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Year 3

Adults in our class this year are: Our class teacher is Mrs Silverstone Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Dykes Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. We hope you enjoy reading our weekly blog below.

Week Ending 30/4/21

In English this week we started work on a story called Tuesday by David Wiesner.  This is a superb, virtually wordless book about an army of toads who suddenly find themselves flying through a town one night.  The book takes you through the night and some of the adventures that the toads get up to.  

We started the week by thinking about questions we would like to ask about the story and some of these questions were answered the following day when we watched a short film of the book.  

We then did a sensory walk around the field pretending we were walking in the swamp and we also listened to swamp sound effects.  This then helped us to write a description of the swamp.  

On Thursday we had a debate.  In the book the frogs fly about the town on lily pads, so the question we debated was ‘Are the toads or lily pads flying?’  We looked through the book to find evidence for both points of view and had a very interesting debate.  The children worked in groups to try to convince the other groups that the frogs or lily pads were flying.  After the debate, the  children changed their mind from their original thoughts.

Week Ending 23/4/21

This week in Maths we have started to work on time.  We have looked at the calendar and answered questions about the months of the year and the hours of the day.  We also used clocks to practice telling the time to the 5 minutes.  We looked at TOOTHPASTE to remember which side of the clock is past the hour and which side is to the hour.


Week Ending 16/4/21

This week in English, we have been looking at poetry.  We concentrated on a free verse poem called Magic Box by Kit Wright.  A free verse poem means that it doesn’t have to rhyme.  We then had a go at writing our own free verse poems about a Magic Box.

Week Ending 26/3/21

This term, our topic for History, Geography, Art and D&T has been Mountains and Volcanoes.  In D&T we worked in pairs or threes to design and make volcanoes.  To make the Volcanoes we used a plastic water bottle, chicken wire and mod roc.  We then painted them.  

When they had dried we took them outside and erupted them.  To cause the eruptions,  we mixed together bicarbonate of soda, water and  fairy liquid.  We then added vinegar and poured the mixture into the water bottle at the centre of our volcanoes.  Next, we shook the volcano a little, to simulate little earthquakes that happen before a volcano erupts.  We then waited a little bit and saw the mixture come out of the volcano and ran down the sides of the volcano. 

As part of doing this, we not only could see how a volcano erupts we learnt that bicarbonate of soda is an alkaline and it reacted with the acid from the vinegar to cause the liquid to travel up the bottle and out of the volcano. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Week Ending 19/3/21

 Our topic for Music has been Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.  We have been playing instruments to the song and finding the pulse and rhythms. As we can’t sing at the moment we have been learning to sign the song.  Hope you enjoy.

Week Ending 12/3/21

This week was Science Week.  As part of this we did an eggciting eggsperiment!

We took two raw eggs and put them in two separate bowls.  Then we poured white wine vinegar into those bowls and left them for three days.  During the three days we noticed bubbles in the vinegar.  This was carbon dioxide which was formed by the acid in the vinegar reacting with the calcium carbonate (the shell).  After three days we took the eggs out of the vinegar and saw that the shell had completely come off the egg and got bigger.  The shell came off the egg leaving the egg membrane around the egg so keeping the yolk in.  We talked about how membrane is semi-permeable so let the water from the vinegar into the egg which is why the egg got bigger (osmosis).

Then using the same eggs, we put one egg in treacle and one in water.  The one in treacle completely shrivelled up.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Week Ending 5/3/21

Hope you all enjoyed World Book Day Week.  Here are some character potatoes.  Can you guess which characters they are?

Week Ending 12/2/21

To finish off our mountain art topic we made some negative prints of mountains.  We cut a mountain shaped template and placed it on a piece of paper.  Then we painted around and on the mountain shape.  When this was dry we peeled off the mountain shape and added some mountain features.

Have a lovely half term.

Week Ending 5/2/21

As you know, this week we have started a new story called The Black Hat.  It is a magical story about a lonely boy who finds a black hat.  Out of the hat came lots of magical creatures.  This week we were using figurative language to describe a walk in the woods.  We used adjectives, adverbs and similes to describe what we could hear, feel, smell, taste and see.  Mrs Dykes and I were really pleased with what all the children wrote.  Hope you enjoy these two examples.

Week Ending 29/1/21

As you know, during the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at The Rocketeer in English.  We have been doing lots of work with it that has led up to the children writing newspaper articles.  The children worked so hard on these and they were brilliant.

