Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder, a very exciting time for your child beginning Year 3 and moving to Key Stage 2. We hope that you all had both a restful and enjoyable summer break.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 3 with lots of learning taking place. In our Science work, we will be studying “Animals including Humans”. This year, we are introducing Thematic Topic lessons across the school, and our first Year 3 Topic is “Survival”. We look forward to exploring Survival through key times in History and Geography, and using our Computing and creative skills to solve challenges.
In this half term, we are pleased to be taking our children on a Survival experience at Cannock Chase. More details to follow.
English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are a big focus in Year 3, to prepare for their test in Year 4. Please practise with your child regularly and also ensure your child has their reading books in school every day.
For more details of our learning this term please click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Children need to keep a P.E kit in school, but generally children in Year 3 will have P.E on a Friday, can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. PE kit can be purchased from the school office and should consist of a plain white t-shirt, plain shorts and a pair of pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform, including PE kit and pumps, are labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost!
Following our letter in July we are excited to announce Year 3 will begin their swimming lessons in September. The children have been split into two groups and they will be taken over alternative half terms, an additional letter with more details will be coming your way very soon.
Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Children in Year 3 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will be continued and spellings will be given out each Tuesday and tested on the following week.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.
We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We anticipate a busy and exciting term and we thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
Mrs B Turner
Year 3 parents enjoyed coming into school to use the school library.
The children and parents looked at different books before deciding on a book to take home and share together.
We look forward to hearing all about the books that were taken home and looking at your 'Reading Together' posters.
Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed participating in a number of 'feel good' activities. They particularly enjoyed their yoga and cake decorating sessions.
Year 3 were very lucky to welcome Alexis Deacon into their classroom, the day after they saw him at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre!
Firstly, Year 3 were shown how to turn a simple shape into a character by adding eyes and a beak. The children then worked with Alexis to name the character and build a character profile. Year 3 were then able to try it out for themselves, and the results were outstanding. Everybody created at least one character and they were all able to describe what their character liked and disliked. Finally these new characters were shared with Alexis who was amazed at the results. The session finished with all the Year 3 children receiving one of Alexis Deacon’s signed books – ‘A Place to Call Home’ to take home and share with their families.
What an amazing experience for us all and one that we will always remember.
Years 2 and 3 were given an amazing opportunity to visit Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
Once seated the children were introduced to the acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Alexis Deacon.
Alexis was able to share his love of drawing with the children as well as bringing his books to life by reading some of his favourite stories – Croc and Bird, Beegu and I am Henry Finch.
Some of the children were inspired to start to draw their own illustrations when they got back to school.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the next Alexis Deacon.
Year 3 had a fantastic day at Tanglewood in Cannock Chase learning about what life might have been like in the Stone Age. The children had fun learning about what the clothing may have been like as well as learning how to make a fire to keep themselves warm. As a special treat marshmallows were toasted on the open fire and we had the opportunity to eat them! Some of us thought they were scrumptious 😊 We then experimented with the bow and arrow to see if we could catch any animals for our lunch. We managed to catch a couple of mammoths which fed us all! Finally, we worked as a tribe to build a shelter; using only the materials found on the forest floor. Our shelters were tested with water to see if they would keep us dry. Unfortunately, some of us got a little wet! We then headed back to school ready to tell our parents and carers all about our day. Thank you to Rowan and Tanglewood for giving us a fun packed day that we will always remember.
Year 3 were a little confused after lunch as some ice blocks had been left in their classroom.
Some observant members of our class noticed that paper was trapped inside the ice! The children discussed how the ice could be melted quickly and they then investigated the different ways.
Eventually all the ice melted and the children discovered that the paper was actually clues to their learning!
Year 3 are very excited to find out how the clues all link to each other.
Year 3 had an amazing day exploring Wroxeter Roman City. They were able to wander around the remains of the bathhouse and act out what it might have been like to be a Roman by working up a sweat and then having an imaginary dip in the Roman bath! They also explored a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii. While in the town house they were set a challenge to label each of the many rooms, solve the clues linked to the different building materials and they also dressed like a Roman which they all enjoyed.
While in the museum they learnt about the daily lives of the people who lived in Wroxeter by exploring the many artefacts on display.
Year 3 had a fabulous day of learning when they visited Jaguar Land Rover on the i54.
After being split into two groups they were treated to a tour of the site, by the very friendly staff, where they learnt how different parts of the Jaguar engine were assembled by both machines and humans. They then put their science learning to the test while completing a workshop exploring friction using a car on a range of surfaces. Skills of predicting, investigating and measuring were all successfully used.
The afternoon brought the Engenious Challenge! Here the children were set the challenge of working in a team to build a four cylinder internal combustion engine with moving pistons and a crankshaft. Year 3 showed great teamwork and perseverance throughout the challenge and all groups managed to build a working engine - we may have some future engineers in Year 3!
Thank you to all the Jaguar staff for making our day fun and educational @JLREducation
Year 3 have been having fun with their science learning.
They explored making their own skeletons using twigs and sticks in the outdoors. They then compared their creations with an actual skeleton, before moving on to naming the different bones.