Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

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

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

01744 678300

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year 3 blog

 

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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