Year 3

Week 5
In English this week we used our current class text, The Iron Man, as inspiration for our own science fiction novels. It was fantastic to see so many creative ideas that stemmed from The Iron Man story. All the class worked so hard trying to vary their sentences openers using a range of adverbials. 
The 3 times table was the main focus of the week in maths this week. We began using arrays to group in numbers and counters in to equal groups of 3. The children were able to independently use this method to multiply and divide numbers by 3. 
In computing, we continued our Stop Motion unit by recording our own short movies using the I Can Animate app. It was lovely to see everyone's story maps from last week come to life on screen. 
In RE, we began our Advent work by focusing on the theme Visitors. We discussed how we prepare for welcoming visitors into our own homes and it is important to make people feel welcome. We also created our own spiritual art for Advent. 
Week 4
A week full of hard work.
It's been the start of our autumn assessments  this week and everyone has worked so hard and tried their very best. 
In our English lessons, we continued using DADWAVERS to help us write an alternative opening to the Iron Man by creating lots of suspense. We used short, snappy sentences, similes and even rhetorical questions to help build mystery.
We have been fantastic at using arrays in maths this week. We've been able to identify and create a range of arrays to represent multiplications and divisions. We will use this method in the coming weeks when introduced to new times tables.
In music, we've been using the glockenspiels again to play along with a new song - When the Saints Go Marching In. We experimented with the tempo to slow the pace of the song to help us follow along. 
In RE we came to the end of our Promises unit. We took part in our class collective worship by making a promise to greet somebody with a smile today.
In preparation for the start of Advent on Sunday, as a class, we decorated our Christmas tree. Every child placed a bauble on the tree and made a Christmas wish. 


Week 3

We've had a very enjoyable and busy week in Year 3. 


In English, we began to read Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. When writing a character description, we were introduced to DADWAVERS to help us vary our sentence openers.


In maths, we continued our work on multiplication and division. We used grouping and arrays to find multiples of 2, 5 and 10.


In Geography, we explored the world using atlases. Working together, we used latitude and longitude to locate oceans and seas close to the UK.


On Thursday, we visited Sacred Heart High School to take part in their performing arts day. We danced! We sang! We performed! We had so much FUN!


Throughout this week, we have been focusing on Anti-Bullying Week in school. After taking part in Odd Socks Day on Monday, we joined an online NSPCC workshop and Reached Out to everyone in the class through sharing compliments.

