Welcome to Year 3 Compton

April 16th 2018

Romans Experience Day

To launch our new topic all about the Roman Empire and the impact they had on Britain, we had a Roman Experience Day! 2 Romans, Crispus and Cornelia came to our school and immersed us in the Roman way of life and culture. Cornelia showed us some Roman artefacts, taught us Latin and helped us practice the correct etiquette during a Roman banquet so that we wouldn’t offend anyone!

Crispus was a soldier who taught us all about armour, how you could become a soldier and how to march during battle. We played lots of Roman games, made a Roman or Celt clay head and created a scroll. We ended our Roman day by performing a play all about the Roman invasion. We are all looking forward to learning more about the Romans throughout the topic.

April

English

This half term, we have written our very own explanation texts. We designed our own mode of armoured vehicle and wrote an explanation about how it works. The children pretended that we were going back to the period of time when the Roman Empire was at its most powerful. We designed an armoured vehicle to fight against the Romans and to withstand the most brutal of battles.

The children used adverbs for time, subordinate clauses and subordination for time to write their amazing explanations.

May

We are writing a persuasive text over the next few weeks. We introduced this unit of work by writing a persuasive text to encourage people to attend our school. The children thought of many different exciting reasons why other children should attend our school and used some great adjectives and emotive language in their writing. To develop and improve our persuasive language, we have worked together in small groups to use persuasive language to convince the other groups to agree with their opinion.

Over the next few weeks, we will be going back in time again. We will be writing a persuasive text to convince people to join the Roman army!!

May 4th 2018-100% attendance

Yr 3 Crompton achieved 100% attendance this week and was rewarded with a visit to the park. We had an amazing time and we are well on our way to achieving our target of 97% attendance for the whole year.

Summer 1

Year 3 are enjoying learning how to play the samba drums with our resident Music Teacher. We have learned how to play to a few songs now and are improving each week.

May 3rd 2018

Stay and read assembly

We had an amazing turnout to our assembly and the children performed their dance and song brilliantly. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Thank you to all the parents that stayed after the assembly to read with their child. It was lovely to see you all there and we look forward to seeing you all again during our next assembly.

 

1st February 2018

English

In English this week we have continued to explore our new text, The Stone Age Boy. We have learnt the story, created story maps which will help us with our own work and even acted what the characters were feeling in different parts of the story! We have really enjoyed learning with this book.

Maths

This week we have been dividing using the bus stop method. We have been using concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us with these calculations. Next week, we will be learning all about fractions.

Topic

In Topic we have been learning about what people in the Stone Age ate. We have been learning about how they hunted and how they found other sources of food. Did you know that they ate hazelnuts?

Maths

So far in maths this year we have covered lots of topics including the four operations, time, measuring distance and fractions. Each lesson, we have been completing questions to help our fluency (Do it!”), reasoning questions which require explaining the process we have been learning (“Twist it!”) and problem solving challenges (“Solve it!) which have been stretching our brain ever further!

Our most recent topic in maths was fractions. We have been learning all about equivalent fractions using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. We have also been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator which we enjoyed. Did you know that in fraction addition and subtraction calculation with the same denominator, the denominator in your answer also stays the same? We have been using our reasoning skills to explain why!

We are soon starting our new topic in maths – shape. We start each maths topic with an exploration lesson to see what we already know and so this will be our first lesson.

Science

This year, we have been very busy in science!

We started off the year exploring rocks and fossils, including classifying rocks and even making our own fossil! We also learnt about natural disasters including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods. We discovered the connection between earthquakes and volcanos by learning about the structure of the earth all the way from tectonic plates to the core.

After this, we learnt about forces and magnets. We conducted several experiments to discover how forces such as friction, gravity and magnetism work. We made a prediction for each experiment, devised a method and then followed our instructions

to check our hypotheses. We recorded the findings of our experiments in appropriate ways such as in tables and bar charts.

We celebrated Science Day by designing, building and testing our own marble roller coasters made entirely of paper! We designed our roller coaster in groups then made each component using only paper! We tested our roller coasters to see how long our marble took to reach the bottom and recorded our findings using a stopwatch. Everyone loved Science Day! We realised that being an engineer is a hard but fun job and this inspired us to think about how to reach our aspirations in the future.

Currently, we are learning about animals including humans. We became personal trainers and advised clients how to improve their diets. We noticed that some people were eating over 32 teaspoons of sugar a day when you should be eating a maximum of 8 teaspoons each day. These findings shocked us and encouraged everyone to check the sugar in what we are eating. We have also been learning about animal and human skeletons including the different types of animal skeletons and the uses of each bone. We will be finishing this topic by learning all about muscles and how they work together with our bones to protect our bodies.

