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Year 3 Class News

From Seeds to Fruit in Science

In Science, Year 3’s learning has progressed from pollination, fertilisation to new seeds and fruit. To support their learning, the children examined a selection of fruit, cut them in half and studied the detail of each to determine their similarities and differences.

Working in small groups, the children sorted the fruit into various classifications dependent on how many seeds each piece of fruit had. We also looked at the size and hardness of the seeds as well as where they are located on the fruit. Year 3 learnt that strawberries have small seeds all over the outside, cucumbers have small soft translucent green seeds on the inside and both of these are edible. Whereas, plums and avocados only have one bigger, hard seed in the centre of the inside of the fruit that are not edible.

Our new science knowledge taught us that the amount of seeds that a fruit has depends on the number of ovules that the flower from that plant has. In previous lessons, Year 3 have learnt that flowers have male and female parts and that both of these have different jobs in pollination and fertilisation, leading towards new seeds growing and a fruit being produced.   See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Escape Room

Year 3 have consolidated this week's maths learning in an 'Escape Room' fun lesson. Working in small groups, the children had to calculate three-digit expanded addition sums that were on coloured key rings attached to keys. When they had calculated the correct answer, they then searched the room to find the matching hidden locks, trying to beat the timer and escape in time for lunch! A positive attitude was shown by all and they succeeded their quest.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Maths Fun with Times Tables and Multiplication

This week in maths, Year 3 have been recapping what they have learnt over the year so far.

On Tuesday, to familiarise themselves with their times tables, the children played the 'Bubble Game', taking turns to 'pop' a number within a group of random numbers on the interactive whiteboard, that was a multiple of the relevant times table. After this, the children constructed envelopes using origami to insert times table cards that they have made to use as reference to help support their learning and revision in the future.

On Wednesday, the children have been learning different ways to remember how digits move when we multiply by 10 and 100 (to the left) and which way they move when we divide by 10 or 100 (to the right). This incorporated jumps, hops, wing flaps and bunny hops from the class as they learnt how to sequence maths sums, all of the children fully engaged in the activity with great enthusiasm.

On Thursday, to consolidate their learning on counting in 3s, 4s and 5s, the children went outside to play a game of 'Follow the Leader' where the leader chose the amount to count in and the rest of the class followed them reciting the multiples as they moved. The leader also chose how to move such as, jumping, skipping, jogging or walking in slow motion.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Constructing the Eiffel Tower

Finally, on Friday, as a cross curricular activity with geography, working in small groups to construct the Eiffel Tower, the class had the opportunity to discuss shapes and measurement. The children were encouraged to listen to and share each others ideas of how they could make a structure that remained upright without being held as they used a metre stick to measure it, ensuring they started their measurement at 0cm. The children then used maths language such as taller, shorter and wider as they compared each others towers. 

What a fun week together, back in school!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Welcome Back Year 3!

On our first day back, year 3 have been talking about their wide range of emotions that they have had over the lockdown period (E.g. anxious, happy, angry, joyful, sad, excited). During our activity, one person said a feeling and then the rest of the class put their hand up if they have also felt like this. Next, they passed the piece of string to another person in the circle with a matching feeling. We noticed that each feeling that was discussed was shared with at least one other member of the class. This created our feeling web that you can see on the photographs.

Max the Hodgeheg

Year 3 are reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith in their English lessons.

As the lessons developed throughout the week, we learnt about spoonerisms and that this is when we mix up some words when we speak. Our main character in our story, Max, said some funny things after he bumped his head. Progressing on from this, Mrs Creedon read a selection of spoonerism poems for the class to work out what it really says. The children then wrote their own poems, incorporating spoonerisms which they then shared with their classmates causing much laughter throughout the lesson.  To continue their learning, Year 3 went outside and collected a selection of natural materials which they then used to construct their own ‘Hodgeheg’. The children fully engaged in these activities and now show a great understanding of what a spoonerism is.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

South America

This half term our topic in Geography has been South America and Year 3 have had the opportunity to learn through various platforms.  Using books or websites, the children researched Machu Picchu gathering lots of interesting information which they then used to produce their own information sheet.

