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Welcome to Year Three!

 Our class teacher is Miss Russell, our teaching assistants are Ms Phelps and Ms Mason. 

Year 3 Curriculum

15/1/2021

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world” - Malala Yousafzai

Another great week of home learning from Year 3! You have all been resilient, hardworking and have risen to all of the challenges we have faced this week. I am so proud of everything you have achieved; keep up the amazing work Year 3!

In maths this week, we have been continuing our work with addition and subtraction: using a range of mental strategies to add and subtract, using formal written methods and then applying everything we have learnt to solve tricky worded problems. Next week, we will be moving onto learning about shapes. In English, we have been writing a missing chapter to fit into Stig of the Dump. I can’t wait to finish reading your short stories to see what Stig and Barney have been getting up to. Next week, we will be performing play scripts and learning about the different features we need to include in a play script.

In Art, we have been creating a magical realist picture by adding people and things that are important to us. In R.E., we have been learning all about Guru Nanak and how Sikhism was founded. In PSHE, we have been researching lots of happy news. In Spanish, we have been focussing on the pronunciation of ll. In computing, we have been learning all about what works well in videos and we even made our own thaumatropes.

It has been a very busy week and you have all been brilliant! Keep up your motivation and enthusiasm and I look forward to all of our amazing learning we will be doing next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

8/1/2021

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you." -B.B. King

Happy New Year!

We have finished our first week of home learning! I am unbelievably proud of each of you for being such super stars this week by showing resilience (particularly with our maths this week) and being such enthusiastic and hardworking learners. Well done!

Although this week has been challenging, I am ending today with a huge smile on my face and I hope you are too! I have loved seeing you all and can’t wait for next week’s learning.

Thank you to all parents and carers for being so supportive and patient. If there is anything I can do to support you or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful weekend (you deserve it!)

Miss Russell

18/12/2020

Merry Christmas!

Well done to Year 3 for such an amazing start in Year 3! I am unbelievably proud of each member of the class for their continued hard work and dedication to their learning and making amazing progress. Thank you all for your support over the last term and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved Christmas break.

We have filled this week with lots of different Christmas activities and lessons; making pop-up gingerbread man cards, creating decorations, joining our first ever KS2 Christmas quiz, writing our own descriptive Christmas poem and using our maths skills to answer Christmas riddles.

Remember to keep reading and going on TT Rocktars, mathletics and spellodrome over the holidays! 

Have the most amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Miss Russell

11/12/2020

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”

In English this week, we wrote our own film reviews about ‘The Snowman’. We described what happened in the film without giving too much away and ended on a rhetorical question to make the reader want to find out more. We also performed the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ in groups making sure we used different speeds, expression and lots of enthusiasm. Next week, we will be writing our own descriptive Christmas poem so think about all the amazing things we might see around Christmas time.

In maths, we have been looking at position and movement. We have been turning in right angles, looking at turns in clocks and compasses and finding positions on grids. Next week, we will be identifying parallel and perpendicular lines. Can you find any examples of these in your home?

In Science, we discovered we could change the size of a shadow by moving the position of the light source. In R.E., we looked at the meaning of the gifts from the three wise men and how they link to the feast of Epiphany. In PSHE, we looked at how important it is to value each other’s differences. In Art, we continued using pointillism to create a scenic painting.

Sporting News

Next week, within our PE lessons, we will be running Christmas themed House Competitions. The competitions will be snowball (dodgeball) competitions, which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

Celebrate Me Book

The ‘Celebrate Me Book’ is an opportunity to share your authentic and unique self with the rest of your class. Remember, there is only one you and you should have the chance to shout out about it and celebrate! You are wonderful!

Every Friday, one child will have the opportunity to take this book and record something inside. You could share something you love, share something you are proud of or ultimately, just share something that makes you, you!  The book will be due back on the Monday.

Happy competition and good luck.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell

4/12/2020

“It’s up to you how far you will go. If you don’t try you’ll never know.”

In English, we have become film critics! We have been finding all the different features that makes a great film review such as facts, opinions, boastful language, and descriptions. We watched ‘The Snowman’ and thought about what was done well in the film and what could be further improved. We began writing the introduction, which included many facts! Next week, we will be describing the plot (without giving too much away) and giving our opinion about the film.

In maths this week, we have been finding different fractions of amounts. We learnt part of a rap to remind us ‘fractions of amounts aren’t easy, but don’t stop. You just divide by the bottom, then times by the top!’ Next week, we will be looking at how we can use angles to describe turning.

