Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 21st July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

What a busy last week we had but I think we managed to squeeze most things in!

The children enjoyed their last DT week of year 3 which overlapped with their last maths unit in Geometry. The children learnt the names of lots of 3D shapes and their properties. They learnt how to recognise 3D shapes in everyday objects. They also learnt about nets and how to recognise a 3D shape by its net. They then designed, drew the net and created a 3D gift box of their choosing. 

We managed to finish our class novel by reading the final two chapters of the book and the children also got to enjoy the final episode of the original TV series.

It has been an amazing year all round; so lovely to have a 'normal' year with in-class teaching for the whole year!  I will miss the class but I wish them all the very best for their move up to Year 4. 

       

I would like to take the opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the highlights of year 3.  Enjoy!

                    
         
              
                 
          

 

Have a super, well deserved summer break and see you all in September!
Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk
 
 

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 15th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English, we continued with our class novel, 'The Five children and It' by reading a chapter together as a class and sharing the reading aloud and the children completed a comprehension exercise based on the chapter. In Maths, we finished our unit on time by looking at the 24 hour clock and learning how to read 24 hour clock times as well as learning how to convert times from am and pm and analogue time into 24 hour clock times. The children also learnt about the meaning of 'duration' and how to work out the duration of an event using start and finish times. In Geography, the children wrote a letter to either their local MP, a magazine or newspaper to try to persuade people to change their behaviour to reduce climate change and protect the planet's polar ice caps. We recapped the features of persuasive writing learnt in English earlier in the year to help make our letters as persuasive as possible. In Art, the children finished their unit of work on symmetry by completing their symmetrical drawings of famous buildings in Cambridge. In Science, we looked at what plants need to grow and the children learnt about the process of photosynthesis. We collected and studied a variety of leaves and noticed the difference between the top and the underneath of leaves and the children learnt about the importance of the stomata in the leaves for photosynthesis. We also learnt how water enters the plant and is carried to the leaves for photosynthesis in the xylem tubes in the plant stem. The children observed our celery sticks that had been sitting in coloured water and noticed the dyed xylem tubes in the stems. In Music, the children enjoyed learning about the orchestra and finding out what it would be like to be in the orchestra in Year 4. They practised some orchestral pieces on their recorders and learnt about the role of the conductor and how to follow a conductor to help direct their playing. Some of the children were very excited about potentially being in the orchestra next year!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

 I am sure you will agree with me that the children did a wonderful job of reproducing symmetry in their drawings of famous buildings in Cambridge.

                    
The children enjoyed the chance to play some games and have some fun in the pool in one of their last swimming lessons of the year! 
         
              

How you can help...

In preparation for our D/T project on shell structures next week please could the children bring in samples of empty packaging (e.g. disposable sandwich packaging, Pringles tubes, toothpaste boxes, cereal boxes, drinks cartons)? Thank you!

Please support your children to keep up their daily reading over the reminder of this term. There are still some children that haven't quite made their AR target this term and it would be lovely to have as many of the class, if not all of them, finish the year having completed their target.

Please continue to support your child with their times tables. Next year they will need to know all of their times tables so all the work they put in now will help them next year. It also makes it so much harder for children to master other aspects of Maths when they are still struggling with their times tables. So please help your children to help themselves in maths by mastering their Times Tables.

Children can practise them on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 by doing the daily ten or by daily quizzing from parents and siblings. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 Lucas for showing the value of courage this week and swimming without a noodle for the first time.

Tilly for showing the values of friendship and justice and helping to ensure the equipment was fairly distributed to all of her classmates in the pool. 

Congratulations to our  Effort Award Winners this week:

Iris for giving her best efforts with her reading this week and working hard to achieve her AR target. 

Daisy for working really hard this week and doing extra reading in order to reach her AR target.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will have a busy week getting everything finished up in time for the end of the year! We will finish our class novel of the 'Five Children and It' and the children will get to enjoy the last of the TV episodes. In Maths, we will continue to look at 2D and 3D shapes and the children will learn about nets of shapes. The children will also do a final D/T project based on nets of shapes by designing and making a gift box. 

NOTICES

The children will have their last swimming lesson on Tuesday next week. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons. Thank you. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 

8th July 2022

 
 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 8th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have had a very busy week this week with Sports Day on Wednesday, Moving Up Morning on Thursday and the Bus Launch Day on Friday, not to mention the school fair on Friday as well!

We have managed to progress our class novel, 'The Five children and It' this week, which the children are really enjoying, and we have worked hard on vocabulary. The children have been enjoying sharing their predictions of what will happen next in the story and we enjoyed the third episode of the TV series. The children continued with their symmetry work in Art and are doing a great job drawing the symmetrical half of a famous building in Cambridge.  

In Geography, we revisited our learning of the Polar ice caps and we carried out an investigation looking at how water levels increase as ice melts. We recorded the data over three hours and then plotted the data as a line graph. 

The children really enjoyed meeting Mr Keith Hatton, a local author, on Friday and hearing about his latest novel Professor Plunder 's Time Travel Perfect Prehistoric Pets. He read them a snippet from his book and they discussed and drew a picture of the dinosaur that Clank and Ava met in the story.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Much fun was had during Sports Day!
            
              
The children enjoyed our investigation in Geography simulating the melting of the Polar ice Caps and looking at the rising water levels with the melting ice.
           
The children enjoyed meeting and listening to Mr Keith Hatton who talked to them about his latest novel.
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The Bus Launch went really well and we are all really proud of our new library bus in memory of Lyla, which will help to support the children on their reading journeys.

How you can help...

Please support your children in revisiting this year's spelling words ready for our marathon spelling test next week!

Please continue to support your child with their times tables. Next year they will need to know all of their times tables so all the work they put in now will help them next year. It also makes it so much harder for children to master other aspects of Maths when they are still struggling with their times tables. So please help your children to help themselves in maths by mastering their Times Tables.

Children can practise them on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 by doing the daily ten or by daily quizzing from parents and siblings. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Maddy for showing great resilience and courage during sports day.

Jadon for showing the value of friendship during sports day and being kind and supportive to those around him. 

Congratulations to our  Effort Award Winners this week:

Lewis for giving his best efforts with his reading and working hard to achieve his AR target. Well done!

Hartej for his determination to finish his book and meet his AR target. Super skills!

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week we will resume with normal lessons. We will finish our unit on time in Maths by looking at the 24 hour clock and trying to solve some word problems involving duration. We will continue with our class novel in English and write some questions and answers about the story so far. We will be looking at what plants need to grow in Science and what happens if they don't have the essential requirements they need. In RE we will be revisiting Judaism and trying to answer the question, 'What symbols & stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?'

NOTICES

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

There is no more homework this term other than our marathon spelling test next Friday (Thursday for Mrs Cox's spelling group) so please support your child(ren) and help them to revisit and practise all of their spelling words from this year. Thank you! 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk
 

1st July 2022

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 1st July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week the children have worked hard on their assessments and they should feel proud of themselves for their efforts. It has been wonderful to see the progress the children have made since we last did assessments. They were very excited by the Big Write and as a class the children shared their ideas about possible story lines after discussing the picture; I am very much looking forward to reading their final stories. 

In Geography, we have been learning about the Polar ice caps, finding out what they are, where they are situated, how humans are effecting them and what impact this will have on us in the future. The children showed much interest in this topic and we had quite a lively discussion. In Art, the children selected one of the buildings we studied last week (King's College, The Senate House and the Fitzwilliam Museum) and starting at the symmetry line, drew the second half of the building. They focused on shapes and sizes of the building and its various components to draw as accurate a symmetrical half building as they could. They showed great concentration in this activity and have made a great start.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

As you can see the children have made a great start on their symmetry drawings of famous buildings in Cambridge.
            
