Year 3

Arundel

 

Please ensure full PE kit is in school every day, including trainers (not daps).  Sweatshirts (not hoodies!) and joggers are needed in this cold weather. Thank you!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Arundel will be having PE on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, but children do need to have full PE kit in school every day - including trainers (not daps) please.  As the weather is getting colder, please send joggers rather than shorts and sweatshirt tops - no hoodies please.

Please can you encourage your child to:

  • Come into school every day ready to learn.
  • If possible read every day to an adult and record this in reading diaries.
  • Learn and rehearse times tables (particularly 3, 4 and 8).
  • Encourage children to visit educational sites if they are using a computer.

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned into school the following Wednesday.  Do please offer help and support to your child with this and if you have any questions, please either stay behind to see me at the end of a school day or ask the Office to make an appointment for you to see me. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Dean

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TERM 5

Week 2

What a strange week for us all! We are glad to be back to school as normal on Friday following Thursday’s unforeseen circumstances! 

In Maths we have continued to consolidate our understanding of working with fractions. The whole class is really grasping the concept of fractions and how to unpick tricky deeper questions. Our confidence as a class is sky-high! We are able to identify non-unit and unit fractions; count up and down in fractions such as tenths and even find fractions of whole amounts. Impressive right?! 

In English we have been completing our final look at stories from Indian folktales. We focussed on our own re-telling of the story of Rama and Sita. Each pupil wrote their own version of the story making slight tweaks to the traditional tale. Some were set in a strange haunted mansion, others based in Ancient Egypt in a dusty pyramid and some even in the virtual world of Minecraft! A huge well done to everyone for the effort they have put into their creative writing this week, we have been very impressed with the resilience and creativity you have shown this week. 

In Science we focussed on looking at the different amounts of nutrients that humans should be eating as part of a healthy balanced diet. Some of us then went on to compare and contrast the diets of humans against other animals, and considered why our diets might need to be so different. An interesting debate as you can imagine! 

In other news, over the next fortnight as a school we are taking part in the Big Pedal 2018 promoting healthy ways to travel to school. We are aiming to get as many students biking, scooting or walking to school and could win prizes as a result of our efforts. Therefore we are urging students, staff and parents alike to consider scooting or biking to school, or parking a little further away to walk the latter part of the school journey. Let's see what we can do as a whole school community! Don't forget the finale of the Big Pedal event on Friday 4 May when children are invited to 'Bling Their Bike/Scooter' in a superhero theme...

Please note: 

As per the information given during the week, please remember homework is due in this coming Wednesday 25 April 2018. This includes the spelling activities, maths homework sheet focussing on multiplication and the expected eight readings (four readings for each week, due to the week’s extension). Thank you for your continued support!

 

Week 1

Welcome back one and all! Hoping you all had a lovely, happy and healthy Easter holiday.

It has been a busy start to the term this week, including our educational visit to Bristol City Museum and our WOW Day.

At the start of the week we were straight back into our learning. We focussed our mathematics on revising fractions; being able to recognise unit and non-unit fractions, as well as finding fractions of whole numbers. We will continue our study of fractions next week. In English we have started looking at stories from different cultures. We looked at a traditional Indian folktale, ‘The Tiger Child'.  We were able to summarise and retell the story with our own personal tweaks/changes to our peers. We will be looking at another traditional Indian tale next week. In science we have started our new topic ‘Animals, including Humans.’ We started our studies revising and recapping different food groups and the use of the seven different nutrient groups.

On Wednesday we had our educational visit to Bristol Museum. We were lucky enough to take part in a specialist workshop, introducing us to our brand new Inquiry, 'The Ancient Egyptians'. Within the workshop we were able to handle interesting replica artefacts and guess their uses. We enjoyed being able to explore the museum, especially the Egyptian section, in our groups. A big thank you to all helpers for your support with the visit; we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We had some lovely comments from members of the public noting our good behaviour – well done, Arundel!

On Thursday we had our WOW Day when we were immersed into the world of Ancient Egypt. We cracked codes using hieroglyphics, designed individual sarcophagi, created a whole class large sarcophagus, built 3D pyramids, practised mummification and the wrapping of bandages on our two volunteer pharaohs, made Egyptian collar necklaces and even participated in an Egyptian inspired dance! A rather busy day as you can imagine!

TERM 4

Week 5

We made it through our last week of Term 4! It has been a rather hectic week to end the term...

In Maths we continued to look at fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We are really starting to get our heads around how this works now!

In English we created our own adventure stories following the journey of a small boat making its way from a peaceful lake to the open sea. We planned our stories using story maps and then rewrote the stories using our planning. Many of us were able to edit and improve our stories independently - a skill we are continuing to develop throughout our English sessions.

In Science we completed our work on forces and magnets - we explored poles and were able to identify when a magnet will repel or attract another magnet. We feel we have learnt a lot about this topic and look forward to starting our next one ...

In Inquiry we brought our 'Greatest Artist' topic to a conclusion. We studied our final artist, looking at the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. We attempted our own close range artwork of daffodils. We also had a mini debate within the class considering who we each thought was the greatest artist... Why not ask us our thoughts?!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Easter break and we will see you all after the two week holidays!

