Nichols

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

Year 3

 

Year 3 is taught by Mrs Jeffrey who is supported by Miss Tracey and Miss Joanna.

 

 

Friday 25th November - Mythical Beasts

Only four weeks until Christmas and three weeks to the end of our first term together – how time flies especially when we’re having fun!

In our English lessons, we worked with partners creating our own mythical creatures which proved to be a very creative experience.  Then later on in the week, the class enjoyed a ‘hot seating’ activity where the children chose to be the role of either a blacksmith or a tiny knight.

During our Maths lessons, we have been working hard on the concept of exchanging and are now subtracting 2-digit and 3 digit numbers from 3-digit numbers. 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.

Please continue to practise our class poem, as we will be filming a performance of it in the coming weeks – we practised this week in class.

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 have started the Advent so quite timely with Advent beginning on Sunday.

We also enjoyed a fabulous Art lesson on abstract art focussing on flowers inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Homework this week is spellings and Mathletics tasks.  Reading books will be change once a week – please make sure they are returned by Friday for books to be changed and handed out on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

 

 

Friday 18th November - Hunting and Gathering at Gunnersbury Park Museum

What a week!

We started the week with our GPS lesson where we looked at words with the ‘i’ sound spelt with a ‘y’, so everyone is ready for this week’s homework. We had lots of fun working on the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. We tested our acting skills again this week as we took on the role of one of the main characters in the myth and acted it out. It was just like being at the West End. Next, we created adjective banks to describe the Minotaur. After that, we started writing in the role of Theseus as he filled in his diary entry based on his experience of going down the labyrinth and coming face to face with the Minotaur.

In Maths this week, we have been very busy exchanging in both column addition and column subtraction. Please challenge the children with some calculations at home!

Our Science lesson had a computing link this week. We used the Ipads to research what different animals from around the world eat.

In RE we continued to look at wisdom. We wrote a letter to our future selves offering as much advice as we could in the letters. The children will take the letters home at the end of the year.

In our Art lesson we tried some botanical drawing, the results were amazing!

Yesterday we had a fantastic day at Gunnersbury Park where we attended an amazing workshop all about the Stone Age. We handled a hand axe and flint blades which were actually from that time period as well as seeing a real mammoth tooth.  We were also shown a replica spearhead which had been skilfully put together using animal intestines to tie the spearhead to the shaft of the arrow. Then we braved the bitter cold weather and went outside to test our hunter gatherer skills. We were shown how to spear a buffalo (no animals were injured!) and used animal skins and long sticks to build a shelter. We even got to splat some daub on our wattle to create sturdy fence-like panels. The children had a brilliant time and learned so much. Who would have thought mammoths roamed around West London back in the day!

 

A huge thank you to the lovely ladies who kindly helped us out on our trip: Amanda, Nina and Taran.

Homework this week – spellings, Mathletics and comprehension.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mrs Jeffrey

PS When we were not hunting and gathering yesterday, we got a chance to dress up in the Fashion Gallery – completely unrelated to the Stone Age!

Friday 11th November - Lest We Forget...

Week Commencing Monday 7th November 2022

Hello!

That was a particularly busy week!

I’m not sure what David Attenborough would make of our English reports about our imaginary creatures!  The children were really excited about writing their reports and had some great ideas.  This week, they used their own plans and word banks to write clearly sectioned, clearly titled reports.  They are beginning to edit their work – making improvements (correcting spelling, substituting words, adding detail) to make their work even better.  We had all sorts of weird and wonderful animal creations.  It was lovely to see they had remembered their learning from before half term.  We have also finished our class book, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton which the children really enjoyed.  I’m pleased to see different books from the same series being read by the children.

During Maths lessons, both groups have been working on addition and subtraction including the all important idea of ‘bridging’ over 100s and 10s.  We have been using formal methods to add with and without exchanging. Some of the children have found using place value counters or base ten has been helping with their understanding.  We use the term ‘exchanging’ process (not ‘borrowing’).

In our Science lesson, we learned about healthy eating food pyramids and what a well-balanced diet might look like and why it’s important to have one.

In RE – we have started learning about Wisdom using Proverbs from The Bible.  I’m really proud that the children have learnt our year’s Bible verse off by heart.  In Art – we practised shading.

On Friday, we observed two minutes silence for Remembrance Day.

Thank you for attending your (virtual) parents evening meetings. Whilst you haven’t been able to visit our classroom or see their work – I hope you found it as useful as I did.

