Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Year 3 explorers


This week the children have been having lots of practical opportunities to explore their current units of study.

In Maths, they have been learning how to find unit and non-unit fractions of amounts, using counters, coins and whiteboards to practise sharing and equal groups. Both classes have also enjoyed taking part in online fraction activities to explore the values of numerators and denominators. The children impressed us with their commitment and success when applying their learning about decimals and tenths of a number to some very tricky, open-ended shape problems. Well done Year 3!

In English, the children were introduced to the visual text, Ride of Passage, from the Literacy Shed website. Across the week, Year 3 have been applying their Rainforest learning to produce extracts of dialogue and setting description from the video, in preparation for their unit outcome (to write a story with an alternative ending). Perhaps the children may like to practise writing some alternative endings to their own favourite stories, this weekend.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday,

Miss Honeywell and Mr Austin


The Rainforest


This week, the children have continued to enjoy a rich and varied curriculum as they have progressed through their Year 3 Rainforest topic.

In English, the children have been learning about how to write an argument from a specific point of view. Across the week, Year 3 have enjoyed role-playing as different characters (i.e. explorers, Rainforest tribes and businessmen) in order to deepen their understanding and empathy towards the key issues surrounding our world’s forests, namely deforestation. The children then took part in a class debate to verbally rehearse their arguments as to whether a Rainforest in Brazil should get cut down to make way for a new hotel. Year 3 found this activity very engaging, as reflected by the exceptional quality of their persuasive letters to the Brazilian government. Well done Year Three!

In Maths, the children have been learning how to identify and compare fractions, using a variety of resources in order to support their learning and exploration of fractions. In particular, the children have enjoyed using numicon, fraction walls and shapes to help visualize the values and proportions of different fractions. Next week, the children will be working towards how to find fractions of an amount. A challenge for the children this weekend – can you use objects around the house, to look at ‘equal parts of a whole’ and find fractions of amounts, e.g. a 12-pack of eggs with only 4 eggs in the box?

Finally, we would like to thank all of the children for their brilliant Rainforest home learning this week – we have been very impressed by the work that the children have produced, and appreciate the time and support that parents have given to assist the children with their projects. Photos shall be uploaded onto the blog shortly.

We hope you have a restful weekend,

Miss Honeywell and Mr Austin




Rainforest Explorers


We hope you are all having a great weekend.

This week, as part of their Rainforest topic, Year Three have been learning about the key features of information leaflets. They have particularly enjoyed planning, drafting and editing their own Rainforest leaflets for the Year Two children. We have also been very impressed by the Rainforest home learning produced by Lion Class and Hippo Class so far – some fantastic power points, internet research and biome models have been brought into school, well done Year Three!

In Maths, the children have had many opportunities to explore their current understanding of multiplication, division and use of the inverse. Year Three have shown true commitment across the week, using a variety of different tools (numicon, bead strings) and visual representations (e.g. Rainforest drawings) to show their understanding of equal groups and ‘lots of’ a given number.

We look forward to seeing you all next week,

Miss Honeywell and Mr Austin




Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome back to St Peters,

We hope you all had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas break. The children were very excited to tell us how they had celebrated Christmas day and New Year!

This week, the children have started to learn about Rainforests and what is special about them. In particular, Year Three have been skimming and scanning non-fiction texts, to find key information about the Rainforest. The children have enjoyed working in teams and exploring the Rainforest through video footage, information books and jigsaw work. This has enabled the children to produce factual, written work including technical vocabulary.

In Maths, Year Three have been building upon their prior knowledge of arrays. After experimenting with a wide range of equipment from our Y3 Maths toolkits, the children understand how repeated addition may be used to support the calculation of tricky multiplication sentences.

We would like to inform you that the children have now received their new Home Learning pyramids. The content and expectations for completing the pyramid have been explained in depth across both Y3 classes.

We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the parents and children for our lovely Christmas presents – they were a wonderful surprise and are greatly appreciated!

See you next week,

Miss Honeywell and Mr Austin