The teachers in Year 3 from September 2017 are:
Miss Hall (3H)
Miss Dale (3D)
Our Teaching Assistant in Year 3 is Miss Ruscoe,
who will be called Mrs Bostock in September!
We will also have a Keele PGCE student, Mr Bloor, who will be
based in 3H for 3 days a week until January 2018
Science: The topics covered in Y3 are:
Animals including Humans - Skeletons, Muscles and Eating a Healthy Diet; Rocks and Soils; Light;
Helping Plants Grow Well; Forces and Magnets.
Curriculum: Much of the learning in Year 3 is based around the Creative Curriculum initiative and we aim
to teach children a range of skills by making cross-curricular links. For example, following investigations
into rocks and soils in Science, children learn about volcanoes and earthquakes in Geography, find out
about the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius (linked to the Romans topic) in History, make an exploding
volcano in Design and Technology, create and perform a volcano mime and dance, and follow a unit
of English based on the text 'Escape from Pompeii.'
Reading, Phonics and Spelling: These are taught in groups across the year group matched to the children's needs.
Reading diaries should be signed by an adult at home three times a week. The signature will inform the teacher
that you have listened to your child read at home - the reading can be their Accelerated Reader (AR) book,
their class library book or their reading scheme book (if they have one).
Homework: In addition to regular reading, your child will have 2 homework tasks per week which consist
of ten spellings - which follow a spelling pattern - and a Times Tables/related division facts focus.
The children stick their spellings and tables lists into the front of their Homework book on a Monday morning
and are tested on them the following Monday - which they record in the back of the Homework book so that parents can keep track of how their child is doing. The children self-mark their own spellings and tables tests
in red pen: this gives the children instant feedback and involves them actively in the learning process,
helping them to assess their own strengths and begin to identify the areas which they need to work on next.
Spellings and times tables are also practised in school during the normal school day. Tables facts need
to be recalled very quickly rather than worked out: your child may not necessarily move on to a new table
each week but rather repeat a set of facts until their speedy mental recall has improved.
In addition, your child might be asked to do a small project at home now and again, such as
researching a new topic or making something linked to a particular area of learning.
Further information will be sent out in due course.
· Children need to bring a water bottle filled with fresh water every day.
· Inhalers should be clearly labelled and will be kept in the classroom: please come in to
check expiry dates on ventolin regularly.
· Book bags, with all reading books and diaries, should be brought to school every day.
Routines and expectations: You may find that some routines and expectations are different from KS1; this is because we aim to start building greater independence in Year 3. For example, the children are expected to remember to hand in all money and letters at the beginning of the day, ready to go down to the office in the class bag at 9 a.m, and those children who go to Care Club after school should walk around to the Care Club building by themselves. However, we think that it is very important that all children are still released to a parent by a staff member at the end of the day for safety reasons, and the class teacher will also remain on the playground for a few minutes to be available to talk to parents informally, if needed.
Tuck money is best brought to school in a named purse and not loose in pockets.
Expectations of behaviour remain high. There are several ways that you will know that your child’s behaviour is good — they will receive certificates from the class teacher or Head teacher, they may receive special stickers
or class rewards. The school now follows the 'Good to be Green' behaviour system, whereby children earn Golden Time through their good behaviour all week and join in with fun activities on a Friday afternoon. However there are also Warnings and Consequence cards for repeated misbehaviour: afternoon 'Golden Breaks' and Friday afternoon Golden Time may be lost and cannot be redeemed, to reinforce the consequences of making poor choices. In the case of repeated undesirable behaviour by a child, the class teacher may ask parents to come in, discuss issues and formulate a way forward to best address the situation. If you would like further information, please come in for a chat.
For parents of children moving into Y3 in September 2017, we are keeping articles
from the past year on the webpage for a while so that you can see what we have
been up to - and give you an idea about some of the lovely things that await your
child in the coming year!