Please note: Homework was issued on the last day of term and will be due in as normal on the first Wednesday back (11 April). This includes: spelling activities, maths worksheet and reading eight times due to the two week holiday period. Alongside this the children have also been given an optional  Inquiry homework piece and an optional Easter multiplication activity sheet. 

 

Week 4

Another week done and dusted and it's been a busy one at that, particularly as it's been Assessment Week!

Monday started with our first educational visit to Keynsham Library to see a live theatre group retelling the life of Mary Anning. We sensibly walked down to the library without a hitch and very much enjoyed the performance. A big thank you to those parents/carers who helped support us with the visit!

On Tuesday it was Science Day and we were able to investigate the following question: Are magnets just as powerful underwater as they are through the air? We made predictions, planned the experiment, completed the experiment, recorded the results and some of us even used the data to create a graph to present our findings. Phew - it was a busy day but very interesting!

In Inquiry this week we looked at the work of Lowry and his matchstick people. We had a go at creating our own matchstick characters using pencils, just like Lowry himself. We presented our characters to the rest of the class and discussed their background stories that we had devised for each character. 

A note from Miss Dean: It was lovely to see so many of you at Parents' Evening this week - we had a very busy schedule in Arundel and I look forward to seeing even more of you next week also! The children have been working so hard this term and it has been lovely to share their progress with you. We hope you all are as proud of them and their learning journeys as we are here at Castle!

 

Week 3

Phew! We're over half way through this term already, can you believe it?! Returning after the snow days we have been back to work...

In Maths we have been trying to secure our understanding of division, both with and without the use of remainders. Our times table knowledge is helping us to develop our understanding of division - so remember to keep practising those tables at home, every little helps!

In English we finished our look at poetry, finishing the topic looking at some traditional poetry from Robert Louis Stevenson. We used his poetry as inspiration to write our own class poem all about feeling unwell and having to stay in bed. We were able to create our own bank of rhyming couplets and discussed how rhythm is important in certain styles of poetry. 

We were lucky enough to have a second attempt at World Book Day - known as our very own 'Castle Book Day'. Everybody looked fantastic in their outfits and we enjoyed guessing each of our characters. We completed lots of exciting activities as part of this celebration of books and reading: Diary writing in the style of our character, Accelerated Reader activities, Library Time, voting for our favourite author (the most popular in Arundel was David Walliams!), book recommendations, team activities and a 'Guess the Reader?' gallery. On top of all of this, the excitement continued when Mrs Richard's parrot kept going missing and at one point found its way into our classroom! The children were on the case and luckily reported the sighting of the missing bird to Mrs Richards straight away so he could be returned to his rightful owner. Mrs Richards had to put the parrot on red as he kept escaping!

In Science, we learnt about a new type of force: 'magnetism'. We completed an experiment to identify magnetic and non-magnetic materials found around the classroom. We were able to explain what magnets are and how they can be used, plus able to name and identify some examples of both magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

In Inquiry we were able to complete our Picasso collages and finish painting our surrealist sculptures in our bright colours. 

As you can tell it's been a busy week here in Arundel and there's more excitement to come next week, starting with our first school trip into Keynsham. A reminder to ensure children have coats for the walk down to the library incase of chilly weather. 

A note regarding homework this week: Due to the snowy weather last week, the children were given their homework this Monday with extra time to complete the written work, with the expectation of normal regular reading. The children should have completed reading during the snow days and the expectation across the school is that 8 readings  (as per the normal 4 x each week) will have been completed, as well as the usual written homework (spellings and maths practise) and handed in on Wednesday 14th March 2018. This has been discussed with the children and they have agreed upon this. 

 

Week 2

Another week done and dusted; however, it's come to an abrupt finish due to the snow! Please make sure you all stay safe in this chilly weather!

In Maths we have continued to work on our division. We have been able to use dienes to help us divide each place value (tens and ones) within the full numbers. We have then been able to speed up our process by drawing the dienes as well. Next we will be looking at division with remainders.

In English we finished our descriptive shape poems. We then had the chance to create our very own shape poems from scratch - this enabled us to have some interesting descriptions! We discussed the snow and how we would verbally describe this beautiful weather.

Unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to complete our World Book Day activities and see everybody's wonderful outfits. This will now take place next Wednesday, 7 March and we hope everyone is able to dress up again and take part in the exciting events we had planned to share our love of reading!

In Science we continued our look at 'Forces' - this week focussing on friction. We learnt that friction is the force that slows down movement when one thing touches another object. We completed investigations in small groups to identify which surfaces cause the most friction on a small toy car. We found that carpet provided the most friction, and cardboard the least! We had to try and explain why we thought this was so...

In Inquiry this week we started to look at the work of Picasso and his realistic and abstract portraits. We started to create our own collage portraits using magazines and newspapers. We look forward to finishing these collages next week. Alongside this we have been waiting for our clay sculptures to air dry fully - next week we should be set to paint our surrealist structures. 

It's been a short but busy week here in Arundel. So last but not least, I wish you all a happy weekend. Make sure you wrap up warm!

