What can you see?

29/11/2019 at 16:15

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We have had lots of fun in science this week setting up our own investigations. As part of our topic on light, we tested out lots of different theories to see if we could prove them right/wrong. We explored whether different metal surfaces reflect things, if we could see our reflection in a piece of crumpled tin foil, whether light bounces off a mirror or comes through the back of it and how things change when you look in a mirror. We also had a go at following a maze using a mirror and were surprised at how such a simple task became so difficult – especially when we made up our own!

In English, we have written an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Giant’s point of view. We have really enjoyed sharing our creative ideas with each other and reading aloud our work. It has been a great opportunity to show off our skills and put everything we have learnt so far this year into context. Some children even had a go at writing in pen, having achieved their pen license. Keep up the brilliant work and beautiful handwriting!

In Maths, we have begun our work on multiplication and division by looking at equal groups and the 3 x table. We have created our own concept boards, showing a calculation in a range of ways. Maths homework this week focus on learning the 3 x table facts. Please also make use of Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button to improve recall speed.

Thank you to all of those children who are working so hard at home to complete their extreme learning. We have seen some very impressive scores in Year 3 and we would love to bring the trophy back to Year 3 next week! Please remember to bring your signed record with you every day.

If you are able to volunteer to support on our school trip to the pantomime on Thursday 12th December, please let us know.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Year 3 Team

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A busy week in Year 3

15/11/2019 at 16:16

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This week has been another busy week in Year 3.

In Literacy, we have continued learning about the “True Story of the Three Little Pigs”. The children learnt how to use speech marks and we had a debate about whether we believed the wolf or the pigs. There were some fantastic arguments and the children explained their points well.

The children continue to enjoy PE. 3C have started to get to grips with the rules of Tchoukball. It is very different to anything we have done before! Miss Ellis was extremely impressed with her dancers and they are growing in confidence each week.

We continued learning about “light” this week in Science. The classes enjoyed conducting an investigation exploring where light comes from and why we need it. Two children had sparkly dresses on for Children in Need and this lead to a fantastic discussion about reflection and materials.

We thoroughly enjoyed Children in Need. There were some fantastic ideas for costumes! A lot of the children seemed to be exhausted… We also had the opportunity to read to Nursery. The classes really enjoyed this and were fantastic ambassadors and role models. This is hopefully something we can repeat later in the year

Maths homework and Learning Log were sent home today.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Chambers, Miss Ellis and the Year 3 team.

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Welcome back!

08/11/2019 at 15:30

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We have had a great start to the new half term and have already learnt so many new things. We cannot wait to get stuck into our new topics (and Christmas celebrations of course)!

In Maths, we have been exploring the different methods we could use when adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. We then had a go at using these methods to solve some tricky problems. Maths homework this week is a recap of 1, 10 and 100 more/less than a given number. Please try to complete this independently but do ask for help if you get stuck!

We have enjoyed reading a very unusual traditional tale in English – The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We were given the pictures from the story (with no words) to order. It was very tricky as the story seemed to differ greatly from the tale we were used to so we had to carefully infer from the clues that were there. We then read the story – we couldn’t believe that the wolf turned out to be friendly character with good intentions! We are looking forward to writing our own alternative traditional tales from a different point of view. We have also been looking at spellings that use the prefix ‘sub’. A spelling activity linking to this has also been set for homework.

We have begun our geography topic on Europe by recapping the world’s continents and oceans, using an atlas to remind ourselves of where each continent is located. We then looked at the different countries within Europe and had a competition to see how many we could name. We were so impressed that Fabio could also name the capital cities of each European country!

In Science, we have been discussing what light is and where it comes from. We shared our initial thoughts and discussed the questions we want to find out over the next 6 weeks. Here are our ideas…

Special mentions this week go to Patrick, Fabio, and Holly.

If you took part in the cross country this week, please return your running vest by Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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Savage Stone Age

19/10/2019 at 09:46

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On Thursday, Year 3 was taken over by cavemen and cave girls. There were some fantastic costumes and we had a brilliant time completing a range of activities to finish our learning about the Stone Age.

In the morning, the children took it in turns to make clay pots, cook biscuits and create paper tools and weapons. The children listened carefully and it has been said that the clay pots were some of the best from the past few years.

In the afternoon, the children created a Stone Age dance using a range of techniques. The children particularly impressed us with their imaginative ideas and ability to work well as a group. The children also needed some excellent collaboration skills when building the Stone Henge (made from biscuits of course!). The children then completed a scavenger hunt looking for Stone Age items hidden across the school grounds. They worked well during this and there were 2 winning teams (one from each class).

The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and we were impressed with the children’s behaviour. We have also had a busy week of learning. We’ve continued with our topic of addition and subtraction in Maths. In English, we worked in groups to retell the story of “Stone Age boy”.

There were no special mentions this week due to Harvest Festival.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Chambers and Miss Ellis

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Rock detectives…

11/10/2019 at 15:42

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We have been very busy carrying out experiments and observations in our science lessons this week. We have enjoyed looking at which rocks are permeable by putting them in water to test them and then recording our findings. It was very exciting to see some of the rock samples covered in bubbles! We enjoyed getting our hands dirty and looking at different types of soil as we found out what it was made of. Using the lego, we made models to show the many different layers of soil. We then used the Chromebooks to research which soil should be used for growing different plants.

We have started a new unit of work in English linking to our history topic. We have enjoyed reading Stone Age Boy – a tale about a young boy who goes back in time and meets Om and her Stone Age family. We made some excellent predictions about what would happen and even used our retrieval and inference skills to unpick the story. We can’t wait to go on our own adventure back in time next week on Thursday 17th October during our Stone Age Day. We have lots of crafty activities to get stuck into! Remember you can come to school dressed as someone from the Stone Age.

New learning logs have been sent home with a very exciting competition we will be entering (due Wednesday 23rd October). Maths homework this week is an addition challenge – who will find the biggest score? Remember to bring your reading records every day as we are now aiming for 100%!!

Special mentions this week go to Harry, Yahya, Arjun and Jenna. Well done!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers

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A week of explanations!

04/10/2019 at 16:13

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This week we have been busy, busy, busy! In Maths, we have been continuing our work with place value. As well as consolidating our work on greater than and less than, we have been thinking partitioning numbers and adding and subtracting 10s and 1s using a 100 square to make links. We played the following game, making reasoning statements about where each piece goes. Have a go yourself as will help you with homework this, which is to do with completing missing parts of a 100 square.

In Literacy, we have been writing up our explanations text inventions. We have been putting into practise all the elements we have been looking at during the unit of work – including using questions for subheadings, paragraphs, subordinate conjunctions and time connectives. Next week, we will be edited and improving our work.

In History, we have being rocking it with our work on the Stone Age. We looked at how Stone Age people hunted and the types of animals they would come across.

In Science, we have be looking at rocks more closely. We have been using magnifying glasses to study different types of rocks determining how that are structured and thinking about their properties.

A reminder that Learning Log is now due in and should returned no later than Wednesday 9th October.

Have a fabulous weekend Year 3!

Mr Garlick, Miss Ellis and Mrs Wilson.

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