5th - 9th December 2022

Highlights of the week:

In English this week, we finished looking at riddles and we all had a go at writing our own riddles. Some of the riddles are up in the library to see if other children can solve them. Towards the end of the week, we have been looking at instructional writing. We looked at how to use imperative verbs (bossy verbs) to make sure our instructions are clear. Next week, we are going to write instructions for ‘How to Dig Up and Preserve a Dinosaur’. We watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20su_vqPZx4 and had a go at ‘digging up’ our own dinosaurs.

If you would like to ‘dig up’ dinosaurs yourself, the instructions are below.
Easy Oobleck Excavation


● Corn Starch
● Water
● Container or tray
● Small dinosaurs or other items to be excavated
● Blunt instrument or tool to use to dig in the Easy Oobleck Excavation

1. Use your hands to mix about two cups of cornstarch with one cup of water in the tray.
2. Push several dinosaurs or your preferred items to be excavated into the Oobleck. Plastic items tend to float a little so be sure to check back a time or two and push them down into the Oobleck.
3. Place the container of Oobleck in front of a fan to dry overnight.
4. Make sure the Easy Oobleck Excavation has dried.
5. Use the tool to scrape away and excavate the dried Oobleck and uncover the treasures inside.
6. Once all the items have been discovered, the Easy Oobleck Excavation can be reconstituted with water and the Oobleck can be enjoyed.

In Maths this week, we continued with our multiplication and division unit. We have been looking at how we can apply our amazing times tables knowledge to solve more complex problems. We have also been focusing on our reasoning skills and explaining how we know we have got the right answer.

This week in Spellings, we have been looking at your new spelling strategies. We have looked at some other spelling strategies to help us improve our spelling. We have also been challenging ourselves to add prefixes and suffixes to our spelling words.

Our enquiry question for this term is ‘How do we know about what happened long ago?’ We are now starting to look at the different ages and how things changed over time.

In Design and Technology this week, we continued our textiles unit. We designed our stockings and thought about a design criteria. We decided who we were going to make the stockings for and how we were going to make it appealing to them.

In Geography, we have been looking at farming and the different types of farming. We looked at the land that is needed for the different types of farming. Next week, we are looking at how farming has changed over time.

In Guided Reading, we have been looking at the Grinch. We have worked on our vocabulary and our summarising skills. We have really enjoyed this Christmas themed book.

Home learning:

● Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
● There are no spellings this week.
● Now we have TimesTables Rockstars, please support your child to access it online. It is recommended that children play TTRS for 5 minutes a day for maximum impact.


● PE days for Year 3 are Wednesdays (outdoors) and Fridays (Indoors).
● Our library days are on Thursdays, please can you make sure your child has their library book to return or renew. We have a few overdue books, please could you look for these at home, so your child can take home a new book.