Year 3 2015-2016
October 1st,s 2015
After an amazing start to the year in the creative weeks Moonstone is now fully immersed in curriculum and in the ICE zone! In mathematics we have been working on place value. Learning about the units, tens, hundreds and thousands. We have been partitioning two, three and four digit numbers as well as rounding two and three digit numbers. In English we are finishing up our study on non-chronological reports. We have looked at many texts and have created our own non-chronological reports on the Romans. This has been really great and the students have produced some amazing reports!. We continue to walk twenty minutes each day and are recording our steps on a classroom chart!
In dance students have started the routine for the Christmas concert with Mrs. Johnson. In physical education the students are learning netball and tag rugby with Mr. Franco and in science students are learning about plants with Mrs. Wright. The students are very busy at schools and are focused on their targets for the year.
Please help to remind your children to complete sixty minutes of Maths Whizz every week as well as to read at least ten minutes every night. Being engaged in these activities will help your children to make progress this year!
September 17th, 2015
In our creative weeks we have started our topic on the Romans. The students have been very eager to learn and have been working very hard. We have been reading stories to learn about the Romans and have began to generate ideas of what we want to learn through this topic in the classroom and in the ICE zone. We were fortunate enough to take part in History Off the Page on Wednesday September 9th. Students participated in a live role play and were able to put themselves in Roman shoes as they dressed up and participated in a few of the everyday market trades in the morning. In the afternoon students participated in a feast and provided their own entertainment splitting up into groups performing poetry, plays, dance, solder training (marching and shield formations) as well as a few even acted as slaves serving the other children snacks just as the Romans did. The day was filled with excitement and the learning was phenomenal as the students now grasp a deeper understanding of what the Roman times were like. In class we have also began to establish a daily routine and have created our targets for the year!
I am looking forward to a fun and learning filled year with Moonstone!
This week we went to Hamerton Zoo and spotted lots of African animals and some from all over the world! It was very warm out in the sun. We all had a great day.
This week year 3 had a visit from Anglian Water. We learnt how the company clean and save water. The children have learnt lots of new and different ways to save water at home, in the garden and at school. The second session we learnt about the sewage system and what should and should not be put down the drains.
During numeracy this week, the children have been learning how to measure and record the perimeter of different shapes.
Moonstone class have started a new topic in Literacy this week. We have started to look at persuasive writing and are focusing on advertisement this week.
In Science the children have begun to explore the three main categories of rocks.
In Numeracy Moonstone Class have had a week full of data, starting the week off by collecting and presenting our own data and ending the week with superhero pictograms being interpreted by some of our very own secret agents.
WB: 27. 04. 15
A very exciting week for Moonstone Class. We worked extremely hard to prepare for the St Neot's Story Telling Festival on Wednesday. We also performed two stories to the nursery children on Thursday and then we performed again on Friday to the whole school.
Read Write Inc.
We have been reading Pip's Pizza. We have learnt how Pip (an alien) made his pizza, which turned out to be not very good at all! So we made our own pizzas to show Pip how to make a sensible pizza. We have written instructions and taken pictures of the different stages to explain to Pip in Friday's Big Write.
During Numeracy the children are learning to solve one and two step word problems involving money.
The children will be learning to compare and order prices, as well as working out the correct change they will need to give and receive.
Moonstone class has also learnt how and when to use the the 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols.
Moonstone Class have been busy learning 'The Little Gingerbread Man' story and all the actions to go with the story, ready to take part in an exciting Story Telling Festival. So far we have created our own story maps and have started to innovate the story into our own.
A great start to the new term. Moonstone class have been exploring our new ICE Zone topic, Africa.
We have created our own tribal masks and trying different African food.
Year 3 2014-2015
In Literacy Year 3 have started to look into different types and styles of poetry. The children have studied Kenning poetry and creating their own in the same style.
Numeracy the children have been learning all eight points of the compass, as well as investigating co-ordinates. The children have been using their co-ordinates to find various hidden treasure throughout the week.
Science: Moonstone class have been enjoying their topic Magnets and Forces. The children have been investigating different forces. The children have been posing their own questions and then learning to create, plan and carry out their own scientific investigations.
Science Friction Investigation
In Science the children have been busy planning their own investigations to find out about the force friction. This afternoon the children carried out their investigation in the sunshine. The children have found out the material that was the best at stopping the car, so has the most amount of friction. Can you spot which material had the greatest amount of friction from the pictures below?
World Book Day 05/03/15
Take a look at the amazing puppets, made at home by the children in Moonstone Class. We took part in 'Drop Everything And Read' where you would have found everyone reading in all sorts of places and positions.
Year 3 2014-2015
Year 3 2014-2015
We have started a new topic in Numeracy this week (02/03/15). Year three have started to investigate the wondrous world of Geometry. The children went on a 'Shape Hunt' today and found lots of 2D and 3D shapes hidden all over the school, both inside and out. Check out our photos to see which shapes we found.
Year 3 2014-2015
Moonstone class have just planned a Fable of their own based on the morals of existing Fables. The children begin by writing their own version of a Fable, or making up their own from scratch, and incorporating their own characters and morals from their previous work building up to their Hot Write.
