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26th August 2016


Our focus this week in English has been on developing our questioning techniques. We have looked at the difference between closed and open questions and discovered how much more we can learn by using the right type of question. We also thought about our class rules and the jobs that we could do to help Mr Neeson keep our classroom running smoothly. Applications are in for the most important jobs...we’ll find out on Monday who the successful candidates were.


We have been looking at place value this week, focusing on our Year 3 objectives of; reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words, comparing and ordering numbers to 1000 and recognising the value of each digit in a 3 digit number. As always the children have had the opportunity to revisit previous learning if they needed to and to extend their learning by looking at Year 4 objectives to challenge them.

Project Work

Over the first two weeks of this term, the children are being introduced to the vocabulary and structure of the International Primary Curriculum that will be used throughout their project work, the Brain Waves unit. This week we have been thinking about and trying to answer the question ‘what does good learning look like?’ We’ve been carrying out our own learning walks and looking for the learning that has been happening in our school.


This week, the students engage in the Mandarin revision programme. They revise what they have learnt last term. Please refer to the link below to revise all the learnt vocabularies.

Title: Year 3 Mandarin, 22nd-26th August 2016

Link: https://quizlet.com/_2fhxml


Our computing lessons will begin next week.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week, pupils have been shown and undertaken the cross country course that will be used during the cross country unit. During swimming, the children have been enjoying getting some lengths and widths of freestyle in after the summer break. This allows staff to plan their next ‘steps’ in swimming.


This week, we introduced ourselves. House rules were set. The children learned one monophonic non-sensical spoken song and one canonic syllabic modal song.


Children will receive their first homework tasks on Friday 2nd September. Further information and guidance will be available at the curriculum evening on Tuesday 30th August.


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