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2nd September 2016


This week we began our 4-week block looking at traditional tales and fairy tales. We read and experienced, through different media, the story of Hansel and Gretel in its original and more modern forms. We considered the reasons why a story may change over time and compared the scary original version to the light-hearted modern versions. Throughout this learning, we thought about the features of fairy tales and even helped solve a ‘crime against literacy’ for the police!


We have continued looking at place value this week and took some time to work practically and to solve problems. Again we focused 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

This week we have continued with our Brain Waves unit (introducing the vocabulary and structure of the International Primary Curriculum that will be used throughout their project work). This week we have been exploring a familiar place again, our school. Instead of looking at the learning we put our Geographer, Historian, Technologist, Artist and International mindedness hats on and looked at the building and the school environment from these perspectives. We thought about how we can use different skills to develop our knowledge and understanding and how all subjects fit together to show us the bigger picture.


This week, we continue with the revision programme as students continue to consolidate their learning in the four key skill areas such as writing, reading, speaking and listening. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure.

Title: Year 3 Mandarin 29 August to 2 September 2016

Link: https://quizlet.com/_2fi0fr


This week, students are learning how to become more familiar with the Apple computers. Looking at solving problems and puzzles based on Computational theory, including loops and procedures. These skills can be followed up at home by visiting the website http://www.abcya.com/lightbot.htm. The students will begin to develop their coding skills throughout the year.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been continuing with cross country. They have been focusing on pace and how to run in accordance to their ability. Pupils have had the opportunity to push themselves and reach their peak fitness levels. During swimming pupils have been exploring their freestyle stroke, breaking down elements to improve their overall stroke.


Dr Casteels was not in school this week, he has made arrangements with individual class teachers to carry out a make-up lesson to ensure the children have all of their music curriculum time.


Your child should have spellings and a MyiMaths log in and password. Please remind your children that they should not be practising their spellings in their spelling journal, they should use scrap paper for this. This week we will only issue MyiMaths as maths homework to allow the children to get used to this format.


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