Green Class News Letter

Date: 31st Jan 2016 @ 10:35am

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 25th January 2015

Dear Parents,

The children have enjoyed this week in Green class and have produced some super work.

We have read a few chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate factory now and have looked carefully at the characters of the story. What qualities does Charlie have?  We discussed his kindness when he offered his only birthday present to his family. 

The children then learned how authors use adjectives and long sentences to write descriptions. Some children learned about similes and found examples in the text we were analysing.  We then started to write sentences about the chocolate factory and extended them to give them more detail.

At the end of the week we wrote our descriptions of Charlie’s home in winter using all the skills we’d learned and the language we’d magpied.  We will be editing and improving this work next week and then publishing them in our learning journals.                             

The children continued to design their factory models on TinkerCad this week – we’ve printed a few out and put them on display. Whilst some children were designing, others were researching famous skyscrapers of the world. I was really impressed with the children’s sketching and how they made notes from the books we had out on the tables.

We have built our model factories from all the boxes and tubes you’ve all sent in – thank you!  We have covered them in brown paper, ready to add plenty of detail.  Look out for the picture on Twitter and Facebook when we’ve finished.

We will be walking to Brine Leas on Thursday morning for our rehearsal of SingFest.  I have been so impressed at how well the children are picking up the songs – they’re challenging!  Remember you can book tickets online for the concert in March - We are singing in the 2.00pm concert.

We still need a few volunteers for the visit; so if you can come with us, please let me know.  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! Please can you return the permission slip as soon as possible?

Edmodo has been a hive of activity again this week with poems, facts, screenshots of Minecraft chocolate factories, Flappy Maths high scores and much more.  It really is a great way for children to share their learning outside school and I’m pleased to see how much the children are using the application.

We will be moving on from addition and subtraction next week and using those skills to look at multiplication and division.  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.

Here are the mathematics videos on multiplication:

Challenge 1: Multiplication on a number line

Challenge 2: Multiplication by partitioning (2 digit, then 3 digit)

Challenge 3: Grid multiplication (2 digit by 1 digit) -

Challenge 4: Grid multiplication (2 digit by 2 digit)

Challenge 5: Problem Solving

The children completed their Quentin Blake inspired characters this week with Mrs Cotterill and started to sketch and paint buildings.  You can see them on display in the classroom.  In the same afternoon, the children enjoyed their French lesson – they learned all about colours.

Mrs Cotterill was able to award scribe pens on Monday to several children in the class. They have shown they have consistently joined and neat handwriting – congratulations! 

We started our music sessions on Thursday with Mrs Minshall – we are sailing, we are sailing…… This week we enjoyed a singing session and then next week we will start our Ukulele tuition.  I’m particularly excited about this, as I’ve always wanted to learn how to play. 

The children adored our hockey matches on Friday and we even lost track of time!  You could see those skills we’ve learned over the last five sessions being used in the competitive matches.  I was also impressed at how each person in the class shook hands at the end, whether they won or lost.  We’ll be developing our shooting skills further next week and starting to look at tactics.

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. 

We also started our timed, times tables challenges on Wednesday. The children are given 30 or 60 questions and asked to complete them in 5 minutes.  The children keep track of their own scores and then aim to improve them the week after.  You will find the children’s first attempt in their reading journals.  Please encourage them to practise these at home.

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.

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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