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Welcome to Year 3!

Welcome to our Year 3 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about all of the fantastic activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 3 staff:

Miss Ashley – Teacher

Hello Year 3!

I cannot believe it has already been a week since I last saw you all and we erupted our volcanos!  

I hope you, your families and your friends are all ok and I am certain that you are all enjoying spending so much time together at home making special memories that I cannot wait to hear about when you come back to school – We will have so much news to share!

It is very strange to us all at Burnside not seeing your smiling faces greeting us every morning and sharing new experiences together in school but it just means you can continue to learn and explore with your adults at home instead! However, we know learning at home is a little bit different and it can mean it is tricky sometimes but we hope you are all trying really hard and listening to your adults because they are the ones who can support you best! We hope you are all managing with your working packs, participating in some of the activities on the grid and ticking off some boxes on your bingo card as well as using online games and resources as often as you can. It is important you keep those brains working by practising what you do know as well as challenging yourself and proving you can do anything!

Just remember to show off all your brilliant ideas and hardworking attitude to your adults at home and wow them as much as you wow me in the classroom!

Remember, learning doesn’t always have to be done by writing lots and lots or completing worksheets – you can learn new skills such as cooking, sewing, start a new hobby, challenge your brain to a brain teasing riddle, increase your sporting skills or get lost in a new universe or time period as you write or act out a story all about time travel or exploring an unusual, mystical land. I would love to see some photos of the adventures and new learning you are encountering at home, you could even make a scrap book of all the thing you do with a caption to describe your fun that we can look at together!

Some extra activities we’ve come across while we’ve been off are:

  • David Walliams is releasing a free audio book everyday to listen to. You can access these through his website
  • Joe Wicks is releasing a PE session on YouTube daily or you could access cosmic yoga sessions on YouTube if you prefer- but remember to keep active!
  • Twinkl have introduced a Home Learning Hub – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
  • Carol Vorderman has released some maths resources and activities on her website to support the continued learning.  www.themathsfactor.com
  • Remember to log on to Timestable Rockstars as often as you can to become more fluent with your times table facts!

Please keep yourselves safe, we miss you all and we can’t wait to see you all when we get back to school!

Love from,

Miss Ashley and all the Burnside team!

Spring 2

Week beginning 3rd March 20

English

This week in English we have been building upon our skills of constructing super sentences! We have been focusing on developing our confidence using fronted adverbial for manner in relation to our new topic of Volcanos. We have also focused on expanding our vocabulary to make our writing more engaging for the reader; therefore we collated a collection of verbs, adverbs and adjectives that could be used for describing a volcanic eruption.

Finally, we celebrated World Book day on Thursday and we had an incredible day whereby we showcased our brilliant costumes, read to the Year 1s and were extremely lucky to receive a very special presents of extraordinary range of books in Year 3!

Maths

During maths this week we have been continuing to develop our understanding of length but we extending our learning so that we were adding and subtracting measures of length and we challenged ourselves to add and subtract measures of length with differing units of length.

Topic

This week during our topic lesson we have started to delve into our new topic of Volcanos. We researched where in the world we may find volcanos, we were amazed to find how many volcanos were situated around the Ring of Fire! Furthermore, we extended our understanding of the Earth’s structure through identifying tectonic plates and how they move to enable us to have a deeper knowledge of why the The of Fire has so many hotspots for volcanic eruptions.

Certificates and Awards

English – Elexis for an increased independence during her English learning

Maths – Braxton for super knowledge of length!

Headteacher award – Ava B for a brilliant attitude and participation towards her learning

Week beginning 24th February 20

English

During English this week we have been exploring personification and alliteration in regards to including some figurative language into our Wellbeing recipes. We discussed varying things which makes us feels happy, good about ourselves or calm and then elaborated on our thoughts by matching a personified verb with the action that brings us a positive feeling. We also spent some time associating an adjective that encourages the use of alliteration with the equipment list.