In R.E., we have been learning all about John the Baptist and how he links to advent. In science, we investigated how we can make shadows using different objects. In computing, we have been spotting and correcting conceptual bugs by fixing the ‘pong’ game so the ball bounced in the correct direction. In Spanish, we learnt a memorisation technique to help us remember the different animals and classroom instructions.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell.

27/11/2020

“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’” -Audrey Hepburn

In English this week, we have been writing and editing our journey stories. Each story outstanding and includes ambitious language features to create effective pieces of writing! Next week, we will continue to use ‘The Firework-Makers Daughter’ to write a diary entry.

In maths, we have been learning time to the nearest 5 minutes. We know each hour round the clock shows 5 minutes and we began looking at digital times, including 12-hour clocks and 24-hour clocks. Next week, we will be learning about fractions so see if you can find any examples of real life fractions over the weekend.

In computing, we have been spotting and correcting multi-thread bugs. In Spanish, we began looking at the concept of gender. In art, we used the amazing photographs you had taken over the weekend to begin to draw an outline ready to add the paint next week. In R.E., we have been learning about the advent wreath and how the first candle represents hope and the prophets who predicted the birth of Jesus. In science, we investigated some statements about mirrors and learnt that they are not their own light source and they reflect images back to front. Enjoy these pictures of us exploring mirrors!

Foodbank Advent Collection

Our School Council is currently collecting items to give to the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to support the local community over the Christmas period.

Children can bring any items they wish to donate into school and give them to their class teacher. We are hoping to make a final collection on the 11th December.

For a list of food items the foodbank accepts, please follow the link below.

https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Russell

20/11/2020

150 Life Quotes — Inspiring the Happy, Good and Funny in Life

This week has been a very special week because it was Anti-Bullying Week! On Monday we all wore odd socks to show how special and unique we all are. Chelsea football club ran an amazing workshop for us.  In class, we thought of our own anti-bullying pledges as when we are united, we are stronger!

In English, we have started writing our own journey stories based on 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' using our amazing ideas. Our main characters are going on a journey to find the secret missing ingredient to their fireworks. We included lots of different language features including short sentences to build suspense. Next week, we will be writing our action, resolution and ending to our stories. 

In maths, we have been measuring length, capacity and mass. We have practised reading scales with missing intervals and estimated the different measures. Next week, we will be learning about time so be sure to practise time facts over the weekend. 

In RE, we looked at how we can show peace in school, our homes, the community and in churches and how Christian Aid helps to bring people peace. In art, we recreated a setting in the style of Paul Signac using pointillism. In computing, we were spotting and fixing performance bugs. In Geography, we looked at different regions in the UK. In science, we made reflective strips using lots of different materials. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

13/11//2020

“Kindness. It costs nothing, but means everything.”

Why being kind could help you live longer - BBC News

In English, we wrote detailed character descriptions about Lila from ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’. We included lots of adjectives, used prepositional openers and complex sentences - some of us even began sentences with subordinate clauses! We then invented our very own fireworks and created beautifully presented adverts using boastful language and rhetorical questions.

In maths, we began looking at how symmetry is a property of 2D shapes. We found lines of symmetry in lots of different shapes and completed the other half of shapes using mirrors to reflect the pattern.

In Science, we investigated which materials were the shiniest by seeing which reflected the most light.

On Wednesday, it was DT Day! We had so much fun making our balloon powered dragsters! We annotated real life dragsters, explaining what we liked and disliked about them. We used ideas from the real life dragsters to design our own and then drew our designs onto each part of the car. Carefully, we then build our cars and took them outside to test. We reflected on the day and evaluated what went well and what we might change next time. Take a look at the amazing pictures below!

Next week in English, we will be planning our very own journey story including complex sentences, how/ when/ where openers and using the perfect present tense. In maths, we will be learning about measure so be sure to practise measurement facts over the weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

6/11/2020

'The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'

-Dr Seuss

What an amazing week back! The children have produced some outstanding pieces of work and I am so proud of everything they have achieved!

In English, we have started looking The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We explored the first chapter and have been building up to writing a detailed setting description. We listened to the sounds of the jungle and looked at different pictures to describe the senses using ambitious adjectives and verbs, adverbs, similes, alliteration and sentence openers.

