Nichols

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. 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 Monday 9th May 2022

Hello!

Another busy week; a five day one at that! That being said, I’ve been getting rather used to these four day ones, not that I get any extra rest during them, with a rather rowdy 20-month-old also not at Nursery when we have a bank holiday off…

Firstly, thank you to all those grandparents and other family / friends of 3 Nichols who visited the class last week. It was lovely talking to you all, and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future!

Here are some highlights from our past week:

In English, our GPS lesson was about conjunctions, with a particular focus on the coordinating and subordinating varieties. As for the rest of the week, 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! We also wrote book reviews!

During Maths, we continued to work on fractions, counting in tenths, expressing tenths as decimals (please drill the following with your children, as it will prove most useful in the future: 1/10=0.1, 2/10=0.2, 3/10=0.3, 4/10=0.4, 5/10=0.5, 6/10=0.6, 7/10=0.7, 8/10=0.8, 9/10=0.9, 10/10=1 whole, and vice-versa) and placed fractions on a number line.

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

During RHE, we celebrated all of the things that we are fantastic at, and reflected (honestly!) on all of our areas of improvement. Confession – despite having the exercise part of staying healthy down pat, I *really* need to cut back on the post-toddler-bedtime snacking!

In Science, we learned about magnetism and, via a hands-on investigation, how the north and south poles of a magnet interact with each other. Key vocabulary to remember is attract and repel!

During Geography, we explored different strategies of coastal management, looking at sea walls, revetments, gabions and groynes (try saying all that three times fast!)

In Computing, we all created tessellated images using specialist software.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Sum 1 – 130522

Yr 3 RC13 – Lost In The Zoo – 130522

Please don’t forget that we have a trip scheduled for next Friday and another one in June – if you haven’t already done so, please provide consent (no payment necessary for either trip!) at your earliest convenience.

During our Art lesson, Miss Amy led the class in completing their mood boards – there were lots of great ideas on display, with pupils using mixed media to create wonderful tapestries of their interests!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 2nd May 2022

Hello!

I hope this blog post reaches you well.

After a full five days last week, we went back to a four day one (hooray for May Day!) However, we didn’t rest on our laurels, powering through a very busy abbreviated week!

In Maths, we focused on fractions, exploring how fractions are part of whole, learning the concept of tenths then counting in tenths. We also fit in some fun (and very useful!) times tables practise!

During our English sessions, we had a GPS lesson where we practised use of words that feature a ‘ch’ spelling, but are pronounced ‘sh.’ In terms of work on our current unit of ‘Reports and Recounts,’ we completed related reading comprehensions, identified key features of recounts, and wrote diary-like recounts.

In our RHE lesson, we explored the concept of being sympathetic and empathetic to the viewpoints of others (within reason, of course,) a vitally important skill that will serve the children well in later life.

During RE, we compared and contrasted key beliefs of the Christian and Sikh faiths, discussing and acting these out as we did so.

In Science, we continued our work on forces and motion by using toy cars to assess which type of surface is best served to make an item travel the fastest. A great time was had by all, as the children were able to play with toys while simultaneously learning about key scientific principles – result!

During Geography, we learned about the fascinating story of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, and in doing so, explored coastline buildings’ susceptibility to erosion and landslides. Later in the lesson, the children donned their journalistic hats and, in a rather lovely cross-curricular link to English, wrote reports about the same.

Here is this week’s homework (there is no reading comprehension component this week:)

Y3 Homework – Sum 1 – 060522

(Ctrl+C. Ctrl+V, with some light edits) Finally, as you may or may not know, we have an upcoming trip, for which a ParentMail message seeking consent went out earlier this week last week. Thank you to those who have already responded, but could those who haven’t please do so at their earliest convenience? Thank you in advance! (Brand new content) We also have a second trip upcoming, for which a letter went out earlier this week. As always, thanks to those who have already responded, and as for those who haven’t, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Finally, during our Art session, as it was Grandparents’ Afternoon (and as such, we were meeting and greeting various family and friends of 3 Nichols, not to mention guests via other classrooms,) we had a more freeform activity, where we created and decorated acrostic poems relating to our older loved ones. By the way, a big ‘thank you’ to all of those who popped in to say hello on Friday afternoon; it was great meeting, and in many cases, reconnecting with you!

