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We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

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Parents evening will take place over two nights:

Monday 12th February 2018

Or

Tuesday 13th February 2018

 

If you should need a more convenient time please arrange an exchange with parents of a child in your child’s class. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: the gates will all be open for the duration of parents evening in order to provide adequate parking.  However, the only entrance you will be able to use to gain entrance to the school will be the main entrance, outside the school office.  You will be required to sign in on class signing in sheets available at the entrance and sign out again, when you leave.   All children on site during parents evening are to be accompanied and supervised by a parent/carer at all times.

 

We look forward to seeing you at your appointment. 

Newsletter 15th December 2017

Please Note: There are no School Clubs next week

 

This week in Year 3, we have been learning about shapes in maths. We have learnt about a new mathematical term VERTEX/ VERTICES which is another word for the corners or points on a shape. We made Christmas cards, using different shapes and pictures of these can be found on the images page.

 

In English lessons this week, we have been learning about Newspaper reports. We have learnt about the 5 Ws that all newspaper articles must include to give the reader the full picture. These are:

  • Who is in the news story.
  • What has happened in the news story.
  • Where this has happened.
  • Why this has happened.
  • When this has happened.

Next week we will be creating a class newspaper filled with the children's news articles.

 

This week in St Joseph's we had a Christmas Jumper day to raise money for the charity, Save The Children. The school children were dressed to the nines in colourful Christmas jumpers and brought in £1 for the important charity. The total will be revealed once all money is counted.

THANK YOU for your generosity.

 

Every Monday, Miss Doran runs an art club for the children in Year 3. During one session in October, the children designed and made posters as entries for a competition held by Race Equality First. Winning entries would either be included in the 2018 Race Quality First Calender or as promotional posters, and the children would recieved a cash prize, a cash prize for their school and an invitation to a certificate ceremony where they would meet the Mayor!

 

I am proud to announce that our very own Niya, in year 3, was one of the competition winners!! Congratulations Niya, we are very proud!!

 

We are still trialling a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please complete the homework on my homework page this week as it covers what both classes have been learning in maths this week.

Newsletter 24th November 2017

 

This week has been such a busy week in Year 3!! Where do we begin?

 

Thank you very much to the parents who attended our Class assembly on Wednesday 22nd November. It was lovely having you and I hope you are as proud of them as I am. Our assembly was all about promises and Baptism. The children have learnt about promises made during baptism and how important the sacrament of baptism is as it celebrates becoming a part of God's family.

Photos from our assembly are on the Year 3 photos page.

 

Also this week, we had some very exciting visitors. On Tuesday 21st November, Big Foot Arts Education company visited school to teach the children about anti-bullying. The production was very engaging and taught the children about the reasons some children may be unkind to others and what other children can do to help prevent bullying from happening. The children also took part in a workshop where they created frozen pictures of bullying scenarios and then decided as groups how they could give the bullying scenario a happy ending.

Photos from the workshop and assembly are on the Year 3 photos page.

 

Also on Tuesday, we were visited by PC Mark Payne, the local community police officer. He addressed the dangers children may come across online and taught them how to be "SMART" by:

  • S- staying SAFE and visiting websites appropriate for their age.
  • M- never MEETING anyone they have spoken to online and don't know without gaining permission from their parents or taking their parent with them.
  • A- never ACCEPTING e-mails, messages, files or pictures from names you don't recognise.
  • R- visiting RELIABLE websites that can be trusted.
  • T- always TELLING a parent, teacher or trusted adult about anything that worries or upsets them online.

 

In Maths, we have been looking at the fractions 1/2 and 1/4. We have identified four ways we can express this fraction; In numerals, words, shapes and objects. The children have fraction homework to complete on the homework page.

 

We are still trialling a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please complete the homework on my homework page this week as it covers what both classes have been learning in maths this week.

Newsletter 17th November 2017

 

Apologies for the delay in posting this newsletter due to technical difficulties.

 

IMPORTANT

Our Year 3 class mass will be changed from Tuesday 21st November, to Wednesday 22nd November, due to a clash in the timetable. We hope you can still attend!!

 

This week in year 3 we have been learning about money. We have made different amount, added amounts together and calculated change. We even looked at large amounts greater than £10.

 

 In English this week, we have continued our learning about explanation texts and explaining how to eat healthily. Some of the children in the class made food pyramid's as a visual explanation of what healthy foods we can eat.

 

In R.E this week, year 3 have been learning about elements of the sacrament of Baptism. The children have been talking about and explaining the reasons why parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of the child. We also looked at a new word, commitment, which is a very important promise.

 

In science, we conducted experiments using rocks. We investigated to find out which rock was the hardest, using paper clips to perform a scratch test, and we also investigate whether some rocks absorbed water. This involved weighing the rock before and after submerging it in water to see if it had absorbed any water or got heavier.

 

Next week we will be holding a Be Bright Day in school and we ask that children come in dressed in bright colours, to attract the attention of drivers, making them easily seen when walking around school at night. This is a fundraising day to raise money for BRAKE, a road safety charity. If you would like to donate £1 and dress in brightly coloured clothes for the day to raise awareness of road safety, PLEASE DO!!

 

We are still trialling a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please complete the homework on my homework page this week as it covers what both classes have been learning in maths this week.