Please remember to continue reading and tables practice on Snow Days and the weekend. 

Week 1

Welcome back one and all! We hope you had a happy and healthy week's holiday!  We have been straight back to work in Arundel Class...

In Maths we rounded off our work on multiplication and began to look at division. We used place value mats to help us divide two digit numbers by one digit numbers - we found it simpler if we approached the division by splitting the number into tens and ones. We will continue to look at division over the next few weeks.

In English we discovered the rules for using the determiners 'a' and 'an.' We have started to plan a spiral shape poem based on an animal of our choice from the book, 'There's a Snake in my School' by David Walliams. Within our plans we have been using an impressive range of similes and metaphors as part of our poetic language! We will create our finished spiral shape poems next week.

In Science we have started a new topic, 'Forces and Magnets'. We initially looked at the meaning of a 'force' and understand it now as being a push or a pull motion. We acted out different forces in pairs as freeze frames and had to guess as a class whether the freeze frames were push or pull forces - it was great fun! 

In Inquiry we discussed what a sculpture is and understood that it is a piece of art that is 3D. We then learnt about different techniques for working with and manipulating clay. We created our very own surrealist sculptures, in the style of Joan Miro. We look forward to adding some colour to the sculptures next week.

This week was also our class assembly - thank you to those parents and carers who were able to support and watch the students.  Arundel Class did a fantastic job and impressed the whole school with their learning! So a big well done to each and every one of you for an amazing assembly! 

A note that Homework Club is now on a Wednesday lunchtime and there is an open invite to all who would like to attend! However, reading at home (at least four times a week) is still expected to be completed alongside this.

 

TERM 3

Week 6

We made it! Half term is here...

We have continued to work hard throughout all of our subjects. In maths we have continued to work on our multiplication and most of us are feeling much more confident using the grid method. We need to keep practising applying our skills to reasoning and word problems. In English we have finished working on our portrait poems and can successfully use possessive apostrophes with accuracy. We were also able to create some super similes as part of our poems too!

In science we finished looking at our light topic and completed our final investigation into shadows. We found that shadows can change both size and shape, dependent on the proximity to the light source and which direction the light is coming from. Interesting! 

We have designed our surrealist sculptures ready to create them out of clay after the half term break - we cannot wait!

Wishing you all a lovely and happy half term!

 

Please remember to continue reading and tables practise over the break. 

Week 5

Phew! What a week it has been! Arundel have been working hard and have tried their best throughout the week. 

In English we have been looking at possessive apostrophes and where to use them. This is leading us into our poetry topic, starting with shape poems. We enjoyed creating our very own creative calligrams and are looking forward to producing our own portrait poems to show off our new knowledge of possessive apostrophes. 

This week has also been ‘Storytelling Week’ and we were able to discuss the origins of storytelling and how important it is to us. We enjoyed the story of Tiddalink the Frog and how it had a moral we could learn from. We were treated to a story from Mrs Clarkson on Thursday just before lunchtime and enjoyed this greatly. As part of the finale to storytelling week we were able to present our own retelling of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ to Edinburgh Class. A big well done to each of us! 

In Maths we have continued to look at multiplication of a single digit number by a two digit number. We have moved on from using our concrete dienes to be able to use the grid method to multiply the two numbers. Our Cracking Tables knowledge is definitely helping support us with this (keep up the practice at home!) Some of us have also looked at the formal written method of column multiplication…   

Within Science we began to investigate shadows and how they are formed. We investigated which materials were opaque, transparent and translucent and were able to apply this to a problem solving activity. 

In Inquiry we have continued to look at the work of Vincent van Gogh, moving away from his rural landscape paintings towards his city scape pieces. We particularly liked ‘Starry Night’ and we made our own attempts to recreate a Van Gogh style city scape. This week we used oil pastels to try to capture van Gogh’s thick brush strokes, swirls and curves. We think we did a great job! 

 

Week 4

Arundel have been busy bees this week!

In English we have been learning about inverted commas and how to punctuate direct speech sentences. To practise this we created a dialogue between two characters, a tiger and a witch. We had to create a story using our speech, which led to some very creative ideas! Miss Dean says, "We are now experts at punctuating speech!" 

In Maths we have been working on multiplying a two digit number by a one digit number. We have used dienes and place value counters to help us practically understand the multiplication process and have been pictorially documenting this in our books. Our next big step will be to learn the formal written method for multiplication – so keep up the practice of those times tables at home as this will help immensely!

Within Science we looked at sun safety. We discussed that the sun has positives but also dangers that we must all be aware of. We were introduced to UV light and the dangers of this. We set up an experiment in the classroom to document the effects of UV light onto pieces of coloured paper – we will keep you all updated on the progress!

In Inquiry we continued to investigate our next artist – Vincent van Gogh. We researched van Gogh and his influences and created fact files. We also looked at his work on landscapes, particularly his use of bright colours in ‘The Plain at Auvers (1890)’ and tried to recreate this ourselves. We tried using glue to thicken our paint to try to recreate the brushstrokes and lines in the style of van Gogh.

