Our class is called Tortoiseshells. Tortoiseshells are taught by Miss Sandley (class teacher) and supported by Ms Clark (teaching assistant).
PE kits: Every Thursday
Library day: Every Thursday
Week commencing: 16th April 2018.
Welcome back! It has been a great first week back in Tortoiseshells.
Week commencing: 5th March 2018.
Week commencing: 26th February 2018.
World Book Week!
This week, we had such a fun time celebrating World Book Week.
Tortoiseshells would like to thank Miss Kendrick for organising lots of exciting activities.
At the beginning of the week we visited Firetips (Reception). We read Handa's Surprise and had a great time tasting a variety of fruits, describing them using our senses and creating collages. All of this work will go into a class book and we are very proud of what we have created.
We also got to take part in a book swap, whereby we exchanged our well-loved and used books for new ones of our choosing.
On Thursday, we were met with lots of snow, but that didn't stop us getting into our World Book Day costumes! Thank you to everybody at home who got us World Book Day ready. In Tortoiseshells we had characters ranging from the Queen of Hearts to the Tin Man.
World Book Week ended with a fabulous fashion show, where we were able to show off our spectacular costumes. There were prizes awarded for best dressed for both pupils and teachers - well done to all the children who took part and to Mr. Johnston for his award-winning Hagrid costume!
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss.
Week commencing: 19th February 2018.
Welcome back! The Year 3 team hope you had a lovely half term.
The children all returned to school with a fantastic attitude to learning and have had to 'deploy the yeti' multiple times.
In literacy we have been enjoying our topic of non-chronological reports, which is centred on pirates. We created a pirate profile and used our gruesome and rather terrifying descriptions to later create a paragraph with comparative language. The pirates we thought up were both scary and imaginative!
In maths we have been working on addition, using expanded column addition and moving onto compact column addition. We have been using diennes and counters to solve these problems.
In science we completed our topic by doing a large piece of writing, summarising everything we have learnt. It has been a fun topic but we are really looking forward to carrying out exciting investigations in our new topic: forces and magnets.
In topic we have deployed the yeti by re-doing our Roman mosaic designs. After seeing Mrs Harvey's final product, we realised a lot of our designs were too intricate. We decided to try again - with successful results! We can't wait to make them using beans and CD cases next week!
Week commencing 29th January 2018.
In Tortoiseshells we have been learning about respect. We have discussed ways we can respect ourselves and others.
In the picture below you can some sparkle statements that we made to show our understanding of respect.
What does it look like?
What does it sound like?
What are respectful words we can say?
Week commencing: 22nd January 2018.
This week we began our new literacy topic of non-chronological reports. We will be focusing on pirates.
In one lesson we worked in pairs to read non-fiction texts. We learnt that they are non-chronological and can therefore be read in any order. As part of our learning we used the correct expression, intonation and tone to read aloud. We also noted down any new vocabulary we were unsure of and used dictionaries and iPads to find their definitions.
In science we learnt the names of different bones in the body and annotated a large skeleton in groups.
In maths we continued to focus on the number system, this week we rounded to the nearest multiples of 10/100/1000.
During topic we learnt about the Roman army's attempts to invade Britannia (Britain). It took them three attempts before they finally managed to invade.
Week commencing: 15th January 2018.
Rotten Romans, Pokemon Place Value and Ordering Numbers.
This week in topic we have been busy getting creative. We copied a Roman shield, playing close attention to the detail in the design. Below are pictures of us posing with our shields. Next week, we are going to practise the Tortoiseshell formation!
In maths we have been having lots of fun whilst learning. We used pokemon cards and diennes blocks, dice and number sentences such as 10x4 to complete place value grids on our cards. The highest combat power won so we had to think carefully about where to place our number if we got the option to choose.
We also ordered numbers from 0-1,000. Miss Sandley was very impressed to see some children thinking systemically and grouping the numbers by their hundreds.
Week commencing: 8th January 2018.
This week we worked hard to complete a maths investigation.
Our job was to find the 13 ways a half (!/2) could be shaded on a square, which was split into 8 equal parts.
This required a lot of team work, determination and trial and error. The pattern could not be repeated, flipped or rotated. This meant we had to concentrate really hard.
Many of us managed to successfully find all 13 patterns. We loved this challenge!