Maths

During Maths this week we have been revisiting the concept of measure, with the focus on length. We have revised the units measured used for measuring length and when is appropriate to use each unit of measure. We have applied our knowledge and measured a range of objects as well as pictorially measuring to support us to compare and convert measures of length.

Topic

This first week of our half term has been a wonderful week whereby we explored the concept of Wellbeing. We engaged in activities linked to the 5 concepts of promoting a positive wellbeing; learning, being active, connecting, taking notice and giving. In Year 3, we have participated in activities linked to each of these 5 concepts through making sensory play dough, creating a Zentangle, exchanging nurture cards amongst the class, learning yoga and continuing our meditation practice. The children have really engaged in this week and it has been wonderful to have such meaningful and open discussions with everyone.

Spring 1

Week beginning 10th February .20

English

This week in English we have been developing our narrative skills and we have focused on showcasing all our knowledge from this term into a 4 part story based upon the adventures of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy in Narnia.

Maths

During maths this week we have continued developing our knowledge and understanding of statistics and we have been applying our knowledge through exploring problem solving questions whereby we have the opportunity to use reasoning language and develop our skills of explaining our thinking in relation to solving problems around pictograms, bar charts, tables and line graphs.

Topic

At the start of the week we have continued on from last week and we have been working on creating our wonderful “Save Our Planet” tie dye t-shirts. We have focused on continuing to develop our sewing skills as well as a designing a catchy slogan to promote awareness of climate change.

Later in the week we focused on science and investigated about light and shadows and how we can best protect our eyes from the sunrays. The children explore how shadows form and how they can be changed.

Reminders

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE Kits for Monday.

Enjoy the half term! We cannot wait to hear about all the fun you have had when we see you after the half term. Please remember that Monday 24th February is an inset day, so the children will return to school on Tuesday 25th February.

Week beginning 3rd February .20

English

During our English lessons this week we have been exploring the White Witch, we have used our knowledge of adjectives to describe her personality and appearance to help us get to know this wicked character a little better. We later explored and tracked the White Witch’s emotions through the story discussing how they change and expanding our sentences to provide reasoning for the differing emotions.

Maths

This week in maths we have been developing our knowledge of statistics and how we can create our data representations through the use of bar charts and line graphs. We had lots of fun creating our own line graphs as a team on the playground using chalks.

We were also very excited to welcome our parents/carers into school on Friday to play our version of Mathopoly and challenge them to show off all our new knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Topic

During topic this week we have been developing design technology skills through designing, tie dying and sewing all to contribute to helping us develop some incredible “Save our Planet” t-shirts to raise awareness of climate change.  We also created our own tsunamis and investigated the actions that build to form a tsunami.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Ava W for amazing use of emotive language.


Maths Award: Maddison for super knowledge of line graphs.


Head Teacher Award: Lucy for a really positive attitude towards her learning.

Golden Table Awards: Lucy and Elexis

Reminders

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Week beginning 13th January .20

English

This week in English we continued to develop our literacy skills through non-fiction writing and we created a non-chronological report based upon our knowledge and understanding of the Australian bushfires. The children’s interest in this topic was phenomenal!

Maths

This week in maths we continued our learning of multiplication and division. We revise some of our prior learning and developed our skills through the use of problem solving whereby we were able to develop our reasoning language.

Topic

During our topic lessons this week we have focused on researching and investigating a recent natural disaster, the Australian Bushfires. The children were exceptional with their level of interest and we really enjoyed discussing these events and collaboratively thinking how we can best support during this event and how we can prevent it.

Reminders

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Week beginning 6th January .20

English

During our English lessons this week we have been explore literacy through a non-fiction approach and we created some instructions on how we can best protect our planet.

Maths

This week in maths we continued our learning of multiplication and division. We revise some of our prior learning of inverse but this time applying it to multiplication and division and explore the communitive law in maths.

Topic

During our topic lessons this week we begin to explore our new topic of ‘Don’t Steal Our Thunder’. We will be focusing on natural disasters whereby we will research and learn about hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes and the recent Australian bushfires.

