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Year 3

Friday 24th June 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our time in Year 3. It has gone by so quickly! This week the children had their first transition session with their new Year 4 teacher and saw their new classroom. As a class we have discussed how the children are feeling about moving up a year group and about Year 3 coming to an end. The children also had the opportunity to reflect on their achievements, in and out of school, over the past year.

 

In English this week, the children wrote their own play scripts in groups. They based their play script on a fairytale which they created, building their own characters and settings. They wrote really detailed scripts, incorporating the various features of a play script, including setting descriptions, a cast list and the character’s dialogue. 

 

In Maths, we started a new topic, Perimeter. The children learnt that the perimeter is the total length around the edge of a 2D shape. They calculated the perimeter of various shapes, including a rectangle, square, triangle and pentagon. They also understood that when calculating the perimeter of a square, you only need to know the length of one side, and you can use that knowledge to know the length of all the sides. They also learnt about volume and capacity, understanding that volume was how much liquid is in the container and capacity is how much liquid the container can hold. 

 

In Guided Reading this week, we read an extract from a story called ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’. We discussed the genre of the text and how the words and illustrations both contributed to build an idea of what the main character was like and his personality. 

 

In Art, the children used a mix of sponges and paint brushes to create a beautiful painting of a sunset. They thought about what colours they wanted to use for their sunset, how to mix their colours together and how to blend the colours in their painting.

 

In Forest School the children went on a scavenger hunt in the forest, finding different items which were rough or soft, as well as a range of leaves. They also continued learning different knots to tie ropes around a tree. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Friday 17th June 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week was STEM week and the children have had a great time constructing gliders and competing to see whose glider can travel the furthest. They also participated in a fun activity creating parabolic curve art. 

 

In English this week, the children have been planning their own play script, based on the story ideas they brainstormed last week. They focused on making a detailed plan, including a description about their characters and their scenes. Next week, they will go on to write their play script.  

 

In Maths, the children consolidated their knowledge on multiplying and dividing a two digit number by a one digit number, sometimes when an exchange is needed. They used counters to visually represent the calculation and used the column method to complete the calculation. When multiplying, the children learnt to partition the two digit number into tens and ones and then multiply each column by the one digit number. When they were dividing, they equally shared out their tens and ones counters to see how many were left in each group. 

 

In Forest School, the children focused on mindfulness and being in the moment. They had the opportunity to sit peacefully in the forest and tune into the noises surrounding them. They also used their knowledge of tying ropes from last week's session to tie hammocks around the trees, which they could then lie in. 

 

In art, the children explored printing, using different shaped sponges to create an image with coloured paints. They investigated various methods when applying paint, thinking about how to best angle their sponge to get the shape they wanted and how to create lighter shades on their image and darker shades using pressure. 

 

In Guided Reading, the children read the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’. They discussed the roles of each character in the poem and thought about the language choices used by the poet. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais


 

Friday 10th June 2022

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school after half term and it was wonderful to hear all the fun things they got up to! I cannot believe we only have half a term left of the year, but I am excited for the busy and great few weeks we have ahead. 

 

In English this week, we started learning about play scripts. The children first learnt about the features of a play script, including, the narrator, stage directions, scene numbers, description of setting and a character list. Then, in groups, the children brainstormed ideas to create their own play script, based on a traditional tale. They chose whether to follow the story of the traditional tale, or change parts of it, or come up with their own story. Next week the children will move onto planning and writing their playscript. 

 

In Maths, the children have been securing their knowledge of adding and subtracting a three digit and a two digit number, representing the calculations using the column method. The children used the place value counters, or Base 10, to visually represent the calculation and then portrayed this in written form. The children understood when they needed to make an exchange and which column to exchange from. 

 

In Geography this week, the children learnt about earthquakes. They discovered why earthquakes occur and where they are more likely to occur in the world. They also learnt that a machine called a seismograph measures the power of an earthquake at its epicentre on a scale called the Richter scale. Another measure is the Mercalli scale, which is based on people’s observations during an earthquake. 

 

In Guided Reading, the children studied the lyrics to ‘When I Grow Up’, from the musical Matilda. They thought about the meaning of the lyrics, discussing what the children would like to do when they grow up, and whether they will still want to do these things as an adult. We then discussed whether only adults can make a change, or can children also make a difference. 

 

In Forest School, the children learnt to tie different rope knots around a tree. They then used this knowledge to create dens and shelters, making sure they were tightly secured around the tree and in ground. 

 

Our spelling rule this week are words that end with the suffix ‘ous’. These words include, poisonous, dangerous, famous, luminous, marvellous, adventurous, nervous, ridiculous, miraculous and mischievous. 