Week commencing: 18th December 2017.
This week was the last week of term before the Christmas holidays. The Year 3 team would like to say a massive well done to all of the children for working so hard this term, and a big thank you to the parents for being so supportive.
We ended the term by watching a christmas movie with some hot chocolate and biscuits. It was perfect!
We hope you enjoy the Christmas holidays and have a safe and happy time entering the New Year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Margaret Wix on Thursday 4th January 2018 for some more fun learning.
Week commencing: 11th December 2017.
In science we have been busy finding out about different parts of a plant and how they function, and what they need to survive. On Thursday 14th December we embarked on a journey to Kew Gardens to learn about plants.
We became 'Plant Scientists' for the day and got to investigate, name and work in the field of researching plants. We worked scientifically using equipment such as microscopes, magnifying glasses and diagrams to learn about plants. Our session began indoors where we completed a carousel of activities: using microscopes to view plants up close, making a plant out of different parts and matching seeds to cards. After that, we went outside and looked closely at the trees. There was a misconception that because the trees had no leaves they must be dead. We found out that they were not dead, but preparing themselves for spring.
During our time at Kew Gardens we also got to explore the magnificent grounds. Ms Clark's group got to visit The Hive and were lucky enough to see two lizards and a peacock, whilst Miss Sandley's group ventured to the Palm House. When we were inside the Palm House we saw many plants from different continents, such as Africa and Australasia. Whilst we were there we climbed up the stairs to the very top of the large glass building, and felt as if we were birds at the top of a rainforest.
Please have a look at the pictures below to see just how much fun we had. Thank you to all of the adult helpers for accompanying us on our amazing adventure to Kew Gardens
Week commencing: 4th December 2017.
On the 5th December 2017 we attended a carol concert at St Albans Cathedral. In the lead up to the concert we had been rehearsing all of the songs to make sure we could really do our best, and the more we practised the better we became.
Our practise paid off, and once we arrived at the cathedral to sing the carols we did a great job. It was such an amazing experience to sing loudly and proudly amongst other schools and our families.
One member of our class even spoke a line of a prayer in front of an audience of over 100 people! Wow!
As well as performing, we also loved getting the bus to and from the cathedral. It was an exciting journey and the concert was a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Thank you to everyone that came to watch us, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Week commencing: 27th November 2017.
This week we were lucky enough to take part in a technology workshop organised by Miss Usher.
We got to have a go at three different things:
- Coding a robot to make him move and dance.
- Virtual reality.
- Becoming DJs and making our own songs.
We had a lot of fun, as you can probably tell from the photos! It was great to do something different and experience new things.
Reminder: Our performance at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban is on Tuesday 5th December. We hope to see lots of you there.
Week commencing: 20th November 2017.
Parent Workshop and Sharing Assembly
This week we were able to show off our abilities in the parent workshop and sharing assembly.
Thank you to everyone who came into our classroom to do some maths activities with us - we had so much fun!
A very big thank you also to all of the teachers, classes and families who watched our sharing assembly. The hard work paid off and we are very proud of ourselves.
Week commencing: 13th November 2017.
This week is anti-bullying week. The theme for this week is 'All Different, All Equal'.
We have been working together to discuss bullying and how it can be prevented. Mr. Wilson helped us to understand how people might be affected by bullying, and a WOW word we used to describe how a victim might feel was 'isolated'.
Miss Sandley showed us a heart and began to say mean things to it such as, "You can't play in my game" and "Nobody likes you." We watched as the heart began to crumple and get ruined. Miss Sandley then tried to smooth it out and make it better, but the heart was still damaged. We learnt to:
Before you speak,
Think and be smart.
It's hard to fix,
A damaged heart!
We pledged to do our best to prevent bullying and be kind by sticking plasters on the broken heart.
For our final anti-bullying task, we wrote kind words about everyone in the class. You can see pictures of it below. The kind adjectives and phrases made us all smile and feel warm inside!
In maths we explored different ways of measuring using a variety of resources in an active PE lesson, themed on the history of the Olympics. We also used resources to consolidate our understanding of multiplication, and moved onto our new topic statistics.
In literacy we acted and wrote in role as the Fat King and convinced the Lion King that we had changed and were sorry. We also sequenced the story in simple stages using story telling hands!
