Green Class News Letter - 8th February 2016

Date: 7th Feb 2016 @ 12:34pm

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 8th February 2015

Dear Parents,

The children have been working hard this week and it was great to see Yellow class reiterate what I’ve being saying all term to the children – ‘I can’t do it, yet.’  We are using this to drive us on to achieving things we didn’t think was possible.

We started the week by designing our own Inventing room from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to help us write the setting for the ‘The Lost Chapter.’  The children then had to write a short paragraph detailing exactly how it worked whilst using a range of sentence openers to help keep our text flowing. 

By the end of the week we were designing our own ‘naughty’ characters for our lost chapter.  We even had a chance to meet some of the characters when they were hot seated – I had great fun being teacher in role and being a naughty nine year old!  We’ll be learning how to use correctly punctuated speech in our writing this week, as there will be plenty of discussion in our writing. 

Have a look at this video to give yourself a head start - It’s really clear and shows you how to help your child.  We’ll be using this skill later this week, so please encourage the children to have a go. I’ve posted the link on Edmodo as well.

Thank you for all the chocolate wrappers; we had a great afternoon sketching the designs. We’ll be designing our own chocolate bar soon and writing a letter to Mr Wonka trying to persuade him to make our creation! The sketches were very detailed and I was impressed with how much the children concentrated on them. 

We have completed our 3D chocolate factories (thanks for the boxes) and the children love them. We’ve made so many, we’ve had to build two factories. We may even use some animation to bring them alive over the coming weeks.  I posted a few pictures on Facebook and Twitter this week – have a look!

We had our first real run through of our SingFest2016 music on Friday. We stood up, as a choir and sang with only the backing tracks. We’ll be working on our expressions and dance routines later this week.

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!

Well done to the children who published books and videos over the last few weeks on Edmodo for their homework. It really was a lovely surprise when I logged in to see so many exciting ways to share their learning.  Please keep encourage the children to write, video and create presentations!

We had great time multiplying numbers this week and I was impressed with how well the children coped with the new challenges.  Please, please, please continue to practise the methods at home. Try spending a couple of minutes a week practising these skills – it really does make a difference.

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 going to recapping and applying the skills we’ve learned over the last half term by solving problems this week. We will be adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers wrapped up in real life word problems. 

This weeks videos are:

Challenge 1 - Addition - Number Line/Mental Partitioning - and

Challenge 2 - Addition - Expanded Method -

Challenge 3 - Subtraction – Partitioning -

Challenge 4 - Subtraction - Decomposition -

Challenge 5 - Multiplication - Partitioning -

Challenge 6 - Multiplication - Grid Method -

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.

It is safer internet day on Tuesday and the whole school will be taking part. On Friday we have PC Nick Jarvis coming into school to deliver some internet safety training for the children.  How do you stay safe online? There is some great advice on the website -

We will be looking at packing this week and how it designed.  I know I’ve asked a lot, but if you have any more interesting packaging please send it in, so we can take it apart and work out how it was constructed. We’ll be using this to help us to design our own packages to send a chocolate egg through the post.

The children loved playing their Ukuleles this week and were able to remember some of the notes and C chord to play a song.  I’m learning as well, as it is a little different to playing the guitar – great fun!

We spent Friday afternoon composing music using GarageBand Loops. The children were very impressed with their music and their news skills – you may have seen some of the photographs on Facebook?

Homework, spellings and times tables will be given out each Wednesday morning to be handed in the following Tuesday for marking.  The children will have a short spellings and multiplication challenge each Wednesday.  Please encourage the children to learn these spellings and times tables each week as they underpin so much of our ongoing learning in class. 

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. 

Thank you to everyone who has written in their child’s reading journal this week. It really does help me keep track of the books they’re reading at home.  I was very impressed with how much the children have been writing in their journals as well – keep it up!

Our class assembly is Friday 26th February at 10:00am. It will be lovely to see you all there.

Please return your swimming letters as soon as possible, as we go the first week back after half term.

Our new topic plan is on our school website and you can download it here  - Please have a look and see if you can help us with anything in school. If you have any resources at home and you’re willing to share them with the class, please send them in.

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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