"Pupils behave well. They play happily together and consider each other’s needs very well.""Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching at the school.""Pupils learn well because the work they do provides good levels of challenge and helps them learn new skills.""There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms.""The curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.""Pupils get off to a good start in early years."

Herons 2020-2021     Miss Snook, Mrs Chambers & Mrs Brennan-McCord

Twelve Days Of Christmas! Thursday 17th December 2020

 Wow! I can't believe we have finished the Autumn term. 

This week was very festive, the children sang and performed their song. Thank you to everyone who came and watched us. 

We have been catching up on our Science learning and made some Christmas hats for the Christmas dinner (see photos!), 

Georgia was our star of the week this week for her great times table knowledge and writing. 

I have attached spellings (au/augh) but you will also find them on Microsoft Teams, which the children have had a little go on. 

Merry Christmas and see you in 2021. 

Christmas is in sight! Friday 11th December 2020

 This week, we have been very busy making our Christmas cards and decorations; some for home, some for the other classes and some for our French pen pals! The children (and adults!) were so busy we forgot to take pictures...

We also spent lots of time on Purple Mash learning about spreadsheets. The children created their own zoo, treasure map and times table machine using the new tools they has learnt about. 

Not to forget Maths and Literacy too; where we divided and multiplied by 3 and wrote our letters to Ike LaRue in obedience school. 

We celebrated with Luie this week, who received star of the week. Luie has been writing lots and putting so much effort into his school work! Well Done!           Spellings - gue endings

Multiplication, Division and Bronze! Friday 4th December 2020

In our Maths lessons we are focusing on multiplying and dividing. The children had some time to recap their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and on Friday we divided by 3 using our 3 times table to help us! 

In Literacy, the children have carried on looking a letters and focused on using questions to try and get Mrs LaRue to collect Ike from obedience school (please ask you child about this...). We also moved on to learning about the Bronze Age! We looked at books about Stonehenge and found out what the Beaker People brought to us. 

We are in the process of learning our 'Twelve Days of Christmas' song and I hope we are ready to show it in a couple of weeks time. 

Well done to Logan, who received star of the week this week, his progress in Reading so far is amazing!

Spellings g - gue 

Dear Mrs LaRue... Friday 27th November 2020

What a week! In Literacy and Guided Reading, the children have really loved using the book 'Dear Mrs LaRue' to help them learn. We have started learning the skills needed for letter writing and explained our answers in comprehension questions. 

In Maths, we have begun looking at multiplication and division and recapping what the 'x' means. We have started looking at the 3 times table so use rockstars to help you child remember these https://ttrockstars.com/ 

We also enjoyed a pacesetter PE lesson, drawing nets and looking at how Stone Age people gathered food. 

Congratulations Jake, our star of the week this week! Jake always works hard and tries his best in everything.      Spellings this week - soft C 

Cave Painting! Friday 20th November 2020

In our Topic, we learnt about how early Stone Age people communicated; as there was no official language the best form of communication they had left were cave paintings. We discussed how they were created and made our own for display. 

As part of our writing, we wrote up our diary entries as if we were 'Stone Age Boy' and in Maths we finished looking at addition and subtraction. As part of anti bullying week, we looked at our anti-bullying policy and discussed what we could do to show compassion towards children who might be being bullied. We also explored different 3D shapes and their nets; designing our own packaging as part of our DT learning. 

Our star of the week is Emma. Emma has become so confident in Maths and has mastered the column method for addition and subtraction. 

Spellings for this week: K sound spelt ch 

Cracking the Column Method! Friday 13th November 2020

This week, the children have worked so hard in Maths! They now really understand how the column method works and deciding when it is appropriate to use it when solving addition and subtraction calculations. 

In Literacy, the children used exclamation marks, conjunctions and informal language to enhance their diary writing. We are using the book 'Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura' to help us, which the children really enjoy! 

In other areas of the curriculum, we used a variety of sources to find out about Skara Brae, made our own contracts in RE and started to investigate packaging as part of our DT unit.  

Star of the week this week is Hollie! Hollie is always ready to learn and has worked incredibly hard in Maths showing lots of working out to tricky problems.     Spellings: suffixes (double consonants) 

Stones and Bones! Friday 6th November 2020

This week we have begun our new topic 'Stones and Bones'. We are going to be learning about the stone age, bronze age and iron age. 

The children have spent some time studying books related to our topic and enjoyed creating some stone age jewelry (which proved quite tricky!). We started to create a timeline of significant events that happened over 800.000 years ago and we will learn about these in more detail later. 

In Science, we learnt about the three kinds of natural rock and how to spot these by what the rock looks like! In Literacy, the children started looking at a diary entry defining some new vocabulary. We are carrying on with addition and subtraction during Maths and some of us are beginning to use the column method. 

Well done Tom, who is our star of the week this week. Tom has come back from half term with some amazing handwriting!          Spellings: Months of the year

It's half term! Friday 23rd October 2020

I can't believe we are already at our first half term! The children seem to have settled in and worked hard over the last 7 weeks. 

This week we completed our character descriptions of Horrid Henry, worked on our inference skills and had ICT everyday! We completed our coding unit for this term and the children really enjoyed using the 'Purple Mash' platform to create their own programs, 

Our star of the week this week is Freya! Freya has been working incredibly hard so far in year 3 and i'm really pleased with both her learning and behaviour. 

Spellings to learn are contractions and good website you can use is https://spellingframe.co.uk/ you will find contractions under Year 2 but feel free to recap any Year 3 :) I have also sent the children home with their https://ttrockstars.com/ logins so they can practise at home. 