            
We have also finished some lovely 3 dimensional displays of their previous English work on illuminated letters and their wire fish made in our Geometry unit in Art. These are brightening up the corridors nicely and being widely enjoyed by all the children. 
    

How you can help...

Well done to all those children who worked hard on TT Rockstars this week in our battle of the sexes. The results have been switching between the boys and girls all week and there was no way of knowing who was going to win. Finally, the girls took the win but it was a very close battle.

Please continue to support your child with their times tables. Next year they will need to know all of their times tables so all the work they put in now will help them next year. It also makes it so much harder for children to master other aspects of Maths when they are still struggling with their times tables. So please help your children to help themselves in maths by mastering their Times Tables.

Children can practise them on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 by doing the daily ten or by daily quizzing from parents and siblings. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Driya for showing the values of courage and hope by working hard to improve her symmetrical drawing of  King's College .

Miriam for showing the value of hope and having a really positive attitude towards her learning.

Congratulations to our  Effort Award Winners this week:

Joe for working hard this week and giving me his best efforts in Maths.

Mihika for putting in 100% in all of her written work.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week we have a busy and eventful week to enjoy. GenR8 will be taking a whole class assembly on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday morning we will enjoy our Sports Day so fingers crossed for some lovely weather! Thursday is 'Move Up Morning' so the children will get the opportunity to spend a whole morning in year 4 with Miss Ivory who will be their class teacher next year. Friday is Bus Launch Day and the children will get the chance to step on board the bus for the very first time to check out their new school library! 

NOTICES

There will be no mental maths next week as we have Sports Day on Wednesday.

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk
 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 24th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have been progressing with our class novel this week, 'The Five Children and It' and doing some shared reading in class and the children enjoyed the second episode of the TV series. We have also been practising our inferencing skills and comprehension by answering questions about the text. We have done a lot of vocabulary work including some dictionary work to develop our understanding of some of the archaic language.

In Maths, we have started a new unit on time and we have been learning about months and years and how to order dates.  They have been learning the meaning of noon and afternoon, midday and midnight, dawn and dusk, sunrise and sunset and how to sequence events according to time. In Geography, we learnt more about the Mariana Trench and the impact humans are having on it.  In Art, we looked at symmetry in buildings by studying in more detail three famous buildings in Cambridge: King's College, The Senate House and the Fitzwilliam Museum. In PSHE, we looked at the changes that occur on the outside of our bodies during puberty.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Huge congratulations to our three medal winners who won their inter school Kwik Cricket competition on Wednesday this week!
 

How you can help...

Please support your child with learning their times tables. By the end of year 3 children should have mastered their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. It is apparent that there are still children in the class who do not know these times tables. I cannot stress enough how important it is for all children to master these and I believe they are all capable of it. Unfortunately, there is no magic involved, they can only be mastered by putting in the necessary effort to learn them off by heart. It makes it so much harder for children to master other aspects of Maths when they are still struggling with their times tables.

Children can practise their times tables on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 by doing the daily ten or by daily quizzing from parents and siblings. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Annabelle for showing the value of courage in Maths this week and volunteering her answers in lessons.

Booky for showing the value of friendship by being a reliable and kind friend to her class mates. 

Congratulations to our  Effort Award Winners this week:

Robbie for working hard in Maths and mastering his single digit additions. Amazing!

 Olivia for her enthusiastic effort in English-you are showing super listening skills.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is assessment week so the children will be having assessments in Maths (both arithmetic and reasoning and problem solving) and English (specifically reading and comprehension) as well as doing another Big Write. We will continue reading our class novel 'The Five Children and It' and continue with our topic on time in Maths. In Science, we will start a new unit on plants, we will find out about their different parts and their functions. In Art, the children will attempt to draw the symmetrical half of one of the three buildings we have been studying (the Fitzwilliam Museum, Senate House and Kings College). In PSHE, we will be continuing with our unit entitled 'Changing Me' and learning about changes that occur on the inside of our bodies as we grow.

NOTICES

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk
 
 

17th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 17th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have had a amazing week this week both in and out of school and the sun has been shining throughout as a bonus!

We had a fabulous school trip on Monday to Milton Country Park to practise our map reading skills and our ability to use and read a compass. The children really impressed me with their skills and a great day was had by all. On Wednesday the children were treated to a 45 minute session with Alistair Patrick Heselton,  a footballer who represented Team GB at the Paralympic Games and whose story is one of perseverance and determination. He had the children participating in team games to help build resilience and teach them about seizing opportunities and making every second count. The children really enjoyed the session and some even chose to extend their learning with him in place of going out to break!

In English, we have been focusing on vocabulary. We have been looking at words found in our story 'The Five Children and It' and discussing their meaning, their spelling, the rhyming of words, the number of  syllables they have and finding other words that are similar in all of these respects. We have also been doing some comprehension activities to challenge the children's understanding of the story.  The children were also treated to the first episode of the old TV series of Five children and IT which, they were absolutely gripped by. In Maths, we have been revisiting unit and non- unit fractions and learning to order fractions. In Geography, we started a new unit leaning about the wonders of the world, starting with the Mariana Trench. We watched some of David Attenborough's documentary on the deepest sea floor and learnt about some of the creatures found living there. In Art, the children created their own radially symmetrical designs as part of our unit on symmetry.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We had a great school trip to Milton Country Park:
    
      
      
    
       
In Art, the children drew their own radially symmetrical design. 

                   

                   

 

How you can help...

The children have realised how important times tables are for fraction work. Please support your child with daily times table practise at home to keep their mental recall of their times tables fresh. Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is hugely beneficial for solving fraction problems and will help your child enormously.

Children can practise their times tables on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/  or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10. This site offers various games and fun activities to support your child's learning. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Lucas for showing the value of courage and persevering with his bilaterally symmetrical butterfly design. 

Maddy for courageously leading her group on our school trip with her excellent map reading skills. 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Rosie for working so carefully and accurately on her radially symmetrical design in art.

 Lucy for her effort and active participation in English lessons.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will continue working on our class novel 'The Five Children and It' and we will unpick more of the story and its vocabulary. In maths, we will be finishing our work on fractions and starting a new unit on at time, looking at months and years, and hours in a day. In Art, we will be looking at symmetry in buildings and will be more looking more closely at some of the famous buildings in Cambridge, notably the Fitzwilliam Museum, Senate House and Kings College. In PSHE, we will be continuing with our unit entitled 'Changing Me' and learning how to cope positively with changes.

NOTICES

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 10th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English this week, we have put all of our recent learning on the possessive apostrophe, prepositions, conjunctions and adjectives together and the children have written some extended sentences starting with their own designed illuminated letter. They have really enjoyed this activity and the opportunity to get creative in their English lesson. In Maths, we have been learning about equivalent fractions and the children have been using the fraction wall and their Times Tables knowledge to work out equivalent fractions. In Geography, we have been exploring Google Earth and looking at aerial maps of Bourn and Cambridge and comparing them to street maps in the Cambridge A-Z. The children were fascinated at the street views you can see on Google earth and loved locating their own homes and streets.  In Art, we have started a new topic on symmetry and the children have been drawing and decorating butterflies in symmetry. They impressed themselves (and me!) with their final pictures once they had successfully achieved a perfectly symmetrical design. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Taking inspiration from our story book The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane, the children have produced some of their own wonderfully creative illuminated letters in English this week.

