Year 3 Blog

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

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.

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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.

 

Going Potty in Year 3!

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We enjoyed a great first week in Year 3, getting to know each other and settling into new routines.

We completed our Literacy unit linked to our transition text, Voices in the Park, and began work on our new topic - Greece Lightening.

As part of this new topic, we began with some Greek art. We investigated and explored Greek patterns and images which often appear on Greek pottery and then we set to work designing and making our own Greek pots using both our design skills and our 3D art skills using clay.

We had great fun and the results look fantastic!

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To revisit our BLP skill of collaboration, we enjoyed two PE lessons where we worked as a whole year group. We divided ourselves into teams and had to use our creativity and teamwork skills to create challenging activities, measure and score results and we found our perseverance skills were challenged too in order to achieve success!

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We are looking forward to the weeks ahead which will continue to be themed around the topic of Greece and we look forward to sharing more of our learning ans successes with you.

Watch this space...

Courageous and Clever...

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This week, we have been reflecting on the idea of courage through our most recent RE unit of work. We have looked at stories which link to the theme from both Sikhism and Christianity and completing tasks linked to each story. We have also though about the ways in which we will need to use courage as we move into Year 4 and leave Year 3 behind. Change can be scary but we are now feeling ready to face the challenge!

In Literacy, we have been focusing on our transition text, Charlotte's Web, and using the skills which we have learnt throughout the year by writing in a range of genres. We have written diary extracts and alternative chapters for the book and we have also had the opportunity to enjoy some shared reading and use our comprehension skills to discuss and answer lots of questions about characters and events.

Take a look at the video below to see a clip of the film version of our transition text...

Another busy week...

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This week in Year 3, we have had anoher busy week with lots to think about and lots to learn!

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In Literacy, we are once again putting our narrative writing skills to good use and have become authors to write our very own historical adventure stories based on castles, knights and dragons and using all the tools that we have learnt about throughout the year to make our writing lively and entertaining.

In maths, we have continued with our calculation practice and have been exploring efficient written methods for multiplication as well as continuing to build on our mental maths skills and times table recall.

We have also been treated to some creative activities to inspire us to get involved with performing arts both in the classroom and beyond...

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We had a visit from the Four Oaks Cluster Training Choir on Monday and were treated to a performance of some of their songs. It was great to see some of our friends up on the stage showing us what fun singing can be and how this opportunity can help to build confidence, speaking and listening skills and collaboration. They were fantastic and some of us might just be tempted to go along and join.

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We also rehearsed our dance show in preparation for our performances to audiences before the end of term. It was a hot afternoon but full of energy and everyone really enjoyed the range of dances on offer. The audiences are in for a treat!

Thank Goodness for the Sunshine!

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We have been very grateful of such good weather this week in Year 3 - not only because it puts a smile on our faces and gives us more opportunities for outdoor learning, but also because we have been able to do some real life and meaningful investigating for our science topic of Light and Shadows.

We have been out on the playground making and exploring shadows to find out how they change througout the day according to the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.

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We had to use a variety of maths, science and BLP skills to be successful in our work such as; predicting and concluding using scientific ideas and vocabulary, measuring with accuracy, directional and postional language, collaboration, noticing and reasoning.

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We are really enjoying this topic and have built on prior learning to develop our deeper understanding of how the world works!

A trip back in time...

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Last week, the weather was incredibly kind and we enjoyed a sunny day out at Kenilworth Castle to begin our new topic, "A Knight's Tale".

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The day was fantastic. We had a tour of both the outside and inside of the castle ruins and the guides were great at making the remains of the castle come alive to help us imagine what it would have been like to have lived there in the past. 

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  We learnt about attacking and defending castles and about the different rooms inside the castle and how these would have been used by the people living there.

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We asked lots of super questions to extend our learning and, beacuse the sun was shining, we got to enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass and some fun playtime too!

It was a brilliant day out which has got us thinking a lot about a new topic and keen to find out more!

Health Week News

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Last week, we all enjoyed taking part in health week and a range of activities to help us think about keeping our minds, bodies and attitudes happy and healthy.