Week 2
This week has been very fun in Year 3. 
In English, we wrote our own newspaper reports on the mysterious, unidentified object that made a crash landing in our playground. Children were able to create their own headlines, captions, direct speech and adverbials in their work. 
In Maths, we finished our unit on Addition and Subtraction and began our first lessons on Multiplication  and Division. We explored arranging numbers into equal groups using pictures and manipulatives. We look forward to exploring these skills further throughout the term. 
In RE, we continued our study of Baptism. This week, we researched St John and discussed how we could be more like him by spreading the good news in our lives. 
In Computing, we began to storyboard our own animations, taking inspiration from popular stop-motion movies such as Shaun the Sheep. Next week, we'll start to bring our plans to life by using the I Can Animate app.   
On Thursday, we took part in our first Commando Joe's missions of the year. We were inspired by Ed Stafford's expedition across the Amazon to complete a range of tasks. We used ladders, wood and stepping stones to cross the playground; created our shelters and completed a blindfolded obstacle course. It was great to see so many children displaying teamwork and resilience throughout the day.    
Week 1
In English, we became newspaper reporters and began investigating an unidentified object that has crash landed in our school playground! We worked together to story map all the events in chronological order and explored using direct speech to record witness reports. Next week, we will be using all of our reporting skills to write our own newspaper reports. 
We have worked so hard this week in Maths to estimate answers. We began by learning to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 using number lines and manipulatives. We then combined our rounding skills with our addition and subtraction knowledge to estimate answers. This was a tricky concept and included lots of steps however I have been very proud of the growth mindset shown throughout the whole class in order to successfully rise to the challenge. 
In computing, we loved using the 'I Can Animate' app to create our own stop motion animations. We can't wait to explore further throughout this half term.  
This week, we also began our Design Technology unit and were given our design brief to create a party hat for children's birthday party. We were able to complete our own task analysis in order to plan our project. 
In RE we create our Baptism artwork. We spoke about the promises that are made during Baptism and tried to reflect this in our artwork. 
Well done for a busy first week back and I hope you all have lovely weekend. 
Week 7
We've made it to the end of another great week in Year 3. 
In English, we have been writing instructions on how to make spooky smoothies. It was lovely to see the use of so many features that we have been learning in previous lessons - imperative verbs, adverbs and adverbials of time. 
In Maths, we continued with column addition and subtraction. When subtracting 2-digits from 3-digits, we discovered how important it is to use our place value knowledge to help put numbers in the correct column. We also used a range of manipulatives to help do this!
In Music, we loved using the glockenspiels this week. We followed notes to play along with our song 'Please Be Kind'. We even created our own improvisations to add to the song. So much fun! 
In PE, we spent time practicing our skipping. We really enjoyed being able to demonstrate our skills to the class and helping others. 
Thank you Year 3 for a fantastic start to the year and I hope you all enjoy your half-term break! 
Week 6
We have had such an exciting week in Year 3. 
On Monday, we began learning about writing clear instructions in our English lesson, with the class helping me make a Marmalade sandwich. The whole class were able to see the importance of giving clear instructions. 
On Tuesday, we learnt all about the bones in the body. We worked together in groups to label lots of bones, including which bones support and protect our organs. 
On Wednesday, we had an adventure on the metro to visit the Hancock Museum. We had great fun exploring the exhibits and learnt lots of facts in our Stone Age to Bronze Age workshop. The whole class behaved so well across the entire day and represented the school so well.  
On Thursday and Friday, we took part in our Take One Picture lessons. We studied the work of Claude-Jospeh Vernet and used his artwork to inspire us to make a lighthouse out of clay. 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend :)
Week 5
Year 3 have worked so hard this week and it has been lovely to see them so enthusiastic in their lessons. 
In English, we created our own persuasive adverts using lots of the techniques we have been learning over the past two weeks. The children used lots of creativity to whilst thinking of their snacks to advertise and loved using lots of powerful adjectives and exaggeration.   
In maths, all the class have done so well using the column method for addition and subtraction. They have set their work out clearly in their books to avoid mistakes being made by placing numbers in the incorrect place value column. We are now moving on to exchanging numbers. 
In PE, we continued with our teambuilding tasks this week. The children worked together and adapted so well as they had to coordinate carrying beanbags together without using any hands. 
We also celebrated Space Day this week! The children loved learning our inspirational woman, Katherine Johnson. We researched her achievements and completed a fact file all about her life. In the afternoon we took part in a Now Press Play story about a mission to mars. 
Thank you for a lovely week, Year 3!
Week 4
We have had a lovely week in Year 3 this week. In English, the children have been so engaged in learning a vast array of techniques used in adverts to persuade people to buy products and services. We have explored a variety of different adverts and identified alliterations, exaggeration, rhetorical questions and so much more. We will be using these techniques next week to create our own adverts for food. 
In maths, we began our addition & subtraction unit, discovering how adding and subtracting 1s can change the 10s column. Year 3 have worked so hard with this throughout the week and are becoming more and more confident. 
We were very lucky to avoid some of the rain and continue our Outdoor Adventurous Activity lessons by working together as a team to complete a range of different challenges. It's been great to see the children communicating so well and supporting each other.  

Curriculum Evening

It was great to see so many of you attend our curriculum overview on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend, please take the opportunity to have a look over the slides below. 


I hope you all have a great weekend!



 Week 3 

Year 3 have worked so hard this week!


In English, we have been using Roald Dahl’s Charlie in the Chocolate Factory as inspiration for our writing over the past two weeks. This week, we created our own stories where our characters visited a magical world or factory. It has been great to see everyone’s creative ideas come to life through their stories. 


In Maths, we finished our Place Value unit this week. Year 3 have applied their methods and knowledge from previous weeks to order and compare numbers up to 1000. Next week, we moved to Addition & Subtraction.


After spending our first two weeks studying digital literacy and e-safety, we began designing our fact pages using Microsoft Word. We practiced our typing skills to share our knowledge of how to stay safe online. In the coming weeks, we will be exploring a range of formatting tools to help make our fact pages more eye-catching.


Week 1
Welcome to Year 3
It has been a pleasure to welcome everyone back to school this week with lovely, big smiles on their faces. Making the transition to KS2 can be tricky but the whole class have worked so hard, producing some fantastic work, and have settled in well. 
In English, we have been exploring the features of haiku and cinquain poems. Clapping and counting our syllables, we have produced some fabulous poems about Summer, storms and school. 
In our RE, we have discussed what makes a house a home and how to be welcoming to others. We also spent the afternoon painting our own home artwork, using colours to portray how our homes make us feel. 
In computing, we began to learn all about how we can all be good Digital Citizens by investigating how to stay safe when using technology. 
Thank you Year 3 for being so welcoming to me during my first week at St Charles' and I look forward to the year ahead. 
Mr Gray
We join with Bishop Robert and the whole of BBCET, to mourn the loss of our beloved Queen. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. We are very grateful for her years of service. We give thanks to God for everything she has done. May she rest in peace.
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