 

Next week is STEAM week and we have a range of activities occurring across the school from Lego Workshops; a visit from the Science Boffins; a whole-school glider competition; Engineering workshops by Boeing and a tallest plant competition.  We will also be selecting 5 KS2 children to represent the school in the RAF Glider Challenge 2022 at the end of June.

 

I am sure that you have seen information about Kerem's BIG Fundraising campaign. If you are able to support the campaign, it would be greatly appreciated. Click here to make a donation.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat shalom.

 

Mrs Prais 

Friday 27th May 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

I cannot believe we are already half way through the summer term and we only have a few weeks left of Year 3! 

 

In English, the children planned and created their own narrative based on the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’. Following the structure of the story, the children wrote about their characters escaping the great Mount Vesuvius eruption, building up the tension using a range of powerful verbs and varying their sentence structure. They wrote excellent stories which were a real pleasure to read!

 

In Maths, the children learnt about money. They learnt about the value of different coins and understood that you can make amounts of money in several different ways. They then moved onto adding and subtracting money, using a number line, as well as the money resources, to help them work out the answer. Lastly, they learnt about giving change, and used a number line to help them work out how much change would be given.  

 

In Art, the children finished their lovely Stonehenge silhouettes. They blended their background colours really well, allowing the image of Stonehenge to stand out. 

 

In Geography, the children continued learning about volcanoes and focused on where volcanoes are found in the world. They also learnt about active volcanoes, dormant volcanoes and extinct volcanoes. They held a great discussion about the risks and benefits of living near a volcano. 

 

Our spelling rule this week are words that end in the suffix -ly, but the root word ends with -le and the -le is changed to -ly. Examples include, humbly, simply, gently and nobly. 

 

In Forest School the children had a fantastic time roasting marshmallows and using tools to create a spark to start a small fire. They also enjoyed playing team games, thinking about which strategies would work best to win.  

   

Wishing you all a wonderful half term! 

 

Shabbat Shalom, 

Mrs Prais

Friday 20th May 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week has been ‘It’s Great to be British Week’, and we have had an exciting time celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The children have learnt about the Queen’s life and residences, creating lovely posters to share the information they have learnt. We also took a trip to the EYU to make paper chains with the Nursery children, in preparation for the whole school street party. On Wednesday, the children had an extremely fun time at the street party, singing songs and eating delicious sandwiches and scones. On Thursday the children participated in a Scottish dance workshop and visited the Jubilee fair, taking part in all the fun activities. 

 

At Forest School this week, the children demonstrated excellent collaboration and perseverance. In teams they stood on a plank and had to get across to the other side. Even though it was difficult, each team passed the finish line. Those who finished before others encouraged everyone else, giving them tips on what they can do to finish. It was wonderful to see so much cooperation and teamwork. They also learnt about bees and explored different bugs depending on what they found in the field. 

 

In Maths this week, the children learnt about Money. First, they learnt the value of each coin and note, and understood that money can be represented in different ways but can still have the same value. They also learnt how to convert pounds into pence, using the knowledge that 100p is equal to £1. 

 

The children participated in a mini first aid course training on Tuesday, learning what to do in certain emergencies. They learnt how to perform CPR, as well as what to do if someone is choking. 

 

In English, the children wrote excellent descriptive recounts about Mount Vesuvius erupting, building up the tension using a range of powerful verbs. 

 

Reminders:

  • Year 3 will be having weekly times table quizzes, in order to practice their times table regularly. The more times table practice the children do at home, the more fluent they will become. Doodle Times Tables is a great tool for children to use at home. 
  • A lot of the children need 50p to replace some stationary in their pencil pots, including their friction pens, whiteboard pens and pencils. 

 

It was also wonderful to see the parents learning with the children during the Annual pre-Shavuot parent-pupil learning session. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we were privileged to introduce a new initiative known as the Clean Speech Project. We learnt the importance of speaking kindly and respectfully towards others and trying hard to avoid speaking Lashon Hara. This week's Parasha is Parashat Emor. The Middah the Torah teaches us is sanctifying HaShem's name, Kiddush Hashem.

 

Lastly, this Shabbat is known as Shabbat UK and in preparation, the children learnt about the synagogue and its centrality in Judaism.

 

Shabbat (UK) Shalom,

 

Mr Salter

Friday 13th May 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week Year 3 visited the Nursery children in the EYU to spend time with them and plant sunflower seeds together, which links to Year 3’s Science topic, Plants. First, we all watched a video of how sunflower seeds grow and then Year 3 shared their knowledge of the different parts of a flower with the Nursery children. Once the children had planted their flowers, they had time to play together outside in the garden. Year 3 had a wonderful time and really enjoyed their time together. 