Have a great weekend – all things going to plan, we have a very busy one, with Zoe, Apollo and I having Apollo’s godfather (who is also my godson – proper Circle Of Life stuff there eh?) over for lunch, going to a childrens’ birthday party and visiting my mum and sisters. Oh, plus our weekly toddler swimming session! Should be a fun time; I hope yours are equally as joy-filled…

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 25th April 2022

Hello!

I hope you had a good week.

Our first full week back has been typically busy; here are some of our highlights:

During our English lessons, our work on poetry drew to a close, with the class drawing inspiration from the limericks of Edward Lear and the rhymes of Vikram Madan to create poems about sound collectors and rollercoasters! We rounded off our week by starting to take a look at non-chronological reports.

In Maths, we finished our unit of work on length and perimeter by calculating the perimeter of 2D shapes, then completed our end-of-unit assessments. After a lesson spent reviewing all of the work completed throughout the unit, on Friday my group reviewed the work that was carried out in Year 2 in our new unit of work – fractions.

During RHE, we learned about how some infectious illnesses are spread from one person to another, talked about how we can reduce the spread of these and suggested various ways of treating an illness.

In our RE lesson, we started our new unit – ‘What Does It Mean To Be A Sikh?’ In doing this, we reflected upon the importance of belonging to different groups, and the various benefits that can offer us.

Our Geography lesson was our first in our new unit on coasts, and as such, we learned about the key features of a coastline.

In Science, we started our new unit of work on forces and motion by looking at push and pull movements, sorting / writing down examples of both.

During Computing, we looked at the concept of tessellation and practised creating our own tessellated patterns using a fun web-based application called ‘Tessellation Artist,’ which you can access here: tinyurl.com/y3tes.

In our Art lesson, Miss Amy led the children in the creation of mood boards! A fun time was had by all.

Here is this week’s homework (please note there is a reading comprehension component:)

02 – Y3 Homework – Sum 1 – 290422

13 – Yr 3 RC16 – Roger The Dog – 290422

A note from Miss Marchant, our PE Coordinator:

Walk to School Week is coming up (16th May – 20th May) so it would be great to get some posters put up around the school encouraging the initiative. Your challenge is to create a bright and colourful poster that promotes walking, cycling or scooting to school. The deadline for these posters is Friday 6th May, so please give them to your class teacher by then. I look forward to seeing your designs!

Finally, as you may or may not know, we have an upcoming trip, for which a ParentMail message seeking consent went out earlier this week. Thank you to those who have already responded, but could those who haven’t please do so at their earliest convenience? Thank you in advance!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 18th April 2022

Hello!

Welcome back!

It’s been a very busy, albeit abbreviated, first week back!

Rather fittingly, here is an abbreviated account of what we’ve been up to:

During Maths, we subtracted lengths (converting mm to cm and vice-versa in the process) and started to calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes.

In English, we performed poems, answered reading comprehensions related to the same and wrote our own limericks.

In our RE session, we reflected upon who we thought was the most important person in the Easter story, while during History, we ‘mummified’ (via toilet papered) two lucky volunteers.

Our RHE lesson consisted of an investigation as to what goes into a balanced diet, and in Art, we created caveperson-inspired Art using charcoal.

Here is this week’s homework (please note there is no reading comprension component, but there is a poem to start practising:)

01 – Y3 Homework – Sum 1 – 220422

3 Nichols Poem Sum 1

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 28th March 2022

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, English, Science, History, RHE and Computing 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.

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 Wednesday 20th April (remember, Monday 18th is a bank holiday and Tuesday 19th 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 homework sheets to the website.

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!

Here is our half termly poetry performance – enjoy:

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!

A quick note from Miss Rachel, our lovely Music teacher:

Your little dears are taking their recorders home for the holidays! Here is some backing music for them to follow:

Please bring your instruments back to school straight after the holiday.

Finally, have a great Easter break and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 21st March 2022

Week Commencing 21th March 2022

Hello!

One week to go until we all have a well-earned Easter break!

A big ‘thank you’ to those who joined me for our Parents’ / Carers’ Evenings this week; it was lovely to share feedback of how your children have progressed over the past few months!

For our English lessons, we continued to work on Malorie Blackman’s ‘The Monster Crisp-Guzzler.’ We created our own reading comprehension questions related to the text, plotted out the key events of the story and started to plan our own versions of a story featuring a ‘teacher creature!’

