Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

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grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

Grange Valley Primary School and Nursery

Inspire to Guide, Challenge and Achieve.

Welcome to Miss Whelan's Year 3 Blog

 

Week commencing 16/07/2018

Summer holidays are finally here!!!

Well done to each and every one of our Year 3s for a fantastic year.

It has been an amazing year teaching you all and I cannot wait for another year with you all.

 

 

Week commencing 09/07/2018

We  completed our second last week in Year 3 by dancing the afternoon away at the Summer Disco. We had a great time showing off dance moves and having lots of fun. Thank you to everyone for your contribution towards this.

In Maths this week we have continued to work on our fractions unit and we have learned many new mathematical skills which will help us greatly as we move further into KS2. 

In English we worked really hard to master our tenses, in particular we worked on when to use the simple past tense and when to use the present perfect tense. This is such a difficult thing to master but the children all worked so hard. They enjoyed carrying out interviews with one another and then writing up the sentences using the present perfect tense.

Attendance: 95.81%, Can we finish this year as the attendance winners?

Reminders 

PGL deposit is due ASAP.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

MIss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

 

Week commencing 02/07/2018

Another busy week done and dusted in Year 3!

In English we concentrated on the 150th year celebration of St. Helens and talked about the changes that have occurred over the years. We discussed what things we thought might change in the future and how these changes might impact our lives.  We discussed how some changes might impact younger people and not impact the older generation and visa versa. 

In Maths, we worked hard changing fractions into their simplest form and once again recognised the importance of our times tables. The children worked hard to find the common factor for each fraction. The children are becoming more and more confident with mathematical language and are able to explain their reasoning using the correct vocabulary.

We all had an amazing time yesterday after school for the Summer Fair. Thank you to everyone for coming and also thank you for your kind donations over the last few weeks.

Attendance: 96.13%, I wonder if we can claim the first spot before we finish up?

Reminders 

 

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

MIss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

 

Week commencing 25/06/2018

Year 3 have been loving this fantastic weather this week!

In English  concentrated on comparing two different poems from other cultures. The children noticed the differences in the techniques used by each poet and used these to write their comparison pieces. It was wonderful watching the children using the FANTASTICs and BOOMTASTICs to help them. The children continued this super writing when they wrote their transition pieces today. I am so proud of their efforts.

In maths we worked more on our fractions and tried hard to notice the patterns of equivalent fractions. The children are continuing to work hard  on their times tables knowledge and can see why this is so important when working out equivalent fractions and finding a fraction in its simplest form.

We finished this week with a fun time on the bouncy castles. The children were all very excited and loved their sessions on both bouncy castles.

Thank you to everyone for sending in the £1 and chocolate/gift today, all of which will go towards the Summer Fair and helping to raise money for the PTA.

It is due to be another hot week next week so please ensure all children come to school with a hat, a water bottle and some sun cream.

Attendance: Yayyyyy! We  won again with 99.03%, super effort everyone!

Reminders 

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

05.07.2018- Own clothes day (bring a gift)

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

MIss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

 

Week commencing 18/06/2018

Another great week in Year 3!

On Monday we had the pleasure of going to Haydock Library to learn all about Refugee Week. The children were a credit to Grange Valley as they used impeccable manners and showed their interest in the topic being discussed. The children loved completing the activity which involved a bit of a scavenger hunt.

We linked some of our English to Refugee Week and I was particularly proud of the acrostic poem produced by the children. The children used all of their knowledge about refugees, their literacy skills and empathy to write some fabulous poems.

In maths the children have been working on recognising equivalent fractions. This is such a tricky area but they have been trying their hardest during our lessons. The children enjoyed an afternoon with Mr Ashton today, when they took part some fun World Cup themed activities on the field. They all seem very excited about England's upcoming match.

We had our first session in our new class room today and everyone loved it, we are already looking forward to our next session. 

Thank you everyone for the kind donations this morning.

Attendance: 96.45% not as good as last week but let's aim for first place again next week!

Reminders 

29.06.18 Own Clothes Day 

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

 

Week commencing 11/06/2018

We have had such a fabulous week in Year 3!

