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Year 3 - Dahl


 Miss J Day and Mrs S Begum


Dahl class 2018


 It's Autumn Term 2, which means the clocks have gone back and it's getting colder.  Please remember to send your child dressed for the weather. 



Year 3 are lucky to have forest school this term.  Please send warm clothes and outdoor shoes to school on Thursday and Friday.  All children will go outside regardless of the weather. 


What is The Daily Mile?


The Daily Mile is simple and free and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate in the classroom.




Guided Reading


This term Year 3 are reading Ted Hughes' novel, The Iron man.   

In this book, mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.


It is such an adventure story. The children are sure to love it! 









Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach. Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils.



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Concrete materials help to develop students' mathematical language, encouraged discussion (both teacher-student and student-student), sharpen the ability of the students to question and probe their own and their peers understanding.



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The pictorial stage is the next step. It is known as the “seeing” stage and involves using images to represent objects to solve a mathematical problem.


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In this symbolic stage a student is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example: 10 ÷ 2 = 5 Students only use abstract numbers and figures when they have enough context to understand what they mean This is the ‘final’ and most challenging of the three stages.


This term we are adding and subtracting numbers up to 10 000. Children will use concrete resources to add and subtract 4-digit numbers.  They will then use the abstract form and complete subtraction and addition by using the column method.  




Primary Writing Project


In English we are continuing to follow the 'Primary Writing Project'. This approach is motivating our children to write the most amazing stories along with, deepening understanding about writing and refining skills so that children make good progress and standards are raised.


Physical Education


PE is on Monday and Wednesday.

This term we will having dance and netball. 

Hopefully the weather will stay dry and we will be spending more time outside so please send your child with outside trainers and warm, black tracksuit bottoms and a white t-shirt.

For indoor PE children must have their black shorts, white t-shirt and plimsolls for this.


Please note: For health and safety reasons please remove earrings on these days. Children must have the correct PE kit in school as we have limited resources available for loan.


Reading and Library


Please bring reading books to school everyday, our library session is on a Thursday.

This is a great opportunity for children to change their reading books and library books!


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Please remember to read with your child on a daily basis and record this in their reading record - there are RED prizes to be won!




We are studying a range of subjects as part of our topic this half term.





In geography we are learning about hamlets, villages, towns and villages. 

Settlements can range from small hamlets to very large cities. They can be identified by their pattern or the functions they offer. Some settlements have altered over time.






We are very lucky to have, The Luton Music Service teach our music lessons.  This term we are learning to play the ukulele.

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In science we will be discovering all about rocks, soil and fossils.


 The children have a science lab in class this term, with amazing fossils and rocks to investigate. We will find out how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed along with the main components of soil and how these affect its properties. Finally they will be discovering what fossils are made from and how they are formed. 


The links below will provide you with an introduction to our science topic.




We will be learning about programming this term.



We are very fortunate to be having Italian lessons this year. So we will be saying Buongiorno! to our new Italian teacher and learning lots of new phrases as the year goes on. 


Below are some number that we can all practise: 


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Value of the month



Value homework - Pink book (to be handed in the first Monday of each new term) 


Talk about what the value means to you. 

What does the value mean to your family? 

How do you show this value in your home? 

Photographs, drawings, poems, thoughts are all acceptable ways of displaying your values homework.