 

In English, the children focused on using powerful verbs in their sentences, based on the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’. The children imagined they were in one of the place settings from the book, for example, the streets of Pompeii or the amphitheatre. They incorporated the list of verbs into sentences describing what happened in their setting at the time of the earthquake. They also performed a short play, acting as some of the characters from the book when the earthquake happened and the children managed to escape. They put on excellent performances and really imagined how the characters were feeling and what they went through. 

 

In Maths this week, the children started a new topic, Data Handling. They learnt about how pictograms give us a visual image to represent data. They learnt that the symbol on a pictogram can represent different values and it is important to always look at the key to find out the value. They also learnt that a bar chart presents data in bars. A bar chart has a y axis, and an x-axis, both of which are labelled. We discussed how they need to be careful when reading the intervals between the scales, as it will not always be going up in 1s. 

 

In Geography, the children learnt about volcanoes. They learnt how volcanoes are formed from the tectonic plates moving, creating a gap in the Earth’s crust, which can cause magma to erupt through it. 

 

In Forest School this week, the children continued learning about birds, taking part in a fun activity of collecting the birds’ ‘food’ and taking it back to their nests. The children also had the opportunity to make bird feeders using willow twigs, as well as making decorative crowns.    

 

In Guided Reading, we read ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and discussed why the author wrote words in a certain way and the meaning behind some of the sentences. Our spelling rule for this week are words that end in the suffix -ly. If the root word ends in –y with a consonant letter before it, the y is changed to i, but only if the root word has more than one syllable. Some examples of our words include, angrily, clumsily, easily, happily, heavily, lazily, luckily, noisily, readily, speedily, hungrily. 

 

Important information:

  • Year 3 will be having weekly times table quizzes, in order to practice their times table regularly. The more times table practice the children do at home, the more fluent they will become. Doodle Times Tables is a great tool for children to use at home. 
  • Next week we will be celebrating ‘It’s Great to be British Week.’ Every day the children will be participating in different activities to celebrate the Queen’s life. They have been asked to make a crown at home and bring it in for our street party on Wednesday. 
  • On Wednesday, the children are to come into school wearing blue, red and white. There will be no PE lesson that day. 
  • Please find attached the link to the Shabbat UK video which the children recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58NuvBDuH4E

 

Shabbat Shalom. 

Mrs Prais

Friday 6th May 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week we celebrated Yom Haatzmaut on Thursday! The children had a fantastic day, participating in several activities to celebrate Israel’s birthday. They researched different paintings by the Israeli painter Nachum Gutman, and then went on to create their own canvas based on one of his paintings. They also had took part in a brilliant Israeli dance class, made hummus and enjoyed listening to a very exciting and enthusiastic Israeli performance. 

 

In English this week, we continued reading our book, ‘Escape from Pompeii’. The children created their own performance poem about the ground shaking during the earthquake. They explored a range of synonyms for the word ‘shake’, using words from the text and a thesaurus. They performed excellent poems, using expression, emotion and actions. 

 

In Maths this week, the children learnt to identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes. They described 2D shapes in terms of their angles, lines (how many lines and are they parallel or perpendicular), lines of symmetry and length of sides. For example, how many angles does a square have? How many lines of symmetry does an equilateral triangle have? They described the 3D shapes using their properties including the number of faces, edges and vertices to describe the shape. For example, does the shape have a flat face or a curved face? How many edges and vertices does the shape have?

 

In Geography, the children learnt about the different layers of the Earth in more detail and created their own drawing of the Earth, labelling the 4 different layers. 

 

Our spelling rule this week are words that end with the suffix -ly. The suffix -ly starts with a consonant, so it is added onto most root words. Some of our words include, weekly, wisely, bravely, correctly, kindly, lively, lonely, loudly, proudly, sadly, shyly, slowly, suddenly, sweetly and anxiously.  

 

Important information:

  • A lot of the children need new glues, friction pens, sharpeners and whiteboard pens. Please send your child in with 50p to replace these items if they need. 
  • Please can your child bring in their reading book on their reading day. It is important that we have the opportunity to read with them regularly throughout the week. 
  • Starting on Monday, the children will have weekly times tables quizzes, so they can practice their times tables regularly in school. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

This week in Jewish Studies was short, but very productive. We continued with our Chumash learning, focusing on Avrham's journey and HaShem's promises to Him. We celebrated and learnt about Yom Ha'atzmaut and as part of this, the children were tasked with researching different key Israeli cities. Lastly, this week's Parasha is called Kedoshim. The Middah it teaches us is Mippeneh Sevah Takum, respecting the learned and the elderly in our community.

