Chestnut Class - Year 3
Teacher: Ms C Clegg
Google Classroom code: r5abjnn
Welcome to Chestnut's page!
We've enjoyed an amazing Autumn and Spring Term together as Chestnut Class and I know we'll continue to have a super Summer Term 2 together too. I remain very excited to share the children’s learning journey with them; to see how they continue to blossom academically, socially and emotionally.
Our page includes useful information about Chestnut Class; however, if you have any queries or require additional information at any time, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly.
School arrival timings remain the same as previous, which require all Chestnut children to arrive to school at 08:30 (and 08:40 if they have a sibling in KS1.) The classroom door will be closed by 08:45.
At the end of the day, the children will leave the classroom approximately 14:55-15:00.
We are continuing to ask all children to come in PE kits for the days they have PE. Chestnut Class has PE on Mondays and Wednesdays; Monday will be indoor PE and Wednesday outdoor PE (weather permitting), so please dress your child accordingly, in school PE uniform.
As previously discussed, please ensure your child has their school reading book and yellow Reading Diary in school every day. As mentioned, we recommend that you listen to your child read on a daily basis; please record this in their yellow Reading Diary.
Every child in the school has been given a home login for Google Classroom (it will be their own personal school email).
Their password is generic --> Password1 (captial P)
To join Chestnut Class click the plus in the top right corner (join) and then type in the class code --> r5abjnn
Homework Booklet - Summer Term 2
Please find below the Homework Booklet for Summer Term 2. The home learning activities are linked to the areas we are focusing on in class, and have been carefully chosen to develop different skills in relation to a variety of curriculum subjects.
Any Maths, English and/or Spellings homework will continue to be posted weekly on our class Google Classroom page. If you have any questions regarding your child's homework, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Summer 2 information, coming soon...
Please continue to scroll down to view additional information relevant to Year 3 learning and Chestnut Class, such as ways to support your child reading at home, recommended reads, recommended reading lists, spelling cards, times tables cards and special achievements.
Ways to support your child reading at home.
Recommended Reads for Year 3
Recommended Reading List
Please find below the recommended reading list for Year 3 (I have also included Year 4 FYI).
Bloom's Taxonomy - Useful Reading Questions
As you are aware, we ask that you read with your child everyday (or as often as you are able), and that every read be recorded in their yellow Reading Diary. Please find attached a selection of varied questions to help support your questioning with your child, when they read to you at home.
Times Table Cards
In Chestnut Class (and throughout school), we enjoy celebrating our achievements, including our weekly Special Mention and CHaS. For more detailed information about each week's Special Mention and CHaS (including the reasons why), please see the school's webpage, section Children - Achievements, which is updated weekly.
Autumn Term 1 - Vanessa.
Autumn Term 2 - Emma.
Spring Term 1 - Charlie.
Spring Term 2 - Scarlett.
This half term's Special Mention:
Special Mention - Summer 2
Special Mention - Summer 1
Week 1 - James.
Week 2- Meghan.
Week 3 - Zach.
Week 4 - Kayla.
Week 5 - N/A
Special Mention - Spring 2
Week 1 - Hilton.
Week 2 - Logan.
Week 3 - Polly.
Week 4 - Scarlett.
Week 5 - James.
Week 6 - two Special Mentions: Ivan and Oscar.
Special Mention - Spring 1
Week 1 - N/A
Week 2 - Raf.
Week 3 - Elijah.
Week 4 - Harley.
Week 5 - Will.
Week 6 - Ivan.
Week 7 - Kayla.
Special Mention - Autumn Term 2
Week 1 - Ivan.
Week 2 - Hilton.
Week 3 - Eadee.
Week 4 - Melissa.
Week 5 - N/A.
Week 6 - Billy.
Week 7 - ALL of Chestnut Class.
Special Mention - Autumn Term 1
Week 1 - ALL Chestnut class. This is for the super start we've had together this week.
Week 2 - Isabella.
Week 3 - Kayla.
Week 4 - Billy and Logan.
Week 5 - James.
Week 6 - Scarlett.
Week 7 - Zach.
