Welcome back

Happy New Year to you all from the Year 3 team.  We hope you all had a happy and restful Christmas break!

The children certainly have come back to school keen to begin their next learning journeys.  This term is all about the Rainforests.  We be using this topic in our Literacy and Maths work throughout the term.  Again, we will be inviting parents, carers and family members to come and look through the topic work from the term.

In Literacy, we have been learning about note taking and exploring non – chronological books with the children.  The children have been learning lots of new rainforest facts throughout the week.

In our Maths lesson, we have been consolidating our understanding of the times tables and division facts. We have been thinking about how 4 x 5 can help us to solve 4 x 50.

Spellings have been sent out this week and so we look forward to seeing what the children do next Friday.

Team Three

The Final Countdown

We are into the final week of school before the Christmas Festivities begin.  The children have not slowed down in their work rate at school though and they were excited to be writing their Scary Stories based on the story ‘the Gorgle.’ We have been very impressed so far.

In Maths we have been learning about right angles and today we were writing Christmas-style words on our pages and then looking for right angles.

Thank you to all the parents who came to have a look at the children’s Topic learning from this half term.  It is wonderful to be able to share the hard work of the children and we know that they were very proud too.  We will be holding another informal evening in the Spring term to share the learning from next term.

Not long to go now! Keep up the hard work.

Team Three


We kicked off STEM day with an assembly in the hall where we saw how Mobile Phones have changed over the last 20-30 years.  We then looked at the engineering involved to create a domino effect involving 50,000dominoes. Then finally we saw how humans can actually walk on custard! The children were buzzing after the assembly and keen to get creating, designing, building and collaborating on the project ahead of them today!

The Sustainable Car

Last week, Year 3 started a project on Sustainability.  We have been focusing on Light pollution so far but today it was time to turn our attention to the problem with pollution.  We talked about alternatives to petrol cars and then the children were presented today’s challenge which was to make a sustainable car to race! The children were using a balloon to power their car, a plastic cup, a bottle, straws, thread and rubber bands.

They adapted their designs as they went to try and get their car moving. Here are some of the pictures.


In Maths this week we have been looking at problem solving with addition.  We have been calculating the amount of carrots Rudolph will have eaten on his Christmas Eve journey. Here is an example of how we were practising ‘regrouping’ when we are calculating.  We use regrouping as a way of changing 10 tens into 1 hundred and 10 ones into 1 ten.  This child used a red pen to show the tens that she would regroup for 1 hundred instead.  The children enjoyed using their regrouping pens to do this!

In English, the children continued to read the book The Gorge.  We started to think about speech between two characters and using role play we were able to improve our speech to ensure that it was moving the story forward – adding information about the story.  The children then use speech punctuation to record the conversations between Finn and Oliver.  Next week, we will begin to write our Spooky stories!

Spellings: This week we will be learning 6 words from the Year 3/4 statutory word list: Calendar, Caught, Centre, Century, Certain, Circle. Suggested activities include: looking up the words in the dictionary; Writing each words in a shape like a circle or triangle; and write each word in a sentence.  Again, this week we have been so impressed with the spelling home learning.  It is clear that the children value the work they are doing and they are enjoying the tasks given so far.  Thank you for your continued support with helping the children achieve this.

Happy Weekend – 18 sleeps…

Team 3!


This week, we have continued to apply our new skill of reading scales to the context of statistics.  We have been interpreting pictograms and bar charts and answering questions such as ‘how many more goals did Manchester United score than Liverpool last season?’ Or probably the more apt questions, ‘how many fewer goals have Manchester United scored than Manchester City this season?’ It hasn’t all been about football statistics though. We have looked at statistics relating to gold medals from the Olympics, traffic surveys and even ice cream data.  We moved onto ‘telling the time’ in the latter part of the week.  We will continue to learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes after the weekend.

During our English lessons this week, we have been writing setting descriptions.  Watch this space for some of the published writing appearing on this blog very soon.  In the meantime, we plan to share our writing with the Year 1 children next week.  The children have worked very hard planning, editing and publishing a description to match a stormy sea scene.