During Maths this week, we moved onto our new unit of work on Length and Perimeter. We started out by measuring lengths of objects and working out how long given items were. As the week progressed, we moved on working out equivalent lengths (metres to centimetres and millimetres to centimetres in fact!)

In Computing, we continued to work on databases, using different search functions to sort our data more effectively.

In RHE, we reflected upon ways we could improve our school environment, while during our Science lesson, we learned about the pollination process.

In lieu of a normal Art lesson, ahead of Mothering Sunday, we created cards to celebrate our mothers, aunties, sisters, family friends and any significant older female figures in our lives!

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic DT day, where we created our own cardboard castles! A great time was had by all!

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Spr 2 – 250322

Finally, a note from Mr Gane, Year 6 teacher, Maths coordinator and all-round school Twitter account whiz:

TWITTER @StStephensLBHF

Do you follow the school Twitter account? If not, then why not give it a go; you’ll see lots of events that children from across the school have taken part in as well as photos, films and links celebrating these and forthcoming FOSS events too. Used to showcase the school’s achievements it’s also a way for you to ‘like’ <, share and comment too. We never mention children’s name and all is GDPR compliant – it’s a great way to keep in touch.

Twitter.com/ststephenslbhf

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 14th March 2022

Hello!

Another busy week as the March march (see what I did there?) to Easter continues!

In our Maths lessons, we wrapped up our unit on Statistics by completing our end-of-unit assessments. Earlier in the week, we read and drew bar charts and looked up information from tables.

During English, we moved onto our second ‘quality text’ of the year, Malorie Blackman’s ‘The Monster Crisp-Guzzler.’ A great time was had by all as children read the first few chapters of the book, answered a related reading comprehension and, most excitingly, drew and described (in vivid detail!) their own ‘teacher creatures!’ During our GPS lesson, we learned about proper thesaurus use and reviewed our work.

In our RE lesson, we learned about Judas, how he betrayed Jesus, then reflected upon a time in our lives where we made *the right* decision about something.

During RHE, we examined the difference between ‘fact’ and ‘opinion’ (which drew cross-curricular links between English and Computing, as we have studied this particular topic in those subjects too.)

In Computing, we continued to work on databases, this time adding our own ‘information cards’ to a central database, which we then searched to answer questions about the class.

For our Science lesson, we learned how plants create their own food using the process of photosynthesis.

In History, we looked at the importance of artefacts in uncovering historical facts, and translated hieroglyphics into the Latin / Roman alphabet (i.e., the one that we use nowadays!)

Miss Amy’s Art lesson this week consisted of drawing British wildlife, with a link to prehistoric art. A fun way to cap off our working week (well, homework on your child’s end and marking / planning on mine notwithstanding!)

Here is this week’s homework (please note there is a reading comprehension component):

Y3 Homework – Spr 2 – 180322

Yr 3 RC11 – Fun on Bikes – 180322

A huge ‘thank you’ to those of you who attended our ‘Arts Café’ event; I hope you enjoyed seeing your child’s art up on display.

A final reminder that our Parents’ / Carers’ Evenings are coming up this Wednesday and Thursday; if you haven’t already done so, please ensure that you book a slot. I look forward to speaking to you all next week.

Finally, you may have seen the news that, this past week, poet Grace Nichols (after whom this class is named) received The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 from, well, The Queen herself! You can find out more about this via the Twitter link below:

https://twitter.com/StStephensLBHF/status/1504123596507168770?s=20&t=pSB5I6ROuURwo7g-rzaqrQ

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 7th March 2022

Hello!

Hot on the heels of a terrific Arts Week, we have crammed in a lot more conventional learning over the past five days!

In our English lessons, we finished off our unit of work on information texts, conducting research into animals and later writing and improving our own information texts. Our GPS lesson consisted of a look at the prefixes super-, anti- and auto-.

During Maths, we finished our unit on Money by calculating change and completing our end-of-unit assessments. We then pivoted, moving onto Statistics. As the week came to an end, we looked at tally charts and pictograms.

For Science, we explored how liquids are transported through plants via judicious use of food colouring and celery, while in History, we learned all about Howard Carter and his famed discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

In our RE lesson, we related Jesus’ values to our own teachings, creating our own pairs of commandments.

