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Feeling the beat and staying safe!

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Musical heading



       Bob Marley

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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RUN1   RUN9  RUN11

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!

  Mad Science blog 1   Mad Science blog 2   Mad Science blog 3

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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new year

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

Indian flag

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!

Captain conjecture

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!


Born to Perform - Bless Us All!

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Now, the build up to Christmas has really begun and we are busy using our art skills to produce cards and calendars to take home and give to our friends and family and we are looking forward to our Christmas party where we will be enjoying some dancing, party games and tasty party food!

This will be our last blog for 2015 but we hope that you will be back with us in the New Year to see what exciting adventures are ahead of us on our learning journey through Year 3...

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a special holiday with those who are important to you. Bless us all!

Merry Christmas


We are animators!

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This week in our ICT learning, we have continued to explore creating and developing our own simple animations. Using the Scratch programme, we have been writing scripts to make a chosen sprite move across the screen and perform a serires of actions. We have learnt about how to change the background and to customise our sprite by changing the colour and size. Some of us have been challenging ourselves to include more than one sprite in our animations and writing a script which enables them to interact or move around each other.

We have had great fun developing our ideas using the programme on the desktop computers and then working collaboratively to use and apply our skills and problem solve in order to find out how to adapt to creating the same animations and effects using the Scratch Jnr app on the I-pads.

Scratch blog 1     Scratch blog 3

Scratch blog 2


Feeling Inspired!

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This week, Year 3 have had Inspire workshops with parents. It was a great opportunity for us to work alongside people from home and show all of the exciting things that we are doing as part of our Maths learning. The focus for our workshop was mental maths and the use of practical maths to support our learning. It gave us a chance to show how we use Numicon, Cuisinaire rods and other practical resources to help us claculate and explain. We also shared a lot of maths talk to show how we are developing our mathematical vocabulary. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed our morning. We had lots of positive feedback which showed us that our friends and family enjoyed it too!

Inspire Blog 1      Inspire Blog 2

Inspire blog 3

It is also anti-bullying week this week and we have explored this important topic in many ways. We have had discussions about bullying (what it means and how we can help to prevent it), reflected on the qualities of a good friend, written stories in Literacy with a friendship theme and we have each written an anti-bullying pledge to be put into a whole school book.

anti bullying

We will survive!!!!

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We are Back

We have come back to school and started our new term and topics with energy and enthusiasm!

Our new topic is Extreme Survival and we have begun by exploring the world's biomes to learn more about the climates and lanscapes across the globe.



Our Literacy work is also linked to weather and we have begun a unit which centres around the text, One Snowy Night. We have had great fun beginning to learn the story using actions to help us and retelling it to our friends.

In Science, we are continuing with our work on animals and are learning about ways of classifying animals according to their characteristics.

In Maths, we have been exploring shapes and developing our use of mathematical vocabulary to describe shapes and their properties.

It has been a busy first week in what will no doubt be a VERY busy half term.



Remember to keep visiting our blog to see what we are learning about and seeing our wintery fun develop and the festivities begin as December draws closer!


Exciting Writing - Becoming Authors

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Myths title

This week, we are bringing together all of the skills which we have been exploring in Literacy, all of our work on exploring Myths and our topic work on Ancient Greece to create a piece of extended writing throughout the week. The piece of writing will be a myth of our own. This is a great opportunity for us to use and apply all of our skills and to show what fantastic writers we are becoming!

Author       Author 2

Next week, we will be using the editing and revising skills that we have been learning to turn our myths into books with a front cover, blurb and with illustrations to support and enhance the text. We are looking forward to bringing together all of our hard work and learning from this half term to create a final piece to be proud of.


Thinking about our British Values

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British Values

This week, we have enjoyed a number of activities which have helped us to reflect on our British Values and their importance to us as individuals and as a society.


We have learnt all about democracy as part of our topic work; learning about its roots in Ancient Greece and how it is now established in the UK today. We shared our thoughts and opinions about the importance of democracy and considered how we as pupils also have a voice in school through our Pupil Council.

As part of a competition run by Waitrose and through our PSHE learning we talked about the role of our monarch and the ways in which she is a role model of how to live by our British Values. We thought about the significance of the queen in our country and all that she does for the people who live here. The competition is to design a cake for The Queen's birthday celebrations as it is a significant year for her now she is the longest reigning monarch in history. We created patriotic designs with our British Values in mind and will be sending them off to Waitrose to be judged...


We enjoyed a Harvest Festival assembly this week too which was great fun! Reverend Peter came to visit to tell us a story linked to harvest and we got to sing both of our harvest songs. This was another opportunity for reflection and enabled us to play our part as responsible and respectfuol citizens, helping those less fortunate than ourselves.

Harvest 1      Harvest 2

Egg-citing Experiments!

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This week we have enjoyed a Mad Science assembly which inspired us all and helped us see what a fun and exciting subject Science is, especially when getting stuck in to experiments and investigations. It was great to watch and learn - some of us got to lend a hand too!

Mad Science 1   Mad Science 2    Mad Science 3

In our Science lessons this week, we have been thinking about the importance of looking after our teeth and keeping them healthy and we have set up an investigation to help us understand more.

We have used hard boiled eggs (comparing the shell of an egg to the enamel on our teeth) and have covered it with vinegar to see what happens over time. This will be like the effect if we were to not brush our teeth and allow sugar and acidic substances to regularly come into contact with the enamel.

We used our knowlegde and understanding to make predictions using scientific vocabulary and can't wait to see what the outcome will be!

Adventures with Adverbs and Adjectives!

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This week, as part of our Literacy unit on narrative stories and linking to our topic work on Ancient Greece, we have been exploring Greek myths. We have looked at the story of Pandora's Box and have begun to think about the use of descriptive language to show the feelings of characters.



Through our writing tasks, we have been developing our vocabulary using the sentence tricks and have been linking our learning to our reading skills too and thinking a lot about inference and deduction. Inspector Inference and Detective Deduction would be proud!

Inspector Inference         Detective Deduction



Fun with Numicon and Practical Maths!

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This week, we are enjoying practical maths lessons in which we have been revisiting the maths resource boxes and exploring some exciting new resources which will help us with our maths work.

We have used Numicon and Cuisinaire Rods to investigate and play with numbers and have been working in groups to develop our maths talk and reasoning skills, sharing and discussing our ideas together using a range of maths vocabulary.

Numicon blog 1   Numicon blog 2

Numicon blog 3

We are looking forward to using the maths resources boxes in many of our maths lessons to help us to understand, solve and reason about maths problems and to develop ways to use and apply our leanring in lots of real life contexts.


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