Welcome to the Poplar Class page!
Teachers: Miss Henderson
Year 3 Teaching Assistants: Miss Passmore and Mrs Deverill
We are a Year 3 class at St James Church School.
Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page.
We are really enjoying the autumn term and getting to know the children. Our Learning Expedition this term is 'Extreme Earth' and you can find more information about the curriculum coverage on the autumn Curriculum Learning Map below. The door is always open so if there is a problem, a question or a query, please don't hesitate to come and talk to one of the year 3 team.
P.E and Forest School
This half term Poplar class have P.E every other Wednesday afternoon and P.E every Friday afternoon. After Christmas we will swap back to Forest School on Wednesdays. Please remember to bring the correct clothing for these days. This can remain in school on their peg if this makes life easier.
Dates to remember this term:
Monday 4th November- INSET day
Thursday 5th December - Christmas Fayre
Wednesday 11th December - Christmas Lunch
Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save The Children
Tuesday 17th December - Christmas Carol Service
Thursday 19th December - Mince Pie Event
Friday 20th December - Last day of term
Times tables are an essential part of every child's learning. From this academic year, the Government have now introduced a times table check at the end of year 4. Times tables are practised daily in school and are tested on a Monday. The children receive a special certificate when they pass each level.
Any practice at home will really help to develop these maths skills. There are many websites and apps to support learning in this area. Each child now has their own login details for Times Table Rockstar which is an interactive game that helps children with their times table recall. Login details are written inside the cover of their home learning book.
There will be various competitions in school to motivate the children.
Homework each week will comprise of reading, practising of times tables and spellings. All homework needs to be completed and handed in each Monday. Books are checked on a Monday afternoon and the children stick in their new homework on a Tuesday.
Please pop in to see me if you need any support with homework as it is an important part of your child's learning.
In Key Stage 2 all pupils have access to Accelerated Reader. When a child has read their book (often more than once) and can tell someone else about it in detail, they are able to have a go at an Accelerated Reader quiz. They access this on an iPad in school time and have to answer a selection of multiple choice questions. The percentage that they get correct shows their understanding and contributes to the average class percentage.
Each child is set a termly points target on Accelerated Reader and they earn points each time they pass a quiz at school.
Any support that can be given at home with reading is incredibly beneficial - reading together daily, discussing new vocabulary as well as making trips to the library all help. For those children that meet their reading target and complete all homework, a reading reward will take place at the end of the term.
The children learn a new spelling pattern each week and practise the bronze award spellings. Children are tested on their spelling patterns each week but our focus is on learning the rule and understanding of the patterns. New spellings will go home on a Tuesday and will be tested the following Monday. Children will be tested on their bronze spellings each half term and will be awarded a special certificate if they get them all correct.
Please view our Curriculum Map below, which outlines our learning in each subject area for this term.
Our new learning expedition for the
Spring term is Marvellous Minds.
Take a look at the curriculum learning map above
to find out what we will be learning about!
How you can help your child:
Encourage mental maths skills such as adding and subtracting differing amounts.
Rehearse times table facts and related division facts.
(eg 3 x 9 = 27 so 27 ÷ 3 = 9)
Practise telling the time with your child, using both an analogue and a digital clock.
Talk about the books they are reading: What was their favourite bit? Did they have a favourite character? What do they think will happen next and why? Lots of discussion helps develop children’s language and understanding of the text.
If you have any questions or queries, you are very welcome to come in and talk to us.
For our Harvest celebration, Year 3 learnt a poem about harvest and homophones. It made links to our learning of how words can sound the same but have different meanings and made us think about the values that we think are important at this time of year, and all year round.
This term our learning expedition is Crazy Carnival which focuses on carnivals around the world, why they are celebrated and what they involve. All of our learning will be linked as we continue on our learning expedition. The children have enjoyed sharing their knowledge of carnivals and on Friday we made carnival headdresses and danced to samba music.
Last Year's Class Page
2017 - 2018
Our new topic for the Summer Term is 'Sports Superstars'. We have begun learning about the Ancient Olympics. We have some exciting things to look forward to this term!
Poplar Class had a fun afternoon erupting their volcanoes that were made from mod-rock and then painted. We observed how the reaction between the vinegar and the bicarbonate of soda caused an 'eruption'. We used washing up liquid and paint to make the eruption look more dramatic. Some of our eruptions shot straight up and were really fun to watch!
Recently, Year 3 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Charmouth. We learned from some experts, who taught us lots about how fossils are formed and the history of the area, including Mary Anning, who lived in Lyme Regis during the Edwardian times and was lucky enough to find the first fossil of an Ichthyosaur. Many children were lucky enough to discover great finds during our fossil hunting time on the beach. Olivia from Pine Class found a fossilised vertebra from an Ichthyosaur, Oliver from Poplar Class discovered a large stone with crystals inside while the majority of the other children found Belemnites and others also found Ammonites. Children were also excited to find many artifacts from a Victorian rubbish tip which had fallen down the cliff, finding lots of different types of pottery, and Melina from Poplar Class found what could be a metal spoon or bolt from the Victorian Era.
We will use all of our discoveries as we begin our new topic learning of Rocks and Fossils.
Poplar Class enjoyed making Roman shields to learn how to write a set of instructions.
Poplar Class enjoyed a fun start to our new topic, Time Team. We went through a portal on our classroom door and found ourselves in the Stone Age! There was a camp fire and cave paintings. Someone saw a bare foot so we thought there may have been a cave man in school. We went for a hunt and enjoyed forest school so we could experience Stone Age activities.