China – Year 3

 

Hello and welcome to China Class,
It is with great pleasure that we welcome your children into Year 3. We have loads of exciting activities planned for the children and can’t wait to get started.
After last June floods, our classroom was completely redecorated (thank you to all the parents involved!), making it a bright and peaceful environment to learn!
Miss Lacroix
I really enjoy teaching Topic as it is so diverse and not one day is the same! I particularly love science lessons and art. It is always rewarding to see children enjoying developing their investigative skills and experimenting to satisfy their curiosity! Being a native French speaker, I love teaching Modern Foreign Languages and whilst we leave the exotic Arabic, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin to KS1, I am going to have fun teaching you my own language! Attention, c’est parti! Finally, we have some great swimming planned for the Autumn and Summer terms! I have a particular interest for that sport and am so thankful to teach in one of the remaining schools which still has a swimming pool! So don’t forget that swimming cap!
Mrs Latif
I enjoy teaching Maths and working to support children in building problem solving skills and setting them fun challenges. I also really enjoy teaching Topic and we have loads of exciting things planned for you this year! We aim to make your time in China Class fun and memorable!
Teaching Assistants

Mrs Johnson
I’m going to be the class teaching assistant for China Class this year. I’ve been a TA at Ardley for four years now so I already know a lot of the children. I’ll be there to support them and make Year 3 a fantastic year.

Some tips to make a success of Year 3: Make sure you practise the weekly spellings and revisit them regularly, it will help develop your writing skills and make your stories even more enjoyable to read! Learning your times tables is also crucial, it will ensure that you become efficient at maths! In Year 3, we are learning about lots of different counting strategies so knowing your times tables in and out will certainly give you a strong foundation for your number work! Good luck!

Class List

Matilda, Ellie-Rose, Eleanor, Laurina, Summer-Louise, Jase, Owen, Owen Riley, Maria-Natalia, Rosie May, Chloe, Emily, Austin, Alexander, Jake, Hekmatullah, Brooke, Harvey, Harvey, Aidan, George, Eliza, Ruby, Macy, Jese-Mai, Lewis, Oliver, Matteo and Kenzie.

 

KEY INFORMATION

 

Reading
Your child will be given a reading book and a record to bring home. He/she will get the opportunity to change their reading book on a daily basis. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and record any comments in the reading record as the children will be rewarded with a prize every time they have read ten times. We really encourage reading at home and reading for 10 minutes daily is the fastest way to help your child progress.
Homework
Homework is set every half term in the form of a ‘Homework Bingo’ grid tailored to the needs of children in Lower Key Stage Two. Please complete as many of the challenges during term time and ensure you return your book so we can share your hard work with the class and award lots of housepoints and Dojo points!
The children will also have spellings in their homework book to practise every week. During half term holidays a topic based homework will also be set to link in with your child’s current learning. The children will be able to access the VLE and Education City through their personal login details which will be stuck in their homework books, which your child will be sent home with shortly.
P.E.
P.E. will be on a Monday for the first half of Autumn term . Please ensure that your child has the correct named kit, including trainers, kept in school. The school policy states children are not allowed to wear earrings during P.E and should either be removed before attending school or alternatively your child can remove it themselves before the lesson. If your child decides to do this they are responsible for their items and no responsibility will be held by the adults if anything goes missing.
Your child will continue to need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily.
Swimming
The children will be swimming first half term back. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume/shorts, a swimming hat for those with long hair, a towel and flip flops every Thursday.
Snack
Your child will need a healthy snack to have during morning play outdoors, any pots must have names on if you wish them to be kept.

Topic Learning

Last term we had a great time learning about prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Our topic started with finding a den on the school field. We received a message from ‘Stig’ a boy from the Stone Age who was living in our outdoor classroom. The children were fascinated so started reading the book ‘Stig of the Dump’ to learn all about the Stone Age. We didn’t stop there! We were so fascinated we went on to learn about Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children learnt about how they lived and how this changed through the eras. They also compared it to how we live today. The children got the opportunity to visit Celtic Harmony and spend the day in the life of a Stone Age person from flint knapping to trading.
Here’s some of our work

 

Year 3 Spring Term Topic Extreme Earth

Extreme Earth

Spring term in China class, year 3.

This term, the children of China class have learned about “Extreme Earth” and followed Bear Grylls through his adventure in Chile. It all started by the unexpected discovery of Bear’s backpack on the school field after we heard the deafening noise of his helicopter hovering. Its content revealed some interesting clues about being a survival expert.

Throughout the term, we received several e-mails from Bear describing his surroundings and what he was experiencing. It was the perfect opportunity to find out lots about the Pacific Ring of Fire, majestic volcanoes, powerful earthquakes, destructive tsunamis and tremendous hurricanes. We also learned about magnets as we found his compass and asked ourselves how it worked. Later on, the children made a model of the island Bear escaped to and cooked a delicious healthy tuna salad to get a taste of living from the sea. Finally, to end our topic, the children enjoyed an afternoon of obstacle course, team building activities and orienteering!

It has been a fantastic term and your children have amazed us with their continuous interest for this topic.

Have a wonderful holiday, wishing you all a happy Easter!

Mrs Latif, Mrs Johnson and Miss Lacroix

Torchlight Procession
Year 3 took part in the Dunstable Torchlight Procession. They attended the service at the church along with other local schools. The children were given lanterns which they carried to priory gardens where they sang Christmas songs and watched the fireworks and displays. The children had a great night!