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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Sapphire Class

Welcome to Sapphire Class! We are a class of Year 3 pupils.

Our teacher is Miss Male and Mrs Rowland is the teaching assistant in our class.

See below to find out more about what goes on in Year 3. The comments are usually written by the School Council representatives.


Autumn Term 2018-2019

Our topic: Let the Battle Commence

Click here to see the Autumn Term Curriculum Map

Click here to view the Class Routines


Week beginning 8th October 2018

This week we went on our class trip to Escot Park. It was a real life Anglo-Saxon village. We were shown around and learned lots of new facts. We completed a maze, ground flour and made bread, crafted a broach using a bellow and hammer, dressed up as the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, used a lathe to make a skittle and carved runes into wood to make a special Puriton Primary School plaque. In the afternoon we went on a foraging walk and learned about herbs and we saw some wolves, owls and red squirrels. We learned how they were useful back then. We finished the day stamping a coin.

In numeracy we have been practising the column method adding ones to 3 digit numbers. Some of use forget to carry the ten and others forget to add on the carried ten! In literacy we have been practising recount skills using fronted adverbial phrases and we created word banks about our trip to help us with our writing next week.

In qualities and values we have been thinking about how we speak to one another. Whether something is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary or Kind (T.H.I.N.K.). It's beginning to help us realise how we can use our voices in positive ways.

Some parents have asked how the strike system works in KS2. You can find the answers in the behaviour policy which is on the website under 'Key Information' and then 'Policies'.


Week beginning 1st October 2018

This week in Sapphire Class we have been learning about recounts. We have explored what a good one looks like. and begun to learn about using the past tense, pronouns and expanded noun phrases in our writing. In science we have been learning about skeletons and the names of our bones. In numeracy we have been learning how to add and take away hundreds and ones from 3 digit numbers. In history we have been learning about what was left behind by the Romans.

This week in Sapphire Class we have been putting a lot of emphasis on praise. There have been a couple of times where children have enjoyed earning an afternoon play time for good listening and in addition to this, it has been a Double Whammy Week! This means that firstly, any children without strikes by the end of the week get to enjoy decorating and eating biscuits in their Golden Time. Secondly and in addition to this, any child who reaches the Reading Rocket this week can earn a prize from the box! These are two separate rewards which can be earned simply by following the class rules or reading daily and handing in reading diaries each morning.

* A couple of reminders: Parent's Evening next week - please make sure you've signed up. Our class trip is also next week, please make sure you have returned your slip to the office - it will be a great day!


Week beginning 24th September 2018

This week in literacy we have been exploring 'a' and 'an', nouns and verbs in Kenning poetry. We've even been writing our own poems. We learned that Kennings are something which the Saxons made up to name their weapons.

In numeracy we have been comparing numbers to 1000, ordering 3 digit numbers and assessing what we've learned so far in place value.

This week has been Health & Fitness week so we have been doing warm ups or stretches each morning before assembly, we took part in a house cross country run around the school grounds, we has a First Aid workshop where we learned how to put each other in the recovery position and we learned how best to keep ourselves fit and healthy through diet and exercise.

In science this week we have been learning about the human skeleton and all about bones and what they are called.

To end our first learning experience we taught our family and friends all about mosaics whilst designing and making a final piece with lots of tiles. We've really enjoyed this learning experience but we've had to be resilient with all the little pieces and tiles.

On Friday we had our Harvest service in the church, 4 Sapphire Class children bravely read their prayers at the front to everyone else. It was nice to celebrate where all our food comes from.


Week beginning 17th September 2018

* Please keep an eye out for the class trip letter which was sent home this week.

In numeracy we have been putting 3 digit numbers on a number line, finding 1, 10 or 100 more or less than 3 digit numbers and comparing objects to 1000. This has been a little bit trickier. We’ve also been practising times table Rock Stars.

In literacy we have been using consonants and vowels to help us decide whether we should use ‘a’ or ‘an’. We wrote a list using the alphabet, ‘a’ or ‘an’ and commas! We have begun exploring Kennings poetry which is a bit like a riddle and comes from the Anglo-Saxons.

We began whole class guided reading this week which has taken some getting used to. We’ve been reminding ourselves of the key skills we need.

In PE we have been practising our netball skills, in particular our passes. Chest passes, bounce passes and over the head passes. In rugby we’ve been learning how to defend and attack.

For our learning experience we have been learning about mosaics. We’ve learned they were left by the Romans and the more detailed and colourful they were, the more money you had. We’ve been designing our own mosaics to follow this. We look forward to our inspire next week where we get to teach our friends and families how to create mosaics properly. We also found out about our class trip this week which we are very excited about.


Week beginning 10th September 2018

We started this week in Sapphire Class with the WOW start to our topic ‘Let the Battle Commence’. We spent time in the morning creating buildings no bigger than the palm of our hands. We decorated the rooves with natural materials we collected from outside alongside other things. When we came in from lunch we discovered our village had been invaded! There was a scroll and some clues which we discussed and soon figured out it was the Romans!

We have also begun our first learning experience of the year which is all about Roman mosaics. We enjoyed finding out about the history of them and designed one of our own. It was quite tricky to make sure all the pieces touched each other.

In numeracy this week, we have been learning all about hundreds and representing 3 digit numbers in different ways. In literacy we have been reciting the alphabet, identifying vowels and consonants and explaining how we know which is which. We are learning about ‘a’ and ‘an’ later today. In guided reading this week we have written book reviews with partners about a book by our author of the term Michael Foreman. In PE we have begun practising skills in rugby and netball.

It’s safe to say this week has been a busy one!


Week beginning 3rd September 2018

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a brilliant summer break! The new Year 3s are already enjoying settling in and learning new routines and skills!

* Please make sure your child brings in at least 1 empty cereal box (2 at the most) to school ready for the WOW start to our topic ‘Let the Battle Commence’ on Monday 10th September 2018. We will be cutting them up and using them in DT.

This week the children have enjoyed settling into Sapphire Class learning the new routines and where everything is. We have been getting to know each other through a range of team tasks and practising our times tables and spellings. On Friday we will be exploring our author of the term and having our first Year 3 French lesson which we're really looking forward to.