Week Ending 22/1/21

As you know we started our Science topic Light and Shadow this week.  Here are pictures of our convex, concave and plane mirrors lesson.

Week Ending 15/1/21

Well done to all those working hard at home.  We have started our Art topic of Mountain Views and this week we were looking at Mountain Landscapes and looking at the way the artist painted the pictures.

Week Ending 8/1/21

Well done to all those working hard at home.

Week Ending 18/12/20

This week we have been doing lots of Christmas activities.  In English we re-wrote the song 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas acrostic poems and in Maths we worked out how many gifts  were given throughout the 12 Days of Christmas song.  We also made Christmas cards, Christmas hats and calendars.

Year 3 wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Week Ending 13/12/20

This week we learned about Chanukah, the Jewish festival of light.  We read the story of Chanukah and found out about the traditions.  One of the Chanukah traditions is to play the dreidel game, so that’s what we did.

Week Ending 4/12/20

Our new Science topic is Food and Our bodies.  We talked about the things all living things need and we used MRS GREN to help us.  We also looked at the different food groups and what food we need to keep us healthy.  We then moved on to talking about our bones, muscles and joints.  We know that our skeleton, muscles and joints give us support, protection and help us to move.  We also know that muscles work in pairs.  Ask your child about bicep and tricep muscles.  We also know the names of the joins in our bodies and where they are.  

Click on the link below to listen to the song we have been listening to which gives the scientific names for our bones.

Week Ending 27/11/20

 In English, over the last two weeks, we have been looking at recounts.  We looked at the features of recounts and the different types of recounts.  We have been looking at the devastation of Pompeii, when Mount Vesuvius erupted in Ad 79.  We read a book called Escape from Pompeii, looked at video clips, read information and looked at a letter written by someone who lived close to Pompeii.  We became journalists and wrote a recount of this event in the style of newspaper reports.

I found it very difficult to decide whose work to show you as everyone did a fantastic job.

Week Ending 20/11/20

In P.E we have  been working very hard at learning a dance to the song I Need You from The Blues Brothers Musical.  Enjoy watching one of the groups perform their dance.

Week Ending 13/11/20

In conjunction with our Stone Age to Iron Age topic, in D&T we are making houses from that era.  This week we made Mesolithic houses using sticks, felt and string.  We had great fun doing it. 

We also marked Remembrance Day by making poppies and doing the 2 minute silence.

Week Ending 6/11/20

In Maths this week, we have been looking at the multiplication and division facts of the 2,5 and 10 times table  One of our activities was to go on a division facts of the 2x table treasure hunt.  We worked out the answers to the division facts and went around the field looking for the answers and corresponding letters.  The letters then made up a sentence.  We had a great time.

Week Ending 23/10/20

This week Christmas arrived in Year 3 as we were busy designing our Christmas cards.  They all look fab.

We also cheered Mr. Mellor on as he ran around the field to raise money for the school.

Week Ending 16/10/20

This week in Science, we started our topic Rocks, Soils and Fossils.  We began looking at the properties of rocks.  We discussed the words hard, soft, cleavage( breaks), friable (crumbles), streak test, colour, lustre (shine) and crystals.  We had a fantastic lesson of looking at and sorting different types of sweets that demonstrated the properties of rocks.  We then recorded our observations.

This week we also looked at sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.  We made a sedimentary sandwich which helped us to see the different layers of sedimentary rocks.  We also used chocolate chips to make metamorphic and igneous rocks.

Week Ending 9/10/20

Our Art topic is linked to our History topic.  As we are learning about the Stone Age we will be making our own cave painting in Art.  We found out that people in the Stone Age used natural materials mixed with water to make paint.  In our Art lesson this week, we made paint using berries and turmeric.  We had a lot of fun!

Week Ending 2/10/20

Our History topic at the moment is the Stone Age.  This week we learned about what people ate during the Stone Age and how they got their food.  We went out into the school field and took it in turns to be  hunters and gatherers looking for animals, nuts, leaves and berries to eat. The gatherers had to be careful by making sure they only gathered food that was safe to eat by reading the information provided.

Week Ending 25/9/20

Today in P.E we practised our football skills.  We practised dribbling slowly and quickly and we practised stopping the ball.  We also played a dribbling game where we had to keep the ball inside a square.

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