Focus on Maths and getting ready for camp!

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OUR MATHS LEARNING

At the beginning of the year, we have been focusing on place value. The students have been encouraged to explore numbers in different ways, for example ordering a group of numbers, looking at greater than and less than, rounding to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand, as well as using MAB blocks to model numbers. This has helped them to get a good sense of what numbers are ‘made up of’.

Recently, we have been investigating different mental strategies for addition. We have used ‘Number Talks’, which is a way of encouraging the students to think about their own methods of solving addition problems in their heads, then sharing their ideas with the class. This improves their number sense as they begin to manipulate numbers in different ways, deepening their understanding of the value of numbers and how to add them using the most ‘efficient’ strategy. So far, the classes have looked at ‘partitioning’ which means they separate the tens and the ones, add them separately and then add the two parts (which makes an easier calculation to do mentally).

PARTITIONING

e.g. 27+12

20+10= 30 (add the tens together)

7+2=9 (add the ones together)

so 30+9=39 (add the two totals together)

We have also looked at ‘friendly numbers’. This strategy is used when one of the numbers they need to add has a 9 or an 8 in the ones (units). They ROUND that number up to the nearest 10 to create an easier calculation (‘ten’ numbers are ‘friendly’ because they are easy to add), then subtract from the other number to balance the equation.

FRIENDLY NUMBERS

e.g. 39+17

39+1=40 (making a ‘friendly number’)

17-1=16 (subtract one from the 17, as we added one to the 39)

then 40+16= 56 (add the two totals)

 

We have most recently been teaching the JUMP STRATEGY, which involves the students using a number line to add numbers. The photographs below will show you how this works.

So when your child is telling you they solve things a different way to the one you expect, you now know what they are talking about!

 

GETTING READY FOR CAMP

In just two weeks we will be at camp and everyone is beginning to get excited about this major event in our school calendar! We are busy preparing the students in school by fostering teamwork as well as independence and we hope you are doing the same at home. NOW is the time, if you haven’t done so already, to organise those sleepovers and get your child used to the idea of sleeping away from you for one night. This will alleviate any fears they (or you) may have and make the camp experience much more enjoyable for all!

Today, a comprehensive letter has been sent home which details the equipment that they will need to bring and also the itinerary for the two days.

There are still a few families who still need to sign the e-notice on Gateway, and we also request that you ensure that any health or medical issues including food allergies are fully updated on Gateway.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK…

We are looking forward to meeting most of you next week at the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences, on Wednesday and Thursday. If you have not already done so, please visit Gateway and take this opportunity to make yourself an appointment with your child’s class teacher.

Some questions that you might want to think about to help you prepare for the Parent Teacher conferences include:

  • How do you feel your child has settled into their class?
  • Parents are their child’s first teacher –  what do you believe are your child’s strengths?
  • What do you believe are your child’s areas for further growth?
  • What motivates your child?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share which may be helpful in supporting your child’s learning? (previous history, likes, dislikes etc.)

Kind regards,

Year 3 Teachers

 

 

Home Reading

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READING and BOOK BORROWING 

Some people have been sending in queries or seeking clarification about the new system for borrowing fluency books. This should help:

To grow as readers students need opportunities to build their confidence and practice. Fluency books provide a resource for students to practice reading independently, to reread and to share their reading success with family members.

Fluency books are ‘just right’ books based on teacher assessment. Students should be able to read them independently or read them confidently to someone at home.

Year 3 students will bring home TWO books on Monday to be returned on Thursdays and TWO books on Thursday to return the following Monday. Students will not be allowed to borrow more books until their previous books have been returned and scanned back into the system.

Books are placed in the return box in the classroom as part of morning routines. Students select and scan new fluency books during class time as part of their language learning. At home please sign the reading log Monday – Thursday to indicate that your child has been reading. Also use this space to communicate any important messages to the teacher regarding reading at home.

As students journey through Year 3 and become increasingly confident as readers they are encouraged and taught to make reading choices based on interest and appropriateness as a result, our Year 3 students can also take out FIVE library books.

Who we are

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Unit of Inquiry: Analysing Data and Researching Well-being

As we are drawing near the the end of our first Unit of Inquiry: Who we are, with a focus on well-being, the students have been gathering data about themselves as individuals and as a whole class. They have been creating bar charts and then generating statements and questions about the data.

Mrs Agars (PYP Coordinator and Vice-Principal) has visited some of the classes to talk about the idea of ‘analysing’ data under the umbrella of ‘Thinking Skills’, which has taken the students deeper with their understanding. We have also been looking at what ‘the experts’ say about aspects of well-being and comparing that to our data. From this, next week, they will be working on individual action plans with the intention of making an improvement to one area of their well-being by taking real-life, relevant action.

Reading, Reading, Reading and well-being!

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With just over a week until a well-earned half term break, the Year 3 students have really been gaining momentum in their learning. This week’s Blog post focusses on Reading and Unit of Inquiry.

READING and BOOK BORROWING 

Some people have been sending in queries or seeking clarification about the new system for borrowing fluency books. This should help:

To grow as readers students need opportunities to build their confidence and practice. Fluency books provide a resource for students to practice reading independently, to reread and to share their reading success with family members.

Fluency books are ‘just right’ books based on teacher assessment. Students should be able to read them independently or read them confidently to someone at home.

Year 3 students will bring home TWO books on Monday to be returned on Thursdays and TWO books on Thursday to return the following Monday. Students will not be allowed to borrow more books until their previous books have been returned and scanned back into the system.

Books are placed in the return box in the classroom as part of morning routines. Students select and scan new fluency books during class time as part of their language learning. At home please sign the reading log Monday – Thursday to indicate that your child has been reading. Also use this space to communicate any important messages to the teacher regarding reading at home.