We will be starting our Sustainability unit next week.  This will involved looking at ways that we can contribute to the sustainability of the world through our actions relating to light.  We will be looking at ways that we can save electricity, we will be exploring light pollution as well as looking at some photographs from space which further illustrate the most lit up areas in the world. It is a very exciting unit.  We have now finished our Stone Age to the Iron Age project and so we will be looking for a date shortly to invite parents, grandparents and carers in after school so the children can share their work with you. Date to be confirmed!

Have a super restful weekend  Keep warm and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Team Year 3!

Anti Bullying Week

This week, we started to think about Anti-bullying week – this will continue into the next week.  We kicked off the week with the Odd Socks day.  The children really enjoyed parading their odd socks around the school grounds.  We designed our own odd socks and began to think about what bullying means to us.

In Maths this week, we have had a big focus on reading scales to the nearest half interval.  For example, if the scale is going up in 100’s, we thought about halving this amount so we’d know the value of the intervals.  Some children moved onto scales which had 4 intervals between the values on the scale.  This was really tough and all of the children showed great resilience towards their learning and are beginning to master this concept.  We will be building on this skill next week when we will be reading and interpreting statistics! Also next week – Time! Can you practise reading the time over the weekend in preparation for this next unit in the later stages of next week?

We have continued our short unit on descriptive writing this week.  We had the opportunity to collect adjectives and powerful phrases during our multi – sensory lesson.  We explored the 5 senses through a carousal of activities including: smelling seaweed; listening to beach noises; feeling shells and fossils; and listening closely to the seashells amongst other activities.

Spellings – this week we are continuing our focus on the ‘re-‘ and ‘mis-‘ prefix. The newest spelling homework was sent home with all the children today.  As a Year 3 team, we are so impressed with the standard of homework this year so far and wish to pass on thanks to all for supporting your children with the activities that they are set.

Happy weekend to all and we look forward to seeing you on Monday morning for another week of learning.

Team Year 3

History Week

This week the focus has been on remembering all who made sacrifices during the First World War.  Year 3 took part in a range of activities across the week including: Making glitter poppies, creating poems, writing letters home from soldiers and creating a poster to encourage new recruits to sign up to join in the war effort.  The children’s outcomes have been very impressive indeed.  Many children are proud to be part of up coming parades over the weekend and we look forward to hearing about how these go.

In Maths, we have been looking at measure.  so far we have been learning to master using a ruler to measure to the nearest mm and we have started conversion between the cm and mm.  We moved onto created a ‘Woolly Mammoth Potion’ in which children had the opportunity to measure out ‘juice’ that would make any poorly Woolly Mammoths feel better.  Next week we will be developing our understanding of reading scales and so any practise over the weekend would be valuable in achieving this.  In English, we have started our work on setting descriptions.  We have been looking at a portrait and justifying our word choices in relation to the picture.  We have explored words such as turbulent, torrential, briny, engulfed and stagnant.

Spellings: Next week we will be learning about the prefix ‘re’ and ‘mis’  What words do you already know? Are there any from the dictionary that you don’t yet know how to spell? Can you make a spelling scribble to practise any that you don’t yet know? Maybe you could write each word as a command? Could you go on a prefix hunt? What words can you find in your books or in newspapers?

Have a super weekend and hopefully get some rest too.

Year 3 Team


We hope that you have all had a good week so far.

This week, the children have been drafting and editing their persuasive adverts. We have been very impressed by the children’s use of various sentence types as well as by their powerful vocabulary choices. Our next step is to publish and evaluate our persuasive adverts, before we present them to the Headteacher to see which pupil from each class has won the Year 3 competition for a Woolly Mammoth class mascot!

In Maths, we have started learning about fractions. More specifically, we have been counting up and down in tenths using Numicon to help us cross boundaries into the next ‘whole’ (e.g. 10/10 + 1/10 = 1 and 1/10). The children also enjoyed using fraction walls and number lines to support their learning when solving fraction problems that had involved both addition and subtraction. As the week progressed, both classes were also taught how to identify unit fractions of amounts (e.g. 1/4 of 12) by using bar models, counters and times table facts.

