21/07/2021 at 14:48
We would like to use this opportunity to thank the children in Year 3 for such a fantastic year. Despite the difficulties, the children have shown incredible resilience and determination to succeed. Their efforts both in class and during online learning have blown us away and we are so proud of each and every one of them. Life in a pandemic is much easier and a lot more enjoyable when you have 60 amazing, smiley children to work with!
We’ve learnt our timetables, read books, written amazing stories, grown sunflowers taller than Miss Ellis, dressed as Romans, started fires without a match, built dens, learnt to tell the time, created computer games, choreographed dance routines, read more stories, discussed climate change, read more stories, performed poems and even spoken in French!
We would also like to wish Grace the best of luck in her new school – please keep in touch and send us lots of pictures!
Have a wonderful, well deserved summer holidays! We will miss you all so much!
Miss Ellis, Mrs Begum & The year 3 Team
09/07/2021 at 16:07
The children have had a fantastic day taking part in lots of Roman themed activities today. Thank you ever so much for your efforts with costumes; the children looked brilliant!
Who did the Romans worship?
The children spent part of their day learning about the different Roman gods and goddesses today with Miss Ellis. We looked at their weapons and powers and discussed our favourites. The children then went on to create some of their own Roman gods/goddesses and had some fantastic, imaginative ideas…
Polisites – God of Birds
Juni – Goddess of Plants
Lunder – God of the Moon
Zan – God of Mischief and Evil
Laticus – God of the Skies
Astronima – God of the Universe
Oceana – Goddess of the Seas
Calamity – God of Things Going Wrong?
How did the Romans build roads?
Mrs Begum lead a session on Roman roads. The children looked at the difficulties Romans faced without roads, reasons why they created them and the process of creation. The children then made models to show the different layers that made up the roads and were able to explain why each layer was needed. The children did a fantastic job of reflecting on their models and suggested improvements.
What did Roman mosaics look like?
Mrs Wylie’s art workshop was a big hit today. The children spent some time looking at different Roman mosaics and the geometrical and symmetrical patterns used. Once experts, they went on to create some of their own mosaics using paint.
What did the Romans eat?
The children spent a session with Mr Catto and Miss Carter making their very own Roman honey biscuits. They did a fantastic job of weighing ingredients, using the hob and of course… washing up!
How did the Romans fight?
This afternoon, 3B took on 3E in a giant Roman battle. Our soldiers marched in unison shouting sin, dex (left, right) as they went. Their well formed testudo and wedge came in handy as Miss Ellis and Mrs Begum tried to attack!
This weekend sees the launch of the summer reading challenge. Libraries will be launching this on Saturday 10th July. This year, they are partnering with WWF for Wild World Heroes, a nature-themed Challenge that will inspire children to engage with environmental issues. This fits perfectly with the ethos of our school and would be great if you can encourage your child to join in. You can join online using the following website where there is the opportunity to earn rewards.
Have a wonderful weekend!
The Year 3 Team
25/06/2021 at 15:49
We’ve had a great TIME in maths this week! We have been recapping the five minute intervals of clocks and have had a go at telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. The children are all very confident at reading the clock for times involving o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to but further work is needed on the other intervals. Any work you could do at home to support this would be very beneficial!
In English, we have been exploring how S.F Said builds up tension and suspense throughout Varjak Paw. We looked at using a range of high quality verbs and adverbs to show clearly the movements of Varjak. The children were then challenged to write sentences describing how they thought Varjak would move and did a brilliant job of acting these out! We then looked at the specific language techniques he uses to build up suspense and had a go at writing a paragraph with a partner.
We have been learning all about magnets in science this week. We carried out an investigation to see which objects around the classroom are magnetic. We were surprised to see the paperclips jump up from the table when we hovered a magnet above them! We tested lots of different objects and recorded them in a table. We also looked at a story about a boy, who was also learning about magnets at school, who stole a magnet. The magnet in his pocket then began to attract lots of items and he ended up walking around with a trail of things behind him that had stuck to each other. We made predictions about whether this would actually happen and will test our theories next week.
In our PSHE lessons this week, we have been discussing what makes us healthy. We received a letter from a young boy asking for advice on how to keep active and improve his running. We had some excellent class discussions and the children each responded to the boy, telling him how to stay fit and healthy at school.