This half term's CHaS:
CHaS - Summer Term 2
CHaS - Summer Term 1
Week 1 - Melissa.
Week 2 - Elijah.
Week 3 - Charlie.
Week 4 - Polly.
Week 5 - N/A.
CHaS - Spring Term 2
Week 1 - Isabella.
Week 2 - Lydia.
Week 3 - Oscar.
Week 4 - Kayla.
Week 5 - Bi Bi Aisha.
Week 6 - two CHaS: Hilton and Vanessa.
CHaS - Spring Term 1
Week 1 - N/A
Week 2 - Emma.
Week 3 - Meghan.
Week 4 - Stan.
Week 5 - Charlie.
Week 6 - Logan.
Week 7 - Raf.
CHaS - Autumn Term 2
Week 1 - James.
Week 2 - Scarlett.
Week 3 - Charlie.
Week 4 - Vanessa.
Week 5 - N/A.
Week 6 - Stanley.
Week 7 - Harry.
CHaS - Autumn Term 1
Week 1 - Jordan.
Week 2 - Harley.
Week 3 - Billy.
Week 4 - Oscar.
Week 5 - Lydia.
Week 6 - Raffy.
Week 7 - Kayla.
Look at our Learning!
Summer Term 2; coming soon...!
Summer Term 1
The children greatly enjoyed all our Jubilee celebrations, both in class and during our whole school street party! We discussed the history and significance of our Queen's Platinum Jubilee and enjoyed a variety of cross-curricular lessons and activities. We also enjoyed a dance workshop, looking at the different decades and dance, during our Queen's reign.
As part of World Bee Day, the children enjoyed coming to school in yellow or black (or both), to help celebrate the contribution bees make to our planet. We enjoyed a day of learning, centred around bees! In Mission Maths, the children worked in small teams to make honey biscuits, using their fraction knowledge to correctly calculate fractions of an amount for their ingredients and also then carefully measuring their ingredients. In Mission English, the children worked hard to read, comprehend and then follow written instructions in order to successfully make their peg and roll bees! We particularly enjoyed our bee workshop, whereby the children were able to look, feel and smell different bee hive and bee keeper items, whilst discussing the Science of bees and being introduced to new Scientific vocabulary. The children also enjoyed an art tutorial, whereby they followed step by step instructions on how to draw a realistic bee. Chestnut Class were certainly 'buzzing' by the end of the day!
As challenge-loving Chestnuts, we continue to work hard and enjoy our learning in class; we're proud of all we achieve!
Spring Term 2
The children have enjoyed a wonderful end to this half term. Luckily, we were able to participate in more author workshops and meet the newest and youngest additions to WECPS (10 chicks), before they left for their permanent home at the farm! The children have also worked hard to continue their artwork based on the artist Geogria O'Keefe, producing some wonderful work. We greatly enjoyed an exciting and practical Science workshop, learning about the water cycle. In Computing the children continued their learning and developed their Scratch skills, which they all thoroughly enjoyed! Plus, lots of other engaging lessons and activities, working hard across all lessons. Well done Chestnut Class for a super Spring Term 2.
The Children have really enjoyed Science Week in school, which has included making their own seed bombs and also, continuing our work looking at plants. We made the most of the sunshine and went out on the field, in order to collect weeds, so we could then examine their roots. We discussed our findings to determine whether the roots were fibrous or taproots.
The children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters, as part of our celebration of World Book Day. Can you guess which characters we are?!?
Spring Term 1
We enjoyed an amazing end to Spring 1, with the highlight being our Viking Day! The children enjoyed a day of learning, themed around the Vikings and also answered our Mission question of whether the Vikings were victorious or vicious. We enjoyed making clay runes of our names from the Runic alphabet, making 'Viking bread', Vikings mini-Maths and then working co-operatively and collaboratively to build our own Viking longships, using only cardboard, felt tip pens and sellotape. All teams were successful, showing their CHaS teamwork qualities and also included the five requirements of our longships: it be long, have a dragon's head, tail, sail and shields. The children also enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas on the last day of the half term, as we celebrated a well-being and mindfulness day throughout school. Finally, the children showcased their longships, before we broke up for the half term break. A super way to end Spring Term 1.