As students journey through Year 3 and become increasingly confident as readers they are encouraged and taught to make reading choices based on interest and appropriateness as a result, our Year 3 students can also take out FIVE library books.

Guided Reading

Each class has now begun our guided reading programme. At this time, the students are introduced to texts at an ‘instructional level’ (slightly harder than their fluency books). They sit in groups with a teacher and are ‘guided’ through the texts. The teacher monitors their comprehension throughout and asks pertinent questions related to an area of focus identified for that group.

Unit of Inquiry: Analysing Data and Researching Well-being

As we are drawing near the the end of our first Unit of Inquiry: Who we are, with a focus on well-being, the students have been gathering data about themselves as individuals and as a whole class. They have been creating bar charts and then generating statements and questions about the data.

Mrs Agars (PYP Coordinator and Vice-Principal) has visited some of the classes to talk about the idea of ‘analysing’ data under the umbrella of ‘Thinking Skills’, which has taken the students deeper with their understanding. We have also been looking at what ‘the experts’ say about aspects of well-being and comparing that to our data. From this, next week, they will be working on individual action plans with the intention of making an improvement to one area of their well-being by taking real-life, relevant action. Impressive stuff for the beginning of Year 3, I’m sure you’ll agree 😉

 

Year 3 Teachers.

 

 

Settling in and launching into EPIC time!

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In the blink of an eye, another two weeks have passed and it seems timely to send you another update about how things are going for our Year 3 students.

The students, having now completed three school weeks, are beginning to settle in to their class routines and launch into their learning. It has been great to see them rise to early challenges and show us what they are capable of in response to learning engagements.

PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

It was so lovely to meet so many of our parents and carers yesterday at the Parent Information Evening, and what a pleasure it was to make those face-to-face connections and to take the opportunity to do some information sharing. This occasion is such an important one for establishing expectations and sharing understandings early on, so that we can all work together to support the learning and well-being of all members of the school community throughout the year.

Please click here for a copy of the slides we shared.

Please click here to access a copy of the Year 3 Programme of Inquiry

EPIC TIME

An exciting and significant event that has taken place this week for the Year 3 students has been the inaugural ‘EPIC time’ of the year. We intend to give regular opportunities for the students to choose from a wide range of learning engagements during ‘EPIC time’. The emphasis is on student choice and enjoyment, although this time also develops many skills and attitudes which feed into all areas of learning. We encourage the children to be courageous and open-minded; trying new things and developing new skills, as well as engaging in what they are passionate about and enjoy. This week the students chose from: line dancing, mini book making, arts and crafts, games/lego, fort building and cartooning. Have a look at the DC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/discoverycollege/ for more photos!

READING and BOOK BORROWING

To grow as readers students need opportunities to build their confidence and practice. Fluency books provide a resource for students to practice reading independently, to reread and to share their reading success with family members.

Fluency books are ‘just right’ books based on teacher assessment. Students should be able to read them independently or read them confidently to someone at home.

Year 3 students will bring home TWO books on Monday to be returned on Thursdays and TWO books on Thursday to return the following Monday.

Books are placed in the return box in the classroom as part of morning routines. Students select and scan new fluency books during class time as part of their language learning. At home please sign the reading log Mon – Thursday to indicate that your child has been reading. Also use this space to communicate any important messages to the teacher regarding reading at home.

As students journey through Year 3 and become increasingly confident as readers they are encouraged and taught to make reading choices based on interest appropriateness as a result, our Year 3 students can also take out FIVE library books.

Fluency books start coming home next Monday 4th September.

 

Upcoming Date to note

(for 3KWD Parents only): 3KWD class assembly – Tuesday 5th September @2:30 in the Theatre.

 

 

Welcome to Year 3

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Welcome to Year 3

What an amazing start to the year with our first full week of school completed! You would hardly believe that the children have only been back for 5 days when you see how well they have settled into their new routines and into their new classes. We have all been very impressed and extremely proud of the positive attitude and eagerness to engage in the wide variety of learning engagements this week has offered.

Our first week has been a focus on establishing relationships within and beyond the class as well as setting up class ‘Essential Agreements’ and expected behaviours in order to ensure a smooth start to the year.

We had our first Year 3 Assembly this morning where we introduced the theme of having an EPIC year to the students. 

We look forward to working closely with you throughout the year and seeing as many of you as possible at the Parent Information Fair on 31st August.

Here is how the Year 3 team is organised this year:

 

3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
Mrs.Ward

Mrs. McGrath

Mrs. Cassel

Mrs. Simeon

Mrs. Hanlon

Mrs. Gan

 

Mrs. Klatt

Mrs. Subba

 

End of Day

In Year 3 students are dismissed from class differently to in Y2.  We encourage you to organise a consistent place in the foyer to meet your child. Students walking home with an adult, and who have not been collected, have been informed to go to the PLT office to wait.

Book borrowing

There will be no fluency book borrowing until September 1st for any year group. Until then students are able to borrow extra library books and we are focusing on reading for pleasure and how to choose ‘just right’ books when browsing in the library. We will provide more information about our language programme at the Parent Information Evening on Thursday 31st August and in future blog posts.

Stationery

This year we have slightly changed our systems for stationery in Year 3. In the past students have been given their second PTA pack. We have found that this has resulted in students carrying heavy bags of equipment back and forth to school each day. This year all the equipment has been delivered directly to the classrooms and will stay in class. It will be distributed as needed. Teachers will help students to gradually become independent in their organisation and use of the equipment. At the end of the school year students will be able to take any unused stationery home with them.

 

We hope you will enjoy our Blog as a way of keeping in touch with what your child is doing in Year 3, in the meantime, if you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher through email.

 

Year 3 Teachers