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Year 3

Jewish Studies 21st January – 19th Shevat

It has been so lovely teaching this gorgeous class once again this week!

At the start of the week, we celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a fruit party (thank you for sending in the fruit!) and we made our Grass Heads – I really hope they grow! We also made beautiful get well cards for Mr Salter, recognising the importance of the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim - visiting the sick, and learning phrase 'refuah shelemah', which they connected to our tefillah in the Amidah for good health.  Baruch HaShem, Mr Salter has had his surgery and is now recovering at home.

 

In Parashah we learnt that the Ten Commandments appear twice in the Torah, with a couple of differences between the two versions, one which says ‘keep’ Shabbat and the other says ‘remember’ Shabbat.  We discussed what each of these Mitzvot might entail. 

 

We reviewed the Hebrew reading rule of the week – the new rule is now on Google Classroom along with this week’s Parashah Choice Board.  Please ensure the children are practising their Hebrew reading on an almost-daily basis.

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 21st January 2022 

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week has been another busy but exciting week, in Year 3. On Monday it was Tu B’Shevat and the children had a delicious fruit party. They enjoyed all their different fruits, from cucumbers, to Sharon fruit, to passion fruit! 

 

In English we read Chapter 2 of ‘The Iron Man’ and the children listened out for all the similes, expanded noun phrases, alliteration and adverbs used in the text. The children discussed how the characters might be feeling throughout the chapter and why they might be feeling this way, using the text as evidence to justify their views. We were introduced to the character Hogarth, who discovered the Iron Man at the beginning of the chapter. The children then wrote a diary entry from his point of view, writing about how he noticed the Iron Man and what he was thinking and feeling during this time.

 

This week in Maths the children learnt how to add and subtract lengths. They learnt how they needed to convert the different units of measures to make it easier to add and subtract different lengths. For example, 13cm + 20mm = ?. This is the same as 13cm + 2 cm = 15cm. We then returned to our Place Value topic. We recapped what we had learnt last term about the value of each digit in a three-digit number and whether the hundreds, tens or ones columns change when finding 1,10 or 100 more or less than a given number. We then went on to learn about number lines to 1000. The children learnt what number lines are and why we use them. 

 

In Science the children investigated different types of rocks and identified the name of each rock as well as its properties. They felt the rocks to discover the differences in feel between them and discussed what each rock could be used for. 

 

In Art, we continued our project on Pointillism. We studied the painting ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’ by Georges Seurat, which the children then sketched in their art books, remembering to include all the elements of the painting. 

 

This week in History the children learnt about the Bronze Age and how this period emerged after the Stone Age. They learnt how bronze was made and used and what life was like in Britain during this era.

 

Important information:

At the top of the Year 3 blog, there is a tab called ‘Key Information’, here you will find some useful documents that will help your child’s learning, for example, the common spelling words for Year 2 and 3. I have included both lists as a reminder of what words the children should be spelling correctly by the end of Year 3. There is also a recommended reading list for Year 3, as well as some questions for you to ask your child when reading with them. By asking them these questions, it will require your child to think about the book on a deeper level and interpret what they have read. 

If your child needs any stationery from the shop, please send them in with 50p. A lot of children need new whiteboard pens, friction pens and rulers.

 

Shabbat shalom.

 

Mrs Prais  

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

It has been a busy week in Jewish Studies! At the beginning, we caught up with the Parashiot from the Torah that we missed during the holidays. These Parashiot (Shemot ~ Bo) teach us about the hardships of the Bnei Yisrael in Egypt and how HaShem rescued us, by bringing 10 plagues. We acted out different scenes, in groups. Please take a look at the videos below.
 

This week’s Parasha is Parashat Beshalach and it teaches us specifically about Kriyat Yam Suf. The middot we learnt from this, were Emunah and Bitachon, Belief and Trust in HaShem.

 

We also learnt all about Tu Bishvat. We discussed the importance of cherishing the natural wonders of this world and our responsibilities to protect HaShem’s planet from human inflicted climate change. We also spoke about how trees can teach us to have good Middot and linked this to our Kerem Characteristics.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter

Scenes from Parasha Lessons

Still image for this video

Dear Parents, 

 

Year 3 have had a very exciting and busy week! They had their first Robotics session as well as their first swimming lesson. During Robotics they had an extremely enjoyable time working together to follow a set of instructions on how to build their own robots and loved working out which pieces they needed and which fitted together.  On Wednesday we went to Poolside Manor for the children’s first swimming lesson. They practised a few different swimming strokes and had lots of fun in the water! 