Homework this week – spellings and Mathletics.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 4th November - Half Term Seems Such a Long Time Ago!

Hello,

Half term seems so long ago… the children have had a fantastic start to our Autumn 2 term. They have come back and hit the ground running!

We have started a new spelling scheme beginning with ‘ou’ words which make an /ow/ sound. The children have been using sound buttons (you can ask them!) to help them segment and spell the words.  We have also had our first ‘book club’ style session where we have shared our ideas and opinion about books and stories we have read.  It proved really popular with the children and they’re already asking about the next session.  We have also been planning our reports for our end of unit pieces, while also brushing up on our dictionary skills.

In our Maths lessons, aside from being super busy learning our times tables, Miss Kelly’s group have started using column addition. In my group, we have been trying to add and subtract bridging over 10s and 100s.  This has proved quite challenging!  We’ve used base 10 equipment and drawing to help us with the concept.  We will do some more work on this next week – using number lines and partitioning.

During RE, we finished our unit on Sikhism and in Computing we looked at the importance of passwords and how to create a safe password.  In summary, a mixture of upper case and lower case letters, numbers and special characters makes our passwords strong.

In Science, we started our unit on Animals Including Humans, we looked at where we get nutrients from and the importance of a healthy diet.

During History, we started our unit on Prehistoric Britain. We looked at what the term ‘prehistory’ means and how and who uncovers history.

We finished off the week with an Art lesson where we looked at some art from an ‘artist view’ and sketched some still life.

The homework and comprehension can be found below.

There is a change to the spellings so please read the letter below carefully.

The poem to learn for this half term is here:-

MICE by ROSE FYLMAN

I think mice
Are rather nice.

Their tails are long,
Their faces small,
They haven’t any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn’t touch
And no one seems
To like them much.

But I think mice
Are nice.

Don’t forget to check you ParentMail about our upcoming trip and if you haven’t done so already please book in for parents evening.

…. have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 21st October - Half Term is Here

Hello!

We made it!  It’s been a particularly busy start to the year!

This term we have :

  • made yummy exotic fruit kebabs & a nutritious vegetable soup
  • completed mid-term and end-of-unit assessments on Geography and Science
  • ran a cross country race
  • visited the Science Museum – thank you to Nicola and Ana
  • celebrated Hispanic Day – thank you Ana, Gonzalez & Nick
  • celebrated Black Voices Week
  • participated in a super Scientist in Residence workshop on Rocks
  • finished with Red Card to Racism day
  • and learned about the celebration of Diwali – we all definitely need a week’s break!

Celebration of Black Voices Week

We’ve been learning all about Grace Nichols who happens to be one of year 3’s poets!  We’ve enjoyed reading and performing her poetry to our classes.  We composed our own version of Morning using our ideas about what sounds we might hear in the morning and our poems will be displayed in the class.  We also performed/recited Cat Fight which was recorded for prosperity.

During RE, we finished our unit on what Sikhs believe and had an excellent RHE session related to ‘Show Racism The Red Card’.

Please note that there is spellings and Mathletics homework for your child this half term.   There is a link to recorder practise from Miss Rachel.  Remember to keep practising times tables, telling the time and number bonds to 100. Words and times tables to be tested the following Friday, Friday 4th November.   Just a reminder that homework is due in no later than Wednesday of the following week.

I hope you have a wonderful break!  I hear Calcott Manor, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Dorset, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and Romania are on the itinerary for year 3.  Wherever you find yourself – enjoy!

 

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 14th October - Cross Country and Movies

Week done!

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 pre-.

 

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 also worked hard on spotting patterns and writing directly into our Maths books.

 

In our Geography lesson, we completed our end of unit assessment, while during RE, we reflected upon the importance of the Amrit ceremony and the importance of the 5 Ks for Sikhs.

The weather was kind to us as we enjoyed an exhilarating afternoon of speed walking (thanks to Mr Schumm) and cross country running on Tuesday afternoon and on Thursday the children were giddy with excitement to be getting a hot-dogs and popcorn for their movie night!

 

Next week, we will have a workshop with our Scientist-In-Residence who will continue on this term’s topic of Rocks – it promises to be fun and exciting.  On Thursday we will be visiting the Science Museum to watch a 3D film, Antartica.

