Two weeks back in school? It feels like we never left now! Everybody in year 3 is fully back in the swing of things. We love going outdoors to do our learning, to the arena, the field and the forest, and then getting back to the warmer classrooms for our usual English, maths and reading.
In our English lessons this week we have been reading Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina. This story about a girl who really wants to go to school, but can’t, feels a lot closer to home after spending such a long time in remote learning!
Alongside the discussion of this poignant theme, we have been focussing on using different sentence lengths for effect and employing questions, statements and commands when rewriting parts of the story or predicting what will come next. This led up to Friday where we worked together to edit our peer’s work.
In maths, we have been developing our use of the nine times table, including exploring the links between it and the three times table, use of adjacent multiples and reasoning with word problems.
As always, we loved getting the chance to apply our maths in practical settings, lining up sets of eighteen counters into arrays, making groups of 9 and 3 and then discerning what multiplication and division sentences we could draw from what we had made. On another day we played a game where the teacher called out a division equation (e.g. 21 ÷ 3) and we had to get into groups numbering the answer.
Using our outdoor space so much with our teachers is helping us not only to reintegrate into school, but to get used to playing with our friends and being active again. This is paired with a set of PSHE lessons and assemblies across the week; talking about our experiences over the past few months and sharing our hopes for the future.
Oak, Redwood and Maple have done a fantastic job yet again. We are immensely proud of everything you have done since being back in school.
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.