 

In English this week we started a new book - The Iron Man. The children predicted what they think will happen in the story based on the front cover and the title. After reading the first chapter we discussed the Iron Man’s thoughts and feelings and some of the language that the author has used to grab the reader’s attention. The children went on to learn about similes, learning what similes are, how we use them in our sentences and why we use them. They then wrote excellent character descriptions of the Iron Man that included very creative similes. 

 

Our spelling rule for this week were words that are spelt with the letters ‘ei’ but sound like they are spelt ‘ay’. For example, vein, abseil, reign, rein, feign, surveillance and veil. 

 

This week in Maths, the children continued learning about Length. They were introduced to millimetres for the first time. They looked at their rulers to see what mm are and how they compare to cm. They then focused specifically on equivalent lengths, for example, if 100cm = 1m  and how many cm are there in 3m? We then built on this knowledge to work out that if the length is not a multiple of 100, we need to partition the measurement and convert it into metres and centimetres. For example, 235m = 2m and 35cm.

 

In Art, the children have started a new project called Pointillism. The children learnt that Pointillism is a painting technique where tiny dots of pure colour are applied to a canvas and the patterns formed from the tiny dots blend together to create an image. We studied several different paintings which used this technique and compared the similarities and differences of these paintings. The children will go on to learn about Georges Seurat who founded Pointillism in the mid-1880s. 

 

In History this week the children compared all the different types of houses that the people lived in throughout the three periods of the Stone Age. They discussed how the houses progressed alongside the materials the Stone Age people had discovered at that time. 

 

A number of children need new equipment for their pencil pots, including friction pens, whiteboard pens and rulers. Please will you send in 50p with your child so they can purchase new equipment at the office. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

 

Dear Parents, 

 

Happy New Year!

 

It has been wonderful welcoming the children back after the winter holiday! It has been really lovely to hear all the exciting things the children did over the holiday. 

 

This week in English, the children learnt about homophones. They practised choosing the correct homophone to fit in the sentence and also wrote their own sentences which included homophones. 

 

In Maths, the children have started a new topic - Length. This week they have been learning about measuring in metres and centimetres. They used metre ruler sticks and cm rulers to practise measuring different objects around the classroom and worked out if the length of an object was longer or shorter than a metre. They learnt that they always start measuring from 0cm and always place their ruler at the edge of an object.

 

The children also participated in a lovely activity on kindness. We discussed several different acts of kindness and they wrote or drew about a time when someone was kind to them.

 

In History, the children learnt about Skara Brae. They learnt how Skara Brae was discovered and when it was built. They then went on to research this archaeological site, using several pictures to discover what life was like during this time and how the people lived, slept and cooked. They created fantastic posters and presented their findings to the class. 

 

Reminder:

Swimming starts on Wednesday 12th January. Please ensure that your child comes into school in their PE kit on this day and brings a labelled bag with all their swimming belongings. 

PE will also take place on Mondays. Your child will no longer need to wear their PE kit on Tuesdays. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends

 

This week in Jewish Studies , we have been learning about the different food Brachot and how they teach us to be appreciative towards HaShem. Together with Year 2, we have created posters to remind other students around the school to say their Brachot (pictures to follow).

 

On Friday we learnt about this week’s Parasha, which is called Parashat Vayigash. The children created postcards that were written from the perspectives of Yosef’s brothers and were addressed to their elderly father Yaakov. They described their experiences of how Yosef revealed himself to them in Mitzrayim. The Middah we learnt from this Parasha was that everything that happens to us in life, whether it is for the good or bad, is a challenge and test from HaShem.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter

 

Dear Parents, 

 

It was lovely to speak to you all on Tuesday in the parent consultations. You should all have received an electronic copy of your child’s report summarising our discussion. I hope you find these useful. 

 

This week in English, the children explored and identified the key features of an instructional text. They then went on to plan and write their own instructional text on how to wash a woolly mammoth, remembering to include the skills we had been learning, for example, including prepositions, imperative verbs and adverbs. In addition, in Art, the children followed a set of instructions on how to make a model woolly mammoth. They made fantastic woolly mammoths with the equipment they had and followed the instructions well. 

 

In Maths this week we continued learning about Time. The children learnt how to tell the time to 5 minutes and 1 minute on the clock. They focused on the language of “past” and “to”, and learnt to recognise and use Roman numerals on a clock face. The more practice the children have reading time on an analogue clock, the more familiar and fluent they will become with telling the time. Therefore, wherever possible, at different times of the day, please ask your child what the time is and how they know this (for example, where is the minute and hour hand pointing to). 