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The children had fun in their Art lesson designing their own symmetrical butterflies.     Â 

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The weather has been on our side this week and the children got to enjoy their swimming lessons in the sunshine!

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How you can help...

The children have realised how important times tables are for fraction work. Please support your child with daily times table practise at home to keep their mental recall of their times tables fresh. Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is hugely beneficial for solving fraction problems and will help your child enormously.

Children can practise their times tables on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/  or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10. This site offers various games and fun activities to support your child's learning. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Ethan for showing the values of hope and courage and persevering in maths to master equivalent fractions. 

Krisha for courageously challenging herself with a very intricate design in Art, which looks amazing! Well done. 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Jonathan for his amazing effort with reading this week. He set himself the target of completing his termly AR target within the first week and he achieved it. Wow!

 Finley for always putting in 100% in all of his written work to ensure it is  beautifully presented.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will progress our class novel 'Five children and It' and the children will be writing questions and statements about the story using a Wordle. As a class, we will start to unpick one of the chapters and see if we can work out the structure of the chapter and recognise and understand the author's meaning behind it. In Maths, we will be comparing and ordering fractions and adding and subtracting them. In Geography, we will begin a new unit looking at some of the wonders of the world, starting with the Mariana Trench and in Art, we will progress our work on symmetry by attempting to create some radially symmetrical designs.  We will be starting a new unit in Science on plants and be learning the names and functions of the main parts of plants.

NOTICES

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 27th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English this week, taking inspiration from our story, 'The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane', the children have been learning about illuminated letters. They have learnt how to draw some designs and they have got creative and designed some of their own illuminated letters. We have also revisited the use of possessive apostrophes, prepositions and conjunctions and the children have been writing extended descriptive sentences using all of these. In Maths, we have been learning how to work out fractions of a set of objects looking at both unit and non-unit fractions. The children have certainly realised the importance of knowing their times tables for solving fraction problems! In Art, the children have learnt how to work safely with wire and how to bend it and shape it. Working in partners, the children have been creating wire fish. Today we had a wonderful day and enjoyed some whole school celebrations in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed learning about illuminated letters and creating and designing their own.

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We had fun in our Art lesson learning to bend and create shapes in wire to create a wire fish.     Â 

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All of the children enjoyed the open afternoon this week and getting the opportunity to share their school work with parents. Thank you all for your support. It was lovely to see so many of you come in and visit!

Today's whole school Jubilee Celebrations went down a treat and were enjoyed by all!

 

How you can help...

The children have realised how important times tables are for fraction work. Please support your child with daily times table practise at home to keep their mental recall of their times tables fresh. Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is hugely beneficial for solving fraction problems and will help your child enormously.

Children can practise their times tables on TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/  or on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10. This site offers various games and fun activities to support your child's learning. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Jaxton for demonstrating a courageous effort in his fraction work this week. Super skills!

Jonathan for showing the value of friendship to all by taking great care to look after our class resources so well.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Lucienne for having a conscientious approach to her learning and putting in the necessary effort to produce her best work. Well done!

 Zachary for continuing to put a lot of effort into his handwriting to ensure lovely cursive joins. Keep it up! 

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will all enjoy a wonderful restful break, hopefully with some sunshine thrown in for good measure! When we return to school we will put all of our recent learning on the possessive apostrophe, prepositions, conjunctions and adjectives together in English to write some beautifully extended sentences starting with our own designs of illuminated letters. In Maths, we will learn about equivalent fractions and we will begin to compare and order fractions. In Art, we will start a new unit looking at symmetry. The children will learn what symmetry is, how to find the line of symmetry and learn about different types of symmetry in art. 

NOTICES

Please remember to send your child's swimming kit in with them on their normal PE days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 
 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 20th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English this week, taking inspiration from our story 'The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane', the children brought in different plant material that they thought would make good natural dyes. As a class, we chopped and boiled up the plants and fruits to see what dyes we could make. We then dyed some white cotton to test out the colours we had made.  The children wrote a set of instructions on how to make natural dyes remembering to use all of the features they have learnt about (chronological order, imperative verbs, titles and sub-titles). In Maths, we have returned to fractions to revisit tenths both as fractions and decimals, including looking at fractions on a number line. In Geography, the children looked through the A-Z of Cambridge identifying the key features/characteristics that define the city of Cambridge and they used GRID references and the index to find various locations across the city. In Art, the children finished their watercolour paintings of an apple. The children have thoroughly enjoyed starting their swimming lessons this week and were very lucky with the weather and got to enjoy the pool on both occasions in the sunshine! 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed making natural dyes from the various plants and fruit material they brought in.

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We enjoyed some map work in Geography as the children got to grips with using GRID references to locate places in the A-Z.         Â 

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In Art, the children used their observational skills to master painting an apple in watercolour paints.

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How you can help...

Please continue to support your children at home with their homework where necessary and test them regularly on their spellings. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit words to our long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Theo for showing the value of friendship and being a reliable reading buddy and helping a friend achieve their reading target.

Nualla for showing the value of courage and confidently sharing her answers and ideas in maths.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Iris for putting in the effort with her handwriting this week and working hard to get her letters more even. Finley for putting a lot of effort and focus into his art work this week and producing a lovely watercolour painting.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week  in English, we will revisit our story 'The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane' and learn about illuminated letters and the children will have a go at designing and producing their own illuminated letter. In Maths, we will continue working on fractions by learning about fractions of sets of objects. In Science, the children will learn the common names of the human skeleton and practise assembling their own human skeleton. In Art, we will continue looking at Geometry and finding shapes in Art and the children will design their own geometric pattern using regular 2D shapes. In Geography, we will be looking at Google Earth and comparing the views in Google Earth with those in map books. we will try to find specific locations and we will be comparing Bourn with the city of Cambridge.

NOTICES

Class Cedar will continue swimming next week. Children will swim during their normal PE lessons so please ensure their swimming kit is sent in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

13th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 13th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have been learning about the possessive apostrophe. The children have been learning how to use it correctly for both single and plural nouns. In Maths, the children have been adding and subtracting lengths, including lengths measured using different units. They have also learnt about perimeter and how to measure the perimeter of different shapes. They have been challenged to draw shapes with specific perimeters and calculate the perimeter of different shapes.  In Geography, the children have been using their compass skills to navigate around a map and find named locations and give their directions to certain places using the 8 points of the compass. In PSHE, we have been discussing friendships and learning how to resolve issues using the 'solve it together technique'. Working in pairs and small groups the children tried to come up with solutions to a range of friendship scenarios. In Art, the children their skills of drawing 3 dimensional skills the test by attempting to draw and paint an apple.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed lots of hurdling and Olympic activities this week in PE. Some of them have mastered their hurdling technique and even managed to jump over our tallest hurdle!

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How you can help...

All children have a new Accelerated Reader target this term so please support your child with daily reading at home so that they can reach their target. The targets are based on 35 minutes of daily reading. The children get  20 minutes of quiet reading time in school so they need to be reading for at least 15 minutes at home every day.

Please continue to support your children at home with their homework where necessary and test them regularly on their spellings. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit words to our long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Tilly for showing the value of justice and ensuring the hurdles teams competed fairly during PE this week.

Tristan for showing the value of self-forgiveness and being kind on himself after initially struggling with his maths work.

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Jadon for making a concerted effort to be more organised with his home learning.