They learnt how to use an Atlas to locate where each country was situated within South America and linked the flag that represented the country.  After watching a short film, the children were able to discuss the national resources that are found within South America. Following this, they completed their own instruction sheet detailing resources and utensils required and the order in which they should be implemented to make a chocolate from bean to bar.

Using foil, Year 3 fully engaged in creating their own South America 3D map, highlighting and labelling the physical features of a volcano, river, lake and rainforests.  To support their learning, art lessons have given the children the opportunity to construct their 'Molas Artwork' - typical of South American art, incorporating vibrant colours and shapes. In DT, Year 3 have also created beautiful weaving patterns, using ideas they had observed on a video of the Andean peoples who live in South America. To help them with this task, they used their knowledge of fractions in maths to cut the paper into eighths. Well done Year 3!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Inside Out Day

This week in PSHCEE, Year 3 have participated in Avalon's "Inside Out Day" in support of mental health and well-being.  The children have learnt that mental health is everywhere around us, in each individual's head, affecting our emotions and behaviour and that although we may be smiling on the outside, sometimes on the inside we may not be happy.  During our discussion, the children learnt though it was normal to sometimes feel angry, sad, worried or unhappy, if we feel like that most of the time, it was important to tell a trusted adult (this could be using our Year 3 worry box).

The children also had their opportunity to give their own opinion as to if whether we are all the same, what makes us different, what they thought mental health may be and solutions to how any issues could be dealt with, as well as some of their own concerns. Some of these included; " It doesn't matter what you look like, it's what inside that counts", "We are all different", "I worry for homeless people as no one is walking past them, they are not getting any money" and " If you're unhappy, go out for a walk in the fresh air". Together, we read a story called ‘Simon Sock’ which talked about people looking different and having different interests but we should all be kind to each other and still treat everybody equally.

To support their learning, the children wore their clothes inside out for the day and created their own t-short portraying an emotion someone may be feeling on the inside. Some ideas were red and spikey triangles for anger and blue and tear shapes for sadness. Also on the t-shirt was a gesture of kindness, the children came up with beautiful ideas such as: smiling, saying hello, letting people join in and giving compliments.  Year 3 engaged throughout the lesson with maturity and respect.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Continuing the Topic of "A Flash of Light"

Over the last few weeks, Year 3 have been continuing their topic ‘A Flash of Light’. In science, they have been learning about light; where it comes from and how it travels, and shadows. Next week, to conclude their knowledge on this topic, Year 3 will be performing shadow puppet shows using their comprehension from the story they are reading in English, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. To make all this possible, each member of our year 3 class has made their own shadow puppet theatres in art. They began by cutting out windows in cereal boxes and painting the boxes. Next, they decorated their boxes to look like theatres and added the translucent paper. Finally, they have made their shadow puppet characters, ready for their performances next week.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

A Flash of Light

In English they have been learning about onomatopoeias in poetry. After listening to and reading a variety of poems and learning that poems can provoke feelings, the children wrote their own poems which created emotions through sound. Each child then took their turn to perform their poem that they had composed to the rest of the class, using intonation and expression.  To support their cross-curricular learning, Year 3 enhanced their art skills by creating beautiful firework paintings. After delicately cutting a kitchen roll, the children experimented with various paints and manipulated the roll to create a firework picture with its own flashes of light.  Year 3’s fantastic work has been displayed in the school entrance hall, brightening up each of our days!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Light and Shadow

Year 3 have started their new topic on light and shadows in Science. To begin this topic, they have learnt that light travels in straight lines and even though light looks white, it is actually made up of 7 different colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  Firstly, year 3 made holes in a cardboard box, shone a torch inside and then looked through one of the holes, they noticed that the beam from the torch was pointing in a straight line like a spotlight and that the angle of where the hole is, helps or hinders you to see the light.  Then, they made whizzer wheels which were wheels of colour that they spun on a string and when they spun really fast, they would look white. Such fun!

