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Autumn Term News

A selection of The Little Match Girl stories are available to view from the menu on the right. I will switch them to the other half of the class in a few weeks, as only a limited number of videos can be uploaded at a time. 

A look back at Autumn Term in Class 9


A reminder of events coming up over the next week!

Thursday 10th - Church Service @  6pm

Friday 11th - Class 9 treat day (non-uniform) Also, last swimming session of 2015!

Monday 14th - Baking

Wednesday 16th  - Christmas Party (non-uniform and snacks to be brought in - please be aware that we do have nut allergies in school)

Friday 18th - Christmas Jumper Day and last day of term!




We are looking forward to watching the dress rehearsals of  KS1 and FS2 Nativity this week. 


We are excited to start using the ipads this week to make our own books based on the story of The Little Match Girl. On each page we will create our own exciting images using puppet creator, sketches and i motion.  They will be brilliant!


We are continuing with column addition and subtraction and will be finding the missing numbers to solve the sums.



Here are our finished ogre reports proudly displayed in our classroom. The children were very pleased with their work and have made some lovely comments about each others' reports!

This week we have been working more on grammar, including how and when to use apostrophes, dictionary tasks and a focus on some spelling rules. 

As discussed with many of you at parents evening, a list of 100 and a further list of 200 high frequency spelling words can be found in the year3/4 Autumn resouces section. It would be very useful if these can be looked at at home alongside the weekly spelling list.

Next week we will begin another short non-fiction unit on a classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. We will look at descriptive language, varying sentence structures and, more excitingly, how to present their retelling of the story using the ipads!

Here's a clue to the story...


In numeracy this week, we have been using rulers to measure accurately in both cm and mm, looked at angles and how many right angles are in turns on a compass and developed our reasoning skills to explain and deepen understanding. 

Next week, and beyond,  we will be moving on to addition and subtraction. INitially, we will focus on mental methods and strategies before moving on to written methods using a number line.


The children are brilliant at describing many of the features of Victorian architecture and have even commented on what they have spotted in West Bridgford! So far they have ordered different homes along timelines to compare them across centuries, drawn them using their sketching skills and even used ipads to look on streetview and create a digital sketch! Take a look...

This week we'll look at a famous Victorian architect from Nottingham who designed many of the well recognised buildings in the city! Maybe you have visited the pub named after him right by the castle! The children will design a museum space to celebrate and remember his fantastic work which gave Nottingham some of its identity.


Thank you Year 3 for performing an amazing assembly on Friday. We were very proud of your superloud speaking voices, your tuneful singing and excellent effort to make it a wonderful assembly. It was great to see so many parents and grand parents in the audience and we hope you all enjoyed it.


It was lovely to see so many parents at parents evening last week. It was pleasing to have lots of wonderful things to say your children have achieved so far...and what we can all do to improve! Resources will be sent home following any discussions about additional work to do at home next week. 

A reminder that it is

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This Friday 20th at 9.00am! We look forward to seeing you there!


In literacy we've been looking at non-chronological reports. After examining the features and having a go at organising a muddled text into paragraphs, we are now writing our very own reports! But before we started, we needed a topic...what could be better than Shrek? Class 9 were ready for the challenge of turning fiction into non-fiction. By taking on the role of Shrek and carrying out some drama, we were able to gather as many 'facts' about ogres as  we could. This week we are turning our notes into quality sentences and paragraphs, focusing on interesting openers and conjunctions to add extra details. I think they are going to make a fantastic display!


Moving on to shape in numeracy, we have learnt about different types of lines and identified them in shapes.

Wassily Kandinsky. Composition VIII.

How many parallel and perpendicular lines can you spot in Wassily Kandinsky's Composition VIII painting?

Following that we looked at the properties of 2D shapes and discussed how they are similar and different to each other by spotting odd ones out to develop our reasoning skills. Now we have moved on to 3D shapes and began by learning their properties and building them!



We have now moved on to our new topic

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Year 3 Mums get-together@ RIVERBANK

Friday November 13th, 2015 @20.00hrs

Please contact Karin Davies (Alec's mum) on 07971 976 489 / if you would like to go!


I hope you have all had a great week and are feeling fully rested.

Next week we will be getting stuck into our new Topic and in literacy are going to be doing some non-fiction writing. Here's a clue as to what you might be writing about!

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In numeracy we are looking at counting in 4s and 8s, and just like last term there will be a real focus on reasoning and thinking about how we have approached problems, how we know we are right and thinking mathematically about problems. Not just sums!



What a lovely way to finish our performance poetry this week! After finding features of the poem 'A tale of Custard the Dragon'. The children worked in pairs to rehearse it, then used ipads to create a little animation for their verse. We put it all together and think it's a fab way to perform a poem. We hope you enjoy watching it, as much as we enjoyed making it.






The children have really worked hard to deepen their understanding of place value over the past week. They have been developing thier reasoning skillsby playing games and explaining their undersatnding using mathematical vocabulary.


We've been having a wonderful time in our literacy lessons learning about performance poetry this week! So far, we have looked at tone and expression when performing 'Daddy fell into the pond', we performed 'Gran, can you rap?' and had to focus on rhythm and rhyme, and today we recorded our performance of 'The Sound Collector' where we examined the effect of sound and onomatopoeia!! 

