It's been a very strange year for you all. You started the year with Dr Gould teaching you. After Christmas, Miss Coleman came back and then we went into lockdown. During that time, I took over and became, for most of you, your virtual teacher. Then some of you came back and we formed a new bubble. I don't think any of us could have predicted this crazy year but today marks the day when your time in Year 3 comes to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking after you since Easter and would like to personally thank all of the children who have engaged with the work and who have contacted me during lockdown. It's meant a lot to me so a huge thank you from my house to yours.
Now it is time for us to break up which means it is finally the summer holiday. Those of you who have been working constantly need a break now. You need to enjoy your summer without thinking about daily challenges, writing blogs or sending emails. So today is the last day that I'll post anything new on the class page. You deserve a break so make the most out of every single day - get out in the sunshine, spend a day in your pj's, visit places, spend time with those within your social bubble, wake up late, go on a bike ride, eat ice cream and do all the wonderful things you can do when the six week's holiday finally arrive. It's time to say goodbye to this academic year and look forward to September when you will come back as Year 4!
You may find yourself stuck for something to do so, I've added some different challenges that will stay on the class page throughout the holidays. You don't have to do them. You won't earn any points and I won't be checking any blogs or emails so the challenges are there, just in case you want to have a go!
Year 3, it has been an absolute pleasure and I wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays. I'll look forward to seeing you all (when I can) in September when I take on a new challenge and teach Year 5!
Whatever you do today, tomorrow or any day in the six weeks... stay safe, healthy and enjoy every moment!
J2Stars... the results!
Congratulations to all of the children who earned J2Stars points during this lockdown period. The final results are in and I can reveal the top 3 children are:
These children will each receive a special prize when they return in September for being truly outstanding online learners.
Here are the final results for the whole class:
Well done to all of the children who have been completing their online learning. These websites are still available during the summer holidays so feel free to go on as much as you like. However, they will not be monitored until we return to school in September.
I see a lot of work that some of you do because you put it on the blog but not everyone feels that confident about doing this or cannot access the blog at home. It's still lovely to be able to see what each other is doing so, if you'd like to send me pictures of you working at home, I can add them to the class page for everyone to see.
Simply email your pictures to me at School3@olstrose.bham.sch.uk and i'll do the rest.
Amelia's Thank You Weekly Task
FANCY EARNING YOURSELF A BLUE PETER BADGE?
Have you always wanted a Blue Peter badge for yourself?
Well now you've got a chance to do exactly that! Blue Peter are running their '6 Badges of Summer' challenge and want you to try and work towards their different badges. These range from the Green badge (your chance to be an Eco Superhero), Sports badges, Music badges and many more. There's a chart to download which shows you what you need to do. Wouldn't it be great to earn one of the elusive badges during lockdown. Click on the image or here to find out more and have a go!
GETTING ACTIVE IN JUNE
Birmingham School Games
Miss Arnold has asked us to all to let you know about the Birmingham School Games which is now up and running. The aim of the challenge is to get you taking part in different activities where you aim to achieve a personal best. The games is a virtual portal where a new challenge is set each week. All you have to do is complete the challenge and upload your personal best. There will be a prize for the people who end up in the top 5 for each challenge and, once the challenge has been completed, if you remain in the top 5 you will receive a virtual Schools Games Value Badge. Once normal school resumes and it is safe to do so, you will then receive a physical badge. As you won't have a sports day this year, this would be a great way for you to represent and compete for the school.
Click here to visit the portal and our school area code is: shenley.
The children have a variety of different online tools that can help them with their learning at home. The children all have their online logins in their reading diaries so will be able to access their own pages on each of the following websites.
Big Maths helps them to recall number facts quickly in their learn its test and practise their skills for their CLIC test on Friday.
Times Table Rockstars helps them to become more fluent with their times tables. By the end of year 2, the children should be able to recall the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times table off by heart so daily practise will help them with this.
Active Learn is a tool for reading and the children have been allocated stage appropriate books that they can read online and then answer questions.
BGFL 365 is a website that the children use in school. It is great for creating projects, editing pictures, generating codes and much more. Each of the children have accessed this website in school so they simply need to scan in their QR code to login. We will also be able to add work for them, should this be required.
Please click on the links below to access the pages:
"To always be honest and loving; giving 100% in all that we do."