 

In History this week the children studied the Neolithic period of the Stone Age and how it was different from the previous periods in the Stone Age. The children learnt how following the introduction of agriculture and domesticated animals, people didn’t need to move from place to place anymore and could settle in one area as they could grow their own crops. The children studied pictures of Stonehenge, which was built during this period, and they discussed what they thought the purpose of Stonehenge was. 

 

In Guided Reading this week we had great fun listening and looking at the lyrics from the song ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from the film Moana. We discussed what some of the vocabulary meant and why Moana would sing these lyrics. The children also thought about how Moana is different from the other characters and why she feels this way. 

 

As it is the end of term next week, we had a wonderful goodbye party for those who are leaving at the end of this term. We wish Ashton, Chloe and Joshie all the best for their next adventure and we look forward to hearing all about it.

 

I hope you all have a lovely and relaxing break! 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

This week in School, we have had a fun, jam packed week learning about Chanukah and taking part in Chanukah activities. Thank you to all those who were involved.

 

Mazel Tov to all those who changed Aleph Champ levels this week.

 

We learnt about this week’s Parasha ~ Parashat Miketz. Famously in this Parasha, Paro dreams and struggles to interpret them. Yosef interprets them and becomes a ruler in Mitzrayim. There is a famine and his brothers travel to Mitzrayim to buy food. In spite of what his brothers did to him, Yosef was now face to face with them and is kind towards them instead of showing resentment. Yosef’s behaviour in this Parasha reminds us that everything in life is a test from HaShem and the importance of being respectful towards others, even if they mistreat us.

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents, 

 

Chanukah Sameach. I hope you have all had a wonderful Chanukah. It has been really lovely to hear all the exciting things the children have been up to over Chanukah and to see their excitement when talking about it. 

 

It has been a really exciting and busy week this week, with the enjoyable Maths morning the children had, lighting Chanukah candles every day as a whole school and participating in the amazing school Chanukah show, where the children sang beautifully! During their Maths morning, the children participated in lots of different fun games, practising their times tables, as well as their addition and subtraction skills. They also worked with money and used their problem-solving skills to plan a party, using a budget and a list of priced items that they could buy. 

 

This week the children also had an e-safety lesson, learning the importance of staying safe online and what they need to be aware of when on the internet. They were reminded of what their personal information is and to always keep it to themselves, and discussed how we don’t actually know who the person behind an avatar actually is.

 

In English this week, we started reading a new text, called ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. This is an instructional text and we have started learning about some of the features of this kind of text, including imperative verbs and prepositions. The children wrote fantastic sentences and included the new words they have learnt, in addition to incorporating other grammar they have just learnt, such as adverbs and expanded noun phrases. 

 

In Maths, the children started a new topic, Time. First, we recapped what the children had learnt in Year 2, such as, what the two hands on the clock represent and where they would be pointing to if it was o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. The more practice the children have reading an analogue clock, the clearer this concept will become. Please, wherever possible, ask the children to tell you what the time is on an analogue clock. They then learnt about the months in the year, using calendars to explore how many days were in each month and which month has even fewer days than the others. They learnt what a leap year is and why we have a leap year. Lastly, they learnt how many hours there are in a day. 

 

In History, they learnt about the Starr Carr which is a very important Mesolithic archaeological site in Yorkshire. Artefacts dug up there show that the tools from this period were not just made of flint but also from bone, deer antler, amber and even tightly rolled pieces of bark. The children drew a picture to show what Star Carr might have looked like in the Mesolithic period based on information they had learnt. 

 

Our spelling rule this week is words that sound like they are spelt with an ‘s’, but are spelt with an ‘sc’. For example, scene, scenario, crescent, discipline, scenery, science, scientist, fascinate, scissors. 

 

This week in Science the children created a puppet show with their shoeboxes and silhouettes, in order to investigate how shadows are created. 

 

Please remember to send in 2 litre milk bottle with your child on Monday so they can create their own woolly mammoth.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach!

 

Mrs Prais

 

Maths day, the Chanukah show and Chanukah fair

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you have had a good week. It has been a very busy but great week in Year 3!

 

This week in English, the children imagined that they had travelled back to the Stone Age and envisioned the fantastic experiences they had, the people they met, the food they ate and the things they did. They went on to write terrific recounts of their time and experiences in the Stone Age and included adverbials, adverbs and expanded noun phrases, which we have been learning about in English. I was really impressed by the pieces of writing that they created!