 

Week 3

We’ve been working hard in Arundel this week… 

In English we have been focussing on different forms of conjunctions. We have looked at how and when to use conjunctions for time, place and cause. We have learnt that we can use these conjunctions in different places, including the beginning or middle of a sentence. We were able to spot the conjunctions within sentences with ease and then apply these to our own writing. We wrote a description of our typical school day using conjunctions and explained why we think that going to school is important. 

In Maths we have been working on multiplying by 1 and 0. We were able to spot patterns when we multiply by these numbers. We discovered that when you multiply a number by one, the answer is the same as the original number, eg 5 x 1 = 5. When you multiply a number by zero, we found that the answer is always zero. Some of us used grouping to investigate this phenomenon. We also began to look at dividing whole numbers by 1.   

Within Science we have continued to investigate light. We completed an experiment to discover the most reflective material. We used torches to test how reflective a material was. We found that foil and mirrors were the most reflective, because they are smooth and shiny surfaces. This week we also discovered mirror writing and were able to write in mirror code! 

In Inquiry we continued to investigate our new theme. We focussed on our first artist, Jackson Pollock. We were introduced to ‘drip painting’ and discussed how Pollock’s artwork made us feel. We considered how Pollock may have felt when he was expressing himself through his art. We then created our own ‘drip paintings'; we experimented with different shades by adding black to our primary colours. We then used paint brushes and pipettes to create our very own art pieces.

 

Note to Parents/Carers:  

Homework has been given out today (Friday 19th January 2018 ) and is to be returned next Wednesday 24th January (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully; this includes reading four times a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records, alongside spelling activities and maths practice. Please remember that the children themselves are also able to write comments on their reading within the records. 

A reminder that Homework Club is on a Thursday lunchtime and there is an open invite to all who would like to attend! However reading at home is still expected be completed alongside this.

Thank you again for your continued support! 

Miss Dean. 

 

Week 2

It’s been another busy week in Arundel Class and we are still adjusting to being back at school following the exciting Christmas break!  

In English we have been learning about ‘Headings and Sub-Headings’. We were informed by Miss Dean of a terrifying dragon on the rampage at Castle and we were the first reporters on the case to report on the breaking news story. We even spent our own time at break and lunch investigating and finding clues/evidence left behind by the dragon! In Maths we have been working on dividing by 10 and by 100. We are starting to feel more confident with our multiplication and division of different numbers by 10 and 100 and are even starting to recognise patterns for this!

We started our first investigation into our new Inquiry, 'Who is the Greatest Artist?.  We looked at different types of paint and brushes and particularly focussed on mixing colours. We learnt about primary, secondary and tertiary colours. We enjoyed experimenting with the different colours and learning about colour mixing. Next week we are ready to start focussing on the work of different artists and their use of paint ...

Note to Parents/Carers:  

Homework has been given out today (Friday 12th January 2018 ) and is to be returned next Wednesday 17th January (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully; this includes reading four times a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records, alongside spelling activities and maths practice. Please remember that the children themselves are also able to write comments on their reading within the records. 

A note that Homework Club is now on a Thursday lunchtime and there is an open invite to all who would like to attend!

Thank you again for your continued support! 

Miss Dean. 

Week 1

Welcome back and a very 'Happy New Year' to one and all! 

This week we have been straight back to work...

In English we have been revising each of the literary features we have worked on over the past two terms. We have written a recount all about our Christmas holidays and have enjoyed sharing our experiences with each other. We have been sure to include a range of different sentence openers (fronted adverbials), accurate punctuation, conjunctions, sequential language (time connectives) and paragraphs, among other features. Sounds impressive, right?! In Maths we have been working on multiplying by 10 and by 100. We will continue to look at this next week, before moving on to division by 10 and 100. 

In Science we have started work on our next topic of focus: Light. We learnt about different light sources and understood that darkness is the absence of light. We completed a practical experiment with dark feely bags to understand this further. We really enjoyed it!

On Thursday, we also had our 'WOW Day' for our new Inquiry, 'Who Is The Greatest Artist?'. We were very busy, working on team colour collages, structure (tower) building, self-portrait sketching, researching famous artists around the world and even a mystery object sketching game. We are keen to find out more about great artists and have our own attempts at creating a range of different pieces of artwork for our own Arundel Gallery!

Note to Parents/Carers:  

Across KS2 the decision has been made to include an additional weekly maths homework alongside the existing weekly homework of reading, spellings and Cracking Tables practice. This additional maths homework will support the work that is being completed in class and help consolidate learning from across the maths curriculum. We hope you understand the reasoning behind this and will support us in this move.

Homework has been given out today (Friday 5th January 2018 ) and is to be returned next Wednesday 10th January (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully; this includes reading four times a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records. Please remember that the children themselves are also able to write comments on their reading within the records. 

Thank you again for your continued support! 

Miss Dean. 

 

 

TERM 2

Week 7

We made it! Another term finished and what a busy week it has been...

We have completed lots of different Christmas themed activities, including arts and crafts. We particularly enjoyed experimenting with oil pastels and blending complementing colour schemes. We learnt what silhouettes were and how to create these in different ways as part of our artwork.