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

Welcome back from your Pesach holidays. This week in Jewish Studies, the children have worked hard to further consolidate their Birkat Hamazon learning and have almost learnt how to fluently and accurately read the entire Tefillah from beginning to end. We learnt about Sefirat HaOmer and the story of Rabbi Akiva and his students and created mini-books on these topics. We moved on in Chumash, learning more about Avram's journey. The children also researched different Israeli Torah personalities, who they feel inspired by, as part of an activity ahead of Yom Haatzmaut.

 

Lastly, this week's Parasha is Parashat Acharei Mot. The mitzvah the Torah teaches us is keeping Yom Kippur.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter.

Friday 29th April 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

It has been lovely welcoming the children back to school after their holidays. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about the exciting things they got up to over the break. 

 

In English this week, the children were introduced to our new book, ‘Escape from Pompeii’, written by Christina Balit. The children read through the text and discussed how this text is historical fiction, it is based on true events but written as a story. The children discussed what the atmosphere was like in the story and how the characters felt throughout the book. They then used the five senses to describe what it was like to live in Pompeii, gathering ideas from the first few pages.

 

In Maths this week, the children started a new topic, Shape. First, they practised making a quarter turn, a half turn and a three-quarter turn from different starting points, in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. They learnt that an angle is created when two straight lines meet at a point and it is a measure of the amount of turn between two lines. A quarter turn is a right angle, 2 right angles make a half turn, 3 right angles make 3 quarters of a turn and 4 right angles make a complete turn. Next, they compared angles to see if angles are larger (obtuse angles) or smaller (acute angles) than right angles. They also learnt that a horizontal line is a straight line that goes from left to right. A vertical line is a line that goes from up to down. Some shapes have vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry, e.g. an equilateral triangle. Lastly, the children were introduced to the terms perpendicular and parallel lines. Parallel lines are lines that go in the same direction and will never meet. Perpendicular lines are lines that meet at a right angle.

 

In Geography, the children started a new topic, called Extreme Earth. This week, they studied the different soils and started learning about the different layers of the Earth (the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core) and they investigated what made up each layer. 

 

In Science, the children started their new topic, Plants. They revised the key parts of a flower and learnt that there thousands of varieties of flowers around the world, many of which are used in medicines, perfumes and even some of which are poisonous.  

 

The children had their first Forest School of the year this week. They started off the session learning about different birds and their calls. They collaborated extremely well to build some bird nests and bird feeders. They had the best time building a fantastic swing for the birds, bird watching and calling for the birds. 

 

Our Spelling rule this week is words that begin with ‘re’. For example, refresh, refuse, replace, replay, return, reuse, revisit, redo, react, repeat, remove, recycle. 

 

Reminders:

  • A lot of the children need new glues, friction pens, sharpeners and whiteboard pens. Please send your child in with 50p to replace these items if they need. 

 

Shabbat Shalom, 

Mrs Prais

Thursday 7th April 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

I cannot believe that we have reached the end of our Spring term and will be heading into Summer term after the holidays! It has been a wonderful term with so many different activities and occasions for the children to participate in, all of which they have thoroughly enjoyed! 

 

This week, the children participated in their extremely joyous seder, singing along to all the songs, eating matzah, drinking grape juice and eating the marror and charoset. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed every second!

 

In English, the children finished their fantastic shape poems about Pesach. They included alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes and adjectives to create lovely poems, some of which even rhymed!

 

In Maths, we started a new topic, Mass. The children learnt how to measure the mass of different objects by reading weighing scales accurately and investigating whether the objects were being weighed in kilograms or grams. The children had the opportunity to weigh different objects around the classroom to find their mass. They then moved on to compare mass and identify which object would be lighter or heavier. Lastly, they learnt to add and subtract mass, ensuring they always add the kilograms and grams separately and then add them together. Please see the example below: 

 

2kg and 500g + 1kg and 400g 

2kg + 1kg = 3kg

500g + 400g = 900g

Total = 3kg and 400g

 

In Science, the children learnt what a balanced diet means and studied the food pyramid. They sorted different foods into the correct food categories, including, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein and fatty foods.

 

In History, the children learnt about Roman baths. They learnt what the baths were used for, who used them and all the different areas and features of the baths.