Visual Explanation - Food Pyramids

Newsletter 10th November 2017

 

This week in year 3 we have been learning about symmetry. We have looked for and identified symmetrical shapes, created symmetrical patterns and used mirrors to check how many lines of symmetry a shapes has.

 

In English, we have been learning about and writing explanation texts. We have learnt the difference between instructions and explanations. We read a news article about an alien spaceship that crash landed in Cardiff containing unhealthy aliens. The children were able to explain ways of becoming healthy, why they should eat healthy foods and how to make a healthy fruit smoothie.

 

In welsh, year 3 have been learning new questions and answers:

"Beth wyt ti'n hoffi wneud?" "What do you like to do?",

"Dw i'n hoffi mynd i'r traeth" "I like to go to the beach".

"Dw i'n hoffi mynd i'r parc" "I like to go to the park".

 

"Beth wyt ti'n gallu wneud?" "What can you do?",

"Dw i'n gallu canu" "I can sing".

"Dw i'n gallu neidio ar sgipio" "I can jump and skip".

 

In R.E this week, year 3 have been learning about the first parts of the sacrament of Baptism. The children have been talking about and explaining the reasons why each of these parts of the Baptism happen. Some children thought about their own Baptism and these children help to support those in the class who are not Baptised to understand.

 

We are still trialling a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please complete the homework on my homework page this week as it covers what both classes have been learning in maths this week.

Our symmetry activities.

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Our symmetry activities. 3

St Fagan's Trip

 

Before half term, we went on a trip to St Fagan's. The children visited a Celtic roundhouse and saw the living conditions and objects that Celtic people would have lived in and used. They also go the opportunity to touch and hold Celtic objects such as blunt weapons, combs, toys and jewellery.

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Before half term,  the children took part in a Glitter Bugs activity to help raise awareness about the need to wash their hands.

 

Selected children put a special lotion on their hands containing fluorescent colour which was invisible to the eye, unless it was put under a UV light where shone in the dark. Children then washed their hands and tried to remove the invisible lotion from their hands. After they had washed their hands, they put them underneath the UV light again and saw that some, but not all, of the solution had come off their hands. After further instructions on how to properly wash their hands, the children's hands returned cleaner with little to no fluorescent solution still on them.

 

Children then came up with rules as to when they should wash their hands.

 

We should wash our hands:

  • After we have been to the toilet.
  • After we have been playing outside.
  • After we have blown our nose, coughed or sneezed.
  • After touching animals or animal food.
  • After touching rubbish.
  • If we can see they are dirty.
  • Before we eat or drink.
  • Before we prepare food.

Glitterbugs hand washing awareness

Newsletter 20th October 2017

 

We are visiting St Fagan's on Tuesday 24th October. Please could you bring in your child's high visibility jacket by this date as we will need them for the trip. Thank you 😊

 

This week in Year 3 we have been learning about Time. We learnt how to read clock faces, we know which hand is the minute hand and which is the hour hand, and we have been telling the time to the nearest fifteen minutes and five minutes. As part of international week, as our class country was Italy, we also looked at Roman Numerals and we used our understanding of time to tell the time on Roman Numeral clocks.

 

Also in year 3 this week, we have been learning about the features of a recount. We have learnt that a recount is a true story about something that has already happened. Key features of a recount that we have looked at so far are:

  • Paragraphs
  • Writing in the past tense
  • Writing in the first person
  • Time connectives.

 

As you will know, this week we have been celebrating different countries and cultures in our school. Every class had the opportunity to take part in a belly dancing lesson with a special visitor where the children wore jingly belts and danced to music with colourful scarves. In Year 3, we learnt about Italy. We have learnt Italian translations of colours and foods, and have learnt about Italy’s population and geography. We also redesigned the Italian flag and to celebrate as a school, we had an international celebration in the hall where we tried different foods from different countries.

 

Lastly, we have also been learning about other religions. This week, we learnt about Hinduism. With additional help from some members of the class, we learnt about Hindu traditions, celebrations, routines and symbols. We painted imaged of Hindu Gods and made flower garlands.

 

We are still trialling a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please complete the homework on my homework page this week as it covers what both classes have been learning in maths this week.

Belly Dancing

Hinduism in R.E

Newsletter 13th October 2017

 

This week in Year 3 we learnt how to find a missing number in a mathematical calculation. We used our knowledge and understanding of our times tables and number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 to work out our answers. Next week we will be looking at time.

 

Also in year 3 this week, we have been learning about poetry and different techniques which can make our poems fun, interesting and exciting. We wrote, learnt and performed our own School Kids raps, influenced by John Foster’s original poem, using expression, different body language, actions and sound effects.

 

We have also continued to look at the Celts and Romans topic, and have started an ICT project where we will be creating a film re-enactment of the story of Romulus and Remus. We have identified the key features of a film and have started storyboarding our ideas.

 

We are still trialing a new system for delivering homework. Please click the link on the homework page and complete the multiple choice quiz. You will be provided with your mark as soon as you submit your answers. Your result will then be sent to your class teacher. If you are in Mr McHugh’s maths class, please navigate to Mr McHugh’s class page to complete the quiz.

Poetry performances

School Kids Rap

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School Kids rap

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