A Flash of Light

Year 3's new topic is called A Flash of Light. We love to make things cross-curricular and so created some beautiful art work on fireworks using salt and food colouring.  Firstly, the children put glue on their paper in the shape of fireworks bursting. Next, they gently sprinkled salt over the glue and made sure it stuck in the shape of the bursting firework. After that, the children carefully dropped a mixture of food colouring and water, suing pipettes, onto the salt and watched the colours come to life on the black paper. Finally, they repeated the activity so that they had multiple fireworks bursting from their paper.

The children learnt that the salt absorbs the water and food colouring to make the colours stand out, but if they put too much watery liquid on the salt, it would drip and things may have got a bit messy. Well done Year 3, an amazing start to 2021!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Shapes and Snowflakes!

Year 3 have been learning about shape this week. They have learnt some new vocabulary such as symmetry, symmetrical, irregular and regular and recapped previous learnt vocabulary such as the names of 2D and 3D shapes. On Tuesday and Wednesday we learnt about symmetry and created snowflakes understanding that when we fold and cut parts of the shape, it creates a symmetrical pattern. On Thursday and Friday, we used our knowledge of 2D shapes to put them into groups. We gave these groups headings that described their properties. Year 3 worked really hard doing this and learnt a new type of diagram called a Venn diagram.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Investigating Volume

This week, Year 3 have been working on the topic of volume. We have had a fun week, measuring out amounts of coloured liquids to investigate whether the colour will change with the more liquid that we add. We concluded that the colour goes a bit lighter after adding 100mls of water.  Year 3 also linked their volume work to English by creating a potion in Mrs Creedon’s Potion Lab for our evil character Starjik who froze children in a tomb of ice. Some children made a potion to help Ivan (our hero) and save the children, other members of the class made a potion to support Starjik and freeze the young children. To create their potions, the children measured out different liquid from Mrs Creedon’s Potions, added them together in their own potion bottles, wrote instructions for their potions and then added up all the volumes of liquids at the end. What a fun week. Well done Year 3!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Improving our Fitness

During the month of November, the juniors are participating in a 'Burpee' challenge to improve their fitness and develop their core strength in the pursuit of achieving their target of 2000 for all of the year groups combined.  Year 3 have smashed their target and have managed almost 2,500 for their year alone, a superb achievement, very Well Done!  Year 3 are also learning netball skills which include how to defend, pass and catch the ball as well as quick footwork, rising to the challenge with great enthusiasm.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Alien Contact

Year 3 have been contacted by an alien, Zinnia, from a planet called Dock 5. They have been observing our planet and noticed that we like to travel. This made them decide to build a hotel on their planet for us to travel to. However, they have asked for our help on what foods we humans eat so that they can build a farm to grow these foods. Year 3 have been investigating what plants need to grow healthy and what parts of plants that we eat.  During this lesson, we looked at a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and discovered that we actually eat different parts of plants such as; the stem, the roots, the flower, the fruit, the leaves and the seeds! The children have drawn and labelled some examples of these to send to Zinnia and help them with their hotel and farm.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Poems about the story Ice Palace

Year 3 have created an aural performance poem showing their understanding of our story ‘Ice Palace’. They constructed the poem by; one group repeating the dastardly character’s name ‘Starjik’, another group whispering warnings to the villagers that Starjik is coming and a third group stating kenning to describe the evil Starjik, e.g. child snatcher. Listen to the video and see if you can pick out the three different parts. We hope you enjoy it!



Half Price Sale in Maths

Year 3 have been learning about halving.  Mrs Creedon was having a half price sale in her chocolate shop and needed some helpers to work out the new prices. Year 3 were fantastic helpers, using partitioning to find the answers.  Mrs Creedon was very grateful.

