Green Class News Letter - 29th February 2016

Date: 28th Feb 2016 @ 9:19am

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 29th February 2015

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see the children back in school, refreshed after the half term break and ready for learning. 

We have completed our Lost Chapters this week and the children spent some time editing and improving them further. The children then published their writing in their learning journals, ready to share to the whole class. I hoped you enjoyed hearing the start of a few in our class assembly.

Speaking of which, it was so lovely to see so many friends and families around on Friday morning. The children were so excited to share their learning with you all.

All the credit needs to go to the children as they decided what they wanted to share, gathered the things they needed and then wrote their own lines. Believe it or not, we only started to rehearse Thursday afternoon.  I was so impressed that they did all that on their own – it shows how much they’ve matured over the year.

The small boxes we needed have arrived so we can send our egg through the post next week. The children have tested and combined different types of packaging and will be finding out which is the best to use – valuable information!  Check back for the results when the eggs return in the post.

We shared a few of our songs in assembly on Friday from SingFest and we’re all getting excited to be going to The Victoria Hall in a few weeks time. There will be a letter coming out this week with all the details.

Remember you can book tickets online for the concert in March - We are singing in the 2.00pm concert.  Keep practising those songs.  The songs are posted on Edmodo with the lyrics, so please encourage the children to listen and learn!  There are some tracks you’ll know as well!

It’s World Book Day on Wednesday and I’m looking forward to seeing what the children have decided to come dressed as. Remember it can be a simple prop or a piece of clothing – please don’t go to huge expense buying the perfect costume. Just make sure they know about their character and the book that they are from.

We’ll be spending time learning about the characters, telling stories, creating short stories and much, much more! Oh and don’t forget about your surprise wrapped book!  All the details are on the school Newt Letter.

Thank you for all the amazing e-safety posters, videos and much more that I have received this week. It was a pleasure to mark them all.  There is some great advice on the website -

The videos relating to the maths skills this week are on Edmodo. Please encourage the children to watch them as it really does make a difference to their learning back in school.  I’ve seen a big improvement in the children who have watched the videos at home already. They are ready for learning when they come in and know exactly what they need to do.  Please encourage your children to watch the videos.

We are moving our focus onto division for the next few weeks where the children will be learning new ways to divide.   Have a look at this website to recap some of the methods from previous years -

This weeks videos are:

Challenge 1: Practical Division -

Challenge 2: Using a Number Line -

Challenge 3: Number Line Chunking - 

Challenge 4: Mental Chunking -

We had another great music session on Thursday with Mrs Minshall and the children now know 2 chords and are learning how to play a G7 - a complicated chord on the Ukulele.

The children loved their first swimming session this week and we’re looking forward to going each Friday until after Easter. Please can you remember to remove any earrings on Friday morning before swimming? Thank you.

As you may have read in previous news letters we have changed the way we expect children to learn times tables and spellings. Here is an overview of how the children will learn these skills:

Spellings: The children will be given six spellings each week to take home to investigate. What is the rule or pattern? When the children return back to school I will give them four spellings (that follow the same rule) and I will expect them to spell the word correctly and write it in a sentence.

For example:

Spellings sent home for investigation: table, rumble, crumble – these all end –le (These words will not be used in the next session)

In school: I will say ‘tumble’ – Please write the word ‘tumble’ in a sentence

Times Tables:

Thankyou for encouraging the children to learn their tables this week and using their challenge sheets to practise. Have a look at 30/60 times tables in their journals and please practise with a 5-minute timer.  The scores will gradually improve over time.

If you are looking for a great way to learn tables, have a look at this website here - The games are great for quick learning of tables and are also lots of fun! Have a go.  And if anybody loves ‘Flappy Bird’ then try this great way of learning tables -

Please encourage the children to read as much as possible at home and to write in their reading journals – I will be checking these each time we have a guided reading session and they should be up to date with either a comment from you or the children. 

I will of course be Tweeting and Facebooking throughout the year. I’ll keep you up to date throughout the term via:

Facebook -

Twitter - and our News Letters.

A huge plea....please make sure everything is named clearly as it saves time and saves you money when things go missing.  Things have already gone missing, so can you please check your child’s clothing at home to see if they have taken home another child’s jumper by mistake. Thank you.

If you have any questions please get in touch as soon as you can.  If you can’t make it to school, please email me

Yours sincerely,

Mr Chris Waterworth

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