In other news, we have had yet another successful week in both our Cracking Tables and Spelling Tests – well done to all! Keep up the practice at home.  

A big thank you to all those who came to our 'Stone Age Gallery' on Wednesday. We were jam-packed! The children were so happy to be able to share their work with you all and we hope you enjoyed looking at our work as much as we enjoyed completing it! A perfect celebration to end our Stone Age topic.

Just a quick final note regarding homework over the two week break. As a school the focus for homework is on reading. We have therefore sent home an optional 'Christmas Reading Bingo' which we hope is a fun and exciting way to promote reading over the holidays. As it is a two week holiday we expect four readings each week as normal, meaning eight readings completed over the full Christmas holidays and recorded in the yellow reading records. Cracking Tables maths practice is also expected. Thank you for your support with this.

Last but not least, I wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas' and a safe and happy festive period. I will see you in the New Year!

Week 6

Phew, another week done! We are one week closer to Christmas and our carol rehearsals are really coming together! Just a short update from this week… 

We have continued to look at multiplication within maths and have looked at the different ways to complete multiplication! We have been using grouping, arrays, repeated addition and the fact families that are associated with these different methods. In English we have been focussing our learning on prepositions. We learnt how they can be used to demonstrate place, time and cause. We have been using prepositions within our extended piece of writing this week, looking at an image of a  beautifully decorated house at Christmas time and creating a descriptive narrative from this image.  

We have also been working hard on finishing our Inquiry Stonehenge models; this week we finished phase three of our build - the painting. We continued to develop our blending and paintwork skills. They really do look ace! 

We have been continuing to practise our carols and having dress rehearsals for the Christmas Class Songs. We are ready to share all our hard work with you, our audience!  

In other news, we have had yet another successful week in both our Cracking Tables and Spelling Tests – well done to all! Keep up the practice at home.  

Note to Parents/Carers:  

Homework has been given out today (Friday 8th December ) and is to be returned next Wednesday 13th (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully; this includes reading 4x a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records. 

A quick reminder that we welcome you next Wednesday 13th December to see all of our hard work in our inquiry topic. We can't wait to share this with you in our 'Stone Age Gallery.'

Thank you again for your continued support! 

Miss Dean. 

Week 5

Another week done and dusted! This week has been assessment week within the class and a huge well done to each and every member of the class for their resilience and efforts within each task.

We have started our initial look at multiplication within maths and will continue this next week when we are back to normality! We have also been working hard on our inquiry Stonehenge models; this week we worked on the aesthetics – adding colour to our models. We used blending techniques to create effective colours for our models. They are really coming along!

In science we focussed our studies on the formation of soil and created our very own flip books to demonstrate our knowledge of how each layer is formed (top soil, sub rock and base rock).

We have been practising our carols and actions ready for the KS2 Christmas Class Songs and are looking forward to sharing this with our friends and families over the coming weeks. We still need a little bit of extra practice to make sure we are performance ready! We will all be making our reindeer props together next week within the class.

On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed a production of 'Robin Hood Rescues the Forest' in the school hall and shared our viewpoints on it when we returned to the classroom. We learnt how important it is to look after the environment and not to litter!

We have had another successful week in both our Cracking Tables and Spelling Tests – well done to all! Keep up the practice at home. 

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Homework has been given out today (Friday 1st December 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 6th December 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully, this includes reading 4x a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records.

Please note that 'Definition Detectives' is no longer a part of the school's Homework Policy. 

Thank you again for your continued support!

Miss Dean.

Week 4

We’ve made it through yet another week!

We have been extremely busy in Arundel Class. We have been working on using accurate tenses (past and present) in our writing within literacy. We created an in-depth character profile for our characters from last week’s story. In maths we have been working with addition and subtraction with money. We looked at bar models and part-whole models.

In science we learnt about Mary Anning and her impact on paleontology and the study of fossils. We enjoyed creating fact files about her influential finds. We also looked at some real fossils.

              

In Inquiry, construction has continued on our Stonehenge models. We have created the base and main stones as part our model. Next week we look forward to working on the aesthetics of our models, ie painting!

       

We have had another successful week in our Cracking Tables and Number Bonds Quiz. A big congratulations to the numerous students who have moved up a level in their multiplication tables or number bonds. Well done to you all! Keep practising at home to try and move up to that next level! 

We also had super results in our spellings this week, with many students gaining 100% in their results this week. Keep up the great work! Your support at home is really helping.

We have relocated our Stone Age homework dioramas to the main pink corridor where they have been made into a fantastic display. I would like to share that we have had fantastic feedback from many members of staff responding to the brilliant homework display and commenting on how effective they are. They really are looking amazing!

                          

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Homework has been given out today (Friday 24th November 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 29th November 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully, this includes reading 4x a week and documenting this in yellow Reading Records.

Please ensure full PE kits (including trainers) are in on Monday for the entirety of the week. As the weather is becoming colder, please ensure children have joggers and sweatshirts (no hoods) for outdoor PE.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Miss Dean.

