Spring term 2019
After a very busy and successful Autumn Term, Class 3 have made a super start to the Spring Term, too!
We have so much to look forward to based around our new topic, 'Rock and Roll!' So far we have compared era's from the Stone Age and looked at cave art work, even having a go ourselves! Currently we are learning specifically about Stonehenge and how the huge Bluestones from Wales made their journey over 200 miles!
With this topic we will learn all about rocks, fossils, earthquakes and volcanoes. So much learning but we can do it and are very excited to share our new knowledge with you!
As we've been very lucky to have two fantastic Maths teachers over from Shanghai we are all trying our hardest to solve multiplication and division word problems. Soon we will be moving on to money and finally statistics before half term.
Stig of the Dump is our chosen text in English this half term, we've loved exploring the text in depth and now are beginning to write an adventure story. Based on the text, we used our creativity to invent new household items for our Stone Age friend! Come and read our finished stories which will be proudly displayed in class.
This Autumn term our theme is 'There's no place like home' and we will be learning lots of geography skills whilst exploring our local area on a field work trip. We are also going to compare our local area to how it's changed over the years in History.
In English we began the year writing friendship shape poems and these are displayed outside our classroom! (Pictures coming soon)
We are currently reading lots of folk tales and our aim is to write our own folk tale based on 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward.
So far in Maths we have secured our place value knowledge, using number lines and place value grids, base 10 and lots of concrete objects before moving onto addition and subtraction. Our journey to becoming 'Masters of Mathematics' has begun!
This term we are celebrating Harvest and Class 3 are lucky enough to be performing a lovely Harvest assembly for the whole school. The children have worked hard learning their lines and practicing their drama routines ready for the final performance on Tuesday 9th October. As a school we have received many kind donations which will be passed onto the Salvation Army.
Circle of Life!
Lots of great ideas on this website! Have a look and see if you fancy making any of their meal choices.
Wow what a super term we have had so far!! With only this week and 4 days next week until we break up for Christmas. Each and every member of Class 3 have worked tremendously hard since week one in September, I couldn't be more proud of their individual progress made.
Lets find out what we've learnt throughout our 'Circle of Life' topic....with the help of information books and the Internet we researched healthy diets. The 'Healthy Eating Plate' also gave us the opportunity to reflect on the 5 main food groups. To help others and share our knowledge we designed leaflets.
With all the excitement of our new knowledge Class 3 turned into food praparation experts! Each table used numerous skills which are transferable across many dishes, such as: peeling, chopping, mixing, wrapping, rolling and filling. After all the preparing it's safe to say we had worked up an appetite! Fruit salads, egg pita bread, vegetable platters with humous and finally, tuna sweet corn wraps were served up and thoroughly enjoyed!
In in a more recent lesson we learned where the products we prepared came from, surprisingly Class 3 discovered our foods had been shipped in from all over the world!!
This half term we are going back in time, right back to when the Ancient Egyptians were alive! We are so excited to learn all the fascinating historical facts. Some areas in particular include: Rosetta Stone, Pharaohs, River Nile, Housing, Clothing and Daily life. In the first week back we became detectives, making hats and going on a hunt around KS2 looking for clues which led to great questions to start off the topic!
I will keep updating our page with all the fun, exciting things we are learning about, keep your eyes peeled for pictures too!
This week has been our Health and Fitness Week.
On Monday, we looked at why we need skeletons and the bones that make up our bodies and in the afternoon we had our Rio Reading Festival where we got to choose our 2nd free book, had ice cream and played in the football tournament- well done to the winning team - Serbia!
On Tuesday, we learnt all about earthquakes, with a focus on earthquakes in Indonesia - our chosen Olympic country! We found out why earthquakes happen, how earthquakes are measured, where they mostly occur and we even had a practice earthquake drill on what to do if an earthquake strikes! After, we created our own bar charts, block charts and line graphs based on previous magnitudes of earthquakes in Indonesia, using Purple Mash on the computers.
We became Olympic designers on Wednesday, where we planned and made our very own Olympic trophy structures using modelling wire. We made these to give out to the Curriculum Champions in assembly. The children were very good at this; creating some fantastic trophies in their pairs! Once we had finished our structures, we joined Year 5 in the hall to undertake Maths activities centered around the Olympic games! In the afternoon, we worked well together in groups to prepare and cook a feast of noddles, chicken and vegetables, know as Bami Goreng in Indonesia.
We created Fact Files about Indonesia on Thursday, we had PE with Coach Tom and in the afternoon, it was our turn to go on the inflatable obstacle challenge, which the children loved! There were some very close races!!
We finished off the week with Sports Day, when children came dressed in the colour of their team's flag. However due to the weather, it was cut short! Hopefully we will have time next week to have the races!
What a week it's been!! We can't wait for next year to do it all again!!!
Take a look at the pictures below to see what our Curriculum Week looked like!
Summer Term 1
Welcome back everyone after the 2 week break, we hope you all had a lovely time!
This half term our theme is: Light up the world!!
In Science, we are going to be learning all about light which will involve us undertaking many scientific experiments!