Hartej for putting enormous effort into solving the perimeter challenges this week in maths.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week  in English, taking inspiration from our story 'The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane', the children will be testing out whether they can make dyes like brother Theophane using a range of different plant materials. From what they have learnt, the children will write a set of instructions on how to make dyes using all of the characteristics of instruction writing that they have learnt. In maths we will be returning to fractions and looking at tenths both as fractions and decimals, including looking at fractions on a number line.  In Geography, we will be looking at a street map of Cambridge and identifying the key features/characteristics that define the city of Cambridge. In Art, the children will be finishing their water colour paintings of an apple. In Science, the children will be finding out about the different skeleton types and learning about the pros and cons of the different types.

NOTICES

Class Cedar will start swimming next week. Children will swim during their normal PE lessons so please ensure their swimming kit is sent in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 
 
 

6th May 2022

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 6th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week in English we read the story of 'the Ink Garden of Brother Theophane'. The children enjoyed the rhyming and the beautifully illustrated pages. They learnt that during the Middle Ages monks were taught to be scribes.  The children practised writing their own set of instructions for how to write different letters in our alphabet and children in the class followed their instructions to see how good/accurate they were. In Maths, the children compared lengths of different units and added and subtracted lengths, converting between metres, centimetres and millimetres. We investigated whether it was true that the taller you are the bigger feet you have by measuring our heights and the lengths of our feet and looking at the data.  In Art, the children practised their shading skills as they tried to draw a variety of 3D shapes in pencil.  In Geography, we continued our work on compasses and map reading skills and the children navigated around the Nature Reserve using a compass and a set of compass directions. I think by the end of the session most children had remembered that you need to align the North end of the compass needle with the North on the compass! In Science, we continued our topic on nutrition and the children sorted foods into their correct food group and found out how much of each food group we need in our diet to stay healthy.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed measuring the length of their feet in Maths and practising their compass skills to navigate around the Nature Reserve to find the hidden letters in our Geography lesson.

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How you can help...

All children have a new Accelerated Reader target this term so please support your child with daily reading at home so that they can reach their target. The targets are based on 35 minutes of daily reading. The children get  20 minutes of quiet reading time in school so they need to be reading for at least 15 minutes at home every day.

Please continue to support your children at home with their homework where necessary and test them regularly on their spellings. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit words to our long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Delilah for showing courage and settling back into class Cedar so well.

Annabelle for having the courage to persevere with her cursive handwriting. 

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Daisy for persevering with the compass and trying hard to master using it correctly to navigate.

Kiko for her effort in Art and for working so carefully to shade her 3D shapes.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week,  in English the children will be learning how to use the possessive apostrophe with both single and plural nouns and we will be discussing what type of plants might be good for making coloured dyes like in our story the 'Ink Garden of Brother Theophane'. As a class, we will follow a set of instructions to have a go at making our own coloured dyes using a range of different plant material. In Maths we will learn about 'perimeter' and we will use our measuring skills to find the perimeter of different shapes. In Geography, we will be looking at a range of maps of both Bourn and Cambridge and we will use our new found compass skills to locate different places/features on the maps. In Art, the children will use their observational skills and skills of drawing 3D shapes to practise drawing a range of everyday 3D objects.

NOTICES

Class Cedar will start swimming from week commencing 16th May.

Children will swim during their normal PE lessons so please ensure their swimming kit is sent in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children with long hair should ensure it is tied back and all jewellery should be removed for swimming lessons.

Homework is sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning (Mrs Cox's spelling intervention group is on a Thursday morning).

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 
 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 29th April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

On Monday this week, the children enjoyed a morning of Bikeability; learning about the parts of their bikes and how to ride them safely around the playground. In English, the children were set the task of following a set of 7 written instructions telling them how to write their own set of instructions on how to make a ham sandwich. They were asked to only do what the instructions told them to do and to follow each instruction carefully and accurately.  The result was very interesting; many children found this really hard and deviated from the instructions by missing out some of the steps or adding in their own steps or by not laying out their work in the way the instructions told them to.  Based on the results, we did some follow up activities and exercises working on carefully following instructions to try to develop these skills a bit more.  In Maths, we have been learning to convert between units of length (meters, centimetres and millimetres) and we have been measuring and comparing lengths and heights. The children enjoyed drawing their Piet Mondrian inspired designs in Art and we started our new unit in Geography on using compasses and maps in different parts of Cambridgeshire. In PE, the children have been learning how to do the long jump.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children amazed me with their super long jump skills in PE...

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How you can help...

All children have a new Accelerated Reader target this term so please support your child with daily reading at home so that they can reach their target. The targets are based on 35 minutes of daily reading. The children get  20 minutes of quiet reading time in school so they need to be reading for at least 15 minutes at home every day.

Please continue to support your children at home with their homework where necessary and test them regularly on their spellings. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit words to our long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Theo for showing the value of friendship and looking out for others in the dinner hall.

Miriam for persevering with her maths and 

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Joe for putting in excellent effort with his spellings. Well done for moving up to the next spelling group! Â 

Booky for showing consistent effort in lessons and having an excellent attitude to her learning.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week,  we will read the 'Ink Garden of Brother Theophane' and enjoy the wonderfully illustrated pages. We will learn about the monks during the Middle Ages and find out how one particular monk struggled to focus and stay on task. The children will learn about illuminated letters and have a go creating some of their own. In Maths, the children will try some problem solving using length and practise converting between metres, centimetres and millimetres. In Art, the children will learn about lines and space in art and will have a go at drawing every day 3D shapes using shading and shadows. In Geography, we will continue our work on compasses and map reading skills and the children will get some hands on practise using compasses to identify direction. They will practise following a series of compass directions to move from point to another. In Science, we will continue our topic on nutrition and the children will learn how to sort foods into different food groups and how much of each food group we need in our diet to stay healthy.

NOTICES

This week we have welcomed another new member to class Cedar: Delilah. The children have enjoyed welcoming her back to Class Cedar and I have enjoyed getting to know her better.

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is the weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning.

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 
 

 22nd April  2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 22 April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

A big welcome back to everyone after the Easter Break!

This week, we have started a new topic in English on writing to inform and we have been looking at instructions. We have discussed the features of instructions and the children have been using imperative verbs to write their own. They have been learning how to sequence a set of instructions and also how to sequence events in a short story. In Maths, we have been learning about measuring length. We have been learning different units of measurement (meters, centimetres and millimetres) and how to convert between them. The children have been learning to draw and measure lines and objects using a ruler to the nearest mm and how to compare the height and length of different items using comparatives and superlatives. We have started a new unit on Geometric Art and the children have been learning to spot shapes in everyday objects and how to use these shapes to help them draw the objects; we have also been appreciating some of Mondrian's Geometric Artwork. In History, we finished our unit on the Ancient Egyptians by learning about Carbon Dating and the importance of this technique for historians to date historical artefacts. In PE, the children have been enjoying athletics in the glorious sunshine! 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Fortunately, the weather has been delightful as they children enjoyed some outdoor athletics....

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How you can help...

All children have a new Accelerated Reader target this term so please support your child with daily reading at home so that they can reach their target. The targets are based on 35 minutes of daily reading. The children get  20 minutes of quiet reading time in school so they need to be reading for at least 15 minutes at home every day.

Please continue to support your children at home with their homework where necessary and test them regularly on their spellings. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit words to our long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Mihika Â for showing great courage settling into her new school and classroom.

Driya for showing the value of friendship and helping to look after our new classmates.