Cyberbullying Internet Safety Workshops
This week, we were very fortunate to have a lady come in to do some Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety workshops with us.She worked with the whole school and showed us how we can be safe online. She also showed us the importance of being kind to others online and not being a bully ourselves.
In Year Three we learnt about been KIND
I - Inappropriate not playing or looking at inappropriate content)
N - Not over sharing (never give out personal information, or information that will identify who you are)
D - Don't hide away (if something isn't right share with an adult or older sibling)
In this current climate it is so important to be safe online and to use the internet safely and responsibly. The internet is a wonderful thing but God wants us to use it sensibly and for the good of others and not do harm. We can learn a lot of information from the internet when we use it safely and properly
Spade 2 Fork
Year three have taken part in Spade to fork this half term. We have planted lots of seasonal vegetables in our garden area. Year 3 have also helped with the maintenance of the garden to ensure that the plants have a good space to grown in. We love watching God's wonderful creations, and thank him for the gift of food.
We have practiced our kitchen skills and have made carrot chips, pear crumple, spring onion fried rice and vegetable soup. All of the dishes were very tasty!
This week in Science we have enjoyed finding out the names of the bones within our bodies. We ensured that we learnt the correct scientific names in order to make and label our own skeletons.
Music for Youth
Miss Hand organised a fantastic trip for us to attend the Music for Youth Primary Proms at the Symphony Hall. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to be inspired by the range of groups that performed and to see if we would like to take up and develop our own musical talents.
We saw four groups perform:
Summerhill School Steel Band
Robert Smyth Academy Jazz Band
Birmingham Schools' Concert Band
Star of the Week - Spring Two
The star of the week for Friday 28th February is Gabriel for his increased participation in class. Gabriel is a lovely boy who helps out his class mates and ensures to work hard.
The star of the week for Friday 6th March is Noah. Noah is a delightful boy to have in year 3. He is always makes us smile with his curiosity. Noah asks and answers lot's of questions especially in our RE and KBC lessons.
The star of the week for Friday 13th March is Sienna. Sienna is a great role model for year 3. She always puts 100% effort into her work and will help others.
Well done to the whole of Year 3 for being the best class for attendance across the whole of KS2 for the whole of autumn term. We got 96.7% as a class. It shows how dedicated you all are to your learning. We also won the award for autumn half term (October 2019). Keep it up in 2020!
Welcome back to school from Tuesday 7th January.The children will be doing 'Folk to Spade' this half term every Thursday afternoon (9.1.20-13.2.20). The children are able to come in their own clothes, on Thursday, as they will be outside during these sessions. Please send wellies in a separate bag for them to change into for the afternoon activity.
The children made wooden Bambinelli's (figures of the baby Jesus) which are keepsakes for their Christmas present from Mrs Barnett and Dr Gould. We hope you have put them away for next Christmas.
Well done to the group of pupils in Year 3 who belong to St Thomas Aquinas house. They won the housepoints treat with animals for autumn 2019. They had a great morning and they loved the snakes, hamsters, guinnea pigs and a bird eating spider the best.
Catholic Virtues Spring Term 1 2020
Catholic Virtues for Autumn 2
We will then return reading books, homework and spellings on 7/1/20.
Please send in PE kits this week so we can start Gymnastics on Monday 13th.
Please put your child's name in any coat, hat, gloves and scarf as this will help when things go missing especially as this term can often be very cold.
During the season of Advent, the four Friday's leading up to the Christmas holidays will be non-uniform days where we will be supporting different charities.
Friday 29th November - Bags for Brummies (Homeless appeal) where a donation of toiletries, sweet treats, warm woolies, sleeping bags or supermarket gift vouchers would be greatly appreciated.
Friday 6th December - School Library where we would love you to donate a book in return for wearing own clothes.
Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper day for the Birmingham Children's hospital. £1 donation.
Friday 20th December - CAFOD World Gifts where we would love you to donate £1 for wearing your own clothes.
In RE the children have been looking at the Jesse Tree. The children have studied the twenty symbols from various key stories in the Bible and collectively we have made our own Jesse Tree (Advent Calendar) on our Y3 Tree.
Making our Jesse Tree
Still Life Art
In this half term we have been looking at the work of Cezanne. We have reproduced his still life pictures about pears and created a class gallery.
