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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 2019-2020

Our topic: Let The Battle Commence (History)

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Week beginning 4th November 2019

We hope you had a restful half term!

This week in English we have been recapping the key skills needed to write a good recount. We worked hard on a slow write which is where we needed to include different skills in different sentences. We challenged ourselves to include more than one skill in the same sentence.

We enjoyed practising our spellings this week using cut up pipe cleaners to make each letter. We then asked our partner to check which letter we had missed out.

In Maths we have been practising our times tables and using the pictorial method to add and subtract 2-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers.

Yesterday we went on our school trip to Escot Park for a Living History Day in an Anglo-Saxon village. We all had great fun having a go at woodwork, metal work, grinding flour, foraging, making bread, dressing up as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and seeing animals which were around in the Saxon times.

In assembly, we showed the items we made. There was a mallet we made using a natural wooden lathe; a copper broach we made using fire, tongs and a hammer; a sign we made by using a chisel to show the runes but unfortunately, we could not show the bread because we ate it!


Week beginning 21st October 2019

This week in maths we have been practising adding and subtracting ones from 3-digit numbers. We have also been practising our simple number facts fluency to help us when we use larger numbers.

In English we have been developing our vocabulary of emotions and senses to improve our writing. We have also been completing a reading comprehension independently to show Miss Male everything we've learned so far.

In RE we have been exploring bibles, baptisms and churches.

In science we have been continuing our learning about magnets and investigating which materials allow the magnetic force to travel through.


Week beginning 14th October 2019

This week in English we have been focusing on specific skills needed to make a good recount. Such as, fronted adverbial phrases which go at the beginning of sentences, expanded noun phrases which makes our writing more interesting and conjunctions which links two parts of a sentence together.

In Maths, we have been exploring addition and subtraction in different ways. We have used dienes, place value counters and the column method. We have had to look carefully to see which value of the 3-digit number is changing. We showed some beautiful presentation of work in our books!

In Science we have been learning about magnets. We have really enjoyed investigating which materials are magnetic and whether a magnet’s force is strong enough to travel through different materials to attract a paper clip.

In History, we have been learning about who the Romans were and where they came from in more detail.

Thank you to all the families who attending Parent's Evening this week. It was lovely to share with you just how brilliantly your children are doing.


Week beginning 7th October 2019

In English we have been exploring the key features of recounts. We have been writing in the past tense and using pronouns instead of nouns.

In Maths we have been solving investigations using trial and error. We had to help, who is the main character of our class book, to figure out the place value of different 3-digit numbers. We have also been practising more of our times tables.

In History we have been learning about how the Romans changed Britain and what they left behind when they went back to Rome.


Week beginning 30th September 2019

This week we really enjoyed our inspire session where we shared part of our first learning experience with our friends and family. We made mosaics out of different coloured papers and card.

In Maths we have been counting in 50s and 100s. Some of us found counting in 50s quite difficult so we looked at the patterns of numbers to see what we noticed to see how that can help us.

We have been planning a letter to send to the author of our class book ‘There’s a Viking in my Bed’ because we have many questions about the text.

In English we have been writing our own Kenning Poems. They are from the Anglo-Saxon times and were used to entertain. They are a bit like a riddle where you have to guess what the poem is about.


Week beginning 23rd September 2019

This week in Maths we have been ordering numbers using a number line. We used function machines to find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than a 3-digit number and we have been comparing objects and amounts.

In English we have been using ‘a’ and ‘an’ with commas in an alphabetical list! We had fun making up our own silly shopping lists.

In history we have been learning about the timeline of events involving Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We created a class display of key dates.

In French we have been learning about how to express our feelings.

We are looking forward to the Harvest service at the church on Friday.


Week beginning 16th September 2019

This week we have been learning how to partition 3-digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones in different ways. We have been building, drawing and using the part whole models using the numbers.

In English we have been exploring key features of Kenning poems. We have been learning more about the alphabet, vowels and consonants. We had to spot them in sentences. We have also been practising our handwriting and learning more about the Romans in guided reading.

In RE we have been discussing and writing about what makes us who we are.

In PE we have been developing our strength and practising our footwork skills.


Week beginning 9th September 2019

This week in Sapphire Class we have enjoyed making decisions about our classroom book area. We even got out all the books and sorted them into our favourite categories. We have been completing some challenge booklets to show Miss Male what we know and practising lots of spellings and maths facts.

We really enjoyed the skipping workshop and show where we learned new skills. Some of the skills were harder than others. We really enjoyed the one where you had to wrap the skipping rope around your arm.

On Wednesday we made small houses out of cardboard to make a mini village on the carpet area but after lunch we found out it had been invaded! The invaders left lots of artefacts and pictures behind as clues with a scroll. We had to explore and investigate who it could have been until we eventually realised it was 3 different invaders; the Romans, then the Anglo-Saxons and then the Vikings! It was very exciting and we can’t wait to find out more!


Week beginning 2nd September 2019

We have really enjoyed our first week in Sapphire Class. We have been spending time getting to know each other more and we have been earning lots of gems!

We had fun in our first Year 3 French lesson where we learned about different French foods and about different countries which also speak French.

We have written letters to ourselves to open on our last day in Year 3 to see how much we will have grown and changed over the year.

We have also been completing some challenge booklets and writing speeches to vote in our new class pupil leaders. Lots of us are keeping our fingers crossed! We look forward to finding out who our pupil leaders will be next week!