 

In Maths this week the children continued learning about fractions. They learnt how to use a number line to learn to represent fractions smaller and larger than a whole. They also learnt how to count forwards and backwards in fractions on a number line, as well as learning how to divide a number line into specific fractions e.g. when dividing a number line into quarters, we need to ensure the number line is split into four equal parts. They then developed their knowledge by learning how to find a unit fraction and a non-unit fraction of an amount by dividing an amount into equal groups. 

 

In History, the children learnt about the Mesolithic period of the Stone Age. They then looked at the similarities and differences between the Mesolithic and Paleolithic period and compared the two time periods. They mainly focused on where the people lived, what they ate and how they lived. 

 

In Science, the children learnt the definitions of transparent, translucent and opaque. They had a range of different materials and with a torch, they investigated which of their materials blocked the light and which objects could they see the light through. 

 

In Guided Reading this week we read an extract from ‘Henry Pond the Poet’, another story by Dick King-Smith. The children made inferences about some of the motives and feelings of the characters in the story, as well as thinking about why the name of the chapter contributed to the meaning of the text. 

Our spelling rule this week was words that sound like they are spelt with a ‘k’ at the end, but are spelt with a ‘que’ at the end, for example, picturesque, plaque, technique, cheque, unique, antique, boutique, opaque and physique. 

 

Next week on Tuesday we will be having Maths Day in school. They will be taking part in lots of fun Maths activities and will play exciting games. In addition to this, they will be practising several Math skills, including problem-solving, using money, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

It has been an incredible week of learning this week in Jewish Studies. We have finished writing our Chanukah comics and the are now up for display. Please see the picture below. We have learnt more about Chanukah and particularly focused on learning the correct sequence of events.

 

This week’s Parasha is Parashat Vayeishev, which teaches us about Yosef and how his brother’s mistreated him. A particular middah we learn from this is how to care for others.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Mr Salter 

Chanukah Comic Display

Dear Parents, 

 

This week was anti-bullying week. As a class, we had lots of excellent discussions about what kindness is and what kindness means to the children. We also discussed how people can be different but they are still a person and we treat everyone with the same respect. 

 

In English, we continued learning about the Stone Age Boy. First, the children learnt about a debate - what a debate is and the purpose of a debate, as well as discussing the rules of a debate. They then held their own debate about whether the young boy in the story preferred living in the Stone Age or the present day. They came up with several fantastic arguments and convinced the ‘audience’ why they should vote for their arguments. In addition to this, the children learnt all about adverbs and adverbials. They learnt the difference between an adverb and an adverbial and also looked at examples of both in the Stone Age Boy. The children created a lovely piece of writing from the point of view of the young boy. They wrote about their experience in the Stone Age, ensuring to incorporate expanded noun phrases, adverbs and adverbials. 

 

In Maths we started learning a new topic of fractions. We first discussed how a fraction is a part of a whole, and then went on to discuss the difference between a unit and a non-unit fraction. The children also learnt about making a whole - for example, how ⅗ and ⅖ equals 5/5, which is the same as 1 whole. Then they learnt about tenths - what is a tenth and counting up in tenths. We also discussed what happens when you get to 10 tenths, and how that is equal to 1 whole. 

 

In Guided Reading this week we read an extract from ‘The Hodgeheg’, by Dick King Smith. Before reading the story, we discussed if the children had read any other books written by Dick King Smith and what those books were. After reading the text, the children explored the character’s intentions, made predictions about what was going to happen next and learnt some new vocabulary. 

Our spelling rule this week was words that sound like they are spelt with a ‘g’ at the end, but are spelt with a ‘gue’ at the end, for example, league, colleague, dialogue, monologue, analogue, catalogue, plague and fatigue. 

 

In Science the children started a new topic about Light and Shadows. They discussed the difference between night and day and dark and light. They suggested different types of light and dark, for example, the sun. Please will you send your child in with the lid of a shoe box by Wednesday as they will need this for next week’s science lesson. 

 

This week in History, the children learnt all about the Paleolithic period in the Stone Age. They learnt about where the people in this period lived, the clothes they wore and the food they ate. The children researched different facts about this time period and then created lovely posters showcasing the information they have learnt. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Mrs Prais 


 

Dear Parens and Friends

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we have been learning about Chanukah and its significance. We have revised the sequence of events and learnt how HaShem preformed the most miraculous miracles for us. We have begun writing our own Chanukah comic strips, which will go on display in our classroom upon completion.