In Computing, we started to look at database software, searching a completed document for specific information. In RHE, we reflected upon the people around us who help keep us safe (police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers etc.) and thought about their responsibilities, as well our own when it comes to them.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Spr 2 – 110322

Depending on when you have read this (I uploaded it early Friday morning,) you will either have enjoyed or will soon be enjoying our Arts Café. Either way, thanks for joining us!

Our Parents’ / Carers’ Evenings are coming up soon; please ensure that you book a slot once the system goes live!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 28th February 2022

Hello!

We have had a fantastic Arts Week, participating in a wide range of fun activities and creating some fabulous pieces of work inspired by this year’s artist, Fahrelnissa Zeid.

We took part in a wide range of art activities in-class, largely led by the wonderful Miss Amy (with assistance from her ever-so-slightly-less-artistic class teacher, Mr Faith!) A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Miss Amy for her amazing efforts in planning and delivering these superb lessons – we are very lucky to have her, and greatly appreciate her Herculean efforts in and around the classroom! Her Art activities included squiggly abstract pattern pieces, abstract body art and stained glass windows (making good use of translucent – there’s a Science term taught last half term! – coloured tissue paper!)

I also did some art teaching, explaining the concept of pointillism, which children experimented with, tricking the eye into seeing a range of colours. I also explored the concept of symmetry, and how judicious use of it can result in appealing pieces of work.

The children also enjoyed a performance of ‘The Jungle Book.’ Far from offering the bare necessities (ahem,) it was a prop-laden, costumed extravaganza, featuring a rather large Baloo the Bear, who must have had a very sweaty afternoon performing!

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

Here is this week’s homework (please note there is a reading comprehension component):

Year 3 Homework Spellings – Spr 2 – 040322

Reading Comprehension – The Dragons Cold – 040322

READING COMPREHENSION

We finished our Arts Week with a trip to the Science Museum, which went fabulously! A huge thank you goes out to parents Antonia, Kitty and Linda, who did a great job helping us on the trip!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 21st February 2022

Hello!

We got off to a flying start this week, cramming in a lot of work in our first week back together!

During our Maths lessons, we channelled our inner Ted DiBiases (two house points to those parents / carers who get the reference) and worked on money, first looking at pounds and pence, then moving onto converting pounds and pence and finally, adding / subtracting the same.

In our English lessons, we started our new unit of work on information texts. In doing this, we answered reading comprehensions based on an information text, identified key features of them and created our own eye-catching posters all about elephants. We rounded off our week by creating information texts all about ourselves. A great time was had by all!

During our Science lesson, we started to look at plants and, in a hands-on investigation, planted pinto beans in wet cotton wool. Hopefully they’ll sprout at some point over the next few days!

For our Computing lesson, we started to create PowerPoint-esque slideshows all about Ada Lovelace.

In our RE lesson, we learned about Jesus’ Greatest Commandment, and in our History lesson, explored Ancient Egypt!

Our RHE lesson looked at volunteers, and how they can help communities.

Here is this week’s homework, alongside our poem for the half term:

Y3 Homework – Spr 2 – 250222

3 Nichols Poem Spr 2

For those of you who haven’t already done so, please provide payment / consent for our upcoming trip at your earliest convenience. A huge ‘thank you’ to those who have already done this.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 7th February 2022

Hello!

It’s now the half term – hooray!

Needless to say, we haven’t rested on our laurels! During this week, we completed our mid-term Maths and English assessments and created pneumatic toys for DT Day!

As mentioned, we had a fantastic DT day, creating our own pneumatic toys using balloons and tubes as a mechanism.  A great time was had by all and a huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Miss Hall (Art and DT coordinator,) who organised the day’s activities, as well as our very own Miss Amy, who worked hard on making the activity as fun and accessible as possible for the Year 3 cohort, and helped the children finish their toys to a high standard.

On a DT Day related note, here is a message from Miss Hall:

Something creative for a rainy weekend? Entries are now open to the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards 2022 | London City Hall:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/current-culture-projects/fourth-plinth-trafalgar-square/fourth-plinth-schools-awards-2022

The deadline is March 12th. There is lots of information and inspiration on the website.