Our anti-bullying message: Step up. Speak out. If you see something happening, or something is happening to you, tell someone. We are a 'telling' school. Tell a friend, a teacher, a parent or a carer. Don't suffer in silence.
Reminder: Sharing assembly is on Tuesday 21st November at 3pm. We hope to see lots of you there
Week commencing: 6th November 2017.
Another busy week in Tortoiseshells.
In maths we have focusing on our 3 and 4 times tables. You are all superstars - well done!
In literacy we have been doing lots of exciting writing. On Wednesday we thought about the what characters might think, say and feel - our writing was outstanding. On Friday we wrote a description of a scene using prepositional language such as 'below', 'behind', 'on' and 'above'.
During our weekly Wellbeing Wednesday, a member of our class led us through some of the warm ups that he does at fencing. It was very exciting and surprisingly strenuous. He was a brilliant leader and we would like to thank him for challenging us to try something new
In topic we have began our new unit of work called Extreme Earth. We have been put into teams that we will work in for the duration of the topic, exploring one volcano each. We had to locate our volcano on a world map using Google Earth, which was very exciting!
In science we began our new topic, plants. We had to create a flower using card and our imagination, and then label it in our books. We already know quite a lot about plants, it will be interesting to learn more.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended parents evening. It was lovely to speak with you and share your child's progress.
Week commencing: 30th October 2017.
Welcome back Tortoiseshells! You have all come back from half term with a brilliant attitude towards learning and the challenges that are often encountered.
In literacy we explored the two kings in our story (the Fat King and the Lion King) by creating a role on the wall. We used this alongside our experience of meeting the kings to create a diary entry. We also got to create our very own land of cakes and sweets, much like the Fat King's. We did this by creating a collage using images of food from magazines, which we later turned into a piece of descriptive writing. You can see examples of our fantastic writing in the pictures below.
In maths we have been looking at our 3 and 4 times tables. We had a really fun lesson on Wednesday where we had the challenge of choosing from three different activities. These games helped to reinforce our knowledge of the 3 and 4 times tables.
In science we finished off our 'rocks and soils' topic by learning about the profile of soil and describing the different layers: topsoil, subsoil, rocky soil and bedrock.
In computing we have been continuing our programming unit and consistently working hard to make our animations the best they can be.
Creating volcanoes for our homework last term has made us feel very excited for starting our new topic next week - Extreme Earth.
Week commencing: 16th October 2017.
We have made it to our first half term! Thank you to all of the parents and children for making this first half term so enjoyable, and well done to the children in Tortoiseshells for trying their best and working hard. I am very proud to be your teacher
This week there were lots of fun activities happening in the school. We met the school dog Maggie, who is so adorable! We also had our school photos taken and played on the bouncy castle.
In literacy we had a very scary, but also extremely funny lesson. The Fat King from our story 'Wars and Peas' entered the classroom and was horrible to us all - we weren't scared of him though! We also got to meet the Lion King who was much kinder, however he was so weak from his barren land that he could barely speak! We used this drama activity to consider adjectives and phrases that we could use to describe each king and created a 'role on the wall'. We described his appearance on the outside and his personality on the inside.
In maths we have been looking at multiplication and division. Mr. Wilson and Tortoisehells we went to head-to-head to see who could get the first to 100 using a dice. We are currently winning 9-0 which Miss Sandley is very happy about (sorry Mr. Wilson). On Friday we sorted whole numbers into equal groups to work out the division.
In science we created fossils using gummy bears and bread. We left them under pressure for 2 days, and opened them up on Friday to see that the pressure of the heavy books and the layers of bread left an imprint of the bears on our slices of bread. We also created a fact file about Mary Anning, who was a very famous fossil hunter. Take a look at some of our work in the pictures below.
In topic we all got the opportunity to share our amazing homework and write about everything we have learnt. We have had so much fun learning about the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
I hope you all have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing you for more exciting learning when you return.
- Miss Sandley
Week commencing: 9th October 2017.
This week in Tortoiseshells we have been participating in lots of exciting and hands on lessons!
In literacy we have been continuing our topic of fables. We have been working hard to argue why morals match different fables whilst also practising reading aloud with the correct intonation and volume.