In Maths, over the next few weeks, we will be focusing even more on learning our times tables as we approach the end of Year 3 (3,4 and 8x tables) using them in problem solving contexts, along with 2d and 3d shapes and measuring.
In English, we are linking our learning to Science where we will be writing biographies on Thomas Edison. We started this unit our first week back by reading, listening and watching a range of biographies and this week we have began to find information out about Thomas Edison following on from our research homework over the holidays.
Take a look below, to see what we've been up to so far!
For the next 2 weeks, Year 3 are looking at the artistic technique of printing! Next week we are going to create fossil prints and to prepare for this we have undertaken sketching of fossils using different sketching implements and today we practised the printing technique. After we had finished our practise print, we thought about what the success criteria would be for printing. See some of the children's advice below and pictures of our sketching and practise print also.
Raees: Don't put too much paint on the tile as it will smudge the design.
Cameron: Try not to press too hard on the tile with the scissors otherwise you might make a hole.
Amy: Carefully and gently press down on the tile. If you press too hard, you could ruin the design.
On Tuesday 2nd February, we went on a class trip to the Harris Museum to find out more about the Stone Age!! When we got back to school, we realised that we had forgotten to take Monkey with us so we decided to tell him all about it in our Extended Writing lesson the next day! Here are Harry's and Danielle's letters to Monkey about our fab afternoon out!
Our trip to the Harris Museum
By Danielle G
You missed everything yesterday. We went to the Harris Museum. First we went into a room and we had to dig for bones until we found all the bones. When we found all the bones, we had to put the bones together. After we read information because we needed to find what animal it was before we had to draw around the bones. Then we went out of the room but we saw some footprints so we followed them. Then we went in to a room and we saw a big Elk. After we saw the elk we were pretending we were making a wooden boat and we looked at weapons. We were stroking deer’s fur and we were drawing pots from Bleasdale. Then we went back to the room and got our coats and we went back to school.
Stone Age fun at the Harris Museum
By Harry M
I am writing to you because you missed out on a lot and I really, really missed you.
When we got in to our groups we went on a double decker bus but we didn’t go on the top!
After we did that, we went in a room and we met someone called Miss Worthington who gave us some instructions and we had to dig carefully for creepy pictures! Although we didn’t find all of the pictures, we still put them together. While we did that, we found out what it was. Can you guess what it was? It was an elk! Before we went to see the real elk, we had to draw a part of the elk. Until the elk footprints ended, we saw the real bones of the elk, wow! If we could find the Stone Age man’s skull, we could act out how people built boats. As we finished that, we acted out how people built bones and then it was time to go back to school.
In English, to link with our topic theme, we wrote our own play scripts taking inspiration from the film 'The Croods' which is set in the Stone Age. After we had written our play scripts, we made character stick puppets and used some of our Stone Age habitats that we had created for our topic homework to use as the setting for our play script. Take a look below to see Jacob and Leah-Rose acting out their play scripts!
Hello and Happy New Year!
This half term our theme in Year 3 is the Stone Age!!
Since coming back after our holidays, we have written our own Stone Age themed poem based on Charles Causley's I am the song! In order to do this we found out lots of information on the Stone Age environment to help us create imagery in our poem. This week we have started our new English unit - play scripts! We have undertook a lot of role play to prepare for our play script by performing in our groups to the rest of the class with Mrs Peck as our audience!!! We will be writing our own play script based on a scene from the film The Croods.
In Topic we have looked at the 3 different periods of the Stone Age and how life was different in each of those periods, created our own cave drawings and found out what and where Stonehenge is. This week we will be finding out even more about Stonehenge and the following week after (Tuesday 2nd February) we have our trip to the Harris Museum where they have a 'hands on' Stone Age exhibition! We can't wait!! Check back later this week to see pictures of our Stonehenge lesson!!
This week we had a Picnic Afternoon where our adults or children in school came to try our healthy meal! We spent weeks planning for this day as prior to this we taste tested different healthy ingredients, created our healthy menu, made and evaluated our healthy meal and then made our final product on the day of our afternoon picnic.
Some of the food we made consisted of chicken and mayo wraps, tuna and sweetcorn pittas, carrot and humus, boiled eggs and fruit dipped in chocolate. Look at the pictures below to see what a great time we had making our own healthy meals for our visitors and then watching them enjoy it!
For our Egyptian topic homework Year 3 were set the challenge with 5 weeks to create their own pyramid in any shape or form. Miss Robinson and Mrs Howson were so impressed with the amount of time and effort the children had put in to their pyramids that all children were given team tokens and a prize each. A huge well done to everyone who created their own pyramid and even included some of their special items in them too.
Take a look below to see the wonderful creations!
22nd October 2015
Year 3 have had a great 7 weeks learning all about Ancient Egypt!
In English we wrote an Egyptian mystery and non chronological reports about the afterlife! We had to find out lots of information in order to write our report so we used our research skills on the internet and also acting skills to re-enact the mummification process. Take a look at the pictures below to see who we mummified!
In Geography we made predictions about how water is transported from the River Nile to the farmer’s crops and then investigated how Egyptians do this. We found out that one of the ways to do this is to use a shaduf! We decided to have a go at building our own shadufs, which you can also see below.