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Robbie for working hard this week and putting a lot of effort into his writing. Well done. Keep it up! 

Lucas  for his effort in athletics this week.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be reading a new class novel: The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane and the children will learn about illuminated letters and have a go creating some of their own. In Maths, we will continue our work on measuring and the children will practise converting between meters and centimetres and centimetres and millimetres. We will also begin adding and subtracting lengths and heights. In Art, the children will have a go at creating their own Geometric Art piece in the style of Piet Mondrian. In Geography, we will be learning how to use a compass to identify direction and how this relates to map reading and in Science we will be learning about nutrition and investigating different food groups and types of nutrients and learning about the essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet.

NOTICES

This week we have welcomed two new members to class Cedar: Robbie and Mihika . We have enjoyed getting to know them both and they are making new friends already!

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is the weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday morning.

Please help your child to remember to bring their homework into school every Wednesday. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they haven't brought in their completed homework by Wednesday. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 1st April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 1 April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week the children have had D/T week and have been learning about linkages and levers; they have learnt  how to join together different  numbers of levers with a combination of moving and fixed pivots to make moving mechanisms. They have really enjoyed learning these skills and individualising their mechanisms with fun designs. They used their newly-learned skills to create and design their own moving mechanism. Some of these have been rather extravagant and proved somewhat challenging but they have enjoyed the process of troubleshooting their mechanisms and reaped the rewards of seeing them work at the end! We have continued our learning on bar charts in Maths as the children learned how to correctly draw a bar chart, work out the correct scale to use and correctly label their axes. Some of the children found drawing the scale correctly quite a challenge and took several attempts to get there but they did in the end! The children enjoyed learning about the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs;  they managed to decode a secret message written in hieroglyphs and write their names and their own secret messages using hieroglyphs. They also enjoyed listening to the story of the Egyptian Cinderella. 

Also a big thank you to the BSA for the wonderful chocolate Easter Egg hunt that the children enjoyed this week in the Nature Reserve.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children thoroughly enjoyed a week of creating moving mechanisms using linkages and levers...

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How you can help...

We will be doing a spelling quiz after the Easter holidays so please spend time over Easter revisiting all of the spelling words your child has been learning so far this year. Learning new spellings takes time and involves a lot of 'over-learning' so the best way to commit the year 3 words to their long term memory is to keep revisiting them.

There are some online games on the top marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling that can help with general spelling but https://www.spellingtraining.com/ is a super website where you can upload your own list of words (e.g. the children's year 3 spelling words). The site offers various games and fun activities to help your child learn the words but it will also test your children by doing an online spelling test on your list of chosen words: once you have uploaded the words the computer says the words out loud and your child can write them down, doing their own spelling practice at home as many times as they want.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Albert for showing perseverance creating his moving mechanism during D/T week.

Lewis for showing the value of friendship and helping others during D/T week.

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Rosie for working diligently and carefully to complete her moving mechanism design.

Lucy for putting in the necessary effort to overcome initial difficulties with her design mechanism. Â 

What we will be learning next term..

I hope next week we will all be enjoying a wonderful and well deserved Easter Break. May I take the opportunity to wish you all a very relaxing and peaceful Easter.

When we return after Easter we will be starting a new unit on writing to inform in English and we will be reading a new class novel: The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane. In Maths, the children will be learning about length and how to measure the perimeter of shapes. In Geography, we will be learning how to use a compass to identify direction and how this relates to map reading and in Science we will be learning about nutrition and investigating different food groups and learning about the essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet.

We will be welcoming three new pupils to class Cedar: Delilah, Mihika and Robbie. We look forward to meeting them and having them in our class!

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning.

Please can you help your child to remember to bring their homework book back into school every Wednesday? There are quite a number of children who are now forgetting to bring in their books. The school policy is that children will need to attend homework club at lunchtime if they don't bring in their completed homework. Please help me to help the children avoid this by supporting them to return their completed homework. Thank you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 25th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 25th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week in English the children have been writing character descriptions of their sea creatures and they planned and did their Big Write. It was wonderful to read the children's work and see how much progress they have made since their last Big Write. In Maths, we have been learning how to interpret and draw pictograms. In History, the children learnt about the importance of pyramids for the Ancient Egyptians and we learnt out about the discovery of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter. In Science, we have been learning about reflections and the children carried out an investigation to see how shadows were made and how their size changes depending on the height of the light source. The highlight of the children's week was a very exciting visit from Mr Green who taught them how to build and program a lego robot. The children were amazing and so engaged in this lesson; they all managed to successfully build their robotic birds and get them moving in different directions, getting them to cheep and make a range of different sounds!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children thoroughly enjoyed building and programming their robotic birds with Mr Green...

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How you can help...

Please encourage your child to try to reach their AR reading target this term. Some have already managed to do so which is wonderful! Please can you encourage daily reading at home if your child is still working towards their target. It would be great to see every child meet their target this term! 

Please keep practising inverse division operations with your children to consolidate their understanding of division as this still seems to be a sticking point with some children, and keep talking about fractions at home to reinforce their understanding of fractions and how much each fraction represents, focusing on halves, quarters and thirds.

The Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  is great for practising fractions and division.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Olivia for showing real commitment to improve her reading and taking the time to sound out unknown words accurately.

Tilly for working really hard each week to develop her mental math skills. You are making great progress, keep it up! 

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Zach for working so hard to join his handwriting.  I know you have found it really tricky but your cursive writing is beautiful. Stick with it!

Maddy for her effort with writing cursively. You have made such a difference to your handwriting. Well done!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week will be D/T week and we will be having fun learning how to identify and make levers and linkage mechanisms. The children will practise making levers in card to make moving parts, such as a pair of waving hands, a snapping dragon and a moving flag and then they will combine everything they have learnt to make a mechanical card. We will finish our unit on data and statistics in Maths by learning how to interpret and draw tables and bar charts. The children will be finishing their Science investigation on shadows and in History they will be learning about the importance of hieroglyphics for the ancient Egyptians and learning about some of the Egyptian Gods. We will be making prayer bags to tell the Easter story in RE. 

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

 

Parents evenings will be taking place next week on Wednesday and Thursday after school. I look forward to meeting with you!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 18 March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week has been Science week and we have enjoyed a bit of Science every day. The theme for this year is 'Growth'.  The children have learnt about the lifecycle of the cow and the sheep and watched a baby lamb and calf being born. We thought about the stages of growth in the human lifecycle and we talked about the different parts of the body that grow as we get older. The children enjoyed surveying pupils in different year groups across the school to measure the size of their hands. They collated the data in a table and then plotted a scatter graph. We looked at the pattern of data points in the graph and came up with the conclusion that children's hands get bigger as they get older. The children also watched a live lesson all about microhabitats and then we enjoyed some time in the nature reserve looking for different types of earthworms in their habitat. We identified what type of earthworm they were and we measured their lengths.  In English, we have been reading more poetry:' A Sea Creature Ate My Teacher', and the children have been learning about powerful verbs. They have used descriptive language to write a description of their own made up creature. In Maths, we consolidated our understanding of halves, quarters and thirds and the children have been finding one half, one quarter and one third of different numbers. We have also been learning about the equivalence of one half and two quarters. The children have learnt about the process of mummification in History andhave been finishing their Tutankhamun death mask drawings in Art.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children are on the final leg of their Tutankhamun death masks now... 

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The children thoroughly enjoyed visiting different classes across the school and measuring the size of children's hands for their growth survey. Â 

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How you can help...