Week 3

Hello all! Yet another week has zoomed past and the weekend is upon us again.

This week has been super busy in Arundel Class. We have been working on using different sentence openers in literacy. We planned and rewrote the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ with our own individual twists. We used a range of sentence openers to make our writing more exciting and interesting. In maths we have been revisiting and revising money; we explored different maths problem solving activities. We used coins to help us make the solutions.

     

In science we learnt about the process of fossilisation. In Inquiry, construction has begun on our Stonehenge models. We have begun to work on the structure of our models using ‘junk modelling’ materials. We are excited to continue working on our creations over the coming weeks. Have a look at the start of our masterpieces...

             

We have had another successful week in our Cracking Tables and Number Bonds Quiz. A big congratulations to those who have moved up a level in their multiplication tables or number bonds. Well done! Keep practising at home to try and move up to that next level! 

We also had super results in our spellings this week with many students getting them all right.  Fantastic! 

We have also had more fantastic Stone Age Dioramas (Optional Inquiry Homework) brought in this week. They have all been so creative and individual and we are really enjoying discussing and looking at each creation. We have each presented our dioramas to the class. Have a look at the fantastic work, they are currently on display in our classroom and we are looking forward to making them a key part of our Stone Age gallery at the end of term...

                           

     

 

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Homework has been given out today (Friday 17th November 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully. 

As I noted last week, the spellings set up has slightly changed and is now tailored to each student. As part of this we are working through the statutory year 3 spellings for the curriculum, alongside a spelling pattern each week. To ensure every student is tested fully on these statutory spellings each child may over the coming weeks receive some spellings that they may consider to be of ease to them. It is necessary to ensure that each child is fully tested on every spelling within this statutory list. Therefore as the weeks pass and as the spellings are marked correctly, the spelling words themselves will progress with each child's spelling development. If you have any queries revolving this, please do not hesitate to contact.

Please ensure full PE kits (including trainers) are in on Monday for the entirety of the week. 

A big thank you to those of you who have brought in junk modelling pieces for the Stonehenge construction; it has been greatly appreciated. We will be continuing to work on this over the next coming weeks, so please continue to send it in.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Miss Dean.

 

 

Week 2

Another week is done and what a busy one it has been in Arundel! 

This week we have focussed our literacy on accurately using paragraphs in our writing. We learnt how paragraphs are used when we change a topic: place, time or argument. We then used paragraphs to write our very own creative story. We came up with some interesting ideas for what happened to our main characters in the stories. In maths we have continued to practise formal column subtraction using exchanging. 

We have had another successful week in our Cracking Tables and Number Bonds Quiz. Many congratulations to those who have moved up a level in their multiplication tables or number bonds. Well done! Keep practising at home to try and move up to that next level! 

We also had super results in our spellings this week, with many children gaining 100%. Brilliant! 

As you can tell we have been extremely busy… In science we completed an exciting experiment exploring the properties of different rocks. We tested for durability, density, permeability and whether the rocks were hard or soft. Ask us about our results! Have a look at our experiments…

                                             

In inquiry we have moved our focus to Stonehenge. We each created a fact file about Stonehenge and researched interesting information about the prehistoric monument. We started to design our own model of Stonehenge and we are looking forward to creating our designs using ‘junk modelling’ over the next two weeks.

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Homework has been given out today (Friday 10th November 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 15th November 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully. 

Please note this week the spellings process has changed slightly, meaning it will be specifically tailored to your child and improving their spellings. This means that the first five spellings will be taken from the specific spelling pattern for the week following a pre-test during the week, followed by the second five spellings taken from statutory spelling lists for respective year groups. This will mean that spellings are different for every single child; this is to help support your child to make specific progress within their spellings.   

Please ensure full PE kits (including trainers) are in on Monday for the week. 

To repeat as per my request in last week's blog: Over the next few weeks we will be working on a ‘junk modelling’ project linked to our Inquiry. It would be really helpful if possible, if as a class we could start to collect cardboard boxes (eg cereal boxes, cardboard packaging, etc) for the models.  Please ensure you initial the items if the children want to use their own specific boxes they bring in. We will create a stock in the classroom of the cardboard ready for the modelling.

Thank you for your continued support!

Miss Dean.

 

Week 1 

A big welcome back to everybody and we hope you all had an enjoyable week off.

This week we have been straight back to work. We have focussed our literacy, using noun phrases accurately. We used our noun phrases to write descriptions as part of a fact file of the characters within our story ‘Stone Age Boy.’ In maths we have been practising formal column subtraction using exchanging. This has been a little bit tricky, but we have all been persevering and resilient in our working. Super growth mind-set Arundel!

We have had a super busy week as you can tell! In inquiry we looked at Stone Age cave paintings. We learnt that stone age people used different materials to create their art and we tried to recreate this in our own ‘tribes.’ In groups we created our very own attempts at stone age art. Have a look at some of our work in the pictures… 

           

      

          

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Thank you for all of your support with homework over the holiday. In particular the Stone Age dioramas which are looking fantastic, as you can see in the picture below! I can’t wait to see more of them over the coming weeks.

