Class 3 – Willow
Welcome to our Willow Class page. Here you will find helpful links to inform you and help support your child's learning, as well as important dates and updates from our Twitter feed. When I asked Year 3 how we should introduce our website page, their response was "We love books, we are amazing at times tables, and we are the best class in the world"... so I think that speaks for itself!
What’s your favourite book?
My favourite children's book is Harry Potter, and my personal favourite is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern... both of which I love because they are so magical!
What’s your favourite hobby?
I have been a dancer since I was eight years old and I still love dancing to this day.
What has been your most exciting adventure
Moving away to university: having new experiences and getting to meet people from all over the world.
Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I was a line dance instructor, running my own dance classes before becoming a school teacher.
What’s your most inspirational thought?
“Wishes don't just come true. They're only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bulls-eye yourself.” (a quote from another favourite author of mine, Laini Taylor).
Day-to-day in Willow Class
Children should be reading at home each night, and reading should be recorded in their reading record by an adult or the child themselves. It has become an important part of our morning routine in class to check that reading records are in school – and as a result, I have been able to award so many team points for frequent readers, so well done Willow Class! Keep up the great effort at home.
Homework and Spellings (PurpleMash)
- As always, paper spellings will be given out each Thursday and tested the following Thursday. Spelling homework should be returned in your child’s homework folder.
- The children seem to be really enjoying using PurpleMash, both at school and at home, so a second piece of homework will continue to be set on PurpleMash this half term.
This half term, Year 3 will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. PE kits should be kept in school all week, in case of timetable changes.
Twitter Willow Class 3
Summer 2 (June – July 2020)
Content coming June 2020.
Summer 1 (April – May 2020)
Content coming April 2020.
Spring 2 (March – April 2020) – CURRENT
This half term we will be focusing on writing persuasive letters. Once we have finished ‘The Creakers’ by Tom Fletcher, we will also be reading ‘The Truth Pixie Goes To School’ by Matt Haig.
We will learn more about statistics, time, money and measurement this half term. We will continue to work on our times tables (particularly the 8s) using Times Tables Rockstars.
Our new Science topic is Forces and Magnets, which will include gravity, friction, and the Earth’s magnetic field.
We are continuing to learn about pre-historic Britain, particularly the Bronze Age and Iron Age this half term.
We will focus on emailing and staying safe online using PurpleMash.
This half term, we will be considering the question ‘Is the cross a symbol of love, sacrifice or commitment for Christians?’
We will be doing Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Dance and Gymnastics in PE this half term.
We will be learning days of the week and months of the year, as well as practising our conversational French. In addition to this, we have been learning some Finnish as our whole school ‘Language of the Term’!
We will be working on our sketching and close drawing skills.
We will be learning through ‘The Dragon Song’ this half term.
Spring 1 January – February 2020
This half term we will be focusing on writing suspense stories. Our class book is ‘The Creakers’ by Tom Fletcher.
We will cover shape, number and place value, fractions and decimals, addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division. We will continue to work on our times tables (particularly the 3s and 4s) using Times Tables Rockstars.
We will be investigating light and shadow in our Science lessons, which will involve some great practical experiments and enquiries!
This term, we will be learning about early British history, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
Using our new PurpleMash resource, we will be developing two key computing skills this half term: touch typing and coding.
This half term, we will be considering the question ‘Why are good stewardship and generous giving important for every Christian?’
We will continue to have Premier Sport coaching on a Friday, and will also be practising our Gymnastics skills on a Wednesday.
We will participate in Take One Picture as a whole school, where we will be analysing and producing art inspired by ‘The Paston Treasure’ painting.
We will use Charanga to study and learn the song ‘Three Little Birds’.
Our French vocabulary will be expanded by learning about classroom objects, instructions and colours.
Autumn 2 (November – December 2019)
We will be writing newspaper reports, robot stories and poems this half term. Our class book is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.