 

This week’s Parasha (Torah Portion) is Parashat Vayishlach, which teaches us how Esav hunted down his brother Yaakov and how Yaakov demonstrated the most exemplary Middot towards him.

 

Wishing you and your families Shabbat Shalom

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents, 

 

We started learning about a new book in English this week - Stone Age Boy, which is about a young boy who visits the Stone Age period and discovers what life was like during this time. First, the children predicted what they thought was going to happen in the story. After reading the story, the children explored how this book has elements of both a fiction and non-fiction text. They then went on to discuss the young boy’s thoughts and feelings whilst he was visiting the Stone Age. The children also learnt how to use a thesaurus to improve their writing and find synonyms for different words. Lastly, they learnt what an adverb is and how we use adverbs in our writing. 

 

This week in Maths we continued learning about our times tables. The children learnt about their 4 times tables, looking at what connection the 4 times table had with the 2 and 3 times tables. They used their counters to create groups of 4, as well as using dice to see how else we can represent a group of 4. 

 

In History, we recapped the timeline from the Stone Age period to life today, looking at how long each time period lasted for. We then went on to learn about who archeologists are and what they do. The children matched up pictures of archaeologists exploring different areas and objects to the correct description. 

 

This week in Spelling, the children learnt the rule of words that sound like they are spelt with a ‘sh’ but are spelt with a ‘ch’, for example, chalet, chef, chaise, moustache, parachute and cached. 

 

Please make sure you send your child in with 50p if they need an item of stationary for their pencil pot. Many children need new friction pens, whiteboard pens and rulers. 

 

Next week on Friday we will be remembering and honouring the thousands of Jewish ex-servicemen and women, in conjunction with AJEX. Children will be wearing red and bringing in £1 to commemorate this.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais


 

Dear Parents, 

 

It has been a great week back after half term and the children have settled in very well. Thank you to everyone for sending in a photo of your child’s lateral flow test on Sunday, we greatly appreciate your support with this. 

 

This week in English the children continued learning about ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. They created their own chapter, describing what the dark can be, to convince Plop not to be afraid of the dark. They wrote excellent pieces of writing and included lots of descriptive language and incorporated the skills that we have learnt in English, for example speech marks and expanded noun phrases. 

 

In Maths we have started a new topic, Multiplication and Division. We began learning about the concept of equal groups and also discussed the difference between ‘sharing’ and ‘grouping’. We moved on to learning about multiplying by 3 and 4, dividing by 3 and the 3 times table. If you would like your child to do extra times table practice at home, Doodle Times Tables is a great way for them to practice. 

 

In Guided Reading the children read an extract from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and went on to answer questions that prompted them to make inferences from the text and think about why the author included pictures in the story. In Spelling this week the children learnt a new rule. They learnt words that sound like they are spelt with a ‘k’ but are spelt with a ‘ch’, for example, scheme, character, chorus, choir, chemistry, mechanic etc. 

 

This week in History we moved on to our new topic ‘Stone Age Britain’. The children were introduced to the terms BCE and CE and how they are used. They looked at a timeline of prehistoric Britain and created their own timeline highlighting the different time periods, including the Paleolithic period (earliest), the Mesolithic period (middle), Neolithic (the ‘new’ Stone Age), the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. In conjunction with this, we started a new Art topic - all about cave art. They studied a range of photos displaying different cave art and explored the colours that are used and what the art was trying to convey. We discussed the tools which the artists used to create their paintings and what their motivations were for their drawings. 

 

A number of children need new equipment for their pencil pots, including friction pens, whiteboard pens and rulers. Please will you send in 50p with your child so they can purchase new equipment at the office. 

 

Just a reminder that if your child is a councillor on the Kerem Cares committee, meetings take place Monday mornings at 8.15am. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you have had a great week.

 

This week in English the children learnt about the features of a play script. They planned and wrote their own play script based on chapter 5 of ‘The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark’.  They included several features of a play script for example, characters names and descriptions, setting descriptions and stage directions. 

 

In Maths, the children have continued to learn about subtracting a 2 digit number, which is a multiple of 10, from a 3 digit number. They have been using their place value counters and charts to see if and how an exchange needs to be made. They have also been using a number line to help them with counting backwards in tens, which will support mental strategies later on. They also learnt about adding and subtracting multiples of 100, focusing on which columns changed and which stayed the same. 

 

In guided reading, we read an extract from Charlotte’s Web. The children learnt some new vocabulary and engaged in a great discussion about the different characters' thoughts and emotions.  