                                       

Homework has been given out today (Friday 3rd November 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 8th November 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure children are reading the instructions carefully and completing the homework fully. 

In other news, over the next few weeks we will be working on a ‘junk modelling’ project tied to our Inquiry. It would be really helpful if possible, if as a class we could start to collect cardboard boxes (eg cereal boxes, cardboard packaging, etc) for the models.  Please ensure you initial the items if the children want to use their own specific boxes they bring in. We will create a stock in the classroom of the cardboard ready for the modelling.

Thank you for your continued support!

Miss Dean.

TERM 1

Week 7

It’s half term! We made it! Yet another successful week completed in Arundel class. 

We have continued to work on our story ‘Stone Age Boy,’ this week however re-writing the story from the perspective of a different character. We enjoyed getting into character and coming up with creative ideas for the new take on the story. In maths we completed an interesting investigation where we applied our addition skills to a money problem.

This week seems to be full of celebration…

 

Wishing you all a very happy half term. Take care and enjoy the break. I will see you all in a weeks time!

 

Note to Parents/Carers:

It was lovely to meet so many of you this week at Parent’s Evening. I am happy to report it was a successful evening and every child has made a fantastic start to year. Thank you all for your support so far and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Homework has been given out today (Friday 20th October 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 1st November 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this). Please ensure are reading the instructions carefully.

Please note there is an ‘Optional Inquiry Homework’ in addition to the regular homework challenges set. This however is due on Wednesday 15th November 2017.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Miss Dean.

 

Week 6

We made it! Another week done and dusted and Arundel have been super busy. We have continued to work on our new story ‘Stone Age Boy’ creating our own story maps to retell the story independently. We presented these to each other and are feeling confident sharing our work and ideas in front of each other. We have been working on column subtraction within our maths lessons, allowing ourselves to work on our reasoning and problem solving skills.

Within science we have started looking at healthy eating. We discussed different diets and the effect different types of food can have on the human body. We shared our knowledge of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

This week in inquiry we have focussed on Stone Age Diet. We looked at the different animals that were hunted during the Stone Age, sorting these between animals hunted during the Palaeolithic period and later the Mesolithic period. Ask us if we can remember any! We then applied this knowledge to create a ‘Stone Age Stew.’

This week we completed our School Parliament elections. We were very lucky in Arundel Class that a huge proportion of the class were keen to put themselves forward for the job. Almost the whole class put themselves in the running as candidates for election. They spent time during the week writing speeches persuading classmates (including Miss Dean and Mrs Adams) to vote for them, giving interesting and creative reasons for why they would make the best representatives for the class. After an official vote at the ‘Arundel Polling Station’ the results were cast and we would like to congratulate our three new school parliament representatives for this year. 

Note to Parents/Carers:

Homework has been given out today (Friday 13th October) and is to be returned next Wednesday 18th October 2017 (please offer help and support to your child with this, especially reading the instructions carefully.  Thank you for your support.  Miss Dean.

Week 5

It’s that time again! Yet another week has passed and Arundel have been busy. We have finished our study of instructional texts and have moved on to looking at a new piece of fictional text, ‘Stone Age Boy.’ We initially made predictions, just by looking at the outside cover of the book, about what we thought would happen in the book. Some of our predictions were very close! We read the book today for the first time and are going to be creating a class story map to follow the experience of our main character. In maths we have continued to consolidate our addition. We even worked on a maths investigation where we could put our column addition to the test to solve a problem!

We have had another successful week in our Cracking Tables. Big congratulations to those children who have moved up a level in their multiplication tables. Well done to you all! Keep practising at home to try and move up to that next level!

In science we began to focus on the digestive system. We started looking at the mouth, in particular the teeth. We looked at the different types of human teeth and tried to identify these within our mouth and on a picture diagram. We will continue to look at this in our science lessons.

In PE we have begun to focus on our throwing and catching skills. We have initially practised our overhead and chest pass throw techniques. We discussed which sports we have seen these types of throws in and the best techniques to become more accurate in our throwing.

In Inquiry we have completed our focus on Stone Age dwellings. We focussed on the differences in houses within the Stone Age period. We understand that early Stone Age houses (Mesolithic) belonging to Hunter-Gatherers were different to those of the latter Stone Age (Neolithic) farmers. We even compared these types of houses to our own houses and realised the drastic differences between now and then! 

It was Harvest Assembly today and we were lucky enough to have a guest speaker. A big thank you to all who donated items for the Harvest Festival, each and every donation is much appreciated and we were told by our visitor just how much difference these donations would make to a local family. We are thrilled to have been able to support our local community in this way.

Note to Parents/Carers:

Homework has been given out today (Friday 6th October 2017) and is to be returned next Wednesday, 11th October 2017.  (Please offer help and support to your child with this).

Homework includes the spelling challenges, 'Definition Detectives' and reading four times a week to be recorded in the yellow Reading Record books.

Thank you for your support.

