S’now fun in the cold without a hat.

02/03/2018 at 18:43

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It has been a fun but stop-start week in Year 3 for obvious reasons. The week started normally with plenty of work on fractions in Maths and investigations into mysteries in Literacy. However, even the best laid plans may change at the last minute. Thursday was particularly disrupted by the weather so the children spent the first part of the morning improving their mental maths skills in preparation for World Maths Day. After a very cold but fun playtime (where only brave or foolish teachers ventured onto the snowballing field) we held a fictional character competition. The children had to show their knowledge of book characters beginning with all the letters of the alphabet. It was superb to discover and share the range of books that our children read. In the afternoon, we planned and started to write a 500-word story using Chris Evans’ Radio 2 competition as a guide. Even though the official competition has finished, we will judge all entries presented to us by Wednesday 14th March, with winners receiving a prize and a mention on the blog. Even if your child could not attend school during the snow  we would love them to enter a story.

Special mentions this week go to Gabriella and Joven for being great learners and Amba and Charlie for being happy (and great snowballers).

Have a great and safe weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

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New Topics

23/02/2018 at 19:27

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It has been a busy week in Year 3, as always, but the children are raring to go after their break.

In Maths, the area this term we are focusing on is fractions. We have been looking at dividing shapes into segments, identifying the fractions and how these compare to other known fractions, such as halves and quarters. Next week, we will continue exploring this area practically to solve important problems such as; How can you split a donut into 8 equal parts by cutting it just 3 times. (Why would you though?)

The topic in Literacy for the next few weeks is Mystery Stories. This week we have looked at what makes a good mystery story by reading and watching some examples. Next week the children will start to plan their story, thinking about the characters, settings and plot. If the weather is too cold to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, then it may be a good time to dig out films such as The Great Mouse Detective, Young Sherlock Holmes or some classic Scooby-Doos for inspiration.

The learning logs were in this week. Finding out about climates in different places was the topic and once again we had some outstanding examples of research and plenty of beautiful pictures. All of the work produced was shared with the rest of the classes, with some notable examples being done by Sophie, Ashwin and Olivia.

Saint David, Wales and Welsh culture is the broad theme for the next learning log and we look forward to seeing the children’s work. Encourage your child to research an area that interests them and to be as creative as possible with their presentation.

Special mentions this week go to Sophie, Alex, Alexis and Madison which, are as always, richly deserved.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite

P.S. We have been asked about the mummified fish by several parents. Photos will be available soon.

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Parachutes and Air Resistance

22/02/2018 at 15:45

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Over the last 6 weeks in science, 3M have been learning all about different forces. They have learnt that a force applies either a push or a pull to an object. The children have also learnt about gravity and friction.

Whilst doing work on friction, the children learnt about a type of friction called air resistance which is the force that slows us down in the air. This week, the children were challenged to create a device that would safely allow an egg to be dropped from the top of the tree house without cracking…

 

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Egyptian Day

09/02/2018 at 16:28

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Year 3 had a fantastic Egyptian Day this week! So many pupils made such an effort with their costumes so thank you to parents and carers that helped with that!

We started the day making our Tutankhamun inspired paper mache death masks. It was fair to say that the year 3 classrooms were very messy that morning!

Whilst children were making their death masks, groups of 15 children went with Mr Beevers and Mrs Sloan to cook up Cleopatra’s favourite sweet treat! Children mixed flour, water and fruit to make the dough. Then, sweet honey was drizzled over them after they had been baked.

In the afternoon, we learnt some great Egyptian facts. Did you know King Tutankhamun was only 10 years old when he became the ruler of Egypt!

To finish our day off, we learnt about Ancient Egyptian dance and discussed how they moved and why they liked to dance. Finally, the children had some fun and danced to ‘Walk like An Egyptian’ by the Bangles. After some pleading and begging, we also danced to Madness and Cotton Eyed Joe.

The children had such a fun day and so did the teachers!

We would also like to say a massive well done to Khushi, Isaac, Jacob and Gracie for their special mentions today in assembly. You all should be very proud of yourselves!

We hope everyone has a lovely week off and see you on Monday 19th February!

Mr Beevers & Miss Micklethwaite.

 

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African drumming in Year 3

08/02/2018 at 20:07

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Year 3 have been learning how to play the African drums. We have created our own pieces, rehearsed and then recorded them. It takes a lot of concentration to play all together in a group: we tried to smile and play at the same time when recording our music – this was tricky. Lots of smiles, however, when we play our drumming games. Well done Year 3 – you have learned how to play the drums and read crotchets and quavers as well as improving your listening and cooperation skills.

Ms Howells

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What is the time?

02/02/2018 at 18:45

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This week in Year 3, the children have been getting to grips with telling the time. To help them do this, they have all made clocks using paper plates and card. They then wrote on the various terms that we all use when describing the hours and minutes. Even though the children have worked hard on this it can still be confusing. Thirty-two minutes past three in the afternoon can be three-thirty-two, twenty-eight minutes to four, 3:32pm or 15:32. Finally, just to add to the confusion, clocks can also use roman numerals, which we have also looked at. Your assistance with homework this week, is as always, very appreciated so that any misunderstandings can be corrected.

The mummification experiment is still in progress and next week the children will discover how successful it has been. Also, next Thursday we will be holding a full day of ancient Egyptian themed work. The classes will discover and make Cleopatra’s favourite food, decorate death masks and learn an Egyptian dance, amongst other things. It would be great if your child could come dressed in costume for the day. An old, white bed sheet and a belt would be a simple way to recreate their dress. On the topic of ancient Egypt, the learning logs have been magnificent this week. The work looks brilliant and the effort is obvious. It is difficult to single anyone out, but Charlie and Aarav in 3M and Rovind, Gursimran and Arthur in 3B caught the eye of the class when they were shown today. Several more pieces have been copied and will be displayed to aid our learning.

Special mentions this week go to Lucy for being the best she can be, Grace for being healthy, Kieran for being a great learner and Oliver for being a good citizen.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Micklethwaite and Mr Beevers

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