During RE, we finished our unit on the Bible and how Christians use it, caught up on our Science and Geography work 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 Spring Term 1, here is the homework for the first week back, to be handed in by Wednesday 23rd February, with words and times tables to be tested the following Friday, Friday 25th February:

Y3 Homework – Spr 1 – 110222

Yr 3 RC09 – The Lion and the Mouse – 110222

Here is a YouTube link to our performance of this half term’s poem (apologies for the brief director’s commentary at the end; I’m too tired to edit it out!):

https://youtu.be/kqJBgNDoN5o

Finally, I would like to thank you all for the amazing support you have given me during the past half year with your children; I really appreciate it, and look forward to another term and a half working with you!

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

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 31st January 2022

Hello!

I hope you all had a fab week!

Shortly after writing this, I shall be off ‘on assignment’ with the Year 5s, hence this early (and abbreviated!) entry.

During Maths, we started to finish our work on Multiplication and Division, working on dividing with exchanging, then moving onto dividing with remainders. We rounded off our week by working on scaling.

In our English lessons, we continued our work on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by continuing to read the story, both answering and creating questions related to the text, and writing in role as Gulliver.

We had a fab time completing our ‘Coding Day’ activities, which included ‘Hour Of Code’ self-led tasks. A great time was had by all.

During our RE lesson, we thought about what the Bible teaches us about faith and what it means for us.

In our Science lesson, we learned about the differences between night and day.

During Geography, we looked at the different types of volcano.

Here is this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Spr 1 – 040222

(Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V from last week’s entry) Also, we will be having our DT Day in the relatively near future; each child will require one egg box and a tissue / shoe box.) Please start bringing these in from *Monday 7th February*, as we will now have our DT Day that week.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 24th January 2022

Hello!

Another busy week for 3 Nichols!

After our successful assembly last week, we made up for lost time taken with rehearsals by cramming in even more work than usual.

In our English lessons, we started our week by reviewing some of our favourite books, then moved onto our new unit of work, ‘Quality Texts.’ In doing this, we are studying one of my all-time favourite books, ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ So far, the children have thoroughly enjoyed ‘hotseating’ the character of Gulliver and, inspired by his adventures in Lilliput, wrote diary entries from the point of view of a giant!

During Maths, we continued to work on multiplication and division. This week, we practised division by using Base 10 and counters, first with relatively simple calculations, later moving onto ones where we had to exchange sets of tens for ones.

In our Computing lessons (we squeezed in two this week,) we first looked at the ‘if’ command when creating algorithms, then moved onto learning the difference between factual statements, fictional ones and opinions.

During our RE lesson, we reflected upon how the Bible is sometimes referred to as a ‘map’ for a Christian.

In our Geography lesson, we looked at volcanic activity, learning about the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull (try saying that three times fast!) and the effect it had on people in Iceland.

For our Science lesson, we learned about light sources and explored various examples of them in and around school.

Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):

Y3 Homework – Spr 1 – 280122

Yr 3 RC08 – Thunder and Lightning – 280122

(Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V from last week’s entry) Also, we will be having our DT Day in the relatively near future; each child will require one egg box and a tissue / shoe box. (CHANGE TO ORIGINAL PLAN / TEXT) Please start bringing these in from *Monday 7th February*, as we will now have our DT Day that week.

Finally, we had a fantastic trip to the Science Museum on Friday, where we enjoyed an IMAX presentation of ‘Antarctica 3D.’ A huge thank you goes out to my partner teacher Miss Kelly, who jumped through the myriad trip booking hoops that have popped up since the advent of Covid-19. Your patience and perseverance in booking the trip for the whole Year 3 cohort is greatly appreciated! Another thank you goes out to the alliterative parent trio of Sarah, Seraphina and Susie, who did an amazing job helping us out on the trip!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 17th January 2022

Hello!

3 Nichols have had a very eventful week!

They worked extremely hard during rehearsals for our computing-themed class assembly, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the results were well worth it! I am incredibly proud of the performances put forth by all and hope you enjoyed the show. A big ‘thank you’ also goes out to the parents who took the time to compliment me on the class assembly (both face-to-face and via email). I really appreciate your kind words, as the entire process took up a *lot* of Miss Amy and I’s time, both during the school day and after it (for example, the script was written in a marathon session on my living room sofa late in the Christmas break with Apollo bouncing around me!) However, the biggest ‘thank you’ of all goes out to Miss Amy (our costumer and assistant director extraordinaire!), who was invaluable in her support.

