Posted in Jet, Onyx, Science

Mirror, Mirror in my Hand…

We’ve learned that light travels in straight lines in our Science lessons and this week, we put that knowledge to the test using a mirror to guide us along lines on the playground.

The (slightly less than we’d like) light from the sun reflected onto the shiny, smooth, flat surface of the mirror, which reflected into our eyes to show our reflection – but it was mirrored and made following the lines without looking particularly challenging!

We have also set up an investigation to find out the effects of ultraviolet light. Watch this space for the results, but in the meantime, comment your predictions below!

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Posted in Jet, Onyx, Reading

Continuing our Reading Adventures!

Last term, it was lovely to get to know that Year 3 are keen, avid readers who have enjoyed a wide range of books that we have at school. It has been insightful to read the comments from home about the books children have been reading and it would be fantastic to continue our reading adventures this term.

Please remember to bring in your Reading Diary every day so that your class teacher can read the comments and offer support with home reading (and stamp in Merits!).

Reading is absolutely fundamental and can be a passageway to exciting ideas and exploring our imaginations. This term, your child will be bringing home not one, but two books each day: A banded book (which they can read to you) and a non-banded book (which you can enjoy together!).

There are some free resources available for e-books, too, if this is how you’d rather access books at home. Oxford Owl has a fabulous range of books available at different book band, so if you’ve finished your banded book, the possibilities are endless: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ (Sign up for free to access the books)

Ready to read? Great! Here are some tips to make sure that reading is exciting at home:

1. Make time to read – at least ten minutes a day makes a huge difference!
2. Find a lovely, comfortable spot to relax and read.
3. Grab a drink or a healthy snack – Think of it as a film in your mind!
4. Choose different types of books, newspapers or comics.
5. Don’t like what you’re reading so far? Change it!
6. Take turns when reading.
7. Talk about the book and ask your child questions about it.
8. Pay attention to the language. Have you spotted any new, exciting vocabulary?
9. Relax and enjoy the moment. Reading isn’t a task, it is a chance to unwind and lose yourself in a book!

Posted in Jet, Maths, Onyx

TTRS: Onyx Vs. Jet!

Starting tomorrow, we will be hosting a weekly Battle of the Bands between Onyx and Jet class. Children will need to log on to TTRS to participate. Any activity will be recorded as participation in the competition and each week, the winning class will win a handful of marbles!

Good luck everyone!

Posted in Computing, Jet, Onyx

How are digital devices connected & how do we use them?

This week in Computing, we explored connections and networks, learning about how computers and other devices send messages to one another. We then compared using a digital device to a non-digital device for activities such as writing and drawing. Some of us found it particularly tricky to fill a piece of paper with one colour, while our partner had already filled it in with one click! Meanwhile, some of our writers felt like they had more freedom with their pencil than when using a keyboard.

Which method did you prefer for your activity and why?

Posted in History, Jet, Onyx

Stone Age Discoveries!

Year 3 travelled back over two and a half million years into the Stone Age this afternoon!

We read ‘The First Drawing’ before looking at photos of cave paintings to inspire our own drawings and used crayons to recreate the images we saw. We were very excited to start our History topic!

What would you like to learn about about the Stone Age this term?

Posted in Announcements, Jet, Onyx

Welcome Back!

Dear parents and children,
Welcome back to a brand new year at Heavers Farm Primary School! This year is going to be very exciting and filled with lots of fun learning opportunities.

This half term, we will be beginning our Stone Age History topic, learning about important figures in Black History, looking at Animals including Humans in Science and exploring digital devices in Computing.

Year 3 is slightly different to Year 2. We will begin learning Spanish and will be going Swimming later this term! If you would like your child to have a fruit snack for break time, they will need to bring one in.

Swimming will be every day for two weeks when we are scheduled to attend lessons. Children will need to bring in a swimming kit (swimsuit, swimming hat and a towel) and come to school in their PE kit during the two weeks that they have Swimming.
Onyx Class: 17th October – 4th November (Split over the Half Term break)
Jet Class: 7th – 18th November

Spellings will be added to this very blog on Fridays. Children can practice their spellings in their Reading Diaries, which should be checked and signed by parents every day. Children will be required to change their reading books every week and should be reading their book for at least 10 minutes everyday.

Next week, we will be introducing the children to Times Tables Rockstars and will send their login details home via their Reading Diaries. Children are expected to practice their times tables using this resource for at least 10 minutes each day.

If you have any further questions about the upcoming half term, please feel free to speak to either Miss Batley or Miss D’Souza in the mornings or afternoons, or email us via: year3@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk.

Comment below: What are you looking forward to the most this term?

Posted in English, History, Jet, Onyx, Ruby

Roman Day: Tuesday, 7th June!

We’re going to launch our Summer 2 learning with a Roman Day! Children are invited to come into school dressed up as a Roman citizen. Some ideas for costumes can be found above – grab a white t-shirt and wrap a belt around it for an easy go-to, or add a pop of colour with a scarf. The possibilities are endless! We look forward to seeing everyone’s fantastic costumes when we return from Half Term!