This week in Chestnut Class, the children enjoyed learning more about internet safety, during the global Safer Internet Day. The children enjoyed designing their own posters to encourage being safe online. As with every week, the children greatly enjoyed their outdoors PE lesson with Jak; they showed great team spirit and worked cooperatively together. In Mission Music, the children enjoyed practising the 'easy E', using a mallet to play the glockenspiel. Finally, our highlight of the week was our online author workshop with Ailsing Fowler. We enjoyed listening to the author and then the question and answer session at the end. The children were able to directly ask Ailsing questions, and also listen to her answers.
This week, we’ve enjoyed linking our English writing to our Mission History work, publishing our Viking Kenning poems this week. The children also wrote comparisons of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. In Mission Science, we learnt more about food chains; the children enjoyed creating a class food chain ahead of creating their own in their books. We also checked our egg experiment for the results, in order to write our conclusions. Finally, we enjoyed celebrating Maths and numbers as part of NSPCC Number Day.
Wow, what a week in Chestnut Class! The highlight of the week, was definitely the Chinese Dance Workshop! The children learnt about the history of the Chinese New Year and then different Chinese dance movements. The children greatly enjoyed the dancing, especially incorporating the 'dragon' into their movements! We also enjoyed continuing our learning about the Vikings in History and ended the lesson by exploring some replica items from Vikings times (the children are aware there is no historical evidence the Vikings actually wore horned helmets!). The children also made some stunning decorated tiles during their Outdoor Learning lesson, ready for our whole school well-being garden.
Another wonderful week in Chestnut Class. The children enjoyed learning more about the Viking way of life in Mission History, and then answering a number of questions about it. In Mission Science, we continued our learning about the human digestive system, discussing the different steps in the process. However, the highlight of this week, was our workshop with ‘Sublime Science’! The children enjoyed discussing Science, watching a few ‘fun’ experiments and then made their own slime. We enjoyed learning the scientific vocabulary behind slime!
In Chestnut Class, we've had a busy first full week in school of 2022! However, our highlight of the week (or at least the most memorable!), was our Mission Science lesson. We discussed the simple functions of the human digestive system. We discussed the use and purpose of the mouth (teeth and tongue), oesophagus, stomach and the small and large intestines. We then had great fun, carrying out our own practical experiment, in order to recreate the digestive system in humans!
What a wonderful way to start the year together in Chestnut class! Our first week together in 2022, and the children have all worked really hard and as always, continue to bring their best efforts to class everyday. We enjoyed beginning to learn about the Vikings and their invasion of Britain. We discussed the Vikings; who they were, where they came from and why they invaded Britain, then the children worked together to correctly order the events in history, in order to create their own Viking timeline. Continuing our Viking theme for this half term, the children enjoyed learning about weaving and starting their own piece of weaving. First, the children designed their Viking weaving, then we used cardboard for the loom and wool for the material - we just had to work hard not to get tangled in the wool! The children also wanted to share some of their amazing homework from Autumn 2, before taking their work back home.
A fun-packed week for Chestnut Class! The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting our class elf, Elsie, and reading through her letters at the beginning of every day. Throughout the week, we also planned and wrote a letter to Santa - the children enjoyed getting in the festive spirit.
Throughout the week, our class were busy developing their knowledge in French - we recapped colours together.
Finally, the children also enjoyed making fudge and truffles, which they later designed and packaged ahead of the school Christmas fayre.
What a lovely week it has been in Chestnut Class.
Ms Clegg and Miss Roberts are super proud of everyone!
Well done, Chestnuts!
Linking with our Science work, this week, in Mission English we learnt more about the muscles in our bodies. We carefully followed instructions and worked in pairs to make a moving arm! In Mission Maths, the children thoroughly enjoyed working using the Chromebooks to access Times Tables Rockstars to practice their times tables knowledge!
This week, we also had a walk through the local area in Whitley, visiting Whitley Lock, George and the Dragon and All Saints Church. In Mission Geography, we discussed the difference between human and physical features; later making some lovely maps to illustrate these using the places we visited as examples. In Mission History, we discussed the history of the area, including our school!