In our Maths lessons, we continued our work on multiplication and division. In doing this, we worked on comparing statements. As the week progressed, we started to focus on column multiplication (also known as short multiplication). We started with relatively simple questions that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a systematic, deliberate fashion. After doing this, we then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to different place value columns when necessary. We will continue to practise this next week.

During our English lessons, we continued to work on instruction texts. We created guides on how to catch dragons (with a bit of creative license used as part of the process!) We also answered a reading comprehension based on a set of instructions about how to clean an elephant, and wrote instructions on how to make not just any cup of tea, but a lovely cup of tea! In our GPS lesson, we practised proper homophone use.

In our RE lesson, we looked at whether the Bible has many plots, one overarching plot (known as a ‘metanarrative’) or both.

Having successfully performed our class assembly, its back to normal service with this week’s homework:

Y3 Homework – Spr 1 – 210122 – Nichols

Also, we will be having our DT Day in the relatively near future; each child will require one egg box and a tissue / shoe box. Please start bringing these in from *Monday 31st January* (not any sooner, as we don’t have space in the classroom to store them for a week.) Thanks!

Right, after such an exhausting week, I plan on relaxing and having a good lie-in and putting my feet up for the weekend… Just kidding! Apollo is going on a play date in the park with his best friend tomorrow morning and I need to conjure up my energy reserves to make sure all goes well. Still, should be fun!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 10th January 2022

Hello!

During our Maths lessons, we continued to drill down on using our 3 and 4 times tables to work on a range of related number sentences and word problems, as well as division calculations that used inverse operations. As the week drew to a close, we started to work on using our 8 times table knowledge for the same purposes.

Our English work on instructions kicked into high gear, with the class using a checklist to identify the key features of a text. We also sequenced instructions and worked on imperative (‘bossy’) verb and time connective use. During our GPS lesson, we started to work on our understanding of the following terms: word family, prefix, clause, subordinate clause, direct speech, consonant, consonant letter, vowel, vowel letter and inverted commas.

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.

Instead of our usual RHE lesson, we enjoyed a virtual ‘Life Bus’ visit from Sarah and Harold the Giraffe where we learned about ways we can stay healthy and happy. Thank you for ‘visiting’ us, and an extra-special ‘thank you’ to the wonderful Miss Mahon (our RHE coordinator,) who organised the event!

In our Computing lesson, we learned about devices, how they work (unpowered, powered by mains electricity and / or powered by batteries) and the safety precautions we need to take with regards to using them and the electrical charge they may hold.

Your children also got the pleasure of taking their library books home for the first time! Please ensure that they bring them back in on Wednesday for returning / renewal.

Here is this week’s homework (please note the adapted tasks set, as the main focus for your child should be practising for our upcoming class assembly – more on that later):

Y3 Homework – Spr 1 – 140122 – Nichols

(Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V – A little preview of our assembly!) For those of you haven’t already done so, please provide consent and payment for our upcoming trip (thank you to those who have already done so!) and please note our class assembly is this coming *Thursday 20th January*!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 3rd January 2022

Hello and Happy New Year!

We’ve crammed a lot into our first two days back together!

In English, we reviewed all of the work we completed during the entire Autumn Term. This included finishing off tasks, as some required a bit more time. As well as this, we spent the lesson reflecting upon teacher comments in our books, and making corrections and improvements using our green pens. The following day, we began a new, non-fiction unit on Instruction texts. We discussed where we might see instruction texts and how they tend to be laid-out so as to make them clear to the reader. We then focused on verbal instructions. We worked back-to-back in pairs, taking turns to describe a simple, abstract picture whilst the other person attempted to draw it from the verbal instructions given. It was harder than many of us expected to be!

During our Maths lessons, we practised our 3 and 4 times tables by answering a range of number sentence *and* word problem-related questions. It’s clear that many of the children have been diligently practising their times tables over the Christmas break!

In our Geography lesson, we started our new unit of work on volcanoes, studying some of the more famous examples of them around the world, while for Art, we finished off our Kehinde Wiley-inspired pictures.

Here is this week’s homework, alongside our poem for the half term:

Year 3 Homework – 070122 – Nichols

Year 3 Reading Comprehension – An Ants Nest – 070122

3 Nichols Poem for Spring 1

For those of you haven’t already done so, please provide consent and payment for our upcoming trip (thank you to those who have already done so!) and please note our class assembly is on *Thursday 20th January* – I have sent your child home with their script; please ensure they practise their lines and song lyrics!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 13th December 2021

Hello!