In Maths the children have been learning all about angles and had fun trying to locate right angles scattered around the classroom. The were able to talk about and compare the size of angles and could recognise the angles in various shapes. The children have also been reinforcing their fraction knowledge through addition and subtraction. Ask them what the numerator and the denominator stands for and I am sure they will amaze you with their knowledge.

In English the children have been working further on their information texts and have loved learning new things about their chosen country. They have created a plan and are all ready to start writing their information text next week.

What an amazing day we all had yesterday for Sports Day. Thank you to everyone for coming to cheer the children on, I think you will all agree it was a wonderful afternoon. The atmosphere was fantastic and the children loved the team element of it all. A big congratulations to the red team on being the overall winners.

Attendance: WINNERS!!!! 98.39%.....wow well done year 3!

Reminders 

18.06.18 Refugee Week  Library trip. (slips must be returned asap)

22.06.18 Own Clothes Day (Donate a bottle)

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 04/06/2018

What a great first week back in Year 3!

It was great to see so many smiles coming through the door on Monday morning!

We started our week off with an enjoyable trip to the library to learn about the Wood Pit disaster. The children enjoyed listening to the stories from two past workers and I was proud of the interesting questions they came up with. The children were luck to see and handle some very old mining equipment and realised just how heavy some of the equipment was.

In Maths we started our fractions unit and enjoyed talking about what he numerator and denominator tell us. We worked on creating pairs of fractions that make one whole when added together and the children realised that their prior learning on number bonds could be used to help them.

In English we started working on our Information Text unit and the children were delighted to choose one of the 32 countries taking part in the World Cup as their research topic. They worked on taking notes and building notes into sentences to create sections for an information text. They used their ICT skills to start researching information for their own text and enjoyed choosing their own topics to research. I cannot wait to read the final information texts.

Attendance: 94%.....a little dip from last week but hopefully we can see an increase next week!

Reminders 

18.06.18 Refugee Week  Library trip. 

14.06.2018 – Sports Day 1pm

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 21/05/2018

That's another half term completed in Year 3!

We have had a lovely week in Year 3 celebrating our Reading &Art week. Year 3 turned themselves into news reporters for the week and reported on the crime of the three little pigs. They used a range of techniques to write some wonderful reports and  were then able to speak about their work in assembly. For our art work we decided that we would recreate our own houses for the story and cam up with some very inspirational ideas. Houses were made from feathers, coral, books and gold to mention just a few.

Our dancers took part in the St Helens Dance Festival on Tuesday night and I was very proud to attend and watch them showcasing their wonderful talents. The children have worked so hard all year in preparation for this and it really showed. A huge thank you to Emma for working so hard with them. 

Attendance: 97.42%.....a great improvement, well done everyone!

Reminders 

04.06.18 Wood Pit Disaster Library trip. 

14.06.2018 – Sports Day 1pm

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Have a lovely week off everyone.

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 14/05/2018

Another week closer to half term Year 3 :-)

This week in maths we looked  telling the time to the nearest minute and made sure we used our 5 x tables knowledge to help us with this. We also looked at the 24 hour clock and had fun designing our own clocks to help us when converting times in to the 24 hour clock. 

In English we worked on writing a narrative based on images and we tried to include as many features of literacy learned so far in Year 3. The stories were all very unique and interesting, some even including elements of humour as well. The children have also been working on building complex sentences into their work.

In D&T the children completed their money containers by finishing the last of the sewing and adding on of embellishments. The children really enjoyed this unit and learned many new skills throughout it. Some children were very confident with the use of a needle and those children helped others as much as possible which an amazing show of team work. Well done everyone. 

On Friday, we celebrated the wedding of Harry & Megan with everyone dressing in red, white and blue. The money collected as a whole school will be donated to a charity, thank you to everyone for their contribution. In Year 3 we had a Royal Wedding Bake Off. Each team had to design the wedding cake and then work as collaboratively to recreate it with the ingredients provided. Children from Year 4, 5 and 6 then came to vote on their favourite. A huge well done to all teams for the effort and to our winners........the purple table. 