Swimming - Well Done
Well done to all the class with their two weeks swimming sessions. Many of them were able to overcome their initial fears of water to some even having armbands taken off. It has been great to see the improvement.
Children in Need - Friday 15th November
Here are some pictures from our annual Children in Need day. This year we were asked to dress up in 'wacky clothes' for the day. A great time was had by all. Well done to Tareek as he was awarded the 'best' worst dressed member of Year 3.
Children in Need 2019
Every Thursday, until 12th December, Year 3 will be taking part in forest school.
Wear to school old, warm clothing on a Thursday morning instead of school uniform.
Please send in wellington boots in a bag.
The sessions start from Thursday 14th November.
Just a reminder that homework should be being completed and the book sent into school whenever a piece needs marking. Well done to you all as I can see a lot of hard work is being completed.
Lines Art Topic
Over the past seven weeks the children have been looking at lines in their Art topic. We have been printing our flower designs and using them to create our calendars for 2020.
Star of the Week - Autumn Term
There wasn't any star for Friday 13th December as it was house point winners celebration. The assembly on Friday 20th December was a celebration of Music.
Well done to Diba for being our Star of the Week for Friday 6th December. Diba has really applied herself in all subjects this term and it is really showing in her work which is of an excellent quality.She is thriving in Y3.
Well done to Tareek for being Star of the Week for Friday 29th November. Tareek is really trying hard in his work and his behaviour. He is a delight to have in the classroom with his great manners.
Well done to Stacey for joining our class in October and really trying hard in all her work. She produced an excellent letter as Zacchaeus this week on the theme of forgiveness of sins.She deserves to be our star on 22nd November,
Well done to Summer for her perseverance and dedication in all her school work. Her hard work is paying off as she is making excellent progress in everything she does. She is our star on 15th November.
Congratulations to Amelia for being Star of the Week for Friday 8th November. Her enthusiasm for work is exceptional. Well done for all the hard work in Maths too; especially in your super challenges.
Congratulations to Jakub for being Star of the Week for Friday 25th October. We are so pleased with how he has progressed in his reading and especially with how he read his phonics book aloud to Mrs Barnett.
Congratulations to David for being Star of the Week for Friday 18th October. David has come into Y3 with a determination to succeed and it is showing. He is working so hard in all areas and his behaviour has been excellent so far. Well done, David and keep it up!
Congratulations to Kenaz for being Star of the Week for Friday 4th October. He is such a hardworking member of the class who always achieves all the learning objectives and is a polite, kind individual. We're proud to have you in our class.
Congratulations to Grace for being Star of the Week for Friday 27th September. She has been really trying hard in all her lessons and her story on 'Goldilocks and the Three Lions' was really imaginative. Keep up the good work.
Congratulations to Joseph for being Star of the Week for Friday 20th September.In our class we have been looking at different still life paintings and Joseph produced a super interpretation of the Andy Walhol 'Marmite' picture. Well done Joseph!
Year 3 were visited by some inspectors (8th and 9th October). Our class was watched when we had reading, playing, eating our lunch and during our Maths lessons. The children were been stars with their good behaviour and so a big WELL DONE goes to them all! Thank you for being such a lovely class to teach.
On Wednesday 25th September we had a visit to Our Rose and Lima Church to look at the beautiful building and all the religious symbols.
Afterwards we had a great role play session on what democracy is as part of our topic on Ancient Greece.
Ryton Organic Gardens Year 3 Class Trip
Year 3 Class Trip
On Thursday 12th September, Year 3 went to Rydon Organic Gardens in Coventry. The children spent the day doing a creature trail, work on photosynthesis, soil investigations, looking at the effects of light on plants, seed dispersal and using the vegetable garden to design a seasonal meal. The weather was sunny and the gardens were stunning. The staff all commented on the excellent behaviour of the children. A great day was had by all.
Head Teacher Award for Homework
Well done to Harley for her award from Mrs O'Meally for her fantastic homework interpretation of 'The Great Wave' by Katsushika Hokusai.
Holy Communion Meeting with Father Gary for Parents and Children.
Date - This Wednesday, 23rd October 9am (school hall)
Father Gary held a meeting, for the children and parents who are preparing for the sacraments. The meeting took place on Wednesday (23/10/19) at 9am in the school hall. Father is expecting full attendance of any child who is intending to make their First Holy Communion in 2020 at Mass every Sunday. A booklet to be signed is available from Father.
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