This term our theme is all about being healthy! This week we have been learning about what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and in the next couple of weeks we are going to be making our own healthy meals. Towards the end of the term we will be inviting our adults and carers in to school for us to make our healthy meals for!
Keep checking back for more information and pictures!
Year 3 2015 - 2016
Hello and welcome to Year 3!
This half term our topic theme is Ancient Egypt! We began Year 3 by making our very own Sherlock Holmes detective hats and went on a hunt around school to find clues about what we will be learning this half term. Some of the clues we found were about the mysterious Rosetta Stone, Ancient Egyptian's lives, Pharaohs and the River Nile!!
In English, we are are going to write Egyptian mysteries and non-chronological reports about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife. This week we began our afterlife research by learning all about mummification and even having a go at it ourselves (pictures to follow)!!!
Don't forget that from 2:30pm on Friday 25th September we are having a coffee and cake afternoon in class to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Trust and it's also an opportunity for you to come and see all the fun things we have been learning so far.
Make sure you keep checking back to see and hear more of what we've been getting up to in class!
Year 3 (2014-15)
29th June - 3rd July : Curriculum Week
Last week Year 3 learnt all about Mexico for Curriculum week. We started the week off with a trip to the "Airport" which the children were very excited about and from there we looked at where Mexico is and its cities, found out who the Aztecs were, used the Aztec's number system, made symmetrical Aztec patterns, learnt a Mexican dance, made Mexican dream catchers, prepared and cooked Mexican food and we had a go at learning Spanish too. Take a look below to see what we got up to!
30th June 2015 : Summer Solstice Festival
Last week Year 3 celebrated the longest day of the year known as the Summer Solstice. Every year on either the 20th or 21st June people travel all the way to Stonehenge to celebrate the British Summer Solstice Festival so we decided to have our own festival too. We did lots of different activities where we learnt how to do Yoga, made smoothies from the fruits we have been researching in class, learnt the song 'Here comes the sun' by The Beatles and to finish our day off we watched the sunrise at Stonehenge from last years Summer Solstice. Take a look at the pictures below to see a bit more of what we got up to and don't forget to keep checking back for more pictures as it's our curriculum week this week and Year 3 have travelled to Mexico!!
May 2015 : Stonehenge
Stonehenge is a historical monument built during the Stone Age in the South of the United Kingdom. Year 3 were given the challenge to predict how we thought Stonehenge was built using clay for the stone, paper for wood and string. There was one rule however - we weren't allowed to lift them with our hands as just 1 stone weighed 40 tonnes when they were being built. See below for how we tried to do this!
We have also sketched and then painted using watercolours our own images of Stonehenge (see pictures below). We took inspiration from John Constable who was an English painter that created different moods through using watercolour and we looked at a variety of images of Stonehenge too. Some of the children had never used watercolour paints before and they did a fantastic job in getting the right ratio of paint and water and using the watercolour technique, the finished paintings look great on our display!
11th May 2015 : Class Trip
Year 3 went to the Harris Museum in Preston to find out more about the Stone Age. We had lots of fun as we got to take part in different activities. Some of them included an archaeological dig where we searched for parts of an elk which was found in Carleton, handling weapons and tools from the Stone Age and sketching artefacts from the Stone Age. Below are pictures of our exciting afternoon!
This Summer term in Year 3 our theme is Rockin’ all over the world!
We are going to be finding out lots about the Stone Age, including how they used to live, where they lived and special monuments. We also have a trip planned to the Harris Museum's Stone Age Exhibition and plan on having a Summer Solstice Festival in the final term linked to our Stone Age topic!
Our first week back we looked at cave drawings from all over the world that are from the Stone Age. We found from looking at a variety of the drawings that Stone Age people used to draw pictures of the animals they hunted. We decided to make our own cave drawings using animals that were alive in the Stone Age - have a look at ours below and see if you can spot any animals that are still on earth now!
26th March 2015 : Art
This week we completed our 3d leaves and they made several special appearances in our Lion King Production! We think they look great and are very proud of how they turned out! Take a look below to see some of them.
18th March 2015 : Art
This week we have made the structure for our 3d leaves using modelling art wire and have started to add different pieces of tissue paper using a collage technique!
6th March 2015: Art
This half term we are designing and making our very own 3d leaves for use in our KS2 Lion King production! We begun the design process by sketching real life plants and then using blending techniques to make our leaves multi-dimensional!
Next week we will be turning our leaves into real life ones, inspired by the sculpture artist Celia Smith, by using modelling wire!
Stay posted for updates on how we're doing!
28th January: Year 3's Food Faces!
This week in Art, we have created our very own Food Faces in the style of the artist Giuseppe Acrimboldo who was born in Italy in 1527 and died in 1593. He painted portraits of people using fruit and vegetables to represent different parts of their faces!
Year 3 had lots of fun using different fruits and vegetables to create a collage that linked to our Science topic of Healthy Eating, we had lots of people walking past class and admiring our creativity, we hope you like them too!!
27th January: Problem Solving Day
Today we spent the whole day solving lots of different maths problems. We all enjoyed working in teams to solve some tricky tasks!