Please check out the Home Learning page for your weekly work. If you have any problems or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us. We are all missing you.

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Hello Year 3!

We hope that you are all keeping safe and hope to see you all back in school happy and healthy very soon!

Remember that your learning must still continue, even though you are not physically in the building. You need to do a little bit of reading every day as well practicing your times tables and handwriting.

On our Home Learning page, you will find work covering the lessons we would have been doing in class. These will be updated every two weeks. Please try to complete these tasks as best you can and treat them as you would if you were in class with us. You should be able to read and complete tasks by yourself but of course it would be lovely if you had an adult or someone at home to help you. Try to give yourself 45-60 minutes to complete each lesson. You should be doing one Literacy and one Maths lesson each day. There will also be a selection of History, RE and Science lessons to complete as well as some more creative tasks. Try to complete all work set within the two week block so you do not fall behind in your learning. Please do not worry if you do not have a printer to print off any worksheets. You should be able to use plain paper and work off the screen. Don’t forget PE is also part of our curriculum so try to keep yourself active! There are links on the website to different videos, we know a lot of children are following Joe Wicks and his PE sessions every weekday morning, you’ll find these on YouTube.

We know this is a strange time for everyone, we are thinking of you and your families and hope you are taking care of each other. If you have siblings in school we hope you will help and encourage them to support their learning, and that they will do the same for you.

We hope to see you all again soon,

Miss Sheehan and Mrs Falzone.   

 

How to support Home Learning

Coronavirus A Book For Children

Click here to read the story of Coronavirus

Click on the picture below to watch a video which explains the corona virus for children

 

Click on the links below for some free general resource packs which children can access while at home during school closures. These have been organised by subject.

 

 e-safety 

e-safety activity for children aged 4-7

e-safety activity got children aged 5-7

Religious Education

Easter in Matthew's Gospel

KS2 RE Resources

General:

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ - interactive activities covering a whole range of subjects and year groups

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - huge treasure trove of activities that cover a whole range of subjects. Also holds links to games etc that are hosted by other sites.

http://www.pobble365.com/ - a new picture is shared each day to provoke discussion, debate or writing ideas.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - a huge range of different subjects and focuses, arguably the best host of any resource you could need. Have offered a free account in the result of school closures.

https://www.weareteachers.com/free-online-learning-resources/ - lots of specific links to different sites that offer free resources or learning platforms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - huge range of different resources and information broken down into Key Stages and year groups.

https://tpet.co.uk/ - free online resource packs.

English

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - spelling activities with specialist resources for each year group.

https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue/ - free online digital download of a specialist children’s newspaper.

http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/ - vast online store of animated comic strips tracking legends and myths from across the world.

https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Nature-and-Animal-Realm-1.pdf - downloadable reading activity pack.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ - free online books – brilliant if you can’t get to the library.

Maths

https://mathsticks.com/my/ - online resources and print offs with specifically broken down key stage focuses.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - times tables and number bond practise

The 38 Times Tables Challenge App

A Video Guide to Division by Chucking

The Number bond challenge

Science

https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/ - lots of science subject areas covered with resources specifically designed for primary age children. (Other subjects are also available on this site).

https://groweatgift.com/2017/06/14/30-ways-to-go-wild-with-science/ - lots of different and fun science activities you can do in the house or garden.

Foundation Subjects.

https://www.gonoodle.com/  - lots of online videos that help keep children active inside and also teach mindfulness and meditation

https://www.typingclub.com/ - online programme for teaching and developing touch typing

https://groweatgift.com/2017/06/12/30-ways-to-get-creative-for-30-days-wild/ - different activity ideas that involve creating or engaging with different things in your house or garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w&safe=active - Joe Wicks has recorded various 5 minute fitness activities aimed at primary school children

https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/home - some videos are free – dances, workouts, fitness challenges.

Feast Day: November 22 
Born: around 90 :: Died: around 117

Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who had given her heart to Christ. Under the rich clothes worn by women of high class, Cecilia wore a rough shirt that caused her suffering. She wanted to be able to offer this sacrifice to Jesus, whose bride she intended to be. But Cecilia's parents gave her in marriage to a young pagan noble, Valerian of Trastevere. Celia is considered the patroness of music because during the wedding celebration, the lovely bride sat apart, singing a hymn of love to God in her heart and praying for his help.