As a result of one of our classes isolating, we have decided to postpone our Roman day. Roman day will now take place on Friday 9th June giving you an extra week to source your costumes!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Year 3 Team
18/06/2021 at 15:45
We have delved deeper into the story of Varjak Paw this week and have learnt lots more about the Mesopotamian Blue kitten. We retrieved a range of information about him from the text then made inferences about his personality using the clues given to us. With this in mind, we then went on to write descriptive phrases about Varjak Paw, using a range of adjectives, alliteration and similes. We then put our ideas together to create a concrete poem in the shape of a cat. Some children even challenged themselves to draw their own cat outline! Here are some examples of our work…
In maths, we have started our work on time. To ensure there are no gaps in the children’s learning, we went back to the basics of half past, quarter past and quarter to. We have looked at a range of analogue and digital clocks to help us with this. Next week, we will be looking at telling the time accurately to the nearest minute. Please encourage your child to have a go at reading the time on both digital and analogue clocks where possible.
The children are thoroughly enjoying our PE modules this half term. This week, we put our new found skills to the test in a game of quick cricket. The children impressed our coach with their quick reactions out in the field and their accurate passing. In athletics, we looked at examples of throwing events. We had a go at throwing javelins and worked on improving our personal best each time. We then put our muscles to the test with the shot put – they were so heavy! There were some very impressive, accurate throws amongst the children. Maybe we could join Team GB in the next Olympic games?
We have been learning about another Celtic warrior this week called Cartimandua. She lived in what is now known as Yorkshire! Unlike Boudicca, she betrayed her tribes to work with the Romans and earn money. The children did a brilliant job of acting out what it would have been like if Boudicca met face to face with her.
We have taken part in lots of walking and running this week to contribute to the Farsley Farfield Mountain Challenge. The children have already inputted their distances covered at school and therefore do not need to be done at home. Please try to head out on a walk this weekend to help us reach our target!
The Year 3 Team
Well done to all the children for showing great resilience and determination to succeed during our assessments this week! Enjoy a well-deserved, restful weekend!
13/06/2021 at 22:11
11/06/2021 at 16:07
We have had a wonderful week in Year 3 made even better by the sunshine and our time on the adventure playground.
This week, we have been looking at list poems and having a go at writing our own. We started by making lists of strong and delicate things then chose our favourite list to develop into a poem. The children used some excellent vocabulary and even had a go at using similes.
In our guided reading sessions we have been reading a new text called Varjak Paw by S.F.Said. The tale follows a Mesopotamian Blue kitten on a journey of survival. So far, we have met several different characters and made profiles for our favourites. We have made some big predictions about what will happen throughout the story and we can’t wait to read on!
We have been continuing our work on shape this week by looking at parallel and perpendicular lines and angles. We went on a hunt around the classroom to find different examples of angles and lines and came across some interesting observations. The children really impressed us by using this knowledge later in the week to describe the properties of different 2D shapes.
Next week, we will be starting our work on time. There are some excellent games on the Topmarks website that you may find beneficial using prior to and during this unit of work to support your child’s learning.
Our history lesson this week focussed on a brave warrior that led the Iceni tribe to battle against the Romans. Can you guess who she is? That’s right, Boudicca! We took our learning outside and created a timeline of her life. We then had a debate about whether we agreed with her life changing decisions or not. The children came up with some excellent reasoning behind their answers!
On Friday 2nd July we will be having a ‘Roman Day’ full of different activities. Children are welcome to dress up as a person from the Roman era if they would like to. They could be a Roman soldier or even Boudicca!
The weather was finally in our favour for PE this week as we welcomed a new cricket coach to school. Each class took part in an hour long workshop to develop their throwing, catching and batting skills. The children were fantastic role models and put 100% effort into the session. Of course Miss Ellis joined in the competition and set the bar high for the number of runs in one of the activities! Who will be the fastest next week?
This weekend marks the start of The Farsley Farfield Great Mountain Challenge! We plan to get outside and complete lots of walking and running around the school grounds next week. We will post our totals on the class blog next Friday for you to add to your child’s record.
Enjoy a wonderful weekend in the sunshine,
Miss Ellis, Mrs Begum & The Year 3 Team