Year 3 have had an exciting, activity-packed week, which has included the return of our Key Stage 2 Christmas Quiz!

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 Ailsa and Miss Rachel, who diligently taught and practised the songs with all pupils and provided excellent backing 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; 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 (7th January.) However, we have sent your child/ren home with their homework books so they are able to review all of the wonderful homework they have done over the past term – enjoy!

Here’s our poetry performance by the way: https://youtu.be/4BP56-fIAPI

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; I’ll see you all on Thursday 6th of January (please remember, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th January are inset days!)

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 6th December 2021

Hello!

One week to go… tick tock!

During our English lessons, our GPS lesson focus was on practising words with the ‘a’ sound spelt with ‘ai,’ in line with this past week’s homework spelling targets. As the week progressed, we described mythical settings, then planned and started to write our very own myths with the idea that it, much like many existing myths, explains the origin of a natural phenomenon / tells a moral.

In our Maths lessons, we moved onto our new unit of work: multiplication and division. During the week, we practised simple methods of multiplying and dividing by three. Please ensure that you practise times tables with your children as regularly as possible, as quick recall of them (along with their associated inverse operations) will prove invaluable over the first few weeks of the Spring Term (and, indeed, throughout your child/ren’s time in Key Stage 2.)

Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is no reading comprehension component this week):

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 101221

As mentioned last week (and the week before!), please also practise our class poem, as we will be filming a performance of it next week.

3 Nichols Poem Aut 2

During Science, we looked at vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as those living creatures with and without protective shells, doing a sorting activity regarding the same.

In History, we learned about the Iron Age, and how people lived during that particular time period.

In our RE lesson, we looked at the clues that Epiphany gives us about Jesus’ life.

For Computing, we finished our coding-related unit of work finishing off our block coding using j2visual.

In our RHE lesson, we reflected upon the idea of prejudice, and what we can do when people are being bullied.

We also enjoyed one of Miss Amy’s superb Art lessons, this time taught by guest Art teacher Mr L Faith (!), looking at the work of Kehinde Wiley!

Have a great weekend, and please don’t forget to buy your child’s brownie at the Christmas Fair!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 29th November 2021

Hello!

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):

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 031221

Yr 3 RC06 – Gumdrop Has a Birthday – 031221

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):

3 Nichols Poem Aut 2

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 (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.

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 one of Miss Amy’s fantastic Art lessons, creating Duchamp-inspired collages!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 22nd November 2021

Hello!

Only three weeks until the Christmas holidays 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):

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 261121

Please also practise our class poem, as we will be filming a performance of it in the coming weeks:

3 Nichols Poem Aut 2

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.

For Computing, we continued to program ‘turtle’ sprites, working on creating staircase-style patterns in a range of colours.

We also enjoyed a fabulous Art lesson with Miss Amy, making and drawing pipe cleaner models inspired by Alberto Giacometti!

On Friday, 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,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 15th November 2021

Hello!

Another busy week!

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):

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 191121

Yr 3 RC05 – Looking at Books – 191121

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 with Miss Amy; this time we drew shadow figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 8th November 2021

Hello!

What a week!

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, and even signed into Google Classroom to witness the process first-hand!

During History, we donned our palaeontologist hats (do they wear hats?) and theorised ways in which early humans lived.

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:)

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 121121

Finally, thank you very much for attending your (virtual) parents’ and carers’ 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! Nearly five hours of conversation spread over two days – wow! 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 1st November 2021

Hello!

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:)

Y3 Homework – Aut 2 – 051121

Yr 3 RC04 – The Cow – 051121

3 Nichols Poem Aut 2

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 Aimie, Caroline and Maggie, who joined us on the trip and did a superb job helping out.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 18th October 2021

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 (‘Puppet Day’).

Black Voices Week

We had a Zoom chat with Sir Harry Bhadeshia, who invented a special type of resilient steel that the tracks to the Channel Tunnel were made of. We learned a lot during our time together! We also studied Dr Lonnie Johnson, who is most famous for having invented the Super Soaker (and Nerf guns)! In doing this, we completed a range of fun activities, including creating posters about him. We even got to test out some of his Super Soaker and Nerf guns! A big ‘thank you!’ goes out to our Science Coordinators Miss Kelly and Mrs Wordsworth, who organised a lot of the activities we enjoyed.

