tuesdays during Autumn Term 1, and Mondays for every half term thereafter. 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.
Please refer to the separate letter we will send you via ParentMail regarding our swimming provision for the 2021-2022 academic year.
As TfL have only recently announced that they will resume their School Party free travel scheme as of September 15th, 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!
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.
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 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!
Miss Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Faith (email@example.com)
Year 3 Teachers