 

In Science, the children continued learning about magnets. They took part in a class quiz to see how much they have learnt so far. 

 

In Geography, the children learnt all about different time zones around the world. They researched and calculated the time in different locations around the world and compared those times to London time. 

 

Please see below a message from Mrs Sharman regarding anti-bullying week:

As part of anti-bullying week, the BBC are asking children to design an anti-bullying poster. The theme this year is 'ONE KIND WORD'. Please can your child use the attached sheet for their design. Posters should be handed in to Mrs Sharman directly after half term (closing date Tuesday 2nd November).

All entries will be displayed in school and be sent to the BBC. The BBC will select some posters to be shown on their website.

Anti-bullying week this year is 15th-19th November 2021- more information to follow.

 

Important information:

As it is half term next week, there will be no homework given on Friday. 

Some of the children need new whiteboard pens, Frixion pen refills and rulers. Please ask your child if they need 50p to replace their stationary. 

 

Wishing you a lovely half term!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Prais

 


 

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you’ve had a lovely week.

 

In English, we have been learning about speech marks - why we use them and how we use them. See if your child can tell you all the rules about using speech marks which they learnt. After reading chapter 4 - Dark is Necessary, the children acted out different dialogues from the chapter, using the speech marks in the book to show them what to say and when to say it. They created and performed excellent short performances. They then moved on to writing their own short dialogues using speech marks.

 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about adding and subtracting a 3 digit number and a 1 and 2 digit number when a tens boundary is crossed and an ‘exchange’ is needed. This might be more familiar to you as ‘carrying’, but please use the term ‘exchange’ as we do in school so the children become more familiar with the word. They have used a number line and place value charts and counters to help them answer the questions. 

 

In Guided Reading this week we read an extract from the book ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ which the children enjoyed reading. In spelling, the children were learning words that made the ‘u’ sound but were spelt with an ‘ou’, for example, young, double and trouble. 

 

This week in Science the children continued learning about magnets and discussed the uses of magnets. 

 

In Geography the children learnt all about the Prime Meridian - what it is, why we need it and where it is. The children then researched countries that lie on the Meridian and discovered information about the countries' population, climate, capital city and languages. 

 

This is a reminder that we will be holding school council elections on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October. If you choose to apply then please write a short speech explaining why you should be chosen as school councillor. There are three different councils, Tzedakah (charity council), Kehillah (community council) and Tikkun Olan (eco council). If you wish to apply, please choose one of the councils to apply for.

Additionally, if you still have a school council badge at home from last year please return it to school by the end of the week.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

 


 

English Performances

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you have all had a good week. Thank you for coming along to Meet the Teacher on Monday night, it was lovely to see you there. 

 

This week in English we continued reading the book ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. At the beginning of the week we focused on chapter 1 ‘dark is exciting’, where Plop (the baby barn owl) meets a young boy who explains to him all about fireworks. The children created their own fantastic firework sense poem, focusing on the five senses to describe what they could see, hear, smell, taste and touch at a fireworks party. In their poem, they used excellent descriptive language and included alliterative phrases which we learnt about last week. After reading chapter 2, the children participated in the ‘hot seating’ activity. A few of the children played the roles of different characters that we have met so far. The rest of the class asked the characters questions based on what we have read. The children came up with really inquisitive questions and enjoyed having the opportunity to ask them. 

 

In Guided Reading this week we read an extract from ‘Bill’s New Frock’. The children learnt a range of new vocabulary and enjoyed reading the text. This week we also had our first spelling lesson, where we focused on words that sound like they are spelt with an ‘i’ but they are spelt with a ‘y’. Please see the spelling list below for your information. 

 

Myth

Oxygen

Mystery

Gym 

Physics

Crystal

Egypt 

Symbol 

Lyric 

Pyramid 

System 

Symptom 

Syrup

Typical

 

 

In Maths we have started a new topic, addition and subtraction. The children have been learning about adding and subtracting 3 digit and 1 digit numbers. We have been focusing on which place value column changes when adding and subtracting, for example, sometimes only the ones column changes but other times the tens and ones column changes. They have been using their place value charts and counters, as well as a part-whole model and bar model to help them.

 

In Geography we learnt about the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The children researched a country in these areas and presented a weather report, also comparing the climate to ours in the UK. 

 

In science, the children continued learning about magnets and which materials are attracted to each other and which are not. They explored the classroom to find which objects were attracted to their magnets, for example, the whiteboard and the legs of the desk. 