DT ‘Puppet Day’

On Wednesday, we got the chance to explore our creative skills and design our very own puppets! In 3 Nichols, 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. We had a great time doing this (despite the mess!) Thank you to Miss Hall, our Art / DT Coordinator, who helped structure the activities carried out across the school.

During RE, we finished our unit on what Sikhs believe and had an excellent RHE session related to ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ (Thank you Miss Mahon – RHE Coordinator – for organising!) We also completed end-of-half term tests on Reading, GPS, Geography and Science.

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:

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 221021

On a homework-related note, here’s a cool video of the class performing ‘Give Yourself A Hug’ by our class author, Grace Nichols:

https://youtu.be/sFwS_Ch_RTA

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!

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!

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 11th October 2021

Hello!

Another busy week!

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 enjoyed a dance demonstration during our assembly and completed a range of fun in-class activities.

A big thank you goes out to Mrs Pereira and Mrs Hardy, who organised the festivities!

Miss Amy also led a Galapagos-themed Art activity, where the children designed colourful lizards using pastels.

Here is this week’s homework (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 151021

Yr 3 RC03 – Working on a Farm – 151021

In terms of regular lessons, this week, we did the following…

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, subtracting 2-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers and finally added and subtracted 100s. We also practised our times tables!

During Computing, we used the Chromebooks to play a fun game about ways of having a secure password, and noted down ways of doing so. In our Geography lesson, we looked at capital cities, and for RE, we focused on the ‘Five Ks’, a foundational part of the Sikh belief system.

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!

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,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 4th October 2021

Hello!

Our first full week in school for a while was a busy one!

First things first, this week’s homework can be found at the link below (no reading comprehension element this week; however, please note that we will be doing our tests this coming *Thursday*, not our usual Friday.)

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 081021

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 Geography lesson, we learned facts about various countries, while during RE, we reflected upon the importance of the Amrit ceremony for Sikhs.

In our Computing lesson, we created eye-catching posters about online safety following the SMART principles. I was so impressed by the quality of work on offer, it will form the basis of a new classroom display!

We capped off the week by having another one of Miss Amy’s fantastic Art lessons – this session, we practised blending with soft pastels.

Finally, having forgotten to do this last week, I would like to say a quick thank you to all of you who came and said hello to Apollo last week at the Family Supper – his first experience of festivities at St Stephen’s was a most excellent one!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 27th September 2021

Hello!

And so our out-of-school adventures draw to an end, until our first school trip! On that note, Team Year 3 (Miss Kelly in particular – thank you!) 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!

This week’s homework can be found at the link below (please note that there is a reading comprehension element):

Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 011021

Yr 3 RC02 – Caterpillars – 011021

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 one of Miss Amy’s terrific Art lessons!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 20th September 2021

Hello!

A very busy week, made even more so by our out-of-school adventures!

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 (or will finish our week, depending on when you read this blog entry!) with another fabulous Miss Amy-led Art lesson!

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

03 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 240921

Please note that we have also stuck Google Classroom logins into the back of your child’s homework books – these will be put to use in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 13th September 2021

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 (please note that there is a reading comprehension component):

02 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 170921

01 – Yr 3 RC01 – Monkey Business – 170921

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 another of Miss Amy’s excellent Art lessons!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Week Commencing Monday 6th September 2021

 

Hello!

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

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.

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, and during Geography, we learned about the continents of the world. For our Relationships and Health Education (or RHE) lesson, we learned about why we have rules, while in Computing, we practised logging into the Google Classroom learning environment.

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

01 – Y3 Homework – Aut 1 – 100921

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 (‘Give Yourself A Hug’) can be found at the link below:

3 Nichols Poem Aut 1

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 great weekend, and please ensure that your children have a good rest – they’ve certainly earned it! For those of you who haven’t already done so, please read the ParentMail messages that went out a week or so ago regarding swimming lessons.

Mr Faith

 

 

Week Commencing 30th August 2021

Hello!

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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. 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.

 

Swimming

Please refer to the separate letter we will send you via ParentMail regarding our swimming provision for the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

Class Trips

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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

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

Year 3 Teachers