 

The children had their last Robotics session this week. They had the opportunity to choose which robot they wanted to build, or they could build their own. The children showed excellent risk-taking and perseverance and chose to challenge themselves to build their own robot. They used their initiative to build fantastic robots and really enjoyed their last session.

 

I hope you all have a lovely holiday and wishing you a wonderful Pesach!

 

Mrs Prais 

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

This week in Jewish Studies, the children have continued to learn about Pesach. We have focused primarily on the Pesach Seder and have almost finished our Haggadot. The children have produced wonderful Haggadot and I am sure they will enhance your Sedarim. God willing they will be sent home next week.

 

This week's Parasha (Torah Portion) is called Parashat Tazria. The Torah teaches us about Tza'arat, an illness one caught if they spoke Lashon Hara. People diagnosed with this, were examined by the Kohen and sent outside of the city, to be alone and reflect on their behaviour. The Middah we learnt this week was changing our behaviour.

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter

Friday 1st April 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

In English, the children learnt about shape poems. They learnt that a shape poem, sometimes called calligrams, describes an object and is written in the shape of that object. The children started writing their own wonderful shape poems about Pesach. 

 

In Maths this week, the children compared unit fractions with the same and different denominators and explored which fraction is smaller or larger. They learnt that dividing something into more equal parts makes each part smaller (rather than the common misconception that ½ is smaller than ¼, as 2 is smaller than 4). They also learnt to order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominator. They used bar models and number lines to order the fractions and wrote them in ascending and descending order. They also learnt to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, using pictorial representations.

 

In Science, the children learnt about the different bones in the body, including what they were called and where they are located in the body. 

 

In History, the children learnt about Hadrian's Wall. They learnt where it was located, how it was built, what the wall consisted of and what its purpose was. They also researched their own information about the length and height of the wall. 

 

In Art, the children completed their Pointillism paintings of Georges Seurat’s painting ‘The Seine at La Grande Jatte’. They used the technique of Pointillism and blended all their dots together to recreate the image. 

 

Our spelling rule this week is words that have the prefix ‘mis’, for example, misbehave, mislead, misplace, misread, misspell, mistake, misunderstand, miscalculate, misinterpret, misunderstood.

 

Reminders:

  • There will be no swimming on Wednesday. Children should come into school in their normal school uniform. 
  • Next term, Year 3 will be starting their Forest School sessions on a Thursday. Please remember that your child will need waterproofs and wellies. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we have had a busy week of learning. We have moved forward with our Birkat Ha'mazon learning and have started to learn about and how to pronounce the 'Harachamans'. We have also learnt about Pesach and are currently in the process of writing our own Haggadot.

 

This week's Parasha (Torah Portion) is Parashat Shemini and the Middah it teaches us is Emunah. Belief that HaShem created and runs the world.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mr Salter.

Friday 25th March 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

In English this week, the children wrote up their adventure stories, based on the structure of The Tunnel. They wrote excellent, descriptive stories, ensuring to incorporate a range of sentence starters, adverbs, similes and adjectives. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their stories!

 

In Maths this week we started a new topic, Fractions. First, we discussed that a fraction is a part of a whole, for example, ½ or ¼ and we represented these pictorially. We then moved on to learning about equivalent fractions. The children explored how different fractions (fractions that have different numerators and denominators) can be the same, for example, ½ is the same as 2/4. We then focused on how the number line can be divided into different amounts of equal parts and how this helps to find equivalent fractions. For example, a number line divided into twelfths can also represent halves, thirds, quarters and sixths.

 

In History, the children continued learning about how Queen Boudicca’s rebellion affected the lives of the Celts and the Romans. They took on the role of either a Celt or a Roman and discussed how the rebellion made them feel, whether or not they thought that the rebellion was a good idea and how it affected their livelihood. 

 

In Science, the children investigated the three different types of muscles in the body, including skeletal muscles, smooth muscles and cardiac muscles and they discovered which of these muscles were voluntary and involuntary. 

 

This week in Robotics, the children built a swinging ship. They used their initiative to follow the written instructions, ensuring they had all the correct pieces, and independently built their ship. 

 

The spelling rule for this week are words that have the prefix ‘dis’, for example, disagree, discover, disease, disgrace, dislike, disadvantage, disappear, disappoint, disapprove. 

 

Reminders:

  • 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.
  • Next week is the final week of swimming. There will be no swimming lesson on Wednesday 6th April. 

 

Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais 

Friday 18th March 2022
 

Dear Parents, 

 

This week has been an exciting week with Purim on Thursday. It was a fun-filled day, the children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up, listening to the Megillah, taking part in Zumba and participating in the Purim fair. It was wonderful to see the children dressed up in their colourful, creative costumes. 

