Investigations this week

19/01/2018 at 19:29

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This week the children have been using their investigation skills in several lessons.

Using what they have learned in the past few weeks, they tried to work out what a variety of ancient Egyptian artefacts were, what they were made from and what they were used for. Following on from this, several scenes were shown with Egyptians doing tasks. The children had to infer the jobs from the clues in the pictures. There were some interesting interpretations but the classes are starting to develop a good understanding of what life was like in Egypt thousands of years ago.

The learning in the Science lesson could prove very valuable during this cold weather. We have been investigating friction and how it affects moving objects. We found out that things moving over surfaces with high friction not only slow down but get hotter. Using this knowledge, we then discovered the best way to keep our hands warm. We also found out how to stay safe on ice (or alternatively what makes us skate or ski faster).

Next week we will be starting a practical investigation into how Egyptians used to mummify people and animals! Don’t worry, it won’t be too gory.

The learning log homework for the next two weeks is to explore an aspect of ancient Egypt that is of interest. As many as possible will be shown on the blog when completed as we really appreciate the effort made by everyone who helps with children’s learning at home and we would like to share the great work produced. Once again, thanks for all the effort in this area.

Special mentions this week go out to Tom, Esha and Iman for brilliant work.

Have a great weekend

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

(Egyptians loved cats. Below are some instructions of how to create a paper cat: have a go.)

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The Force is with Year 3

12/01/2018 at 19:40

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This week in Year 3, we have been learning about forces during Science lessons. We discovered what gravity means and how it affects objects. We also investigated air pressure by building paper windmills and moving it through the air at different speeds to see what happened. Jimi also claimed to be able to use the “force” to read minds. He impressed his classmates (and teacher) by correctly guessing a number chosen at random on a series of cards, although I suspect that the force Jimi used was in fact the force of great maths!

Next week, the children will become budding William Shakespeares. Their task is to rewrite a scene from The Golden Goose in their own words and using their own ideas. The Golden Goose is a mystery / thriller play based in Ancient Egypt, linking well to our history. They may even use some of the information they learned this week about the River Nile in it.

Year 3 still impress by leading the school in the average distance run during the daily mile and the weekly cross country run. Many children have achieved 42.2km / 26.2 miles and some are well on their way to their second marathon.

Special mentions this week are, as always, well deserved and they go to Ethan for being happy, Kiera and Sonny for being the best they can be and Arthur for being a great learner.

Finally, please remember to sign reading record books every day and that the Learning log is due back on Wednesday, along with this week’s Maths homework.

Have a good weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Happy New Year

05/01/2018 at 19:02

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Welcome back and a happy new year. We hope you have all had a great Christmas and have enjoyed the break.

It’s very good to see that all the children have come back to school keen and ready to continue their learning and, even though it’s been a short week, they have produced some great work already.

Over the next few weeks in Literacy, we are looking at play scripts and how they differ from stories. The children will have the chance to write and perform their own short play towards the end of the half term, hopefully showing off their great acting skills.

The History topic this term is ancient Egypt. We will be learning about what life was like for all Egyptians, from the Pharaohs to the slaves. We shall also discover how they treated their dead and how this relates to the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and Howard Carter. In art, the children will be recreating a death mask (although due to budget limits we will have to find an alternative to solid gold!). Towards the end of the half term, we will give the opportunity for the children to show some of the work they have done at a parents’ assembly – more details to follow.

At today’s Special Mention Assembly, Evie, Harriet and Nathan were selected for being great learners and Stan was chosen for being the best he can be.

Finally, just a reminder that homework was given today and the Maths is due back in next Wednesday (10th Jan) with the Learning Log back the following week (17th Jan). Please also remember that any learning at home should be recorded in the Reading Record books. The work can be any reading, writing or maths and every day counts towards the final percentage at the end of the week. At the moment, Year 3 are a little behind other year groups so please ensure your child gives you their book to sign.

Have a good weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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Have a Merry Christmas

15/12/2017 at 15:39

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The last week of term has been very exciting in Year 3 but the children have still been busy in lessons.

In class this week, the children have been working hard to create a Christmas fact file. They have been shown how to safely use the internet on laptops and iPads to research information about Santa Claus, Santa’s reindeers, his elves and the history of Christmas trees. They then wrote about their findings and decorated their booklets, showing all their brilliant presentation skills. Below are photos of the children and their work.

During Maths, a challenge was set for the children to solve the mystery of which elf stole the Christmas pudding. They had to answer addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fraction problems, with the answers corresponding to either letters or words which then give them clues to the culprit. Happily, the offending elf was identified and caught.

It was so lovely to see so many Year 3 children taking part in the Christmas performance of The Snow Queen. All the children were a credit to themselves as they worked very hard to learn lines and remember their parts. Well done to Oliver, Lillie, Esha, Erin, Stan, Archie, Charlie, Harriet, Florrie, Hannah, Alex, Aaminah, Fatimah, Gursimran, Iman, Gabriella, Nuraniya, Khushi, Jacob, Olivia, Ashwin, Gracie, Alice, Phoebe, Isaac, Sophie, Nathan, Lucy and Abigail. I’m sure we have some future stars of stage and screen amongst us.

On Thursday afternoon the children had their Christmas party. There was some great dancing on display along with plenty of very sleepy lions. Many of the children showed how quickly they could eat chocolate with a knife and fork whilst wearing oven gloves, a woolly scarf and a Santa hat. They also showed how grateful they were for all the sandwiches, samosas, sausage rolls, crisps, biscuits, fruit and buns provided by eating as much as possible. Thank you for all the food provided, as we really appreciate the support you give us.

Finally, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The last week of term has been very exciting in Year 3 but the children have still been busy in lessons.

 

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Final Performance

08/12/2017 at 15:57

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This week year 3 have been continuing their poem performance module. Children have learnt how to use their tone of voice and add expression to make a poem come alive. We looked at the following two poems this term:

The King’s Breakfast

Walking With My Iguana

Below is the video link to 3B’s poem performance of Walking With My Iguana

Below is the video link to 3M’s poem performance of The King’s Breakfast

This week the homework that has been set for maths is to be done over the Christmas period and needs to be handed in on the 3rd January.

Well done to Amelie, Lillie, Abigail and Peter for receiving special mentions this week. These children have a super attitude towards their learning and are a pleasure to teach.

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe in the snow. Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite

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Poetry Week

01/12/2017 at 12:34

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Year 3 children started the week in literacy by practising reading tongue twisters such as:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Swan swam over the pond,
Swim swan swim!
Swan swam back again –
Well swum swan!

They then spent the rest of the time learning about AA Milne and looking at one of his poems, The King’s Breakfast. The classes studied the character’s personalities by reading and listening to recordings of the poem so that they could determine how they would add expression to their voices when reciting it themselves. Although not evident from the whole class recording, there were some very good examples of how the king, queen, dairymaid and cow might speak.

 

This week in science both classes have been exploring the topic of light and dark. We have conducted a number of experiments involving the following:

  • What we need to be able to see objects in the dark.
  • What materials can be easily seen in the darkness.
  • How shadows are formed.
  • How different properties of an object can affect a shadow.

The children have had lots of fun in our science lessons! We created our own tent in the classroom and formed our own shadows.

Wednesday was deadline day for handing in Learning Logs, and the challenge set the children was to create their own acrostic poem based on the theme of Autumn. To say that we were amazed by the results is an understatement. We have included a selection of the best work in the gallery below.

We would like to say a massive well done to Sophie, Joven, Tom & Florence for their special mentions this week! All children have a super attitude towards their work, which is lovely to see.

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