All class photos will now be uploaded to the 'Gallery'. Please click '2019-20' and go to 'Year 3'.
Under each set of class photos, will be a written overview of what the children have been doing in class during the week. This replaces the weekly newsletter. We hope these changes make it easier for you to follow your child's learning journey.
Homework: Due in Wednesday 22nd 2020
Please make sure you take home a competition sheet this week.
10th January 2020
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a peaceful Christmas and New Year. Our new topic this half term is 'The Rainforest'. The children will be learning all about the rainforests and the eco-systems within it. The children have been set a homework task for the half term which can be found on the link above.
This week we have had a busy week with a visit from The Happy Puzzle company. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we had to take part in lots of problem solving activities. Some of them were easier than others. We took part in the workshop with the children from Year 4 and we all worked really well together.
A gentle reminder that P.E. takes place on a Friday and it is really important that your child remembers to bring their kit. This half term we will be learning football skills and if the weather is dry we will be going outside so as well as trainers they may need a hoodie or a jumper.
Welsh Revision 6.12.19
In class we have been learning about our homes. We have learnt to say where we live and learnt the rooms in the house and the activities that we do in each room.
The powerpoint presentation below will help your child to revise the sentences and responses.
Homework Due in Monday 16th December.
Use your amazing imagination and write a Christmas story! During the last week, we will have a 'story- telling and mince pie' session where we will be having some treats and sharing our Christmas stories with each other.
You can use one of these titles or make up your own.
- The Lost Reindeer
- The Brightest Star
- What Happened to Santa's beard?
- The Cheeky Elves
Last week the children took part in our first class mass. Father Justus came to school to celebrate Mass with us. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and we were really pleased to see so many of our parents and family members come and celebrate with us. There are photos on the gallery.
Homework - Due in Monday 25th 2019
Write 10 sentences about our trip to St Fagans. Remember to include capital letters and full stops.
Try to use some joining words..
- so that
ST FAGANS TRIP REMINDER!
Please make sure you bring waterproof clothes. If possible, please bring a pair of wellies with you or some old trainers as we will be walking around, exploring the museum outside, before our workshop in the afternoon.
This week we have been writing our own versions of the story 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark'. We had some great titles such as 'The Penguin who was Afraid of Ice', 'The Peacock who was Afraid of Attention' and 'The Giraffe who was Afraid of Leaves'. Over the next few weeks, wewill be creating our own books using these stories and will be going to the Nursery class to read them to the children there.
8-11-19 Friendship Friday!
Today in Year 3 we celebrated Friendship Friday. The children discussed how to be a good friend and talked about how we are all the same but different.
The class were asked to make a paper chain and the chain they wrote something nice about other members of the class. Everyone had something nice written about them and we celebrated or friendships in class.
Here are some of the lovely things the children wrote about their friends. There were so many lovely things written about each other that it was hard to choose. We have put the paper chain up in our classroom to remind us every day what good friends we are in Year 3
'I like Nathan because he is so friendly'
'I like Deona because when I am sad she helps me'
' Orla shares her things'
'Dear Airam, you are always happy. You are really good at ICT.'
'Connor is cool'
'Sophia is kind, when anyone is sad you come and help.'
'Riley is ready and helpful all the time.'
'Amelia always brings a smile to my face.'
'Anthony does good things and he looks after me.'
'I like Emmanuel, he is clever and he is trying to be my best friend.'
Welcome back - We hope you've all had a lovely half term!
Year 3 are going on a trip to St Fagans as part of our work on the Celts. Please make sure your consent forms are returned as soon as possible. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to come along!
Any half term homework projects completed are to be given in next week.
All children have been given homework books in which they are expected to complete any weekly written homework given. Homework will be allocated on Monday or Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday.
Please also see the bottom of this class page for information on the project for this half term.
Please make sure that you are completing all Bug Club and Mathletics activities every week. If you need to check any of your login details please see Ms Beynon or Ms Westgarth.
Friday 13th September
We have had a lovely second week back in school. This week we have started researching our new topic about the Celts and Romans. We have completed been looking at time lines and we found out that the Romans lived in Britain thousands of years ago...a long time before we were born. Using pupil voice we have been deciding what information we want to find out about the Celts and Romans.
In PE with Miss Westgarth we have been doing gymnastics. We have been learning basic gymnastic shapes and we will be putting them together to create a simple routine. We can't wait to upload photos of them for you to see.
Ms Beynon and Miss Westgarth would like all of us to log on to Bug Club over the weekend and have a go at reading the books we have been set. Miss Westgarth will be sending home all our log in details on Friday. We can read the books and then there are comprehension questions that we can answer to check that we have understood the books. New books will then be allocated to us. It is really important that we are able to read at home and it will help us to develop our reading skills.
The four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales inform our teaching. Our learning experiences enable our pupils to be:
We understand the importance of literacy skills and their use within the wider world. As part of your child's literacy lessons, they will be learning to spell words relating to specific patterns each week in class.
The children will be tested on their spellings throughout the year. Spellings and test dates are shown at the bottom of the page. The children are expected to learn their spellings in preparation for each test.
Guided Group Reading
The aim of Guided Group Reading is for learners to develop skills to help them read independently and fluently. It enables students to have a conversation about the text and to think in a critical way. It encourages students to use their prior knowledge and experience and apply it to their understanding of the text.
Sessions aim to capture and maintain the attention and interest of all learners while accessing a variety of reading skills.
PE will take place every Friday. Please make sure you bring your kit and suitable footwear.
It is expected that the children use Bug Club to support to developing their reading skills at home. Books have been assigned to each child and can be accessed using under the 'Useful Links' section below.
Children also have access to Mathletics. which is an online learning resource which supports the development of mathematical skills at home. Children are expected to make use of this resource on an weekly basis and work their way through the challenges assigned to them. A link to the site can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
At St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School, we use Hwb, which is a collection of online tools provided by the Welsh Government, to develop digital skills. Hwb also provides the children with access to Encyclopedia Britannica, should they need to carry out research at home. Tools which support the children in developing their maths, literacy and programming skills are also accessible via the site.
Elements of the ‘My St. Josephs’ umbrella, which was introduced in 2018, are completed using one of the tools available within Hwb. The umbrella comprises of ‘My Profile’, ‘My Targets’, ‘My Voice’, ‘My Way’ and ‘My Challenge’. These are known as the ‘5 MYs’ and every child’s learning journey in Key Stage 2 will be evidenced through these.
‘My Profile’ and ‘My Targets’ are both completed independently by the children on Hwb, using Microsoft Teams. These are to be updated throughout the year as part of their homework.
Microsoft Teams (accessed within Hwb and Office 365) is used as our main tool for developing digital skills and facilitating online collaboration within our school. Homework will often be set via the 'Assignments' tab.
A link to Hwb, can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
Spellings and Test Dates
The children will be tested on their spellings every Monday throughout the year.
The date of each test and the spellings they will be tested on are shown below in the table.
The children are expected to learn their spellings in preparation for each test.
Half-termly Homework Projects
This half term we have been studying the Celts. Your project is to choose a topic that we have learnt about and research it further. You will be asked to present your work to the class on Monday 11th November.
Please make your project as creative as possible including lots of interesting facts and information for us all to take away!
What jobs did the Celts do?
Where did they come from?
What battles were they involved in?
Celtic shields and swords