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Welcome to Year 3

      
Autumn term 2 - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break. It is hard to believe that in 7 weeks we will be breaking up for Christmas.  Please ensure that children come dressed prepared for the colder weather that we are now experiencing.  PE kits need to be returned to school and should now include either a tracksuit or a warm fleece and joggers for when we do PE outside.



We started off the term ensuring that all children understand 'Place Value'; the value of a digit within a number. We then looked at mental strategies to help with addition and subtraction. This half term, we are learning to add and subtract numbers, one method that we will be teaching the children is the standard written method.

We are basing our English work this half term on a book, which is linked to our theme of Ancient Egypt, called the Shipwrecked Sailor. The story was found in an ancient papyrus scroll in a museum in Moscow and probably dates back to the nineteenth century B.C. Whilst a ship is returning to Egypt after a long journey to Nubia, the lieutenant turns to his commander and tells the tale of another voyage.... the Shipwrecked Sailor.  After reading the story, children will be writing their own version of the story. 



In our theme lessons, we are continuing our learning on Ancient Egypt. In the coming weeks we will be finding out about Tutankhamun.  King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at the age of 19, around 1324 B.C. He was barely known to the modern world until 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled through a doorway and entered the boy pharaoh's tomb, which had remained sealed for more than 3200 years. The tomb's vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and quickly made King Tutankhamen the world's most famous pharaoh.  

We are really impressed with the quality of homework that children have completed during the holidays on Egypt. We have created a display in the school hall, it looks amazing. 


                                                      

Our Changing World' is a unit of Science that is looked at each year and monitors the changes in the environment around school over the course of a year. In a recent lesson, we went outside and have chosen a tree to monitor, we will be recording how it changes throughout the coming seasons. 

Once we have completed our unit of science work on Light and Shadows, we will be moving on to 'Amazing Bodies'. In this module we will build on our knowledge of the human body.  We will learn the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and that the food we eat provides us with the nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. We will also cover the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and the role that these nutrients play in keeping our bodies healthy.  We will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.  


"Bonjour, comment allez-vous?” "Très bien"  We are learning greetings and how to start a conversation in our french lessons this half term. 
    

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes.  Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story. 
  • Take turns to read. 
  • Stories can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in.
  • Sit close together when sharing a book. 
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - It's a great way to make your child giggle.
  • When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that do not require just a yes or no answer. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or how a character may be feeling.  

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

 

We have really enjoyed receiving all your photographs for The Great Deepcar Bake Off, we hope your creations tasted as good as they looked. 

                                                                   

On Tuesday 13th November, we will be joined by Hilda Issacson and friends for a special Open the Book Remembrance Day collective worship. We have also been talking about the meaning of Remembrance Day in our PSHE lessons. Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              

          

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. The money raised through the sale of poppies provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Thank you to everyone who purchased a poppy from school and helped to raise vital funds for this amazing charity. 



We are really pleased to announce that we have signed up to Sheffield Children’s University. This scheme encourages and rewards children and young people for taking part in learning activities of their choice in their own time. Research shows that children and young people who are

rewarded for choosing to learn out of school feel proud and confident about their achievements and do better at school. 

The Children’s University celebrates children and young people’s achievements with award certificates and badges. To do this we count the learning credits that they earn out of school time – one for each hour. The national awards are:

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

Gold (100 hours) …and these continue right the way up to 1000 hours! 

Gold awards are presented at special ceremonies at the Town Hall or universities to which a parent/carer is also invited. With each award children and young people receive, they receive a report which outlines their activities and accounts for each hour they have spent learning out of school. This report can become part of their record of achievement and evidences the learning they have taken part in out of school hours, which can be important when they begin to apply to further education or seek employment.  Please see the link below for more information. 

http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/home/work-with-us/local-cus/sheffield-childrens-university/home/

BBC children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the general public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.  Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is:

Safe  

Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on helping children and young people who face a range of disadvantages, for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Children in Need is currently supporting 2400 projects across the UK.  The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night will take place on Friday 16th November. The Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing all sorts of crazy things to raise money.  We will be supporting this amazing charity on the 16th, by inviting children to come to school wearing something spotty and making a minimum donation of £1. 

 

Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Bolsterstone Village Christmas Fayre on Saturday 17th November 2018.  Open from 10am to 4pm, featuring a mix of gift stalls, festive food and drink and the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto; it really is a fun day out for all the family.  Deepcar St John’s Choir will be making a special guest appearance in the morning; what a perfect way to kick off the festive season.  








On the 4th December, we welcome back Reverend Hilda Issacson and her friends from church for a special 'Christmas Open the Book Collective Worship.  

The Waldershelf Singers are an independent mixed voice choir with around 68 members, who sing all kinds of music. They are from all ages and walks of life, with experienced singers and musicians, and some new learners. Together they love to sing and have fun. The Waldershelf Singers are performing at 6.45pm on Tuesday 11th December at Deepcar St John's church. More details regarding this will be issued nearer the time. 








Our Carol service will take place on the 12th December at 2pm, at Deepcar St John's church. We invite parents, carers, family members and friends to once again join us on this special occasion. We hope you can join us; it really is a wonderful way to get the Christmas season underway.  


Pantomimes take a well-loved children's classic tale like Cinderella, Snow White, Dick Whittington and Aladdin and turn them into a fun, enjoyable musical comedy theatre production. We are very lucky at St John's to have a talented theatre group coming on the 14th December to perform this years pantomime, Aladdin.  


