Welcome to Year 3’s Class Page. Sarah Lewis is the Class Teacher in Year 3.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Weeks Beginning Monday 1st May 2017
Year 3 have had a fantastic half term. We started of the term by visiting The West Midlands Safari park to see the dinosaurs in The Land of the Living Dinosaurs, for our challenge pack Dinosaur Stomp. The trip was brilliant! The children saw lots of different animals and they were amazed by the life size replica dinosaurs that moved and roared. They even had the chance to be paleontologists and dig for fossils in the sand.
Following our trip, the children researched how fossils are formed and then created their own comic strips to show and explain the process of fossilisation. The children have also become experts on volcanoes. They have learnt what they are, why they erupt and the correct terminology used to describe volcanoes at various stages.
In English, the children have written acrostic poems about dinosaurs using video clips for inspiration to develop vocabulary. They have also written brilliant and informative reports about a range of species of dinosaur, and making links to the Mesozoic era.
The dinosaur fun also continued in forest school, where children created dinosaur dens using sticks and searching for fossils in their very own fossil dig. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful with fossil finds.
To end our half term, Year 3 performed their class assembly. They performed the class text “Tyrannosaurus Drip” then took the school on the learning journey they have been on. They demonstrated how volcanoes erupt using the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, explained the process of fossilisation and took the whole school and parents on a journey through the Mesozoic era.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Weeks Beginning Monday 27th February and 6th and 13th March 2017
The children in Year 3 have been working very hard preparing for their pop up museum. They have completed their final Egyptian art, using chalk and charcoal to add extra detail to their final outcomes. The children have also been using their art skills to join clay together to create replica Staffordshire Hoard pieces, Egyptian amulets and Greek vases. The children used their perseverance and their noticing tools to add the detail from the original WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like).
In English, the children have spent the last 2 weeks completing myths, they used inspiration from Beowulf and Theseus and the Minotaur to create brilliant written outcomes.
The whole school celebrated World Book Day, where everyone was invited to dress up as a character from their class key texts. Year 3 completed tasks around the book ‘The Great Paper Caper’. Children made cross curricular links to English, maths and science.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th and 13th February 2017
Children in Year 3, have been learning to read measures in different units. They used rulers, scales and measuring jugs to measure length, mass and capacity. They had to use their noticing tool to ensure that they were reading the scales correctly and their making links tool to work out what the increments were going up in.
In English, children learnt the skills required to write a suspense piece. They took on the role of Howard Carter and watched video clips and read interviews to understand how Howard Carter felt when he found Tutankhamen’s tomb and when he explained about all the wonderful items that were uncovered.
In NICER, children continued to use their Yellow and Black hats to critique each other’s art work so that they could improve for next time. After half term, the children will be using chalk to add colour to their drafts, ready to create their final outcomes for their pop up museum.
It was also E-safety week, so the children learnt all about how to stay safe online and then created a PowerPoint presentation.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Weeks Beginning Monday 23rd and 30th January 2017
Year 3 have been very busy again, the children have been looking at Egyptian Gods so that they can start to plan their Egyptian art. They have learnt all about mummification and produced some very gruesome instructions to tell the process of mummification in Ancient Egypt.
Year 3 have also been investigating how shadows are formed and they were very lucky that the sun came out for them to test their theory.
The children have continued to learn new tactics to defend positions in bench ball during PE sessions and are beginning to work well collaboratively so that their tactics are accurate. During swimming, all children have experienced the deep water and are becoming very confident in the pool.
In maths, they have been looking at comparing measurements using a range of measuring equipment and learning how to read scales. The children have also been learning how to add amounts of money and find change.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Weeks Beginning Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th January 2017
Year 3 have had a brilliant start to the spring term. The children started off the term by going to Birmingham Museum as a hook for our challenge ‘A Day at The Museum’. The children saw the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, Ancient Egyptian exhibition and visited the gift shop for inspiration. Children were engaged throughout the trip and their behaviour was impeccable! Everyone had a brilliant day and the children have now started a TASC wheel researching lots of new ideas.
This past week, the children have been looking at diary entries in English, the writing outcomes have been brilliant! Children used the opening clip from ‘The Prince of Egypt’ film as inspiration to write a diary from the perspective of a worker building the pyramids for the Pharaoh.
Children also had a taster session in Forest school, which they absolutely loved. They lit cotton wool, ate pasta and worked collaboratively throughout their session in the very muddy outdoors!
