Monday 30th March
Hope you all had a good weekend. What did you get up to?
Mrs R's was spent chopping down the trees (not me!) in the garden to create more sunlight, playing football, playing hide and seek, blowing bubbles, housework (my house has never looked so good! Haha!) and chilling as a family
Mrs S's include playing with the nerf guns, baking with her children and making sure the dog had used up all of her energy.
Mrs M's was spent stripping wallpaper, entertaining her pet hamster and also relaxing with her husband!
..and why not?! It was the weekend after all!
We do hope you have enjoyed spending a relaxing/ restful weekend with your loved ones.
Below is another maths link that you might be interested in. It is a free resource but you do have to register as a parent/ adult first...
Hope you are all keeping well, we miss you all!
Year 3 team x
Saturday 28th March - EXTRA LINKS - NO PRESSURE!
Below are some links with further learning and fun activities. Remember, we have given you lots and the whole range can be spread out over a long period of time so please don’t panic and please don’t rush through them! We know you are doing a fab job supporting your children!
Youth Sport Trust has a number of resources for parents and schools https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0.
White Rose Maths home learning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ ‘The White Rose Maths team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Y1-Y8. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.’
UCL Institute of Education: free online learning resources ‘We have compiled a list of resources helpful to teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people. All of these resources are either free/have been made free during the period of school closures.’
Friday 27th March - HOME LEARNING UPDATE
Hello and well done for completing your first week of home learning. We hope it has gone well for you at home and that you are enjoying the extra time with your family.
We have missed you all lots and are hoping for a speedy return to school! Sadly, we don’t know when this will be... fingers crossed it is sooner rather than later!
We hope you have enjoyed working through the home learning packs sent to you and any other learning that can be completed online. Have you enjoyed the different tasks? Remember routine and structure is great but don’t feel like you have to complete a solid day of learning. After all, it is a home, not a school. Do what is best for your child and your family. We are grateful for any amount of learning completed - whatever the context! We are equally happy to hear you if have made the most of the beautiful sunshine that we have experience lately too!
A few reminders/ bits of information for you...
1. You had rather a lot sent home including the following:
Times Table Rock Stars - a challenge is currently set up!
mymaths - we have commented on your feedback and set new challenges!
Mini maths - added on this page this week.
Doodlemaths and English - shout if you need a log in.
Learning packs - that chunky pack of paper...
Lots on Facebook page - we have been adding lots of links of ideas and tasks including some lovely art ideas.
Reading - read whatever gives you pleasure and then talk about what you have read with someone else. Ask and answer questions about that text.
Spelling practice - you had your spellings for the term but also practise the Year 3 statutory spellings. If you are someone who struggles with spelling, there is nothing wrong with working on Year 1 or Year 2 common words which can be googled online.
Fun science experiments - look up ideas online and have a go at home! Record it on an iPad to share!
2. Ways to stay in touch
a. Telephone calls - we have managed to speak to almost all of you and left messages for those who haven’t been able to answer. It has been LOVELY to speak to you and catch up and we will try to ring every 1-2 weeks to say ‘hello’! REMEMBER: our number will display as withheld 👍
b. Facebook - comment or message and we will reply!
c. Email - email@example.com - We will try to reply in one way or another!
d. MyMaths - we will comment on your progress to encourage you to continue to work hard!
3. English ideas if needed...
- Change an element of a story that you know e.g. the ending, the main character, the setting and so on...
- Write a set of instructions based on something you have made at home or based on your baking for example.
- Setting or character descriptions - create new settings or characters and describe them using noun phrases, similes, alliteration and interesting word choices. Include a range of conjunctions and punctuation to make it really interesting!
- Write a Letter - write a letter to a family member or a friend.
- Factfile - about an animal, a planet, your favourite sport...
- Diary - keep a diary of each day... it could prove to be an interesting read in the future!
These are all ideas to keep you going for weeks and weeks - especially if you change the theme/ main idea so have fun!
Anyway, we know you are all doing a fab job (we really do mean this!) and you will no doubt want to steal our jobs from us when we return. We’re very proud of your children and cannot wait to be back in class to teach them and welcome you back too!
Keep safe and have a restful weekend! You all deserve it!
Year 3 Team xx
Tuesday 24th March - HELLO!
Hey Alligator class!
Hope you are keeping well, we are missing you all lots and lots!
In addition to your chunky home packs and 2 sheets of ideas (we like to keep you busy!), below is an additional maths website to access with activities specifically for your year group. There are many question that you can just copy onto paper rather than printing out!
There is also a PHSE link a couple of audio stories which allow for discussions and activities to take place. It has been advised that these are suitable for 5yo+.
Do feel free to message through Facebook to say hello, how you’re getting on or send photos of your fun activities whilst indoors/ safely in your garden!
Thanks and stay safe!
Mrs R and Mrs S x
Welcome to Alligator Class Page!
Information from Alligator Staff!
Alligator class will have two teachers this year. Mrs Rammell will teach the first half of the week and Mrs Silbereis will teach the second half of the week, including alternating Wednesdays.
We are always very busy in Alligator class as we have lots of fun learning to squeeze in! In the morning, we take part in our daily English and Maths lesson and also complete daily English and Maths Basic Skills sessions. The children also complete Guided Reading sessions several times a week. In the afternoons we have various creative activities such as; topic, PE, swimming, music, Religious Education and PSHE. We will also take part in weekly French lessons!
The children will still have the opportunity to earn class points in order to have a special class party and if their attendance meets the school target, we get extra play - something that will be missed during the afternoons in Year 3 no doubt!
A note from Mrs Silbereis
Hello! I've been teaching at Barley Close for over ten years, so I've had the privilege to get to know many of our lovely families really well! It's a lovely, welcoming school and I'm looking forward to another year of exciting experiences!
Having had my own two children since I started at Barley Close, I now understand how a parent feels entrusting their child to someone else 5 days a week! We work really hard at Barley Close to involve the children's individual interests, skills and needs in every lesson to make learning fun and ensure they enjoy coming to school.
When I'm not at school, I really enjoy spending time with my family. We love picnics, steam railways and beach walks especially! We often visit Cornwall and I love exploring new places too. We particularly enjoyed completing the Gromit Unleashed trail last summer and the Plymouth Elmer trail this summer as we found interesting places we'd never been to before!
I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year. Please do feel free to come and have a chat after school if you have any questions or concerns, or you'd like any more information!
A note from Mrs Rammell
I have been lucky enough to be teaching at Barley Close since January 2010, and as a result, many children and families know me well already. If you don’t know me so well, I look forward to getting to know you very quickly! I love working at Barley Close and being a part of everything it has to offer – whether this is through teaching, events, FoBC or Governors! I missed the children, families and staff of Barley Close hugely whilst on maternity leave recently- although I did thoroughly enjoy taking the year off to be with my baby boy! I am also very pleased to be working directly with Mrs S again this year. We know each other very well and I am excited to be part of the team who will support your child throughout Year 3.
When I'm not at school, I really enjoy spending time with my family. As you will know, I am now lucky enough be a mother myself and I wouldn’t change it for the world! This past year, I have really enjoyed watching my little boy grow and develop into a real character – a little monkey indeed! I am excited for what the future brings for him as each year passes. As a little family we love to go for long walks, holidays abroad (although these are now very different to my past holidays!), visit the park, pop out for lunch or spend time with our family and friends.
Please do feel free to come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns, or you'd like any more information! I look forward to spending a great year with you all!
Handy things to remember.
Handy things to know!
Book bag / Lunch boxes / Reading books
In Year 3, book bags will go in the children’s drawers, lunch boxes in the trolley by the cloakroom.
Please make sure that you sign the reading diary with a short, encouraging/ informative comment so that we know how your child is getting on at home. If their yellow reading record is not signed, they will not be able to change their book.
Snacks / Water bottles
Please remember that tuck is not offered in school any more so feel free to provide your child with a healthy morning play time snack. Please remember that we are a nut-free school!
You may wish to send your child in with a bottle of water to keep in the classroom. I strongly advise this as it a quick and easy way for your child to stay topped up with water! Please make sure that the bottle contains water only and is named.
School uniform PE kits are to be worn to school on the day your child has PE. Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child is sent in with the appropriate kit for that day so that they are able to take part in a fun, interactive lesson! Please also ensure any earrings are removed for these days so that your child can participate. No branded clothing items should be worn for PE, especially hoodies as these can be dangerous during some PE lessons such as Gym.
Please ensure that your child wears the correct uniform to school as colourful hair bows, jewellery etc can become very distracting and can easily get lost.
As you know, Alligator class will have two teachers this year. The first half of the week will be covered by Mrs Rammell and Mrs Silbereis will teach the second half of the week. Both will teach alternate Wednesdays.
Your child should have a yellow reading record book, a reading book and spelling book.
Please take the time to practise reading and spellings at least 3x a week and note down when you read with your child in the yellow reading record book. If you could complete more, that would be fantastic! Reading books can be changed on a Tuesday or a Friday as long as their reading record book has been signed and a comment has been made. Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday.
World Book Day
Thursday 5th March
“Bring Back the Bedtime Story”
To celebrate World Book Day we are asking all children to come to school dressed in their PJ’s or Onesie and bring a favourite book or story to share. During the day classes will be taking part in Buddy Reading activities to share the idea of reading stories together, especially at bedtime.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this!