We are really looking forward to our week dedicated to Art, which takes place week commencing 17th December. We will let you have more details nearer the time. 

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
 
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine.

At the start of the new school year, children were shown how to use Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics. TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice. Please encourage them to use this at home. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
        


Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

 
 

Regards, 


Mrs Bell and Mrs Thompson 


Autumn term 1 - Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October


We have had an excellent and very busy start to the new academic year. It has been a joy to welcome your children into year 3 and they have quickly settled into school life at St John's. Thank you as always for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 5th November.   
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The Good Citizenship award, is a new award that we will be presenting at the end of each half term. A certificate will be given to one child from each class who is kind, supportive, helpful and is a positive role model.  When children receive citizenship awards, their positive behavior is in reinforced and teachers are given the opportunity to reward good behavior. Self esteem and confidence is improved for the award recipients and it activity promotes good behavior in the classroom.  Here is our year 3 'Good Citizenship' winner.



In order for children to gain the full benefit of their education, it is important that they attend school every day.  They are more likely to succeed when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for teachers and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of children are frequently absent. Children will low attendance rates are at risk of falling behind academically.  These children have all had either 100% attendance or achieved our school target of 96.5% this half term. They were each awarded a special certificate in assembly this morning. This is brilliant.




We felt really proud in assembly today, when two children from our class were awarded certificates for going on Mathletics at home. This is amazing and will certainly help their learning in school. It is important for every parent or carer to support their child's learning at home, by encouraging and supporting them and being excited about what they are learning. 


Our House Point system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.  By awarding children House Points we aim to: reinforce positive behavior, create a sense of belonging within the school community, develop social interaction across the school, give children a sense of achievement, support an awareness of individual and collective responsibility and promote fun and excitement through friendly competition  A big well done to 'Tigers' our winning team, collecting the most house points over the half term. As a treat, all members of team 'Tigers' will get to come in non uniform on Friday 9th November. Well done Tigers.


In English, we have been writing a piece of descriptive writing based on the short animation film, Taking Flight. After being dropped off with his 'boring, old Grandpa' one boy's dismay is turned into a thrilling adventure through the power of a shared imagination, a 'Radio-Flyer' and a story telling Grandpa. When Dad returns will the fun be over?   


All the children worked exceptionally hard on their writing, which they have finished today. We are really proud of them all and found it very difficult to choose a writer of the week. In the end, we couldn't pick just one and gave the award to these two children.


Thank you to everyone who joined on the 19th at Deepcar St John's Church for our Harvest Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are really proud of all our children. They all sang beautifully. Those children who stood and read poems, bible readings and prayers in front of a packed church showed such confidence. Thank you for all your kind donations of food, we have all been overwhelmed this year by your generosity and kindness.

 
  
  

      

This year, is the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Deepcar St John's will be remembering and paying their respects by making poppies that will be going on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. We have been hard at work creating our poppies. The finished poppies look amazing and will look fantastic when they go on display next month.


    


Our first parents' evening of this school year took  place on the 15th and 17th October.  It was great to see so many parents over the two nights. It was a great opportunity to discuss how your child is getting on in school since they started in September and for us to discuss how to best support your child's learning at home.  





We started off the term ensuring that all children understand 'Place Value'; the value of a digit within a number. We have now moved on to learning mental strategies to help with addition and subtraction. Later this term will learning the standard written method for addition and subtraction.

In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows. In a recent lesson, we have investigated what types of materials are best at reflecting light. 


We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. In a recent lesson, using an atlas, we located Egypt and found out its capital and other major cities. We have also located the river Nile and talked about its importance to the river to the survival of the people of Egypt. 


We believe that a child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, should be at the heart of our school.  We use Picture News, which help to keep children up to date with the fast changing world around them. Our discussions and debates in our PSHE lessons with Mrs Needham,  help to challenge children's ideas and pre-conceptions; ultimately helping them to broaden their horizons and enable them to deal with the modern world. 




Yesterday, in year 3, we linked our art work to our RE topic of 'The Story of Creation'. Children have used pastels to create a picture in response to the question 'What is wonderful about the natural world?' All their artwork will on display in the classroom. Come and take a look at Parents' evening next week.



In music, we are learning how to play a percussion instrument in time with music.




We would like to say a huge thank you to all the carers, friends and family members that joined us for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We are really grateful to all those people who kindly made and donated delicious cakes and buns for us to sell, helping us to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity. We also hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.

Please note that children should aim to arrive at school between 8.45am and 8.50am, when they should go into the playground. Playground supervision by a member of staff begins at 8.45am. A playground bell is rung at 8.52am when children come into school for registration, if children arrive after 8.55am they should enter school via the main entrance and register at the school office.  In the event of wet weather, children can come into class from 8.45am, where teaching staff will supervise them. If children arrive earlier than this, we cannot guarantee that there will be a member of staff in the classroom to supervise your child.  


A game of noughts and crosses in PE, to help us develop our running skills. Great fun too.


Shooting practise in basketball.


On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.



On Thursday 4th October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards. A pack with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents within the next few weeks. 



Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.  

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will: 

1.  Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families. 

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

4.  Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge! 

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 


Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons. 




In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows. 


We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. 

  


Please also note that Friday 26th of October is an Inset Day and school is closed to children.






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