In maths, we have been looking at shapes. We described the properties of 2D shapes and looked at how shapes can contain right angles. We then began exploring 3D shapes by looking at the properties and making cubes and prisms.

In RE, we created some beautiful art to represent remembrance. We explored why poppies are used as the symbol to remember people who died in the war. In Science, we investigated which colours are more difficult to see with less light. In Art, we created an artist page for Georges Seurat who was the first artist to use the technique pointillism. In Computing, we fixed off-by-one bugs in a program on Scratch. In Geography, we located different cities across the UK.

Christmas Cards

We loved seeing all of the amazing artwork for the Christmas Cards homework and we're sure that all of the pieces which were sent in are going to make absolutely beautiful cards!  Above is a gallery of a selection of artwork from across the school and we hope that you enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell.

House Athletics Competition

We would like to congratulate all of the children for their wonderful sporting skills in athletics. Mr Cotton was so pleased with the determination and sportsmanship he saw. We would like to give an almighty congratulations to the children in Keys who received the most points in the competition, well done.

We look forward to running the next house sporting competitions at the end of this term. Thank you, Miss Cook

23/10/2020

Happy Half Term!

“Believe you can and you can and you’re half way there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

This week, St Peter’s has been celebrating Black History Month. We took part in a great Caribbean dance workshop. We learnt about significant black figures in history, focusing on Rhaune Laslett O’Brien and Claudia Jones. We also learnt about the ‘Windrush generation’ and the impact it had on our lives today. Oli Moore from Chelsea football club also did a great presentation about famous footballers in history.

In English, we wrote our own adverts for Notting Hill Carnival explaining why it was created, who the pioneers were and what you would find at the carnival. In maths, we have been learning mental and formal methods for division and solving worded problems. In science, we investigated which magnet was the strongest and found smaller magnets can sometimes actually be the strongest! In RE, we learnt about Salvation and God’s Kingdom and how Paul spread Jesus’ message across the world. In computing, we animated our characters and added sounds. In art, we evaluated our final pieces. In history, we wrote instructions on how to mummify a body.

Don’t forget to log into Times Tables Rockstars, Mathletics and Readiwriter over half term.

I’m so proud of all the children for such an amazing half-term and all the progress I have already seen. Well done, Year 3!

Have a wonderful half term,

Miss Russell

A message from Miss Cook:

House Competitions

What a wonderful week for sport. Thank you to all year groups for taking part in the house athletics competitions this week, it has been lovely to get the children involved in competitive sport, and they really enjoy it. It has been a very close call all week but Mr Cotton will tally up the results and announce the winning house after half term. Best wishes, Miss Cook   

16/10/2020

"Never give up because great things take time."

We’ve had a fantastic week of learning here in Year 3!

 In English, Mrs Rabbit had asked Miss Russell if Year 3 could write a leaflet filled with information about wolves to help keep rabbits safe. We did a fantastic job! We used subheadings to organise the information, expanded noun phrases, prepositions and compound sentences to give extra details and formal conjunctions to add to the formality.

In maths, we have been using our knowledge of times tables to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit number. We focussed on solving related calculations when we were multiplying multiples of ten and used short multiplication when the 2-digit number didn’t have a 0 in the ones.

In RE, we explored how Incarnation was when God come to Earth in the form of Jesus and how Gospel was when Jesus and his disciples spread the message of God. We created our own modern day parables with a moral message behind them. In Science, we investigated how magnets interact with each other, noticing how like poles repel and unlike poles attract. In Spanish, we listened to and understood a simple story about animals. In computing, we began animating our storyboard algorithms. In History, we learnt the steps of mummification. In Art, we finished our final pieces! We used lots of different materials to recreate Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers. Can you see which materials we used?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

A message from Miss Cook:

Walk to School Week

Thank you to everyone who made the conscious decision to try, where possible, to walk, scoot or cycle to school, last week – even you teachers. Amazingly, Reception scored the highest overall total and are the winners of this year’s competition. Please remember we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school (all year round) as much as possible to help our local environment and help clean the air pollution. Together we can create a cleaner, healthier world.

9/10/2020

'The most wasted of days is one without laughter.' 

-E.E Cummings

We’ve had another great week here in Year 3!

In English, we finished our modern day alternative fairy tales and they were amazing! We included so much grammar such as inverted commas to show speech, expanded noun phrases to add to descriptions, adverbs and conjunctions. I’m so proud of the stories the children wrote and how well they used our wild imaginations.