When she and Valerian, her husband, were alone, she gathered up courage and said to him: "I have a secret to tell you. You must know that I have an angel of God watching over me. If you let me keep my promise to be Christ's bride only, my angel will love you as he loves me." Valerian was surprised and said kindly, "Show me this angel. If he comes from God, I will do as you wish." Cecilia said, "If you believe in the one true God and receive the waters of Baptism, then you will see my angel." Valerian went to Bishop Urban and was received with joy. After he had professed his belief in the Christian religion, he was baptized and returned to St. Cecilia. There by the saint's side, the young man saw the splendid angel. The angel placed a crown on each of their heads, and offered Valerian a favor and Valerian asked that his brother also be baptized.

Valerian's brother, Tiburtius, learned of the Christian faith from Cecilia. She spoke so beautifully of Jesus that before long, he too was baptized. Together the two brothers performed many works of charity and mercy, like burying dead Christian martyrs. When they were arrested for being Christians, they went bravely to death rather than give up their new faith in Jesus. St. Cecilia lovingly buried their bodies, before she too was arrested. She even converted the officers who tried to make her sacrifice to false gods. When she was put into a fire, it did not harm her. Then they tried to suffocate her and finally, a man was sent to her house to behead her. He struck her neck three times, but Cecilia did not die immediately. She lay on the floor unable to move. Yet by holding out three fingers of one hand, and one of the other, she still professed her belief in the Blessed Trinity. When her tomb was opened about one thousand five hundred years later in Rome, her body was still found perfect and incorrupt.

 

Welcome to Year 3 St Cecilia's website page.

The class teacher is Miss Sheehan and our teaching assistant is Mrs Romo.

 

During the forthcoming term the focus in particular is on the quality and presentation of the children’s work in all subjects.    

As you are aware, we aim to develop thinking skills at St Mary’s to assist the children in their current and future learning.  Regular reference is made during lessons to Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and Thinking Maps.  Ask your child to tell you about which one/s they have used in class today!

This newsletter gives details on the areas of the curriculum to be covered during the spring term. PE sessions will be on Tuesdays.   As usual, hair needs to be tied back and no earrings should be worn on P.E. days.   Please ensure that your child has a complete P.E. kit in school, with correct size plimsolls and all items clearly labelled with their name.   Please continue to send in boxes of tissues so they are always available for the children to use in class.  Many thanks to those of you who responded to this request in the autumn!

THINKING SKILLS

We continue to use De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and a variety of Thinking Maps to develop the children’s thinking skills.  Over the coming weeks, ask your child to draw one of the thinking maps and explain how we use them or what the habit of mind is for the week!

 

We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss anything.

RULES

We have discussed the rules that we feel will help the children to learn and work in a happy and positive environment. Additionally, the rules reflect the ethos and mission statement of St. Mary’s school. These will be displayed in our classroom. The school’s rewards and sanctions for good and bad behaviour have also been discussed with the children and displayed in the classroom.

HOMEWORK

Spellings, X Tables, Literacy, Numeracy, Mental Maths and Handwriting homework will be given every Wednesday to be handed in on Monday of the next week. Your child can hand in their homework earlier if they wish.   The purpose of the homework is to reinforce learning that has taken place in class. It is also an opportunity for you to see what your child is learning.  Each week the work will be explained and we will discuss any questions that they may have. The weekly spelling test will take place during the week to allow your child to practise the spelling pattern that they have focused on in lessons. Please ensure your child has practised and learnt their spellings during the week.  Other homework may also be given relating to either RE, Science or history if required.

 

Now that the children are moving into KS2, a greater emphasis will be placed on being more independent and responsible. Your child’s homework is therefore an opportunity for them to take responsibility themselves; ensuring homework is always completed and handed in on time. 

 

 

NUMERACY

Topics to be covered this term:

Counting, partitioning and calculating

Securing number facts and understanding shape

Handling data and measures

Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

Securing number facts, relationships and calculating.

In addition:  daily multiplication tables practice and weekly mental maths test.

Click here for a unit of fractions lessons for LKS2;

 

 

 

Reading Collaborative reading groups to develop confidence and fluency of reading skills.

Big Writing – develop beginnings to stories, plot developments and endings. Improve use of adjectives. To develop writing different styles e.g. diary entries, recounts, poetry, letters and descriptions.

Grammar, Punctuation – on going revision and consolidation of capital letters, full stops, speech marks, commas, question marks, exclamation marks etc.

Weekly spellings – to develop children’s store of vocabulary. Each week follow a different spelling pattern.

Handwriting – exercises to practise and improve letter formation, presentation. We will focus on writing words which we have been studying for our spelling focus. 

Magnets and Springs:

The children will be learning:

  • To explore how a force is required to make something start to move.