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2016
Year 3 have been working very hard over the past 2 weeks to create a TASC wheel to complete their challenge outcome. They decided to change lyrics to a well-known song and sing a verse about Ethiopia, India and Brazil. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning the song and worked extremely hard to remember the rhythm and beat when they were recording it.
All of the children were lucky enough to have a pantomime in school, Cinderella. The children then wrote persuasive letters to Prince Charming, persuading him not to marry Cinderella, the children used humour and great vocabulary to get their argument across.
Children made links with their learning as they continued to learn how to tell the time, on this occasion they were telling the time using Roman numerals and then answered worded problems in relation to what they had learned.
The pupils have decorated the Christmas tree with Chinese lanterns which they have made giving the task a Chinese theme as China is the country they will be singing about in their Christmas performance. The class have also created nativity scenes using lolly pop sticks and have started to create their own Christmas cards.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2016
As always, Year 3 have been very busy these past couple of weeks! The children have been learning about time and they have been making links with their fractions to identify o’clock and half past. They have also been looking at tribes in Ethiopia and using their questioning tool to ask questions about tribal culture, such as lip plates, beautification marks and the houses which they live in.
In English, the children have been writing a non-chronological report all about Brazil. They researched facts and then applied what they had learnt into well-structured sentences. They have been using these facts in their NICER lessons and watching videos about Brazil to understand what the carnival is like and to see what Christ the Redeemer looks like.
In Science, they have been continuing to learn about plants. The children set up an investigation to see what happens to a flower when there is food colouring in the water. They are hoping that this will explain how water is transported through a plant. Fingers crossed!
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning Monday 7th November 2016
Year 3 have started their Autumn 2 challenge pack ‘Around the World in 80 Beats’. To kick start this pack the children attended a Samba workshop which was fantastic! The children were able to play a range of drums and created a brilliant rhythm and beat which all staff were impressed with. Every single pupil got involved and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
In English, the children have been using their key text ‘The Jungle Book’ along with extracts from the film, to write brilliant narratives of Mowgli running through the jungle. Children used a range of adjectives and were experimenting using adverbial phrases to modify sentences and to make their writing more visual.
The children have been very busy learning about the parts of a plant and what plants need to grow and make food. They have had the opportunity to make rangoli patterns as part of their NICER for Diwali and they have started to make a PowerPoint presentation all about India.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning Monday 17th October 2016
Year 3 children have been extremely busy this half term, however they have had so much fun in the process and great aspects of learning have taken place!
On Wednesday, the children prepared for their art gallery outcome, they were very excited and proud to showcase their work. They persevered throughout the whole challenge and gained/developed some brilliant art skills along the way.
Children have also been looking at important black influential figures from the past; as part of Black History Month – these included: Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Children wrote a brilliant free verse poem, full of repetition and rhetorical questions to really engage the reader and make them reflect on how black people were treated.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2016
Year 3 have been very busy learning about angles and identifying them in 2D shapes. They have also begun to use the column method to add two 2 digit numbers. They have also started to plan their art outcome based on the challenge pack The Big Adventure. Children have also experimented mixing primary colours to see what secondary colours could be made, they then used this knowledge to mix correct colours for their rose paintings.
In English, children are writing an information text all about the history of canal boats and can confidently talk about life on a working barge. Children wrote a character description about Toad from The Wind in The Willows and for both pieces of writing, have used a range of Alan Peat’s exciting sentences to engage the reader throughout their writing.
Children have also gained confidence whilst in the pool during their swimming lessons. All children are lifting their feet from the floor and are kicking their legs, using floats to swim the length of the pool.
Some of the main activities in Year 3 – Week Beginning 5th September 2016
Year 3 have settled really well into life in KS2. They thoroughly enjoyed their Big Adventure trip to Dudley Canal Waterways, where they were able to go through the limestone tunnels on a barge. From this, the children have written some brilliant recounts and have started to think about the art work they want to create based on what they saw on the canals.
The children used inspiration from their Big Adventure trip, to help them to design their bake off cake which they enjoyed designing and making.
In maths, the children have been showing off their place value skills and have now started collecting data to analyse.
On Friday, Year 3 was extremely excited for their first swimming lesson. Miss Lewis was very impressed by how brave the children were getting into the pool, due to the fact that many of them were very nervous.