Year 3

Year 3 are taught by Miss Kelly, with assistance from Miss Lulu. Visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in class.

Class Updates

Friday 14th February 2020

Dear parents/carers,

It’s the half term – hooray!

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. The children produced some work to be really proud of.

In Science, we investigated how light is reflected from surfaces. We finished off the unit with a Kahoot quiz where we tested our learning from across the unit.

Our DT focus over the last few days was based on bridges. The children worked in groups to build some suspension bridges. 3Lear turned into a construction site where some superb suspension bridges were built. Judging by the noise levels the children all really enjoyed the activity. A big ‘thank you’ to Mr Cookson for organising it all.

Our Final lesson of the week was an Art lesson with Miss Lulu. The lesson was based on creating Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flowery pieces of work.

The homework is below. 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.

Have a fantastic week off,
Miss Kelly

Friday 7th February 2020

Hello all,

Today was Coding Day. The day kicked off with a very informative assembly with Simon and Selina. The professional coders explained to us just what exactly code is and how much we use it in our everyday lives (probably without realising)! In class Eeshan explained to us in more detail what exactly algorithms, debugging and decomposition mean. For their unplugged activity the children created their own 2D shape drawings where they had to follow an algorithm and debug the problem. For their plugged activities the children created code on one of their favourite programmes ‘Hour of Code’. Thank you to Miss Billington and Me Faith for all their hard work organising everything.

In English this week we revisited one of our favourite units on information texts. We recapped on the features of an information text and extended our thinking on the text and the language used. Following that we worked very hard with our partners to create informative posters all about elephants. Lots of discussion was had about what to include in the posters while paying close attention to the style of text and language to include. The children created some very eye catching posters and of course we ended the lesson with a gallery walk to display all of their hard work!

In Maths we started our unit on fractions. We recalled some of the fractions from our previous learning including halves, thirds and quarters. We looked at some mathematical vocabulary relating to fractions, including numerator and denominators, unit fractions and non-unit fractions.

In Science we continued our work on light sources and shadows. We had a great lesson using torches to shine through different materials and objects to determine whether it is opaque, translucent or transparent. We also observed how shadows change form when the light source changes position.

In our Geography lesson we looked at the tectonic plants and ‘the ring of fire’.

Our Art lesson this afternoon was based on Gordon Cullen He was a key motivator in the Townscape movement, coining the phrase ‘Townscape’ itself, before writing his well-known book ‘The Concise Townscape’. Cullen also produced a large number of case studies (and drawings) on the theory of planning and design of towns. His ideas influenced many improvements in the urban and rural environment in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s and he was also involved in the Festival of Britain in 1951. We created our own ‘Townscape’ using our school as the starting point.

Your homework can be found below.
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 31st January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to the House of Illustrations in King’s Cross. The children explored three Art galleries taking inspirations from the numerous illustrations by George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain. The children then participated in a ‘Character Design workshop’ with Grace and Grace, where they created their own mythical creatures using mixed. The children were very imaginative and created some fantastic main characters worthy of any story. A big thank you to Natoyah, Almaz and Azeb for all your help on the trip.

During English, we finished our unit on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. During week, we carefully planned extensions to Gulliver’s adventures and started to write our end-of-unit pieces. Upon our return to school, we plan on revisiting 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!

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 Science, we learned more about light and shadows by carrying out our own experiments using torches. While in our Geography lesson, we looked at the features of volcanoes.

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.
The homework can be found below.

We finished our fantastic Friday with another enjoyable drama lesson with Mark. Just what was needed after a lovely trip!

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 24th January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

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.

In Science we continued our work on light sources. The children explored the difference between night and day and how much light is produced by the Sun.

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.’

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!

On Wednesday afternoon, we were invited by Ravenscourt Park Prep School to play Tag Rugby at Ravenscourt Park. The Games Masters & Mistress were impressed with the children’s listening skills and sportsmanship not to mention their prowess on the rugby field. The children had a great time and were treated to some chocolate at the end of the matches, which took the edge off being covered in so much mud!

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.

The homework can be found below.

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 fantastic weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 17th January 2020

Hello everyone,

We have very busy writing this week in English as we started on new unit on quality texts. We are focusing on the ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathon Swift. 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.’

