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Robins Wk Beg 20.09.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 10:43pm

Welcome to Robins Weekly Blog

We have had a wonderful week in Robins class. I am really pleased with how the children have settled down to their learning routines in class. We are filling our recognition board regularly and have enjoyed playing 'hide and seek' and 'stuck in the mud' as our rewards together. This week, our Top Table award goes to Alexa and our Prasie Book award goes to Alexia. Well done girls :) 

You will be able to book a 'Parents Evening' phonecall on Monday 20th September. This will be a ten minute phonecall to touch base and discuss how the children have settled. Year Three phonecalls are on Tuesday 28th September. I am really looking forward to talking to you all and getting to know you :) 

Our spelling quizes will take place each Friday morning. This week, some children will have spellings that begin with the 'wr' sound such as 'wrong' and some children will have spellings that begin with the prefix dis and in such as 'disconnect and invisible'. The children wil have a list of their spellings in their reading diaries that they will tick/dot to let you know which words they spelt correctly during the quiz.

Reading - We have given the children a reading book from our class library. This may be a RWI book aimed at your child's reading level plus a story/non fiction book from our class library to share with you at home or a text from our class library. Please let me know if you feel the texts the children are selecting are too challenging or not challenging enough. I have now extended our class library with texts that the children are familiar with from Year Two for them to enjoy. We are continuing to read The Sea Book by Charlottle Milner in our whole class reading lessons. This week we will continue to discover new vocabulary, retrieve literal information and explore how the features of a non fiction text and it's structure all help the reader to understand the information. 

Writing - The children are really enjoying reading 'Seal Surfer' by Micheal Foreman. We have loved learning new facts about seals and watching video clips of them in their natural environments. We will be writing a non chronological report about seals using paragraphs to organise our information. We will also be using prepositions of place and noun phrases to enhance the detail in our sentences. 


Maths - We will continue to explore our place value knowledge and understanding of three digit numbers. The children will represent three digit numbers in a variety of ways, learning the value of each digit and positioning them on a numberline. Each morning, on entering the classroom, the children complete a '4 a day' arithmetic activity. This involves questions from all four operations ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so that these skills are continuously developing. We have also introduced a times tables grid which allows the children to pratise and rehearse their mutliplication and divsion facts. This term, we will consolidate the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as introducing the three and four times tables. I have set weekly games on Times Tables Rock Stars for the children to enjoy. 

Geography - We will be consolidating Year Two knowledge of features of English forests verses a rain forest, looking at the human and physical features of both. The children will use atlases to locate rain forests around the world, exploring reasons as to why they are positioned near to the equator. 

RE - The children will explore a variety of Bible stories, considering the message for Christians that each one gives about God. 

PE - Mr Ault will teach the children how to play football, focusing on space, pace and invasion techniques. 

DTThe children are learning about the seasonality of food and will be making apple crumble as they have identified that apples are in season in the autumn in the uk. I will send a letter out with further information. 

Thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and times tables at home. These three things are the basis of our weekly homework.

Please contact me if you have any questions, I am aways available for you.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan

Robins wk beg 13.09.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 12th Sep 2021 @ 9:15pm

Hi Everyone

A very warm welcome to Robins Class.

Mrs Brennan and I have loved getting to know everybody, we are going to have a wonderful year. 

Our PE day this term is on a Monday, the children will be taught on a Monday afternoon by Mr Ault. We will also be having a weekly German lesson on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Judge which is very exciting :) 

Each Tuesday afternoon, we will have a times tables quiz. We will let you know which times table your child is working on and will put a sticker into their reading diary to let you know their weekly score. Our weekly spelling quiz will take place on a Friday morning. They will be words containing the spelling rule/pattern that we have been exploring throughout the week or based upon the statutory words for Y3 from the National Curriculum. 

We are currently reading Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman in our Writing lessons. Our focuses are on using a rich and varied vocabulary, organising our writing into paragraphs and using prepositions of time, place and cause.  We are also enjoying learning new facts about life in the oceans using The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner in our whole class Reading lessons. 

It has been delightful to sing with your children and hear their voices after such a long time. Their singing has warmed our hearts.

Please feel free to come and talk to me at any time if you have a question or a concern. I am also available on the phone or via email. I am really looking forward to a fabulous year ahead.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice 

Robins 14th June 2021, by Mrs Rice

Date: 11th Jun 2021 @ 3:51pm

Hi everyone

What a fabulous week of learning we have had after the half term holidays. Robins class have been using their Geography skills to locate human and physical features of our grounds using the 8 points of the compass. We have been exploring our new Christian Value of Courage and how we can use the lessons that Jesus gives us in the Bible in our own lives.

Next week, in Maths, we will continue our work with fractions. The children will be adding and subtracting parts of the whole and finding fractions of amounts.

In Writing, we will begin a new exciting book Zeraffa Giraffa by Diane Hoffmeyer. We will be learning about how organisational devices such as headings and sub headings can help to present information clearly. We will also be learning how to use alliteration and repeating phrases to persuade the reader.

Our Reading lessons will focus on reading comprehensions skills based around inference. The children will also explore themes within Iron Man and what we think the author's massage to the reader was. 

This week's spellings focus on the prexix 'sub' meaning below or under.

subzero, subsoil, subdivide, subway, submarine, subtitle, subheading, submerge.

Our Science learning is based around 'Animals and Humans'. This week, we will learning about the type and amount of nutritian that humans need and what is meant by a balanced diet. 

Our RE lessons are based upon how Hindu families celebrate and worship God. 