The Romans in Britain
- Y3's trip to the Museum of Cannock Chase
What a good job that we set off early from school on our journey to Cannock Chase - we hit lots of rush hour tail backs at the M6 and the bus driver's sat nav sent us the wrong way in Cannock! However, we finally arrived at our destination just ten minutes later than planned. We split into two groups, with 3H staying at the museum while 3J carried on the journey to the Roman ruins at Wall - or Letocetum as it was called in Roman times, established around AD50 when the Roman Army built a military post there on Watling Street during its advance on Wales. At lunchtime, the coach ferried the children between sites so that everyone could experience all activities.
At the museum, the children were archaeologists, finding and investigating fragments of genuine Roman artefacts discovered in the local area. They had to describe materials and textures, look for patterns and markings, then guess the object to which the fragments might belong. The children could also dress in Roman togas and a soldier's armour, explore a variety of artefacts, discover which 'new' foods the Romans brought to Britain, look at maps and make mosaics.
At Wall, the children explored the remains of a bath house and gymnasium, walking around the remains of a large settlement and imagining the lives lived there . . .
take a look at the photos of a really interesting History trip!
'Romans in Newcastle' morning in Y3
Today we enjoyed a fantastic visit organised by Alison from the Brampton Museum, in which we learned about the impact of the Roman occupation locally. Learning that significant evidence has been found so close by, in the Chesterton and Wolstanton areas*, really made our learning come alive! We all had the opportunity to dress up as local Celts (the Cornovii tribe inhabited this area - see www.romanobritain.org/4-celt/clb_tribe_cornovii.htm), as wealthy Romans (who lived in villas), or the Roman elite (who wore fetching togas!) We handled genuine artefacts excavated locally such as pottery and jugs - and the most extraordinary roof tile, which had in it the actual 1, 900 year old finger prints of the craftsman who made it! The children felt as if they could actually touch the hand of someone across 2,000 years! Finally, the children investigated coprolites (fossilised poo!) just like real archaeologists, to find out about the diet of local people back in Roman times - only we didn't tell the children until right at the end of the investigation that the coprolites were just playdoh with bits of 'evidence' mixed inside!
A fantastic experience all round; history really came alive for the children today and many thanks to Alison and the Brampton Museum. Please look at the photos below to see what we did.
*History note for anyone interested! The sites in Newcastle lie within an area rich in Roman archaeology. The Historic Environment Record for Staffordshire indicates that the area is close to the known site of Holditch Roman settlement and the site of Chesterton Roman fort. The Roman road from Littlechester to Chesterton runs just to the north-east of the site and there are other known sites of interest, including a Roman coin hoard and a temporary camp. An archaeological report from 2012 states that a twenty-foot wide buried road surface of thick sandstone blocks on foundation of clay on gravel laid in typical Roman method was found in excavations at Wolstanton High School in the 1960s. Excavations in 1995 revealed another section of what was thought to be the same road in a back garden close to Wolstanton Golf Course! The Roman road would have been significant in troop movements to Chester.
Shake, Rattle and Roll!
Our Geography unit on volcanoes came to a fantastic conclusion last week when the children made volcanoes out of a plastic drinks bottle, papier mache, mod roc and paint - then later filled them with baking soda, washing up detergent and vinegar, stood back and watched them erupt! Take a look and see the Design Technology and Science projects which were linked to geographical enquiries.
Investigating rocks and soils - Science unit.
The geology of the Earth has been fascinating to learn about and the children have had the opportunity to carry out a range of scientific experiments on different types of rocks and their features, as well as types of soil. See the photos to watch us in action!
