Welcome to Willow Class!
We have had a very busy start to the Spring term in Willow Class!
We started our new topic ‘Any Old Iron’ by using metal detectors to find evidence of the Iron Man’s visit on the school field, and have been enjoying reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes, and have used it as a basis for our writing.
This has included the children being reporters for the afternoon and interviewing Farmer Jones, Hogarth’s father, who saw the Iron Man face to face! We will be using this interview to help us to write a newspaper article, including the new grammar skills that we have been learning (subordinate clauses, possessive apostrophes, inverted commas, prefixes and different sentence types).
Alongside this, our science has included work on forces and magnets and we are very much looking forward to our exciting Science Morning at the University of Winchester on Monday 6th February, which will extend and challenge the children’s knowledge of this science unit. Many thanks to those who have offered to help on the trip – we will confirm Parent Helpers by the end of the day on Wednesday 1st February.
To complement our ‘Any Old Iron’ topic, we have been learning robotic dancing (!) and have started to compose a soundtrack to the opening chapter of the book.
Many thanks to those who have started to bring in cardboard boxes and tubes etc. for the ‘Build a Bot’ day on Tuesday 14th February. Any boxes, cartons, cardboard tubes (not toilet rolls) will be gratefully received! If your child would like to use specific ‘junk’ for their model, please ensure that it is in a named bag.
As always, many thanks for continuing to support your child’s learning by reading and practising spelling and times tables (3x, 4x and 8x) at home. It really does make a huge difference!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please catch me before or after school to arrange a suitable time.
PS – If you are after ideas of places to take the children during half term, Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch, has a very good interactive exhibition of Stone – Iron Age artefacts and some fantastic cliffs showing different rock layers. There are also train rides and two excellent cafes, as well as some great crabbing places!
PE has moved to Wednesdays and Fridays.
Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Please make sure that ALL PE kits and PE bags are clearly labelled!
Questions? Please speak to Mrs Jones.
I hope that you have had a lovely autumn half term break and have enjoyed looking back at our first half term together in Year 3. We have had a very busy 7 weeks that included a trip to Buster Ancient farm, a visit from Tom Palmer (author) as well as cave art, a marshmallow challenge and, of course, plenty of learning! We've all enjoyed using our lovely new Library - here we are during one of our weekly Library sessions.
We have an exciting half term planned to lead us up to Christmas; we will be starting our new topic, ‘What the Dickens?’, carrying out some scientific experiments and developing our gymnastic skills.
In maths, we will be starting the half term off with a unit on ‘time’, which will include telling the time using both analogue and digital clocks, using the 24 hour clock and adding/subtracting time. It would be extremely useful if you could practice telling the time using an analogue clock with your child, with a focus on o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past and at 5 minute intervals (e.g. twenty five minutes past 10).
As before, many thanks for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you at our Parents’ evening on Tuesday 8th November, but in the meantime, if there is anything that you are concerned about, please do let me know.
Mrs Liz Jones
Welcome back to the autumn term!
I hope that you have had a super summer break and that your child is looking forward to life in Year 3. We have an exciting term planned to inspire and motivate their learning, including our trip to Butser Ancient Farm on Monday 19th September, as part of our ‘Crazy Caveman’ Stone Age topic (reply slips and payment due as soon as possible, thank you).
From Year 3, the children are able to visit the ‘Snack Shack’ each day at break time. The kitchen staff serve healthy snacks including bread rolls, pots of fresh fruit, fruit juice, water and raisins,starting at 25p. They may choose up to 2 items daily.
Thank you for making sure that:
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do let me know as soon as possible.
I am normally available after school; to make an appointment, please catch me in the morning or contact the school office.
I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year!
We've already been on a school trip! Find out what we got up to at Butser Ancient Farm by clicking on 'Crazy Cavemen down on the farm'
Details of our latest topic and Home Learning Challenges will appear in the links section the bottom of this page.
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!