Week Beginning 22nd January 2018

English
We’ve started our new unit of work relating the story ‘Stone Age Boy’ The children have looked at the images from the story and have created different scenarios to go with the images. They have been improving the original story by adding a range of adverbials for manner and place to add more detail to the original story.

Maths
In maths, we’ve been working on using the column method to work out multiplication calculations. We have also been reasoning and solving problems using this new method.

Science
This week, Year 3 have undertaken a test to find out which surface the car would travel the furthest. We made our predictions before the test and recorded our results on our sheets. We made sure that it was a fair test by using the same car for each surface and pushing the car with the same force each time. We had so much fun doing this and can’t wait for our next test.

Yr 3 Crompton 

VIP – Abdou

Good Work – Keiran

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Autumn 1

Last half term, the children wrote a narrative from a familiar setting linked to our topic ‘Ourselves’. We looked in great detail at the book ‘Eleanor’s Eyebrows.’ This book is about a girl who is really unkind to her eyebrows, so one night they slide off her face and venture out into the Big Wide World on their own to find someone who will love them for who they are.

During our topic ‘Ourselves’ we looked at the different food groups, what makes a balanced diet and the bones and muscles in our bodies.

“I liked when we sorted the foods into different groups and had to give them our own labels” –Demi

Roald Dahl Day

On the 13th September, it was Roald Dahl day.  We looked at Roald Dahl’s book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’as we are going to the theatre to watch it later on in the year. The children loved creating their own ‘Marvellous Medicines’.

Class Author

This term, our class author has been Francesca Simon. She wrote all the Horrid Henry books and the children have loved learning all about her and reading her books.

Autumn 2

Into the Forest (English)

When we walked into our classroom after assembly, we found lots of notes around the room saying ‘Come home Dad’. Looking further around the room we discovered a pebble path, wolf footprints, a red cloak, 3 different sized bowls and spoons, a cow, pumpkin, a castle, long hair, mice, an axe and a large picture of a forest. We became detectives to work out where all the objects came from and what clues they gave us.

The next day, we received a letter from a sad little boy because his Dad had gone missing and he wanted our help to find him.

We created missing posters with descriptive language to try and find him.

We are now reading the book ‘Into the Forest’ to find out all about what happened to Dad.

We will update you if we find out anything else!

Growth Mindset Week

Week beginning 7th November was growth mind-set week. We explored what a fixed mind-set is and what a growth mind-set is. The children explored how a growth mind-set can improve your ability to learn and develop. Throughout the week, we looked at a book about a little girl who tried to build the most magnificent thing but the girl wanted to give up when her ‘thing’ wasn’t magnificent, but she didn’t and eventually she did succeed. The children then designed and made their own ‘magnificent thing’ but looked at ways they could work together and keep improving without giving up.

We also looked at phrases we could use.

I give up!

I’ll use a different strategy.

Class Assembly/Stay and Read

This week, we performed our class assembly on ‘Anti-bullying’ to lots of our parents who came to watch.

After, we had a ‘Stay and Read’ session where we had 28 parents attend and enjoy reading and sharing books together.

“I really liked having my Mum in to read with me.” –Harris

Maths

This half term we have been learning about multiplication and division using our ‘Maths Mastery Scheme’ where we learn using 3 different methods (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract). We have made great progress in our maths and have developed a greater understanding in our learning in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

Theatre Trip

As a treat, all Key Stage 2 got the opportunity to experience going to Manchester Opera House to watch ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. We all had an amazing time and the show was fantastic.

“It was great and it was really funny.” -Lilly

Manchester City

We have been working with John from Manchester City for the last 7 weeks improving our ‘Ball Mastery Skills’ (toe taps, body feint, step overs, dribbling with different parts of the foot and close control).

The children got the chance to go on the new pitch and practise their football skills in small games.

“It was fantastic, I really enjoyed scoring goals.”– Noad

Visiting our local church

Today, we went to the church to learn about the Christmas story with Eddie. We sang songs and learnt about the real meaning Of Christmas.

“It was really good and also funny when Mrs Poole got up and danced.”CJ

Spring 1

Next term, our topic will be ‘Tomb Raiders’. We will be looking at focusing on Ancient Egypt, looking at how they lived, their customs and religious beliefs and gods. The children will be looking at the narrative ‘The Great Paper Caper’ by Oliver Jeffers. They will use this develop skills and write their own narrative based on the book.

In maths, we will be mastering measurement, multiplication and division and fractions. They will be given to opportunity to explore how all these are used in the real world.

Our author next half term is Andy Stanton, who wrote the Mr Gum books. The children will really enjoy reading and listening to his books.

Parent Information

  • It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their green reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online).

The children can change their reading books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.
  • PE is on Monday and Tuesday so they need to have their kits in school every week (shorts, t-shirt, pumps/trainers and in cold weather a tracksuit for when they go it outside).

Spring 1

Tomb Raiders

This term our topic is ‘Tomb Raiders’. We will be focusing on Ancient Egypt looking at how they lived, their customs and religious beliefs and gods.

To create interest and inspire the children about our new top ‘Tomb Raiders’ we had a ‘Hook session’. The children moved around the different activities; observational drawings of Egyptian artifacts, Egyptian dancing and they became archaeologists digging for Egyptian artifacts.

English

At the moment we are just finishing writing up our stories of the book ‘Into the Forest’ for our class writing display. We will share this with you when we have finished.

Our next English focus is a non-fiction unit on non-chronological reports based on Ancient Egypt with cross curricular links to our topic work. We will be using information books and the internet to research all about Ancient Egypt, looking at the features needed to create a non-chronological report and creating our own.

Towards the end of the half term, the children will be looking at the narrative ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. They will use this text to develop skills and write their own narrative based on the book.

Maths

In maths, we have been mastering measurement focusing on length. Using a ruler to measure in mm, cm and m, converting different units of measure, finding the missing number in measurement problems and now we are moving on to perimeter of different shapes.

In the next few weeks, we will be looking further into multiplication and division to embed our existing skills and knowledge and then moving onto a new topic of fractions. The children will be given the opportunity to explore how all these are used in the real world.

Class Author

Our author this term is Dick King-Smith, who was an English author of children’s books. Many of his books have been adapted into films. The children are already enjoying reading and listening to his books.

Dick King-Smith wrote over seventy stories, many of which have animal characters for the simple reason that, “I like them, I’ve always kept a lot of pets, and because it’s fun putting words in their mouths.”

His farming years were the inspiration for many of his books, and pigs have featured in several of them because they are his favorite animal. He won the 1984 Guardian Fiction Award for The Sheep-Pig, which was later turned into an Oscar-winning film, ‘Babe‘. He died in 2011.

RE

In RE we have started the unit on Christianity looking at Jesus’ miracles. We are focusing in ‘Blind Bartimaeus’.

Manchester City

We are working with John from Manchester City again this half term improving our ‘Gymnastic skills’ (creating shapes, travelling in different ways/directions, rolls, and using equipment).

The children have already made great progress with their skills in the first few weeks. We may have some budding gymnasts in Year 3 Crompton.

Parent Information

  • It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their green reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online). The children can change their reading books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.
  • PE is on Monday and Tuesday so they need to have their kits in school every week (shorts, t-shirt, pumps/trainers and in cold weather a tracksuit for when they go it outside)

Week beginning 08/02/18

Maths

This week in Maths we have been starting our new topic of fractions. We explored what we already knew about fractions during a fun exploration lesson and have now been focusing on fractions of shapes. Next week, we will be learning how to calculate fractions of numbers.

English

In English, we have been innovating new ideas based on our book The Stone Age Boy. We have been discussing what might happen if the characters personalities changed which has led us to develop a plan for our own version of the story. Next week, we will be writing our story.

Science

We have had an exciting week learning all about magnets and different forces! We conducted an experiment to test if all metals were magnetic and discovered that there are only 3 magnetic metals – iron, nickel and cobalt. We are finding our Science lessons very interesting and are working hard to ensure that we are always working scientifically.

VIP – Jodie
Good Work –  Julia

 

 

8th September-Week 1

Welcome to Year 3! We have had a great week starting Year 3 and we can’t wait to share our learning with you.

Maths

This week in maths we have started the topic “Place Value”. We started this topic with an exploration lesson which was fun and interesting. We rotated around the tables trying lots of different activities including making numbers using resources; partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones; and ordering numbers from biggest to smallest. In our next maths lesson we practiced writing numbers in numerals and in words. Next week, we will be continuing learning about place value and will be focusing on exploring the value of different digits.

English

In English this week we have written a recount of what we did over the Summer holidays. Everyone did lots of fun activities including playing with friends, camping, visiting family and going abroad, so this was an interesting lesson. Next week, we will be learning different skills to include in next piece of English writing.

Topic

We started our topic of “Disaster Zone” with two mornings of fun activities, which we participated in with Year 4. These included performance poetry with Miss Grantham making volcano collages with Miss Hampson, creating pastel volcano art with Miss Singer and experimenting to make erupting volcanos with Miss Sykes. We had a great two mornings and can’t wait to start learning all about natural disasters!

Notices

This year P.E. is on a Monday and a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit for these days. 

Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

You are expected to read with your child every night and return their reading book on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that your child accesses a range of texts.

3 Crompton

VIP – Gursharn

GW – Rebecca

Maths

This week in Maths we have been continuing to look at place value. We have been partitioning numbers and explaining the value of each different digit. We have also been using our reasoning skills to further the depth of our understanding. Next week we will be continuing the topic of place value and will be doing lots more reasoning and problem solving.

