Welcome back to the new school year; we hope the children are well and are looking forward to Year 3 at Elston Hall. The children appear to be settling into their new classes and are enthusiastic to make a start on their new learning.
The Autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 3 with lots of learning taking place. In our Science work, we will be studying “Rocks and Soils”. This year, we are continuing to reach through Thematic Topic lessons across the school, and our first Year 3 Topic is “Time Tumblers”. We look forward to exploring through key times in History and Geography, and using our Computing and creative skills to solve challenges. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are a big focus in Year 3, to prepare for their test in Year 4. Please practise with your child regularly and also ensure your child has their reading books in school every day.
Children in Year 3 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will be continued and spellings will be given out each week and tested on the following week. Reading books will need to be brought to school each day, and taken home each night.
Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children will be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. In colder weather, your child may choose to wear a tracksuit and trainers for outside games, which is acceptable.
Year 3 PE sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays for all our classes.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. PE kits can be purchased from the school office and can be kept in school all week on your peg. Water bottles are also available at a cost of 20p each. We will continue with morning toast up until close of register and should you wish, children can bring a piece of fruit to school for their morning snack. Please note that no free fruit is provided now your child is in Key Stage 2.
Just a reminder that children in Key Stage 2 do not receive universal free school meals. If you are eligible for means-tested free school meals, this will continue but any other children wishing to have a free school meal will need to pay £2.20 a day via sims pay. If you think you are eligible for free school meals, please ensure the school office have your national insurance number and date of birth and we can check for you.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day, We anticipate a busy and exciting term and we thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a pleasurable and valuable year.
Year 3 is a very important year and we look forward to excellent progress being made. If you have any concerns or worries, please arrange a time to speak to one of us, as you play a vital role in your child’s education.
Miss Simmons (Year Leader) Mrs Mahmood Miss Perks
Class 11 Class 10 Class 12
Great Elston Bake Off
Year 3 wowed us with their amazing entries.
Y3 had a great day baking bread on a campfire, building dens and learning about Stone Age life. What a great den this team built using an A frame technique!
Photos from 2017/2018
Year 3 have had an exciting delivery. We have received 5 caterpillars in a pot, to look after. We are keeping a close watch, and doing lots of research to find out all about caring for them.
Shannon has written our first diary entry, we will update every few days.
"The caterpillars had grown a bit bigger and there were more bits at the bottom. 4 of them were at the top 1 of them was at the bottom, lying down in a web."
The caterpillars are really big today. They used to be quite small but they have been eating and are growing longer and fatter! There are lots of silky webs appearing inside the pot. They are growing extremely fast and we measured one. He is 3cm and 5 mm long. It is hard to measure them as they are very wriggly.
By Lucas, Daniel and Leland.
They seem like they have grown ten times bigger. They were very cute and are still cute now, even though they are so big. The have made 20 or more webs and have been eating a lot.
By Sydney and Karammani
Since they’ve got older, they’ve grown bigger and fatter and they’ve made more webs. Hopefully, they’ll make a pupa and become a butterfly soon.
The caterpillars have grown quickly and today they have made a cocoon on the top of the jar. Three have done it successfully but one is still a caterpillar and one has fallen down. We researched this and found out it could still live if we rescue it carefully. Fingers crossed!
This week we have seen huge changes. Firstly, the caterpillars all became chrysalis, and hung from the top of the lid. This was the sign to us that it was time to move into the chrysalis station, and go into the net habitat. Mrs BC carefully moved them over. One chrysalis fell from the lid at the start of the week but we have researched it, and it should be ok if we lie it on a paper towel inside.
At the end of week 3, the chrysalis have started to hatch! We had the loveliest day, watching them emerge with crinkled wings and then rest after their big adventure. Everyone was so excited and we couldn't believe how quickly they came out of the cocoon. The one on the paper towel hatched at 8.45am and we all saw it! Ben has named the first butterfly Barry, so we have named the other three Gary, Harry and Larry. Larry has really struggled to come out of the cocoon, and might not survive, which makes us a little sad.
We have learnt that butterflies release red liquid called meconium but this is a sign they are healthy. They also need sugar water (nectar) to drink, so Karammani helped put some in the habitat on a flower. Mrs BC will buy them some fruit for their snack tomorrow - apparently they love oranges!
We think we might release them in a couple of days, but we are hoping the other chrysalis will hatch soon too. His name is Colin!
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, our Year 3 children have been exploring the art of reading aloud with intonation and expression. To give their skills a test, they were excited to pair up with Year 1 for the afternoon, to read them stories from the school library. The children all enjoyed the session, and it was lovely to see our children sharing special moments together and a mutual love of great books and stories. We hope to repeat it again in the Summer. Thank you Year 1 for coming to join us!
On Thursday 15th March, Year 3 became Scientists for the day at the Big Bang Science Fair, at the NEC in Birmingham.
We always love being hands-on in our Science lessons, so this day was a fabulous opportunity for Year 3 to try new things and aspire to many different Science based careers. We couldn't believe how many different kinds of Science we saw! Activities that day included carefully controlling robots, looking at the best conditions for seed growth, exploring flooding using forces and energy and making hovercraft out of everyday things. We loved seeing the RAF jet and JCB diggers up close - they were huge!
The day was full of challenges such as building a tower using marshmallows and spaghetti, lighting up a circuit successfully and creating a racing car to race against friends. We all had a wonderfully busy and inspiring day and look forward to putting our Science knowledge to good use in our future learning. Thank you to Miss Knowles for organising the tickets for us!