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Friday 6th November


It has been a fantastic start to our half term.  The children have continued their learning around addition and subtraction - they can now use a column for 3 digit numbers and make exchanges when they need too.

This week, the children have started to write their a disaster story called Flood.  They are working hard to develop their vocabulary and make careful choices about the words that they use.  This week, we have looked at using adverbs and conjunctions to add detail to sentences.

In class, we have started our new science topic all about animals and their diets and the children have grouped animals based on the type of food that they (and us) eat.  Also this week, we began a new Geography topic called What makes the Earth angry?  We started this topic by learning about some famous volcanoes around the world.


Next week we will be finding out why November 11th is important and we will finish the week doing some activities for Children in Need.

Friday 16th October



This week the children have started to plan their stories where they go on an adventure in the Iron Age.  Earlier in the week, they researched the Iron Age so that they have lots of facts to help them with their planning.  I can't wait to see their writing next week - I think it is going to be fantastic.

In Maths, the children have continued to work on their addition and subtraction and I am really impressed with how well they can exchange 100s, 10s and 1s to help them with this.

We started to learn about soil this week and we were all shocked to learn that soil is one of the most important things in planet Earth.  Next week, we will be investigating some different types of soil and I wonder what we will find out.

Our history learning has continued this week.  We have found out lots of information about the Iron Age and today we have looked at some of the fantastic achievements of the first people to live in Britain.



Friday 9th October


After teaching over zoom this week, it has been lovely to get back to school today and see all of the children in person.  As they have been so great over the last 2 weeks, they have all enjoyed some hot chocolate and marshmallows as a treat this afternoon.

In maths, the children have worked really hard with their addition and subtraction and they have nearly got the hang of exchanging tens and ones when they need to.

Today, the children completed their Stone Age Boy story.  I have read through all of their stories this morning and I am so impressed - they have done an amazing job.  Next week, they will be planning and writing an independent story of their and I can't wait to see what they will produce.

The children have started to learn about Mary Anning and how fossils are made this week.  I know they have enjoyed looking at fossils and trying to work out which animal it was from the clues they could find.


Please remember to download the Class Dojo app onto your phone (the free version is the one that you need) and you will get a notification to let you know when your child has been a star and received a Dojo point.  Please let me know if you need any help with it.


Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Dunn for all of her fantastic work with the children this week in Sapphire Class.

Friday 2nd October

This week has been a week of firsts for myself and the children.  As I have been isolating at home, Mrs Dunn has been with the children in class and I have been teaching lessons through zoom.  I am so proud of how well the children have adapted to this and I know they have produced some fantastic work.


In maths, the children have completed their Place Value unit and we are now moving onto Addition and Subtraction.  They children have made a great start and they have been showing off their calculating skills.

In English, the children have continued to write our shared Stone Age Boy story and they are doing an amazing job using some of the new grammar they are being taught.

In history this week, the children have created their own Stone Age Cave Paintings and they have been researching some of the prehistoric animals.



Friday 25th September


We have had a super busy week this week and all of the children have worked really hard.  

In maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers to 1000 and the children have all shown they have a very good understanding of the hundred numbers we have been using.

From next week, we are going to be focusing on remembering the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table so any spare 5 minutes that you have, please encourage the children to practice these facts from Year 2.

In English, I was so impressed with the children's writing when they wrote the story for an animation called The Fox and a Mouse - I'll put the link below so you can share the animation with them and they can tell you what they did.  This week, we have also started writing a class story called Stone Age Boy.  They children are doing a great job learning new Year 3 grammar and putting it into their writing.

In science this week, I was really impressed with the children's knowledge of some of the rocks we have been learning about and they have been able to test them using tools and water.  Next week, we will be testing some of the rocks with vinegar to see what happens and investigating how rocks are used around us.

Everyone, has really enjoyed history this week as we have been archaeologists and investigating different tools from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  You can see some of the tools they have been investigating in the pictures below.


Finally, today all of the children in Sapphire Class have brought home a letter about Class Dojo.  Please read the letter and let me know if you have any questions.  I showed the children some of their characters today and I know we are all excited to get started with the new system next week.

Friday 18th September


Everyone is Sapphire Class have had a fantastic week.  The children continue to be sensible and follow the rules in our bubbles to keep everyone safe and healthy.  

This week, everyone had great fun in science - we were learning about the different types of rocks and how they are made.  The children enjoyed using chocolate to investigate and they had even more fun eating the chocolate rocks that they made.

In maths, we have continued with our place value unit.  The children are more confident knowing how many 100s, 10s and 1s are in 3 digit numbers.  Next week, we will begin comparing and ordering the numbers.  The children have also revised adding and subtracting within 20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In English, we have continued to read Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers.  The children have written their own verses for It's A Wonderful World and they have planned and written their own leaflets about staying safe and healthy in school.  I have been so impressed with their writing and how hard they have worked.

In reading this week, we have read and shared stories which have central characters with hearing impairments.  The children had fantastic ideas and we finished the week learning a little bit of British Sign Langugae (BSL).

Also this week, the children have been creating timelines about British history.  We are learning about the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  Everyone worked hard to order the tricky dates (the numbers were very big) and began to use AD and BC when they were ordering.

Friday 11th September


This week has been our first full week in Sapphire Class and it has been a fantastic week.  It has been a pleasure to see all of the children happy and healthy and to start to get to know them.  In class, the children have settled in well, being sensible and following the new rules we have in place.

On Monday, we started our new unit in maths, Place Value, and the children are learning and showing their understanding of numbers up to 1000.  In English we have been sharing the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers and we have used the story to support us in our writing.  When we are writing, we are thinking about using adjectives and making sure we remember full stops and capital letters.

This week, we have also been working on handwriting and I am very proud of the progress I can see in the children's books already. 

We have shared lots of stories this week.  Our class novel is The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley and we are nearly to the part where our main character Charlie finds himself in the Stone Age.  We can't wait to find out what happens when he gets there!  Over the week, we have shared stories to help talk about our feelings and the stories The Colour Monster and Lucy's Blue Day have helped us do just that.


Next week, we are going to be starting our spellings so I will be sending home some spellings for the children to learn on Monday so that we can quiz on them on Friday.  On Thursday, we will be starring our new PE Unit so please make sure the children come dressed for PE.  I have included the PE letter down below.