Next week, we look forward to our History Week where we shall be creating poems, poppies, music and more as part of our learning on WW1 and Remembrance. Our work shall then be presented to the rest of the school during a History assembly on Friday 9th November 2018. We would also like to inform you that Year 3 and Year 4 shall be taking part in a Mass at Sacred Heart church on Tuesday 13th November 2018 – we look forward to seeing you all there!

We hope you all have a great weekend,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba.

Learning Behaviours


We hope you have all had a good week so far.

In English, we have been learning how to write persuasive statements. The children have had lots of opportunities this week to practise the skill of subordinating conjunctions, by orally rehearsing their statements before editing them on whiteboards. As the week progressed, both classes took part in a ‘noun hunt’ in order to find a selection of alternative nouns for the Woolly Mammoth and his owner. Subsequently, the children wrote a short, entertaining passage about each character – Year Three then reviewed their work by colour-coding which nouns and pronouns referred to which character, to ensure that each piece of writing was cohesive and that it made sense. Great use of ‘critical thinking’, well done!

In Maths, Year Three have been learning about multiplication and division. At the beginning of the week, the children took part in a carousel of activities that enabled them to practise their 3 and 4 times tables. We then used arrays to represent a variety of multiplication facts for each 3 times table, before moving on to show ‘groups’ of items on a number line. The children enjoyed counting ‘groups of’ alien eyes, feet, fingers, etc. when solving a selection of challenging multiplication and division problems. We would like to congratulate everyone for their creativity this week – it was brilliant to see the following representations of division and multiplication facts across the children’s work: number lines, arrays, number sentences, written sentences, etc.

We hope that you all have a lovely half term break next week, and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind regards,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba.

CAFOD Wear It Bright day


This week, the children have been publishing and evaluating their instruction pages. We were impressed by the children’s use of time connectives, imperative verbs, adverbs and prepositions across their step by step command sentences. The children also thought very carefully about the additional features boxes they had included in their work, to ensure they had a clear purpose. We have now started our new unit of learning on persuasion. In this unit, the children shall be writing a persuasive letter to Mr Cunningham to convince him to purchase a prehistoric class pet – the child with the most persuasive letter from each class shall be able to name their “Woolly Mammoth” class mascot and take him home!

In Maths, Year Three have been learning how to add and subtract tens and ones from a three digit number. As the week progressed, the children explored this concept through the context of money. Both classes also worked hard to solve a range of tricky reasoning problems that involved the addition and subtraction of multiples of one hundred. Next week, we look forward to developing our learning on money. Please remind your child to log on to Sumdog learning over the weekend in preparation for this.

On Friday, the children enjoyed taking part in our CAFOD Wear It Bright day. Year Three wore lots of bright colours in order to raise money for CAFOD and support those who are less fortunate in other countries around the world.

We hope you all have a nice weekend,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba.

Reflective Learning…


We hope you have all had a lovely week and that the children enjoy a well deserved three day weekend.

This week, Year Three have continued their learning on instruction texts through the context of our current topic, The Stone Age. In particular, we have challenged the children by asking them to create their very own set of instructions to help a reader from Waterlooville Library understand how to take care of a prehistoric beast. As the week progressed, the children drafted their own instruction pages and included the following elements of success criteria across their command sentences: time connectives, imperative verbs, adverbs and prepositions. By the end of the week, the children took part in a carousel activity which had enabled them to analytically edit a maximum of three of their command sentences. We were very impressed by the children’s commitment when using resources (word mats, dictionaries, thesauruses and the working wall) to improve their work. Well done Year Three!

In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract 10 across a hundreds boundary. Using our Maths toolkits, we also looked at how to add hundreds to three digit numbers with a particular focus upon place value. Next week, we look forward to returning to the addition and subtraction of ones across a tens boundary with more confidence through the context of money calculations. Can the children calculate how much their favourite toy or sweet would cost if it was 9 pence more, or less? Can the children make the amount of money it would cost to buy their item using different combinations of coins?

Thank you to all of the children who have been working on their spelling home learning. We would like to inform you that the children have now all received their Sumdog passwords for Year 3, which can be found at the back of their Home Learning diaries in the notes section.

We hope you all have a pleasant weekend and look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba.