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Week Beginning 18th November 2019



We will look at how the author has used grammar to make the story exciting. We will learn how to describe a character in a setting. 



We will be counting in multiples of 3, 4, 8, 50 and 100 and recalling facts for the 3, 4 and 8 timestables.



We will continue our book Beast of Olympus. We will skim and scan to find answers in the text. 



We are making decoy vessels this term- Thank you for sending in boxes and tubes. We are still collecting this week. 


We need newspaper for science week which is coming up this term. 


Please send back trip letters for Mercers Lake and Greek Feast. We are still unsure whether we will have to cancel the Mercers Lake trip as we have not had confirmation from enough parents yet. 







Children in Need

Friday 15th November 2019

Please donate to Children in Need.

Just a small contribution can change the lives of children. At Earlswood we are asking all children and staff to bring in a contribution of £1 or more. We are also asking all staff and children to something spotty on this day if possible to support Children in Need. Please bring your ‘Children in Need’ donation with you on the day and hand it to your class teacher. Many thanks.

Week beginning 11th November


We are learning a Greek Myth- Midas, thinking about how he is described and what his character is like.



We are using the inverse to solve missing number problems with addition and subtraction. We will count on in 4's, 8's, 50's and 100's.



We are starting a new book ‘Beasts of Olympus’. We are looking at how the author describes the characters and making predictions about the story.



Book Bingo- It is great that children are completing their book bingo. Please keep encouraging them to complete the challenges. 


Junk modelling- Please send in small boxes for us to make vehicles with. 

We look forward to seeing you all at parents evening on Tuesday and Thursday. Your child's books will be in the huts as after school club will be in the Year 3 classrooms. 


It is children in Need on Friday. Children can wear something spotty and bring a donation for Children in Need. 








What a busy half term we have had! The children have all settled really well into Year 3 routines and have been producing some great work in all areas of the curriculum.


Next half term we are learning about the Ancient Greeks in our topic ‘Gods and Mortals’.


As part of the topic we will be creating some models so need small cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, small bottles, lids and yoghurt pots (cleaned please). Please save any suitable things from your recycling and send them into school. Thank you.


Tuesday 5th November- Greek Day with dress up. Please send your child into school in weather appropriate clothing. We are looking forward to seeing lots of ancient Greek citizens. 


Week beginning 4th November 

Our next term begins with assessment week. The children will be assessed on the learning they have completed so far. We will feedback about where they are with their learning during parents evening.  Please make sure that you have booked an appointment online. 






Week Beginning 21st October


We are writing our own stories based on The Tigress. We are then going to read them to Year 1. 



We are subtracting 1’s, 10’s and 100’s from 3 digit numbers using the column method.   



We are finishing reading the sheep pig and discussing what we liked and disliked n the story. 



School finishes on Thursday at normal time. Please remind your child to bring home any PE kits for washing. Wellies can stay at school unless you need them during the holidays. 






Week Beginning 14th October


We are looking at the Tigress text and thinking about how the author has engaged the reader. We will look at how atmosphere is created in the story. 



We are subtracting 1’s, 10’s and 100’s from 3 digit numbers and learning some mental methods for solving subtraction calculations.  We will use our place value knowledge to help us find the answers.  



We are reading some poetry and answering questions about what we have read. 



You should have received a letter about our trip to Mercers Lake in the Summer term. If you have not received this letter, please ask your child's class teacher for a copy. 


School photographer will be in on Friday. Please ensure your child has a school jumper in school.







Week Beginning 7th October


We are learning a story about a tiger. We will be using adjectives and adverbs in sentences. We are looking at how a setting is described. 



We are adding and subtracting 1’s, 10’s and 100’s from 3 digit numbers and learning some mental methods for solving subtraction calculations.  We will use our place value knowledge to help us find the answers.  



We are continuing our text ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick-King Smith. We are thinking about how the characters are felling and how we know this. We will be reading aloud to develop our intonation and fluency.



We are looking for adults who can come in and read with children from 8.30- 8.55 in the mornings. If you feel this is something you can do, please speak to your child's teacher. Thank you 


Please encourage your child to learn their timestables. This year we focus on the 3, 4 and 8 timestable. They should also know the 2, 5 and 10 timestable facts by heart. Thank you








Week Beginning 30th September


We are creating our own predator and writing an information report about it. 



We are adding on 2 and 3 digit numbers using the written column method. Children will use place value knowledge to begin adding at ones, then tens, then hundreds. 



We are continuing our text ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick-King Smith. We will look at how the author has used language and summarise what we have read.



Well done if you have logged into RMeasimaths. Please let us know if you are unable to do so and we will try to sort it out. 


Please remember to encourage your child to read daily. It is great to see lots of children doing this already and filling in the home contact books regularly. Thank you.


Please make sure your child has a coat in school. 


There have already been jumpers and coats mislaid. Please check you have the correct clothes at home and return any that do not belong to you. Thank you. 


On 1st October it is ‘International Day of Older Persons’.  To celebrate this, we would like to invite the children's grandparents to come and share one of their favourite childhood stories with their grandchild's class on this day. If you would like to come into school, please speak to your class teacher.














Week Beginning 23rd September


We are writing our own information report about a predator. We will use conjunctions in our sentences. 



We are adding on in 1’s, 10’s and 100’s using our place value knowledge to help us with mental strategies.



We are starting our new text ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick-King Smith. We will make predictions and look at how the characters are introduced.



Children do not come to school wearing their PE kit in Year 3. This includes trainers so please ensure your child has correct footwear on in the morning.  



Children are expected to read at home every day. Please record (or get the children to record) what they have read. They are expected to hand in their reading records everyday. 


Children have received their login for RM easimaths today. They are expected to complete 1 session each week. If you have trouble logging on, please let us know. 


Children are expected to know the 2, 5 and 10 timestables by the end of year 2. By the end of year 3, they are expected to to know the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 timestables by heart. Please help your child to learn these facts. 



Please send in any spare carrier bags you have.


Book donations: We would like to expand our collection of books in our classrooms. If you have any books at home that you are no longer reading we would really appreciate it if you could donate them to the school. If you would like to donate please hand them to your child's class teacher who will make sure they are put to good use. 






Week Beginning 16th September


We are looking at the features of our Tigress text and how information is given in non-fiction books. We will be discussing the features of non-fiction texts, including how generalisers are used.



We will continue to look at place value, adding on in ones, tens and hundred. We will be counting in 4’s, 8’s and 50’s and 100’s. We will be re-capping the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.



We are finishing our book The Diary of a Killer Cat. We will be summarising and thinking about vocabulary that the author has used.



Thank you for sending in PE kits and wellies. Spare carrier bags for muddy wellies and trainers are advised. If you have any spare carrier bags that we can keep in school, please send them in. (Spare socks are also a good idea.)

Reading records need to be in school daily. Please record any reading your child completes art home.

Children can bring a snack of fruit for break time. Please do not send in cereal bars, biscuits or cakes.

PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Children bring PE kit in a bag and change at school.

Spelling tests will be on Thursdays and new words will be sent home on Fridays.








Welcome to Year 3!


It has been a great start and all the children have come into school with great attitudes, ready for learning. I am sure the children will tell you about our 'Predator Attack' and searching for the clues that it left behind.



In Year 3, children bring a PE kit in a separate bag (clearly named please), to keep in school all week. Thank you if you have already sent this in. Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday.


Children will need wellington boots in school for when we visit the woodlands and allotment. This will be on Mondays.


Please make sure all jumpers and cardigans are named.


Spellings- Spellings test will be each Thursday. New spellings are given on Fridays.


Reading records need to be in school everyday. Children can change their books when they have finished them. Please record the reading that they complete at home. There are guidelines in the centre of the reading record for you to refer to and the spelling list for Year 3 and 4. 


Please ask if you have any questions. We are available for brief chats at the beginning and end of the day. If you would like to meet for longer, please make an appointment for after school. 


Week Beginning 9th September


We will be learning facts about tigers through a story about a tigress. We will be looking at how sentences are written in reports and gather facts to write our own reports.



We are learning about the value of digits in numbers, counting on and back in 1's, 10's and 100's.



We will start our book- Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. We will make predictions and look at the vocabulary that the author has used.

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