Year 3 Blog

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

Teeth, teeth and more teeth!

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This week year three have learnt about the damage that acid can cause to tooth enamel, with an exciting investigation. We learnt what the different parts of the tooth are and that the enamel is the outer layer that protects are tooth. We then investigated what causes this to be damaged by using a hard-boiled egg, a jar and some vinegar! We decided that the shell on the egg represented the enamel on our tooth as it protects the egg like the enamel protects our tooth. We then placed the egg in vinegar and predicted what would happen. We left the experiment for two days, although it was tricky not to peak! After this we removed the egg from the vinegar to find that the acid in the vinegar had caused the shell to weaken and fall off. We concluded that to stop this happening to our tooth enamel it was vital that we take care of our teeth and brush them regularly.

We have also been learning about teeth in our topic lessons. We created a timeline of dentistry through the ages and have been looking at how toothbrushes have changed. Did you know that the first toothbrushes were made by the Ancient Chinese from pigs?

Things That Bite

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Year three are having a great time with their topic work on ‘Things That Bite’. Some of the activities that we have been doing include researching information to make an informative shark fact-file, writing a snake poem about fangs and creating a mosaic based on the habitats of creatures with a toxic bite. In Literacy we have continued with our information texts unit; writing about crocodiles and tigers this week!

We enjoyed sharing the strategies that we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with you at our Inspire Workshop on Tuesday. Thank you very much for coming, we hope that you found it useful.

Year Three have a special visitor!

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dentistOn Thursday, Mr Dixon visited Year Three to speak to us about his job as a dentist. This was a fantastic way to start our topic work on ‘Things That Bite’ and helped us to learn lots about teeth for our science work too.

He brought in some models of teeth for us to have a look at and we even saw some shark teeth too! We played games about which types of food are good and bad for our teeth and asked Mr Dixon some very thoughtful questions. We enjoyed watching Alex take a disclosure tablet, which turned parts of his teeth pink!

Miss Greenwood and Mrs Sotomayor took lots of photographs and put them in our ‘Class Learning Journey’ and we wrote about what we had learnt and enjoyed in our special class book too.

Thank you very much to Mr Dixon for a extremely interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

Year Three Update

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Year three have had a busy and enjoyable week. In Literacy we have been reading information texts about sharks! On Friday we started to write our own information text using the features that we had learnt about.

In Science we have been learning about what makes a healthy and balanced diet. We played games on the laptops to find out more about the different food groups and then created our own healthy menu. We had to make sure that we used the food groups in the correct amounts! We are looking forward to learning about teeth soon and having a special visitor to help us with this.

We have also learnt about the rules that different religions have in R.E. We found out that most Christians follow The Ten Commandments and Buddhists follow The Five Precepts.

We are looking forward to sharing how we learn with you at our Inspire Workshop on Tuesday 24th January.



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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year from the year three team, we hope that you had a fantastic Christmas if you were celebrating it.

Year three have had an exciting start to the term by learning about how New Year is celebrated in the Punjab region of India, as this is where one of our link schools is. The children enjoyed a variety of activities including; doing maths in Punjabi, learning a dance that Miss Harper was taught when she visited Bawa Lawani, drama games, art and R.E.

We have also started our Science topic on Teeth and Healthy Eating and we are looking forward to beginning our topic ‘Things That Bite’!

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Christmas Fun!

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This week year three have been enjoying exciting Christmas activities to celebrate their hard work this half term. We have had a creative week and made reindeer food to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve, Christmas cards, tea-light holders, Christmas puddings, tree decorations and Christmas pictures.

 The children delivered fantastic performances of 'It's a Miracle' on Monday and Tuesday, which we were very proud of them for. We have also enjoyed our Christmas party and spotted some brilliant dance moves!

 We are incredibly sad to have to say goodbye to Miss Sartori this week, but are extremely excited about meeting baby Peanut!

 Thank you for all of your support this term.

 We hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

 The Year Three Team Innocent

 

It's a Miracle!

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This week children have continued with their rehearsals for our show 'It's a Miracle'. As a Key Stage we are so proud of all the children, our singers have worked so hard to learn the songs and the actors and dancers are fabulous!

Children have also completed their drama work with Miss Wilson and Year 3 were treated to a performance from the after school drama club on Monday, a rather revolting version of Cinderella! Year 3 then wrote thank you letters to Miss Wilson as they have really enjoyed the sessions.

A letter will be going out this week regarding next week's class Christmas Parties.

Miss Sartori is waddling slowly round the school, occasionally being mistaken for a christmas pudding ;-) 

The Year 3 Team

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Christmas Is Coming!!

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The Christmas tree has arrived! The children have made some lovely decorations to go on the tree in the hall and on our class trees. We have begun whole Key Stage rehearsals now for the christmas production, teachers stayed late on Tuesday evening to paint and create the back drop (we hope you like Miss Maltby's farm animals!). Year 3 have been practising their song which is coming along beautifully. Please remember to have costumes in school by Monday.

RML spelling and phonics groups have worked really well this half term, children are loving the short, sharp sessions and the exciting praise they get, ask them to give you a marshmellow clap, a firework or a Yee-Har!

Pen licenses are still hard to come by, but the children across the year group are making good progress towards them.

The Year 3 Team

Drama!

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Year 3 have really been enjoying their weekly drama lessons with Caroline Wilson from Arthur Terry School. Over the last few weeks we have been exploring different weather conditions such as blizzards, droughts and hurricanes through the art of drama. This has been great to watch, the children have such great imaginations! 

We have also been exploring calligrams and shape poetry through writing and ICT in literacy and fractions, multiplication and division in maths. The children have been working really hard and some lucky folk have already got their pen licence! Well done and keep trying everyone else, yours may be just around the corner..!

The Year Three Team

Who would have thought Rocks and Soils were so interesting?

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Year 3 have been really enjoying their new science topic, looking at the characteristics of rocks and soils. They have been looking for, describing and sorting different types of rocks and discussing their uses based on their properties. We have have also carried out some VERY scientific experiments using different types of rocks and learned some new key vocabulary. Ask your children what 'permeable' and 'impermeable' mean. Clever cloggs' will be able to tell which rock we found was the most permeable and which we found was the least permeable, but can they give you reasons why?

Oh dear, next week we are investigating soils, I can see some muddy hands and faces on the horizon!

Super Science Work Year 3!

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Extreme Weather!

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Welcome back after what we hope was a lovely and relaxing half term! The children are full of festive cheer and stories about trick or treating or the upcoming Bonfire Night Celebrations. This week they have been photographed in extreme weather conditions, brollys and hats at the ready! These pictures will be used to create the front covers of their topic books for our new Autumn 2 topic, Extreme Weather. We will begin teaching this next week. Hopefully it won't be a sign of the weather changes to come in Sutton in the next few months!

Hopefully all parents and children are clear about the moodle homework this week, we look forward to reading your submissions.

The Year 3 Team

Year 3 Monsters!

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No not the children, the mythical monsters they have been making! Thank you for sending in lots of boxes etc to help create the monsters. The children have been studying pneumatics in the last few weeks and have been looking at, discussing and explaining how air pressure can make things move. We tried to use what we had learned to create a monster with moving parts! Here is an example of one of our creations:

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