Enjoy half term! 

Herons hear horrid Henry! Friday 16th October 2020

In Guided Reading, Herons have really been enjoying listening to horrid Henry stories, using them to begin to make inferences. We have used this in Literacy to help us innovate a character description about him. I look forward to reading the children's versions next week. 

In Maths, we have learnt to to add and subtract 10s by crossing the 100s boundary. The children have begun to spot patterns and explore methods of working these out. 

We also spent Monday afternoon creating our own pointillism landscapes; there were some lovely rainbow, space and boat scenes all created by small dots. In Music, the children came up with some actions to 'Let your spirit fly' and we practised and performed these in class. 

PE was a challenge! We completed the 12 minute run around the running track as part of a virtual games competition. Everyone in herons gave it a good go and cheered each other on.

Well done to Lydia, our star of the week this week! Lydia is so creative, painting a detailed picture and using great ideas in her Literacy                                Spellings ure endings

A jam packed week! Friday 9th October 2020

We started the week learning all about adverbs and the ending 'ly'. In guided reading we managed to finish our class book 'The firework makers daughter', giving it a review (see photos!) and spent some time researching the author (Phillip Pullman). In Literacy, we have now moved on to looking at character descriptions; starting with Goldilocks. 

In Maths, we have learnt to to add and subtract 1 digit numbers from 2 or 3 digit numbers where they cross the 10s. Some of us found this tricky, so any extra practise at home would be great as part of Mental Maths Home Learning. An example would be 123 + 7 or 456 - 9. 

A highlight this week for lots of the children was learning about temptation in RE with Mrs Brickwood (some children were very tempted by the sweet she left on their tables...). As well as creating our own version of a pointillist painting.

Well done to Pearl, our star of the week this week! Pearl has been working hard, contributing and is such a lovely friend.                                            Spellings 'ly' endings

Very hot writing! Friday 2nd October 2020

Our setting descriptions were on fire this week! The children had to plan, draft, edit and publish their hot (independent) writes. These were based on Lila, a character from our class book, making the journey to the centre of a volcano. Some of the vocabulary the children came up with was fantastic. 

In Maths, we have moved on to learning about addition and subtraction. We practised counting in 100s ready to add, subtract and reason using multiples of 100. In year 2. the children would have learnt how to add and subtract multiples of 1; we recapped this so we are ready for 10s next week!

We were busy in Science and Topic! The task was to use ipads to create a leaflet all about 'Cumbria' as well as studying human and physical features of the UK; lots of us fancy a trip to 'The Giants Causeway' in Northern Ireland! In Science, we wrote some instructions with Mrs Musson and began an observation on a plant's stem to see how it transports water. 

Our star of the week this week is Lucie! She has been brilliant in all areas of the curriculum and it is great to see her becoming more confident. 

 

Spellings this week - suffix 'ation' 

From desert islands to volcanoes! Friday 25th September 2020

During Literacy, our focus has been on setting descriptions. The children have been very imaginative and helped create our class version of a desert island. We then explored volcanoes (which the children loved!!) to help us create a mind map with lots of vocabulary we can use next week. 

We have spent time counting in 50s in Maths as well as estimating on numberlines; first to 100 and then 1000. We also recapped our 2, 5 and 10 times table to check our understanding. 

Throughout the week, we had some plants to look after and conducted an experiment to see what a plant needs to survive. The children came up with their own scientific questions and we had flowers all over the school. 

Well done to Gracie, our star of the week this week! Her handwriting, grammar and stamina have all improved in Literacy. 

 

Spellings - mis/dis/un

Dots, Plants and Counties! Friday 18th September 2020

In Literacy and Guided Reading, we have been reading 'The firework makers daughter', the children have used the text to write some adjectives and find some synonyms and antonyms! In Maths, we have continued to look at place value and our understanding of 3 digit numbers. We also used ipads to help us recap our number bonds to 100

Alongside this, the children took part in a tricky activity to find and research some counties in England. They also experimented with different materials to create their own dot paintings AND set up their own plant investigations to find out what a plant needs to grow. 

A huge well done to Theo, who is star of the week this week. Theo has worked very hard this week in all lessons and has contributed some fantastic vocabulary! 

 

 

Spellings this week - y for i 

 

 Assessments galore! Friday 11th September 2020

The children had an assessment to complete every day this week to see what learning they had remembered from year 2. In spite of this, the children gave them a great go showing a positive attitude and saving some brain power for other lessons! We also became familiar with an 'under the sea' setting description during Literacy. 

In PE this term we are learning tag rugby skills; the children worked well to complete team relays showing off their new skills. We also looked at cities in the UK and used atlases to find them! Hopefully, your child can now tell you all about plant functions as well!! 

Well done to Henry, who received star of the week this week. Henry showed great focus and determination throughout the assessments and is getting good at remembering the new routines. 

Please ensure your child reads 5 times a week and this is recorded in their reading records so they can get a sticker in school; see below the photos to the right for spellings that will be tested on Monday (suffix OUS).

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Welcome Back! Friday 4th September 2020

 Wow! It was lovely to see nearly all of Year 3 for the first time back at school in about six months. I hope all the children enjoyed it!

We wrote some prayers and Birthday Cards as well as make some fantastic cityscapes! As part of our new topic, the children used atlases to research the four countries of the UK and their capitals. 

Next week, we will be doing PE on Monday and Wednesday so please ensure your child has their kit if it is not already in school. Enjoy your weekend!

Many thanks, 

Miss Snook

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