Created on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:10
Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:10
This week in Year 3, we have been enjoying lots of talk and learning about time.
In our Maths work, we have been exploring analogue times and using our skills and understanding to read and write times accuratey from an analogue clock using key mathematical vocabulary. We have used our reasoning and distilling skills to explain how we read the time and refer to the key features of an analogue clock. We also took the opportunity to find out more about roman numerals; what they mean, how they are used and the rules of using them to write different numbers.
Next week we will be using another of our BLP skills to make links between analogue and digital times and we explore this measures topic a little bit further...
In our Literacy lessons, we have continued to learn our class poem but have focused on the skills of speaking and listenng and perfomance to consider how to best present poetry to an audience. We have thoguht carefully about facial expression, body language (for action and gesture) and how we can use and change our voice to add atmosphere and greater expression to the performance. We look forward to sharing our poem with you in the future!
Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:21
Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:21
This week we have been contacted by Orson, an alien from the planet Orb.
He has been asking us all about our planet and, as a result, we have been investigating our world to share some answers with him. To begin with we had to decipher his alien language using our reading and decoding skills and we have been using atlases to find facts about our world including its continents, features such as mountains, rivers and cities and its climates. It has been both fascinating and fun!
In Literacy, we are preparing to perform a poem so we have been looking at the key features of poetry and beginning to think about using our speaking and performance skills effectively to present it to an audience. the year group poem that we have chosen is Daffodils by Wiliam Wordsworth. Have a look at the video below to listen to it:
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 16:34
Published on Friday, 23 January 2015 16:34
This week we really enjoyed working with friends and family at our Inspire workshop.
We had a lot of fun sharing our learning and exploring more exciting ways to improve and develop our writing.
We played word games, used our sentence tricks and showed off our fantastic vocabulary and creativity. It was a great way to reflect on all of our learning and progress so far this year and to enjoy working closely with friends and relatives.
Also this week, we have continued to investigate electricity in our Science topic - finding out about building circuits and testing different materials to see if they were conductors or insulators. We made predictions, careful observations and wrote conclusions to help us think more about the scientific ideas and vocabulary that we can use!
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 14:37
Published on Friday, 16 January 2015 14:37
This week, we have continued to enjoy our Bollywood topic and our Apprentice task (showing great collaboration skills in our teams!).
We have also begun our new Science topic - Electricity - by taking part in a science workshop led by a visitor from ThinkTank in Birmigham. We had great fun learning about different types of electricity, about how electricity works and is used and about scientists of the past who have worked with electricity. At times the workshop was hair-raisingly fun!
We made some links in our topic work and maths too with an exciting arty matsh lesson. We learnt all about the paisley teardrop and traditional patterns from Indian culture and used our maths vocabulary to describe the shapes and patterns.
We then used press printing to create our our mathematical patterns (exploring repetition, rotation and reflection) using our own intricate teardrop designs. This activity really helped our reasoning skills and made us think about the maths words associated with shape and geometry. It was great fun too!
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:32
Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:32
Welcome back! Happy New Year!
We hope that you all had a fabulous holiday and a good rest and are feeling refreshed and ready for the spring term!
We have a lot of exciting things planned including our first two weeks back on our new topic of Bollywood. This is going to be a great opportunity for us to explore cultural diversity and learn more about life in India. We also have a new link with a school in Mumbai to maintain our links across our global community.
We are incorporating all of our learning within our Bollywood theme and taking on an Apprentic style challenge to focus on our DT skills.
Be sure to visit our blog regularly to see how our learning is progressing and all the fun things which we are doing!
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:27
Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:27
Last week, Year 3 have been very busy with Christmas Show preparations!! However, we still managed to fit in lots of Literacy and Maths work...
In Maths we met the angle family...
We have successfully identified and named the different angles with the help of the angle family. The children have even used their knowledge to identify different types of angles in different subjects. Many noticed the angles on a Christmas tree are normally acute!!!