In maths, we have moved on to multiplication and division. We did lots of work on our 3 and 4 times-tables and practiced our quick recall of the times-tables facts.

In RE, we focussed on People of God. We learnt some of the stories from this part of the Bible, such as Moses and Abraham. We focussed on how God spoke to these prophets to try to mend his relationship with the people, but how people didn’t listen. In Science, we investigated the strength of magnets. In Art, we created our petals ready to go on our collages next week. In computing, we drew our characters and backgrounds on Scratch ready to animate. In Spanish, we learnt the names of some animals and how to pronounce ‘rr’.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell

Sporting News

During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

Happy competition and good luck,

Miss Cook

2.10.2020

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES."

-William James

What another fabulous week here in Year 3. I’m so proud of all the hard work we have been doing and everything we have achieved so far. Keep up the hard work Year 3!

Year 3 really are a class of talented writers! In English, we edited and published our Egyptian Cinderella stories to put on our wonderful display. We then planned a modern day Cinderella story using our wild imaginations and began writing our stories. We had some great ideas including evil dinner ladies and teachers stopping Cinderella going to the school disco!

In maths, we explored some mental strategies for addition and subtraction and began looking at formal methods. We applied our learning to solving problems using all the strategies we had learnt, choosing the most efficient way.

In Science, we explored different magnetic materials. We found out that magnets do not actually attract all metals! Take a look at the fun science experiments we’ve done so far! Including investigating how an object moves on different surfaces…

In R.E., we explored the metanarrative of the Bible in more detail, focussing on Creation and Fall. We thought of questions we would like to ask Adam and Eve and how they might answer. In Spanish, we learnt some classroom instructions. In computing, we thought of all the things we could include to make an interesting animation. In Art, we created a textured background and a pot for our own collage version of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Russell.

8/9/2020

"I haven't failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work"

-Thomas Edison

Happy Friyay!

We've had another amazing week in Year 3! I've been so impressed with the learning and the standard of work in Year 3 already!

In English, we have been immersing ourselves into the alternative fairy tale 'Cinderella of the Nile'. We began the week by writing a diary entry from the perspective of Rhodopis (Cinderella) where we described her feelings throughout each part of the story. We built up to finding all the features in the story to help us when we write our own versions next week.

In maths, we have been focussing on how to compare and order 3-digit numbers and revised everything we have learned in our place value topic.

In science, we began our new topic- forces and magnets! We looked at how pulls, pushes and twists can make things move.

In RE, we began looking at the Biblical timeline  by sequencing the different parts in the Bible. In Spanish, we began looking at greetings- we now respond to the register with buenos días in the mornings and buenas tardes in the afternoons. In PSHE, we completed the tangram challenge and discussed what we could do to work well as a team to complete the challenge as quick as possible. 

It was also lovely to meet you all on the virtual open classroom on Tuesday evening. In case you missed it, here's what we discussed:

  • Please make sure your children are reading every day and you are making a note in the yellow reading diary each time they have read.
  • Blue homework goes home Friday and is due in Monday.
  • Green homework goes home Monday and is due in Friday.
  • Reading books are to be changed every Monday and Thursday.
  • P.E. is on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday they will leave school in their P.E. kit.
  • Also, if you have twitter please start following the school twitter account!
Have a lovely weekend, 
Miss Russell

11/9/2020

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud'

-Maya Angelou

We have had a wonderful week in year 3. I am so proud of how well the children have settled into Key Stage 2 and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my new class.

We began the week by creating a ‘well-being tree’ in which we discussing our strengths, wishes, dreams and the people who support us. We each described something positive about another member of class on the leaves and added them to our tree.

In English, we started immersing ourselves into the world of alternative fairy tales by looking at Roald Dalh's 'Revoulting Rhymes'. We finished the week by creating our very own villain and writing a character description all about them.

In maths, we have been focussing on understanding the value of each digit in a 3-digit number and then we placed these numbers on a number line all the way to 1000! 

We wrote some beautiful prayers thanking God for wonderful things and asking for help for the year ahead.

A few notices:

PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Friday. 

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday. Please make sure that you read with your child each night and sign the reading diary. Please also write when the book is finished, so that we know to change the reading book. Thank you.

Our ‘Virtual Open Evening’ will be on Tuesday 15th September from 5:40 – 6:00pm. In the session, we will share key information about Year 3 and what we will be doing throughout the year.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Russell