 

Please see your child’s reading day below. On this day your child needs to bring in their reading book so that we can read with them in school. 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Ofri 

Joey 

Benjamin  

Annabelle 

Rosie 

Ashton

Joshua 

Jasmine 

Natalya 

Yonat 

Roy 

Lyla

Sophia 

Ariel 

Layla 

Chloe 

    

 

This month is Black History Month and in order to mark this we are learning all about Mary Seacole who was a British-Jamaican woman. She treated soldiers who fought in the Crimean War with her herbal remedies. 

 

Lastly, if you were not able to join us on Monday night please see the link to the recording below. 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vKeNQPoNz_xwK_B7o3oKU0ryI8F0iJGs/view?usp=sharing 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais 

 

Kabbalat Shabbat and science

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Sukkot. 

 

This week in English we started reading a new book which we will be focusing on, called ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’, by Jill Tomlinson. The children studied the illustrations on the front cover along with the title and then predicted what they thought was going to happen in the story. After exploring the pictures and thinking about what colours were used, they came up with very creative predictions. We then discussed our own fears and why Plop might be afraid of the dark. We also learnt about alliteration, when the initial sound of words in a phrase is repeated, and wrote our own sentences describing Plop using some examples of this, such as ‘fluffy feathers’. 

 

In Maths we continued learning about the place value of 3 digit numbers and finding 1,10,100 more or less than a given number. The children used their place value counters and grids to represent what happens to the number and which columns on the place value grid change when you find 1,10 or 100 more or less than a given number. For example, they learnt how the hundreds and tens column changes when finding 100 less than 209. 

 

In geography they continued to research the North and South pole, particularly focusing on the Arctic and Antarctica. They created a lovely information poster comparing both places which is now up on our display. 

 

In Science this week the children learnt about magnetism. They learnt which poles attract each other and which poles repel each other. They then completed an escape room task using the knowledge they had learnt.

 

English and Maths homework has been set this week on Google Classroom and is due on Wednesday. Homework is to be completed in their workbooks which have been sent home.

 

I look forward to seeing you on Monday night at Meet the Teacher. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais 

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are having a lovely Sukkot. 

 

We have had a lovely few days in school over Sukkot, with a whole school Tefillah and the children having a wonderful time eating their lunch in the Sukkah. 

 

This week in English the children continued to explore the book ‘What We’ll Build’. We discussed the page that writes, “we’ll put these favourite things beside the earlier love we set aside.” The children wrote about their favourite items and why these things mean so much. The children also wrote excellent adventure stories about where they would go if they could build a road to anywhere. They used lovely descriptive language in their stories, using many adjectives and adverbs. 

 

In Maths this week we continued to learn about the place value of 3 digit numbers and finding 1,10 and 100 more or less than a given number. 

 

In JS this week the children had an extremely enjoyable time sitting in the Sukkah and shaking the lulav and etrog.

 

In Geography we learnt about the North and South poles. The children gathered information about the similarities and differences between them and learnt many interesting facts.

 

The children started their new topic in Science, forces and magnets. They learnt the definition of what a force is and what the terms ‘push’ and ‘pull’ means. They sorted through pictures of different push and pull objects into categories and then played a fun quiz to see what they had learnt. 

 

On Monday school closes at 2pm so the children do not need to come to school in their PE kits. 

 

Moadim L’simcha and Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Prais and Mr Salter


 

Shaking the lulav and etrog in the Sukkah

Shalom Parents and Friends,

 

Wow! What an incredible week of learning it has been and you should all be incredibly proud. The week started learning about Yom Kippur and we consolidated this, with some exciting Yom Kippur games. The week ended, preparing ourselves for Sukkot, learning about this week’s Parasha (Parashat Haazinu) and with a spectacular Kabbalat Shabbat. Year 3 were particularly spectacular and kol hakavod to everyone for setting such a wonderful example to the other years, by singing and participating so nicely.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you all had an easy and meaningful fast.  

 

This week in English we continued to learn about the book ‘What We’ll Build’. We read about how the characters wanted to build a house to make their home. As a class, we discussed what the difference was between a house and a home and what makes a house feel like a home. The children wrote a lovely piece of writing about a place that most feels like home to them, using some excellent descriptive language. We also focussed on the page that read ‘I’ll build your future and you’ll build mine’. In pairs, the children built a future for their partner, based on their likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests. 

 

In Maths this week we learnt about numbers to 1000, focusing on the place value of each digit and the importance of zero as the place holder, for example in 406. 

 

In our Guided Reading session this week we read an extract from Stuart Little. The children explored some new vocabulary as well as discussing their thoughts on the characters' personalities and why the author may have included certain describing words. 

