Welcome to Year 3
with Miss Newton, Mrs Monkman, Mrs Goulty, Mr Duxbury & Mrs Field
In maths we have been looking at a new unit measure. Part of this involves the children understanding volume and capacity. We asked the children to order various containers in ascending order of volume. The children then had to fill up the containers with water to prove the order was correct. Mr Duxbury and Mrs Monkman were grateful the sun was shining so we could be outside!
In science we have been continuing on our light and shadow topic and looking at how amazing mirrors are. We first wrote messages and used the mirrors to reflect the writing to see if it changed. What happened on the right or left side for the reflection? We also challenged the children to make a trail to follow by only looking into the mirror and see if it changed their perspective. We had lots of fun outside making them as tricky as possible for our partners!
We all arrived in our costumes and were soon transported back to Ancient Greece 776 BC. We began our day with the first ever Olympic games (though we did let the girls take part and we were fully clothed!) We then made our own Greek vases using clay and added handles, lids and decoration.
The day ended with a Greek feast. We sampled olives, feta cheese, pitta bread and tzatziki. It was all delicious though we weren’t too sure about the stuffed vine leaves!
During science week we were challenged to escape the garden as part of our new term quiz. We had to find clues outside and crack the 8 digit code so we could escape the garden!
To link our Science to IT we were given the challenge to research a famous scientist and tell the class about who they were, where they were from and what they were most famous for. We then presented our findings to the class and we now know 19 new scientists!
In our vipers this week we looked at the palaeontologist Holly Betts. We read an article she wrote about fossils and how old life on earth was. We then had to answer questions on the text. It was great to read about a young, female scientist who is discovering new science today. We the had a go at making our own fossils which was great fun!
We really enjoyed the virtual life bus. We talked about our bodied, named the different parts and thought about what is good and isn't good to put into our bodies. We then talked about a healthy life style and what we can do to keep physically healthy as well as as help our minds to be healthy too.
We all have been working hard in school and at home so we have had some well-deserved fun in the snow.
Can you guess the animals?
Christmas Party Day!
Year 3 had a wonderful party day. We played lots of games in the hall and danced to Christmas music. After we'd eaten our delicious Christmas lunch we made Christmas cards. We then made Reindeer hot chocolate and finished our day with jelly and cake!
To Perform a News Broadcast
We worked in groups to produce a news programme based on our book ‘Escape from Pompeii.’ We had different roles between the anchor person in the studio, the reporter at the scene or one of the eyewitnesses. We worked in groups to write our scripts on large pieces of paper and then acted them out in front of class.
Natural Disasters Presentations
We astounded Miss Newton, Mrs Monkman, Mr Duxbury and Mrs Goulty with our amazing Natural Disaster presentations.
We made presentations about different natural disasters including tsunamis, tornadoes and earthquakes. Some of us made PowerPoint presentations whilst others produced some amazing models and posters.
We wore odd socks to help promote anti-bullying and remind us that we are all different and special in our own way. We also created kindness word clouds to create a display to brighten up our classroom and give us positive thoughts.
PCSO Danny gave Year 3 an online safety talk about out personal information online. We discussed and watched videos and talked about how to keep ourselves safe, songs from Super Sid, got some top tips, and had a go at creating a strong password for ourselves. We also discovered it is sometimes good to share videos online. Like Jo Wicks doing his exercise videos to help us keep fit during lockdown.
We used Lego to practice, show arrays and prove the 2 times table always ends in an even number. We forgot we were doing maths!
Working out the inverse. We used post it notes to help us change the numbers round to work out the answer.
We looked at the book ‘The Street Beneath My Feet’. It showed us how the earth layers are on top of each other in the fold out accordion pictures. It was such fun!
Break the rules day Maths! We practiced our times tables with some challenges and more Times Table Rock Stars practice. We even had some battles!
When scientists observe something in detail they usually make carefully labelled drawings to record what they have found. The children carefully looked in detail at 6 different rocks, making drawings with labels and descriptions of each to make interesting exhibits for our museum. After we challenged the children to work out the name of each rock!
Stone Age Day
Today we went back in time and had a special Stone Age Day. One of our first activities was to go outside to build our own Stone Age shelters. We then looked at the different theories for why Stonehenge was built. We created some lovely silhouette paintings of Stonehenge and had a go at making Stonehenge using plasticine, lego or building blocks. Finally, we used shells to make Stone Age jewellery .
‘The history of pictures began in a cave’ David Hockney
We have been looking in detail at the cave paintings that have been discovered in Lascaux, France. In our art lessons we have been using different media types and surfaces to try and recreate similar cave paintings. We used water coloured paints on collage paper, sharpie felt tips on small rocks, pastels on thin white paper on the wall and then finally pastels on thicker collage paper. Here we are in action:
Science - Animals Including Humans
What a fantastic first half term we have had exploring animals and humans. The children have worked extremely hard and learned lots of scientific names for our bones and muscles. We have also looked at how to keep healthy and strong through our diet with different vitamins and minerals. Using drama we acted out the journey of protein, carbohydrates and fats travelling through our body. I also challenged the children to escape the room - a mini quiz on all the new knowledge they have learned over the first term. I'm pleased to say most escaped! Here are some of the photos from the lessons.
Year 3 reasoning and problem solving challenges on adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers. The children had to use all the new knowledge which they practiced from previous weeks, to find the correct answer and master the column method!