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 We had visits from tennis coaches and The Life Education Bus (with Harold the Giraffe too!), designed a healthy egg based meal for a D&T competition and learnt about the importance of sleep! We also enjoyed Safety Awareness Day which allowed us to learn more about Stranger Danger and to learn important safety messages form other year groups who had different focuses for the day through our team assemblies.

We learnt a song about Stranger Danger which helped us to remember the main things which we need to know to keep us safe and which we shared in assembly by singing the chorus! Look at the video below to see the song that we shared...

Role play fun - but silence is golden!

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We have done lots of role play this week and used this to explore areas of different subjects.

In Science, we used our learning and the understanding that we have developed to act out the life cycle of a plant. We revisited key vocabulary and reminded oursleves of how plants begin, grow and then reproduce. It was great fun and we showed the wealth of knowledge that we have gained throughout the unit of work.

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We also used role play in our RE work. We focused throughout the week on contemplation and on the values of honesty and attentiveness. We looked at stories from different religions to develop our understanding of these qualities and discussed why they are important and the ways that we can show these attributes through our behaviour and attitude.

For our final lesson, we looked at the story of Noah and we were set the challenge of working togethwer to retell the story as a silent movie. We had to work in silence for the entire activity and explore alternative ways to communicate using facial expressions and gesture and then we performed in silence too, sequencing our individual group role plays to recreate the whole story. It was great fun and we rose to the challenge well. 

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Healthy Plants and Healthy People

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We have been busy in science learning more about plants and the things which are needed to help them grow healthily. We have set up a new investigation to explore the effects of light on plant growth and have made predictions about what we think will happen when we look at our plants next week when the investigation will conclude.

We have learnt about the parts of a plant and their function in the life cycle of a plant. This week, we will be using role play to explore and act out each stage of a plants life. This will bring together all of our learning and give us an opportunity to use our distilling skills to show our knowledge and understanding.

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In PSHE this week, we have been continuing to consider how to keep ourselves fit. As part of this, we explored the idea of exercise and the different activities which help us to raise our heart rate, use our muscles and keep our bodies healthy. We designed our own creative and unique, alternative Sports Day programme with activities other than familiar sports with the aim of encouraging everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle and get active!

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Hunting for Lost Luggage

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Last week we started on our new topic theme "Lost and Found" and enjoyed a treasure hunt around the school grounds using grid references to find pieces of lost luggage. We had to work together to solve the clues and use our noticing skills to identify where the next clue was hidden. It was great fun and we all managed to find the treasure at the end.

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Following this, we had to look inside our lost luggage and use a range of skills to work out who the luggage belonged to. There were clues inside including artefacts, texts and pictures and we had to use our inference and deduction skills (which we had been developing in Literacy) to predict who the owner was.

In our final topic lesson, we revisited our map reading skills and plotted places where our lost luggage owners could be linked to in Birmingham. We really enjoyed exploring both ordnance survey maps and A-Z maps and building on our understanding of grid references.

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A week of chocolatey fun!

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This week we continued with our Sweet Treats topic and enjoyed a trip to Cadbury World.

We had a busy day in which we learnt the story of the Cadbury family and the history of chocolate and then we looked around the factory and saw how chocolate was made and packaged. We got to taste some too of course!

After our tour, we listened to a talk about the victorian times and working conditions in the past and we learnt about the influence that the Cadbury brothers had on industry and the ways in which working conditions changed as a result of their ideas.

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It was a great trip!

We have also been enjoying some mixed media, collaborative art work to create a portrait of George Cadbury which has led us to carefully consider scale, shade and tone and how different materials can be collaged to create images.

George Cadbury

 

Summer Science

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In Year 3, we have enjoyed an exciting return to our summer term with lots of science on our first day back at school.

We leapt straight into our new topic of plants and set up an investigation to find our about how the amount of water can affect the growth of a plant. We are looking forward to seeing the results over the next couple of weeks and must remember to keep our plants well watered in this lovely sunny weather that we are enjoying!

We also had great fun this afternoon when Mrs Hawksworth paid us a surprise visit and told us that tadpoles were emerging in our pond area. We were very excited and wanted to see a life cycle in action so we dashed down to the pond area to take a look.

It was fascinating and Mrs Hawksworth told us lots of facts both about our pond and the wildlife that might be lurking in the depths!

It has been a super science based day with lots of learning and some outdoor fun too!

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