 

In Geography we recapped what we learnt last week about the Northern hemisphere and Southern hemisphere. The children then developed their understanding by learning about longitude and latitude and how we can use coordinates to locate different countries and towns on the map. 

 

In our first art lesson, we also focussed on the book ‘What We’ll Build’ and the children painted what they wanted to build in their own future. They drew wonderful pictures to best demonstrate what they wanted to be when they grew up. 

 

Next week the children are going to be starting their science lessons and learning about forces. Please can they bring in any push or pull toys they have to help with their learning. 

 

Wishing you a wonderful Sukkot. 

 

Shabbat Shalom 

 

Mrs Prais 


 

Shalom Parents and Friends

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and that this year, brings much joy and happiness. This week in Jewish Studies, we have learnt about the halachot and minhagim ~ laws and customs ~ of Yom Kippur, as well as delving into the story of Yonah and the Big Fish. We also discussed the importance of Tefillah and how it can bring us closer to Hashem, particularly during this festival and have begun writing our own Tefillot in beautifully decorated Machzorim (prayerbooks) that will be displayed in our classroom when completed.

 

Stay tuned for some photographs!
 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Best Wishes

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents,

 

Shana Tova! I hope you have had a lovely Yom-Tov and were able to enjoy the wonderful weather. 

 

Thank you for supporting your children with their remote learning sessions on Monday. The children produced some lovely work and I have really enjoyed reading about their summer holidays.

 

This week in English, we started to read the book ‘What We’ll Build’. We had an in-depth discussion about what the word “build” meant to the children and what they would like to build. They came up with creative ideas, including building physical structures and abstract concepts such as friendship, relationships, happiness and trust. 

 

In our first guided reading session, we read an extract from the story ‘The Gingerbread Star’ and discussed the characters feelings as well as learnt some new vocabulary. 

 

In maths we started our new unit – Place Value. The children have been focusing on two and three digit numbers, understanding what these numbers represent, for example, the number 245 represents two hundreds, four tens and five ones. They used different resources, such as place value counters and bead strings, as a visual aid to enhance their understanding. 

 

In geography we started our new topic, ‘All around the World’. We learnt about the Northern & Southern Hemispheres and which countries were in each. Then the children researched key information about those countries and placed them on a map template. 

 

I have now read with all the children and provided them with a reading folder, record book and reading book. I aim to read with each child and change their reading book at least once a week. Please ensure that your child brings in their reading book everyday so that I can read with them. 

 

Just a reminder that the children have PE on Monday and Tuesday, so please send them in their PE kit on these days. 

 

Shabbat Shalom and I hope you fast well. 

 

Mrs Prais

Shalom Parents and Friends

 

What an incredible couple of days we have had in Jewish Studies, learning all about Rosh Hashanah and the special foods we eat during the Chag, known as the Simanim.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents, 

 

Welcome back! Year 3 have settled in really well this week. They have had a very exciting first couple of days back in school. The children were extremely happy to see each other after the holidays and could not wait to share their wonderful holiday news. 

 

Starting off on Thursday morning we had a fantastic whole school assembly, where we davened all together and listened to the Shofer being blown. Ms Simon introduced and read the story What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers, which we will be learning about over the next few weeks. 

 

As a class we came up with our class rules and expectations in order to achieve success and build an excellent learning environment, as well as continuing to build lovely friendships. We also discussed how Year 3 are the oldest of the lower school and what this means in terms of their responsibilities to the younger years. 

 

In English, the children completed an ‘all about me’ activity, as well as writing what their personal goals are for Year 3, so that I can get to know the children and understand their likes, dislikes and what they would like to achieve in Year 3. 

 

On Friday we learned about representing 2 and 3 digit numbers. The children also had an extra JS lesson to continue learning about Rosh Hashana. They had a lovely Kabalat Shabbat assembly with Years 1 and 2 where they sang beautifully to welcome in Shabbat. 

 

The children will bring home their iPads today so they can be used for remote learning on Monday. The children will have an English and Maths lesson which will be posted on Google Classroom, along with a live JS and Ivrit lesson (please find the timetable attached). Please ensure that the children bring their iPads back to school on Thursday. 

 

This term the children should come to school in their PE kits on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

 

My email address is pprais@keremschool.co.uk, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you need.

 

I have really enjoyed my first few days with the children, getting to know them and setting off with them on their learning journey. I look forward to a fantastic year ahead. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova. 

 

Mrs Prais 

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