In Literacy, we have been writing setting descriptions and story openers for 2012's Bear and the Hare Christmas advert. Year 3 used some lovely vocabulary to describe the winter scene. How would you describe the setting in the advert?
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:51
Published on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:51
With the temperature dropping, what a great opportunity to test out our bodies to see how making our muscles work hard can warm us up.
In Science the children went outside and exercised their muscles. They thought about how they felt before, during and after exercising; what muscles they could feel working hard, whether they felt hot or cold and ended with discussion about how and why their hearts were pumping harder. They were completely warn out afterwards but suprisingly...none of the children felt cold :)
Towards the end of the week, we had lot's of fun with Meccano to try and make a model elbow joint. The children had to use their knowledge of muscles to try and work out without instruction how to make the elbow joint using Meccano pieces and elastic bands. All of the children were really engaged in this activity and used their models to help them explain how an elbow joint works.
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:54
Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:54
In Science, we have began to investigate our muscles.
We have learnt all about how muscles work in antagonistic pairs, when one muscle contracts, the other muscle relaxes.
Have a look at this animation:
This week the children will be taking part in some scientific P.E lessons, investigating how their muscles feel before, during and after excerise. It'll be interesting to see how warm they feel in this lovely cold weather!!!
Later in the week, the children will all be making their own elbow joints with elastic bands that represent the muscles.
Watch this space...there will be some photos of both of these activities on the blog next week.
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:21
Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:21
Last week, Year 3 went music mad!!
We listened to the sounds of a storm and imagined how we could make the different sounds using our own vocals and a range of different instruments. We all found trying to keep a steady beat very difficult but we persevered and achieved it after lots of practice.
After splitting up into smaller groups, the children created their own piece of music thinking about how the sounds of a storm built up, created chaos and then faded out. The children collaborated exceptionally well during this task, which resulted in an excellent, well created piece of music.
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:31
Published on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:31
Last week, 3CR and 3JH completed their topic on the Groovy Greeks. To finish off, we spent two lessons in the Art room making and decorating Greek Pots using clay and paint. There were some fantastic pots made, with bases and handles and decorataed in authentic colours and tones. Watch this space...there will be a new piece of pottery coming home in the new year.
This week, we have started our new Topic of 'Extreme Weather', which we will continue into the spring term. During our topic lesson we listened to the sounds of a storm and considered how these sounds made us feel. We also discussed what instruments could make these sounds then tried to create a steady beat using clapping and introducing sounds that represent weather.
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:30
Published on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:30
We are all back after our well earned break and raring to go!
This week, we are finishing off our Groovy Greeks topic with some art work - making our clay pots that we designed at the end of last half term. we can't wait to get creative and enjoy using our art room!
We are also starting a new Literacy unit exploring shape poetry which will link nicely to our forthcoming topic - Extreme weather. We will be looking at Calligrams this week and exploring how to use descriptive writing to paint vivid pictures in the minds of a reader.
We will also be spending some time this week investigating different religions and beliefs using our RE resource boxes. We will be using our BLP skills of questioning and making links to find out more about our diverse world.
Remember to keep visiting our blog and see what we are up to as we enjoy the next few weeks and the festive frenzy which awaits us!
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:09
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:09
This week we have completed an activity all about Martin Luther King to mark and celebrate Black History Month.
We have learnt about both his significance in history and his impact on our world today. To reflect on our learning and share our understanding, we created written work including mind maps, poems and our own "I have a dream.." speeches.
We used our BLP skills of empathy and listening to support our learning and deepen our understanding of this influential man.
We are also coming to the end of our Groovy Greeks topic and have spent this week learning about the origins of The Olympics (through guided reading, topic activities and PE) and designing our own Greek pots which we will be making when we come back after the half term holiday!
We have had a busy but enjoyable half term and are now looking forward to a little rest before returning for another exciting half term packed full of learning and even more fun and creativity!
Remember to keep up with our blog to see what we are doing as the year goes on ...