I am really proud of the children's attitudes to learning and their kindness to each other. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan


Y3 Wk Beg 26.04.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 5:37pm

Hello everyone

Robins had a wonderful week last week with lots of outside learning. We even found footage of a sparrow nesting in our bird box that was captured on our new night life camera, it was magical! It was lovely to talk with you all on the phone, thank you for your time. This week, we continue our problem solving in multiplication and division focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. In Writing, we are loving our new wordless book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. The children are homing their observational skills in on the beautiful illustrations to investigate what is happening on each page and searching for clues to decipher how the character may be feeling. This is a first for us all, a wordless book, who would have thought! 

The children will be using their positional and directional language in Geography as they use the 8 points of the copass to locate places in our school environment. We will conduct a survey of the habitats around us using our statistics knowledge. We will represent the data that we collect in tally and bar charts. We will continue to explore the properties of rocks in our Science learning as well as making observations and notes of how the seeds are developing that we planted last week. 

Our RE learning will focus on passages from the Bible that teach us how Jesus wants us to live our lives. We will focus on The Ten Commandments and relate these to life in modern day. Are the Ten Commandments relavant in our lives? 

I have asked the children to spend five minutes each evening learning the spellings and times tables, they know that this is my request and not yours! Thank you for your continued support with listening to your children read, please may I remind you that this is part of our weekly home work and that three comments in the reading diary, earns the children a raffle ticket, which they are all working towards. 

I am looking forward to another fabulous week together in Robins class. I am always at the end of the phone if you have any questions or queries.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan xxx


Y3 Wk Beg 29th March 2021, by Mrs Rice

Date: 26th Mar 2021 @ 2:15pm

Hi everyone

We have made it to the final week of the term with huge smiles as we are so happy to be back together. smiley

The children have been busy with assessments and have made me so proud with their attitude towards these. 

We are continuing to enjoy The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner as a stimulus in our reading lessons. The children are using the contents and index pages to navigate the text, making predictions and summarising key points of paragraphs. This book is also helping us to take care of God's oceans and the creatures that live in them by considering how we can reduce the amout of plastic that sadly ends up there. 

This week we will be wriitng a letter from one character to another in our Seal Surfer story. We will take on the roke of the boy in the story and write to Grandad, telling him of our adventures witht he seals in his absence. 

Our spellings this week contain the letters 'ch' but make the 'c' sound

chaos, chorus, mechanic, character, anchor, echo, aching, chemist, schemed

In Maths we continue our work on multiplication and division exploring the patterns and connections of the 4 and 8 times tables. 

We are thoroughly looking forward to visiting church on Wednesday to watch a pre recorded Easter worship by Mr Cliff.

Lostock are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. The children can come to school wearing their pajamas ready for a wonderful day of story. 

We are so proud of our class for the happiness and joy that they bring with them each day.

Have a great week. Please contact me if you have any questions or queries.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan.

Y3 18.03.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 9:32pm

Hello everybody

What a pleasure it is to have my gorgeous Robins back in class, happily learnng and laughing together. We are so impessed with how hard the children have settled quickly back into routines and into excellent learning behaviours. We look forward to seeing their smiles and hearing their giggles every day and treasure every moment with them. heart

Hopefully I can keep them now until July! smiley

The children are absolutely loving watching the frog spawn develop daily in our classroom, it is the first thing they all rush to when they come in. They have enjoyed fun PE sessions with Mr A, time on our track as well as playtime games and time in our new woodland. Lots of outdoor fun is helping with our happiness. 

Next week, we will be writing letters in our English lessons from different characters in our Seal Surfer story. We will explore the structure and language of letters and focus on prepositions of time, place and cause. In Maths, we will be continuing our work on multiplication and division. As a class, we are learning the four times tables, noticing patterns the multiples of four make on a 100 square, looking at the connection to the two times table and increasing our rapid recall of these facts. 

The children are now having weekly virtual German lessons with Mrs Judge which they are loving. 

Please continue to read with your child daily and recording in their reading diaries as the children feel so proud when they are able to put their ticks onto the chart and gain a raffle ticket. Daily reading is so beneficial for our children. Not only because it improves their vocabulary and writing skills but it is a gorgeous opportunity to escape into the wonderful land of stories, adventure and imagination. Our weekly spelling quizes have resumed each Friday. I  have asked the children to spend five minutes each evening practising their spellings and five minutes on their times tables in order to keep these key skills ticking over and for the children to gain in confidence.

Our spellings this week are focusing on the suffix 'ation' being added to verbs to form nouns. For example when we add 'ation' to the verb 'exclaim' the word 'exclamation' is made. We will explore which letters are dropped when this suffix is added. Our new words are:

explanation, exclamation, preparation, exploration, temptation, separation, admiration, information. 


Thank you for your continued support and as always, I am at the end of the phone or an email if you need to talk to me. What a class of super stars I have! 

Have a great weekend

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan

Y3 05.03.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 2:36pm

Friday 5th March 2021   



Happy Friday everyone. We did it! Two months of remote learning for the second time and you have been brilliant! I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of your families for supporting our class during this time. Your patience and dedication has been amazing and has meant such a lot to me. Thank you for being such lovely parents to work with. I can not wait to have your children back on Monday, I promise that we will look after them. Time to put your feet up now! 

Well done superstars- we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing children we have at Lostock Gralam and don’t forget to tell your adults that we think they are superheroes.

Reflect and return to school task:

Today we would like you to just reflect on the last 8 weeks of remote learning and to think ahead to your return to school. There are some lovely activities below to help you to do this. You might want to print them from the attachment, or you might want to create your own doodles in your own style.

If you want, you could play this lovely relaxing music whilst you create your ideas today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2UEqBdU7go&list=RD-j2uKUK5P10&index=2



This next activity might help you to zone in on your feelings and share your thoughts about Lockdown.