Attendance: 94.84%.....an improvement on last week but I know we can do better ;-)

Reminders 

22.05.2018- Youth Dance Festival

(Dance club will take place on 22nd at 8am for one final run through and there will be no dance on Wednesday for Y3/Y4)

25.05.2018 – Year 3 Class Photograph

14.06.2018 – Sports Day 1pm

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

13.07.2018 - Summer Disco

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 07/05/2018

I am very proud of Year 3 this week, they have worked their socks off.

In maths we started looking at telling the time and we realised that this is such a hard thing to master BUT we are going to keep working hard. Please spend some time working on this with your child, as every little bit extra will help them. I have gathered information on a number of sites that will be helpful for the children to use at home. There is a fun element to most of them so it will not seem like extra work.

In English, the children have written some amazing sentences to go with their story. They looked at the impact of using adjectives in the final position and used this effectively throughout their work. 

In RE the children learned about Sikh festivals. They role played the story of how Sikhs realised the importance of community, which is called Khalsa.

Attendance: 93.55%.....let's work together to improve on this next week.

Reminders 

18.5.18 – Royal Wedding Celebration. 

(Children can come to school dressed in red, white and blue and donate £1 each, which will be donated to one of the Royal Family's charities.)

22.05.2018- Youth Dance Festival

25.05.2018 – Year 3 Class Photograph

05.07.2018- Summer Fair 3.30-5 pm

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss H x

Week commencing 30/04/2018

We have had such a great week in Year 3 this week!

In Maths, we have been using various methods of finding an amount of change. The children are now using column methods as well as a counting on method to work the answer out. Watching their confidence growing when solving the problems has been amazing. Keep up the good work everyone.

Our English lessons have been centred around The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Thinking about the wolf in a different light has been interesting for the children. They have been using positive language instead of the negative language normally associated with the wolf.

In D&T the children started practising their sewing skills. They worked wonderfully and listened to all instructions, in particular regarding the health & safety of using needles. It was great to see the children working collaboratively and helping one another so much. 

We also had a very important assembly this morning, when the Community Police Officers came to discuss the importance of internet use for children.  They highlighted the dangers that children might encounter and discussed the steps to take if you feel worried or distressed about something that happens online. This is such an importance issue for all young children, so please take the time to have a chat with your child to reiterate the importance of staying safe online.

Attendance: 97.10% .....an improvement on last week, well done everyone.

Reminders 

22.05.2018- Youth Dance Festival

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

 

Week commencing 23/04/2018

Year 3 have worked super hard this week!

In English we have been having fun exploring performance poems and trying our best to perform to the best of our ability. We listened to a number of poems being performed, critiqued them and then created our own success criteria to use for our performances. The children loved working with a variety of instruments to enhance their performance. They also had fun making up some hilarious lies and used the structure of the poem No Word Of Lie to create their own. We have some pretty amazing children in Year 3.

In our maths unit we explored various ways to subtract money and looked at all the words that might be found in a problem to lead us to using subtraction. The children are becoming so fluent in their understanding of money. Please challenge them if you are out and about at the shops this week, let them pay and see if they can gather the correct coins and ensure you have received the correct change.

In D&T the children have been making progress with their money containers. They have all measured their material and cut it out ready to start sewing it together next week. They were wonderful when using their maths skills to help them during this lesson.

Attendance: 95.81% .....I am sure we can do better next week.

Reminders 

22.05.2018- Youth Dance Festival

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

 

Week commencing 16/04/2018

What a lovely Summery week we have had this week!

In Maths we started our new unit exploring money. We worked on identifying the various notes and coins that are in operation in the UK. The children used their skills to regroup pence in order to make pounds and were able to add two amounts by using their column method knowledge. 

A story written by Anthony Browne was our hook for English this week. The children loved making their own predictions about 'The Tunnel' based on the front cover and came up with some wonderful ideas for a follow up story. We talked about the choices that each character had throughout the story and used 'conscience alley' to help us decide if they made the right choices. The children learned a new technique and started to include some wonderful 3_ed sentences in their writing. Super effort Year 3!

Our D&T unit had the children very exciting when they learned that they would be making their very own money containers. They talked about the features of a money container and then worked on their own design. I cannot wait to see the final products everyone!

