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Year 3
 
 
Monday and Tuesdays - Mrs Rainer and Mrs Field
Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays - Mrs Field and Miss Davies 

Please check the website regularly for updates, in particular the 'notices' page.

22.1.21
Can you believe we are halfway through this term! It is great to see all of you achieving the daily Walts in core subjects. Learning in a different environment where you are used to 'switching off' and relaxing has it's own challenges but we can see how hard you are trying, we really hope you feel proud of yourselves. 
This week many of you took part in the volcano experiment, it was rewarding to see you share your learning with your families and to hear the excitement in your voices. 
 
Under the wow work tab we are beginning to share home learning work because it deserves to be celebrated! So each week have a look and see if you can find your work! 
The Trolls competition winners will be announced next week and it was simply impressive to see your response. Many of you got creative and excelled in the challenge. 
 
Lastly, we are aware of how isolating and frustrating home learning can be and we are consistently trying to find new ways to not only motivate, engage and inspire you in your activities but to be able to communicate with your friends too. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and support.
 
Have a great weekend
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer   

15.1.21

Dear Parents

Thank you for all your support during our first week of remote learning. We are both very impressed by the children’s engagement and enthusiasm for home learning and appreciate this does not happen without adult help!

 

Reading 

Do encourage your child’s love of reading. It is the best gift we can give them! Remember to take any quizzes on Accelerated Reader for books that you read. You can access MyOn for ebooks – your username and password is the same as Accelerated Reader. Remember to link your MyOn account to your STAR assessment (this option should come up when you log in). This way we will have a record of your reading.

We will also share with you any exciting reading resources we find online – for example, this week we sent you the link to First News and several of you have signed up.

 

Writing

We are seeing some wonderful handwriting and look forward to awarding more pen licences when the children return to school. It would be helpful if you keep a record of your child’s spelling scores and share these with us at the end of lockdown. Do encourage your child to keep a diary!

 

Mathematics

Our times tables focus this half term are 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11; the children also need to know the inverse (related division facts).

 

Have a great week!

8.1.21 
First week of home learning completed!! Firstly, we just wanted to thank you for your patience and support as go back to home learning. Most of you are accessing seesaw daily and completing the activities set. At the moment we have prioritised Literacy and Maths however, over the next few weeks we will be drip feeding in Science, Art and RE as an extra independent activity for the afternoon. We will continue to challenge and motivate pupils as we would normally do so in class with extra for experts and Maths meeting board. 
We hope you enjoy our morning welcome message - it's a nice way to start the day! We have definitely enjoyed watching your videos and seeing your pictures of home learning and daily activities. 
 
Remember to think of a target you can independently practise and learn at home and we will update you with how our achievement tree is looking. We will of course be celebrating and showing our achievements when we are back together.
Lastly, in the next couple of weeks we have a simple science project coming up so if you could save or get hold of a shoe box or something similar that would be really useful. 
 
Have a lovely weekend. Remember any queries contact the office and we will respond as soon as we can.
Stay safe
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for our Christmas cards and gifts and our very best wishes for the New Year. Sadly 2021 has not started out as any of us planned.

We have lots of ideas for how we can work in partnership to develop the children’s learning and keep everyone engaged during lockdown, whilst supporting one another through this difficult time.

This evening we will be uploading tomorrow’s lessons onto Seesaw, so that you have time to look at them before encouraging your child to make a start in the morning at a similar time to when they would arrive at school. Today we will be sharing an exciting initiative to help all Kingfishers – and their teachers – to work on their independence. Watch this space!

Please note that there will be a box outside our entrance gate today between 10am and 3pm. If you get a chance to peep inside on your daily walk, you will find and envelope for your child containing:

  • The text we will be using in English this week and next
  • A copy of a learning grid
  • Supporting resources for two of the activities on the learning grid

If you are able to deliver a friend’s envelope as well as collect your own, that would be brilliant! Please don’t worry if you are unable to pick up your copy, the contents are not essential but simply help to make life a bit easier.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer

18.12.20 We made it to the Christmas holidays!!
What a productive and festive term we have had. Children has shown great resilience in these uncertain times and the progression they have all made is amazing. We hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year, remember to stay in touch using Seesaw. It would be lovely to see all the learning still happening at home and to see if Father Christmas has been!
Sent home today was previous homework so you can see the continuous learning happening in school through to home learning and the progression made. All homework is important to be completed because it supports any misconceptions, repetition of key skills and develops a deeper understanding thinking mindset. Please in the New Year if the homework folder can be returned so all future homework can be kept together. 
 