Multiplication Fun in Maths

Year 3 have been helping Mrs Callaway organise chairs in the hall for a meeting.  They had 36 chairs and had to follow the rule of the same amount of chairs in each row. Year 3 worked out a few solutions to this problem including; 6 rows of 6 chairs (6 x 6 = 36) and 3 rows of 12 chairs (3 x 12 = 36). They also discussed division by working out if they had 36 chairs, they wanted 6 rows which meant they needed 6 chairs in each row. Fantastic job Year 3!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Keeping our Bodies Healthy

In PSHCEE, Year 3 have been looking at keeping our bodies healthy through eating a balanced diet and doing physical exercise. We created our favourite meal, ensuring we use the right amounts of each food groups to keep it healthy. In addition, we discussed what types of exercise we do inside and outside school and had a go at being a leader and doing some exercises on the field such as, star jumps, tuck jumps, press ups and sit ups.

Living in the Stone Age

As part of our cross-curricular learning on the topic of the Stone Age, the children became Stone Age people and explored the outdoor forest area, finding objects that may have been used within the Stone Age time. For example; logs,  rocks and 'flints' to prepare and light a fire, sticks to make spears and stone to sharpen spears. Great imaginative work!

On returning to the class room the children were then able to draw their choice of weapon in, an Art lesson and write a detailed instruction on how they would construct their weapon and what it's use would be, in an English lesson.

Working both independently and sometimes with a partner, the children showed great enthusiasm as they followed their own instructions, critically thinking how to manipulate and calculate the best way to complete their design using just the raw materials they had collected  (only a little support from small pieces of string to strengthen their weapon!). Upon completion, each child was keen to show and explain their weapon and it's purpose to their classmates.  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Learning about Chronological Instructions in ICT

During the ICT lesson, Year 3 are continuing with cross curricular English activities, learning the importance of detailed, chronological instructions.  The children are being taught how to cut, paste and reorder a series of instructions whilst developing their touch screen and mouse control. In last week's ICT lesson, Year 3 have learnt the correct way to make a "Cup of Tea"- hopefully something they will be able to do for all of their parents in the future!  See the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.

Year 3 Rocks!

This term, Year 3 have been working on the topic of Rocks. They have been understanding how rocks were formed and discovering their properties through observations and investigations. Igneous rock is formed when magma from a volcanic eruption cools and hardens. Sedimentary rocks is formed when small bits of sand, rock and bones of dead creatures settle at the bottom of the sea and are pressed down with layers over millions of years. Metamorphic rocks is formed when igneous or sedimentary rock is put under a lot of heat or pressure. In this investigative lesson, they looked at the hardness, permeability and appearance of a variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks to discover their properties.

Stone Age Animals in Art

As part of our cross-curricular activities, during their Art lesson, Year 3 have sketched their own choice of Stone Age animal.  They have learnt how to use their pencil in various ways to create definition in particular areas. Once they were satisfied with the outline, they painted their image, again experimenting with different paintbrushes to complete their painting.

All approached their task with great enthusiasm!

Archaeologists at Work

Year 3 have been looking at The Stone Age. They have been understanding how long the Stone Age period lasts and how we know this information.

Firstly, we compared 5000 years of time as a single piece of toilet paper. The Stone lasted around 3 millions years which meant it took a lot of toilet paper to show this period (see the photo of how much toilet paper Year 3 had to use).

The Stone Age time is pre-history, which means before humans could read or write. Therefore, we know the information about this time through what archaeologists dig up.

Next, Year 3 took on the role of archaeologists and were excavating a chocolate chip cook to find the chocolate chip artefacts inside. They had a lot of fun doing this, ensuring they are careful and gentle with each artefact. They also learnt and understood how difficult an archaeologists job must be.

Finally, Year 3 looked at photographs of actual Stone Age artefacts and made predictions on what these artefacts may have been used as in the Stone Age times.

Stig of the Dump in English

The children are reading ‘Stig of the Dump’ in our English lessons, which is a story about a Stone Age man who lives in a dump.  Today, the children were acting out a scene between Barney, the main character, and the three mean boys from the nearby town. The children interacted with great enthusiasm and used excellent expression for their characters.  Se the Year 3 Gallery for more photos.