 

This week in English, the children followed the structure of The Tunnel and planned their own adventure story, which they will write up next week. Their stories focused on two characters who don’t get along at the beginning, but go on an adventure together, encountering a problem which they have to resolve, ultimately bringing them closer together. 

 

In Maths this week, the children learnt to divide 2 digit numbers by 1 digit, when an exchange was and was not needed. The children used their place value counters to partition the 2 digit number into tens and ones and share them out equally into groups. They then went on to learn about dividing 2 digits numbers by 1 digit with a remainder, for example, 31 divided by 4 = 7 r3. 

 

In History, the children learnt why the Romans built new roads in Britain, studied where some of the main roads ran from and to and how the roads were made. They then went on to learn about Boudicca’s rebellion and how the rebellion affected the Celts and Romans alike. 

 

In Robotics this week, the children built a race car. They collaborated very well and worked in pairs to create their car, which they were then able to watch drive itself around the race track. 

 

In Science, the children looked at different animals and investigated if they were a vertebrate or an invertebrate. 

 

Our spelling rule for this week are words that have the prefix ‘un’ (continuing from a few weeks ago). The words included: unbelievable, unpleasant, uncomfortable, unachievable, unannounced, unappealing, unusual, unaware and unattractive. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.

 

Mrs Prais

 

Friday 11th March 2022

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week was Book Week and the children participated in a range of enjoyable activities. On Monday, famous author Gareth P. Jones visited the children and held an engaging workshop with them. The children had the opportunity to ask him questions about his books and his writing experiences. He also played interactive songs with the children on his ukulele, teaching the children all about his books. On Tuesday, the children painted their favourite character from their favourite book onto wooden spoons, which they thoroughly enjoyed! They also held a wonderful discussion, sharing which book was their favourite and why. On Thursday, they took part in a book quiz with Ms Simon. Lastly, on Friday, the children performed their well-rehearsed poems beautifully.

 

In Maths this week, the children learnt to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number, using calculations they already know to help them work out calculations they may not have known. For example, they know that 3 x 2 = 6, so 3 x 20 = 60, because the number they are multiplying by is ten times bigger, so their answer will also be ten times bigger. They then moved on to learn the formal column method of multiplication, when an exchange is or isn’t needed. 

 

In Robotics this week, the children built an orbit roller coaster. Although it was tricky, the children persevered and completed their roller coasters, which moved up and down as well as spinning around at the same time. 

 

In Science, the children moved onto their new topic, Animals including Humans. They started off by sorting foods into the different food groups, and discussing which foods help us grow and give us energy. 

 

Well done to the Kerem General Knowledge Quiz Club teams, who came first, second and third in the first heat and are now through to the next round!

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais 

 

Friday 4th March 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

It has been another busy and exciting week in Year 3. On Tuesday, the children watched The Lion and the Mouse, a JNF show performed by an Israeli actor in Ivrit. On Wednesday, they had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Shabbat UK video, singing beautifully alongside the Chief Rabbi. 

 

In English this week, we started a new book called The Tunnel. To begin with, the children looked at the front cover and predicted where they thought the tunnel led to and why the young girl was entering the tunnel. After reading the story, the children compared the actions and personalities of the two characters, Jack and Rose, based on the evidence from the text.

 

In Maths, we started our Multiplication and Division topic. The children built on their knowledge of the 4 times table and started to multiply by 8, understanding that each multiple of 8 is double its equivalent multiple of 4. They learnt how multiplication is the same as repeated addition, for example, 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 is the same as 8 x 4. The children learnt that multiplying means ‘lots of’ or ‘groups of’, for example, 8 x 7 means 8 groups of 7. To represent this calculation pictorially, the children made 8 groups with 7 counters in each group. They also focused on dividing by 8 and understood the difference between grouping and sharing. 

 

In Science, we finished the topic on Rocks and Fossils. They learnt about how the different types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks) were formed and demonstrated this using play-do. 

 

In History, we started a new topic, learning about Roman Britain. The children learnt about how the Romans invaded Britain and how, over time, the Romans gained control over more countries. 

 

In Robotics, the children built their own roller coasters. They enjoyed placing objects on their roller coasters, and watching the objects go up and down. 

 

For our spelling rule this week, the children learnt words that begin with the prefix ‘un’, for example, unwell, unkind, uncover, undo, unfair, unhappy, unable, unbeaten, unfit, unlucky and unpack. 