Please encourage your child to try to reach their AR reading target this term. Some have already managed to do so which is wonderful! Please can you encourage daily reading at home if your child is still working towards their target. It would be great to see every child meet their target this term! 

Please keep practising inverse division operations with your children to consolidate their understanding of division as this still seems to be a sticking point with some children, and keep talking about fractions at home to reinforce their understanding of fractions and how much each fraction represents, focusing on halves, quarters and thirds.

The Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  is great for practising fractions and division.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Nualla for working really hard to develop her understanding of fractions. Great work Nualla!

Krisha for her effort in music this week: you showed great listening skills and participated actively in the class discussion. Well done! 

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Tristan for working really hard to produce a beautiful, informative poster all about light. 

Finley for beautifully presented work in all of his subjects. It's wonderful to see you take such pride in your work. Well done!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be recapping how to write and correctly punctuate speech and the children will be writing a dialogue between themselves and their invented creature. Following on from Science week and our work on tables and graphs, we will be doing some more work on data and looking at different ways of presenting it. The children will learn how to interpret pictograms and will have a go at creating some of their own.  In Science, we will be looking at the meaning of reflection; we will be looking at mirrors and other reflective and non-reflective surfaces. We will be learning about the importance of pyramids for the Ancient Egyptians in history and finding out how Tutankhamun was discovered and by whom.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

 11th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 11 March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week has been assessment week; the children worked hard in their reading assessments and we spent some time afterwards going back over some of  the questions and discussing how we can find and retrieve specific information and developing our knowledge of how to answer a question comprehensively. We also completed some more dictation. The children are really getting the hang of this now and are improving their ability to listen and write sentences from memory. They tried really hard with their maths papers too. We have been working together to develop our skills of solving multi-step word problems and discussing different ways of tackling problems using the different skills and knowledge that we have. The children have learnt about the importance of the Nile for the Ancient Egyptians and been progressing their drawings of Tutankhamun. We have been developing our knowledge of light in Science and learning about the difference between opaque, transparent and translucent materials.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The Tutankhamun's death masks have progressed well and are starting to look really stunning! 

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The children enjoyed investigating with torches in Science and finding out about the difference between opaque, translucent and transparent materials. Â 

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How you can help...

Please keep supporting your children with their reading and helping them to engage fully with their stories to develop their understanding.

Please keep practising inverse division operations with your children to consolidate their understanding of division and keep talking about fractions at home to reinforce their understanding of fractions and how much each fraction represents, focusing on halves, quarters and thirds.

The Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  is great for practising fractions and division.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Annabelle for trying really hard to work on her growth mindset and show more resilience when faced with work that challenges her.

Hartej for showing commitment to his reading and trying hard to progress his AR score. 

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Jonathan Bell for lovely neat handwriting.

Ethan for trying hard to improve his handwriting and ensure it is neat and carefully written on the lines.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week we will be looking at some more poetry in English; the children have been really enjoying this! And we will be recapping how to write and correctly punctuate speech. We will also be reading more of our class novel The firework Maker's Daughter. We will be consolidating our understanding of halves, quarters and thirds in maths and developing our ability to find these fractions in a variety of different shapes. We will also be looking at the difference between finding halves of odd numbers and finding halves of even numbers. We will be finding out about the process of mummification in History and learning why the Ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs. We will be learning about the importance of the cross for Christians in RE.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

March 4th 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 4 March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English, we have been reading more poetry; we have looked at the archaic poem 'The Lone Dog' by Irene McLeod and the children have been practising their dictionary skills to find the meaning of unknown words. As a class, we wrote a character description of the Lone Dog from what we learnt about him from the poem and then the children wrote their own character descriptions of an animal of their choice. We developed our descriptive vocabulary by using the thesaurus to find more ambitious words for our descriptions. They then wrote their own poem in the style of The Lone Dog. In Maths, we have been learning about unit and non-unit fractions and the children have been trying to find fractions of different objects and work out what fractions of different shapes are shaded. The children have been plotting facts we have learned about the Ancient Egyptians onto a timeline in History and the children have continued their observational drawings of Tutankhamun's death mask in Art with very pleasing results! 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children are enjoying drawing Tutankhamun's death mask and are really impressing me as well as themselves with their efforts and outcomes! Â 

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We enjoyed a fun World Book Day on Thursday this week with an exciting book trail in the Nature Reserve. Well done to all the children for their effort with their wonderfully imaginative  costumes! 

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How you can help...

The children are progressing their AR targets well and seem well motivated to achieve their targets so that's great!

Please keep practising inverse division operations with your children to consolidate their understanding of division and keep talking about fractions at home to reinforce the names of different fractions and their sizes to help them order different fractions. The children know the terms numerator and denominator and the difference between unit and non-unit fractions; get them to explain the difference to you!

The Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  is great for practising fractions and division.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Lucienne for showing the value of friendship and looking out for others around her.

Iris for her super effort in maths this week. You are really nailing those fractions Iris; keep it up!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Jaxton for his carefully presented homework. Your handwriting is beautiful!

Daisy for taking care over the presentation of her maths sums and laying them out so neatly.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is assessment week. Throughout the week the children will complete three maths papers: one  arithmetic paper and two papers on problem-solving and reasoning. They will also complete one reading paper which will test their comprehension skills, their ability to find and retrieve specific information from a text and infer meaning from the information provided by the author. We will continue reading our class novel 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. In History, we will be looking at the importance of the Nile River for the Ancient Egyptians living in Egypt at that time. In Art, the children will continue to progress their observational drawings of Tutankhamun's Death Mask and in Science we will be starting a new unit on light, looking at the difference between light and dark and finding out about different sources of light.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 25th February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 25 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English we have started a new unit on writing to entertain. We have read the poem 'Daddy fell into the Pond' by Alfred Noyes and discussed the imagery the poem creates and talked and developed descriptive language to go with each stanza. We have also been developing our grammar skills by learning and practising the present perfect tense. In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about division and we have been exploring the concept of remainders. The children have been grouping odd numbers of counters into different sized equal groups and have been finding out the number of remainders they have each time. In History, the children have been very excited by our new unit on the Ancient Egyptians. We had a great class discussion as the children shared what they already knew about them. They enjoyed learning about the Ancient Egyptian papyrus paper and  loved getting to interact with some actual papyrus paper.  In Art, the children are doing some observational work and have started drawing Tutankhamun's death mask. They were excited to learn about the history of Tutankhamun and find out that he was only their age when he became king. In PE, the children have started a new topic on dance and the children enjoyed performing and moving like their favourite toys.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In History, the children enjoyed exploring Ancient Egyptian art work and feeling and interacting with papyrus paper. They enjoyed spotting the Lotus flowers and particularly liked the hieroglyphics. 

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The children also enjoyed hearing about Abess Etheldreda's life during a live lesson direct from Ely Cathedral and responding by thinking about how she might have felt at different parts of her life.

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How you can help...

The children have made a great start with their reading this term and it is wonderful to hear how much reading they have been doing over the half term break so thank you for your support with this. Lets please keep this up!

Please keep practising inverse division operations with your children to consolidate their understanding of division and please start introducing fractions at home and the words like 'half of this pie, 'quarter of the pizza' and 'third of the cake' as you cut up pies/cakes/pizzas to re-familiarise the children with this language in preparation for our topic on fractions starting next week. Thank you!

A great place to practise this is the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  or TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Rosie for her outstanding effort in music. You certainly impressed your teachers with your work on percussion instruments. Well done!