We were lucky enough to have Amnesty International in with us this week. They talked to us about the challenges faced by refugee children and tried to get the children to put themselves in the their shoes. The children were amazing and all expressed their worries for children experiencing such difficult things at such a young age.  They talked about where they have been on holiday and compared the distance to what Ali, the boy in the video, had traveled in order to get from Afghanistan to the UK.

Attendance: 99.15% .....great work Year 3.

Reminders 

22.05.2018- Youth Dance Festival

Please ensure that you are reading with your child throughout the week at home.

Homework must be completed and sent back into school by Wednesday each week.

 

Have a wonderful time over the Easter break.

Fingers crossed the weather stays nice this weekend.

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

 

 

Week commencing 26/03.2018

A short but lovely week over in Year 3!

In Maths we worked hard to use our measurement skills to work out word problems involving volume. We concentrated on the wording of the questions and what information was given to us before we worked out which operation we would need to use to solve our problems. We also had some group fun by estimating the volume in a range objects before we checked to see the actual measurement using a measuring jug.

We finished our Blue Umbrella unit this week by writing our very own story. We used the film and our own earlier work to help us create a new version. Well done Year 3 you are starting to use some wonderful writing skills to create interesting stories.

A big thank you to everyone for supporting the school this week at the Easter Bingo, it was a huge success!

Attendance: 96.66% .....let's see if we can win the award on our first week back!

Have a wonderful time over the Easter break.

We will look forward to seeing you all for our Summer term.

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

 

Happy Easter everyone!

Week commencing 17/03/2018

What a fast week we have had this week!

In Maths we are working on developing our measurement skills and we started looking at the units of measurement used for volume. We had fun in class estimating how much water our beakers were holding before we measured the volume. We looked at various measuring jugs and talked about what the value of each marking was depending on how many markings were present. 

In English this week we have been writing some very effective sentences to describe scenes from the 'Blue Umbrella' movie.  We even enjoyed some of the children humming the beautiful, relaxing tune this afternoon during golden time. 

Our creative sides have been showcased this week as the children were busy creating posters for road safety as well as healthy living. Well done to everyone for putting in such a good effort.

Attendance: 97.10% well done Year 3......we were the Attendance winners this week!

Reminders 

26.3.2018- Children's University Graduation

27.3.2018 - Easter Bingo 5.30pm

Please remember the importance of reading with your child on a regular basis.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

 

Week commencing the 12/03/2018

Year 3 have had such a busy week this week.

In Maths this week we have been looking at how to determine the weight of objects from reading a scales. We looked at the different units of measurements used and compared them from the smallest to the largest. We looked at how to work out what each small marking on a scales represents and used some of our bus stop division skills to help us.

In Science, we set up a comparative experiment to test whether temperature changes how water is transported around a plant. We looked at the process of water moving and came up with some predictions. We are looking forward to observing any changes and writing up our conclusions next week.

A huge well done to all of the children for their amazing attitude towards their learning. The worked remarkably hard in all assessments this week and really showcased what they know, you should all be very proud of yourselves!

It was great to see so many of you attend parent's evening this week and it was a pleasure to celebrate all of the successes of the children with you.

We had a wonderful morning at Christ Church this week and enjoyed the various activities set out by Sandra and the volunteers. The children really enjoyed the visit and certainly learned many facts about Easter.

Attendance: 96.81% well done Year 3......but can we claim the top spot again?

Reminders 

26.3.2018- Children's University Graduation

27.3.2018 - Easter Bingo 5.30pm

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

 

Week commencing 05/03/2018

Year 3 have had quite a creative week in school this week.

In English, we started our new unit and have been working on the inner thoughts of the characters, we have been discussing what their dialogue might be when they meet and we have used our acting skills to help us achieve this.

We enjoyed a trip to the Philharmonic Hall this week and took part in the KS2 concert. We even got the chance to become conductors and work with the orchestra to ensure they knew what they needed to do. The children were all very well behaved and have done Grange Valley very proud. They were part of a choir to sing along the world famous orchestra and even tried their hand at some sign language.