We thank you for our lovely Christmas gifts alongside your support and patience. 
Merry Christmas
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
11.12.20 - Heading into the last week of term!
It has been a very festive week watching Receptions Nativity play, Christmas dinner, Christmas jumper day and watching a virtual pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. We are starting to finish our current modules ready for our new topics in the New Year and over Christmas a copy of our overview will be available to view on our learning tab. 
It is great to see so many children using the worry box in class and as we try our best to support the class with their worries, there are times when we can't speak to everyone therefore, we address it the next day. We're aware that lunchtimes are difficult for some children as they don't always want to play the same game as their friends or haven't had a turn to play with equipment. We will be checking in on the class at lunchtimes to get a better perspective of what the concerns maybe and have a chat with those who have left a worry in the worry box. It has been challenging playing in our bubbles and adjusting to new routines however, in spite of this majority of the time children share great friendships within the class and we're sure this will continue. 
 
Kingfisher's Christmas party will be on Thursday afternoon and we thank you for organising the food and games for this. In addition, we will also be doing our Secret Santa then and we're really excited to see how creative you have been. Gallery pictures will be updated over the weekend so please have a look at what we have been up to this last week. 
Above is a little Christmas treat of Kingfishers singing Oh Holy Night. We hope you are feeling as festive as us and we look forward to our last week together in 2020!!   
 
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer      
4.12.20
Just when we thought we couldn't get any busier we had tree trimming and Strictly Dancing this week! Kingfishers rose to the challenge and embraced the amazing opportunity to dance with a professional dancer, Scott. We too got involved and it was great for Kingfishers to see us learning new moves with 2 left feet!! It's important for children to learn and understand that it takes time and perseverance to learn a new skill and what comes naturally to some takes time for others. We hope you enjoyed watching and looking at snippets in our gallery page of our rehearsals and are encouraged to buy the DVD when it becomes available.  
Tree trimming certainly made Christmas feel like it's just round the corner, although we have been enjoying festivities for a few weeks now! Just a polite reminder that Secret Santa presents need to be in school by Friday 11th December so we can give them out during the last term of school. 
 
Christmas school dinner is 9.12.20
Christmas jumper day 11.12.20
 
Stay safe 
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
27.11.20
Wow what a busy week it's been for Kingfishers!! We successfully performed the class assembly to Key Stage 2 and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! More and more children are achieving high results in accelerating quiz demonstrating good understanding in their reading as well as applying good comprehension skills such as inferencing and summarising key points. 
 
As seen in our assembly, Kingfishers like to spread a little festive cheer and this year it was suggested by them to do a class secret Santa. We have encouraged children to make or upcycle gifts and to support this children have written their favourite colour, animal and hobby on the paper of the name picked. We hope this will be a fun and creative way to spread a little Christmas magic during the last week of term. If there are any problems or queries please let us know. 
 
Lastly, we can't explain or express how exceptional Friendship Brain Builders homework were when they came in on Friday. The time, creativity, imagination and attention to detail was mesmerizing, so much so they have taken proud place in our values area in the classroom. Thank you for the time and effort, it hasn't gone unnoticed. 
 
Next week is Strictly Christmas and Kingfishers will be learning how to Jive! Can't wait to share this with you all!! Remember to visit our gallery page to see how amazingly hard Kingfishers are working!
 
Take Care
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer  
26.11.20 - Kingfisher class assembly
We couldn't be any prouder of Kingfisher class! Well done on learning your lines and sharing your work and although friends and family were unable to attend we hope they enjoy videos from the comfort of their homes! Thank you to parents supporting with learning of lines. It is hugely appreciated.
 
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer
20.11.20
Christmas has arrived!!! This week Kingfishers have decided to embrace Christmas early this year spreading positivity and festive cheer around the school. We have made Christmas decorations ready for tree trimming that will be happening the beginning of December. We have gone into full rehearsals for our class assembly that will be happening on Thursday - we will of course be recording it and taking photos to share with you. Thank you for supporting of lines - the children have worked remarkably hard on this.
Seesaw is becoming a useful platform to communicate with children's home learning and it is so humbling to see them taking their learning home and practicing further. We couldn't be anymore prouder of Kingfisher class.
 
This week we started to hand out pen licenses to those who consistently join up their handwriting demonstrating ascenders and descenders. We will continue to practise handwriting in class to ensure everyone has the opportunity to at some point in Year 3 get their pen license. Some children found it difficult to accept they haven't been awarded theirs yet but we are hoping this will motivate and focus children to write using joined up and clear handwriting. We won't be handing out pen licenses every week, only once we've recognised those that have made significant progress consistently writing clearly and neatly will they then be rewarded. It has been explained that by the time children get to Year 4 everyone will be writing in pen!
 