 

Week 4 

Another week has passed and Arundel are continuing to work hard within the classroom. We have continued to focus our literacy work around instructions; writing our own versions of instructions for how to catch various magical and mysterious creatures ranging from ‘Giant Hotdogs’ and ‘Three-Headed Monsters’ to ‘Demon Kittens!’ Ask us if we can recite our instructions at home! We have also deepened our understanding of column addition within numeracy. We have been adding 3-digit numbers with increasing confidence and have looked at carrying the tens.

In science we finished planning our investigation revolving around the effect that exercise has on the human heart and pulse rate. This week we were able to complete the practical experiment and enjoyed being able to document the results.

In Inquiry we began to look at a British History timeline. We were able to identify different events in British History and place them onto our very own timeline. We could then explain that the Stone Age was at the start of our timeline and part of Pre-history (before written sources).

 

 Note to Parents/Carers: 

Following recent confusion over homework submission as a Key Stage we have met and agreed upon a uniform submission deadline and expectations for homework.

From this week onwards homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned on the following Wednesday. This includes spelling challenges, reading four times a week - recorded in yellow reading record books - and a ‘definition detectives’ activity.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Dean

Week 3

We have been continuing to work hard this week in Arundel Class. We have begun to focus our numeracy on addition and subtraction. We have started to re-visit two digit column addition in preparation for our work on three digit column addition. Our work on place value from last week has been helping us with this. In literacy we have continued to focus on instructional texts. After rehearsing our text ‘How to Trap a Stone Giant’ in groups we performed our rendition to each other; we impressed ourselves with dramatic actions and super adjectives! We have started to create our own set of instructions for ‘How to Trap a Polar-Bear-Unicorn!’

In science we have begun to plan our own investigation revolving around the effect that exercise has on the human heart and pulse rate and have made our own predictions. We are looking forward to completing the experiment we have planned next week.

On Thursday afternoon we continued to work on our model stone age houses. We used different materials to create a range of different dwellings which we hope would make the perfect home for any stone age person!

Another week comes to an end and another well done to every member of Arundel Class; you have all worked incredibly hard this week. We were also awarded a trophy to celebrate our fantastic attendance, so congratulations one and all, and keep up the good work! Miss Dean.

Note to Parents/Carers: 

Homework has been given out today (Friday 22nd September 2017) and is to be returned  next Wednesday, 27th September 2017.  Please offer help and support to your child with this. Homework includes the spelling challenges and reading four times a week recorded in the yellow Reading Record books.

Week 2

Arundel have had yet another jam-packed week at school. We have continued our work in numeracy looking at number and place value and have focussed particularly on ordering and comparing numbers up to 1000. We have even been practicing spelling these numbers in words. In literacy we have finished our initial work on recount writing and have been introduced to instructional texts. Our focus now is on the instructional text ‘How To Trap a Stone Giant’ and orally learning this from memory. Ask us if we can remember any of it!

On Thursday we celebrated our WOW Day where we found out our new inquiry topic… Early Britain (Stone Age through to the Iron Age). We had a busy morning being archaeologists. We took part in our very own tray dig excavation and found pieces of a Stone Age artefact, which we had to put together, like a jigsaw puzzle. We then discussed Stone Age communication and had a go at trying to communicate with each other only using grunts and actions – we had quite a giggle! Then we were sorted into tribes to take part in a hunter-gatherer treasure hunt with Dover Class. In the afternoon we looked at Stone Age dwellings and began to build our own with card, tissue paper, art straws and other resources we could lay our hands on! We had a fantastic day and have already learnt a lot about our inquiry topic from just one day…

We are two weeks in and still smiling! We have worked extremely hard this week in Arundel Class and I hope that this will continue throughout the year. I enjoyed celebrating WOW Day with you this week and hope that the day inspired you to research and look into the Stone Age in your own time too! Well Done Arundel, another fantastic week. Miss Dean.

Note to Parents/Carers:

It was lovely to meet some of our parents at ‘Back to School Night’ on Wednesday and keep you updated with our studies within the classroom. If you were unable to make the event please be aware that a copy of the hand-out, including dates and other Arundel information, is available from the Office if you would like one.

Homework has been given out today (Friday 15th September 2017) and is to be returned on the following Wednesday 20th September 2017 (Please offer help and support to your child with this).

Week 1

This week has been a busy one for Arundel. We are settling into our new classroom and getting used to all the new changes in the school.

We got to work straightaway! Our new teacher, Miss Dean, has been teaching us how to write a recount and we have been retelling a tale about a parachuting adventure. We have been exploring using time connectives in our writing and improving our writing using powerful adjectives.

We have also been looking at place value in numeracy. We can now identify the value of digits within a three-digit number. We have used Base 10 equipment to help us.

As part of our exploration into different cultures, we have begun to discuss 'British Values'. We focussed upon the value of ‘Respect’ and how we can act respectfully both in school and in the wider community. We have created a beautiful ‘Respect Garden.’ We each wrote what respect means to us on a flower design and decorated the flower with a drawing; we then used our craft skills to create a stalk and leaves for the flowers. Our flowers each show us how respect grows within society and what we can do to promote this.

What a brilliant start to the term, Arundel! I am really impressed with how hard you have been working and how you have embraced each challenge that has come your way. Well done and keep up the good work! Miss Dean.