We have had a fantastic week in Maths! 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

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.

This week the children were very excited to visit The Life Bus. The children took part in an excellent session where we first learned about the way our body works, then reflected upon the importance of friendships, and being kind and sharing whilst engaging in them.

We continued our Art lessons based on the ‘The Great Kanagawa Wave’ by Katsushika Hokusai.

Just to say, 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 (both trips are free, so your consent is all that is required). Thank you to all those parents who have done this already.

The homework can be found below.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 10th January 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Happy New Year and welcome back!

In English we eased ourselves back in by working on a variety of SpaG lessons, comprehensions and handwriting. We also reflected on what we are proud of ourselves for achieving so far this year. Following on from that we set targets for ourselves for the upcoming term.

In our Maths lessons, we started to focus on column 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.

In Science this week we began our unit on Light. We discussed the importance of light to help us to see. We looked at a variety of light sources and compared them from strongest to weakest. We also had a very interesting discussion about whether or not the moon was a light source

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.

During our Geography lessons we started our unit on volcanoes and earthquakes. We learned about volcanoes, what they are, where they are around the world and why they erupt.

For this half term we are very lucky to have a drama workshop every Friday afternoon with Mark which the children really enjoyed.

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 has put all of the important information in the ’News and Events’ section on the website.

We finished off the week with another fantastic Art lesson with Miss Lulu. The lesson was based on The Great Kanagawa wave by Katsushika Hokusai. Katsushika Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa has become one of the most famous works of art in the world—and debatably the most iconic work of Japanese art. The children sketched and used oil pastels to recreate their own version of the iconic piece of art.

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Class Updates

Friday 20th December

We have had another jammed packed week again in Year 3. However, it is definitely time for a much-deserved rest! Thank you for all the support and kind words you have offered me over the past term; it is very much appreciated. I would also like to say thank you for the lovely Christmas gifts; I am very grateful!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone has a lovely break and makes lots of memories with your families. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 7th January once I have rolled off the plane, after a Christmas well spent eating all of my mother’s cooking.
There is no homework over the Christmas break!
Have a lovely time,
Miss Kelly

Friday 13th December

Hello everyone,
The end of the school year is in sight, however we are busier than ever!
This week we were treated to a lovely trip to the Shepherd’s Bush Theatre to watch ‘Polar Express’. The children and the adults alike really enjoyed the performance. A big thank you to Milly for organising us to come and watch.
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.

In Science we looked at the importance of having a balanced diet. We looked at all the different food groups and thought about why we have more of one food group than another. We thought about the diet of people who have allergies or intolerances and people who make personal/religious choices to be vegetarians/vegans/pescatarians.

In History we took a closer look at Stonehenge where we learned even more facts about it even after our assembly.

Yesterday we had our DT Day, where 3 Lear showed yet again their fantastic creativity while constructing Nativity scenes. We used a wide range of materials much to the delight of the cleaner while hoovering the carpets this morning! A great time was had by all and there were very impressive Nativity scenes built that Jesus himself would love.
We also practised for our upcoming carol service.
The homework is below. Please note the children will have their tests next Thursday morning instead of Friday.
We finished off the week with fantastic Art lesson with Miss Lulu.
A message from 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 Elliot (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 lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 6th December

I would like to start off this week’s blog off with saying how proud I am of 3 Lear’s performance in their class assembly yesterday, they were fantastic! All our hard work paid off and the children put on an excellent show. Thank you all for coming to watch it and for all the compliments you gave both myself and Miss Lulu we really do appreciate it. I would also like to say a big thank you to Miss Lulu for all her help!
We spent the majority of our English sessions practising our assembly, in doing so working on a range of reading, speaking and listening English curriculum objectives.
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.
We also took part in a whole-year football competition today. A huge thank you goes out to Clare and Alastair, who organised the event.
Finally, we enjoyed a great Art lesson with Miss Lulu. Using pipe cleaners and plasticine, we created our own versions of shadow like models inspired by Alberto Giacometti!
Here is this week’s homework:
Design Technology Homework – please make sure your child completes this; it is extremely important that you do this!
Have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly