About this class

P.E

Indoor PE will be on Monday afternoon and outdoor games on Tuesday mornings. Please can all children arrive wearing their PE kit on these days.  Track suit bottoms and jumpers will be needed for the colder months. 

Home learning

Each Friday, children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. They will have a suitable number based upon their ability level. The test will be on the following Friday.  The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week, with parental completion of the reading record on at least three occasions. This should indicate when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity.

Meet the team

Mrs Dawn Cowin

Mrs Dawn Cowin

Whole School PPA & Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Whole School PPA & Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Laura Blagdon

Mrs Laura Blagdon

LKS2 Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Brittany Masters

Mrs Brittany Masters

Year 3 Teacher
3BM
Mrs Julie Butcher

Mrs Julie Butcher

Year 3 Teacher
3BM
Mrs Laura Greenhouse

Mrs Laura Greenhouse

Year 3 Teaching Assistant
3BM
Mrs Gemma Harden

Mrs Gemma Harden

Year 3 Teacher
3H

Curriculum- Yearly overview of topics

Overview for the Year

Autumn Terms -"Savage Stone Age" and “Walk like an Egyptian” (Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, rocks and volcanoes and earthquakes)

Spring Terms 3 & 4 “Lost at Sea/Survival” (Animals including Humans, Plants)

Summer Terms 5 & 6 Cities of Gold (Chocolate, Light)

English

Reading

Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud.  Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with approximately three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. The words given each week are primarily taken from the required National Curriculum spelling list for year3/4children. Mrs Greenhouse/Miss Lewis, however, will be working with some children who need greater practice, repetition and reinforcement of some of the phonics work completed in Year 2. This has proved extremely beneficial in the past in raising the standard of these children, allowing them to access the Year 3 curriculum with more ease and confidence. 

Handwriting

Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting. Part of the curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.  

Maths

Times tables facts

It would be helpful if children could practise their times tables at home as well as in school so that class maths challenges that encompass times table facts (fractions, multiplications, problem solving etc) will be much easier and exciting to solve. 

Telling the time is also something that we would appreciate your help with, particularly as we have to ensure by the end of Year 3 children can tell the time in 3 different ways and using 3 different types of clocks- analogue, digital and 24 hour. 

By the end of year 4, ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, so we endeavour to make this easier for them by encouraging these recall skills in Year 3. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.

We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. 

RE

At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.

In Year 3 the key questions are:

  • What do Christians learn from the creation story? 
  • What is it like for someone to follow God? 
  • How and why do people mark the significant events of life?
  • How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people? 
  • Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? (Salvation)
  • Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?

Termly overview

Autumn Term

During English this term we will exploring the book ‘Cave Baby’.  Will be discussing the characters and predicting what we think will happen next. There is a recap of sentence punctuation, as well as the use of expanded noun phrases and the use of the correct tense.  We will be retelling the story in our own words before moving onto writing anon-chronological report about the Stone Age.

In Maths, we will start the term revising place value, before moving onto addition and subtraction, as well as multiplication and division. We believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking this approach.  This is why we use the following resources to help us; Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. Pictorial – alongside this, children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems and finally, Abstract – both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.  

In Science we start Year 3 by looking at Rocks.  We discover the different types of rocks, the rock cycle and the process of fossilisation.  We then move onto Forces, exploring what a force is, the different types of forces and how magnets work.  We use a range of enquiry approaches and skills to encourage the children to explore and ask questions.

In PSHE, we celebrate‘Being Me in my World’ and after half term, move onto ‘Celebrating Difference’.These units from the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work, encourage opinions and discussions around a wide range of issues- rules, acceptance, pride, empathy, reflection and are usually started each week with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Within the classroom, we use kind and positive words and listen to each other. More over, the units involve giving and receiving compliments and sharing ideas in a cooperative and mutually respectful way. Indeed, they underpin and reinforce all of our school values.

In History, we begin by learning about the Stone-Age and making comparisons to our lives today. We are using the wonderful book ‘Cave Baby’ as a stimulus to enable children to picture the lifestyles & survival issues encountered during that period. We will explore timelines within a specific time in history to set out the order things may have happened and introduce new vocabulary to enable children to describe events and periods in History. New facts will involve guided and independent research skills and delivered in a fun and interesting way!

Year Notices:

05/02/24
Over the half term holiday, we would like to invite the children to make a weather diary - this can be completed as creatively as your child likes! These will be used to help support your child's learning in class.

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In Foundation Stage we have been finding out about Lunar New Year. One of the traditions we have been learning about is the wishing tree. Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of festivities. Every year, billions of people around the world gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year. We wrote our own wishes to add to our tree!
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4S have been working hard and sculpting their final art pieces! The children have explored, planned and created clay busts in the style of our Spring term artist Henry Moore 🏺🖌️
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Tamar 🔵 and Meavy 🟡 houses are loving their cinema afternoon for winning the House Points competition in the Autumn term! The children used democracy to vote for their choice of reward and for which film they would watch this afternoon. Have a lovely half term everyone. ☺️ Mrs Gilbride
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MVPS Whole School Writing Competition. ✍️📝🏆💙 We have 7 x £5 book vouchers up for grabs that can be used at our book fair (week beginning 11th March 2024) to purchase a book! There will be one winner from each year group. How to enter: -Write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Your story can be about whatever you want! We want to see you using your imagination and dreaming up your own world. -EYFS and children who may find writing challenging- Can you draw a story including a beginning, middle and end? Challenge: Try and use the skills that you have been taught in class throughout your writing. Staff from the school will then vote on the 7 winners! The winning stories will also be on display during the book fairs and published on our school Facebook page. Please send all entries to your class teacher by Wednesday 28th February. The winners will be announced on Friday 8th March. Terms and conditions of the voucher: 1. Valid for one transaction from your Scholastic Book Fair only. 2. Defaced or photocopied vouchers not accepted. 3. No change given for items less than full value. Wishing all of our families and friends a wonderful half term break. Thank you for your continued support, Happy writing, Miss Harris.
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2C are authors 📚📝 We have loved our creative writing unit this half term. Daisy Doodles has been our focused book. The children have produced their own version as an independent write with the challenge of including alliteration, expanded noun phrases and similes.
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Great shooting at Thornbury from team Manadon. Well done.
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World Book Day continued…. 📚 Children are able to wear their pyjamas if they want as there are lots of book characters that wear pyjamas. They could also come as a ‘child’ from a story and wear normal mufti. 🙃💙
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Please follow the link to see how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books. 💙
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World Book Day 2024 is taking place on Thursday 7th March 2024, and all children and staff at MVPS are invited to dress up as their favourite book characters. Today, all children will be leaving school with their £1 tokens. The £1 tokens and £1 books give all children the chance to choose and own a book – for free. The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers. Use your World Book Day £1 book token to get one of these brilliant reads for free between 15th February and 31st March 2024 or you can use it to get £1 off any book £2.99+ at the school bookfair in the week beginning Monday 11th March- further details to follow. Children can use their £1 token at a range of shops including Asda, Blackwell’s, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, The Works and hundreds of independent booksellers. Find your nearest bookseller at worldbookday.com/participating-retailers World Book Day and Oxford Children’s have worked with the 2024 £1publishers on dressing up templates and ideas to create low-cost costumes related to the 2024 £1 books. Ideas of how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books will be uploaded in the next post. These ideas will also be emailed out to all parents/carers today.
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Maths games!!!! 2C have been adding and subtracting from 20, practising our times tables and showing understanding of greater than and less than
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Year 2 only!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Due to the very wet field, our Friday football won’t be going ahead tomorrow. Please look in book bags for a letter explaining our plan to continue lunchtime football next term. It’s open to all boys in Year 2. There will be opportunities for girls to play after Easter. Don’t worry, they won’t miss out. Mr Cuzner
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Year 2 have loved having district sport this term⚽️🏀🥎
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✏️🐱 Animal Poetry! 🦜✏️ Year 1 have been reading poems by Joshua Seigal this week! We enjoyed the poem 'Never' so much that we decided to write our own in the same style. The children did a wonderful job at choosing which animals to write about and came up with some rather hilarious ideas on things to 'never' do to animals for their final write! We're SO proud of them! 🧡 Here's a little taster to make you smile;
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Our wonderful ‘Young Voices’ singers made it into The Plymouth Chronicle - page 10. Lovely and proud memories of a very special trip a fortnight ago! 🎵
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Year 2 had a great time running the gauntlet in PE this morning. They have worked hard on their throwing, catching and rolling skills this term.
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Free craft workshops 🎨 This sounds wonderful ✨
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**Update on the Accelerated Reader reward system** From tomorrow, all children who receive 80% or above on a quiz (in the top half of their ZPD) will receive a raffle ticket 🎟️ 🥳💙🤓 EYFS and year 2 not on Accelerated Reader will remain the same 😊 3 names will be chosen each week by their class teacher. 👩🏼‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Thank you, Miss Harris.
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Year 6 were invited by Devonport High School for Girls to go and watch their production ‘The Addams Family’. We had a truly fantastic morning watching the performance. The show was incredible and really inspiring for our year 6s thinking about their transition to secondary. 🎭 🎶
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