In maths we have been looking at arrays and figuring out the different facts which go alongside them. Below is an array:
When we look at this array know that...
2 x 5 = 10
5 x 2 = 10
10 ÷ 5 = 2
10 ÷ 2 = 5
2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10
5 + 5 = 10
We solved our own array problems by using an large piece of paper where we had to make an array, draw an array and write down all the facts. It really challenged us!
In art we took part in the whole school art project, which is to paint a CD (which Mrs Harvey cooked in the oven!) to make it look like a poppy. This in time for remembrance day which is on the 11th November. Look out for our beautiful poppies by The Hub.
In science we researched an inspiring woman called Mary Anning. She was a fossil hunter. All of the information we found will be turned into a fact file next week. We cannot wait to show Miss Sandley and Ms Clark everything that we have found out.
In computing we began to use Scratch and tried out the different tools to ensure that we are filled with lots of understanding before we begin making our animations.
Our topic of the Stone Age to Iron Age has almost come to an end . We have had the best time learning about everything from cave paintings to Iron Age hill forts. This week in topic we designed our very own celtic jewellery, brooches and shields. They look fantastic and incorporate a range of celtic patterns in them. Can you spot any animals, crosses or spirals in our designs?
Week commencing: 2nd October 2017.
We have been extremely busy and motivated learners in Tortoiseshells this week. Our attitude to learning has resulted in amazing work.
In topic we listened to a story of someone walking through an Iron Age Hill Fort. This inspired us to use our imaginations and draw the different areas included in the Hill Fort. We then turned our images and ideas into a storyboard.
In religious education we learnt about all of the different Gurus in Sikhism. There are 11! In this lesson we played a memory game, where we had to turn over cards and try and match up the Guru names to what they contributed to Sikhism.
The Sri Darbar Sahib is a beautiful Gurdwara of Sikhism, which was built by Guru Arjan. It completely blew us away.
In science we became researchers. We had to find out as much information as we could on igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, sedimentary rocks, fossils and Mary Anning. This was achieved by using laptops and great teamwork. After we had written down all of our information, we presented what we discovered to the class. In the pictures you can see us standing confidently and proudly as we present our findings.
In maths we have moved on from addition and subtraction and started learning about multiplication and division. On Thursday we began to double numbers using 3 different methods: addition (12+12=24), multiplication (12x2=24) and partitioning (12 = double 10 is 20, double 2 is 4. 20+4=24).
In literacy we finished writing our stories, which were inspired by our literacy text Stone Age Boy. Each story includes adverbials of time, place and manner and some really amazing adjectives. Our stories were so impressive, even Mrs Smart and Mr Johnston commented on them! On Thursday we started our new unit of work on fables. Miss Sandley and Ms Clark were very impressed to see that so many of us knew so much about them.
In computing we created a storyboard for our animations. We are very excited to start creating them.
Take a look at some outstanding examples of Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age topic homework. You might want to use these ideas to inspire your own creations.
I am so impressed with the time and effort that each child is putting into their homework.
Keep them coming!
- Miss Sandley.
Week commencing: 25th September 2017.
This week in Tortoiseshells we have been working really hard.
In literacy we have been writing the first drafts of our Stone Age Boy stories and editing them. Having a growth mindset has been really helpful as we understand that the changes we have to make to our writing does not mean we have failed, instead we are growing as writers and getting even better at it!
In maths we love to play fun games and activities at the start of our lessons. One of our favourite games is called guess my number. In the pictures you can see that some of us got to act as the teacher, and ask the class to guess our number. We did this by asking questions such as "Does it have more than 3 hundreds?" and "Is it in the 3 times table?".
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September. It was an exciting few days at Margaret Wix for a very special charity. We had a lot of fun baking delicious scones and creating bunting to decorate our classroom in the run up to the event. A few of us described it as the most fun we have ever had! We hope you enjoyed playing games and designing cakes with us in our classroom.
Visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk to find out more about this fantastic charity.
Week commencing: 11th September 2017.
In literacy we have been using drama to explore Stone Age Boy. The children created a 'conscience alley' where they verbalised what the boy would have been thinking and feeling as he entered the cave.
The second part involved creating pieces of drama, with one narrator and two characters, role playing their journey and thoughts as they entered the Stone Age cave.
It was lots of fun!
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