 

This week an email was sent regarding our upcoming parent maths workshops with Mrs Collins. We are hoping to see as many parents there as possible, so please do RSVP using the Google Form attached to the email. The deadline for this is today.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NC1uTvl_XugDMVYVyO9u7eFvzASutEyRQDhHjA5py3c/edit

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Jewish Studies

In Chumash this week we learnt about the 3 Brachot that Hashem gave to Avram upon leaving his home; he would be famous, have a large family and would become wealthy. The children wrote diary entries imagining they were Avram going on this journey.

 

We have been practising the song Dror Yikra all ready for Wednesday when we have the honour of singing it with Chief Rabbi in preparation for the ShabbatUK video.  We're so excited for this special occasion!

 

In our Parasha lesson, we learnt that the Mishkan building was overseen by Bezalel and Ohaliov, and that they shared their skills and talents with many of the Israelites so that they, too, could be involved in the building.  We talked about all the special talents and skills that we also have, and looked at ways that we could use them to make the world a better place!

 

Shabbat Shalom

Ms Rose and Mrs Hill

Friday 25th February 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

It has been an incredible and busy week since coming back after half term. The children had an amazing time at Celtic Harmony and enjoyed learning all about the Iron Age. They became Boudicca’s Warriors for the day, looking the part with their own handmade headbands and paint on their faces. They got to experience what life was like living as a Celt under Roman rule and eventually attacked the Romans…and won! They had an extremely fun time participating in archery and going on a quest, collecting clues and solving riddles. 

 

This week in English, the children created and presented their own TV report, reporting on the events of chapter 4 of The Iron Man, where a space-bat-angel-dragon had suddenly and unexpectedly landed on Earth. The children reported on the events of this creature landing and how the people of the world felt. They really enjoyed acting as a TV presenter and filing their own TV report.

 

In Maths, the children were adding and subtracting two 3 digit numbers, where the tens or hundreds barrier is crossed and an exchange needs to be made. The children focused on showing their exchange on their place value chart with their counters and then representing this in written form using the column method. 

 

In Science this week, the children learnt about what fossils are and how they are formed. They took part in a fun quiz to see what knowledge they have learnt so far on rocks.

 

Following on from the children’s trip, in History, they learnt all about the Celtic Tribes. They learnt how they lived, where they lived and what they used to fight other tribes and the Romans. They built on the knowledge they learnt on the school trip about the roundhouses and what the Celtic tribes looked like and how they fought the Romans. 

 

Our Spelling rule this week is words where the apostrophe is placed after the plural form of the word; –s is not added if the plural already ends in –s. 

 

In Robotics this week the children created a ring toss game. Once the children had built the game, their challenge was to throw a little ball through the ring, whilst it was turning around. 

 

Reminder:

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.

On Wednesday we have a very exciting afternoon as we will be recording Dror Yikra for the Shabbat UK video. Please ensure your child comes into school wearing their school uniform, rather than their PE kit that day. We will still be going swimming.

 

Today is Yonat’s last day at Kerem. We wish her all the best in her new school and we will really miss her! 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Friday 11th February 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

I can’t believe we are at half term already! It has been a very busy and fantastic term so far!

 

This week in English the children worked on their grammar skills. They learnt about possessive apostrophes and contractions. They learnt how to use them correctly in sentences and why we use them in our writing. 

 

In Maths, we continued our topic on Addition and Subtraction. The children were adding and subtracting a 2 digit and 3 digit number, where the ones or the tens boundaries were crossed and an ‘exchange’ needed to be made. The children represented this calculation using their place value counters. They focused on lining the counters up and setting the additions up clearly in the correct columns. This helped them see whether the hundreds, tens or ones column changes and what exchange needs to be made.

 

This week was Children’s Mental Health Week. As a class, we discussed how we should reflect on our emotional growth and how we can continue to grow and develop by reflecting on our emotions and how we deal with situations. We also discussed which people in our lives support us through tough times and help us continue to grow. The children also designed and coloured in their own t-shirts with things that bring them joy and cheer them up when they are down. N/B Please iron the t-shirts before they go into the wash, in order to stop the colours from running. 

 

In Robotics this week the children created bumper cars! They had the opportunity to drive them around after building them, which they greatly enjoyed. 

 

Reminders:

A lot of the children need new glues, friction pens, sharpeners and whiteboard pens. Please send your child in with 50p to replace these items if they need. 

 

Wishing you a lovely half term!