Stone Age exhibition of homework projects, March 2017
The children in Y3 have done a fantastic job with their recent assignment, based on our current topic of Stone Age to Iron Age in History, which was to design and present an aspect of the Stone Age in a format of their choice. Parents were invited in to the Y3 classrooms to view the exhibition of work which ranged from models in lego, salt dough, wood and clay, dioramas and scenes on both large and small scales, poems, fact files, pottery, beads, a game, drawings and posters, cave art - even a chocolate sculpture! This fantastic collection is now on display in the link corridor between the two halls; if you did not make the exhibition date and would like to come and view, please see Mrs Jones or Miss Hall to arrange a time. Meanwhile, take a look at the photos to get a flavour of all the fantastic projects.
Stone Age artists
The children have been fascinated by the cave art discovered in France, Spain and other parts of the world - including Cresswell Crags in Britain - dating from the Palaeolithic Era of the Stone Age. Being suitably inspired, the children were set the challenge of designing their own piece of cave art using pastels. They were shown how to create the illusion of stone textures and depth by working on different surfaces such as rough carpet, smooth tables and crumpled newspaper. The children had the opportunity to explore natural materials in their art, using sticks to add mud and squashing berries to finger-paint berry juice just like Stone Age people may have done. The finished results look fantastic and will be on display very soon, both in class and inside our 'Stone Age cave' role play areas. The children went on to explore what it may have been like drawing on cave walls by finding different places around the classroom to draw their designs inspired by cave art - under the table, up a wall and inside the class 'cave'! Take a look at the slide show to see us in action!
9th December 2016 Roll up, roll up! The circus is in town!
Y3 was thrilled to have a visit from renowned circus entertainer Andrew van Buren (http://www.vanburen.org.uk/magic.htm) as a grand finale to our English unit based on the fabulous book, 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela McAllister which has a circus/carnival as its setting. The children were very surprised to learn that the man credited with being the 'Father' of the modern circus, Philip Astley, was actually born locally in Newcastle in 1742 and so fits into the role of 'Staffordshire Superstar' which has been the Y3 topic for this term. When the Brampton Museum, with whom Langdale has close links, heard that we were finding out about Philip Astley they offered to contact Andrew van Buren and organise a circus skills morning for Y3. What a fantastic time we had watching Andrew perfom - juggling with different objects, then riding his unicycle whilst still juggling! We also saw him do an amazing magic trick with the Cube of Confuscious, spin plates and do stunts with a diablo. The children had lots of opportunity to learn and practise some of these circus skills, too, and just had a fantastic time!
Take a look at the photos of our morning at the circus!
Gladstone Pottery Museum Trip - November 2016
As part of our Local History project about the Pottery Industry, Y3 visited Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton to experience at first hand what a traditional pottery factory was like. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Stoke-on-Trent, famous the world over for the quality of its pottery.
The Gladstone China Works, as it was known, was not a famous manufacturer like Doultons, Wedgwood, Minton, Beswick, Spode and others. However, it was typical of hundreds of other similar factories in the area making everyday ceramics for the mass market.
The Gladstone Works opened as a museum in 1974, the buildings we visited today having been saved from demolition at the last minute in 1970 when the factory doors finally closed - some ten years after its coal-fired bottle ovens were last operational.
The children had a wonderful day at Gladstone Pottery, finding out how bone china tableware was made in original workshops, going inside the giant bottle ovens, seeing how pots were 'thrown' and marvelling at the speed with which skilled craftswomen could make delicate clay flowers and decorations! The children also gained an insight into how hard life would have been in those far-off days, finding out about the long hours and gruelling nature of the work - even for young children. Suddenly, having to go to school every day didn't seem like such a bad option!
The highlight for many children (apart from visiting the museum shop!) was having the chance to design and make a product - either a plate inspired by the famous local paintress, Clarice Cliff, or a clay mask. The children's work is currently on display in the Link Corridor back at school. Do come in to have a look: just ask a member of staff at the end of the school day. (Please note - the clay masks have remained at Gladstone museum for firing and will be returned to school in approximately 2 weeks, when the children will have the opportunity to paint their designs before adding them to the display).
Please take a look at some photos to give you a flavour of our brilliant day!
Displays in Y3