This week in Numeracy we have been learning multiplication. We were investigating different numbers and their arrays. We have also written our story maps for our own creative versions of a well know classic fairy tale- they are soon to be written in full.
The first part of the autumn term whistled by quickly. Year three returned back to school after a well earned rest read to learn. We have started our new topic in Science this week, which is looking at Light and Shadows. The children came up with some very interesting questions to find out about, for example 'How long does it take light to travel from the Sun to Earth?' and 'Why do shadows change size?' We are looking forward to finding out more about our new topic and to find the answers to our exciting questions.
During Literacy we have been dissecting the genre of Fairy tales. So far we have looked at the key features, settings, characters and dialogue. We are aiming to write our own version of a well known fairy tale, so watch this space where the exciting stories will be revealed.
Welcome to a Wonderful year as Moonstone Class
Year 3 2014-2015
We have been very busy in Year 3. We have already had two wonderful creative weeks to welcome us back and more recently we have completed two weeks of Literacy, Numeracy and Science. Pictures of our exciting learning will be posted soon. In Moonstone class we have also been busy in the Ice Zone, in Zumba class, at our Street Dance sessions and with Mr Franco during our weekly games lesson.
Welcome to Year 3 2013/14!
Week commencing 28th April:
What a fabulous week. We have been preparing for our storytelling festival which went brilliantly. The children were superb and it was lots of fun watching the other schools perform their stories. We even learnt The Enormous turnip whilst we were there. Picture and videos will follow shortly - they are being processed by the Storytelling festival committee. We also used our storytelling to create a story map and begin to underpin the features of the Gingerbread Man. In Numeracy we were applying written methods to word problems.
Week commencing 21st April:
Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a fabulous break and is fully refreshed for a busy term. This week Year 3 have begun rehearsing The Gingerbread Man for their storytelling festival. They have also revised addition and subtraction and applied written methods to word problems. We also started our new science topic of helping plants grow well. We can now identify all parts inside a plant and their job role. So, a busy few days back!
Week commencing 31st March:
This week we have had our wonderful Reward Day (chocolate everywhere!) and have been summarising our learning for this term. We have written a letter of complaint about the flood and have been practising our singing voices ready for the summer play. As it is Easter soon we have also made a selection of Easter cards, too. Have a lovely holiday!
Week commencing 24th March:
This week we have extended our Numeracy skills by using the grid method. We have explored TUXU and TUXTU. We have also recapped our understanding of division through chunking. In Literacy we have planned and written a complaint letter in the role of the Witch from Room and the Broom (how would you feel if your broomstick broke?).
Week commencing 17th March:
After finding the key features, the children have now written a letter to Julia Donaldson. We included all of our fabulous questions and our superb research we found. In Numeracy we have been spending money! (We are very good at this!) We can all add money using decimals and partitioning. We have also been exploring what materials are magnetic.
Week commencing 10th March:
This week has been super. The children have all worked brilliantly. In Literacy we have looked at some different letter styles from the Jolly Postman and created a key features list to use later on in the term. In Numeracy we have looked at data handling and have become super stars for answering interpretation questions. In the ICE zone the children have been producing some fabulous work; sketching the fire extinguisher, exploring forces and telling the time to Mr Wolf (see below for pictures).
Week commencing 3rd March:
Another slightly different week in Year 3. This week the children have been working with our resident artist. They have been creating visual art looking at both 2D and 3D sculptures (see the pictures in the gallery below). In the classroom, the children have been exploring Julia Donaldson in Literacy and symmetry in Numeracy. On top of all this exciting work, it has been book week! We have used DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), visited the book shop and entered a book cover competition! (See all of the woderful photos in the gallery) Another super week in Year 3.
Week commencing 24th February:
Year 3 have been super stars this week. We have had an assessment week this week and have been so busy applying our reading, writing, numeracy and science skills. In between assessment week the Year 3's have also had PE, dance, music, zumba and our first science lesson about magnet and springs. Here we have a picture of the Year 3's attracting and repelling each other!
Week commencing 10th January:
Our final week of this half term has been super busy. We have learned how to find fractions of numbers and shapes and have used all of our calculation skills to answer some tricky calculation problems. Literacy has been an exciting week. We have 'visited' the bakery to help up describe the bakery using our sense. We even tasted some yummy bakery treats to use our taste sense!
Week commencing 3rd January:
This week we compiled our year 3 myths and legends book for the reading corner and swiftly moved onto shape poetry! We looked at why they are called shape poems and what the key features are. We also used ICT to create our own theme poems ready to be put into shapes. We have been using our numicon this week to solve division (with remainders, too) and we can now all show our working out using a written method.
Week commencing 27th January:
We have been writing so much this week! All of us have written a whole myth quest with an opening, a build up, a climax and a resolution. We went to see wise men and disgusting witches before we finished our travels with the head of a beast hidden away in a bag to show the selfish king. Not only have we been writing loads but we have been learning how to solve multiplication on number lines and using the grid method. Year 3 have worked so hard that we can all multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. In Science we built some new houses for the 3 little pigs (who have all grown up!) using different materials. We had to test the materials strength and find the strongest ones. It's safe to say that paper isn't strong enough!