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Elm Class - Mrs L Smith - Year 3

Spring Term 2019
Croeso i'r Dosbarth Elm 
Welcome to Elm Class (2018-19)

Spring Term/Tymor y Gwanwyn

Welcome back ! I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas enjoying precious family time together. Thank you for my Christmas presents, my daughters also thank you as they were keen to sample the delights !

Another busy term ahead of us but first, congratulations to the pupils who moved Reading levels during the Autumn term, nearly all pupils moved at least 1 PM Reading benchmark and some moved several, thanks to all their hard work ! please continue to read with your children at home for 10-15 minutes a night, it will reap huge rewards and is far better for them than more screen time on computers or iPads.

P.E. will be every Tuesday and Thursday this ter. Outdoor P.E. is every Tuesday and indoor P.E. every Tuesday. 

Please continue to encourage your children to go to the  Nessy website to practise their spelling. An average Year 3 child should be on lesson 40 or more, so let's see if we can get all of the class to this level ! 
MyMaths homework has been set for this term also, please log on to practise Maths skills.
In addition to this homework activities can be seen below, please send your child's Homework Book into school when they have completed an activity at home.

This term our topic is 'City of the Future'. We will be investigating this and trying to fit in as much Literacy and Maths as possible so that the pupils are practising the skills they learn in Literacy and Maths lessons. This is a brief overview of all the activities we will be looking at:-

Language, Literacy and Communication

Newspaper Report - Fire of London

Read about the Fire of London


What was a Tudor Town like?

Tudor Life at Sea

What were Tudor ships like?

When was the Fire of London?

Science and Technology

Design  electrical circuits for a house

Build a house

Make a Money pouch ( Textiles)

Expressive Arts

Printing ( Textiles)

Health and Well-being

What did the sailors eat?

What did the Tudors eat?


How did sailors knew where they were going?

Finding your way around

We will be continuing to earn Dojops and raffle tickets as rewards. I wonder who will earn the next pen licenses? Evan and Zaynah are almost there so keep practising, hard work pays off!

Autumn 2 2018
Our topic this half term is A Taste of Wales. These are the skills and topics your child will study next half term, Autumn 2 2018:-
A Taste of Wales is our topic, using this topic we will develop many cross curricular skills and also use skills learnt in Literacy and Mathematics, such as persuasive writing and reading scales.
identify places and landmarks in Wales on maps, we will use our Numeracy skills to calculate the distances between some of these well known places and we will learn how far away from us they are. 
Learn about the Millenium Stadium
Apply our maths skills when we learn about the Welsh rugby players
Make Welsh foods using our mat(s skills to weigh the ingredients
Learn about Henry VIII and his wives, writing letters to persuade him to marry one of the wives
Write a persuasive leaflet about Wales 
Make a ‘Wish you were Here’ programme about Wales
Use our maths skills to measure wood to make picture frames to frame our artwork
Write a report about dragons
The books we will read are ‘ The Hodgeheg’ and ,The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. Am important target for many of the pupils is to learn to check their work to make sure capital letters and full stops are used correctly, many pupils are forgetting capital letters for names of people and places. We will be learning to read using context and picture cues to help as well as deducing information from the text. Spelling patterns will be taught every week and handwriting will be taught regularly.
All children should leave Year 3 being able to write using full stops and capital letters correctly. Their writing should also make sense and should contain the correct grammar e.g. ‘We were…’ not ‘We was…’Therefore these skills will be the focus of this term, pupils will be writing diaries, reports, poetry and letters.
We will be learning to read sales and co-ordinates. We will also learn to subtract and we will continue to learn our 3 times table facts so that we can work out sums such as 4x 30

We will be studying Welsh artists and styles of landscapes by Welsh artists.
We will be learning to ask and answer simple questions about ourselves.
R.E/Music and Personal and Social Education
Mrs Probert and Mrs Withers will be teaching these every Monday afternnoon and every Tuesday morning.The children will learn to develop strategies to help them to learn, they will also learn about different festivals and celebrations. Pupils will also develop their music skillss using Charanga music.
Physical Education
The children will learn to develop their skills by taking part in Welsh dancing , they will also develop t(emir dymnastic skills.
Pupils will also learn to develop their ICT skills using Google Chromebooks.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you,
Mrs Smith 

Autumn  1 2018

What have we been doing this half term? Read on to find out.......

We have just completed our topic ‘Food for Thought’. A chocolatier visited us to tell us all about how chocolate is made and the history of chocolate, we also made chocolate pizzas, such fun!

Just looking at these pictures are sure to make you hunger for chocolate.....

Congratulations to our first pupils to earn a pen license for their fantastic effort in handwriting,

Nessy Winners of the Week

Well done for using this fantastic website, I get updates every Sunday telling me who has learned the most words, made the most progress and how many minutes pupils have spent on Nessy!

MyMaths Leaders

Well done to Zak, Lilly and Logan for completing their MyMaths homework tasks, I have added more or the next half term guys!

Parents, this website really does let you see how well your child is doing and what you can help them with at home. 

Pupils should leave Year 3 being able to tell the time so please practise this regularly, simply ask your child these questions.....

What time is it? What time will it be in 10 minutes? 1 hour?

How long until 2 o’clock?

Class 5 Year 3 Newsletter Autumn Term 2018


Dear Parent/Guardian,

 Please find below a few handy bits of information for this term.


P.E. is every Tuesday and Thursday ( Gymnastics and Dance with Mrs Smith).  No jewellery should be worn during P.E. Pupils may bring a plaster in and they may put the plaster over any stud earrings should it be absolutely necessary for the stud to remain in the ear, however it would be be safer for the stud to be removed on these days. P.E. kit is black shorts and white t-shirts and daps. Please could P.E. kit stay in school  until the end of the half term so that there is less chance of pupils forgetting their kit. Thank you.


Many children do need a drink during the day. We do not have any spare cups in school other than painting cups and pupils may become ill if they choose to drink from these, therefore could you please provide your child with a water bottle they can bring to school every day.


Reading Books

Reading is crucial for everyday life, it is such a valuable life skill, therefore please could you read with your child every night. Your child should leave Year 3 on at least a Level 20.

 In school, your child will be heard to read in a group every week. During this session, your child will practise their reading skills such as reading unknown words correctly using a few different strategies such as sounding the word out and re-reading the sentence to have a good guess. They will also practise their comprehension skills.  In addition to this your child may be heard to read individually.

Reading Books will be sent home every day. The book will be changed when it has been read and checked by myself or Mrs Randall. If your child does not return a Reading book, we will not send a new one home.


Spellings will be taught in school. Spellings will not be sent home to be learnt.

Fruit and Snacks

We are promoting a healthy lifestyle, only fruit is allowed to be eaten at breaktime.


Homework is handed out every Friday. All pupils have been given a Homework Book which contains their passwords for home learning. By using the passwords stuck into the front of these books they can practise their spelling, reading and maths skills using the following websites, all passwords are in the front of their homework books so please take good care of them.

Giglets  , a reading website with tasks set for all pupils with a reading level of 20 plus.

Purple Mash , a website full of maths games, reading books and spelling games.

Nessy, a website that is excellent for reading and spelling.