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Brilliant finale for Year 3 on July 19th 2017 having their Express Exhibition. So many parents joined us. Thank you for a wonderful year.

Brilliant finale for Year 3 on July 19th 2017 having their Express Exhibition.  So many parents joined us.  Thank you for a wonderful year. 1

Poetry Please - Urban Pioneer poems performed to an audience.

Poetry Please - Urban Pioneer poems performed to an audience.  1

Year 3 Sport's Day 14th July. Races competed by children and parents. Well done everyone.

Year 3 Sport's Day 14th July.  Races competed by children and parents.  Well done everyone.  1
Year 3 Sport's Day 14th July.  Races competed by children and parents.  Well done everyone.  2

Collective Worship on 13th July 2017 was all about making the right choices.

Collective Worship on 13th July 2017 was all about making the right choices. 1

Year 3 made bunting for Alston's 90th birthday celebrations

Year 3 made bunting for Alston's 90th birthday celebrations 1

Monday 10th July Year 3 went to St. Paul's Church

Monday 10th July Year 3 went to St. Paul's Church 1

On 13th June we concentrated on the music piece by closing our eyes

On 13th June we concentrated on the music piece by closing our eyes 1

3B had a taster session of learning the ukulele on 12th June. It was brilliant.

3B had a taster session of learning the ukulele on 12th June.  It was brilliant.  1

For Collective Worship we reflected upon celebrating someone who helps us in our life

For Collective Worship we reflected upon celebrating someone who helps us in our life 1

Year 3 classes did their own Shakespeare story. They also learnt to match idioms to their meaning

Year 3 classes did their own Shakespeare story.  They also learnt to match idioms to their meaning 1

For Collective Worship week commencing 5th June 2017 we have reflected on Contemplation; being honest, open and truthful. 

6th June 2017 stunning starter of excellent performances of Charlotte's Web.

6th June 2017 stunning starter of excellent performances of Charlotte's Web.  1

To Engage with Urban Pioneers Year 3 had a fantastic tour of Birmingham City Centre and surrounding suburbs.

To Engage with Urban Pioneers Year 3 had a fantastic tour of Birmingham City Centre and surrounding suburbs. 1

Week commencing 5th June 2017 Year 3 learnt all about Time.

Week commencing 5th June 2017 Year 3 learnt all about Time.  1

Collective Worship was a time to reflect upon incidents that took pace this week.

Collective Worship was a time to reflect upon incidents that took  pace this week.   1

For our Cornerstones Express stage we loved showing the other classes all that we have created:- axes, helmets, shields, portraits and paintings.

For our Cornerstones Express stage we loved showing the other classes all that we have created:- axes, helmets, shields, portraits and paintings.  1

Collective Worship this week helped us understand what is meant by 'clearing your mind'

Collective Worship this week helped us understand what is meant by 'clearing your mind'  1

This week we have been learning about mass and used our calculating skills to compare and solve problems

This week we have been learning about mass and used our calculating skills to compare and solve problems  1

Thursday 25th May 2017 - Year 3 produced their explanations about Viking shields.

Thursday 25th May 2017 - Year 3 produced their explanations about Viking shields.  1

Tuesday 23rd May was a most brilliant day. Professor McGinty made learning about the Vikings so much fun!

Tuesday 23rd May was a  most brilliant day.   Professor McGinty made learning about the Vikings so much fun! 1
Tuesday 23rd May was a  most brilliant day.   Professor McGinty made learning about the Vikings so much fun! 2
Tuesday 23rd May was a  most brilliant day.   Professor McGinty made learning about the Vikings so much fun! 3

3B Viking longship is catching up with 3M's!

3B Viking longship is catching up with 3M's! 1

A lot of concentration was needed to make our replica runes

A lot of concentration was needed to make our replica runes 1
A lot of concentration was needed to make our replica runes 2

We are loving our maths in Year 3

We are loving our maths in Year 3 1

We have learnt to write playscripts based on Erik the Viking

We have learnt to write playscripts based on Erik the Viking 1

We collectively thought about these questions

We collectively thought about these questions 1

We had fun interacting with the Vikings.

We had fun interacting with the Vikings. 1
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Brilliant end to the Engage week making our viking shields.

Brilliant end to the Engage week making our viking shields. 1
3M were very lucky to be given Year 4's Dhol and Djembe lesson this week.   Many skills were learnt during the afternoon.  We are so excited about learning even more next year.
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Year 3 have engaged this week in learning about an exciting historical period; Traders and Raiders.   Each class made a Viking ship to sail across the rough seas like Erik the Viking did.
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Look at the models that we made:-
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Year 3 had great fun making volcanic eruptions at the end of the Spring term.   Once they had learnt how a volcano occurs then they made a model of a volcano.    What an eruption we caused.   Many parents came to see our final presentation about Tremors.   The whole topic was so exciting and great fun. 

 

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In PSHE we have been learning about friendship and how to be a good friend. The children have enjoyed discussing each other's qualities and how they can become a better friend.

The wolves have finally come out of the walls! We have had a great time plotting wolfish schemes against the humans...

The wolves have finally come out of the walls! We have had a great time plotting wolfish schemes against the humans...   1
The wolves have finally come out of the walls! We have had a great time plotting wolfish schemes against the humans...   2
The wolves have finally come out of the walls! We have had a great time plotting wolfish schemes against the humans...   3
The wolves have finally come out of the walls! We have had a great time plotting wolfish schemes against the humans...   4

Year 3 are enjoying our new class book The Wolves in the Walls. They can't wait to find out what happens to the humans on that dark, mysterious, unpredictable night...

