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Year 3 Octopus Class Blog

Week 16


Welcome back to a whole new term of Octopus class! It was great to see so many smiling faces returning to school and I've enjoyed listening to what you've all been up to over the holidays.


But despite it being the first week back that didn't stop the class being ready to dive back into work. We have been amazed at how quickly you've settled back into learning and we are super proud of you! We can already tell this term is going to be even more fun than last term. 


As we have now finished the Iron Man we are now looking at the sequel, the Iron Woman, before we even started reading the book we looked at the front cover and blurb to see if there were any clues we could use to predict what was going to happen. We then looked at page one of our new book and did another prediction about what we thought would happen in the first chapter. All this is in preparation for when we once again don our reporter hats and write up another newspaper report next week. Considering how good the last ones were I can't wait to see what happens this time. 


In Maths we've looked at different units of measurement for; length, mass/weight and volume/capacity. We also looked at how to find the perimeter of a shape by adding together the length of each side. The class looked at how we can convert our measurements and how many each is worth, for example: 1kg is equal to 1000g therefore 8kg is equal to 8000g. As a little challenge, ask your children if they can tell you what kg and g stand for. I've also added a small matching table below so if you want the children can show you what they know.

Week 15

The end of the term has finally arrived but that doesn't mean we've slowed down in Octopus class. The children have been bristling with excitement as the day grew closer that they got to perform their Winter Production, and what a production it was! As I'm sure all who saw it would agree the children were absolutely amazing and we could not have been prouder of them! The time and effort they put in was clearly visible and they enjoyed themselves immensely. We also have a new member of the class joining us soon and the children can't wait to meet him.


As they have been such an amazing class and have really made our year, myself, Mrs Mason and Mrs Burns decided we would adopt an animal in Year 3's name for them to look after. With so many to choose from the only fair thing to do was put all the animals in a hat and do a draw..... And that's how we ended up with Fred the Polar Bear! (Great name choice Octopus) Now since we can't fit a real polar bear in the class, despite the children insisting he could sleep under the table, we are being sent a smaller cuddlier version of Fred. At the end of each week it will be one persons job to take Fred home for the weekend and keep an eye on him. When he returns they can tell us all about what they got up to and write a passage in Fred's travel book, which will stay at school waiting for them to return and document their adventure.


For English this week the children have had a look at writing their own limerick, this was lots of fun and the children enjoyed coming up with their own fun, winter limericks.


In Maths we did some more work on fractions. This time we looked at finding fractions of a whole number using some pictorial resources to help us picture the number and share it into equal groups. The children also looked at how we could use a fraction of a number to find the original number.


Week 14

Another busy week of learning for Octopus this week, the children are doing fantastic and we are all very proud of their determination and attitude towards their learning. Keep it up superstars!



In English this week we have published an alternate setting for the Iron Man in which the children described a new setting that the Iron Man had wandered into using their 5 senses. See if your children can tell you what they are! We were amazed by what they were able to describe. 



This week in Maths we have been using number lines and fractions to make a whole. We have been able to label number lines with the correct fraction and also find fractions of objects, such as a quarter of a packet of biscuits. We did this practically so the children could physically experience finding fractions in real life objects and not just from a question in a book. 




Week 13


Hello again! We've had another fantastic week here in Y3 Octopus. First of all a massive congratulations to all our Octopi on a fantastic assembly performance that focused on our afternoon topic of settlements. The children worked extremely hard and we couldn't be prouder of you.


In Math's this week we have been looking at fractions, the children have learnt about different equivalent fractions and also how to add and subtract fractions that have the same denominator, the children really shone in this and learnt a lot. Next week we will be continuing our fraction work and learning even more about them!


In English we've worked very hard on creating setting descriptions to tie in with our book "The Iron Man". In order to do this we have spent time looking at how to use adjectives to create a better image in our readers mind of what we are describing. We've also looked at using pronouns to avoid using the same nouns repeatedly. Reading through the work this week I was very impressed and almost felt like I had been travelling through "the beautiful, frozen forest" and also through "the scorching desert that burned his feet as they sunk into the sand."  Great work everyone, well done!



Week 11


Hello everyone! For those who don't already know me I'm Mr Grocott and I'm the new Year 3 Octopus teacher. I have worked with Octopus class since starting at Waterside in September, originally as a Teaching Assistant. I love working with the children in my class and always enjoy seeing what each new day will bring. Our Teaching Assistant now is Mrs Mason and we all feel very lucky to have her working alongside us. If you ever have any questions please get in touch.


As for the learning side of the class, we have published our very own newspaper report based on our new text 'The Iron Man' the children did a great job creating these newspapers and we are proud of the work produced.


In Maths we looked at missing number problems and also explored the concept of scaling with positive integers in a very delicious lesson involving biscuits.


Stay tuned for more weekly updates which will include photos of our brilliant learning as we progress through another half term of adventure and discovery.


Kind Regards 

Mr Grocott and Mrs Mason


What a great week it has been! I cannot believe how close we are to the end of term - we have been so busy. 

We are so excited as we are nearly at the end of our class story - The Sheep-pig.

The amount of learning that has taken place over the last 6 weeks is incredible and I am so proud. 

We have published a piece of writing on Friday where we re-told a chapter of the story. 



This week we have started our learning about TIME. 

This is ideal home learning and would be something we fully appreciate your support with. We have begun to recap our Year 2 learning and building on prior knowledge. 




I cannot believe where these weeks are going! What a busy and exciting week -  ending with our fabulous Harvest Assembly. We were so proud of the Octopus class - they wrote their poem themselves. It was sensational! The singing was also super!



This week we have been learning to persuade. 

I am so proud of the children as we had some misunderstandings of what it meant to persuade - but with lots of hard work and perseverance we all now know what we were writing and why!

Super Babe the piglet wanted to enter the sheep dog trials (ask us all about what the trials are - because we are becoming experts!)

We are publishing our writing on Monday - so keep checking for some fabulous examples of work.


We have continued with addition and subtraction this week. It been tricky - but we got there in the end. We will continue adding and subtracting numbers in arithmetic this half term - and then continue our learning in Autumn 2.

But for now, I am super proud of how we have used practical maths equipment and pictures to help us understand. 






This week we have continued with Place Value in maths.

We have been comparing numbers and thinking about the value of each digit.

Some of us have used the apparatus and some of us have even used number machines!

In English we published our writing - and made sure we included all of the word types we have learnt about this week. 

Look below for lots of prompts to help with learning. 



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What a fantastic week of learning!

We have begun our writing focused around The Sheep-Pig and we are really trying hard to use a variety of adjectives, adverbs and verbs. 

In maths we have been learning about Place Value - the difference in Miss Gaskell's questions between "What is the value of the Tens column?" and "How many tens?" 

Miss Gaskell will be putting some learning prompts on this week to help with learning at home.

Make sure you come back and have a look!


Week 2 Maths

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What a fantastic first week back to school after the summer holidays!

Mr Grocott and myself have been so amazed with your attitudes to learning and we are really proud that you have made such a positive transition upstairs into Year 3. 

This week we have focused on showing Miss Gaskell what we already know and where we are going to take our learning next. 

We have enjoyed reading stories about Stan the Starfish and how he had to show friendship - something we have focused on as a class.

The children also completed their own Octopus, ready for our class display. 

We cannot wait to find out what the next 39 weeks hold!

It is certainly going to be an exciting year!