In Maths, we have been further developing our maths skills on measurement and we have been solving word problems involving all four operations. The children have also been practicing their arithmetic skills this week, always trying to better their scores from the previous week.

Today, in class we prepared little treats for our mums and had a lot of fun decorating these and creating small gift tags. The children have put a lot of effort into these so hopefully they will all be enjoyed.

Attendance: 98.06% well done Year 3......but can we claim the top spot again?

Reminders 

W/C Monday 12th March - Parents Evening ( time slots have been sent home today)

W/C Monday 12th March- Book Fair

14.3.2018 - Easter visit to Christ Church (please send in the permission slips)

27.3.2018 - Easter Bingo 5.30pm

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

Week commencing 19/02/2018

What a great first week back!

Year 3 enjoyed a trip to the Wicked Stadium earlier this week where they enjoyed a tour of the stadium, got to see some VERY old rugby items, the huge glass case with an abundance of trophies as well as taking part in a number of activities. They particularly enjoyed spending time in the changing rooms and trying on some of the tops. A big thank you to Evan and Alex for taking such good care of our class for the morning.

In Maths we have been looking at how to solve word problems using our division and multiplication methods. We have been using the short bus stop method and are becoming more and more confident with this method.

In History, we started out Crime and Punishment unit and I would like to say a big thank you to the children for the wonderful effort they've put into their project work. It is going to be very hard to choose prize winners. Next week the remainder of the children will be given time to talk to the class about their project.

We finished the week off with some fun during the disco. Thank you to everyone for sending in the contribution to help this happen.

Attendance: 98.71% well done Year 3, lets keep aiming for that 100%!!!!

Reminders

28.02.2018 - World Book Day Celebrations - Parents are invited to Year 3 to read with their child.

2.3.2018 - World Book Day Celebrations - Come to school in your pjs, with a bear and your favourite book. 

08.03.18- Philharmonic Hall Concert

(Please return permission slip and contribution by the 02.03.18)

W/C Monday 12th March - Parents Evening

14.3.2018 - Easter visit to Christ Church

27.3.2018 - Easter Bingo 5.30pm

Have a great weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt.

                        

                                                                                              

 

 

Week commencing 29/01/2018

What a fast week we have had!

In English, we have continued to develop our spooky story and have worked hard to use our FANTASTICS and BOOMTASTICS. Our sentences are becoming more and more effective and engaging to read.

In Maths, we have been multiplying and regrouping. Everyone has worked so hard during each lesson. Our great place value and times table knowledge has been coming in very handy this week.

In Science, we made some predictions about what might happen when two magnets came into contact. The children made some very good predictions and then investigated to see if the were correct. They experienced the force of magnets attracting and repelling.

Attendance this week was 96.7%, lets try for 100% next week!!!!

Reminders

21.02.18- Sky Try Experience (Return slip and £2 contribution ASAP)

08.03.18- Philharmonic Hall Concert

(Please return permission slip and contribution by the 02.03.18)

23.02.18- Valentine's Disco

(Taking place during school time. £2 contribution and refreshments will be on sale at the disco)

 

Have a great weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt.

Week commencing 22/01/2018

We have had quite an unusual week this week!

In maths, we have started multiplying a 1-digit number by a 2-digit number. This skill can be tricky but everyone has been working hard to master it. Keep up the super maths work everyone!

In English, we have been working on our spooky story and the children have been using a range of writing techniques to create effective sentences. I cannot wait to see the final pieces.

Our Computing lesson this week involved creating algorithms to draw a polygon. The children had to use their maths skills to work out the angle's value. The children are gaining confidence in this unit and it is wonderful to see them challenging themselves.

Attendance this week was 93.00%.

Reminders

21.02.18- Sky Try Experience (Return slip and £2 contribution ASAP)

08.03.18- Philharmonic Hall Concert

(Please return permission slip and contribution by the 02.03.18)

23.02.18- Valentine's Disco

(Taking place during school time. £2 contribution and refreshments will be on sale at the disco)

 

Have a great weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt.

 

Week commencing 15/01/2018

Our week in Year 3 has zoomed by!

