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Year 3 - Wilson

Wilson Class 2018


 It's Autumn Term which means a new school year and lots of exciting things to look forward to.  


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I love to walk in the woods during Autumn and look forward to enjoying our daily walks with the children in Wilson class.


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


In Year 3 we are reading the beautiful story of 'The Butterfly Lion,' by Michael Morpurgo. 

In this book, a young boy runs away from his boarding school and meets an old woman, who tells him the story of Bertie, who lived on a compound in Africa. 

Bertie has a white lion cub, who gets sent to the circus, but they reunite once they're older.

It is such a beautiful story the children are sure to love it! 


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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.



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.


Autumn's story is a warning story called 'The Canal'.The underlying pattern of a warning story involves the main character being warned about going to a dangerous place.  They do not listen and go anyway. A disaster occurs, e.g. they are trapped, they fall.  They try to find a way out and eventually the rescue succeeds, e.g. they escape. The main character has to face the person who gave the original warning. A lesson is learned.  Can you think of any stories you have read which follow this pattern?  


Once the children are familiar with our story 'The Canal', they will change part of the story.  This could be what the children are warned about for example...a busy road.  Eventually we will teach the children to follow the pattern to create their own warning story.

Physical Education


Wilson class P.E is on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon.

This term we will having dance and tag rugby. 

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


Wilson Class visit the library each week, I will let you know which day this is.

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.





'The Butterfly Lion', talks about how Bertie's beloved lion is sent away to a circus.  We stay with the theme of Circus for History. We discover all about the history of clowns.  We will have a dressing up day when the children come to school dressed as their favourite circus character. More Information to follow.


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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 magnets and forces.

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A force is an interaction that, when opposed will change the motion of an object. Magnetism, on the other hand, is the attraction and repulsion Forces can _______________ an object.


  • Forces can _______________ an object.

    • A. Stop the motion of

    • B. Change the mass of

    • C. Change the smell of

    • D. Change the colour of


  • Which of the following metals is NOT magnetic?

    • A. Iron

    • B. Cobalt

    • C. Aluminium

    • D. Nickel




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


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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.