  • To explore how air can make things move

  • To explore how objects move on different materials

  • To explore which materials are magnetic

  • To measure the strength of a magnet in different ways

  • To carry out an investigation comparing the strength of different magnets

  • To identify the two poles on a magnet and investigate how magnets attract or repel each other

Working Scientifically:

  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions

  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables

  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

  • Making systematic and careful observations

Light:

The children will be learning:

  • To explore how we need light to see things and why some things are easier to see than others

  • To investigate how different objects reflect different amounts of light

  • To design and produce reflective strips for night safety

  • To explain how a mirror works and describe how images in mirrors may look ‘different’

  • To identify how shadows are formed

  • To identify what affects the shape of a shadow

 

Working Scientifically:

  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values

  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

  • Recording findings in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

Why not have a go at Enfield's Marble Run Challenge.

Clink on the link below for more information and watch the two video clips for inspiration:

Science Marble Run

 

Have a look at our Ducklings!

History – The Romans:

In this topic children will learn about the life of the Romans and how they invaded Britain. They will be exploring was which Boudicca helped to invade Britain. The children will be making comparisons between the Celts and the Romans. The children will be learning about how the Gladiators fought and the ways that the Romans entertained themselves. 

 

 (Link with Literacy, ICT, Art and D&T)

 Linking Dance Actions

In this unit, children explore basic body actions e.g. jumping, shapes, travel and use different parts of their body to make movements. They create and repeat short dances inspired by themes.  

Balancing Activities for Home

Standing Long Jump Activities for Home

Move to the Beat Activities for Home

The children will be learning French each week where they will be taught vocabulary to help them begin to converse with each other. They will be focusing in particular on learning vocablulary about: members of the family, parts of the body; the weather; vocabulary connected with school work and the curriculum.

From Easter to Pentecost:

Pupils will explore the Season of Easter, the period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Belief in the resurrection is presented as one of the founding beliefs of Christians and, together with the coming of the Holy Spirit as Pentecost as the rationale for ‘caritas’; love of God that leads to acts of charity. This unit teaches from the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, also written by Matthew.

 

The Kingdom of God:

The children will be learning about people who live their life as though they are in the Kingdom of God. People like Nelson Mandela will be studied as someone who lived his life in this way.

Year 3 Giving All

Respond Y3 Giving all

 

From Easter to Pentecost:

Learning at home workbook activities to accompany the above video

Click here for a variety of Holy Week activities and resources

Click here for some Holy Week projects

Judaism:

The children will spend a week exploring the Jewish faith. They will be understanding the roots of the religion and any similarities it has with Christianity. They will be looking at how the Torah is essential in the lives of the Jewish people and which days are regarded as special or holy. 

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We have been learning about another faith: Judaism

ICT- Graphical Modelling:

The children will understand that images can be created by combining and manipulating objects. The children will learn how to move, rotate and resize graphic elements. The children will be using geometric tools to create objects which can be manipulated using an object –based drawing. The children be aware of how to use an object based drawing package to produce and explore a graphical model.

 

ICT: Evaluating Information

The children will understand that information held on databases may contain errors and this can affect results. The children will learn how they can for anomalies using graphical representation. The children will learn how to identify and correct implausible and inaccurate data. 

 

 

Art- Roman Art:

The children will be practising their sketching skills using different sketching pencils to draw out images of Roman scenes.  The children will be using clay to create Roman pots and glass tiles to create a mosaic design. The children will use Roman artefacts to create realistic drawings.  

D&T- Roman Boat Models

In this unit the children will research existing models of boats and create their own model Roman boat built in the style used in Roman times. This topic will develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of creating 3D models.  Children will follow instructions to make this their own Roman boat model.

 

 

(Link to Geography, Art and English.)

We will continue our recorder lessons this term. The children will also be learning how to compose and perform pieces of music based on the topics, Environment and Poetry. 

 

Relationships:                   

This theme focuses on feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends. The theme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. In addition, there is a focus throughout the theme on helping children understand the feelings associated with an experience that we all need to cope with at some time, that of loss.

Changes:                            

This theme focuses primarily on the key aspects of motivation, with a subsidiary focus on self-awareness. It gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued. This theme provides opportunities for the children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively. Within the unit, there will be opportunities to discuss how we can change and grow in different ways. 

 

THINKING  SKILLS

We continue to use De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and a variety of Thinking Maps to develop the children’s thinking skills.  Over the coming weeks, ask your child to draw one of the thinking maps and explain how we use them or what the habit of mind is for the week!

Visual Maps
The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.

 

We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss anything.

 Thank you in advance for your support,

Mrs Falzone

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