In English, we have started our new fiction unit Wolves in the Walls. We have been discussing precise verbs and how important they are in helping the reader to understand the actions taking place. Everyone had lots of fun bringing in their item of reassurance and we discussed how it is nice to have something that makes us feel safe and secure in times of worry or uncertainty.

In Maths, we have been using our multiplication and division skills to help us solve problems. We know it is important to understand the keys vocabulary in the questions  in order to help us decide which operation to use.

In Science, we have learnt about forces and magnets and how forces such as pulling an pushing take place all around us. We identified the force that takes place in many sporting activities and then had some fun recreating our own action displaying a particular force.

Well done to everyone this week, we are the attendance winners with 98.71%- I am still hoping that we can achieve 100%!!!

Can I please remind you of the importance of reading with your child at home each week and making a note of it in their reading record.

Reminders

21.02.18- Sky Try Experience (Return slip and £2 contribution by 26.01.18 please)

            

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

 

Week commencing 18/12/2017

Yay, that is the end of our first term in Year 3!

Huge congratulations to all of the children for their efforts. They behaved magnificently on every school outing and I can't to enjoy the rest of year 3 with them in 2018.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Lots of Love,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt xx

Week commencing 11/12/2017

What an exciting and entertaining week we have had!

A huge well done to every child in Year 3 for being a part of their first KS2 Christmas performance. The performances were fantastic as were you. It is clear that Grange Valley are beaming with talents from singing to dancing and narrating. Well done to everyone involved.

During PE this week the children took a rest from the physical activities and took to quizzing instead. Their sporting knowledge was put to the test as they teamed up to answer questions about a wide range of sports.

In English this week we have been writing narratives and concentrating on including dialogue and then editing and improving our dialogue by extending our sentences using adverbs and conjunctions. I am so proud of the progress that you are all making :-)

In RE we looked at the journey Mary and Joseph took and how long it would have taken them to walk to Bethlehem. We used a route planner to compare how long it would have taken if they could have driven instead. We spoke about the difficulties they faced and how different things are now.

We all enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day today and thank you to all that contributed towards the charities today.

Attendance: 94.62%, hopefully we can improve on this next week!

Reminders

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

 20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

           

    

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 04/12/2017

We have enjoyed another festive week in Year 3!

This week we have loved watching the KS1 and Reception performances. It was wonderful to watch the younger children performing and I must admit that they have set a very high standard for our KS2 children.

Our Pop Choir performed on Thursday night and were fantastic in the way they carried themselves when representing the school, you should all be very proud of yourselves. A huge well done to the children involved in Dance Club as well as they put on a superb performance at church yesterday afternoon, I know everyone was very impressed by you all.

Thank you to all that came out to support the school for our Bingo , it was a great  evening with many prizes given away. Thank you to Mr Baldwin for his time being the bingo master.

We also celebrated Christmas around the world this week by learning about Christmas traditions in Australia.  We then teamed up with the Year 6 class to discuss what we had learned. They in turn told us all about Christmas in Sweden. It was an excellent opportunity for Year 3 to work with the Year 6 children as I know the children lower down the school all look up to the older children.

A huge thank you to everyone that bought one of class crafts. To date we have raised over £60, thank you everyone!

Attendance: 98.06% well done everyone, that's a much better percentage than last week!

Reminders

11.12.2017 - Year 3 trip to Christ Church Haydock 

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas 9.30am  and 6pm performances (tickets are still on sale)

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

 20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

                                

                                                   

   

 

   

Week commencing 27/11/2017

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 3!

This week we have enjoyed a lovely visit to Haydock Library, where we took part in a Horrid Henry session. We had some storytelling time followed by time to invent our very own alliterative names. We had some great names such as Jazzy Jack, Lucky Lola, Reliable Rowan and many more. The children all behaved very sensibly and remembered the rules of the road and the importance of safety when walking on the footpath, well done everyone!

In Science this week we have been learning more in our Light unit and the children all used a mirror to take a close look at their pupil and the affect that light and the absence of light has on its size. We also learned about the dangers and positive affects of the sun, before designing our very own sunglasses and hat to help protect us from the harmful affects of the sun.

