Year 3 Blog

Welcome to the Year 3 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Healthy Lifestyles, Sports Day and Charlotte's Web

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Following our visit to the Healthy Caravan we were inspired to think about healthy food, the functions of the organs of our body and what we can do to keep ourselves more healthy.  We ate fruit kebabs, designed an information leaflet about the organs of the human body and some of us investigated how micro-organisms grow. During Sports Day we were able to demonstrate our athletic skills and we all had a fun time in the sunshine.  Thank you to the PTA for the very welcomed lolly-ices! This week we are reading Charlotte's Web.  We are really fortunate to have a copy each and share the reading in class.  We have also been learning about the author E.B. White and some of the other books he wrote. We will continue with this book next week too.

Aeroplanes and Local History

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On Wednesday we had an aeroplane, not exactly landing, but arriving at our school.  Roger, the owner and the pilot, was able to tell us lots of information about how an aeroplane works, which helped us with designing our own aircraft later in the afternoon.  We related this theme to Maths and calculated estimated times of arrivals and to Literacy too. Thank you Mr David (who is actually a pilot too) for organising this. On Friday we visited Bishey Vesey Grammar School and were treated to a tour in which we learned lots of historical facts relating to the building, the school and Bishop Vesey.  We were able to spend some time to do an observational drawing of the school too.  This week we will be learning about how to live more healthily and remembering that on Tuesday we can bring items in for the Summer Fayre and it is a mufti day too.

Second Summer Term

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As always, we have had a very busy week.  It began with a big drive to gain GOLD standard on our next times tables challenge.  Most of us have now acheived the first of our two Maths targets in less than a week which is extremely good going.  We also spent alot of time this week learning about things that are special to us and within different religions.  Thank goodness for good weather because our Science topic is 'Plants' and we will be learning about specific conditions that a range of plants grow in.  Our thoughts are now directed to the Business Enterprise week next week.  We will be having Maths lessons specially designed to consider money; how its spent, saved or given away; and also making our products for the school shop which will be available for sale on Thursday, 20th June in the Mall.  This year we will be making purses and naturally we will be aiming to make a profit otherwise the 'Dragons' will be asking awkward questions. 

From FOLTE to the Titanic

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We began the week by celebrating the launch of the Four Oakes Learning Trust of Excellence with lots of exciting and enjoyable party activities.   During the week we sadly finished our Bollywood topic and Light and Shadow science investigations which have been amazing.  We've also been working hard to get our gold stickers for our times tables too. Friday was history day when we dressed up and learned about the Titanic story.  We related the story to Literacy, Maths and Science and shared some of our work in assembly. Our new targets are now in our individual planners and we have been asked to learn our next time table for when we return to school.  We hope you do find time to have a restful holiday and the weather starts to improve.

Aston Villa Football Club

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Our trip to Aston Villa Football Club was amazing!  From the minute we got there until the minute we went home we were totally enthralled by the activities we did and the facilities at the club.  During the morning we used the indoor Academy pitches to participate in a Year 3 football tournament.  Sean, our coach and guide for the day was brilliant in organising and looking after us.  After lunch we toured the ground and got to see the Players' Lounge, the Press rooms (the one's were you see the players and the managers being interviewed on TV), the changing rooms (the home changing room was already set up for Petrov's testimonial match to be held on Sunday).  Because of the testimonial game, the pitch had already been set up and inspected so we couldn't actually go on it, but we could walk around it.  Nonetheless, the experience was totally awesome.  Quotes from the children today included, "This is like all my dreams have come true," and "It's like having Golden Time ALL DAY". Thank you to the Villa coaches, Jonathan and Simone, who coach at our school, for organising the trip and to Sean who made the trip a memorable occasion for our children.

The Weather!

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After a lovely sunny bank holiday our return to school was met with unpredictable weather changes.  Each time we tried to investigate the formation of shadows the Sun dipped behind the clouds again.  That was frustrating!  On another day the wind tried to blow us off the playground...it failed and we carried on playing. During topic we compared the weather in India to that of Sutton Coldfield and found there were similarities, instead of differences.  The prolonged showers had similarities with India's monsoon season, however, the temperature is a lot hotter in India, even during their winter months, than it is here. Our fingers are crossed for good weather this Friday when we are all going to Aston Villa Football Club.  A packed lunch, snack and drink will be needed.  Hopefully we will get to put some photographs onto our blog next week.

India

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On Monday we were treated by a visited from Miss Harper who updated us on her trip to India.  Some of us dressed in our family's traditional Indian clothes, and indeed, Miss Harper donned her new red Indian suit!  We had prepared lots of questions to ask her and she also told us lots of other exciting facts about India.  After the talk we played Bollywood music and tasted some traditional Indian snacks.  During Literacy we learned about recording dialogue and practised how to punctuate it.  Next week we will be learning how to use dialogue in playscripts.  Also next week we will be working hard in Maths to gain more gold stars in our timestable books. Please remind yourself of your next times table target which is written on your target page in your planner.  Our Science topic, Light and Shadow, has been tricky.  The sun kept ducking behind the clouds just as we were about to draw our shadows as part of a scientific investigation.  After several attempts perseverance prevailed and we succeeded!

From Birmingham City to Mumbai!

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You might have heard from the children that we 'flew' to India this week as part of Topic theme 'Bollywood'. After break we were each given a boarding pass and then had to find our seat on the 'aeroplane'.  Following an flight safety talk we 'took off' and, after an unreaslistic short flight, eventually landed in Mumbai.  We compared Birmingham's and Mumbai's geographical features and cultures and thought about what else we would like to learn about India.  We wrote questions that we are going to ask Miss Harper about her trip to India and hope to be sampling some Indian food on Monday.

Summer Term

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Welcome back to school!  We have an action packed Summer Term before us in which we will be launching our new Topic called 'Bollywood' and our Science research into 'Light and Shadows'.  This week we have been learning about the features of an instructional text, and, putting the theory to the test, we wrote a recipe to make chocolate crispy cakes and then made them...very successful and tasty too! In Maths we have been practising doubling numbers and division in which we used our ever important times tables knowledge to find division facts and remainders.  Thank you for remembering to bring your PE kits this week and don't forget...next week the spelling test is on Tuesday.

We can't put photographs on the website at the moment but hopefully they will follow as soon as the problem has been sorted.

Best Wishes

Year 3 Staff

Knights and Maids for the day - an amazing day at Kenilworth Castle

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On Monday year 3 visited Kenilworth castle. 

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Take a tour with us by clicking on this link which will take you to an interactive map of the castle. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/education/resources/maps/kenilworth/ 

The guides who took us on our tour of the castle were extremely knowledgaeable and told us all about the history of the castle.

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We imagined what it was like when the castle was under attack.

 

 

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We also learned how to show respect to the king and queen - the girls curtseyed and the boys bowed.

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We learned a medieval dance - which was always danced in a circle.

What a fantastic day we had!

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Descriptive writing

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This week we have been developing our writing skills. We have used our sentence tricks cards to help us. We have thought about uplevelling the vocabulary as well as improving the openers, connectives and punctuation.

We looked at works of art and unusual illustrations to challenge our imagination.

What words and phrases would you use to describe these images?

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¿les gustó la comida?... si!

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On Monday we had a visit from two chefs from Don Diego's in Sutton Coldfield. They taught us the Spanish names for some foods and then we learned how to make some authentic Spanish meals.

 

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