This half term we will be covering fractions, shape, statistics and measurement. We will continue to practise our times tables fluency using Times Tables Rock Stars!
We are learning about rocks, soils and fossils in Science. This links to our new Geography topic of Natural Disasters: where we will be learning about the causes and effects of volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and tropical storms.
We will be focusing on 3D form: designing and creating volcano sculptures using clay and papier mache.
We will use the Chromebooks and Google Classroom to learn about online safety, searching and streaming.
The children will be learning Rugby skills on a Tuesday, and will enjoy provision from Premier Sport on a Friday.
The children will be exploring the question: How does a Muslim show their submission and obedience to Allah?
The children will continue to practise playing the Glockenspiels and singing, leading up to our Christmas Carol Concert!
Autumn 1 (September – October 2019)
This half term we are doing lots of creative writing, including writing stories about defeating monsters! We will also be thinking about information texts and Roger McGough poetry. Our class book is ‘The Nothing To See Here Hotel’ by Steven Butler.
This half term we are focusing on number. We will be covering place value, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will not only be doing lots of calculation practise, but plenty of problem solving too.
We are learning more about our bodies in Science: thinking about nutrition, skeletons (of animals and humans), and muscles.
We will be doing lots of speaking and listening in French, becoming confident with basic conversation, numbers and colours.
This half term we are thinking about cooking and nutrition by designing, making and evaluating a range of different sandwiches.
The children will be learning Hockey skills on a Thursday, and Football skills on a Friday. We will be thinking about the effect that exercise has on our bodies, linking PE with our Science topic.
The children will be exploring the question: How do Christians show that ‘reconciliation’ with God and other people is important?
Our topic is ‘South America’, so we will be learning all about countries, biomes and climate, the Andes mountains and the Amazon Rainforest.
Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS)
To increase our confidence with times tables in Key Stage 2, the children have been enjoying using TTRS at school, competing against their friends and against other classes! Please remember that your child can also access TTRS at home (using a computer or the app on a phone or tablet) - if you need another copy of their login details, please ask their teacher.
We are currently using PurpleMash to develop our computing skills in lessons. This is also where you will be able to find your child's weekly online homework task - please contact Miss Brown if they have lost or forgotten their login details.
Year 3 – Reading
Miss Brown's Top 5 Recommendations
The Nothing To See Here Hotel
The Train to Impossible Places
P G Bell
The Wild Robot
The Magic Misfits
Neil Patrick Harris
Other recommendations for Year 3
Fortunately, The Milk, Neil Gaiman
Mr Popper’s Penguins, Richard & Florence Atwater
Woof! Allan Ahlberg
The Giant Baby, Allan Ahlberg
Ms Wiz Series, Terence Blacker
Whizziwig, Malorie Blackman
Mrs Armitage, Quentin Blake
Freckle Juice, Judy Bloom
Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
Utterly Me, Lauren Child
Clarice Bean, Lauren Child
The Sea Piper, Helen Cresswell
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Despereux, Kate DiCamillo
Diary of a Killer Cat, Anne Fine
Bill’s New Frock, Anne Fine
The Day I Swapped my Dad for a Goldfish, Neil Gaiman
The Iron Man, Ted Hughes
How the Whale Became, Ted Hughes
The Hodgeheg, Dick King-Smith
The Golden Goose, Dick King-Smith
The Dog who changed the World, Robert Leeson
Pippi Long Stockings, Astrid Lindgren
The Stowaways, Roger McGough
The Butterfly Lion, Michael Morpurgo
The Dancing Bear, Michael Morpurgo
The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
Hansel and Gretel, Jane Ray
Freaky Friday, Mary Rodgers
The Hundred mile an hour dog, Jeremy Strong
My Mum’s going to Explode! Jeremy Strong
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Jon Sciezwa
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, Jill Tomlinson
Daisy May, Jean Ure
No Worries! Marcia Williams
Cliffhanger, Jacqueline Wilson