Maddy for your super participation in maths lessons. Your confidence is really growing!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Miriam for always ensuring that her handwriting is neat and clear.

Theo for trying  to improve the overall presentation of his written work.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will continue to look at poetry and rhyming in English as we study the poem 'Where Teachers Keep their Pets' by Paul Cookson and we will recap the past tense as we study the poem 'We Lost our Teacher to the Sea' by David Harmer. In Maths, we will begin looking at fractions; starting by recapping halves, quarters and thirds. In History, we will continue with our unit on the Ancient Egyptians and we will draw a timeline of all the key events from when the first settlers arrived in the Nile Valley in 7500 BC to the reign of the last Pharaoh of Egypt: Queen Cleopatra in 31BC. In Art, the children will continue with their observational drawing of the next piece of Tutankhamun's Death Mask and in PSHE the children will present their finished garden designs to the rest of the class.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

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11 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 11 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English we read the story of Greta and the Giants and the children used their knowledge of writing to persuade to plan and produce either a letter to the Giants or a poster trying to persuade the giants to stop cutting down the trees. They thought carefully about the features of writing to persuade that we have learnt about this term and tried to include as many as they could in their final piece of work for maximum effect. In maths the children were challenged with more 2-digit by 1-digit column division sums which they solved using the Bus Stop method.  In Geography, the children learnt about Cambridgeshire and the famous University of Cambridge and all its colleges, namely the iconic Trinity college and Kings college. They interpreted a table of facts, including data on population, housing, climate and tourism and made comparisons between both locations. The children thoroughly enjoyed transferring their shell designs onto fabric in Art and in Science they learnt about the last of the 6 simple machines: the wedge and the screw.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In PSHE this week the children enjoyed planning and designing a garden for someone facing a challenge. They enjoyed working in groups to produce their final garden pictures.

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How you can help...

Please keep practising times tables with your children including the inverse division operations as some children are finding this very difficult. So for example if they know 2 x 2 = 4, they also need to know that 4 / 2 = 2.

A great place to practise this is the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  or TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/

Please keep encouraging daily reading at home. I have seen a huge improvement in reading this term which is brilliant and the children have had such a sense of achievement completing their AR targets, which is wonderful to see. 

 

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Jadon for his effort with his reading. Well done on reaching your target!

Zach for his determination this week to reach his AR target this term.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Albert for his well-designed, persuasive poster about deforestation.

Driya for presenting her Bus Stop division sums so neatly.

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What we will be learning next week...

Next week we will all be enjoying a well-earned half term week and a break from school. Happy holidays everyone!

When we come back we will be starting a new unit in English on writing to entertain and we will be reading and enjoying some poetry. In maths we will be dividing into 1,4,5, 10 and 100 equal parts and we will be looking at dividing with remainders. We will start our new topic on light in Science and learn about sources of light and compare light versus dark. We will be learning about Egypt in History and the importance of the Nile to the ancient Egyptians and in Art we will be doing some observational work and learn how to sketch the wonderfully detailed Tutankhamun's death mask. 

 

Keep reading everyone and I look forward to seeing you all back on the 22nd February! :)

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

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4 February 2022 

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 4 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have looked at alliteration this week as part of our unit on persuasive writing in English. The children came up with alliterated names for themselves, wrote alliterated sentences to describe images and we also looked at some tongue twisters and had fun trying to say them as quickly as we could. We also did some dictation work, which proved rather challenging for some children. We will keep practi sing this. In maths, we have continued practising our times table division sums and we have been working out 2-digit by 1-digit column division using partitioning that involves an exchanges of tens. We have been finding out about the Lake District in Geography and comparing topographic maps of the Lake District and Cambridgeshire. The children thoroughly enjoyed printing in their Art lesson this week and impressed me with their wonderfully colourful  prints and designs. They also proved to me that they can listen carefully and follow instructions accurately so we managed to complete the lesson without anyone (or the carpet) getting covered in printing ink, which was a bonus! 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed completing tangrams of animals in the Chinese calendar on Tuesday this week and Tristan enjoyed sharing his Chinese dragon with the class.

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How you can help...

Please keep practising times tables with your children including the inverse division operations as some children are finding this very difficult. So for example if they know 2 x 2 = 4, they also need to know that 4 / 2 = 2.

A great place to practise this is the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10  or TTRockstars https://ttrockstars.com/

Please keep encouraging daily reading at home. I have seen a huge improvement in reading this term which is brilliant and the children get such a sense of achievement when they complete their AR target, which is wonderful to see. 

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Lewis for showing the value of friendship and being supportive and helpful to others around him.

Lucy for her commitment to the school council. You have shown such dedication since being elected as counsellor. Well done!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Booky for her wonderfully colourful shell prints which are so beautifully presented!

Olivia for working carefully and accurately to produce an effective pattern of prints.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week in English we will be reading the story of Greta and the Giants and the children will be putting everything they have learned about persuasive writing into practice as they write their own effective piece of persuasive text. The children will also complete some more dictation to help them practise their listening skills and demonstrate their knowledge of key spelling words. In maths, we will continue challenging ourselves with division by looking at the bus stop method for solving 2 digit by 1 digit division sums. In Art, the children will be producing textile prints of their shell drawings and in Geography we will find out about Cambridgeshire and then do some comparative work between Cambridgeshire and the Lake District. In Science we be learning about the last 2 of the 6 simple machines: the wedge and the screw.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

28th January 2022 

 Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 28 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have continued our work on persuasive writing in English by learning about the use of emotive language; we discussed which words in certain sentences provoked emotion and we also looked at images that provoked feelings in us. The children practised writing their own emotive sentences and wrote their own captions to emotive images. In Maths, we have been practising our times tables and playing multiplication games. The children have used their knowledge of tables to work out 2-digit by 1-digit column multiplication sums. We have been doing lots of map work in our Geography unit; recapping the continents and oceans of the word, looking at the difference between maps of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, locating the different regions of England and also English counties. We have been learning about the inclined plane and the wheel and axle in Science in our Simple Machines unit. Â 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children enjoyed playing dice multiplication games to practise their times tables and column addition in maths this week. The children also had fun playing their instruments to the 'Africa' song by Toto during part of their Music lesson.

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How you can help...

Thank you all for your support with the homework again this week. I feel the children have now taken to the routine.

The children are progressing brilliantly with their mental maths skills. Well done to all for their continued efforts and thank you for your continued support with this. We have several children in the class who have already almost completed their full booklet. This will be the first time that children have achieved this at this early stage of the school year. Amazing!! Fear not-I will have more exciting maths challenges for those children :)

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Tristan for persevering with his learning while off school.

Lucienne for excellent classroom behaviour and attitude towards her learning!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Finely for beautifully presented written work. Your maths presentation is outstanding!

Jaxton for improvements to his handwriting and working hard to lay out his multiplication sums correctly.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week in English we will be looking at our last feature of persuasive writing: alliteration. We will practise writing some alliterative sentences and then try our hands at writing our own tongue twister using alliteration. We will continue challenging ourselves in maths by solving multiplication word problems and we will begin to look at division sums and how to tackle 2-digit by 1-digit division using partitioning.  In Art, we will use the foam templates that we produced this week of our shell drawings to do some fun, colourful printing and we will continue our map work in Geography by looking at topographic maps of Cambridgeshire and the Lake District  to compare geographical features in the two areas. 

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home weekly on Fridays and is to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Maths homework is their usual weekly mental maths. English Homework will be a weekly grammatical activity to consolidate prior learning alongside their weekly spellings. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Friday morning. Please encourage/support your child to complete their homework. Thank you!