Lastly, logins have gone out for TTRockstars. We have set up what timetables should be learnt each week. Some children find TTRockstars challenging so there is always the option of hit the button.
Continue to stay safe.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
13.11.20
This week Kingfishers were again awarded the golden spoon for their exemplary manners at lunchtime, showing they can be great role models to others in school, well done! Many have engaged in their learning and brought in relevant show and tell items that links to topics. (Pictures can be found in the gallery) This is a great opportunity for children to share their knowledge responsibly and reflectively.
As always, Kingfishers perfectly demonstrated the 6R's throughout the Remembrance service on 11.11.20 and we again thank Mrs Tunnah for kindly letting us borrow her poppy wreath. (Pictures are in the gallery)   
We understand that some children accessing see saw are having trouble viewing the activities or home page and we are trying to sort it. It maybe that we need reset some passwords, but we thank you for your patience in the meantime.  
Lastly, we would like to share with you our class growth mindset display. We use and refer to this frequently in class to support and develop confidence, understanding as learners it takes time, mistakes and determination to achieve success. We hope this is useful to support children at home who may have had a difficult or challenging day at school. We are so fortunate in Kingfisher class to have many superb scientists, mathematicians, artists, writers and musicians who share their attributes with the class.
 
Stay safe
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer  
First week back! 2.11.20
Firstly we would like to congratulate many of you who have accessed See Saw over half term. We will begin to use this more frequently over the next few weeks as well as using the class web page. 
Kingfishers have had a busy first week back starting new Science topics (Forces), looking at school life during WW1 in Literacy and being challenged with 3 digit number equations in Maths! In PE this term we are going to be looking at creative games and how to play them sensibly and fairly with our friends. Today (6.11.20) Kingfishers generated their own rules to follow when playing these games and signed it to show they understand expectations of their behaviour. This supports this terms Brain Builder - Positive Relationships. We understand how difficult it is for children to play in bubbles outside and we hope this will support them further. Much of what we have been up to will be on our gallery page. 
Starting from next week if children can bring in their reading books and records everyday so we can support their accelerated reading in school too. Frequently, children are being read to 1:1 as well as class reading and as much as we are recording it in class it would be nice to write it in children's reading record to communicate with you and share their progress.  
Again we thank you for your support and patience. Any concerns or queries please get in touch.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer  
23.10.20 We made it to half term!!!
It has been lovely talking to so many parents this week regarding your child's well-being and progress. In uncertain times children have shown so much resilience and you should be extremely proud of them just as we are. Please remember that if you have any concerns or queries to email the office and we will respond as quickly as we can.  
This week Kingfisher class have been working so hard writing independently, end of module assessments in Maths and Science quizzes. Therefore, it was only fair that they were rewarded with a healthy balanced party. Thank you for supporting the class by bringing in healthy food, the party was hugely successful and children secured their knowledge talking about food groups and the importance of eating and maintaining a healthy balanced diet. Please see pictures in the class gallery of the party and science experiment. 
 

Now that your child is a member of Key Stage 2, we are delighted that they will be able to access Seesaw, the school’s online learning environment, should we switch to remote learning. Each child has a unique Home Learning Code to access Seesaw. This should have come home with them on Friday 23rd October. Please experiment over half term and see if you can sign in and respond to the class announcement (this will let us know you have been successful).

When signing in with their Home Learning Code, students can post to their journal, respond to activities and view class announcements. Students do not see the work of any other student in the class. Kindly do not upload any work until requested to do so.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.       Go to https://web.seesaw.me

Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
web.seesaw.me

on a computer. Or install the Seesaw Class iOS or Android app.

2.       Tap “I’m a Student”.

3.       Scan or type in your Home Learning code.

4.       Respond to the activity.

5.       Remember, this code is like a password. Keep it safe!

 

Homework for this half term can also be found on the homework tab. (No spellings have been given out this week.) Previous homework that has been completed is currently displayed in the classroom and some filed away. Children receive their homework marked and have the chance to read and respond to markings before they file it. At the end of next term children will bring their homework folder home for you to see how much progress children have made in their homework and the importance of completing it.

We wish you a healthy and relaxing half term and we look forward to welcoming you back for a fun festive new term!!

Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer

 
16.10.20
Firstly, a huge well done to those who went on an autumnal walk and collected cones, acorns and leaves for the classroom display, It looks amazing! There were some spectacular adjectives used to describe the 5 senses in woodland and this contributed to the whole class receiving a certificate for being resourceful.
Accelerated reading is happening on a daily basis and children are beginning to take responsibility for their reading by taking the quiz independently. 
Parent consulataions are taking place this week and we look forward to talking to you to discuss your child's progress, well being and sharing targets. 
Last week until half term and although it's been a long term Kingfishers have maintained superb attendance, great attitude towards their learning and are continuously following the 6R's. 
We thank you for your continuous support, we've almost made it to half term!!
 