We had a wonderful afternoon yesterday laughing all the way through Robin Hood. It was a great performance by the actors and one that the children all really enjoyed watching. I wonder will our KS2 performance be just as good ;-)

Thank you to everyone that sent in a contribution for our Bingo night!

Attendance: 93.87% I hope we can do better next week!

Reminders

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church

(children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm)

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas 9.30am  and 6pm performances

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

 20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

 

   

                        

Have a lovely weekend everyone :-)

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

Week commencing 20/11/2017

We have had a lovely week in Year 3 this week!

We enjoyed a day out of class on Wednesday and had such a great time exploring the DEWA museum in Chester. We learned about how the romans prepared their food, how the cleaned themselves and how they dealt with injuries. We also marched through the town as a roman army with our shields poised as if in battle. The children all thoroughly enjoyed this part of the tour and were an absolute credit to Grange Valley Primary School. They were very attentive and sensible when having to cross the road and took many of Mrs Threlkeld's messages from her Road Safety assembly on board.

I maths we started our multiplication unit and the children have been showing off there 3x tables knowledge when solving problems. Many of the children are now using Time Tables Rock Stars which is a fantastic tool to help the children with their recall of times tables.

Attendance: 99.35% winners this week well done Year 3. Can we achieve 100% and earn ourselves a DVD afternoon?

Reminders

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school (contribution of £4 please)

30.11.2017 - Library Visit(please return permission slips asap)

01.12.2017- Own clothes day. Please contribute a bottle/gift.

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church

(children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm)

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

            

 

Have a nice weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 13/11/2017

Another week completed in Year 3!

We started using the bar model in maths when adding and subtracting and have found it is another really good method to use and to know. During this week we have been reinforcing our column method knowledge a bit more and there is not a calculation around that we cannot solve! Super effort everyone!

In  English we have been working extremely hard to punctuate direct speech and also challenging ourselves to explain how the speech is being spoken. We are starting to become very independent and use our resources accordingly to help us improve our writing.

We explored how mirrors work in Science and had fun taking part in an experiment to see if we could navigate our way around a 'mirror maze'. We had to concentrate on the position of the mirror to help us through the task. Our knowledge about 'Light' is expanding each week.

Attendance: 95.81% again this week.

Reminders

22.11.2017- Roman Experience Trip to Chester

(payment cards are available from the office)

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church

(children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm)

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

                     

We hope you all have a nice weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 06/11/2017

We have another lovely week in Year 3!

In English we have learnt many new skills and put them to good use when writing our very own explanation text. Everyone has worked fabulously to put together their text and explained the many positives to owning an iRobot pet. They've used onomatopoeia and a wealth of positive to vocabulary to convince the reader they need an iRobot pet in their home. Super effort everyone!

In Maths this week we continued with our addition and subtraction work and started using the bar model as another method to help us solve our maths problems. The children were concentrating on the commutative law to help check their answers.

In Computing we created a variety of houses using different shapes and lines. We learnt how to manipulate the shapes and lines using nodes to resize and help us position the shapes. The children used the colour fill tool to help make their house more appealing. The worked in pairs and helped one another to make small improvements.

A huge thank you to everyone for your kind contributions towards the 'Shoe Box Appeal', because of your kindness we will be making some children very happy for Christmas!

Attendance: 95.81% I know we can do better everyone!

Reminders

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week (letters sent home today)

22.11.2017- Roman Experience Trip to Chester

(payment cards are available from the office)

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church

(children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm)

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

                                

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 30/10/2017

Year 3 have had a lovely first week back in school!

In English we started a new unit on Explanation Texts and started working on creating effective sentences that could be used in our very own explanation text. We looked at some technical language that could be included and gathered a variety of vocabulary that will fit into our text.

In Maths we have continued learning about renaming different columns when subtracting numbers. We are taking pride in the presentation of our work and understand the importance of good presentation to help us solve our problems.

In Science we started a new unit on Light and the children all enjoyed an investigation to find out if it is possible to see in the dark. We discussed that dark is the absence of light and we also talked about the various sources of light present around us.

Attendance: 96.45%- certainly room for improvement!

Reminders

 

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

22.11.2017- Roman Experience Trip to Chester

(payment cards are available from the office)

                         

           

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt x

Week commencing 16/10/2017

We have really enjoyed our last week in this half term!