Children can keep practising their times tables using the Daily 10 or other times tables games on the Top Marks website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting or by playing TT Rockstars. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

21st January 2022 

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 21 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have continued our work on persuasive writing in English by learning about hyperbole (exaggeration); we learnt how to recognise it in writing and the children practised writing their own sentences using hyperbole. We have also been practising our grammar skills by learning to use the right article (a/an) in front of nouns. In Maths, we have been consolidating our understanding of the 2,4 and 8 times tables and comparing statements. The children found this quite tricky so we drew arrays to represent the 2,4 and 8 times tables and then wrote number sentences to show our understanding of the times table (e.g. 4X2= 2x2 + 2x2). The children developed their use of simple pencil lines to capture the shape and pattern of shells in preparation for next week's printing lesson. We started our new unit in Science looking at simple machines. Â 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children worked hard in maths drawing their arrays to represent the 2 and 4 times tables and writing number statements to show their understanding of the table. Some of the children really mastered the art of line drawing shells in this week's Art lesson.

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How you can help...

Thank you all for your support with the homework this week, it was great to have so many books returned on time and homework completed.  Books will go home again this week for return next Wednesday. Thank you!

Please keep helping your child to practise their mental maths skills, especially their times tables. Our unit in maths topic this term is multiplication and division and it is very difficult for the children to master 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication sums when they don't know their times tables.

Thank you also for your continued support of daily reading. The children have really stepped up their reading to the next level. We now have a vast majority on track to achieve their half-termly AR target, which is great news. Please keep it up! I know I keep stressing to the children how important reading is so it is great to see the children's enthusiasm for reading grow and there has been great progress made as a result. Fantastic!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Tilly for showing the value of friendship and caring for others around her.

Jonathan for showing determination with his reading and finally becoming a word millionaire this week!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Kiko for beautiful presentation of her written work and always remembering to underline dates and learning points with a ruler.

Annabelle for laying out her maths arrays so nicely.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week in English we will be looking at some more features of persuasive writing: the use of emotive language and alliteration. We will continue comparing statements in maths using <=> signs and the children will learn how to write out  and answer 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication sums.  We will be finish our work on Islam in RE, learning about the importance of Allah for Muslims and we will continue with our map work in Geography and start to investigate some of the key geographical differences between Cambridge and the Lake District. Â The children will have some fun creating foam printing blocks in Art and producing colourful prints of their shells.

NOTICES

It has been lovely being back in school this week teaching the children in the classroom.  Please can I remind all parents to make sure their children have a warm coat in school as it is particularly cold at the moment when they are playing outside. 

Well done to all the children who put themselves forward for school councilor today. It is always very difficult that not everyone can be voted in but there will be another opportunity again next term.

We did some times tables practice today using the Daily 10 on the Top Marks website (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10). The children really enjoyed it. This is something they could use to practise at home. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

14 January 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 

Cedar Class - Year 3

Date: 14 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have continued our work on persuasive writing in English by learning about the rule of three and the use of repetition. The children have been writing sentences using these features to enhance the strength of their message. We also started our new class novel: The Firework Maker's Daughter. We have continued our work on multiplication in maths by learning about grouping and sharing and the use of arrays. We finished off our unit on the Bronze and Iron Age by learning all about hillforts in history and looking at some of the remains of hillforts that still exist in Great Britain today. The children enjoyed using watercolours to paint their shell pictures in the style of Georgia O'Keefe in Art. The children enjoyed investigating the strength of magnets in Science.   Â Ã‚ 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

I was really impressed by some of the beautiful artwork the children produced and the way they captured the realistic colours of the shells. Much excitement was had in class as the children tested the strength of magnets using paperclips.

 

 

How you can help...

As you will have heard from Mrs Latham, a homework book will be going home with all children this week for weekly maths and English homework. Year 3 already do weekly maths homework by practising their mental maths skills so there will be no additional maths. However the children can use their homework book to show the practice they have done each week towards achieving their mental maths level (e.g. by writing out their times table or showing their numbers bonds for 100 for example). Their weekly spellings will now go in to their homework book (rather than the spelling folder) together with an extra piece of English homework to save having two things to remember.

Please do support them to continue with their daily reading. We are working really hard with all of the children to try to ensure all of them reach their termly AR target. However, this will only be achieved by daily reading at home as well as at school. If your child has been given a reading record please do support them to keep a record of all of their reading at home. Thank you! 

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WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Krisha for showing kindness and friendship towards others in the class.

Joe for showing determination with his reading and being committed to reaching his AR target.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Rosie for consistently producing written work that is carefully laid out and well-presented.

Lewis for working hard to produce handwriting that is of consistent  height and that sits nicely on the lines.

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week in English we will be developing our grammar skills including the correct use of a and an determiners and the use of prepositions n writing. We will also be continuing with our persuasive writing by learning about the use of exaggeration (hyperbole). In maths we will be consolidating our 2,4 and 8 times tables and comparing multiplication statements using < = and > symbols. We will be starting a new unit in Geography learning about where we live and finding out how to locate Cambridge on a  map.  We will be interacting with the exotic shells again in Art practising our line drawing skills and seeing whether we can capture the most important lines that define the shells' shapes and main patterns.

 

NOTICES

It has been lovely being back in school this week teaching the children in the classroom.  Please can I remind all parents to make sure their children have a warm coat in school as it is particularly cold at the moment when they are playing outside. 

Well done to all the children who put themselves forward for school councilor today. It is always very difficult that not everyone can be voted in but there will be another opportunity again next term.

We did some times tables practice today using the Daily 10 on the Top Marks website (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10). The children really enjoyed it. This is something they could use to practise at home. 

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

 

7 January 2022 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 Cedar Class

Year 3

Date: 7th January 2022

 

What we have been learning this week...

This week, the children have started their new unit in English and have started learning all about persuasive writing! They have been working on rhetorical questions and superlatives and have looked at lots of examples of real-life adverts and persuasive language to get them motivated! In Maths, they have been working on sharing amounts into equal parts and using their multiplication and division skills to help them complete lots of calculations and puzzles. The children have also been really motivated with their reading this week and are already working hard to meet their Accelerated Reader targets for this half-term! 

 How you can help

Please continue to support your children by encouraging lots of reading at home and of course listening to them read as well. Â 

Lots of the children have been bringing in their mental maths booklets this week. Thank you for encouraging them in this area. We will be continuing with these next week. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children learnt about Georgia Oâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢Keefe in Art. We examined a variety of different shells, exploring their form, texture and colour. The children have produced some beautiful illustrations of their chosen shell, using different techniques such as hatching and shading, to create different colours and textures.

What we will be learning next week...

We will be continuing with persuasive writing and looking at the 'rule of 3' and using this in our independent work. Â In Maths, we will be learning to multiply and divide by 3 and 4. We will start our new Geography unit and learn to locate Cambridge on the map and find out how Cambridgeshire is different to the Lake District.

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Theo for making a huge effort to focus in lessons. 

Albert for being courageous and carrying on even when things were difficult!

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Joe for making an excellent drawing of a shell.

Tilly for setting a good example of how to set out her work.

Notices

The children have had a great start to the new term! Thank you for all my lovely Christmas presents! I hope you all had a wonderful break and well-deserved rest. I am really looking forward to seeing the children very soon!

Hawking Day - Friday 14th January. Wear blue or dress as a famous scientist and bring in £1 donation!

Email (Miss Nutland): snutland@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

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