 

Some housekeeping points:-

  • Please make sure you send your child in with a coat now the weather is more unpredictable but likely to become cooler and wetter.
  • Also, please remember that KS2 children do not get fruit from school so please send some fruit in with children – we have a few children who really would like a healthy mid morning snack and we have nothing to give them.
  • Children visit the library every Wednesday for their weekly opportunity to change their book. Even if they wish to read the same library book – send it in so it can be scanned out again – then we can see books returned/scanned weekly rather than a non-return.  Do encourage them to choose, read and return a book every week.

Homework this week :

Spellings, comprehension and Mathletics tasks.  Comprehension homework is for all children to complete – please encourage your children to do it.  All children should be completing the comprehension task.

Don’t forget to learn your poem for next week as we will be performing it!

A message from Miss Hall:

On Friday 21st October, we will be holding our annual ‘Red Card to Racism’ day. For those of you unfamiliar, this is an opportunity to show support and raise money for the UK’s largest anti-racism charity. On the day, children can wear their own clothes and we encourage them all to wear something red. If you are able to, we ask that children make a contribution to the charity in the buckets that will be in the playground before school that morning.https://www.theredcard.org/.

A message from Mr Gane:

 Maths Homework

Mathletics is our eco-friendly homework setting system for Maths and children’s weekly work is monitored and assessed in exactly the same manner as traditional written homework.

Homework tasks set on Mathletics are expected to be completed on rough paper, with the final answers then entered in to the device – unless specifically stated, it is NOT mental Maths, so ‘workings out’ are expected/required at home, but not to be handed in. Remember that most questions have an animation that explicitly explains the method, demonstrating each step to solve the problem, if your child needs a reminder of how to complete the task.

Technical Issues

We have checked that your child’s login details are correct, if in doubt do ask the teacher to check again. That means that for any other issues, parents/carers should contact the Mathletics helpline, as it will be an issue with your internet set up at home, or iPad setting or browser or any other number of issues – we can’t help there. See the information below that might help.

Mathletics can be accessed by PC/Mac, iOS and Android devices as well as Windows tablets and Chromebooks – on the laptops at school we find that it works best using either the Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. See http://www.3plearning.com/tech/mathletics/ for more details and if you experience difficulty in loading the Mathletics website at home please contact Mathletics ‘LIVE Chat Online’ help or email via https://www.mathletics.com/in/contact/

Only a week to go!  Have a super weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 7th October - Soup making and Hispanic Day

Hello!

Phew! What a very busy week!

We finished the week with Hispanic Day – the school was awash with colours of Spanish countries – thanks to Ms Pereira for organising the dance workshop (see photos on our school web page) and to our parent volunteers Ana and Gonzalez who read two stories in Spanish to us, one of which was Where the Wild Things Are.  The children also created some art (check out their work on the web based class page) inspired by Chilean artist Roberta Matta – thanks to Nick.  They also learned about Ecuador artist Oswaldo Guyasamin.

On Thursday, we had the excitement of DT day (thank you for sending in the chopping boards and peelers at short notice) where we learnt about seasonal vegetables and used a selection of them to make soup.  Miss Kelly and I decided to be as eco friendly as possible buying vegetables from the local market instead of choosing plastic wrapped produce from a shop.  We also composted our peelings.  Some of the children were not so thrilled about making the soup so it was a relief that we managed to convert a few children to liking/enjoying it.  Quoting one child, ‘It looks yucky on the outside but it’s actually yummy!’

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. During our separate GPS lesson, we focused on proper dictionary use.

In Maths, after completing our unit of work on place value and have completed our end of topic assessment.  We will be using these to inform us about possible changes in the Maths groups starting after half term

During our RE lesson, we looked at the forming of the Khalsa, a pivotal time in the history of Sikhism.  We learnt that khalsa means the ‘pure ones’.

In Geography, we have used fact cards and atlases to find out more about countries and cities.

In Science, we have been learning about different uses of rock and discussed where rocks can be found in and around school and our homes & gardens.

Homework – spellings and Mathletics this week.

Weather forecast looks promising for the weekend – whatever your plans – enjoy!

 

 

 

Friday 30th September - Autumn is Upon Us...

We had another busy week here in 3 Nichols!

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.  Their plans are full of great ideas so I’m in for a good read next week!

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’.

In our RE lesson, we learned about Guru Nanak and his importance to Sikhs. As a whole class, we thought about leaders and discussed their qualities (confidence, loyalty, kindness, generosity, being a good decision maker etc;). We 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, focussing on his teaching on equality and his experience of going to bathe and being with God for three days when he was 30 years old. We used the ‘Diamond Nine’ format in small groups to order the qualities of a leader.

