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Hawthorn Class 2020-2021

Autumn 2


Seasons Greetings

Here we are in the last week of a very different term. The children have continued to be enthusiastic, adaptable and amazing. Looking back over the last few weeks there are many highlights and successes which the children should be proud of.


Early on we had our Victorian Day when the children came to school looking the part – we had everything from chimney sweeps to a rich gentleman. The day was a memorable learning experience and although we are currently sitting in Victorian style rows the activities were very different… as were the teachers!


The following week we had the Film in a Day workshop, led by Ben from Treehouse Theatre, which gave us all the opportunity to learn more about Victorian times through drama. 


In maths two of the main areas we have focused on are fractions and money. We developed our skills in finding fractions of amounts while also getting to grips with the correct vocabulary. When it came to money, we focussed on adding up amounts and calculating the change.


In English we used Punch and Judy, a popular Victorian pastime, as the starting point for writing our own play scripts! We then spent time writing a recount of our Victorian Day experiences. Other English experiences have included learning a little about Charles Dickens and reading a child friendly version of A Christmas Carol.  Towards the end of term Year 3 was given a secret mission… which we can now reveal! We all wrote a personal letter to each member of the school staff including teachers, admin staff, support staff and cleaning staff, to thank them for their hard work and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Finally, toward the end of the term we wrote a Christmas shape poem.


Learning to play the ukulele has been a highlight this term and we hope you will enjoy seeing snippets of what we have accomplished as part of our year group Christmas video. Another of our favourite learning experiences has been the polyblock printing. We used William Morris as our inspiration and after sketching and studying his style produced our own design which we transferred to a polyblock and used to print a repeating pattern design. You will see our wonderful designs on the Christmas cards.

This last two weeks we have been very involved in our Christmas activities. These have ranged from festive art to a virtual Christchurch Christmas service. Take a look at our Year 3 Christmas Showcase Video for more pictures and information about what we have been up to.


We hope the children have enjoyed this busy half term and we all wish them a happy time as they relax during a well-deserved break.


We wish you all a Merry Christmas,

From all of the Year 3 team.

The end of Autumn 1

We can hardly believe that we have already been in school for half a term! The children in Year 3 continue to approach their learning with enthusiasm and commitment. They have made a super start to learning about the Victorians and how life was very different for children in this time, whether they went to school or to work. As history detectives the children had to work out what some of the Victorian artefacts were and now we are looking forward to acting out a day in the life of a Victorian classroom!


In maths, as well as extending our understanding of number, we have been consolidating how to read and interpret a calendar. This half term we have been lucky to have regular access to the Ipads so have used them to improve our response times on the Times Table Rockstars. While in English, we have written a diary entry for a child living on the streets during the Victorian era and developed our use of vocabulary by describing settings using interesting adjectives.


Another area of the curriculum that we have enjoyed is playing and learning some of the rules for ultimate Frisbee! We found it trickier on a windy day but enjoyed this fast paced sport - the first time playing this game for many of us.


One of our highlights of the week is our Listen2Me sessions on a Thursday with Miss Vaughan - she is fantastic and we learn so much. We've started reading music to help us learn the ukulele and she is impressed with the progress we have made so far. Hopefully, we will be able to share some of our learning (virtually) with you towards the end of term.


We look forward to our Victorian Day and to a visit from Ben from Treehouse Theatre who will be leading a socially distanced workshop on aspects of Victorian lives

Welcome to Hawthorn Class 2020-21

It has been fantastic to welcome your children back to school and we are looking forward to working together and getting to know all their different personalities. We are extremely impressed with how well they are settling to the new routines and their efforts to do their best as they adjust to being a Key Stage Two pupil at GBPS. We have created our Growth Mindset display with each child choosing their mode of transport that best reflects their learning style. These have ranged from a bicycle for a learner who prefers working independently to a bus which is a learner that enjoys learning with others.  Already, we have seen many of them use their Growth Mindsets and do their best with the transition activities.

Year 3 have their outdoor PE session on a Friday this year. Please remember that the children need to come into school wearing their PE kit. Guidelines for this have been emailed to parents.

Our topic for this term is Victorians and we are looking forward to learning more about the lives of children during this time in history. We are intending to have a ‘Victorian Day’ after half term - more details will be given nearer the time.

We would also like to introduce you to the Year 3 staff team that your children will be working with this year. Mrs Barnhouse (Hawthorn Class Teacher on Monday, Tuesday), Mrs Wood (Hawthorn Class Teacher Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) Miss Rendall  (Hazel Class Teacher Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), Mrs Featherstone (Hazel Class Teacher Thursday, Friday), Mrs Browne (Class LSA), Mrs O’Neill (LSA support) and Mrs Zamin (LSA support). If you have not had chance already, make sure you take a look at our meet the staff information pack as it provides an insight into all of the different adults who are working in Year 3 this year.

Your children have shown great resilience and have settled in well. You should be proud as we are!