 

Shabbat Shalom, 

Mrs Prais

Robotics and Children’s Mental Health Week

Jewish Studies – 4th Feb – 3rd Adar I

 

This week we have been working on our Chumash skills, learning three words from our Wordlist, learning our Hebrew prefixes and revising our Gematria numbers.  We have also found out when our Hebrew birthdays are, and discussed the meaning of a leap year in the Jewish calendar.  We were also really excited to add the Hebrew font to our ipads, as we can now use Hebrew words correctly in our online work.

 

In our Parashah lesson, we learnt about the building of the Mishkan and the items inside of it.  We discussed why the Aron was lined both inside and out with gold, and said that we too should be as beautiful on the inside as we are on the outside. We then correctly  'placed' all the items into the Mishkan using coordinates to help us.

 

Shabbat Shalom!

Friday 4th February 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

Although this week has been slightly different, the children have shown great resilience and have still had a busy, yet fun week in school! Thank you very much to Mrs Burland who taught the class on Thursday and Friday! 

 

In English, the children learnt about the features of a newspaper article. They went on to write their own fantastic newspaper articles about the events which occur in Chapter 3 of ‘The Iron Man’. 

 

In maths this week, the children learnt about adding and subtracting 2 digit and 3 digit numbers, 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 used a number line and their place value charts and counters to help them answer the questions.  

 

In history the children learnt about what village life was like during the Iron Age. They learnt about the types of clothing they used to wear and the food they ate. They also studied the different jobs that people did in a Celtic village before the Romans came. The children acted as some of the different craftsmen and discussed why their role was important and who relied on them. 

 

In Guided Reading the children read an extract from ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’, which links to their Science topic on Rocks. They discussed why the author wrote certain words and the effect this created on the text and how it creates an image of what is being described.

 

This week in Robotics the children built go-karts models. The children loved creating their go-karts and had even more fun driving them around!

 

Reminders:

A lot of the children need new glues, friction pens, sharpeners and whiteboard pens. Please send your child in with 50p to replace these items if they need. 

Next Friday is Bluish Jewish Day and the children have been invited to wear blue and white instead of school uniform. Please bring in a minimum of £1. All proceeds will go to Jewish Children all over the world who are in need. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

Jewish Studies 26th Shevat - 28th Jan

In Jewish Studies this week we have been practising our Chumash skills with our lovely new (supply) teacher, Ms Rose.  We reviewed our prefixes, playing lots of games to help us learn them.

 

As part of our Shabbat topic, we each shared our knowledge about Shabbat candles, including that we light them 18 minutes before sunset and that the first person who lit Shabbat candles was Sarah, wife of Avraham.  We began a piece of artwork on Shabbat candles and will finish it in the coming week.

In Parashah, we explored the mitzvah of returning lost property and asked ourselves to what extent we are responsible for returning lost items, and how far we should go to ensure that they are returned to the correct owner.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hill

Friday 28th January 2022

 

Dear Parents, 

 

I hope you have had a lovely week. 

 

In English this week the children practised using speech marks in their writing. They wrote a conversation between two characters in ‘The Iron Man’; the young boy and his father. They wrote about how the young boy, Hogarth, spotted the Iron Man and told his father what he had seen. First, we recapped all the rules when writing speech marks, for example, only putting speech marks around the words being spoken, starting a new line when a new character speaks and writing a capital letter at the start of a new character’s speech. We then read chapter 3 of ‘The Iron Man’. The children predicted what they thought was going to happen before reading the text. We then discussed the reasons behind the characters’ actions and behaviours and how they were feeling throughout the chapter. The children drew excellent storyboards of the first three chapters, putting the events in chronological order.

 

In Maths this week we continued our topic on Place Value. The children compared different numbers, represented in numerical form and using place value counters, and decided which number was larger/ smaller. They used the terms, and signs, greater than, less than and equal to, to compare the numbers. The children built on this knowledge to order numbers from greatest to smallest. They learnt that they need to always look at the hundreds column first to compare the numbers. If the hundreds column has the same number then you then look at the tens column. 

 

In Science, the children grouped different rocks according to their characteristics, for example, if they were smooth and rough. They then learnt the terms igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks and what these terms mean. They researched different rocks that fall into these different categories. 

 

In History, the children began learning about the Iron Age. They learnt about a group called the Celts, who discovered how to make iron out of rocks. They also researched what the houses of the Celts looked like and how archaeologists discovered this from the remaining elements of the houses. 

 

Our spelling rule this week are words that have the ‘ay’ sound but are spelt ‘eigh’. For example, eight, neighbour, weigh, weight, sleigh, neigh.

 

A lot of the children need new glues, friction pens, sharpeners and whiteboard pens. Please send your child in with 50p to replace these items if they need. 

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom. 

 

Mrs Prais

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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