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 created eye-catching posters about online safety following the SMART principles. The children created some beautiful posters.

In Science, we carried out an experiment with our partners to see if we could find the most hard-wearing rock from our collection of rocks in the classroom. Lots of fun was had!

In our Geography lessons, we worked with our partners to find out specific information about our chosen continents, and the capital cities of various countries around the world.

Next week promises to be more fun with DT on Thursday and Hispanic Day on Friday!  We are certainly going to be busy bees!

Homework this week is spellings, comprehension and Mathletics.

Remember the umbrella and the raincoat this weekend – have a good one!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 23rd September - A Four Day Week...

…only means we are busier than ever!

In our RE lesson this week about Sikhism, 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.  There were some interesting ideas…

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 by including paired adjectives, adverbs and the odd fronted adverbial, 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 focussing on numbers to 1000. We compared, sequenced and partitioned numbers up to 1000. We also tried out best to write the numbers in words.  All is going well!

In Science, we grouped rocks according to their characteristics.  The children had the opportunity of handling real rock specimens which they enjoyed and it didn’t take too long for them to discover they could use the chalk to doodle on the slate.  We ended the lesson with a Just Dance We Will Rock You which was followed by a very clever film of babies on roller skates miming to the same song!  Genius!

​During Geography, we located countries on a world map using atlases.

This week’s homework can be found below – please use the handwriting sheet to practise the spellings. There is no comprehension this week!

Don’t forget to check your ParentMail about our trip next month!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Jeffrey

Friday 16th September - Getting Into the Swing of Things

We’re all settling in to the year quickly and have been busy.  We have democratically voted for our class school councillors, prayer group, librarians and Year 6 House Captains!

This week’s homework is spellings practise (using the handwriting sheet attached inside the homework book), reading comprehension – Monkey Business, Mathletics tasks and times tables practise which should be shown in the back of the book.  We are aware that some children could not find Mathletics tasks last week – we’ll try again this week.  Please let your class teacher know if you experience problems this week.

During Maths, we built upon last week’s work, using number lines for numbers up to 100. We have also made practical use of our newly-refined number and place value skills by starting to solve number and place value-related partitioning 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. 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 identified and located continents on a world map and enjoyed singing the continents song we learnt in Year 2.

In our RE lesson, we designed a wisdom poster based on Year 3’s value of ‘Wisdom’.

During Science, we started work on rocks and started to learn about 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 signing a contract and tried using our own logins for the first time!  We also had a chance to look at the school library system, Reading Cloud.  Each child will have their individual Reading Cloud login in their homework book.  As part of their homework, they can try logging in and creating their own avatar!

We finished the week with quite a noisy DT session making fruit skewers.  We started the lesson by discussing seasonal fruit & vegetables and looking at world map to see where food comes from.  We had a discussion about why corn, potatoes and cauliflowers are relatively cheap in this country (because they grow well in temperate climates such as the UK) and why tropical fruit can be expensive to buy in this country.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Jeffrey

PS Remember we have a cricket session on Tuesday and PE/Gymnastics next Thursday so please send your children in their PE kit.

Friday 9th September - Welcome to Year 3 Nichols

I hope you have had a lovely break and are ready for year 3.  We’ve been sharing news of our holidays and Legoland, Spain and Greece were very popular destinations this summer.  Year 3 have impressively racked up many Air Miles!
It has been lovely to see the children again and they look smart in their uniforms and shiny new shoes.  We have got to know each other in the first week and been busy doing lots of fun activities and making our classroom welcoming and appealing.  Nichols have had a great start to the academic year and have settled in very well!
The children have completed a range of beginning-of-term tests designed to gauge their current knowledge levels as they enter Year 3. Individual tests were completed on: reading, spelling and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
These tests were used to inform our teaching moving forward. A great effort was put forth by all!
On Friday, we went to church for a service to commemorate the life of the Queen.
This week’s homework can be found at the link below.
The number of spellings the children are to learn is on the inside front cover of their homework books along with their Mathletics logins.
The written homework for this is to be handed in no later than this coming Wednesday 14th September 2022.
Our poem for this half term is Cat-Fight and can also be found on the link.
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.
For those of you who haven’t already done so, please read the ParentMail message that went out at the start of the week.
I’ve been caught out this week with the rain – I hope you stay dry this weekend – enjoy!
Mrs Jeffrey.