Another highlight Chestnut enjoyed was an in school visit of birds. We learnt more about predator birds (eagles and owls) - their living conditions and eating habits!
Finally, we each placed a bauble on the Christmas tree. What a lovely week it has been - Ms Clegg and Miss Roberts are super proud of Chestnuts efforts this week.
Another lovely week in Chestnut Class! In Mission Geography, we enjoyed learning more about the UK - areas of flat lands, hills, and mountains. The children worked hard to create their own topographical maps, attaching different coloured crepe paper to represent the more mountainous regions. In Mission Science, we learnt about the human skeleton, its role in protecting the organs and we then labelled some of the main bones in the human body. The children also enjoyed drawing ‘life size’ skeletons, in order to show their prior knowledge and what they learnt in the lesson. We also enjoyed sitting in our reading corner to listen to Miss Roberts read part of one of our 'read for pleasure' books at the end of the day. Finally, the children enjoyed combining Computing with Children in Need, using their computing skills to design their own Pudsey Bear!
We enjoyed sitting together in our reading corner, reading another of our 'Spotlight Author' books this week - Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. The children particularly enjoyed our World Science Day focus this week, whereby we worked in teams to predict, time, record and conclude our own experiments, to test the best biscuit to 'dunk'; some children were quite surprised by the results! We used dice to select spelling choices in our Spelling lesson - the children all did super with their spelling test this week. On Remembrance Day, we discussed what it is, why we wear poppies and why it's important to remember. The children wrote their own REMEMBER acrostic poems and then enjoyed making their own poppies out of card and crepe paper. Another wonderful week in Chestnut Class.
In Mission Geography, we enjoyed learning more about the UK, specifically about cities and counties within the UK. We enjoyed locating and then labelling cities throughout the UK; we then identified the four Yorkshire counties on a map of the UK. In Mission Science, we discussed nutrition and why a balanced diet is important for all living things. We looked in more detail at the nutritional needs of humans, cats, dogs and birds. We then enjoyed creating our own pie charts to represent human's nutritional needs. It was also lovely to see a wider reading book from home being linked to our Mission in school and shared with the class. Additionally, to be able to share our first piece of Mission homework for this half term! On Friday (5th November), we enjoyed learning more about the history of Bonfire Night and then linking this to Mission Art. The children used black card and oil pastels to create their own amazing artwork. A super start to our Autumn Term 2!
Autumn Term 1 - A 'snapshot' of our learning so far...
Below are some more pictures from our Geography lesson.
Here is a picture of our finished art work. We linked our Mission Geography work with Mission Art in order to create our own amazing toucan artwork in the style of the famous British artist John Dyer.
Here are some pictures from our Geography lesson, we were comparing different forests and putting them into the correct category.
Please see the pictures below. Here we are enjoying using different colouring materials to create a picture that is similar to the artist we are looking at this half term in Chestnut, John Dyer.
Happy World Mental Health Day! Below is a picture of us all sat in the reading corner, Ms Clegg read to us some stories related to mental health. We also had a class discussion about what mental health is.
The pictures below are us enjoying our first hockey match in PE with Jak.
Below is a picture from our outdoor learning session. We enjoyed making a 'Pumpkin spice cookie jar'and doing some autumnal colouring.
Here are some more pictures of our amazing homework!
Below are some pictures of us holding our fantastic homework which we have been bringing in since the start of the term.
Below are some pictures from our Science lesson where we were looking around the field for livings things that were invertebrates.
During outdoor learning we made sun catchers. The pictures below are us holding our sun catchers up to the sun to see them shine.
In Chestnut Class, the children enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl day, including dressing up as their favourite Roald Dahl character or wearing yellow. It was a wonderful way to end our Week 2.
As part of Roald Dahl day Ms Clegg read us a book called 'The Enormous Crocodile'; we enjoyed sitting in the reading corner and discussing the story.
Here are some pictures from the first outdoor learning session of the year, during the session we used paints and lots of different materials to create a seaside picture.
For Science this half term we are learning about 'Living things and their habitats'. This week we were grouping the living things into four different categories. We enjoyed cutting out different living things and sticking them onto the correct place on our sheet.