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 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