Year 3 Blog

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

How does our digestive system work?

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This week in science year 3 have been learning all about the digestive system. We have been using lots of scientific vocabulary to name and describe the function of the organs. We have used chocolate, bread and tights to create a model of the digestive system, showing what each organ does and where the food goes next.

These pictures show how the digestive system works:

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Can you explain the process? Here is a video we watched it might help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnzwbipJuAA

Professor McGinty

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What a treat! Last week Professor McGinty came to WHC to share his expert knowledge of Ancient Greece with us. We all learnt so much new information, ready to start our new topic. We also got to look at artefacts used by the Greeks such as pots and coins.

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 You can see a little taster of what we saw at the website below:

http://www.profmcginty.co.uk/greece.httm

Welcome to Year 3

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Welcome to Year 3!

We hope you have really enjoyed the summer holiday. It is lovely to see you all back, safe and well.

We have begun the first week back with themed lessons that are all linked to the Paralympics. We have already researched Brazil and found out what language they speak, what currency is used and how big the population is.

Over the next couple of days we will be learning how to sketch people taking part in a range of sports, participating in shape lessons linked to the Olympic buildings and design new mascots and emblems. We hope you enjoy it.

Remember to keep checking the blog to see all the fun lesson and keep up with all of our news! 

Medieval Mayhem - Watching History Come To Life!

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This week, we had a fabulous educational visit to Kenilworth Castle to help launch our new topic, A Knight's Tale.

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We had a tour of the castle, both inside and out, and the excellent guides told us tales and facts which brought history to life an helped us to understand what life in a castle might have been like. We asked lots of questions to further our learning and we particularly enjoyed finding out about all the ingenius (and gruesome) ways in whcih castles were attacked and defended in the past.

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The glorious weather meant that we could have a picnic lunch in the castle grounds and we are raring to start the follow up work now to use and apply our knowledge and understanding of castles, knights and life in medieval times...

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Green fingers...!

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We have been really enjoying our science topic all about plants this half term and have been doing lots of investigating into the things that are needed to ensure plants grow well.

We have had lots of opportunities to make scientifc predictions, consider the importance of fair testing and to write scientific conclusions making links to the things which we have observed and measured. Our science enquiry skills are developing really well as a result and we are really enjoying regular visitis to the Phizz Lab!

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Year 3 are now budding gardeners who could no doubt grow a wide variety of plants extremely well!

We are going to use these skills next half term with links to our current PSHE topic of healthy eating and our activities during health week as we have enlisted the help of Mrs Hawksworth to support us in trying to grow some of our own tomatoes! Watch this space for further news on progress!

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A Step Back in Time...

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This week, we have been on a visit as part of our topic work. In our "Blast From The Past" topic, we are learning about the changes over time in our area of the country and finding out more about life in the past in Britain.

We went on a trip to The Black Country Living Museum and had a great time learning with the help of guides who took us back in time and showed us around shops and houses of the past and told us many facts and lots of interesting information. We leartn about how industry in the area has changed and grown over time, we went down in the mines to see what life might have been like for children of our age many years ago, we watched a silent movie starring Charlie Chaplin, we played in the streets with old fashioned toys and we got to ride on a tram or an old-fashioned bus!

It was a fantastic day which has fuelled our imaginations and will help us develop our recount writing as part of Literacy this week too!

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Blast From the Past!

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So, in Year 3 this week we have started our new topic and we have fully immersed ourselves through links in our Literacy and topic work. We have become history detectives, using questioning, research and discussion to investigate objectsfrom the past and have learnt about primary and secondary sources.

Oliver Twist

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In our Literacy, we have begun to learn the story of Oliver Twist and have used role play and story telling to re-tell the story in key events and to compare and contrast lives of people in the past and today. It has been fascintaing and fun!

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In Science, we have had great fun exploring forces. We carried out a scientific investigation using magnets and then developed our maths skills whilst presenting our findings in a line graph. We have also enjoyed looking at all the super contributions to our first ever science fayre too!

What a fantastic first week ... we are looking for all that is to come in this busy summer term!

Brushing Up on Our Shakespeare!