We learned all about the features found in a newspaper report and worked very hard this week in writing our own report. The children took on the role of a reporter to help them ask questions about an event, they listened to a number of news reports and learnt a new skill by taking notes before expanding these notes into descriptive sentences.

We had a fabulous Science afternoon where we learned about the various joints in our skeleton and also set up an enquiry to look at the various muscles being used when complete certain activities.

Attendance: 96.3% I am sure we can do better when we get back!

Reminders

20.10.2017 - Half Term

30.10.2017 - Back to school

3.11.2017 - Ugly Bug Disco during school time - £2 per child for disco ticket

(refreshments including hotdogs, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco)

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

22.11.2017- Roman Experience Trip to Chester

(payment cards are available from the office)

                                                                                

Have a great week off everyone!

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

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Week commencing 09/10/2017

This week in Maths we have been working on more renaming when using column addition. We also moved on and started working on subtracting using a number of different methods. We are seeing the importance of understanding place value when working out our problems.

In English this week we started to include onomatopoeia in our writing to create effect and by using all of our literacy skills we wrote our own version of the Happy Prince. A fabulous way to end this unit.

On Thursday we ended up with messy hands and a messy room when we made 3D models using mod roc. This was part of our ART unit on Bodies. The children were able to manipulate their pieces of wire to create a body and then wrap the many strips around the body to create their own 3D model. The teamwork evident during this lesson was fantastic. Excellent work Year 3!

Well done to the boys for a wonderful effort at the football tournament, you represented Grange Valley with pride!

Attendance: 98.46% We won again this week! Great work Year 3!

Reminders

20.10.2017 - Half Term

30.10.2017 - Back to school

3.11.2017 - Ugly Bug Disco during school time - £2 per child for disco ticket

(refreshments including hotdogs, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco)

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

22.11.2017- Roman Experience Trip to Chester

(payment cards are available from the office)

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

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Week commencing 02/10/2017

Another lovely week in Year 3 this week!

In maths we have been working hard on mastering the challenging task of adding when renaming. We were working with adding 2-digit numbers as well as 3-digit numbers. Next week we will be moving onto subtraction.

In Computing, the children have been learning how to use the 'align text' buttons to move their writing to a different position on the page. The children wrote a letter and challenged themselves to put the addresses and date on the correct side of the letter. Super computing skills being seen throughout our lessons, keep up the excellent work.

On Wednesday the school experienced 'No Pen Wednesday', during which time the children enjoyed using their speaking and listening skills. Year 3 enjoyed gathering information for a bar chart and then using their own bodies to represent their findings. They also had a debate in class, discussing whether they thought an earthquake or a volcano would be more harmful. The children really enjoyed the day and are hopeful for another one again soon!

Thank you again for the cardboard sent in, we finally put 'some' of it to good use today. The children worked hard with a tricky material to create their own class version of the 'Terracotta Army'. They all listened well to instructions and should be very proud of their creations.

Attendance: 99.34% We won this week well done everyone! Can we achieve 100%

                        

Have a nice weekend everyone,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

 

What a lovely week we have had in Year 3 this week!

In English we have been using a range of techniques to help improve our writing. Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’ has been our stimulus and the children have started using alliteration and similes to add more detail.

We also had an exciting visitor in school on Wednesday, when Jacqui Gray, the author of ‘My Magical Garden’ came to take us on a special adventure. The children thoroughly enjoyed this session and it was fabulous to see their imaginations spring to life.

We celebrated European Day of Languages this week, enjoying an assembly led by Mrs Fowler. We heard Polish, Greek, Turkish and Irish, along with many more, and some of the children were even answering maths questions using Irish. Well done to all of the children for their efforts.

 

Attendance: 98% this week, well done Year 3!

                     

Reminders

Please return your child’s internet permission form.

Please read with your child at home as much as possible and log it in their reading record. There are prizes up for grabs for those reading at least 3 times a week at home.

Thank you all for providing so much cardboard, it will be put to great use over the coming weeks in our Art lessons.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Whelan, Mrs Larner and Miss Hunt

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