English

We have had a lot of fun in English this week! It was Roald Dahl day on Wednesday and we all dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl character. We read Matilda and then wrote our own version of the story. In the afternoon we saw how Quentin Blake illustrated the Roald Dahl books and practiced our own illustrations. Next week, we will be learning more skills to put in our recount.

Topic

In topic this week we have been labeling a cross section of a volcano. We have been learning how volcanos form and have been locating them on a map. We are really enjoying this topic and have found it very interesting.

Week beginning 3rd September

English
Year 3 had an amazing time watching the show ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ It was an amazing experience and the children will be writing some great recounts of the day from a characters perspective.

Maths
In maths, we have been reasoning and problem solving this week, using place value and are being challenged to explain our reasoning each day.

Topic
In topic, we’ve been writing about how volcanoes are formed and we looked at maps to find out where some volcanoes are located throughout the world. We learned all about the earth’s crust and how the earth is structured. We are completely fascinated with volcanoes and natural disasters and can’t wait to learn more over the next few weeks.

VIP

Yr 3 Crompton-Rebecca Byrnes

Good Work

Yr 3 Crompton-Lucas Holland

W/C 9th October

This week in Maths we have been doing lots of reasoning and problem solving to solidify our understanding of column addition. We have also begun our new topic of column subtraction. Next week, we will be continuing with column subtraction and will be combining our knowledge of addition and subtraction to answer questions.

This week in English, we have begun innovating our own story. We created a story mountain and changed the names of characters, the location and even the natural disaster! We have been working on lots of skills to include in our new story including speech and ensuring that we are using contractions correctly. Next week, we will being to write our new story using all these skills.

In Topic, we have written a recount from the perspective of someone who survived a natural disaster. We have also been examining the different types of rocks in the Earth and discussing how they are formed. It is anti-bullying week and so we have created an anti-bullying poster around the theme “All Different, All Equal”. We can’t wait to see who wins our school poster competition!

VIP – Skye

GW – Amir

W/C 16/10/17

This week in English we have started to write our own disaster stories! We have changed the characters, the setting and the natural disaster from those in our book “Escape to Pompeii”. We have created some imaginative, interesting stories and can’t wait to create illustrations to match! After half term we are going to be reading a non-fiction text and using this to inspire our next piece of writing.

In Maths, we have learnt all about column subtraction. We found this a bit tricky but we used our growth mindset to persevere. This week we have also learnt about estimating numbers and rounding to the nearest ten. After half term, we will be adding and subtracting money.

In Topic, we have started to examine rocks. We grouped different rocks and learnt about classification. After half term, we will be learning about fossils! We are very excited about this because we found a fossil when we were classifying rocks and had lots of questions!

VIP Amy
GW Jayden

W/C 1st November

We have had a great start to the new half term! In Maths, we have been learning about fact families and the inverse. We have been reasoning and solving problems which required us to use our growth mindset so we didn’t give up even when the work became tricky. Next week, we will be using our addition and subtraction skills in the context of money.

In English, we have started looking at instructions. Nursery asked us to help them learn how to get ready in the morning so we were very excited to write our instructions to help them! We think they found them useful. Next week, we will continue to look at the different features of instructions and will be writing instructions based on a fun and interesting activity we will be doing …

In Topic, we have learnt all about the different types of rock – sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We have compared rocks and have identified common and different features. Next week, we will be conducting an experiment with rocks and will start to explore fossils.

VIP – Lamoy

GW – Millie

W/C 6th November 

In Science, we had lots of fun creating our very own fossils using Plaster of Paris and clay. We also investigated which rock would be most suitable to use to make a statue to go outside. We tested limestone, marble, chalk, sandstone, slate and pumice. We used the same amount of water on each rock to ensure that we undertook a fair test. We all decided that marble would be the best rock to use as it’s impermeable and would withstand the harsh conditions.

This week in English, the children have been working on using imperative verbs, adverbs and subordination in preparation for writing their own set of instructions relating to creating their own fossils. In maths, we’ve been working on using the inverse and working out one and two step word problems.

Good Work – Jodie

VIP – Lacie

Futures Curriculum Spring Update

Class Staff

Julie Hampson Julie Hampson Teacher

My name is Julie Hampson and I’m currently teaching in Year 3 at E-act Blackley Academy. I also have a responsibility for leading reading in Key Stage 1 and aim to achieve positive outcomes for all children throughout the Academy. I’ve been teaching at Blackley Academy since 2012 and have been part of the many positive changes throughout the years. I look forward to being part of any future improvements and fulfilling the academies vision to strive for outstanding teaching and learning.

Jake Robertson Jake Robertson Teaching Assistant
Jake Robertson Jake Robertson Teaching Assistant

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