Reminders

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Autumn 2

Week beginning 25th November .19

English

In English this week, have been planning and writing a four-part story inspired by our topic text of ‘The Iron Man’, we have really enjoyed delving deeper into this story and exploring what the characters might be feeling, doing and making predictations about the story ending. The children have written their own ending to the story based upon events that we have encountered in the story so far! We have loved debating whether the Space Bat Angel Dragon will devour the Earth or whether the heroic Iron Man will save the world!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued learning formal methods for multiplication, we have focused on multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit and using our knowledge of the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 8s to complete the calculations.

Topic

During history we explored important figures during the Iron Age era. We have discovered more about Druids, learning about their very influential role within the Celtic culture and how significant they were to the Celts – we created our own Druid Celtic crowns inspired by natural materials. We also learnt about Boudicca and her significant role within this prehistoric era. We worked together to create a news report that we performed to the class outlining the important details of this momentous battle.

Certificates and Awards:


English Award: Daniel for applying his knowledge of phonics independently to spell words in his writing.


Maths Award: Scarlett for applying her knowledge of multiplication facts to help with formal multiplication


Head Teacher Award: Jayden for working exceptionally hard to improve his handwriting.


Golden Table Awards: Luke and Freddie

Reminders

Monday 2nd December – You are invited to come join us to make Christmas crafts for our school fayre.

Wednesday 4th December – We are going to the pantomime at The Customs House.

Friday 6th December – Burnside’s Christmas fayre, we welcome you to come join us for the afternoon to start celebrating the festive season.

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Week beginning 18th November .19

English

In English this week, we have been focusing on using speech within our writing. We have learnt how to effectively use inverted commas and explored a range of reporting clauses to make our writing more descriptive and detailed for the reader. We used made a ‘Speech Sandwich’ whereby we discussed what each part of the sandwich represented in terms of how we form a speech sentence.  

Maths

In Maths this week, we have begun learning formal methods for multiplication, we started by multiplying multiples of 10s to practice the method and to develop our knowledge of multiplying a number by zero.  

Topic

During history we explored the notion that historical events can be perceived from varying perspectives and that there can be different versions that all add to informing about key points in history.

As a class, we discussed this notion and engaged in a P4C session whereby the children took the lead in guiding the conversation and together formed a question that we could like to delve deeper into. We focused on our prehistoric topic of the Iron Age, discussing how we gather information about this prehistoric era—we decided that we would discuss whether we can trust the findings of archaeologists and whether they can influence our knowledge and understanding.

We played a game of Chinese whispers to highlight how information can be misunderstood without initially change it and then we explored whether this could be an issue for us learning based on what different people understand and interpret about the Iron Age.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Oliver for an improved attitude towards his learning.


Maths Award: Charlie Shannon for a great skills using multiplication


Head Teacher Award: Ava Beckwith for always having a positive attitude and trying her best.


Golden Table Awards: Ella and Elexis

Reminders

Please ensure you are reading regularly with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Autumn 1

Week beginning 14th October .19

English

In English this week, we have been focusing on structural English, whereby we have explored a wider range of conjunctions and the use of paragraphs to help us develop our knowledge for when we write our 4 part story.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on column subtraction. We have been building our own calculations and then learning how to exchange numbers. Furthermore, we have explored reasoning problems to extend our learning and deepen our knowledge.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been focusing on different types of rocks. We used different materials to create the rocks; we squished starbursts together to make sedimentary, mixed playdough to represent the metaphoric rocks and melted then allowed chocolate to represent the igneous rocks.

We also had a workshop from ICECATS this week to teach us about keeping ourselves safe and how to be aware of risks and hazards around us.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Freddie for a fantastic persuasive letter and a great use of rhetorical questions.

Maths Award: Robyn for a brilliant effort towards her maths work.

Head Teacher Award: Ella Grieveson for a positive attitude towards her learning.

Golden Table Awards: Oliver and Frankie

Reminders

Please ensure you are regularly reading with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE

Kits for Monday.

Wednesday 23rd October – Non uniform day to support Harvest.

