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Welcome to Poseidon

poseidonOur names are Mrs Spencer and Mrs Townend and we teach the Year 3 class at Hall Meadow. Poseidon class is also very lucky to have other adults that teach us and support our learning; Mr Palmer takes the class for PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Poseidon are in the first year of Key stage 2 and across the year will continue to develop their independence and their approach to learning.

Spring Term  - YEAR 3 ROCKS!

This term we are finding out about rocks. We will be going rock hunting and making observations with magnifying glasses. The children already have lots of questions that they want to research and investigate. We will be looking at physical features in geography, in particular looking at mountains and rivers. We are still developing our map skills and knowledge of where places are in the world. Our art work is focussing on surrealist artists and we will be trying out some new skills to make our own pictures in this style. In RE, we will begin to find out about Judaism and what family life is like and comparing this to our own experiences.

Our focus in Maths will continue to be on place value and calculations using written methods for addition and subtraction. Any practice you can do at home to support this would be very helpful.

We are using a fantastic class text this term called The Pebble in my Pocket, which links to our science and geography work. It is full of rich vocabulary and vivid descriptions of how a pebble is created over millions of years. Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.


Learning Updates

We are really making progress with our recorder playing. This week we followed a ‘bubble grid’ to help us stay in time. We even popped a few bubbles to make some longer notes.

George said, “We made our own rhythms for our recorders and we are going to rehearse them so we can perform them to the class.” 

In art we studied ammonite fossils and tried to make a colourful version using watercolours. We tried to blend and smudge the colours to create different effects. 

Jessica said, “We painted fossils using the watercolours, we learnt to not use too much water or it will rip the page.” 

Darcey said, “We tested different combinations of colours and techniques, like using a wet page to dab the colours onto.” 

In Maths we have learnt how to use column subtraction and know how to exchange (borrow) from other columns. 

Harry said, “We learnt about subtraction, we exchanged tens and hundreds.” 

In Literacy we learnt the poem ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright, we rehearsed it in small groups and then performed it to the class. We tried to use a clear voice with lots of expression. Then we wrote our own poems about a magic box and what we would put inside it. We had to think of things that we would want to keep forever. We had lots of creative ideas. 

I will put in the box 
All the marshmallows in the world 
The sound of sweet birds tweeting 
The smell of a summer day

This week we have been petrologists, they are people who study rocks, we tested different rocks and followed a sorting key to work out which type of rock it was.

Marlo said, “We had to look really carefully using a microscope and then try to figure out what type of rock it was.” 

Oliver S said “ If you put vinegar on the rock and it fizzed then that meant it had small parts of animal shells in it. My rock fizzed; I had a piece of pumice.” 

We also made a model of the Earth and how it is made up. There are 4 layers, inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. This helped us to understand where rocks come from and how mountains are made. 

We have been finding out about different ways of presenting data and how to interpret and answer questions about data. We know how to use pictograms, Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams. We enjoyed using practical resources to sort out information and got to work with a different partner. 

We began to learn a song this week and have continued to improve our techniques and trying to play altogether. This has tested our listening skills but we are making progress! 

Joel said “ I enjoyed learning a song to play on the recorder. We know where to put our fingers; we have to make a ‘tu’ sound when we blow into the recorder.” 

We finished the week by looking at a a famous piece of art work by Salvador Dali. We discussed the picture and what it made us think about and how it made us feel. We than used the picture as a P4C stimulus and it gave us lots of juicy questions to discuss. 

Maisie “ We all sat in a circle and asked questions about the picture. It had lots of clocks on it so we talked about time and memories.” 

Mishal said “ I enjoyed learning about the artist, we asked P4C questions which need to be ‘juicy’, this means there should be lots for us to think about.”

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How you can help!

Year 3 are given weekly homework that is set on a Wednesday and handed back in for marking on a Monday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn which are tested on a Thursday. Throughout the year the type of work that they will be set will varying with each half term having a slightly different focus. MyMaths will be used at different points throughout the year as the set homework but is available all year round for extra practice. Please continue to practise your times tables as we are now using the Times Table Marathon to track which times tables the children know, ask your child about this. We are enjoying the challenge and it is helping us to make progress with our multiplication knowledge..

Home Learning

Please read every day, practise your spellings and learn your times tables for the Times Table Marathon.
You might find these websites useful.

BBC Science Website

My Maths

Great Site for Maths Games

Times Tables

About Us

At Hall Meadow we promote achievement in all areas and from all members of our community. We respect and value each person as unique. We work together to create an active, caring and high quality environment that encourages self-sustaining lifelong learning.

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Teaching & Learning

We are a fully inclusive school, children are always at the centre of everything we do. The curriculum is innovative and provides maximum opportunities for intellectual, social and emotional development. The children study the National Curriculum through themes such as 'Keen to be Green'.

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Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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