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This week, we have been celebrating the famous English writer and poet William Shakespeare. In Literacy, we have taken the opportunity to find out more about him and his life and have created fact files to share key facts and develop out non-fiction writing skills. We have also enjoyed using role play to explore one of his plays, Romeo and Juliet, and to try and better understand the language of the time.

We have linked the theme to our reading throughout the week too and have used our key reading skills of inference and deduction to draw images of famous Shakespeare characters from their descriptions.

Following the success of The Big Hoot last year, we are taking part in this year's Big Read and therefore another of our activities this week was to design a Shakespeare themed bench in honour of The Bard! We enjoyed using our drawing and design skills to come up with creative and innovative designs!

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In each of the Year 3 classes, we have now nominated our talent show acts in preparation for next week's Talent Show and are looking forward to making posters to promote them and cheering them on as we watch all the acts and see just how much incredible talent our school has to offer.

Best of luck to The Magic Masters, Thea and Jaya and The Uptown Funky Kids!

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Cleaning for The Queen and Becoming Book Worms!

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This week we have been busy celebrating some famous figures...

In honour of The Queen's 90th birthday, we enjoyed some litter picking as part of the Spring Clean for The Queen initiative. 3JH met with some children from Hollyfield School and worked together to make a change in Rectory Park with a team litter pick which was great fun! 3CC and 3EC worked on tidying the school grounds and enjoyed using the special, purple Clean for The Queen bin bags...

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Later in the week, we all took part in World Book Day activities. To pay tribute to Roald Dahl, whose books many of us have enjoyed reading (including as part of our reading challenge), we all dressed as characters from his books and completed activities throguhout the day with a Roald Dahl book theme.In Literacy, we created dreams for the BFG and in Maths we solved problems linked to characters and events from well known Roald Dahl stories. We had a great day and it has inspired us ahead of our Shakespeare week next week in which we will be learning more about another great British writer.

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Feeling the beat and staying safe!

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This week we have been enjoying developing our music skills. We have been exploring the music of Bob Marley and in particular his song Three Little Birds. We have discussed the style of music, its origins and the history of both the music and the artist. We have learnt about pulse and used games and moves to "feel the beat" of the song. We have also started to learn the song and have explored a range of ways in which to perform it. It has been brilliant and our music skills and come on in leaps and bounds!

Another focus for our week has been Internet Safety Day. We have revisited the importance of staying safe when we are using the internet and discussed the strategies for dealing with any issues which we may face. We have had an assembly to share important messages of internet safety and have explored games and websites linked to this theme in class. Watch the video below to help you think about the importance of not sharing key information and of being cvareful who you chat to online...

Learning through Links

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We have worked with different people in our lessons recently to learn from them and develop a range of skills. In our PE lessons, we have been taught by both our own teachers and teachers from Bishop Vesey Grammar School to develop our athletic skills. We have been finding out about effective techniques for running, jumping and throwing and, as part of this, we have visited BVGS and used their sports hall which offered us more space to explore speed and pace when running!

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We have also been lucky enough to enjoy another Mad Science assembly which gave our visiting Mad Scientist the opportunity to inspire us all with our Science work and the excitement of investigating and finding things out about chemical reactions and the world around us. We have been enjoying the science lesson in our new Phizz lab immensely and now we can't wait to get back in there, put on our lab coats and goggles and get investigating a little more!  

Embarking on New Adventures

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The start of the New Year and our new school term has been an exciting one with lots of new adventures begun!

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First there is our new topic which has transported us to India. We have been exploring the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the country and learning more about it through both topic and Literacy lessons. We have compared it to our own country and have shared some experiences of the country and its culture. We can't wait to find out more and to use our design and technology skills to design and make our own Indian style breads...

Our Maths work has changed too and we are starting to explore ways to become masters of maths through further developing our reasoning and problem solving skills. We have Captain Conjecture to lead us on our way and to challenge our mathematical thinking. We are using lots of resources and discussion to help deepend our understanding of many maths concepts and are having great fun doing it!

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We are also preparing for our class assembly which means that we are busy learning lines and developing our performance technique - a skill which will help as we finish learning our class dance this half term too!

We have been doing so much and can't wait to share it with your through performances, parents evenings and lots of talking when we get home!

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