Friday 25th October – Halloween day

Week beginning 7th October .19

English

In English this week, we have started to read a new topic text, Cave Baby.  

This week, we have been focusing on developing skills to write a persuasive letter addressed to Bobby, the cave baby’s, parents persuading them to let Bobby paint the walls. We have explored the use of rhetorical questions and performed a conscience alley whereby we debated the theme of the story, forming reasons to support our viewpoint.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued developing our knowledge and understanding of using column addition as a formal method of addition. We have considered varying formats that a calculation or useful information may be presented and how we can interpret the information and use it effectively to help solve a calculation.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been collecting natural resources to enable use to build a bow and arrow within our D&T lessons. We have also been reflecting on our learning about the Stone Age so far and we have presented our knowledge within a leaflet. In addition, we have begun our French lessons whereby we are focusing on French greetings.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Elexis for a great use of adjectives to describe a character.


Maths Award: Ava W for a super attitude towards her learning and always being willing to support others.


Head Teacher Award: Ava Beckwith for a positive attitude towards her learning and lovely manners.   

 
Golden Table Awards: Madi and Maddison

Reminders

Please ensure you are regularly reading with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE kits for Monday.

Week beginning 16th September 2019

English

In English this week, we have continued to read our topic text of ‘The Stone Age boy’.

This week, we have focusing on familiarising ourselves with a new concept of fronted adverbials for time, place and manner. We have also planned and wrote a 4 part story based upon our topic of the Stone Age.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have continued to look at counting in 10s, 50s and 100s. We have focused on using calculation methods which the children are familiar and confident with using to help with the increasing numbers. We have also started to explore numbers to 1000; focusing on how to represent them pictorially, in words and recognise the larger numbers.   

Finally, this week in Maths we were lucky enough to experience an amazing opportunity to participate in a maths escape room – we loved solving all the clues and we were all so engaged in the learning!

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been comparing the lifestyle of a person from the Stone Age Era against the lifestyles we have in modern day. We have investigated about the food they ate and how they got the food as well as the clothes they wore compared to ours. In addition, we have begun our French lessons whereby we are focusing on French greetings.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Charlie for brilliant use of fronted adverbials.


Maths Award: Lucy for super counting and building confidence with her teen numbers.


Head Teacher Award: Frankie for always sharing brilliant ideas and participating during Stone Age discussions.   


Golden Table Awards: Ava and Ava

Reminders

Please remember that on Monday 23rd September there is a Meet the Teacher drop in session for parents/carers to come in and gain additional information about your child’s learning and to gain an overview of the teaching and learning that will occur this academic year. The sessions are;

  • 3:30pm – 4pm
  • 4pm – 4:30pm
  • 4:30pm – 5pm

Please ensure you are regularly reading with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day!

In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE kits for Monday.

Week beginning 9th September 2019

English

In English this week, we have begun reading the story of ‘The Stone Age boy’.

We have focusing on expanding our vocabulary by exploring alternative adjective we can use to describe a character as well as using more powerful verbs to make our writing more exciting!

Maths

In Maths this week, we have started to look at counting in 10s, 50s and 100s. We started the week with revisiting prior knowledge of counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We have used number lines and our prior knowledge of tens and ones to aid our understanding of counting in varying integers.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started to think about our new topic of ‘Rocking and Rolling’ in relation to the Stone Age. Within these sessions, we have looked into a timeline of the Stone Age and identified the three main periods of the Stone Age. Furthermore, we compared Stone Age houses to our modern houses and thought about how they have changed and what has remained similar even after millions of years.

Certificate and awards:

English Award: Ella for an amazing attitude towards her English work all week and for always trying her best.

Maths Award: Poppy for showing resilience towards her learning and for having a good attitude towards her maths activities.

Head Teacher Award: Nicholas for always being helpful and kind to everyone in our class.  

Golden Table Awards: Nicholas and Brandon

Reminders:

Please ensure you are regularly reading with your child and that they bring their reading record in to school every day! In year 3, our PE day is now a Monday – Please remember to bring PE kits for Monday.

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