9.10.20
Thank you for your constant support especially with the brain builders (Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses). Children were so proud of their work that they led the topic lesson and taught each other so much!!!
Harvest Festival took place on Friday morning and we shared with the school what we were most thankful for. Pictures of this can be found in the gallery. 
Accelerated reading has been happening this week. At the moment we are supporting children logging on to access the quiz. We're confident that in another week or so children will be more independent to this for themselves and adults will therefore be able to do some more guided reading and 1:1 reading. Please be assured that reading is happening all the time across the curriculum. We have class books that we read together, children are reading non - fiction books about Ancient Greece, worded problems in Maths and so on. We thank you for your patience as we continue to support children with accelerated reading.
Within the couple of weeks we will be making phone calls to let you know how your child is getting on this term and for you to express any concerns. More information will follow.
Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer.
2.10.20
It has been another fantastic, busy and creative week in Kingfisher class. Children have shown great ambition and resilience attempting to spell 30 spellings in our weekly spelling test, well done!!
Furthermore, it has been lovely to see children taking their learning home and create exemplary pieces of work they then share with the class. Please see our gallery page to see pictures of additional and inspiring home learning. It is rewarding to see so many children engaged in their learning.
 
Accelerated reading
This week Kingfishers joined a new reading scheme called accelerated reading and this means that reading books are no longer level related. Children took a short online quiz, reading a text and answering questions about it which then suggested books best suited for them to read and enjoy. This new reading scheme is a great way to show they understand and interpret what they are reading as opposed to just being able to read a text.
Once the book has been read, children (in class time) will take a short reading comprehension quiz and if they demonstrate a good level of understanding we will change their books otherwise they may be asked to read it again. Therefore, when reading at home please discuss, talk and share ideas what the story is about. (Please look in the notices tab for support on reading comprehension questions, if unsure please talk to us and we'll happily support you on this.)
Furthermore, there are more genres accessible for children to engage in and we are positive this will stimulate and encourage them to develop a passion for reading that they can then apply in their writing. Please note, that the quizzes are a fun and informal way to identify gaps in knowledge, build confidence and help children retain information. 
Previously, books were asked to be brought back into school on a Wednesday to be quarantined. However, some books will take longer than a week to read therefore, books can be returned on any day and we will do our best to allocate time for children to take the quiz (the same day as handing the book in) to be able to give a new reading book out. (Again this depends on their comprehension knowledge. We may ask children to read the book again)
If you have any queries about this new reading scheme please speak to us and we'll be more than happy to address any misconceptions.
 
We thank you again for your continuous support.
  
If you haven't already done so please collect 50 small stones for a mosaic project we are planning. Kindly bring to school in a small bag with child's name ready for Monday 5th October.
                                                                 
Tuesday 15th September was International Democracy Day and we discussed the meaning of democracy before considering the roles and responsibilities of a School Council member. We then held a democratic vote. It was a very close-run contest! We are delighted to report that our elected representatives are Tom K and Charlotte. 
 
Continuing in the spirit of democracy, the children were given the opportunity to suggest and vote for spelling group names now that they are moving onto the Year 3 words. It was a very interesting debate and we were very surprised by the winning suggestion. 16 children voted for A, B, C; 10 children voted for the names of chocolate bars and four children abstained. It is clear we have very practical minded children in Kingfisher class! Incidentally, we were delighted by how many chose to challenge themselves in the spelling test and have a go at words not in their 'test' set. The majority truly rose to the occasion and we were encouraged by their scores. Thank you for working in partnership with us and aiming high.
First full week back!
It has been a busy week in Kingfisher class. Everyone has managed to work their way up the behaviour reward chart and this only demonstrates how settled, responsible and wonderful everyone in Kingfisher class are. Everyone has been a kind, helpful and caring friend to our new classmate Maggie.
We are getting a lot of show and tell coming into school and as much as we love listening to belongings you are passionate about we don't always have time in the day share it. If you have any show and tell relating to our class topics it could be shared with Kingfisher class as a starter for that lesson.
 
Tom K has kindly shared a letter from the Queen that he received this week. We found out that the Queen wakes up at 8 o'clock every morning to a pied piper playing in her garden!
Some of our learning can be found in the gallery.
 
Enjoy your weekend Kingfisher class
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
 
Kingfisher Class,
 
We are really excited to be welcoming you all back to school and hearing about your summer adventures. We have lots of fun activities and topics planned for you to enjoy this term and we're eager to share them with you. (Our Long Term plan and timetable can be found on our learning page.) 
 
Our time to arrive at school is 08.40 coming through the main gate off School Road where you will be met with hand sanitiser (similar to when you came to school in pods just before the summer holidays). You will then put your belongings (coats, bags, lunchboxes PE kits) on your pegs, your water bottles and your own hand sanitiser (optional) can be kept at your table. In the classroom you will find your trays have all your books and stationery that you will need underneath your table space.
 
Learning by experimenting, small group work, resources and visual aids (which will be cleaned after use) will continue as normal, so please be assured that school routine is very similar to before and we are always here to help, listen and guide you just like we did before.   
 
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
  
 
 

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.