Below, is our performance of 'Gran, can you rap?' after just one lesson to read, learn, rehearse and perform! We hope you like it!




A quick note on spellings, as there appears to be some confusion. As you're aware, we have started following a new framework which is designed to be tailored more specifically to individual needs. These spellings are tested and given out weekly, not fornightly, as was originally stated at the start of term. Apologies for any confusion!


We have been feeling very inspired by the work of the artist Claude Monet. Many of his paintings included water and we have examined how he used shading and colour to develop his impressionistic style, with limited detail and a focus on light and shapes.

Here are the freeze frames from our water cycle drama. Can you spot who is precipitation? Evaporation? Condensation?


I hope you've all had a super extra long weekend and made the most of the glorious sunshine!! It seems like summer is never ending! All the teachers had a fab day learning new things on Friday and we're all feeling inspired to bring these new ideas to the classroom. 


Last week we were lucky enough to go out into the Jesse Gray garden and help out planting new bulbs and clearing the beds. Check out our hard work!



We have also completed some great work in science, where the class explored their skeltons and discovered some of our main bones and their functions.


I have been so impressed with imagination and hard work which has gone into the homework so far. The bridges look fantastic! Take a look!


We have come to the end of our work on Wind in the Willows and the children are presenting their work using ICT to go on display. This week, we'll be getting back to basics with some grammar activities and sentence construction, before moving on to something different...poetry!


This week we'll be revisiting place value and the importance of partitioning numbers into their value of hundreds, tens and ones. 


Last week the children understood the phases of the water cycle. We learnt a fantastic song and rap which is not in the least bit difficult to get out of your head...don't worry, I won't attach a link!! This week we'll be moving on to the art side of our topic and examining the work of Monet! Pallettes at the ready!

School Photos

A reminder that individual school photos will be taken in the morning, so a good nights sleep, freshly brushed hair and best smiles are at the ready!!




The children have been demonstarting a super understanding of The Wind in the Willows and they have really got stuck in to picking apart the characters and their feelings. This week we'll be focusing more on writing and creating red hot sentences!!


Last week we began looking at some mental strategies for addition and subtraction and how to balance number sentences - remember, = means the same as, not the answer!

This week we'll be looking at multiplication and divsion, using arrays to show how they are the inverse of each other. 

Don't forget to keep up with your homework on Mathletics!!


This week, we're going to be getting to the heart of our topic...The Water Cycle! We'll discover exactly what happens during each phase of the water cycle and understand how this is a continuous cycle.

Also, I have been super impressed with the quality of the homework so far. I have really enjoyed looking at how creative and varied your pieces have been...keep it up!


Don't forget this Friday is an INSET day so it will be our turn to do some learning!! 

Let's have a great week!


What a super first full week back it has been. The trip was brilliant (a huge thank you to those parents that were able to help), the children were fantastic with our first swimming session and it was lovely to see a few faces on Friday for the meet and greet. Don't worry if you missed it! The information and handouts can be found in the Y3/4 resources section of the website.

Here's what's in store this week:


We'll continue listening to the Wind in the Willows, developing an understanding of characters, using descriptive language and linking ideas using connectives. The children will also be challenged to have a go at turning a scene into a playscript!! I can't wait to see what they can do!


I hope you've all been able to log on to Mathletics and have a go at some of the games this week. If there are any issues, please feel free to get in touch.

This week we'll begin counting and estimating. We'll be counting in multiples of 4, 50 and 100 and finding 10 and 100 more than and less than. 


Now that we've visited Nottingham's famous river, we're going to be looking at other rivers in the UK and in Europe using maps and atlases to locate and identify them.


We started our Humans and other animals topic by looking at our skeleton last week. This week we'll be looking at skeletons of other animals and identifying and comparing them. 




What a fantastic trip we had today!! We managed to squeeze in: sketching the suspension bidge, looking at uses of the river, a nature scavenger hunt, a play on the playground and we recreated a scene from a famous painting (can you guess which?)   Phew...and it's only week 1!

Here are some dates already coming up:

Wed : PE  in the afternoon ( please have kits ready)

Friday : Swimming starts

Fri 18th sept : Genes for jeans day

Fri Nov 13th : Children in need day

Fri Nov 20th : Year 3 Assembly Parents Welcome 

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I've had a lovely first two days back getting to know my new class! Everyone is so enthusiastic and I know we're going to have a fantastic year together. They've already impressed me with their mature and sensible attitiudes now they are juniors and they certainly know how to work as a team!!

This half term our topic is

We'll begin our 'Go with the Flow' topic with a picnic and activities down by the river. Let's just hope the rain doesn't flow from the skies!!

Don't forget children will need a coat just in case the weather isn't good and a packed lunch!


Keeping with our river theme we will begin literacy with the classic 'Wind in the Willows'!

Using our senses, we'll begin looking at the language used to describe the characters and settings whilst we listen to a fantastic podcast of the story. 


This week we'll refresh our knowledge of place value by ordering, comparing and writing numbers up to and beyond 1000. 


Swimming will begin this Friday and you should have received a letter with all the details. If you are able to help out with walking to and from the leisure centre and spotting, this would be hugely appreciated. It's also a great chance to see just how far they progress throughout the year in swimming too!!

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet will take place on Friday afternoon. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones too!