Year 3 are enjoying our new class book The Wolves in the Walls. They can't wait to find out what happens to the humans on that dark, mysterious, unpredictable night... 1
A big thank you to all parents who came to watch 3M's assembly on World Religion Day - it was a great turn out! The children had great fun rehearsing and had a fantastic time performing today. Please see our twitter feed to see part of their lovely performance! 

Year 3 have been enjoying reading our class book which has taken us to the majestic Island of Tobago. We can't wait to read on about Gregory's adventures!

Year 3 have been enjoying reading our class book which has taken us to the majestic Island of Tobago. We can't wait to read on about Gregory's adventures!  1
We have been enjoying our debates in class about the Selfish Giant and how in the book he banned the children from his garden! We have been writing letters to convince him to allow the children to go back into the garden and play. We realised that Article 31 of the children's rights says that 'Children have the right to relax and play.' We have been trying hard to use this to convince him. Wish year 3 good luck!

Year 3 are having a fantastic time reading The Selfish Giant!

Year 3 are having a fantastic time reading The Selfish Giant!  1

Year 3 have been looking closely at our No Outsiders work where we were able to read the story of Oliver. We now understand what it means to be included or excluded and how we can make others feel welcome at Alston!

Today, we were learning about time. We decided that it was important for us to be healthy all the time because according to our class charter it is one of our rights - Article 24. We were able to set targets for ourselves detailing the change we were going to make to our lifestyle - healthy options at lunch time, half an hour of playing outside rather than playing on a technological device and much more! 
Today, we spent some time talking about children's rights and why they are so important for children to be aware of. As a result, we were able to create our own class charter detailing the rights we thought were significant and should be celebrated during the school day. We also identified ways in which adults in the school could respect these rights.  
Friendship day - Today we had a great time discussing what a good friend is! We were able to role play this in groups using different scenarios. 

We are having a great time making a replica of a Roman road in Design and Technology! We learnt that we had to create layers of rock and sand (mixed in with cement) to create our road. Once our road has compacted we will evaluate our findings.

It is with a tear in my eye that I write my last post for Year 3 at Alston Primary School. After nearly 8 years at Alston I would like to thank the staff, parents and children that I have worked with over the years for their support and hard work. I wish everyone well in the future. Goodbye and A BIG THANK YOU once again Miss O'Keeffe.

 

As for your children this week has been hectic! Learning about the different types of Rocks and how soil is formed as well as giving and receiving compliments to each other and learning how to look after a casualty in a first aid situation. We have also been learning how to greet each other in French, count to 10 and the names and pronunciation of our domestic pets.

 

Wishing everybody a safe and happy half term, The Year 3 Team!

This week we have learnt about Yom Kippur the Jewish festival of Atonement and we had a visit from Sue Fearon, from Birmingham City Mission, who read us a story from the Bible about generosity and sharing what we have with others, which linked in with the donations of dried and tinned foods we are asking our children to bring in so that Birmingham City Mission can distribute them to families in our local community. On Friday, 6SS performed their Harvest Around the World Assembly which we all enjoyed watching. Sticking with the food theme, we have been developing our Going for Gold e-books identifying foods that we like to eat and using the Eat-o-Matic app to discover how much exercise we need to do to burn off the calories from our favourite food choices. Just one more week to go until we break up for half term and enjoy getting ready for Halloween.

Another busy week here in Year 3. This week we have been using our visual maths skills to subtract and after initial confusion the children now seem secure and happy with taking and breaking down towers of ten to help them when subtracting. In English we have begun writing our own Newspaper reports based on our class text, 'The Man Who Cut Down Trees'.

Wednesday and Thursday evenings were great opportunities fro parents and teachers to meet each other to discuss how children have settled in and what we can do together to help our children move forward. Thank you to all those who attended and remember if you were unable to come please do arrange to talk to your child's teacher at some other time. 

 

We finished the week with an amazing class assembly by 3OK celebrating Black History Month. Some children wrote and shared their very own, 'I have a dream....' speeches. Another BIG THANK YOU to all of the moms and dads who came to support their children, we hope you enjoyed it.

It has been a busy week here in Year 3. The children have been using Base ten materials and visual maths skills to help them with their addition. Mr Burke has been teaching our children Latin, the language of the Romans and they have all been creating the front cover for their "My body, My fitness" e-book, which will document each week a personalised "Going for Gold" record. By using the ideas behind growth mindset, this apptivity will help the children understand body and mind fitness by setting personal goals and building up children’s resilience. Throughout the half term we will be using a number of apps to help us create these ebooks, including book creator, brushes and chatterkid.
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This week we have been enjoying reading all about Romulus and Remus and the creation of Rome in our Guided Reading Session and the children have linked it to our SMSC curriculum.
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On Tuesday the children came to school in their own clothes and after having worked hard in the morning we all celebrated with an Eid party in the afternoon.

Celebrating Eid

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Attached below is our curriculum letter informing you of what we will be learning this half term!

We have already started our work here in Year 3. In maths we have been using cubes and Base 10 materials (http://www.homeschoolmath.net/interactives/base_ten_blocks.php) to help us understand the concept of Place Value. During our English lessons we have begun reading the Roman myth 'The Man Who Cut Down Trees' which links in nicely with our Topic work. We also had a great day on Thursday 8th September learning how to keep safe on the roads, in a fire situation, online and in the water.

Our first week back after the holidays.

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We look forward to meeting you all on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 3pm for our Welcome to Year 3 Meeting. In the meantime have a happy and enjoyable Eid.
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